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Classical Literature Semester One Exam Vocabulary Review

Mrs. Groves
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Peruse
look at fairly attentively; study
Astringent
severe, stern
Astringent (n)
substance that shrinks tissues and checks the flow of blood
Adulation
excessive praise; flattery
Sycophant
parasitic flatterer; truckler
Obsequious
showing excessive willingness to serve; subservient, fawning
Lackey
follower who carries out another's wishes (servant); toady
Tepid
lukewarm
Antidote
remedy for a poison or evil
Svelte
slender; lithe
Ameliorate
make better; improve
Stipend
salary; regular allowance
Expertise
know-how, expertness
Baffle
bewilder; perplex; fill with confusion
Detriment
disadvantage
Ebullient
overflowing with enthusiasm; exuberant
Tractable
easily led, taught, or controlled; docile
Subvert
overturn or overthrow from the foundation; undermine
Impede
hinder; obstruct
Parsimonious
stingy
Libel
false and defamatory printed (or written) statement
Exhort
advise strongly; urge
Acquit
pronounce not guilty; discharge; exculpate
Render
handed down officially
Effrontery
shameless boldness; insolence; gall; temerity
Cajolery
persuasion by flattering; coaxing
Ingratiate
work oneself into favor
Laudable
praiseworthy; commendable
Laudatory
expressing praise
Cajole
persuade by pleasant words; coax
Haggard
careworn; gaunt
Emaciated
made unnaturally thin
Attenuate
make thin; weaken
Pathetic
arousing pity
Disgruntled
displeased; discontented
Pensive
thoughtful in a sad way
Lament
mourn
Sullen
resentfully silent
Poignant
painfully touching
Malign
speak evil of; vilify
Slander
false and defamatory spoken statement
Halcyon
calm; peaceful
Lionize
treat as highly important
Chagrin
embarrassment; disappointed
Wane
decrease in power or size; dwindle; decline
Forbearance
abstaining, leniency, patience
Ephemeral
fleeting; transitory; short-lived
Salutary
healthful, curative, beneficial
Gull
deceive; cheat
Scrutinize
examine very close
Indemnify
reimburse; repay
Gall (n)
brazen boldness; nerve
Reticence
restraint in communicating
Imputation
accusation
Derogatory
expressing low esteem
Plaudit(s)
applause
Benign
not dangerous/gentle; kindly
Convalesce
recover health after illness; recuperate
Malignant
1) threatening to cause death, 2) very evil
Virulent
deadly; venomous
Salubrious
healthy; beneficial
Gall
annoy; vex
Admonish
reprove gently but seriously; caution
Indolent
lazy, idle, lethargic
Despicable
worthy of contempt; contemptible
Abhorrent
(followed by to) utterly opposed; repugnant
Supersede
supplant, replace
Ascetic
person who shuns pleasures and lives simply
Compunction
regret; remorse; misgiving
Disconsolate
cheerless; inconsolable
Delectable
very pleasing in taste
Gala
characterized by festivity
Elation
euphoria
Conviviality
sociability
buoy
keep afloat; encourage
Nettlesome
irritating; causing annoyance or vexation
Score
twenty
Ambrosial
delicious; like ambrosia (food of the gods)
Repast
meal
Immerse
dip, duck; engross, absorb
Wager (n)
bet
Wager
gamble; bet
Maudlin
weakly sentimental and tearful
Blithe
merry; joyous/ heedless
Complacency
self satisfaction; smugness