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30 terms

Vocabulary 15 & 16

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pedestrian
a person or thing said to be ordinary or dull
pejorative
having a negative effect; insulting
perdition
damnation; ruin; hell
perfunctory
done without care; in a routine fashion
perspicacity
keenness of judgement
peruse
to read carefully; scrutinize
quagmire
a swamp; a difficult or inextricable situation
quandary
a puzzling situation; a dilemma
quasi
resembling; seeming; half
querulous
complaining; grumbling
quiddity
an essential quality
raiment
clothing; garments
rakish
carefree; dashing; jaunty
ratiocinate
to reason; to think
rationalize
to make an excuse for
rebuke
to scold; to blame
recant
to withdraw or disavow a statement or opinion
recapitulate
to summarize; to repeat briefly
recoil
to retreat; to draw back
recondite
difficult to understand; profound
recreant
a coward, a traitor
rectify
to correct; to make right
redolent
having a pleasant odor; suggestive or evocative
redundant
repetitious; using more words than needed
regale
to delight with something pleasing or amusing
regress
to move in a backward direction
sacrosanct
extremely holy
sadistic
deriving pleasure from inflicting pain on others
sagacious
wise; having keen perception and sound judgement
salacious
obscene; lusty