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MIDTERM EXAM WORDS NO PICS

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aberration
something that differs from the norm
desiccated
dried up
travesty
an extremely poor imitation
macabre
having death as a subject; dwelling on the gruesome
potable
suitable for drinking
proffer
to offer for acceptance
libertine
one who lives an immoral life
effluvia
waste; odorous fumes given off by waste
hapless
unlucky
rapt
deeply absorbed
carp
to complain
paltry
small, worthless
lachrymose
tearful
arboretum
a place where trees and shrubs are displayed and studied
accretion
slow growth or increase in size
corroborate
to support with evidence
enmity
hatred, ill-will
irrevocable
incapable of being changed
fete
a party
curmudgeon
a grouch
prodigious
very large in bulk, size, or degree
torpid
inactive, lazy, slow
rancid
offensive in taste or smell
eclipse
to overshadow or make less important
prevaricate
to lie
forgo
to do without
proxy
a substitute
politic
shrewd and crafty in dealing with things
abstemious
sparing in use of food and drink
tortuous
having many twists and turns; highly complex
precarious
unstable, insecure
plebian
common, low class
polarize
to cause to divide into opposing groups
sycophant
one who seeks gain with flattery
illustrious
famous, highly regarded
sedulous
tireless, persistent
multifarious
mixed, varied
abbey
a monestery
demagogue
rabble-rousing leader
evanescent
fleeting
abscond
to sneak away and hide
fidelity
loyalty and devotion
ingenuous
innocent, candid, sincere
pallid
lacking color
restive
resistant, stubborn, impatient
talisman
a good luck charm
remuneration
payment for work done
placid
calm, peaceful
noxious
harmful; poisonous
kindle
to start a fire
prodigal
wastefully extravagant
procure
to obtain through special effort
exacerbate
to intensify, worsen
besmirch
to stain or tarnish
penurious
miserly, stingy
somnolent
half asleep
perplex
to puzzle, confuse
nonchalance
indifference; lack of concern; composure
utopia
ideal place, state, or society
covetous
eagerly desirous, greedy
abet
to assist or encourage, especially in wrongdoing
canny
shrewd, careful
licentious
immoral
mundane
ordinary, common
proclivity
a natural inclination or tendency
bilk
to cheat or defraud
covert
hidden
knotty
complex
nuance
something subtle
recumbent
reclining
verdant
lush in vegetation; green
adamant
inflexible, unwilling to change
convention
social or moral custom
meticulous
excessively careful; painstaking
facetious
not meant seriously
pejorative
insulting, derogatory
Insouciant
unconcerned
bellicose
hostile; eager to fight
Salubrious
healthy