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Sem 1 Vocab 100 terms

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emend
to correct or improve a text
inexorable
not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped: relentless
pervasive
present or noticeable in every part of a thing or place
surcease
to desist from action ; also : to come to an end : cease; to put an end to : discontinue
pall
to become less interesting or enjoyable; a thick dark cloud of smoke; a negative atmosphere; a cloth used to cover a coffin at a funeral
Umbrage
to feel upset or annoyed, usually because you feel that someone has been rude or shown a lack of respect to you
transfix
to make a person or animal seem unable to move or stop looking at something because they are so interested, surprised or frightened, usually because their interest in or fear of something is so strong
rueful
feeling sorry and full of regret:
amiss
in a mistaken way; wrongly
catapult
a device which can throw objects at a high speed; to throw someone or something with great force
emissary
a person sent by one government or political leader to another to deliver messages or to take part in discussions
peruse
to read through something, especially in order to find the part you are interested in
Tactual
Perceptible to the sense of touch; tangible.
denigrate
to say that someone or something is not good or important
apocryphal
describes a story that is probably not true although often told and believed by some people to have happened
portentous
too serious and trying to be very important
quandary
a state of not being able to decide what to do about a situation in which you are involved
diaspora
the spreading of people from one original country to other countries
chasten
to make someone aware that they have failed or done something wrong and make them want to improve
contrition
the state of being repentant, penitent
suave
describes a man who is very polite, charming and usually attractive, often in a way that is slightly false
precept
a rule for action or behaviour, especially obtained from moral consideration
beatific
expressing happiness and calmness, especially in a holy way
epithet
an adjective added to a person's name or a phrase used instead of it, usually to criticize or praise them
zephyr
a light wind
cadence
the regular rise and fall of the voice
castigate
to criticize someone or something severely
Voracious
very eager for something, especially a lot of food
epitaph
a short piece of writing or a poem about a dead person, especially one written on their gravestone
blasé
apathetic to pleasure or excitement as a result of excessive indulgence or enjoyment; WORLD-WEARY; SOPHISTICATED, WORLDLY-WISE; UNCONCERNED; SOPHISTICATED
crystalline
strikingly clear or sparkling
dominion
domain, supreme authority, sovereignty, absolute ownership, power
proficient
skilled and experienced
avaricious
greedy of gain : excessively acquisitive especially in seeking to hoard riches; synonym see COVETOUS
echelon
a particular level or group of people within an organization such as an army or company
reiterate
to say something again, once or several times
requiem
a mass (= Christian religious ceremony) at which people honour and pray for a dead person; a piece of music written for this ceremony
dearth
from scarcity that makes dear; FAMINE; an inadequate supply : LACK
inexplicable
incapable of being explained, interpreted, or accounted for
qualm
an uncomfortable feeling of doubt about whether you are doing the right thing
garish
clothed in vivid colors; excessively or disturbingly vivid; offensively or distressingly bright : GLARING ; tastelessly showy : FLASHY; synonym see GAUDY
superfluous
more than is needed or wanted
demagogue
a person, especially a political leader, who wins support by exciting people's emotions rather than by having good ideas
pedagogy
the study of the methods and activities of teaching
infuse
to cause to be permeated with something (as a principle or quality) that alters usually for the better; INSPIRE, ANIMATE; to steep in liquid (as water) without boiling so as to extract the soluble constituents or principles; implies a pouring in of something that gives new life or significance
expostulate
to reason earnestly with a person for purposes of dissuasion or remonstrance
calumnious
adjective for a misrepresentation intended to harm another's reputation; or for the act of uttering false charges or misrepresentations maliciously calculated to harm another's reputation
hone
to sharpen or smooth with a whetstone; to make more acute, intense, or effective
acumen
skill in making correct decisions and judgments in a particular subject, such as business or politics
perdition
a state of punishment which goes on for ever, suffered by evil people after death
enclave
a part of a country that is surrounded by another country, or a group of people who are different from the people living in the surrounding area
