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O'Neal Vocab 2nd Semester West High

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expedient
useful or suitable way of doing or achieving something.
vitality
energy, strength, or mental or physical vigor.
alacrity
quick or eager willingness.
eradication
total destruction; complete removal.
insurrection
a revolt, rebellion, or uprising against established authority.
impetuous
rash, impulsive, or acting suddenly or quickly with little thought.
domesticate
to make accustomed to or fond of home life.
aloof
reserved and cool or distant in manner.
dauntless
fearless; not able to be intimidated, frightened, or discouraged.
reverie
dreamy thinking or imagining; daydreaming.
wanton
extravagant, lavish, or excessive.
spectral
ghostly or like a phantom or apparition.
prostrate
lying flat with the face downward.
profuse
giving or pouring forth freely; produced freely and abundantly.
munificent
very generous; lavish.
hypochondriac
someone who worries abnormally about his or her health, often about imaginary illnesses.
wan
faint, feeble, weak, or sickly.
incoherence
lack of clarity; confusion; rambling speech or thought.
pilgrim
pertaining to a wanderer or to a person who travels to a holy place as a religious act.
seraphs
members of the highest order of angels, often pictured with three sets of wings.
to covet
to long for with envy or to want very much.
sepulcher
grave, tomb, or vault for burial.
niche
a recess or hollow in a wall for a statue or vase.
to implore
to ask or beg earnestly.
mien
appearance; manner; bearing or way of carrying and conducting oneself.
to beguile
to charm or delight.
gaunt
thin and bony, often from hunger or age.
to quaff
to drink deeply in a hearty or thirsty manner.
undaunted
not frightened or discouraged; not hesitating because of fear or discouragement.
iniquity
wickedness, sinfulness, or evil.
antipathy
a strong or deep-rooted dislike.
ostentatious
characterized by a showy display; pretentious.
sagacious
wise; having keen perception and sound judgment.
surveillance
supervision; a watch kept over a person.
sentinels
guards.
cataract
a large waterfall; any strong rush of water.
perdition
ruin, complete and irreversible loss, or damnation.
inducements
incentives; things that persuade or lead to some action.
infallible
without error.
to abominate
to hate, loathe, or be disgusted by.
to cajole
to coax with flattery and sometimes insincere talk.
diabolical
very wicked or cruel; fiendish or relating to devils.
peremptory
dictatorial; decisive; not open to challenge.
tacit
not openly expressed but understood.
motley
composed of many different elements, sometimes clashing with each other.
discernment
keen perception, good judgment, or insight.
vindictive
revengeful in spirit.
outlandish
strange or peculiar.
to insinuate
to hint, imply, or suggest indirectly.
misanthropic
distrusting or disliking all people.
to ascribe
to attribute or assign to a probable cause.
to dilate
to make or become wider or larger.
rejoinder
a response, reply, or answer.
squall
a brief but violent windstorm, usually with rain or snow.
condescension
the act of descending voluntarily to the level of one's inferiors; a proud or haughty manner.
volition
the exercise of the will in making a decision.
to quail
to draw back in fear or lose courage.
ignoble
dishonorable, mean, or base.
ubiquitous
present or seeming to be present everywhere at the same time.
malignity
a great malice or persistent and intense ill will.
ire
strong anger or wrath.
laceration
jagged wound, made by tearing.
epoch
a period of time considered important because of noteworthy events, development, or people.
sundry
various or miscellaneous.
to subject
to cause to experience some action or treatment.
compensation
anything given to make amends for a loss or damage.
impropriety
improper or inappropriate behavior.
expatriate
one who is in exile or driven from his or her native land.
sylvan
characteristic of the woods or forest, or found in the woods or forest.
coquetry
flirtation or flirting behavior.
anathema
a strong curse.
to tether
to fasten or confine with a rope or chain.
extemporize
to furnish or contrive in a makeshift way to meet a pressing need.
tedious
tiresome or boring.
stoic
one who is indifferent to pleasure or pain.
prodigious
wonderful or amazing; enormous in size, power, or extent.
picturesque
quaint, vivid, striking, or unusually beautiful.
temperance
moderation in or total abstinence from drinking alcoholic beverages.
slough
a swamp, bog, or marsh, especially one that is part of an inlet or backwater.
imperious
urgent or imperative.
to traverse
to move across, over, or through.
summarily
quickly and without formality.
to efface
to wipe or rub out, obliterate, or erase.
preternatural
supernatural or abnormal.
oscillation
the act of swinging back and forth regularly.
diffident
without self-confidence; timid.
altercation
an angry or heated argument.
dexterously
skillfully.
to deride
to ridicule, make fun of, or laugh at in contempt or scorn.
impregnable
firm, unshakable, or unyielding.
to perambulate
to walk about or stroll.
to scoff
to mock at, scorn, jeer, or show contempt for.
din
a loud or continuous noise.
imprecations
curses.
prodigal
extremely wasteful.
doleful
mournful, melancholy, or full of sorrow or sadness.
dogged
stubborn, persistent, or not giving in readily.
sagacious
wise.
to suffuse
to fill with a glow, color, or fluid.
to conciliate
to win over, soothe the anger of, or gain the good will of.