43 terms

Dr. Li vocab part 6

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defile
pollute; to corrupt or make unclean
deft
quick and skillful in action; nimble; clever; adroit
defunct
dead; no longer in use or existence
deify
to regard or worship as a god
despot
a monarch having unlimited power; absolute ruler; tyrannical
detraction
slandering; aspersion; defamation; calumny; slander
diaphanous
sheer; transparent (of fabric)
dirge
lament with music; a funeral song; a song of mourning
disingenuous
lacking in frankness; insincere; covertly guileful; crafty
dispassionate
calm; impartial; detached from emotion or prejudice
divine
to perceive intuitively; to foresee the future; to prophesy
edict
decree; a public order or command by some authority; ukase
emend
to rectify; to change by means of editing; to correct
ennui
annoyance; boredom; listlessness; lack of interest
epicure
a perfectionist regarding food and drink
epistemology
the subset of philosophy that deals with the origin, nature, and limits of knowledge
equine
resembling or characteristics of a horse
erudite
learned; possessing great knowledge
estuary
the point of a water passage where a river empties into a tidal area
exalt
to raise in rank or dignity; to praise; to extol
excise
to cut away; to remove
exorbitant
beyond what is reasonable financially; very excessive
extradite
to hand over and alleged fugitive from one country or state to another upon official request; such an action
farrago
a careless mixture; mish-mash
femme fatale
a woman ho attracts men by her aura of charm and mystery
fetter
a shackle or handcuff; a restraint
fiat
an arbitrary decree or order
flak
antiaircraft artillery; criticism; censure
flay
to whip so savagely as to tear the skin off the victim; to attack or scold with stinging criticism
frond
fern leaf; palm or banana leaf
gadfly
a fly that bites livestock; a person who annoys, irritates or provokes
genial
smiling and pleasant; cheerful and friendly; kindly
glib
articulate yet superficial; facile
glower
to give a brooding, annoyed, or angry look; to stare angrily or crossly; to scowl fiercely
graft
to insert a small branch of one tree into a prepared slit in another tree; to insert or fix as if by grafting it
hallowed
blessed; consecrated; holy; sacred
harry
to raid and rob with violence; to worry; to lay waste; to hunt down
hedonist
someone who lives for nothing else but pleasure
horticultural
pertaining to cultivation or gardens
impecunious
penniless; poor; indigent; broke
impiety
disrespectful; irreverence (toward God); not pious; not showing due respect to God, clergy or religious objects
ingenue
an artless; innocent girl; an actress who plays such parts
insalubrious
unwholesome; not healthful