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75 terms

Kernes English 10 vocab 1-75 2011

The vocabulary terms covered in English 10 over the 1st semester. Words #1-75
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serrated
adj.; Saw-toothed, notched
detrimental
adj.; Harmful.
sagacious
adj.; Showing wise judgment.
accolade
n.; High praise, honor
propound
v.; To propose, to present
ebullient
adj.; Bubbling over with high spirits
exculpate
v.; To clear from insinuated charge or fault, to free from blame or guilt
deferential
adj.; Showing polite respect, appropriate consideration, courteous regard
retrospect
n.; A looking back to the past
assiduous
adj; Constant in application or effort, unremitting, persevering, working diligently.
divulge
v.; To reveal
aspiring
adj.; Ambitious, seeking, longing for
enigma
n.; A riddle, puzzle, something very difficult to understand
sparse
adj.; Thinly scattered, not dense
mercenary
n.; "Gun for hire", a soldier who fights for monetary gain instead of patriotism
innuendo
n.; An insinuation
symmetry
n.; Proportion, harmony, balance
vivid
adj.; clear, inescapable
connoisseur
n.; Authority, expert, gourmet
penitence
n.; Remorse, the showing or feeling of regret that one has done wrong
ephemeral
adj; Momentary or fleeting, lasting a very short time.
apathy
n.; Lack of interest or concern, indifference
vestige
n.; Remnant, a trace of something that disappeared
accentuate
v.; To emphasize, to make more noticeable
emulate
v; To follow or try to excel; imitate with effort to equal or surpass.
omnipotent
.; All seeing, all knowing, all powerful, mighty
indolence
n.; Idleness, laziness, disliking work or effort.
elated
adj.; Feeling very pleased or proud, joyful.
congeal
v.; To thicken, to jell, to coagulate.
misconstrue
To misinterpret, to misunderstand
jaundiced
adj.; Envious, envy or jealousy that leads to a prejudice view or opinion, intolerant, unfair
hypotheses
n.; (pl.) Educated guesses, a supposition put forward to account for certain facts and used as a basis for further investigation by which it may be proven or disproved.
extrinsic
adj.; External, originating from outside, not belonging to the basic nature of a person or thing.
bemoan
v.; To lament, to mourn, to complain (not as strong as "grieve").
credulous
adj.; Gullible, easily persuaded or tricked.
discretion
n.; Having good judgment, freedom to act according to one's own judgment
skeptic
n.; "Doubting Thomas", disbeliever, cynic
ossify
v.; To change into bone; to harden
amass
v.; To heap up, to collect
enervate
v; To take away (deprive) of force or strength; to weaken.
deride
v.; To laugh at scornfully, to ridicule.
condescension
n.; Patronizing manner or behavior, talking down to someone.
parry
v.; To defend yourself by blocking.
repudiate
v.; To reject or disown utterly, to deny totally
evade
v.; To avoid or dodge either a comment or a punch.
insatiable
adj.; Unable to be satisfied, unquenchable, unappeasable
philanthropist
n.; One who is charitable, a humanitarian, one who donates a lot of money or time to others.
hypochondriac
n.; One who is obsessed with his physical problems.
risque
adj.; Slightly improper, suggestive, daring (French).
caricature
n.; Satirical cartoon or picture
innovative
adj.; new methods, new approaches
laconic
adj.; Brief, using few words, but to the point and clear, concise, terse.
incessant
adj.; Unceasing, continually repeated
intermittent
adj.; Occurring at intervals, not continuous
malicious
adj.; Desiring to cause harm, spiteful
inkling
n.; Hint, suggestion
abridge
v.; To deprive of, to take away or remove some of the whole.
circumvent
v.; To find a way around
teeming
adj.; full to overflowing
acumen
n.; Quickness and keenness of judgment or insight
petulant
adj.; Irritable over something that is annoying.
indulge
v.; To give into your own desires (or of others)
tenacious
adj.; Holding firm [a tenacious grip], retaining well [a tenacious memory], cohesive, adhesive, persistent, stubborn
mundane
adj.; Worldly, everyday, ordinary
raucous
adj.; Hoarse, rough sounding, boisterous noise.
aloof
adj.; Stuck up, remote, unapproachable, unsociable; cool (to an idea)
dubious
adj.; Doubtful, unsure of or uncertain of the outcome,.[a dubious character] [a dubious remark].
rancorous
adj; Hateful, bitter resentment or ill-will.
pretentious
adj.; Affectedly grand, acting superior.
despondent
adj.; Feeling dejected, hopeless
autonomy
n.; Self-government, independence.
intrepid
adj; Resolutely fearless, courageous.
epiphany
n.; a revelation, a sudden recognition of the essence or meaning of something
apocryphal
adj.; Fictitious, Doubting origins or beginnings.
overt
adj.; Not hidden, open, observable, apparent.