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50 terms

Elite Vocab 26-50 A and B

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Slovenly
careless about one's own appearance
Irony
intended meaning different from literal sense; the difference in expected and what actually happens
Scion
an heir; a descendant
Archaic
of a much earlier, often more primitive period
Recluse
one who hides from the world
Apprehend
to become aware of through the senses
Fathom
to measure the depth of; to understand
Congregate
to assemble into a group
Draconian
extremely harsh and severe
Utopia
an ideally perfect place
Demure
coy; modest; reserved
Curfew
a regulation requiring people to be inside at a certain time
Perpetuity
a state of infinite or indefinitely long duration
Check
to restrain or block
Lore
knowledge about a particular subject, especially or a traditional or popular nature
Egress
going out; the right to go out or exit
Piquant
agreeably pungent or sharp in taste; tart; agreeably stimulating or interesting
Caste
a rigid and hereditary social class
Waggish
mischievous; playful
Cognizant
aware (with "of")
Elysian
heavenly or delightful
Kin
one's relative
Waif
a person without home or friends
Placebo
something presented as a drug, but having no actual effect
Gauge
an instrument for measuring or testing; to measure
Lucrative
producing wealth; profitable
Fluctuate
to move back and forth or up and down, especially unpredictably
Archetype
the original pattern or model; a perfect example
Repose
relaxation; a state of rest
Innocuous
harmless
Shard
a fragment of a brittle substance; a small piece of something
Artifact
an object produced by human work, especially one of historical or archaeological interest
Insidious
subtly harmful; stealthy, sneaky
Inscribe
to write, carve or engrave words or letters on or in a surface
Rift
a break in friendly relations
Morass
an area of swampy ground; something that hinders
Clamber
to crawl or climb with difficulty, especially on all fours
Stagnant
inactive; not moving
Dapper
neat and trim in appearance
Decry
to speak out against strongly and openly
Xenophobia
fear or hatred of strangers of foreigners
Ostentatious
showy; pretentious
Improvise
to do without preparation
Deference
yielding an opinion, desire, or position to another out of respect
Palpable
capable of being handled, touched, or felt; easily perceived
Labyrinthine
complicated; puzzling
Affluence
wealth
Referendum
direct popular vote on a law or measure of public policy
Tender
to offer formally; a legal offer; something, especially money, offered in payment
Effusive
overflowing; excessively emotional