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Lit Vocabulary Sem1

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mettle
strength, courage (n)
ukase
an unjust ruling (n)
malefactor
someone who does wrong (n)
curtail
to reduce length/duration time of (v)
prevail
to prove to be stronger and in the position of greater influence and power (v)
clamber
to climb in a clumsy/heavy manner (v)
declivity
a downward slope, as of ground (n)
ineffectual
not effective, not production the desired result (adj)
obscure
not clear; to hide/conceal (adj/verb)
compulsion
a strong feeling/desire that is difficult to ignore (n)
brawl
a noisy fight (n)
trample
to step heavily and noisily (v)
vile
very bad; filthy; foul (adj)
absolve
to be released from consequences of actions (v)
flagrant
very obvious and contrary to standards of conduct/morality (adj)
libation
a liquid offering (n)
derisive
showing contempt/ridicule in mean or mocking way (adj)
flog
to whip or hit (v)
diffidently
in a shy manner (adv)
enact
to put into law (v)
myriad
many; a huge number (adj/n)
atheist
someone who does not believe in God or gods (n)
presume
to accept true even though there is not proof, on the grounds that it is likely (v)
hasty
done in a rushed manner due to lack of time (adj)
rectify
to fix; correct (v)
malice
desire to inflict injury, harm, suffering (n)
acquit
to relieve from a charge, fault, crime (v)
docile
easily managed, teachable (adj)
brazen
bold and without shame (adj)
vindictive
having/showing strong and unreasonable desire for revenge (adj)
tempestuous
tumultuous, strong turbulent or conflicting emotion (adj)
tremulous
characterized by trembling from weakness, fear (adj)
calamity
a great misfortune/disaster (n)
aphorism
a terse saying embodying a general truth (n)
lament
to feel or express sorrow and regret for (v)
tacit
understood w/o being openly expressed; implied (adj)
loquacious
tending to talk much or freely; chattering (adj)
recalcitrant
resisting authority and control; not obedient/compliant (adj)
didactic
designed or intended to teach; making moral observations (adj)
inextricable
impossible to disentangle/separate (adj)
abate
to lessen; reduce in amount, degree, intensity (v)
abhor
to regard with extreme aversion; detest utterly (v)
abominable
hateful, detestable, loathsome (adj)
achromatic
not colorful, unable to emit/ transmit/ receive light without separating into colors (adj)
acrimonious
angry and bitter (adj)
pliant
flexible (adj)
furtive
sly, stealthy (adj)
ebullience
zestful enthusiasm (n)
mirage
an optical illusion of a sheet of water appearing in a desert/hot road; something unreal or imagined (n)
quandary
state of uncertainty or indecision as to what to do (n)
amorphous
w/o determined shape (adj)
convalesce
to recover after sickness, physical and mental (v)
dictum
an authoritative declaration (n)
impertinence
rudeness (n)
prodigal
n) one who is wasteful and extravagant
adj) acting in wasteful and extravagant manner
aberration
deviation from the norm (n)
abundant
plentiful (adj)
acquiesce
to give in to one's request (v)
obliterate
to destroy (v)
feeble
weak due to sickness or old age (adj)
rebut
to refute by evidence/argument; to oppose (v)
fallacy
deceptive, misleading, false notion or belief (n)
implore
to beg urgently (v)
concession
the act of grating something as true/correct (n)
induction
when you build a case point by point and come to your conclusion at the end (n)
concur
to agree with; to happen at the same time (v)
condolence
an expression of sorrow/sympathy (n)
condone
to regard something that is wrong in a tolerant way (v)
confiscate
to take somebody's property; to seize (v)
congruent
consistent w/ something else (adj)
intonation
pitch of voice, such as rise and fall (adj)
extemporaneous
impromptu; planned but unscripted (adj)
amplification
expansion of statement; to restate ideas (n)
ideogram
written symbol representing an idea directly (n)
jargon
specialized/technical language of a trade/profession (n)
paramount
chief of importance/impact (adj)
benevolent
showing kindness/goodwill (adj)
diligent
showing persistent and hardworking effort in doing something (adj)
inquisitive
curious (adj)
reticent
shy, silent, uncommunicative (adj)
efflorescence
period of greatest prosperity, productivity; time and process of budding/ unfolding of blossoms (n)
gesticulate
to show, express, direct through movement (v)
pallid
lacing color/ brightness; pale in complexion; lacing vigor or strength (adj)
discursive
tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range of subjects (adj)
crumple
to gather something into small wrinkles/ folds (v)
petulant
moved to or showing sudden impatient irritation esp. over a small or insignificant event/annoyance (adj)
perfunctory
performed merely as a routine duty; done in a hasty/superficial manner (adj)
boisterously
rough and noisy; noisily jolly or rowdy; unrestrained (adv)
illusion
false/ misleading impression of reality (n)
oppressive
unjustly harsh; tyrannical (adj)
tumult
violent/ noisy commotion (n)
incredulous
skeptical; disinclined/indisposed to believe (adj)
susurration
a soft rusting sound; whisper; murmur (n)
jeer
to abuse vocally; taunt/mock (v)
mutinous
unruly, rebellious, disobedient (adj)
tirade
long angry speech, usually w/ a lot of criticism (n)
festoon
n) string/chain of flowers, foliage, ribbon, etc.
v) to adorn with _______
abyss
a deep gorge of unending awfulness (n)
avid
eager for, dedicated to, enthusiastic about (adj)
sinewy
lean and muscular (adj)
saunter
walk at leisurely pace; stroll (v)
demure
reserved, modest, shy (adj)
fervor
great intensity of emotion; intense heat (n)
corpulent
excessively fat (adj)
parried
deflected/warded off; avoided (v)
myopia
nearsightedness (n)
sniveling
to sniffle; complain/whine tearfully (v)
ululation
howling (n)
multitudinous
existing, occurring, or present in great numbers (adj)
cynicism
remark made by a person who believes only in human selfishness (n)
befouled
to make filthy; speak ill of (v)
propitiatingly
to make favorable inclined; conciliate (adv)
inscrutably
incapable of being investigated/analyzed (adv)
pax
period in history marked by absence of major wars (n)
inimical
tending to harm, unfriendly (adj)
incantation
a series of words said as a magic spell/charm (adj)
ensconce
to settle securely/snugly; to cover/shelter (n)
diddle
to cheat; swindle, hoax (v)
cordon
a line of people/ships stationed to guard (n)
crepitate
to make a crackling sound; crackle (v)