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Glossary of English Vocab List 3

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abominate
v

To have feelings of hatred and disgust for; to dislike very much
banal
adj

Dull or stale because of overuse; trite; commonplace
calumny
n

A false and malicious statement meant to hurt someone’s reputation; slander
debacle
n

A stunning, ruinous collapse or failure; an overwhelming defeat or rout
effrontery
n

Unashamed boldness; audacity; presumption
fatuous
adj

Complacently stupid or inane; silly; foolish
germane
adj

Truly relevant; pertinent; to the point
harridan
n

A disreputable, shrewish old woman
imbibe
v

To drink; to take in with the senses; to drink in
lascivious
adj

Lustful or lewd; tending to excite sexual desires
malapropism
n

Ludicrous misuse of words, especially through confusion caused by resemblance in sound
obsequious
adj

Much too willing to serve or obey; overly submissive
nefarious
adj

Very wicked; villainous
panacea
n

A cure-all; a supposed remedy or medicine for all diseases or ills
rapacious
adj

Greedy or grasping; taking by force; plundering
salubrious
adj

Promoting health or welfare; wholesome
temerity
n

Foolish or rash boldness; recklessness
unctuous
adj

Too suave or oily in speech or manner when seeking to persuade
vapid
adj

Uninteresting; lifeless; dull; boring
wizened
adj

Dried up; shriveled; withered

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