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Vocab 1,8,18,19, 20 Maine South Semester 1 Final Review

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jargon
specialized words of a profession or trade
pidgin
a simplified form of speech from combining different languages
semantics
the study of the meaning and the interpretation of words
standard
conforming to established usage
vernacular
everyday language
archaic
ancient
argot
informal expressions of a particular group
connotation
the suggested word meaning
denotation
the specific word meaning
idiom
a nonliteral expression
mar
to inflict damage or spoil the quality of
blight
something that causes harm or ruin
obliterate
to wipe out completely
cataclysm
a violent change
pugnacious
eager for a fight
decomposition
the process of rotting or breaking down
pulverize
to grind to powder
eradication
tearing out by the roots
stagnant
still and foul
havoc
chaos
incisive
clear and sharp in analysis or expression
outspoken
very candid
undaunted
not discouraged
vehement
forceful
vibrant
vigorous, energetic
assert
to state firmly
ferocity
fierceness
flout
to disobey openly
foolhardy
unwisely bold
headstrong
willful and stubborn
ponder
to think about carefully
postulate
to assume the truth of something
rationality
logic and reasoning
reverie
a daydream
stratagem
a cunning scheme meant to trick
dogmatic
stating opinions as truth
epiphany
a sudden insight into an essential truth
pensive
deeply thoughtful
philosophy
a set of personal values by which one lives
plausible
apparently true or reasonable
rapt
deeply absorbed in something
receptive
willing to accept something
scrutinize
to examine carefully
tacit
unspoken
vigilant
watchful
disregard
to ignore
enthrall
to charm
heedless
not paying attention
oblivious
lacking awareness
preoccupy
to hold attention completely