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Honors American Literature Vocabulary 2.2


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infer (v)
To reason from circumstance; surmise
pejorative (adj)
Tending to make or become worse
periphery (n)
A line that forms the boundary of an area; a perimeter
portent (n)
An indication of something important about to occur
sacrosanct (adj)
Regarded as sacred and inviolable
solstice (n)
A highest point or culmination
surfeit (n)
An excessive amount
voluminous (adj)
Having great volume, fullness, size, or number
alleviate (v)
To make more bearable
avarice (n)
Immoderate desire for wealth
berate (v)
To rebuke or scold angrily and at length
celibate (adj)
Abstaining from sexual intercourse, especially by reason of religious vows
chauvinism (n)
Fanatical patriotism
clandestine (adj)
Kept or done in secret
corpulent (adj)
Excessively fat
delude (v)
To deceive the mind or judgment of
diabolical (adj)
Of, concerning, or characteristic of the devil
effusive (adj)
Unrestrained or excessive in emotional expression
egress (n)
The act of coming or going out
errant (adj)
Roving, especially in search of adventure
fulminating (adj)
Coming on suddenly with great severity
furbish (v)
To brighten by cleaning or rubbing
guile (n)
Treacherous cunning; skillful deceit
incorrigible (adj)
Incapable of being corrected or reformed
ignoble (adj)
Not noble in quality, character, or purpose
macabre (adj)
Suggesting the horror of death and decay
martinet (n)
A rigid military disciplinarian
mitigate (v)
To become milder
ominous (adj)
Menacing; threatening
overt (adj)
Open and observable

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