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64 terms

vocab lesson 7-11

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epistle
a letter or literary composition in letter form
avid
enthusiastic; extremely interested; eager
gadfly
an irritating and persistent person; pest
humility
absence of vanity; humbleness; modesty
dolorous
exhibiting sorrow or pain; mournful
gargantuan
of huge or extraordinary size and power; huge
arduous
difficult; requiring much effort; laborious
affable
friendly; agreeable; easy to talk to; good natured
grandiloquent
pompous or high-flown in speech;proper
agrarian
concerning farms, farmers, or the use of land; agricultural
grimace
a facial expression of fear, disapproval, or pain; scowl
harangue
a long, strongly expressed speech or lecture
formidable
arousing fear or awe; intimidating
sycophant
a flatterer; one who fawns on others in order to gain favor
explicit
clearly and openly stated; leaving nothing to the imagination; exact; precise
cynical
doubtful or distrustful of the goodness or sincerity oh human motives; skeptical
ambivalent
having opposing attitudes or feelings toward a person, thing, or idea; unable to decide
demagogue
a leader who appeals to citizens emotions to obtain power
demure
quiet and modest; reserved
intrepid
without fear; brave
destitute
extremely poor; lacking necessities like food and shelter
erudite
scholarly; learned
dilemma
a choice between two unpleasant or difficult options
culmination
the highest point of attainment; the end or climax
concur
to be of the same opinion; to agree with; to support
abate
to lessen in violence or intensity
decorum
conformity to accepted standards of conduct; proper behavior
abhor
to detest; to hate strongly
dole
to distribute; to give out sparingly
gamut
the whole range or extent
extrovert
one who is outgoing; one who is energized rather than drained by interactions with others
droll
amusing in an odd or whimsical way
duplicity
intentional deceit in speech or conduct; deception
effigy
a crude dummy or image representing a hated person or group
austere
stern; severe; plain
emulate
to strive to be equal to; to imitate
sere
dry and withered
enhance
to increase the value or beauty of something
contrite
feeling regret for having committed some wrongdoing
magnanimous
noble; generous in forgiving; free from petty feelings or acts
enunciate
to state clearly and distinctly; to pronounce
collaborate
to work with another toward a goal
impound
to confine; to retain in legal custody
impeccable
faultless; without sin or blemish; faultless
evoke
to summon forth
inane
without sense or meaning; silly
unctuous
exaggeratedly or insincerely polite; oily
expatriate
someone who chooses to live outside of, or renounce his or her native country
frowzy
unkempt
heinous
hatefully or shockingly evil
expound
to explain in detail; to clarify
cajole
to persuade with false promises and flattery
inscrutable
not easily understood; hard to fathom
balk
to refuse stubbornly or abruptly; to stop short and refuse to go on
acrimony
ill-natured, bitter hostility
dour
stern and ill-humored
exult
to rejoice; to feel triumphant
omniscient
having unlimited knowledge; all-knowing
fiasco
a complete, ridiculous failure
metier
the work one is especially suited for; one's specialty; an occupation
fluctuate
to rise and fall; to vary irregularly
harry
to annoy or harass
incognito
disguised; pretending not to be oneself
lethargy
lack of energy; sluggishness