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40 terms

Vocabulary: Lessons 1-4

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adroit
clever; skillful in a mental or physical way
allay
to lessen; to relieve; to calm
blazon
to proclaim; to display publicly; a coat of arms; a banner
bravado
a show of false bravery or confidence
choleric
having or showing a quick temper or irascible nature
colloquy
a conversation or conference, usually formal
despot
an absolute ruler; one in charge who acts like a tyrant
dirge
a funeral hymn; a poetic or musical expression of grief
expatriate
one who is exiled from his native land; to withdraw from one's native land
feign
to pretend; to make up
assimilate
to absorb and incorporate food or knowledge; to absorb one group into a larger culture
cognizant
aware of or informed about something
discursive
wandering or shifting from one subject to another; rambling; long-winded
ennui
discontent and listlessness from lack of occupation or interest
farcical
ridiculous; exaggeratedly comical
fortuitous
occurring by chance; accidental; fortunate
hyperbole
an obvious exaggeration, made for effect and not meant to be taken literally
incognito
one who is in disguise; disguised; using a false name
mesmerism
hypnotism; hypnotic appeal; intense fascination
omniscient
knowing everything; having complete or infinite knowledge
abject
hopelessly low; wretched; miserable; without self-respect
admonish
to reprove mildly and kindly; but seriously; to caution or warn; to urge
commensurate
in proper proportion; having the same scale, measure, or size; proportionate
distraught
in a state of mental conflict; agitated; crazed
euphemism
a mild expression used in place of a harsh, crude, or distasteful expression
nebulous
hazy; vague; not clearly defined
phlegmatic
sluggish; indifferent; calm
propriety
acceptable behavior; conformity with conventional standards
prosaic
matter-of-fact; ordinary; commonplace
revile
to attack with abusive language; to call insulting names
banal
commonplace; trite; stale from overuse
bellicose
quarrelsome; hostile; inclined to fighting
finesse
delicate skill; subtlety; to bring about with skill; to evade
glib
done in a smooth, offhand manner; easily spoken; speaking too smoothly to be sincere
lampoon
strongly satirical writing; to ridicule or satirize
lugubrious
sad or mournful; doleful
nefarious
villainous; infamous; having a bad reputation
nemesis
an avenger; an unbeatable rival; a person who punishes another for evil deeds
pseudonym
a fictitious name assumed by an author; a pen name
purloin
to steal