E7H/EWP 190 Vocab List 1 Mr. Marx HSES

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epiphany
a sudden realization or insight into the true reality or essential meaning of something
microcosm
a miniature representation or model of a larger whole
elusive
hard to express or define; difficult to find or pin down
pervasive
spread throughout; seeping or creeping into every part of, and permeating completely
fatigue
tiredness or weariness; drained energy of body or mind due to extended effort
taunted
mocked, insulted or provoked in a demeaning or hurtful way
fraught
filled or weighted down with something; made complicated or difficult
elation
joyfulness or enthusiasm of spirit due to an accomplishment or intense happiness
solace
comfort, consolation or relief in a period of trouble or sadness
forebears
ancestors; forefathers and/or foremothers
futile
ineffective or useless; unsuccessful
convey
to communicate or transmit information
averting
turning away or aside; preventing or avoiding a potentially bad result
prophetic
predictive of the future; proven wise or true over time
reconcile
to create agreement or harmony; to make compatible or consistent
mandate
an order or command; a set of instructions or permissions given by an authority figure
pristine
having its original purity; uncorrupted or unspoiled
secluded
isolated or hidden from view; secretive or private
precipice
a steep, nearly vertical cliff; also, a situation of great peril
hermitage
a secluded habitation or hideaway, the dwelling of a hermit
incipient
beginning to exist or appear; only partly or imperfectly formed
impelled
driven or urged forward or into action
limber
flexible or easily bent; supple
abyss
a deep, immeasurable chasm; also, anything profound, unfathomable or infinite
pinnacle
a lofty peak, the highest or culminating point of something
desolation
loneliness or deprivation of companionship; also dreariness or barrenness
dogmatic
strongly opinionated, expressing opinions in an arrogant or inflexible manner
aspirant
one who seeks recognition or advancement; an ambitious person
deferential
showing respectful submission or courtesy
raffish
unconventional in a carefree or fun-loving way; also vulgar or cheap
vanquished
defeated or conquered
impertinent
intrusive or presumptuous, insolently rude; also, irrelevant
reciprocity
a relationship of mutual exchange, in which each side gives something and gets something
cosmology
a belief system explaining the origins and/or fundamental nature of the universe
profess
to declare openly; to affirm or acknowledge
temper (as a verb)
to soften or tone something down, often by adding something else.
dismember
to divide into parts or cut into pieces; to divide (a person or animal) limb from limb
secular
pertaining to ordinary things or people unconnected to religion; worldly rather than sacred
utilitarian
functional; having usefulness as its principal virtue or capable of being used productively
intrinsic
belonging to a thing by its very nature; inherent
empirical
derived from or based on observed experience/experimentation
holistic
adhering to the theory that the whole is valuable beyond or besides just the sum of its parts
fallow
inactive or undeveloped, but potentially useful, like farmland left unseeded after the harvest
sanction (one definition)
to authorize, approve or allow
sanction (another definition)
to impose a penalty as a result of one's disobedience; also, the penalty itself