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Vocabulary Words

Mr Hoffman Freshmen English Class
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Jaundiced
affected with or exhibiting prejudice, as from envy or resentment.
etiology
the study of the causes of diseases
flaxen
of the pale yellowish color of dressed flax or linen
cosmogony
a theory or story of the origin and development of the universe.
Lummox
a clumsy, stupid person
acme
the highest point of something
woolgathering
indulgence in idle daydreaming
vesuvian
volcanic, or pertaining to a fierce of fiery disposition
loll
to recline or lean in a relaxed, lazy, or indolent manner; lounge.
weltschmerz
Sentimental pessimism; sorrow that one feels and accepts as one's necessary portion in life.
nyctophobia
abnormal fear of night or darkness
aioli
a sauce made of oil and eggs, usually flavored with garlic, from the Province region of France.
quean
an overly forward, impudent woman; shrew; hussy.
prehensible
able to be seized or grasped
junket
a trip, as by an official or legislative committee, paid out of public funds and ostensibly to obtain information.
kef
a state of drowsy contentment
billow
to rise or roll in or like a great wave; surge
harrowing
extremely disturbing or distressing; grievous
askance
with suspicion, mistrust or disapproval
anomie
a sense of loneliness and anxiety
mendacity
a tendency to lie; untruthfulness
milquetoast
a very timid, unassertive spineless person
titubant
a disturbance resulting in an uncertain gait and trembling
anoesis
a state of mind consisting of pure sensation or emotion without cognitive content
ferly
something unusual, strange, or causing wonder or terror
tawdry
gaudy showy and cheap
moot
open to discussion or debate; doubtful
votary
one devoted to some pursuit, worship, or way of life.
Plebiscite
a direct vote of the qualified voters of a state in regard to some important public question;
pansophy
universal knowledge or wisdom
Obscurantism
1. opposition to the increase and spread of knowledge. 2. deliberate obscurity or evasion of clarity.
thanatopsis
a view or contemplation of death
Perdition
a state of final spiritualism; loss of the soul; damnation
Sepulchral
proper to or suggestive of a tomb; funeral or dismal
Metempirical
beyond or outside the field of experience
Iyard
streaked or spotted with gray or white
berserk
violently frenzied; wild; crazed; deranged
animadvert
to comment unfavorably or critically
portend
to foreshadow; to bode
irrefragable
impossible to refute
sapid
having flavor, especially a strong pleasant flavor
tchotchke
a trinket; a knickknack
rapine
the act of plundering
gadabout
one who roams about in search of amusement or social activity
postprandial
occurring after a meal
copacetic
very satisfactory
inculcate
to teach or impress by frequent repitition or instruction
elegiac
relating to the mourning or remembering of the dead.
dilatory
given to, or marked by, procrastination or delay
fey
possessing or displaying a strange and otherworldly aspect or quality
revenant
one who returns after death or a long absence
bandersnatch
an imaginary wild animal of fierce disposition
fascicle
a section of a book or a set of books published in installments as separate volumes or pamphlets.