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Vocab. Energizers Ch. 6-10

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aegis
protection, guardianship, support, patronage, auspices
auspicious
favorable, promising, encouraging, propitious
jaded
wearied, dull, worn-out, overindulged, satiated
atone
make up [for a wrong], make amends, expiate
lewd
obscene, indecent, lustful, vulgar, lascivious
succinct
briefly/clearly expressed, concise, terse
prevaricate
stay from the truth, mislead, lie, misinform, equivocate
aloof
reserved, detached, unconcerned, uninvolved, indifferent
jovial
jolly, merry, cheerful, jocular
saturnine
gloomy, grave, moody, morose
eulogy
speech or writing in praise of someone, especially of one who has died
euphemism
pleasant, mild, or inoffensive expression substituted for an unpleasant or offensive one
eugenics
science of improving a breed of species through selection of parents
euphoria
feeling of complete well-being, bliss
euthanasia
mercy killing, painlessly putting to death someone suffering from an incurable condition
curtail
shorten, reduce, lessen, diminish
travesty
ridiculous imitation, mockery, joke, parody
scruple
doubt as to what is right, conscience, principle, misgiving, qualm
havoc
great destruction/confusion, damage, devastation
mentor
trusted teacher/counselor, guide, preceptor
haggard
looking worn and tired, careworn, fatigued, gaunt
utopian
characteristic of an ideal society, chimerical, quixotic, infeasible
mercurial
changeable, unpredictable, lively, unstable, high-spirited, impulsive, erratic
diffident
lacking self-confidence, timid, shy, insecure, timorous
hypocrisy
pretending to be what one is not, dishonesty, deceit, duplicity
monologue
long speech by one person
monogamy
marriage with only one person at a time
monotonous
tiresome because lacking variety, repetitiously dull
monotheism
doctrine/belief that there is only one God
monopoly
total control of a product/service, exclusive control or possession of anything
zealous
extremely active, eager, devoted, earnest, ardent
candid
honest, truthful, straightforward, sincere, outspoken, uninhibited
posthumous
occurring after death
enthrall
charm, fascinate, spellbind, captivate
parasite
freeloader, deadbeat, sponger, sycophant
chagrin
humiliation, disappointment, irritation, distress, mortification
cant
insincere talk, phoniness, empty talk, jargon
ephemeral
short-lived, fleeting, transitory
dexterous
skillful, clever, nimble, adroit
sinister
threatening, evil, malevolent
bilingual
able to use two languages equally
bigamy
marriage to two people at the same time
biped
two-footed animal
bilateral
having/concerning two sides, parties, countries, etc.
bifocals
eyeglasses with lenses that have two sections correcting both close and distant vision
ignominy
disgrace, humiliation, shame, dishonor, infamy
aboveboard
without dishonesty or trickery, forthright, overt
anecdote
brief story or an interesting or amusing incident, sketch, fable, narrative
bedlam
noisy confusion, chaos, pandemonium
martinet
strict disciplinarian, slave-driver, authoritarian
indolent
lazy, idle, slothful
meander
follow a winding course, wander idly/aimlessly, roam, rove, ramble, digress
precocious
advanced beyond one's age, brilliant, gifted
scapegoat
someone blamed for the faults of others, victim, whipping boy
shibboleth
slogan of a certain group used to distinguish that group, peculiarity, platitude
induce
persuade, bring about, cause
seduce
lead astray, persuade one to do wrong, persuade one to have sexual intercourse
abduct
carry off by force, kidnap
traduce
slander
conductive
leading, contributing, promoting, helpful
agnostic
one who believes it impossible to know whether or not God exists, skeptic
nepotism
favoritism to relatives in giving jobs and offices, patronage
enigmatic
puzzling, mysterious, perplexing, baffling, obscure, cryptic
blatant
completely obvious, shameless, prominent, conspicuous
nebulous
unclear, hazy, indistinct, imprecise, vague
procrustean
forcing rigid conformity, unyielding, stringent
denigrate
defame, speak ill of, belittle, slander, disparage
prosaic
commonplace, dull, uninspired, humdrum, monotonous, mundane
docile
easily managed/controlled/taught, gentle, obedient, amenable
boycott
refuse to deal with as a means of protest/persuasion, ban, ostracize
carnage
great slaughter, massacre
carnal
pertaining to desires of the flesh; sensual, sexual, lustful, worldly
carnivorous
flesh-eating
incarnate
having bodily form; especially human form, personified
reincarnation
rebirth in another body