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Glossary of English Vocab (Benito Cereno) (Jan. '05)

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Somnambulistic
To be one who has the habit of walking about and performing other actions while asleep
Slovenly
Habitually or naturally careless in dress or personal appearance; untidy
Saturnine
Born under or affected by the influence of the planet
Splenetic
Of or pertaining to, connected with, the spleen; splenic
Deprecatory
Serving to deprecate; that prays for deliverance from or aversion of evil
Febrile
The state of being febrile, feverishness
Mien
The look, bearing, or manner of a person
Punctilio
A minute detail of action or conduct; a nice point of behaviour
Portent
That which portends or foretells something momentous about to happen
Ursine
Of or pertaining to, characteristic of, due to, a bear or bears
Apostatize
To abandon or renounce one's religious faith or moral allegiance
Ague
A malarial fever, marked by successive fits or paroxysms
Panegyric
A public speech or writing in praise of some person

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