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Glossary of American Literature Vocabulary 2.4

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decimate (v)
to destroy or kill a large part of
dilatory (adj)
indended to delay
disparage (v)
to speak of in a disrespectful way
dolorous (adj)
marked by or exhibiting sorrow
echelon (n)
a subdivision of a military or naval force
edify (v)
to instruct especially so as to encourage improvement
expedient (adj)
appropriate to a purpose
hiatus (n)
a break
ignominy (n)
great personal dishonor or humiliation
malapropism (n)
ludicrous misuse of a word
nihilism (n)
an extreme form of skepticism that denies all existence
omnipotent (adj)
having unlimited or universal power
omniscient (adj)
having total knowledge
sardonic (adj)
scornfully or cynically mocking
tirade (n)
a long angry or violent speech
vagary (n)
an extravagant or erratic notion or action
eclectic (adj)
made up of or combining elements from a variety of sources
cauterize (v)
to burn or sear
covert (adj)
not openly practiced
debility (n)
the state of being weak or feeble
abominable (adj)
thoroughly unpleasant or disagreeable
abscond (v)
to leave quickly and secretly and hide oneself
affront (n)
an open or intentional offense
arboreal (adj)
relating to or resembling a tree
behemoth (n)
something enormous in size or power
capitulate (v)
to surrender under specified conditions
careen (v)
to lurch or swerve while in motion
catalytic (adj)
acting as catalyst

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