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15 terms

Vocab 14

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Bourgeois
adj. - relating to or typical of the middle class; held to be preoccupied with respectability and material values
n. - a person belonging to the middle class; a person whose attitudes and behavior are marked by conformity to the standards and conventions of the middle class; in Marxist theory, a member of the property-owning class; a capitalist
s (for adj.) = middle-class; conventional; plebeian
Countenance
n. - appearance, especially the expression of the face; the face or facial feature.
v. - to give or express approval to; condone: The college administration will not countenance cheating.
s (for n.) = expression; face; lineament
Foreboding
n. - a sense of impending evil
adj. - marked by foreboding; ominous
s (for n.) = anxiety; apprehension; omen; harbinger
a (for adj.) = unprophetic
Fortuitous
adj. - happening by a fortunate accident or chance; lucky or fortunate.
s = chance; accidental; serendipitous
a = planned; expected; intended
Impermeable
adj. - impossible to penetrate: an impermeable fortress
s = impenetrable; nonporous; hermetic
a = porous
Impervious
adj. - incapable of being penetrated: a material impervious to water; incapable of being affected: impervious to fear
s = immune; indifferent; stoic
a = persuadable; susceptible; sensitive
Mutability
n. - the quality or state of being changeable or capable of change
s = changeability; inconstancy; unpredictability; variability
a = constancy; fixity
Neophyte
n. - a recent convert to a belief; a proselyte; a beginner or novice: a neophyte at politics; Roman Catholic Church; A newly ordained priest; a novice of a religious order or congregation
s = beginner; novice; tyro
a = expert; professional; authority
Partisan
n. - a fervent, sometimes militant supporter of a party, cause,
faction, person, or idea
- adj. - of, relating to, or characteristic of a partisan or partisans; devoted to
or biased in support of a party, group, or cause: partisan politics
s (for n.) = disciple; adherent; supporter; proponent
a (for n.) = opponent; adversary; enemy
s (for adj.) = factional
a (for adj.) = nonpartisan
Plastic
adj. - capable of being shaped or formed; easily influenced; impressionable; marked by artificiality or superficiality; synthetic

s = flexible; supple; malleable; artificial; phony; synthetic
a = inelastic; real; genuine
Rescind
v. - to make void; repeal or annul
s = abolish; nullify; repeal; withdraw
Restraint
n. - loss or abridgment of freedom; an influence that inhibits; a limitation; a means of restraining; control or repression of feelings;
s = frugality; prudence; thrift; moderation; temperance; modesty
a = extravagance; ostentation; immodesty; arrogance
Ruse
n. - a crafty stratagem; a subterfuge
s = trick; gimmick; ploy; stratagem
Sparse
adj. - occurring, growing, or settled at widely spaced intervals; not thick or dense
s = meager; scant; scarce; limited; trifling
a = many; substantial; considerable; plentiful
Vestige
n. - a visible trace, evidence, or sign of something that once existed but exists or appears no more
s = relic; remains; remnant; trace