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19 terms

Oedipus Vocabulary

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ameliorate
verb- to improve, make better, correct a flaw or shortcoming
aplomb
noun- poise, assurance, great self-confidance; perpendicularity
bombastic
adj- pompous or overblown in language; full of high-sounding words intended to conceal a lack of ideas
callow
adj- without experience, immature, not fully developed, lacking sophistication and poise; without feathers
drivel
noun- saliva or mucus flowing from the mouth or nose; foolish, aimless talk or thinking; nonsense; OR verb- to let saliva flow from the mouth; to utter nonsense or childish twaddle; to waste or fritter away foolishly
epitome
noun- a summary, condensed account; an instance that represents a larger reality
exhort
verb- to urge strongly, advise earnestly
ex officio
adj OR adv- by virtue of holding a certain office
infringe
verb- to violate, trespass, go beyond recognized bounds
ingratiate
verb- to make oneself agreeable and thus gain favor or acceptance by others (sometimes used in a critical or derogatory sense)
interloper
noun- one who moves in where he or she in not wanted or has no right to be, an intruder: so much better of a word than saying "awkward third wheel"
inveigh
verb- to make a violent attack in words, express strong disapproval
lassitude
noun- weariness of the body or mind, lack of energy
millenium
noun- a period of one thousand years; a period of great joy
occult
adj- mysterious, magical, supernatural; secret, hidden from view; not detectable by ordinary means; OR verb- to hide, conceal; eclipse; OR noun- matters involving the supernatural
permeate
verb- to spread through, penetrate, soak through
precipitate
verb- to fall as moisture; to cause or bring about suddenly; to hurl down from a great height, to give distinct form to; OR adj- characterized by excessive haste; OR noun- moisture; the product of an action or process
stringent
adj- strict, severe; rigorously or urgently binding or compelling; sharp or bitter to the taste
surmise
verb- to think or believe without certain supporting evidence; to conjecture or guess; OR noun- likely idea that lacks definite proof