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english vocab lessons 1-6

Terms

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castigate
to criticize or punish severely
diffident
lacking in self-confidence shy
nuance
a slight or subtle degree of difference
augment
to enlarge; to increase in amount or intensity
jaunty
having a buoyant, self-confident air, brisk and crisp
abet
to assist or encourage, especially in wrongdoing
clement
merciful, lenient
emaciated
extremely thin, wasted away
cliche
a worn-out idea or overused expression
bigot
one who is intolerant of differences in others
mercenary
a professional soldier ired by a foreign army
meticulous
extremely, sometimes excessively, careful about small details, precise
rancor
extreme hatred or ill will
coerce
to force by using pressure, intimidation, or threats
officious
excessively eager to deliver unasked for or unwanted help
extradite
to turn over or deliver to the legal jurisdiction of another government or authority
cult
an organized group of people with an obsessive devotion to a person or set of principles
apathy
a lack of interest; state of not caring
avarice
greed, desire for wealth
negligence
careless neglect, often resulting in injury
jettison
to cast overboard; to discard
docile
easy to teach or manage
strident
harsh sounding; grating
ignominy
public shame, disgrace, or dishonor
argot
special words or phrases used by a specific group of people
insipid
lacking flavor; dull; not at all stimulating
dilettante
one who merely dabbles in an art or a science
dogmatic
arrogant and stubborn about one's beliefs
bastion
a strong defense or fort
condone
to forgive or overlook an offense
gauche
lacking social graces; tactless
libation
a drink, especially an alcoholic one
irascible
easily angered
disparity
inequality, difference
bacchanalian
wild and drunken
appease
to calm; to make satisfied (often temporarily)
copious
numerous; large in quantity
opus
a creative work, especially a numbered composition
extol
to praise highly
anathema
a hated, repellant person or thing or a formal curse
gregarious
sociable, fond of the company of others
heresy
the crime of holding a belief that goes against established doctrine
banter
teasing; playful conversation
ostracize
to banish, to shut out from a group or society by common consent
furtive
stealthy, secretive
connoisseur
an expert in matters of culture, food, or wine
enigma
a mystery, something screamingly inexplicable
motley
made up of dissimilar parts, being of many colors
expunge
to erase or eliminate
inexorable
unrelenting, unavoidable
chaos
complete disorder
extraneous
inessential; not constituting a vital part
candid
outspoken, blunt
jingoism
extreme, chauvinistic patriotism, ofter favoring an aggressive, warlike foreign policy
temerity
recklessness; a foolish disregard of danger
adamant
unyielding; firm opinion
credence
belief or trust
jaundiced
prejudiced, hostile
divulge
to tell; to reveal

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