belie
to give a false impression of; to show (something) to be false or wrong; to run counter to; contradict, disguise
daunt
to make someone feel slightly frightened or worried about their ability to achieve something; to discourage; making you feel slightly frightened or worried about your ability to achieve something; showing determination and a lack of fear
felicity
the quality or state of being happy; especially: great happiness; a pleasing manner or quality especially in art or language; an apt expression
circumvent
to hem in; to make a circuit around; to manage to get around especially by ingenuity or stratagem
desultory
marked by lack of definite plan, regularity, or purpose; disappointing progress, performance, quality
dire
exciting horror, dismal, oppressive, desperately urgent, warning of disaster
cleft
a space or opening made by or as if by splitting : FISSURE; 2 : a usually V-shaped indented formation : a hollow between ridges or protuberances
Sullen
angry and unwilling to smile or be pleasant to people
demise
death; the end of something that was previously considered to be powerful, such as a business, industry or system
subversive
describing attempts to destroy or weaken an established system or government:
encompass
to form a circle about : ENCLOSE b obsolete : to go completely around 2 a : ENVELOP b : INCLUDE, COMPREHEND 3 : BRING ABOUT, ACCOMPLISH
nascent
coming or having recently come into existence
nabob
a rich or powerful person
equivocation
The use of language with intent to deceive,or to avoid committing oneself in what one says. 2. An equivocal statement or expression. synonym LIE
Provocative
causing thought about interesting subjects: causing a reaction, especially a negative one
imminent
ready to take place; especially : hanging threateningly over one's head
accede
to agree to do what people have asked you to do
bonanza
a situation from which large profits are made; a large amount of something good
castellated
having battlements
incarnate
invested with bodily and especially human nature and form; made manifest or comprehensible : EMBODIED
pulsate
to beat or move with a strong, regular rhythm
collateral
accompanying as secondary or subordinate
cataclysm
a great destructive event or sudden violent change
cynical
CAPTIOUS, PEEVISH; having a sneering disbelief in sincerity or integrity
diatribe
an angry speech or piece of writing which severely criticizes something or someone
versatile
able to change easily from one activity to another or able to be used for many different purposes:
fortitude
bravery over a long period
jocund
marked by or suggestive of high spirits and lively mirthfulness; synonym see MERRY
prodigal
wasteful with money; tending to spend large amounts without thinking of the future
conjure
to make a picture or idea appear in someone's mind
filial
of, relating to, or befitting a son or daughter; having or assuming the relation of a child or offspring
coalesce
to grow together: to unite into a whole : FUSE; to unite for a common end; join forces
impeccable
not capable of sinning or liable to sin; free from fault or blame : FLAWLESS
nonchalant
behaving in a calm manner, often in a way which suggests lack of interest or care
opaque
preventing light from travelling through, and therefore not transparent or translucent; describes writing or speech that is difficult to understand.
incognito
avoiding being recognized, by changing your name or appearance
despotic
autocratic; tyrannical
idiom
the language peculiar to a people or to a district, community, or class; a style or form of artistic expression that is characteristic of an individual, a period or movement, or a medium or instrument broadly : MANNER, STYLE
lilting
characterized by a rhythmical swing or cadence; CHEERFUL, BUOYANT
behoove
to be necessary, proper, or advantageous for
depreciate
to lower in estimation or esteem; 2 a : to lower the price or estimated value of
droll
having a humorous, whimsical, or odd quality
entreat
to plead with especially in order to persuade : ask urgently; synonym see BEG
rapt
giving complete attention, or showing complete involvement, or (of attention) complete
acquiesce
to accept or agree to something, often unwillingly
Aggregation
something formed by adding together several amounts or things; a total:
antithesis
the rhetorical contrast of ideas by means of parallel arrangements of words, clauses, or sentences (as in "action, not words" or "they promised freedom and provided slavery") (2) : OPPOSITION, the direct opposite
usurp
to take control or a position of power, especially without having the right to
indiscriminate
not marked by careful distinction : deficient in discrimination and discernment; HAPHAZARD, RANDOM; PROMISCUOUS, UNRESTRAINED; HETEROGENEOUS, MOTLEY

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