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Glossary of English Vocab List 1

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abashed
adj

Ashamed and ill at ease, self-conscious, disconcerted
badinage
n

Playful, teasing talk; banter
cacophony
n

Harsh, jarring sound; dissonance
dalliance
n

An act of flirting, toying, trifling
ebullient
adj

Overflowing with enthusiasm and high spirits; enthusiastic; exuberant
facile
adj

Not hard to do or achieve; easy; using or showing little effort and not sincere or profound
garrulous
adj

Talking much or too much, especially about unimportant things
hackneyed
adj

Made trite and commonplace by overuse
iconoclast
n

A person who attacks or ridicules traditional or venerated institutions or ideas
laconic
adj

Using few words; brief or terse in speech or expression
maladroit
adj

Awkward; clumsy
nadir
n

Lowest point; time of greatest depression or rejection
Obdurate
adj

Not easily moved to pity or sympathy; hardhearted
paean
n

A song of joy, triumph, praise
rancor
n

Continuing bitter hate or ill will; deep spite or malice
sagacity
n

Penetrating intelligence and sound judgment
taciturn
adj

Almost always silent; not liking to talk
ubiquitous
adj

Present, or seeming to be present, everywhere at the same time
vacillate
v

To show indecision; waver in mind; fluctuate
waft
v

To float, as on the wind; to blow gently

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