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Animal Farm vocab I

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ensconce
v: to hide, conceal, shelter, to place or settle securly
cynical
adj: believing people are only motivated by selfishness
plaited
v: to braid
dissentient
n: one who disagrees -- with the norm
enmity
n: the bitter attitude or feeling of an enemy or of mutual enemies -- hatred
pre-eminent
adj: above others, surpass, highest of rank
apathy
n: lack of emotion or interest, indifferent
gambolled
v: to jump, skip, play about ... frolic
concieved
v: to put words in the mind
acute
adj: keen or quick of mind
cryptic
adj: mysterious in meaning, puzzling, secret, using code
maxim
n: an expression of general truth or principle ... rule of conduct
tractable
adj: easily managed or controlled
contemptible
adj: deserving of or held in contempt, held in hatred
flogging
v: to beat with a whip or stick as punishment
irrepressible
adj: incapable of being repressed or restrained, uncontrollable
ignominious
adj: marked by or attended with humiliation, shameful
impromptu
adj: made or done with or without previous preparation, n: something impromptu
pretext
n: something that is put forward to conceal a true purpose or object, excuse
publican
n: a person who collected public taxes -- tax collector
manifestly
adv: readily perceived by the eye or the understanding evident, obvious, apparent
liable
adj: legally responsible
innovation
n: something new or different introduced
procured
v: to obtain or get by care effort, or the use of special means ... to bring about, to obtain
restive
adj: impatient of control, restraint or delay, refusing to go forward, uneasy