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Midterm Vocab

Terms

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exult
to rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant
incongruence
contradiction, incompatibility, unsuitability
reverie
a state of abstracting musing; daydreaming
benign
gentle and mild, harmless
divulge
to reveal something (private)
complicity
involvement as an accomplice
flaccid
lacking firmness, resilience, or muscle tone
recumbent
lying down, especially in a position of comfort or rest
validation
proof or support for an argument or feeling
sagacity
wisdom, good judgement
squall
a brief, sudden, violent storm
marvel
to be filled with wonder or astonishment
lair
den or dwelling of a wild animal
prodigy
an unusually gifted or intelligent (young) person; someone whose talents excite wonder and admiration
shackle
to chain up
salubrious
healthy; wholesome; promoting health or well being
aspire
to desire strongly; to have great ambition; to yearn or to seek after
meander
to follow a winding and turning course; to wander aimlessly
slog
1. to walk or progress with a slow, heavy pace 2. such a walk
flay
to strip the skin off
gullet
throat
garrulous
pointlessly or annoyingly talkative
venture
to expose to danger or risk
recoil
to shrink back in fear or repulsion
demonic
devil like
consolation
a comfort and support
ramparts
fortification (esp. walls)
appease
to bring peace or calm, soothe
spellbind
to hold under a spell; enchant; fascinate
incarnation
the embodiment of a deity or spirit in some earthly form; a concrete or actual form of a quality or concept
copious
very plentiful, abundant
pious
exhibiting religious reverence; devout
mellifluous
having a smooth rich flow, filled with something (as honey) that sweetens
perverse
likely to oppose or contradict, uncooperative
intrusion
an inappropriate or unwelcome addition
pensive
suggestive of sad thoughtfulness
conjure
to call or bring to mind, evoke; to influence as if by magic
taut
very tight
unscathed
not injured or harmed
tenacious
holding firmly to a decision or opinion, persistent
oblivious
lacking conscious awareness; unmindful
inscrutable
enigmatic; unfathomable; that cannot be easily understood
strew
to spread here and there; to scatter; to disperse
sodden
thoroughly soaked; saturated
renowned
very well known, famous
eclectic
combining elements from a variety of sources
unfathomable
impossible to comprehend, deep, profound
unobtrusive
not noticeable; inconspicuous
hallow
to make holy, usually a place
poignant
profoundly moving; touching
antipathy
settled aversion or dislike; hatred
ornate
very elaborate and complicated, embellished
thwart
to oppose and defeat the effort
cowlick
a protruding tuft of hair that will not lay flat
brandish
to wave something about, especially a weapon; to shake in a threatening manner
jaded
tired or dull through repetition or excess
comply
to act in accordance with another's command, rule, request, wish
vaulting
arching, reaching or stretching for the heights
brazen
marked by flagrant and insolent audacity
contrition
sincere remorse for wrongdoing; repentance
imminent
about to occur; impending
placid
undisturbed by tumult or disorder
burnish
to polish
crescendo
the peak of a gradual increase, often of sound
magnanimous
noble in mind, esp. in forgiving or overlooking injury and insult
escapist
providing pleasure and diversion from unpleasant realities
tremulous
marked by trembling, quivering, or shaking
mortify
to cause to experience humiliation or shame
vivacious
full of life and animation; spirited; lively
retribution
something given or demanded in repayment, especially punishment
carouse
to engage in drunken merrymaking
ambiguous
capable of being understood in two or more possible senses or ways
lacerate
1. to tear jaggedly; to mangle (something soft, like flesh) 2. to wound or to hurt, esp. one's feelings, deeply
persuasive
convincing, based on sound reasoning
epitome
a typical or ideal example
blaspheme
to speak of God or a sacred entity in an irreverent manner
presentiment
a foreboding; having the feeling that something, esp. of an unfortunate or evil nature, is about to occur
amenable
open to suggestions, agreeable
bravado
defiant or swaggering behavior
morose
sad, gloomy
pilgrimage
a journey to a place with special significance, usually religious
sordid
seamy, morally degraded, unethical, dishonest
insidious
treacherous
stoicism
indifference to pleasure or pain; impassiveness
pugnacious
eager and ready to fight, belligerent
parsonage
official residence provided by the church for a minister
beseech
request urgently or earnestly; implore
aura
a distinctive atmosphere surrounding a given source; a luminous radiation
debacle
an overwhelming defeat or rout; a stunning, ruinous collapse
irreparable
impossibly to repair, rectify, or amend
gorge
to stuff with food; glut
staid
sedate; dignified; proper
presumptuous
excessively forward
sustenance
something, especially food, that supports life
rambunctious
marked by uncontrollable exuberance
stalwart
firm, resolute, strong
despicable
deserving of contempt or scorn; vile
levee
an embankment built to prevent water from overflowing
lyre
stringed instrument of the harp family
vagary
an erratic, unpredictable, or extravagant action or notion
plunder
to seize wrongfully or by force, pillage, sack
clad
clothed; dressed
muster
1. a gathering of troops for service 2. to gather troops for service
draconian
harsh; severe
exorbitant
excessive; extravagant; going beyond what is reasonable or fair
uncanny
seeming to have a supernatural character or origin
listless
without energy
empirical
depending on experience or observation alone
placate
to make less angry or upset by doing or saying something to please
importune
to urge or to entreat persistently or repeatedly to trouble with requests or demands
posthumous
occurring after somebody's death
harange
a long speech characterized by strong feeling; a tirade
lavish
to give or bestow in abundance; shower
meager
of poor quality or small amount, scant
amorphous
lacking definite form; shapeless
blanch
to turn white from fear or shock
brusquely
quickly, abruptly, somewhat rudely
mutinous
unruly, rebellious
acquiesce
to agree passively rather than expressing approval or disapproval
swagger
to walk in an arrogant manner; strut; boast; brag
contemplate
to deeply think about something; to consider
bedlam
a place, scene, or state of uproar and confusion
appraise
to judge, to set a value for
rail
to utter a bitter complaint
exult
to show or feel a triumphant joy
proliferate
to grow rapidly; to produce or to create in great number; to multiply rapidly
palpable
plainly seen, heard, perceived
mote
a very small particle; speck
suave
smoothly though often superficially gracious and sophisticated
probity
complete honesty; integrity; uprightness in one's dealings
remnant
something left over; a remainder
transfix
to make motionless with terror, amazement or awe
rebuttal
a speech intended to oppose, disprove, or contradict something said or claimed
condescend
to deal with people in a patronizing superior manner
imperious
commanding; powerful
rout
to drive out or force out; eject
interject
to insert between or among other things, often by speaking
lumber
to walk or move with heavy clumsiness
volition
the ability to make conscious decisions or choices

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