lesson 10

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Terms in this set (...)

abstract
based on general ideas or principles rather than specific examples or real events
bequeath
to legally arrange for someone to have something that you own after your death
chivalry
behavior that is honorable, kind, generous, and brave; especially a mans behavior toward women
despot
someone such as a ruler who uses power in a cruel and unfair way
emulate
to try to do something or behave in the same way as someone else, especially because you admire them
feign
to pretend to have a particular feeling or to be sick, asleep etc.
gesticulation
to make movements with your arms and hands, usually while speaking because you are excited, angry, or cannot think of the right words to use
heresy
a belief that disagrees with the official principles of a particular religion
incise
to cut a pattern or mark into a surface
jocose
joking or humorous
menagerie
a group of people or characters that seems strange because they are all very different
nondescript
not having any special or interesting qualities
Opportune
A time that is very appropriate for doing something
patronizing
talking to someone or treating someone in a way that shows you think they are not as intelligent or important as you
quaint
unusual and attractive, especially in an old-fashioned way
reprimand
to tell someone officially that something they have done is very wrong
retrospective
relating to or thinking about the past
sovereign
A king or queen; a country or state that is independent and governs itself
stagnation
to stop developing or making progress
supplanted
to take the place of a person or thing so that they are not used anymore, not in a position of power anymore etc.
surfeit
an amount of something that is too large or more than you need
tedious
something that continues for a long time and is not interesting
usurped
to take someone else's power, position, job, etc. when you do not have the right to
variant
something that is slightly different from the usual form of something
virile
having or showing traditionally male qualities such as strength, courage, and sexual attractiveness