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Glossary of English Vocab List 2

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aberrant
adj

Deviating from what is normal or typical; turning away from what is right or true
bailiwick
n

One’s particular area of expertise, authority, or interest
cajole
v

To coax with flattery and insincere talk; to wheedle
dauntless
adj

Fearless; that cannot be intimidated
eclectic
adj

Selecting from various systems, doctrines, or sources
fallacious
adj

Faulty; erroneous; misleading or deceptive
gauche
adj

Lacking social grace; awkward; tactless
halcyon
adj

Tranquil; happy; idyllic
ignominy
n

Shame and dishonor; loss of one’s reputation; infamy
disdain
n

To regard or treat as unworthy or beneath one’s dignity; to refuse or reject with contempt or scorn
malaise
n

A vague feeling of physical discomfort or uneasiness; a vague awareness of moral or social decline
nebulous
adj

Unclear; vague; indefinite
obfuscate
v

To make unclear or muddle; to confuse or bewilder
palpable
adj

That can be touched, felt, or handled; tangible
rankle
v

To cause long-lasting anger, rancor, or resentment; to fester
salacious
adj

Lecherous; erotically stimulating; pornographic
tawdry
adj

Cheap and showy; gaudy; sleazy
umbrage
n

Offense or resentment ("to take umbrage")
vagary
n

An odd, eccentric, or unexpected action; a whimsical or freakish idea or notion
wanton
adj

Recklessly or arrogantly ignoring decency or morality

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