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18 terms

Vocab list: Gulliver's Travels

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mordant
bitingly sarcastic; penetrating
misanthrope
a person who hates or distrusts mankind
syntax
the way in which words are put together to form phrases and sentences
declivity
a descending slope, as of a hill
ligatures
cords, wires, or bandages used for tying, binding, or constricting
intrepidity
fearlessness; resolute courage
disapprobation
moral disapproval; condemnation
victuals
food fit for human consumption
profane
blasphemous, put to an improper, unworthy, or degrading use
scatology
an obsession with excrement or excretory forms
clemency
mercy; leniency; mildness of temper
alacrity
cheerful willingness; eagerness
cabal
a conspiratorial group of plotters
repartee
a swift, witty reply; witty spirited conversation
ingratiate
to bring (oneself) purposely into the good graces or favor of another
florid
flowery; heavily decorated or embellished
fulsome
offensive to the senses
tractable
easily managed or controlled; governable