50 terms

BL English III SAT Vocab. Quiz 1

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fortuitous
lucky; by chance
recapitulate
to summarize; to repeat briefly
perfunctory
done without care; in a routine fashion
baroque
overly decorated
hedonism
pursuit of pleasure, especially of the senses
obloquy
strong disapproval; a bad reputation resulting from public criticism
quasi-
resembling; seeming; half
besmirch
to make dirty; to stain
sacrosanct
extremely holy
facetious
comical; jocular; flippant
pedestrian
ordinary or dull
bona fide
in good faith
fecund
fertile, productive
obfuscate
to confuse; to bewilder
extenuate
to lessen seriousness by providing partial excuses
parochial
local; narrow; limited
glower
to stare angrily
edify
to improve someone morally
cataclysm
a violent change
importune
to ask persistently; to beg
factious
causing disagreement
ignoble
dishonorable, shameful
boor
a rude or impolite person
perspicacity
keenness of judgment
fervent
eager, earnest
enervate
to weaken
ephemeral
lasting only a brief time; short-lived
altruism
a concern for others; generosity
carrion
decaying flesh
amorphous
shapeless, formless, vague
amalgamate
to combine
demented
mentally ill; insane
hone
to sharpen
beleaguer
to besiege by encircling (as with an army); to harass
gorge
to eat or swallow greedily
antiquated
no longer used or useful; very old
opiate
a narcotic use to cause sleep or bring relief from pain
caricature
an exaggerated portrayal of one's features
dally
to waste time; to dawdle
felonious
pertaining to or constituting a major crime
licentious
morally unrestrained
numismatist
a coin collector
paucity
a scarcity, lack
fatalistic
believing that all events in life are inevitable and determined by fate
obtrude
to force oneself into a situation uninvited
pensive
dreamily thoughtful
lackadaisical
uninterested; listless
alienate
to turn away feelings or affections
elated
in high spirits; exultantly proud and joyful
epigram
a witty saying expressing a single thought or observation