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1984 Vocabulary

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Varicose
Abnormally swollen and dilated
Contrived
Plan, devise, showing effects of planning or manipulation
Sanguine
cheerfully optimistic
Eddies
small whirlpools
Balks
hindrances, setbacks
sordid
Marked by grossness, vile, dirty
tableaux
a scene or event usually presented on stage by silent and motionless costumed participants
myriad
a large indefinite number
quailed
shrank back in fear; cowered
fathoms
measurement of depth in ocean [6 ft]
zealot
a person totally devoted to a purpose or cause
subsided
settled down; became less active or intense
hardship
something hard to endure
inviolate
not violated; kept sacred or unbroken
extinct
having died down; no longer in existence
gramophone
record player
pinchbeck
an alloy of copper and zinc that is used in cheap jewelry to imitate gold
deprecating
expressing disapproval
impending
about to happen
morsel
a small quantity of anything
intrigue
to plot secretly; to excite the interest of; a secret love affair
rash
too hasty in acting or speaking; reckless
faintest
week; feeble; timid; dim; indistinct
idealogical
ideas reflecting the social needs in a society or as an individual
susceptible
easily effected emotionally; admitting; allowing
sham
false; fake; fraud
irrational
lacking the power to reason; unreasonable
prodigious
wonderful, amazing; enormous, huge
fabled
mythical; legendary
grandiose
having grandeur; imposing; pompous and showy
skepticism
the doctrine that the truth of all knowledge must always be in question
unorthodox
not holding currently accepted opinions
loathing
to feel intense dislike or disgust for
puritanically
practicing or affecting strict religious or moral behavior
fanatically
unreasonably enthusiastic
demolished
to pull down or smash; to destroy; ruin
plume
feather
swarming
to be crowded
altercation
an angry or heated argument; quarrel
vivid
full of life; acting, daring; intense: said as of colors
anodyne
soothing
feats
a deed or an unusual daring or skill; exploit
amulets
something worn to protect against evil
intercommunication
mutual communication
thoroughfare
a public street open at both ends
din
a loud, continuous noise
pugnaciously
eager and ready to fight, quarrelsome
wallop
to beat or defeat soundly; to strike hard; a hard blow; a thrill
detached
not connected; aloof; disinterested; impartial
inured
to accustom to pain or struggle
fatalistic
the belief that all events are determined by fate and hence inevitable
bravado
pretended courage or feigned defiant confidence
denote
to indicate; to signify, mean
illiterate
uneducated; not knowing how to read or write
invective
a violent verbal attack
drab
a dull yellowish brown; dull, dreary
drawn
pulled out; disemboweled; tense, haggard
tremulous
trembling; quivering; fearful; timid
disdainful
to regard as beneath one's dignity; scorn; aloof contempt