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50 terms

Elite Box A & B 451-475

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ovation
n. enthusiastic and lengthy applause
demagogue
n. a leader who obtains power by appealing to the emotions and passions of the people
foment
v. to stir up negative feelings, esp. those that lead to violent action
goad
v. to prod or urge, as if with a pointed stick; n. a long stick used to prod animals; something used to urge on
tantalize
v. to torment or tease by showing something desirable while keeping it out of reach
cordial
adj. warm and friendly; hearty
adorn
v. add beauty; to decorate
scribe
n. a professional copyist of manuscripts and documents, esp. in ancient times
fastidious
adj. not easy to please; very critical or discriminating
purport
v. to claim, esp. falsely
circumscribe
v. to define the limits of
foliage
n. leaves
complacent
adj. too pleased with oneself; self-satisfied
etiquette
n. the forms of behavior of polite society
morbid
adj. gruesome; awful
inhibit
v. to hold back
subjective
adj. based on personal experience or feeling, not form external evidence
ensue
v. to happen subsequently
heinous
adj. extremely wicked; abominable
urbane
adj. sophisticated
induce
v. to influence, esp.by persuasion; to bring about; to infer by inductive reasoning
debonair
adj. easy and carefree in manner
etymology
n. the study of origins of words
stoic
adj. apparently indifferent to joy, grief, pleasure, or pain
plethora
n. an excessive amount
conceit
n. a fanciful idea or image, esp. an exaggerated poetic comparison; an extravagant construction
catastrophe
n. disaster; sudden misfortune
variegated
adj. distinctly marked with different colors; diverse
carouse
n. to participate in a loud, drunken party
vertiginous
adj. causing dizziness, as from spinning or heights
encomium
n. high praise
expound
v. to explain in detail
dogma
n. a specific set of ideas or beliefs, esp. religious or asserted to be absolutely true
bereaved
adj. suffering the loss of a beloved one
predilection
n. a preference
brevity
n. briefness
tumult
n. a great commotion or uproar
effervescent
adj. giving off gas bubbles; showing high spirits or excitementh
outmoded
adj. no longer in fashion
defunct
adj. having ceased to exist or live
vindictive
adj. seeking reenge; marked by a desire to hurt
calamity
n. an event causing extreme trouble and misery
contentious
adj. always ready to argue; quarrelsome
rationalize
v. to come up with self-satisfying but incorrect excuses
underscore
v. to emphasize
vitiate
v. to make faulty or impure; to spoil
undermine
v. to weaken
wallow
v. to roll about lazily, in or as if in water, snow or mud; to revel
ostensible
adj. outwardly appearing as such
perennial
adj. lasting through the years