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Vocab Week 4 A

Terms

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wry
adj. dryly humorous, with a touch of irony
counter
v. to offer in response
recumbent
adj. lying down in a position of comfort
quaff
v. to drink quickly or with enthusiasm
veer
v. to change direction
portray
v. to make a likeness of; to describe in words
temper
v. to bring down in tone; to moderate; soften
vigilant
adj. alert and watchful, esp. for what is dangerous
placate
v. to make less angry
abbreviate
v. to make shorter
prostrate
adj. lying face down, esp. as a sign of humility or worship; physically or emotional exhausted
skittish
adj. nervous; easily frightened
boisterous
adj. noisy and wild; unruly
zenith
n. maximum; the highest point
deem
v. to have as an opinion; to consider
decimate
v. to destroy or kill a large part of (a group)
benefactor
n. one who helps and supports others
circumscribe
v. to define the limits of
rash
adj. showing boldness or haste without judgement
furrow
n. a trench in the earth made by a plow; a wrinkle
sonorous
adj. having a full, deep sound; impressive in stye of speech
formidable
adj. inspiring fear or dread
demure
adj. coy; modest; reserved
maudlin
adj. excessively sentimental
incriminate
v. to make appear guilty of a crime or fault
vivacious
adj. full of animation
humdrum
adj. dull; routine; commonplace
cumbersome
adj. clumsy or difficult to manage
immaterial
adj. not significant or relevant
hapless
adj. unfortunate; unlucky
sedition
n. the promotion of rebellion against the government
concede
v. to acknowledge as true
pungent
adj. sharp to the smell or taste
detriment
n. injury or damage
gargantuan
adj. of huge size or capacity
punitive
adj. inflicting or intended to inflict punishment
incontrovertible
adj. impossible to dispute
hefty
adj. heavy
deity
n. a god
relent
v. to become less severe; to give in
hidebound
adj. narrow-minded
idyllic
adj. pleasing and simple
aggregate
adj. total
exploit
n. a bold or daring act
pilfer
v. to steal a small amount
resonant
adj. strong and deep in tone
convoluted
adj. intricate; complicated
recluse
n. one who hides from the world
gross
adj. total, entire; glaringly obvious, flagrant
gruesome
adj. causing horror; frightful and shocking
satire
n. irony, sarcasm, or caustic wit used to attack human vice or folly, esp. in a literary work
correlate
v. to correspond; to be mutually related
laden
adj. loaded; burdened; afflicted
onus
n. an unpleasant task or duty; a burden or obligation
depict
v. to represent; to portray
sentiment
n. a feeling or opinion, esp. based on emotion instead of reason
coincide
v. to occur at the same time or be at the same place; to agree exactly
extemporaneous
adj. done little or no preparation
clamber
v. to crawl or climb with difficulty, esp. on all fours
diagnosis
n. the recognition of a disease or injury by symptoms; a critical analysis of the nature of something
harbor
v. to give shelter; to entertain or nourish (a specific thought or feeling)
opportune
adj. suitable for a particular purpose; occurring at a favorable moment
arrogant
adj. having more pride and self-importance than is proper
lull
v. to soothe or calm; to deceive into trustfulness
goad
n. a long stick used to prod animals; something used to urge on; v. to prod or urge, as if with a pointed stick
homogeneous
adj. uniform; of the same kind
epicure
n. one with refined tastes, esp. in food and wine
scurry
v. to move with light running steps
Spartan
adj. hardy, frugal and highly disciplined; not lavish and luxurious
slander
n. a false, oral statement that damages a person's reputation; v. to make such a statement
limber
adj. bending easily; flexible
writhe
v. towist or squirm, as in pain, struggle or embarrassment
yoke
v. to join together; to unit closely
interloper
n. one who interferes with the affairs of others; a meddler
jeopardy
n. risk of loss or injury; peril

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