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Vocabulary 2

Vocabulary for English 9
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dexterous
skillful, adroit
disheveled
Untidy
distaff
pertaining to females; a stick that holds wool or flax for spinning
doggerel
loose, irregular verse; inferior poetry
dormant
sleeping; inactive
dulcet
sweet; melodious; soothing
echelon
one in a series of levels of command
effervescent
bubbly, lively
egregious
flagrant; out of the ordinary
emaciated
painfully thin; wasted
embellish
to make beautiful with ornamentation; to decorate
equestrian
relating to horseback riding
equilibrium
a state of balance
escalate
to enlarge; to increase
exodus
a mass departure
expletive
an exclamatory word or phrase, often obscene or profane
expunge
to strike out; to erase; to remove
fecund
fruitful; productive
festoon
a decorative chain or strip hung in a curve between two points
fiasco
a failure
flamboyant
ornate, showy
flotilla
a fleet of small ships
formidable
frightening; dreadful; awe-inspiring
gargoyle
a rain spout in the shape of a grotesque human or animal figure
gauntlet
a thick, heavy glove; a glove from a suit of armor
germinate
to begin to grow, sprout
globule
a tiny drop; a small ball
googol
the figure 1 followed by 100 zeros, equal to 10 to the 100th power (10^100)
gossamer
something light, delicate or tenuous
gregarious
living in groups; social
gyrate
to revolve around a point or axis
halcyon
calm, peaceful
harbinger
forerunner, herald
hirsute
very hairy
holocaust
widespread destruction, especially by fire
impropriety
improper conduct; bad manners
incarcerate
to put in prison
inclement
stormy, harsh
indolent
lazy
intrepid
fearless; bold
irascible
easily angered; hot-tempered
irreparable
cannot be repaired
itinerary
the route of a journey
jettison
to discard; to cast off as an encumbrance
juxtapose
to place side by side
kowtow
to be overly polite and flattering; to fawn
labyrinthine
complicated; perplexing; mazelike
lambent
softly bright; flickering
languid
drooping, sluggish
libation
a beverage; archaic: the act of pouring out a liquid as a religious offering
lineage
descent in a direct line from an ancestor
loquacious
given to excessive talking
ludicrous
laughable because of obvious absurdity
lugubrious
exaggeratedly or affectedly mournful
luminary
one who is notable in a particular field
maelstrom
a powerful whirlpool; turmoil
manacle
a handcuff; a restraint
masticate
to chew; to soften by crushing
mausoleum
a large, elaborate tomb
mellifluous
smoothly flowing; sweet
metamorphosis
a transformation; a marked alteration
monolith
a single large stone, often in the form of a column or monument
nadir
the lowest point
nocturnal
pertaining to the night; active at night
nodule
a small lump
obdurate
hard; unmoved by persuasion
obsequious
fawning; servile
opulent
demonstrating great wealth; extravagant
oscillate
to swing back and forth
ostracize
to exclude from a group; to banish
ovation
enthusiastic display of approval; applause
panorama
a wide, unbroken view
paraphernalia
personal belongings; equipment
pariah
an outcast
parochial
relating to a church parish; limited in scope
penurious
stingy; extremely poor
pilfer
to steal insignificant items
pinion
to restrain by binding the arms; to hold fast
pinnacle
the highest point; a spire
plummet
to fall or plunge straight downward
pogrom
an organized persecution or massacre
polyglot
using several languages
posh
elegant; fashionable
potable
fit to drink
precarious
dangerous, risky; dependent on chance
progeny
offspring; descendants
projectile
a missile; something thrown
promontory
a high point of land or rock projecting into water
prostrate
lying flat, face down
pugilist
fighter, boxer
pulchritude
physical beauty
queue
a waiting line, especially of persons or vehicles
ravenous
hungry; very eager
recalcitrant
stubbornly resistant to authority or restraint
remorse
regret for having done wrong
remuneration
reward, payment
rendezvous
an appointment; a meeting place
replicate
to duplicate; to repeat
reverberate
to echo; to resound
reverie
daydream; being lost in thought
roster
a list of names
ruminate
to ponder; to think over
salutary
promoting health;beneficial
sangfroid
poise and calmness, especially under strain
satiated
fully fed; fully satisfied
saturnine
gloomy; surly
scintillate
to sparkle; to flash
sediment
matter that settles to the bottom of a liquid
seraph
an angel
sibilant
producing a hissing sound
silhouette
a dark outline against a light background
sinewy
strong and firm; tough
somnambulist
sleepwalker
soporific
causing sleep
spectrum
a wide range or sequence
symposium
a meeting to discuss a particular topic
taciturn
disinclined to talk; silent
tantalize
to tease by keeping something out of reach
tendril
coiling part of a climbing plant which serves to attach it to a support
timorous
easily frightened; timid
titanic
huge; poweful
tortuous
winding or twisting; devious
transpose
to reverse the order or place of
tributary
a stream or river flowing into a larger stream or river
truculent
savage; fierce
truncated
cut off; shortened
valor
courage; bravery
verve
energy; liveliness
vie
strive; compete; contend
vintage
classic; outstanding; old
virtuoso
person with unusual skill in any field, particularly in the arts
votary
a person devoted to something
wanderlust
strong impulse to travel
whet
to sharpen;to stimulate
xenophobia
fear or hatred of strangers or foreigners

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