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English Vocab 2

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formidable
strong, a challenge
insolence
rudeness
pedantic
shows off knowledge (overly scholarly)
dogged
stubborn in a good way
magnanimous
overly apologetic
patois
slang, informal way of speaking
indulgent
overly forgiving, tolerant (Catholic Church indulgence)
recapitulate
summarize, rephrase
antithesis
direct opposite (arguments)
fastidious
picky, hard to please (tidy)
ameliorate
make better, lessen pain
accost
approach in a threatening manner
conjecture
a guess, to guess
glutton
person who overindulges (food)
sough
make a sighing noise, sound wind makes as it goes through a tree
peruse
to read very carefully, to skim over
jeer
to mock, make fun of (crowd)
pious
faithful (religion)
prolific
productive
pejorative
demeaning, put down
exacerbate
to make worse
penchant
strong fondness toward something
abscond
to flee w/ guilt or fear
cull
to pick and choose wisely
quagmire
quicksand/sticky situation
flounder
move about awkwardly to try and get out of something
supine
lay on your back
atrophy
to weaken
expatriate
person who lives in a foreign land
contrite
feel guilty about something, sorrowful