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C&P Vocabulary

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felicitous
appropriate, apt, well chosen; marked by well-being or good fortune, happy
abstracted
lost in thought so as to be unaware of one's surroundings; absent-minded; preoccupied
solicitude
a feeling of excessive concern
jaundice
a sharp and bitter manner, yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes caused by an accumulation of bile pigment (bilirubin) in the blood
caricature
a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect
commune
a body of people or families living together and sharing everything
esteem
to regard highly; a highly favorable opinion or judgement
alluring
highly attractive and able to arouse hope or desire
sovereign
having supreme power within its own territory; neither subordinate nor responsible to any other authority
commiserating
showing sorrow or pity; sympathizing
vehemence
violence; fervor; forcefulness
estrange
arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness, to alienate
expiate
make amends for
supplication
a humble request for help from someone in authority (or to God in prayer)
abnegation
renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others
pernicious
extremely harmful; deadly, fatal
divined
to discover or declare by prediction, prophesy
venerable
profoundly honored
recantation
a disavowal or taking back of a previous assertion
obsequious
attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner
profligate
recklessly wasteful, unrestrained by convention or morality
ardent
characterized by intense emotion
chaste
morally pure (especially not having experienced sexual intercourse)
prostrate
to cast (oneself) face down on the ground in humility, submission, or adoration
bestowed
given formally or officially
discretion
the trait of judging wisely and objectively, the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies
privation
act of depriving someone of food or money or rights, a state of extreme poverty
regimental
of or pertaining to a military unit consisting usually of a number of battalions
entreating
begging, pleading
musing
thinking; pondering
relish
derive or receive pleasure from
gravest
sad, serious, adj. threatening great harm or danger.
congealed
to solidify or coagulate
cynicism
an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
witticism
a clever remark
bedecked
adorned with decorations
portly
euphemisms for 'fat'
exquisite
beautifully made or designed
indulgence
an inability to resist the gratification of whims and desires
unwittingly
unintentionally; by accident; inadvertently; unknowingly
tottered
walked or moved with unsteady steps
impetuously
impulsively; acting without thought or consideration
imbibed
to absorb or take in as if by drinking
serenity
a disposition free from stress or emotion
anchorage
something that can be relied on
bequeathed
handed down usually after death
piqued
to affect with sharp irritation and resentment
corpulence
the property of excessive fatness
artfully
in a disingenuous manner
servile
submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior
impertinence
not showing proper respect; rude
plaintive
expressing sorrow
apprehension
anxiety or fear about the future
restive
impatient, uneasy, or restless
wily
marked by skill in deception
tittered
to laugh or giggle
efface
to wipe out; to keep oneself from being noticed
parried
deflected or warded off; avoided
epithet
any word or phrase applied to a person or thing to describe an actual or attributed quality; could be abusive
upbraiding
a severe scolding
ascetic
One who leads a life of self-denial and contemplation; absent of luxury