50 terms

O Pioneers! Part 4 Vocab

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Eminence
the state of being famous and important
Rapturous
showing extreme pleasure and happiness or excitement
Swagger
to walk, esp. with a swinging movement, in a way that shows that you are confident and think you are important
Vex
to cause difficulty to someone, or to cause someone to feel angry, annoyed, or upset
Conspicuous
easily noticed; obvious
Attire
clothes, esp. of a particular type
Precipitate
to make something happen suddenly or sooner than expected
Clamor
to make a loud complaint or demand
Despondency
the state of being unhappy and with no hope or enthusiasm
Glower
to look angry or annoyed
Surly
not wanting to please you or to be friendly
Grudge
a strong feeling of anger and dislike for a person who treated you badly
Churlish
rude, unfriendly, and unpleasant
Vestibule
a room just inside a house or building, through which you enter the building
Undertake
to take responsibility for and begin doing something
Saunter
to walk in a slow and relaxed way
Petulance
the state of being easily annoyed and complaining in a rude way like a child
Impervious
not able to be influenced, hurt, or damaged
Plaintive
(esp. of a sound) having a sad quality
Entreat
to try very hard to persuade someone to do something
Sanguine
(of someone or someone's character) positive and hopeful
Crystallize
(of a substance) to turn into a crystal or crystals; of a person, to realize or form an idea or plan
Unscrupulous
willing to lie or cheat to succeed
Affectation
speech or behavior that is not natural or sincere and is used to produce a certain effect
Colic
a severe but not continuous pain in the bottom part of the stomach or bowels, esp. of babies
Pang
a sudden, sharp feeling of pain or painful emotion
Cavalcade
a line of people, vehicles, horses, etc. following a particular route as part of a ceremony
Faltering
the act of to lose strength or purpose and pause or stop; the act of being unable to move or speak with confidence or fluidity
Covet
to want to have something very much, especially something that belongs to someone else
Equivocal
(of statements) unclear and seeming to have two opposing meanings, or (of actions or ways of behaving) confusing and able to be understood in two different ways
Throng
to be or go somewhere in very large numbers
Ecstasy
a state of extreme happiness, especially when feeling pleasure
Rancor
bitter anger or unfriendly feelings
Impertinence
rude and not showing respect, especially towards someone older or in a higher position than you
Bitter
having a slightly stinging, strong taste, not salty or sweet; showing or causing deep anger and pain
Gratify
to please someone, or to satisfy a wish or need
Fret
to worry or be unhappy about something
Vertigo
a feeling that everything is spinning around, causing you to be unable to balance and therefore to fall
Spasmodic
happening suddenly for short periods of time and not in a regular way
Frenzy
excited, uncontrollable, and sometimes violent behavior or emotion
Faculty
any natural ability, such as hearing, seeing, or thinking
Inconceivable
impossible to imagine or think of
Wrench
to pull and twist something suddenly or violently away from a fixed position
Plucky
brave
Jaded
lacking interest or desire because of experiencing too much of something
Scuttle
[I always + adv/prep] to move quickly, with small, short steps; to give up a plan or activity, or spoil a possibility for success
Ineffable
causing so much emotion, especially pleasure, that it cannot be described
Totter
to move or walk in a way that looks as if you are about to fall
Lurch
to move in an irregular way, esp. making sudden movements forward or to the side
Infirmity
(a) physical or mental weakness