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VOCAB & GRAMMAR TEST WOW+CH.6-11 Vocab

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desultory
disconnected
dissemble
(v) to disguise; to feign
dolorous
causing pain or sorrow
eviscerate
(v) to disembowel
gainsay
(v) to deny
glom
(v) to catch or grab; to look at
importune
(v) to beg urgently or persistently
inexorable
(adj) inflexible
insouciant
lighthearted
mollycoddle
to protect and cater to
non sequitur
not logically following from what has gone before
pique
(v) to irritate; to provoke
satiate
(v) satisfy with more than enough
soporific
(adj) sleep inducing; sleepy
susurration
(n) a murmur; a whispering
torpidity
(n) inactivity, sluggishness
turpitude
(n) vileness
festoon
(v) to hang in decoration
oblong
(adj) rectangle-like; longer than broad
emphatic
(adj) strongly expressed
relentless
(adj) unceasing, unyielding
embroil
(v) to be involved in a quarrel
incredulity
(n) a state of disbelief
diffident
(adj) lacking confidence; shy
plinth
(n) a heavy base supporting a statue
plume
(v) a cloud of smoke resembling a feather
mutinous
(adj) rebellious
furtive
(adj) secret
ceaseless
(adj) going all the time; continual
obtuse
(adj) blunt; vast, wide
curt
(adj) rudely brief
loiter
(v) to linger idly
wallop
(v) to hit very hard
brandish
(v) to wave in a threatening manner
crestfallen
(adJ) discouraged; in low spirits
sagely
(adv) wisely
antagonism
(n) an active opposition
serenade
(v) to celebrate with song or music
blunder
(v) to move blindly or unsteadily
rebuke
(v) to express stern disapproval of
demure
(adj) characterized by modesty or shyness
fervor
(n) excitement, jubilance
pall
(v) to lose interest or effectiveness
cynicism
(n) questioning of human motives; skepticism
vex
(v) to irritate; to annoy
taboo
(n) something not allowed or frowned upon by society
obscene
(adj) offensive
prosper
(v) to be successful
intersperse
(v) to scatter
glum
(adj) gloomy, melancholy, despondent
toil
(v) to work hard
parody
(n) an imitation that ridicules and mocks
pitiless
(adj) merciless
indignity
(n) injury to a person's pride or self-esteem
meek
(adj) submissive
garland
(n) chain of flowers
derision
(n) contemptuous ridicule or mockery
succulent
(adj) juicy
abominable
(adj) hateful; very unpleasant or disagreeable
ungainly
(adj) not graceful; awkward, clumsy
phosphorescence
(n) a luminous light or appearance
inquisitive
(adj) curious
befoul
(v) to make desolate
loathing
(n) intense hatred; dislike, disgust
gesticulate
(v) to use gestures while speaking
assimilate
(v) to absorb; to take in
bleak
(adj) bare, desolate
earnest
(adj) sincere; serious in intention
dredge
(v) to bring to notice; to unearth
ember
(n) a small live piece of coal; a smoldering remain of a fire
conviction
(n) a firm belief
dignity
(n) self-respect
myopia
(n) nearsightedness (cannot see far)
propitiate
(v) to appease
vitality
(n) exuberant physical strength or mental toughness
ludicrous
(adj) unreasonable, ridiculous
lethal
deadly
inscrutable
mysterious
falter
(v) to hesitate or waver in action, purpose, or intent
talisman
(n) an object that holds power
bough
(n) a large tree branch