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english 1 holland midterm

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aura
noun - a distinctive atmosphere surrounding a given source; a luminous radiation
brandish
verb - to wave something about, especially a weapon
contemplate
verb - to deeply think about something; to consider
burnish
verb - to polish
ambiguous
adj - capable of being understood in two or more possible senses or ways
oblivious
adj - lacking conscious awareness; unmindful
antipathy
noun - settled aversion or dislike; hatred
bedlam
noun - a place, scene, or state of uproar and confusion
strew
verb- to spread here and there; to scatter; to disperse
proliferate
v - to grow rapidly; to produce or to create in great number; to multiply
vivacious
adj - full of life and animation; spirited; lively
importune
v - to urge or to entreat persistently or repeatedly; to trouble with requests or demands
validation
noun - proof or support for an argument or feeling
divulge
v - to reveal something (private)
marvel
verb- to be filled with wonder or astonishment
lacerate
v- to tear jaggedly; to mangle (something soft, like flesh) 2) to wound or to hurt esp. one's feelings, deeply
venture
verb - to expose to danger or risk
sagacity
noun - wisdom, good judgment
amenable
adj. - open to suggestions, agreeable
mote
noun- a very small particle; speck
incarnation
noun - the embodiment of a deity or spirit in some earthly form; a concrete or actual form of a quality or concept
cowlick
noun- a projecting tuft of hair that will not lay flat
vaulting
adjective - arching, reaching or stretching for the heights
unobtrusive
adj. - not noticeable; inconspicuous
escapist
adj. - providing pleasure and diversion from unpleasant realities
vagary
noun - an erratic, unpredictable, or extravagant action or notion
epitome
noun - a typical or ideal example
reverie
noun - a state of abstracting musing; daydreaming
remnant
noun- something left over; a remainder
posthumous
adj. - occurring after somebody's death
meager
adj. - of poor quality or small amount, scant
persuasive
adj. - convincing, based on sound reasoning
brazen
adj - marked by flagrant and insolent audacity
renowned
adjective - very well known, famous
placid
adj. - undisturbed by tumult or disorder
levee
noun- an embankment built to prevent water from overflowing
aspire
v - to desire strongly; to have great ambition; to yearn or to seek after
tenacious
adj. - holding firmly to a decision or opinion, persistent
bravado
noun - defiant or swaggering behavior
jaded
adj. - tired or dull through repetition or excess
debacle
n - an overwhelming defeat or rout; a stunning, ruinous collapse
condescend
verb - to deal with people in a patronizing superior manner
pensive
adj. - suggestive of sad thoughtfulness
mellifluous
adj. - having a smooth rich flow, filled with something (as honey) that sweetens
volition
noun - the ability to make conscious decisions or choices
presumptuous
adj - excessively forward
appease
verb - to bring peace or calm, soothe
carouse
verb- to engage in drunken merrymaking
perverse
adj. - likely to oppose or contradict, uncooperative
ornate
adjective - very elaborate and complicated, embellished
retribution
noun - something given or demanded in repayment, especially punishment
probity
n - complete honesty; integrity; uprightness in one's dealings
consolation
noun - a comfort and support
harangue
noun - a long speech characterized by strong feeling; a tirade
meander
verb- to follow a winding and turning course; to wander aimlessly
rebuttal
noun - a speech intended to oppose, disprove, or contradict something said or claimed
appraise
verb - to judge, to set a value for
morose
adj. - sad, gloomy
rout
verb - to drive out or force out; eject
interject
verb - to insert between or among other things, often by speaking
crescendo
noun - the peak of a gradual increase, often of sound
incongruence
noun - contradiction, incompatibility, unsuitability
acquiesce
verb - to agree passively rather than expressing approval or disapproval
exult
v - to show or feel a triumphant joy
mortify
verb - to cause to experience humiliation or shame
intrusion
noun- an inappropriate or unwelcome addition
amorphous
adj. - lacking definite form; shapeless
inscrutable
adj - enigmatic; unfathomable; that cannot be easily understood
shackle
verb - to chain up
plunder
verb - to seize wrongfully or by force, pillage, sack
eclectic
adj - combining elements from a variety of sources
complicity
noun - involvement as an accomplice
beseech
verb- request urgently or earnestly; implore
lyre
noun - stringed instrument of the harp family
palpable
adj - plainly seen, heard, perceived
unfathomable
adj. - impossible to comprehend, deep, profound
benign
adj. - gentle and mild, harmless
parsonage
noun- official residence provided by the church for a minister
rambunctious
adj. - marked by uncontrollable exuberance
stoicism
noun - indifference to pleasure or pain; impassiveness
magnanimous
adj - noble in mind; generous
imminent
adj. - about to occur; impending
despicable
adj - deserving of contempt or scorn; vile
draconian
adj - harsh; severe
flaccid
adj. - lacking firmness, resilience, or muscle tone
brusquely
adv. - quickly; abruptly, somewhat rudely
placate
verb - to make less angry or upset by doing or saying something to please
irreparable
adj. - impossible to repair, rectify or amend
sustenance
noun - something, especially food, that supports life
sodden
adj. - thoroughly soaked; saturated
suave
adj. - smoothly though often superficially gracious and sophisticated
thwart
verb - to oppose and defeat the effort
empirical
adj - depending on experience or observation alone
blaspheme
verb- to speak of God or a sacred entity in an irreverent manner
swagger
verb - to walk in an arrogant manner; strut; boast; brag
imperious
adj. - commanding; powerful
presentiment
n - a foreboding; having the feeling that something, esp of an unfortunate or evil nature, is about to occur
copious
adj - very plentiful; abundant
uncanny
adjective - seeming to have a supernatural character or origin
hallow
verb - to make holy, usually a place
garrulous
adj. - pointlessly or annoyingly talkative
tremulous
adj. - marked by trembling, quivering or shaking
staid
adjective - sedate; dignified; proper
contrition
noun - sincere remorse for wrongdoing; repentance
sordid
adj. - seamy, morally degraded, unethical, dishonest
pious
adj - exhibiting religious reverence; devout
poignant
adj. - profoundly moving; touching
salubrious
adj - healthy; wholesome; promoting health or well being
gorge
verb - to stuff with food; glut
pugnacious
adj. - eager and ready to fight, belligerent
rail
v - to utter a bitter complaint
recoil
verb- to shrink back in fear or repulsion
conjure
verb- to call or bring to mind, evoke; to influence as if by magic
prodigy
noun - an unusually gifted or intelligent (young) person; someone whose talents excite wonder and admiration
exult
verb - to rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant
recumbent
adj. - lying down, especially in a position of comfort or rest
insidious
adj - treacherous, destructive
pilgrimage
noun - a journey to a place with special significance, usually religious
exorbitant
adj - excessive; extravagant; going beyond what is reasonable or fair
lavish
verb - to give or bestow in abundance; shower

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