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26 terms

english vocab #3

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emulate
copy, imitate
ephemeral
lasting a very short time
fatuous
complacently or inanely foolish
goad
provoke,as by constant criticism, something that encourages
infalliable
incapable of error
libel
written attack on a person
nuance
subtle difference or distinction
poignant
deeply moving, emotionally painful
pusillanimous
cowardly; fearful
quandry
dilemma, state of perplexity or doubt
ruminate
meditate, reflect on or decide
sanction
ratify, confirm, agree, formal decree or penalty of law
sycophant
a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage
veneer
a covering or to cover or overlay
affable
friendly or easy to talk to
anachronism
in the wrong time period
belligerent
readiness to fight, hostile
callous
to make hard, or in a person--a cruel, cold attitude
consumate
to finish or complete, in marriage to confirm through sex
deft
dexterous, skillful
elusive
hard to understand or grasp
foible
minor weakness in character or behavior
expunge
to delete, remove or radicate
inclement
stormy, severe or harsh
misnomer
calling something the wrong name, i.e. calling a girl a boy or a brunette a blonde
obsequious
attentive, fawning "kiss-up"