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Interesting Vocabulary Words

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Apartheid
a social policy or racial segregation involving political and economic and legal discrimination against non-whites
Zeitgeist
The intellectual and moral tendencies that characterize any age or epoch.
Zaftig
euphemisms for slightly fat
Mélange
mixture
Penumbra
a partial shadow
Arraignment
A proceeding in which a criminal defendant is brought into court, told of the charges in an indictment or information, and asked to plead guilty or not guilty.
opulence
wealth, affluence, abundance
balustrade
a railing
allay
calm; pacify
victuals
food; provisions; V. victual: provide with food
rivulet
a small stream
valise
a small suitcase
refulgent
shining, radiant, resplendent
élan
enthusiasm; eagerness for action
confer
have a conference in order to talk something over
cussedness
mean-spirited disagreeable contrariness
contingent
possible but not certain to occur
matriculate
to register as a student at a college or university
cairn
a heap of stones set up as a landmark, monument, tombstone, etc.
bedeviled
tormented
admonition
cautionary advice about something imminent (especially imminent danger)
miasma
an unwholesome atmosphere
elephantine
huge, clumsy; enormous in size or strength
sublime
worthy of adoration or reverence; inspiring awe
paradigm
a standard or typical example
irascible
easily angered
eschew
avoid and stay away from deliberately
sacrosanct
must be kept sacred
draconian
severe, harsh, cruel
cacoethes
an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action
rapacious
excessively greedy and grasping
balkanize
divide a territory into small, hostile states
vexatious
causing irritation or annoyance
somnolent
sleepy
palpable
capable of being touched or felt
chagrin
embarrassment
incendiary
arousing to action or rebellion
virga
Precipitation that falls from a cloud and evaporates before reaching the ground.