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Odyssey Book 13-24 Vocab

Freshman English First Semester 2014
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haven
harbor or port
lavished
expended or bestowed with profusion
loins
the pubic region
cockles
the core of one's being -- usually used in the phrase warm the cockles of the heart
durable
able to exist for a long time without significant deterioration
gorging
consuming greedily
brooding
thinking anxiously or gloomily about
pittance
a meager wage or remuneration
paltry
falling short of what is normal, necessary, or desirable
bartered
traded by exchanging one commodity for another
irreproachable
blameless
linger
to be slow in parting or in quitting something
honed
sharpened or smoothed with a whetstone
savor
to delight in
solace
alleviation of grief or anxiety
exploiting
making use of meanly or unfairly for one's own advantage
slighting
performing or attending to carelessly and inadequately
discreet
having or showing discernment or good judgment in conduct and especially in speech:
especially : capable of preserving prudent silence
eloquence
discourse marked by force and persuasiveness
disabuse
to free from error, fallacy, or misconception
pamper
cram with rich food
wry
cleverly and often ironically or grimly humorous
scathing
assailing with withering denunciation
brash
heedless of the consequences
intact
untouched especially by anything that harms or diminishes
rile
to make agitated and angry
loathsome
disliked greatly and often with disgust or intolerance
insatiable
incapable of being satisfied
wary
marked by keen caution, cunning, and watchfulness especially in detecting and escaping danger
obdious
arousing or deserving hatred or repugnance
flourish
grow luxuriantly , thrive
denounced
pronounced (especially publicly) to be blameworthy or evil
contrive
devise or plan
deft
characterized by facility and skill
galled
irritated, vexed
conniving
joining in a secret agreement to do a wrongful act as a result of the secret agreement
maneuvering
performing a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage
scoffed
showed contempt by derisive acts or language
charlatan
one making usually showy pretenses to knowledge or ability
jeered
spoke or cried out with derision or mockery
blithe
lacking due thought or consideration
oblivious
lacking remembrance, memory, or mindful attention
pique
a transient feeling of wounded vanity
connoisseur
one who understands the details, technique, or principles of an art and is competent
to act as a critical judge
virtuoso
the qualities of one who excels in the technique of an art
droves
a large number
looming
taking shape as an impending occurrence
salvo
a simultaneous discharge of two or more guns (in this case, arrows) in military action
doused
brought to an end : make an end of as if extinguishing a fire with water
demurred
raised doubts or objections to or show reluctance to accept an earlier statement
roughshod
marked by tyrannical force
viper
vicious or treacherous persons (from the poisonous snake)
plumb
to examine minutely and critically (as to measure depth with a lead plumb)
spurn
to reject something disdainfully
pliant
supple enough to bend freely or repeatedly without breaking
wraith
exact likenesses of a living person seen usually just before death as an apparition, a ghost
fray
to separate the threads at the edge of
henchmen
members of gangs, trusted followers
clotted
having undergone a sequence of complex chemical and physical reactions that results in conversion
of fluid blood into a coagulated mass
bondsman
slaves or serfs; persons held in servitude as the chattel of another