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Elite Week 2 Vocab Set A

Terms

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periphery
a boundary line; perimeter; an outside surface
perpetuity
a state of infinite or indefinitely long duration
shirk
to put off or avoid performing (a duty or responsibility)
timbre
the distinguishing quality of a sound
spendthrift
one who spends money wastefully
expedition
a journey undertaken for a specific reason, such as for war or exploration; speed in doing something
absolve
to free from guilt or blame
extenuate
to lessen the seriousness of, esp. by giving partial excuses
revere
to honor
novice
a person new to a field or activity; a beginner
digress
to turn aside from the main subject
delineate
to draw the outline of; describe in words or gestures
underscore
to emphasize
sonorous
having a full deep sound; impressive in style of speech
zenith
maximum; the highest point
credulous
tending to believe too easily
appease
to satisfy or attempt to satisfy demands by granting concessions
frugal
careful in spending money or resources
fitful
ocurring in irregular outbursts; occuring in spurts
torrent
a swift-flowing stream; an uncontrolled outpouring
writhe
to twist or squirm, as in pain, struggle, or embarassment
decor
a decorative style or scheme as of a room
recluse
one who hides fromt eh world
palliate
to lessen the pain or severity
jeopardy
risk of loss or injury; peril
obtuse
slow in understanding; dull; stupid
strut
to walk with a proud, arrogant bearing
idyllic
pleasing and simple
figurehead
a person with apparent but no real authority
hirsute
having excessive body hair
sanction
to give official approval
quibble
to criticize or evade the truth by raising trivial or irrelevant objections
sophisticated
refined; cultivated; not simple; worldly-wise
therapeutic
having healing powers
preposterous
absurd; ridiculous; senseless; irrational
euphony
pleasing sound, esp. of words
placate
to make less angry
cleave
to split with a sharp instrument; to cling
subdue
to conquer; to make less intense
skittish
nervous; easily frightened
regress
to return to a previous state
undulate
to move in a wave-like motion
meander
to follow a winding course; to wander without any fixed destination
expertise
specialized skill or knowledge
fervent
passionate; eager; earnest
beneficent
performing deeds of kindness or charity; producing a good result
placebo
something presented as a drug but having no actual effect
shrewd
clever in practical matters; cunning
intricate
elaborately detailed
thwart
to prevent or frustrate
fertile
producing abundantly; prolific
usury
excessive charging of intereset
ruffle
to take away the smoothness of; to discompose
esteem
high regard; respect; to regard highly
annul
to make void or invalid
putative
put forth or accepted as true on inadequate grounds; supposed
penury
lack of money, property, or necessities
deity
a god
valiant
courageous, brave, as in battle
nomad
one who has no permanent home
forlorn
appearing sad because abandoned; in pitiful condition; almost without hope
scurry
to move with light running steps
excoriate
to denounce sharply; to tear or wear the skin off
extemporaneous
done with little or no preparation
obsequious
showing too great a willingness to serve or obey
benediction
blessing
rancorous
bitter and resentful
celerity
speed in motion; swiftness
impending
about to happen
forage
to search for food of provisions
beset
to attak from all sides; to trouble persistently
gregarious
seeking and enjoying the company of others; ending to move in a group
raucous
loud and harsh
benevolent
characterized by doing good
gruesome
causing horror; frightful and shocking
shuffle
to walk while scraping or sliding the feet
stentorian
extremely loud
insuperable
impossible to overcome
ode
a long, lyrical poem, usually serious or meditative in nature
unassuming
modest; not pretentious
plummet
to decline or descend sharply
immune
not subject to an obligation imposed on others; not affected by an influence
segue
an easy, effective, or uninterrupted transition
hapless
unfortunate; unlucky
obliterate
to destroy so as to leave no trace
concede
to acknowledge as true
tyranny
arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority
connoisseur
an expert esp. in teh fine arts
gyrate
to revolve on an axis; to spin
benefactor
one who helps and supports others
laden
loaded; burdened; afflicted
fathom
to measure the depth of; to understand
falter
to hesitate or stumble
dreary
depressing and boring
euphoria
a feeling of great happiness
trying
resulting from great difficulties; irritating
eulogy
a speech or written tribute in praise of someone who has died
patronize
to sponsor or support; to be kind of helpful in a snobbish way, as if dealing with an inferior
conviction
a strong belief or opinion
clamber
to crawl or climb with difficulty, esp. on all fours
maul
to injure; mangle
uncouth
uncultured; crude
prostrate
lying face down, esp. as a sign of humility or worship; physically or emotionally exhausted
leery
suspicious; distrustful
veritable
being truly named; real or genuine
wry
dryly humorous, with a touch of irony
prototype
the original model; someone or something that serves to illustrate the typical qualities of a class
temporize
to act evasively in order to gain time
flux
flow; continuous change or movement
raze
to demolish; to flatten to ground level
pungent
sharp to the smell or taste
punitive
inflicting or intended to inflict punishment
superfluous
unnecessary; extra
vivacious
full of animation
entourage
a group of attendants or followers
maudlin
excessively sentimental
gibe
to ridicule
vigilant
alert and watchful esp. for what is dangerous
repress
to hold back; to put down by force
perennial
lasting through the years
divisive
creating conflict
correlate
to correspond; to be mutually related
venomous
malignant; spiteful; secreting poison
serendipity
unexpected gift or discovery
inalienable
not able to be taken away or transferred to others

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