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31 terms

Vocab Chapters 43-45

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Ennui
n. boredom
Enervated
adj. sense of weakened vitality
Jaded
adj. condition of weariness from overindulgence in something initially pleasant
Lassitude
n. emotional fatigue or dreamy, lazy mood
Otiose
adj. condition of idleness or laziness or a person or thing that is ineffective
pall
v. the fact of a phenomenon's becoming boring or weary
banal
adj. predictably ordinary
somnolent
adj. sleepy
phlegmatic
adj. person who is slow to act or slow to get angry (negative connotation)
torpid
adj. having no energy
scrutiny
n. careful examination
scan
v. to examine closely or to look over hastily
discern
v. to distinguish from something else
monitor
n. to keep a close watch over
descry
v. to catch sight of something that is difficult to see
gander
n. a look
askance
adv. with disapproval or suspicion (describing the way someone looks at something
ogle
v. to stare at
espy
v. to glimpse something partially hidden
myopic
adj. lacks long-range perspective
placebo
n. substance that contains no medicinal value but patient believes has value
elixir
n. liquid potion or medicine falsely believed to cure any ailment
panacea
n. cure-all substance
nostrum
n. any possible remedy not scientifically proven for a minor ailment or body condition
salubrious
adj. describing circumstances or conditions favorable to good health
prognosis
n. prediction concerning the course of a disease
malinger
v. to pretend to be ill in order to get out of unpleasant work
benign
adj. kind or friendly, not dangerous to health
noxious
adj. harmful
innocuous
adj. harmless
dyspeptic
adj. descriptive of a person who is grouchy or ill-tempered