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45 terms

Vocabulary Lessons 4, 5, 6

Mrs. Miller, 3rd hour
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celibate
abstaining from intercourse
fortuitous
lucky; by chance
recapitulate
to summarize; to repeat briefly
perfunctory
done without care; in a routine fashion
baroque
overly decorated
hedonism
pursuit of pleasure, especially of the senses
obloquy
strong disapproval; a bad reputation resulting from public criticism
debacle
a complete failure; a total collapse
quasi-
resembling; seeming; half
besmirch
to make dirty; to stain
imperative
extremely necessary; vitally important
sacrosanct
extremely holy
sadistic
deriving pleasure from inflicting pain on others
demeanor
behavior; manner of conducting oneself
facetious
comical; jocular; flippant
fop
an excessively fashion-conscious man
imprecation
a curse
non sequitur
something that does not logically follow
sanguine
cheerful; optimistic
bowdlerize
to remove offensive passages of a play, novel, etc.
impair
to weaken; to cause to become worse
panegyric
an expression of praise
quandary
a puzzling situation; a dilemma
ebullient
enthusiastic
deference
respect; consideration
carnal
relating to physical appetite, especially sexual
nebulous
hazy, vague, uncertain
rakish
carefree; dashing; jaunty
elegy
a sad or mournful poem
pedantic
tending to show off one's learning
antipathy
an intense dislike
elucidate
to make clear
imminent
likely to happen; threatening
banal
common, ordinary
obdurate
stubborn, hardhearted
peruse
to read carefully; scrutinize
bedlam
a noisy uproar; a scene of wild confusion
affluence
wealth; richness
scurrilous
coarsely abusive; vulgar
parody
a work which imitates another in a ridiculous manner
sedulous
hard working; diligent
onerous
burdensome; heavy; hard to endure
amoral
lacking a sense of right and wrong
eschew
to keep away from; to avoid; to shun
denouement
an outcome; result