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Vocab list 4 Kenny

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perfunctory
acting with indifference; showing little interest or care; performed merely as a routine duty; hasty and superficial
tantalize
to torment with, or as if with, the sight of something desired but out of reach; tease by arousing expectations that are repeatedly disappointed
pragmatic
dealing or concerned with facts or actual occurrences; practical
zeugma
A construction in which a single word, especially a verb or an adjective, is applied to 2 or more nouns when its sense is appropriate to only one of them or is appropriate to each but in a different way
laconic
using few words; expressing much in few words; concise, terse
salient
of notable significance; prominent
pithy
precisely meaningful; brief, forceful, and meaningful in expression; full of vigor, substance, or meaning
pandemonium
a very noisy place; wild uproar or unrestrained disorder; tumult or chaos; the abode of all the demons
quixotic
caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals; resembling or befitting Don Quixote - idealistic without regard to practicalit
stigma
A small mark; a scar or birthmark; 2. A mark of disgrace or infamy; a stain or reproach, as on one's reputation
pejorative
tending to make or become worse; belittling; tending to disparage or belittle.
impede
To obstruct, retard, interfere with, or slow the progress of; hinder
garrulous
excessively talkative in a rambling, roundabout manner, esp. about trivial matters,
herculean
1. requiring the great strength of a Hercules; hence very difficult, dangerous or hard to perform 2. Having enormous strength, courage, or size. 3. (initial capital letter) of or pertaining to Hercules or his labors
appellation
1. a name, title, or designation. The act of naming. 2, A geographical name (as of a region, village, or vineyard) under which a winegrower is authorized to identify and market wine
cynical
negative or pessimistic; showing contempt for accepted standards of honesty or morality by one's actions, esp. by actions that exploit the scruples of others; bitterly or sneeringly distrustful, contemptuous, or pessimistic
galvanize
1. to stimulate or shock by or as if by a electric current. 2. to stimulate or treat (muscles or nerves) with induced direct current (distinguished from faradize). 3. to startle into sudden activity; stimulate (as in a crowd). 4. to coat (metal, esp. iron or steel) with zinc
expedite
to free from entanglements; to carry out promptly or speed up the process of.
disquietude
worried unease; anxiety
bowdlerize
to edit (a written work) by removing or modifying passages considered vulgar or objectionable; to expurgate (a book) prudishly
bower
a shaded, leafy recess; an arbor. a rustic cottage; a country retreat; a woman's private chamber in a medieval castle
ostracize
1. to exclude, by general consent, from a group - such as from society, friendship, conversation, privileges, etc. 2. to banish (a person) from his or her native country; expatriate
lethargy
1. Abnormal drowsiness. 2. The quality or state of being lazy, sluggish, inactive, or indifferent.
aver
to affirm positively as true; to assert or affirm with confidence; declare in a positive or peremptory manner; to allege as a fact.
dilatory
tending to delay, procrastinate, or postpone; intended to cause delay, gain time, or defer decision
stoic
1. one who is seemingly indifferent to or unaffected by joy, grief, pleasure, or pain. 2. of or pertaining to the school of philosophy founded by Zeno, who taught that people should be free from passion, unmoved by joy or grief, and submit without complaint to unavoidable necessity.
pander
to act as a go-between or liaison in amorous intrigues; function as a procurer.
infernal
of or relating to a lower world of the dead; of or relating to hell or a nether world.
scintillating
brilliantly clever; animated, vivacious; marked by high spirits or excitement
insouciant
lighthearted and unconcerned; free of cares and anxiety