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59 terms

English Midterm Vocab

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Nuptial
of or relating to a wedding
Linger
leave slowly and hesitantly
Dowager
a widow holding property received from her deceased husband
Vexation
the act of troubling or annoying someone
Beguile
to deceive; to charm; to enchant
Extenuate
lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
Tempest
a violent storm
Feign
make believe with the intent to deceive
Gallant
unflinching in battle or action
Extemporaneous
with little or no preparation or forethought
Discretion
the trait of judging wisely and objectively
Brawl
a noisy quarrel or fight
Shrewd
marked by practical hardheaded intelligence
Revel
celebrate noisily, often indulging in drinking
Languish
lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief
Vile
thoroughly unpleasant
Virtuous
of moral excellence
Prologue
an introduction to a play
Commend
express approval of
Confound
mistake one thing for another
Preposterous
crazy
Spurn
reject with contempt
Jowl
a jaw, esp. the lower jaw.
Dote
To show excessive love or fondness
Solemn
serious; grave
Paragon
an ideal instance
Abridge
to make shorter
Mar
make imperfect
Thistle
prickly plant
Habitation
the act of dwelling in or living permanently in a place (said of both animals and men)
Transfigure
change completely the nature or appearance of
Mirth
happiness
Consecrate
give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
Mantle
a sleeveless garment like a cloak but shorter
Woe
intense mournfulness
Allot
allow to have
Amass
collect or gather
Audacious
Bold, adventurous, recklessly daring
Revelant
similar
Tether
restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal
Unison
n. a sounding together, agreement or accord
Vie
compete for something
Willful
by conscious design or purpose
Incapacitate
injure permanently
Myriad
a large indefinite number
Perspective
point of view
Perturb
throw into great confusion or disorder
Prodigious
enormous
Plaudits
enthusiastic approval
Grope
feel about uncertainly or blindly
Discordant
not in agreement or harmony
Adage
a proverb, wise saying
Bonanza
a sudden happening that brings good fortune (as a sudden opportunity to make money)
Decree
decide with authority
Hover
hang in the air
Laggard
inclined to waste time and lag behind
Preclude
keep from happening or arising
Jostle
come into rough contact with while moving
Servile
submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior