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Vocab Quiz - 2nd Quarter

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cloy
The sweetbun cloyed my palate.
reconnoiter
The indian scouts reonnoitered the mountians looking for traces of the enemy tribe.
faux pas
When she was introduced to the queen she made a faux pas by not curtsying.
bathos
The politicans bathos at the end of the campaign caused him to lose the election.
bilk
The stockbroker made millions bilking his wealthy clients on stock trades.
effusive
Our team mom received effusive thanks from the players for all of her hard work and time.
stymie
The complicated math problem stymied half the class.
terse
Her mother's terse one-word answer got the message across that she was upset.
flaccid
His flaccid condition during boot camp kept him from being admitted to the Army.
fraught
Cinderella cried as she ran down the stairs because her evening was fraught with embarrassment.
aegis
During war the king puts his daughter under the imperial aegis of his knights.
maudlin
After he broke-up with his girlfriend the man spent a maudlin evening in the bar with his buddies.
jettison
The admiral's plans to attack the island had to be jettisoned when he heard about the approaching hurricane.
badinage
They could tell that the young couple liked each other from their constant exchange of badinage during class.
idyllic
The newlyweds planned an idyllic honeymoon to Hawaii.
exacerbate
The girl's silence as the gang attacked the boy exacerbated the problem.
prodigal
Because his family was very rich the boy led a prodigal life and bought his friends extravagant gifts.
tantamount
The girl's request to her mother to let her boyfriend stay longer was tantamount to a demand.
pristine
When they looked out their window in the morning they were excited to see the newly fallen pristine snow.
foray
Working in the American Eagle Store was the ex-chef's foray into sales.
quotidian
His quotidian train commute started with buying a doughnut every day at the same shop.
sanguine
She was sanguine when her mother said their was a chance she would get a cell phone for Christmas.
quixotic
He was always daydreaming, coming up with quixotic ideas will never work.
bete noire
The governor's sales tax plan was the bete noire of every business owner.
maelstrom
Amir was shocked to see the destruction of his home town, which was a result of being cause in the maelstrom of war.
prolix
The principal's prolix speech put the audience to sleep.
imbue
All of his poetry is imbued with deep melancholy that makes me cry.
insidious
The thief's insidious plan foiled even the best FBI detectives.
eminence grise
Eleanor Roosevelt was the eminence grise behind President Roosevelt when he became ill.
saturnine
Bella's mood was saturnine when Edward said that he was leaving and would never return.
junta
The junta secretly met to plan their overthrow of the corrupt government.
quagmire
He could not find anything in his room because it was a quagmire of dirty clothes, toys, and books.
invidious
Her father made invidious accusations that his daughter stole his money which caused her to run away.
parochial
The mother has a parochial view on how children should be raised.
kvetch
She started a rambling kvetch against to school system.
forte
The burnt microwave popcorn was proof that cooking is not really my forte.
ensconce
While furniture shopping, the children became ensconced in the sofas and had to be bribed out of the store.
philistine
The philistines condemned Jesus to death.
angst
The new recruit was filled with angst as he repelled down the training tower.
picaresque
The imaginative plays that my brother and I put on when we were young reminded me of the picaresque novels that I read for class.
obsequies
I missed school to pay my respect at my grandfather's obsequies.
curmudgeon
The king was a curmudgeon when his food was not prepared to his liking.
raison d'etre
With the use of e-mail and the Internet some people feel that the postal system will soon lose their raison d'etre.
juggernaut
The Army tank was a juggernaut as it crashed through the thick wall that surrounded the enemy's town.
niggardly
He was niggardly with every penny he spent, but most people just considered him a cheapskate.
charlatan
Harold Hill in the play, The Music Man, was a charlatan who sold band instument to the townspeople.
jejune
The students engaged in jejune talk during the math lecture which annoyed the teacher.
pastiche
Some people say that The Star Wars films are a pastiche of science fiction television serials.
pallor
Edward's pallor gave Bella an uncomfortable feeling and conviced her that he must be a vampire.
mercurial
The comedian's mercurial routine entertained the audience.
sotto voce
Harry Potter uttered a curse sotto voce so that Snape wouldn't hear.
canard
He thought the canard he started about his boss was funny until he found out that it caused his boss to be fired.
slake
After his ride through the desert the man rushed to the water fountain to slake his need for water.
apostate
The apostate was shunned by the members of his old group.
draconian
The king's draconian sentence of death for the thief shocked the crowd.
alfresco
They agreed on eating at an alfresco cafe because it was a beautiful day outside.
vendetta
The king waged a personal vendetta against those who opposed his rule.
hoi polloi
The hoi polloi considered Star Wars was a great epic movie, but in reality it is just good entertainment.
altercation
The altercation between the baseball coach and the umpire caused him to get thrown out of the game.

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