28 terms

Earnest Vocabulary Definitions

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languid
drooping, sluggish, slow
forte
one's strong point
conduce
to lead to a desirable result; contribute to
expurgate
to cleanse of something harmful or offensive
demonstrative
openly displaying feelings
metaphysical
supernatural; theoretical; abstract
reproach
a feeling or expression of disapproval; to express disapproval
immaterial
having no substance; unimportant; irrelevant
utilitarian
focused on usefulness or practicality
vacillate
to fluctuate; waver in choice or feeling
misanthrope
a person who hates or distrusts people
celibacy
state of not being unmarried; abstaining from sex
interment
ceremony of depositing a body in the earth
canonical
orthodox; conforming to standard practices
portmanteau
a large suitcase or handbag
equanimity
calmness under stress; balance
impetuous
impulsive; forceful
rectory
residence of a priest or rector
effeminate
having feminine qualities untypical of a man
arduous
strenuous or difficult
candor
whiteness; fairness; honesty
chafe
to warm by rubbing; to irritate or vex
machinations
plotting or scheming
ostentatious
showy; pretentiously elaborate
secular
relating to the world (as opposed to something religious)
perambulator
baby carriage
vulgar
plebian; gross; crude
temperance
moderation in action or feeling; moderation or abstinance from consuming alchohol