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Term 4 Vocab

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mandate
an order; a command
mediate
to settle a dispute; to act as a go-between
megalomania
false impression of one's own greatness; tendency to exaggerate
melodramatic
overly emotional
menagerie
collection of wide or strange animals
mentor
adviser
meretricious
gaudy; showy; attractive in a cheap, flashy way
metaphysics
pertaining to beyond what is natural
meticulous
excessively careful; finicky
molest
to disturb
momentous
very important
monograph
a paper written on a single subject
monumental
great, important
mordant
sarcastic
mortal
destined to die
naive
simple, unsophisticated
naught
nothing
neutralize
to make ineffective
niggardly
stingy, miserly
nirvana
place of peace, enlightenment
nomadic
wandering
nonage
a period of immaturity
meager
inadequate; of poor quality
migratory
wandering; moving from place to place
mimic
to imitate
minutiae
insignificant details; trivia
misanthrope
hater of mankind
misconstrue
misinterpret, misjudge
misnomer
an error in listing the name of a person
mitigate
to make less severe; to become milder
modicum
a small amount
motif
theme
muddle
to confuse
mundane
worldly
musty
stale; moldy
muzzle
to retrain
mythical
imaginary
negate
to deny
neophyte
a beginner
noncommittal
having no definite point of view
nostalgia
homesickness for the past
nuance
delicate variation in meaning
nugatory
worthless; invalid
nurture
to feed
obdurate
stubborn
obscure
dim; not clear
oblation
an offering of religious purposes
obsolescent
going out of use
obsequious
servile; obedient
obloquy
strong disapproval
obtuse
slow to comprehend
occult
hidden; secret
opulent
rich
odyssey
a long journey
ordain
to order, establish
ogre
monster
orient
area of far east
omnifarious
of all kinds, varieties
orthodox
accepting the traditional beliefs
onerous
burdensome
ostensible
apparent
opiate
narcotic
outwit
to trick
predatory
living by plunder, exploitation, etc.
privy
(to) having knowledge of something private or secret
preen
to dress oneself carefully or smartly
procrastinate
to postpone; to delay
premier
first in importance or time
prodigal
wasteful
preposterous
absurd; ridiculous
proffer
to offer
presentiment
anticipation, especially of something evil
proletarian
one who belongs to the working class
prim
formal; proper
prologue
introduction
primordial
first; original
promulgate
to announce; to advocate
privation
loss or lack of something useful
prophetic
predicting
prosaic
dull; commonplace; unimaginative
psyche
the human soul of spirit
prostrate
lying flat; thrown or fallen to the ground
puissant
powerful; strong
protocol
the etiquette observed by diplomats
pummel
to beat or thrash with the fists
proverbial
well-known
pungent
having a sharp taste or smell; severely critical or sarcastic
proviso
a condition; a stipulation
puritanical
strict; rigid; harsh
proxy
one who acts in place of another
pusillanimous
cowardly; fearful
prurient
lustful, obscene
pyretic
pertaining to fever
raucous
irritating or harsh in sound
reek
to give off; emit
realm
kingdom; region
refute
to prove wrong, such as an opinion
recalcitrant
disobedient; hard to manage
regent
one who governs
recess
a cut or notch in something; a pause or rest
regressive
moving in a backward direction
reciprocate
to give in return
reiterate
to repeat
recondite
difficult to understand; profound
relevant
significant; pertaining to the subject
recrimination
countercharge
remedial
intended to correct
recuperate
to get well
remonstrate
to protest; to complain
redoubtable
formidable; commanding respect
renal
pertaining to the kidneys
renege
to go back on one's word
restitution
repayment; a giving back
repartee
a quick, witty reply
resurge
to rise again
repertoire
special skills or talents one possesses; collection
retentive
having a good memory
reproach
to blame; to scold
reprobate
wicked person
reprisal
retaliation; revenge
repose
to rest; to sleep
retract
to take back; to withdrawl
repudiate
reject; disown
reverberate
to echo; to resound
repugnant
distasteful; disgusting
revere
respect; honor
reputed
supposed to be
revile
to abuse; to slander
requiem
funeral hymn; mass for dead
rhetorical
concerned with style or effect
requite
to pay back; make a return
rescind
to cancel; to repeal
rife
frequently occurring; widespread
rift
a break or split
residue
that which remains
righteous
behaving justly
revelry
noisy merrymaking
revelation
something made known; revealed
scurry
run about; to hurry
sham
a pretense
seclude
to keep apart; to isolate
shibboleth
a slogan; a password
sedentary
sitting most of the time
shrew
a nagging, bad-tempered woman
seedy
run-down; shabby
simian
pertaining to an ape or monkey
senile
pertaining to mental weakness due to old age
simulacrum
an image; a likeness
sententious
concise; including proverbs and brief remarks
sinewy
tough; firm; strong
sequel
an event or literary work that follows a previous one
siren
an attractive but dangerous woman
subrosa
secretly; confidentially
subaqueous
underwater
subjective
personal; not objective
subjugate
to conquer
sublimate
to rise above; to act noble
sublime
majestic; lofty in thought
serene
calm; peaceful
skulduggery
trickery; deception
subliminal
subconscious
submissive
yielding; humble obedient
subordinate
of lower rank
suborn
to higher for an unlawful act
ratification
giving formal approval
slander
to make a false statement against someone
slothful
lazy
sophomoric
immature; pretentious
smite
to strike forcefully
sobriquet
nickname; assumed name
sneer
to look at with contempt; to scorn; to deride
spasm
a sudden burst of energy
sober
not drunk; serious
sphinx
a person who is difficult to understand
solar
pertaining to the sun
spume
to foam
soliloquy
act of talking to oneself
staccato
made up of short, abrupt sounds
solon
a wise man
stalwart
strong; sturdy
somnambulate
to walk in one's sleep
static
inactive; motionless
sophistry
a deceptive, tricky argument
stench
a foul smell
tinge
a faint color; a trace
travesty
an absurd or inadequate imitation
titter
to laugh in a self-conscious or nervous way
tremulous
trembling, quivering
topple
to overturn; to fall over
tributary
a stream flowing into a river
tortuous
twisting; winding
trivia
matters of things that are very unimportant; trivialities
tractable
easy to manage
truncate
to shorten; to cut off
transcendental
supernatural; going beyond ordinary experience or belief
tumid
swollen; bulging
translucent
letting light pass through
turgid
swollen
trappings
articles to dress; equipment
tutelage
instruction
ubiquitous
present everywhere
unkempt
untidy; sloppy
umbrage
a feeling of resentment
unruly
not manageable; disorderly
unconscionable
unreasonable; excessive
untenable
unable to be defended or unheld
undulate
to move or sway in wavelike motion
uproarious
loud; outrageously funny
unilateral
one-sided
usury
excessive amount of money charged as interest
unison
harmony; agreement
vent
to give release to feelings
venturesome
daring
veracious
truthful; honest
verbatim
word for word
verbiate
excessive words