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50 terms

Vocab week 25 and 26

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Accredited
officially authorized or recognized; provided with credentials
Brigand
(n.) a bandit, robber, outlaw, highwayman
Capacious
(adj.) able to hold much, roomy
Clamber
climb by crawling with difficulties; scramble
Debase
to lower in character, quality, or value; to degrade, adulterate; to cause to deteriorate
Edifice
a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place (n.)
Epicure
(n) a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink)
Equable
(adj.) tranquil; of even calm temper; (of temperature) steady; uniform
Escarpment
(n) a long steep slope or cliff at the edge of a plateau or ridge
Excoriate
(v) express strong disapproval of, tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading
Execration
(n) the object of cursing or detestation, an appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group, hate coupled with disgust
Fastidious
(adj) giving and careful attention to detail, having complicated nutritional requirements
Fecund
capable of producing offspring or vegetation, intellectually productive
Foible
a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
Forestall
prevent by taking action in advance
Gauntlet
to offer or accept a challenge
Germane
(adj.) relevant, appropriate, apropos, fitting
Goad
A long stick used to prod animals; something used to urge on; to prod or urge, as if with a pointed stick
Guttural
from the throat
Heretic
a person who holds unorthodox opinions in any field (not merely religion)
Impetuous
characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation
Impugn
(v.) to call into question; to attack as false
Inexorable
not capable of being swayed or diverted from a course
Ingenuous
naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated; candid
Inveigle
influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
Lament
express grief verbally
Lumber (verb)
to move heavily and clumsily
Mutable
capable of or tending to change in form or quality or nature
Nomenclature
technical names or naming system in an art or science
Odium
hatred, contempt; disgrace or infamy resulting from hateful conduct
Ossify
to change into bone; to become hardened or set in a rigidly conventional pattern
Palatable
agreeable to the taste or one's sensibilities; suitable for consumption
Pelt (verb)
to strike repeatedly
Perplex
to puzzle, confuse, or bewilder
Petulant
(adj.) peevish, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset
Plebeian
common, vulgar; belonging to the lower class; a common person, member of the lower class
Propriety
the state of being proper, appropriateness; standards of what is proper or socially acceptable
Proximity
nearness, closeness
Punitive
(adj) inflicting punishment
Quibble
to evade or belittle a point by twisting words or raising minor objections; a petty objection
Recidivism
habitual relapse into crime
Reparation
paying back; making amends; compensation
Repress
To restrain; to keep or put down
Sadistic
deriving pleasure or sexual gratification from inflicting pain on another
Spurn
thrust aside with disdain or contempt; reject
Surge
(v.) to have a heavy, violent, swelling motion (like waves); (n.) a powerful forward rush
Temerarious
presumptuously daring
Touchstone
a basis for comparison
Vivisection
surgery on living animals; medical research that involves cutting into living animals to study organs, tissues, or diseases
wane
a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)