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Mid Term English Vocab

the vocab for the english 12-1 midterm @ CHS (wyncote)

Terms

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attrition
wearing away
malediction
a curse
contiguous
being in actual contact : touching along a boundary or at a point
august
marked by majestic dignity or grandeur
complement
to be complementary
attenuate
to make small, to reduce
impropriety
an improper act or behavior
contagion
a contagious disease
fecund
fertile
cryptic
having or seeming to have a hidden or ambiguous meaning
incense
material used to produce a fragrant odor when burned
vile
disgusting
cabal
a group or club
milieu
setting
replete
full of
homily
a lecture or discourse on or of a moral theme
aria
a melodic solo song, usually in an opera by a soprano
feudal
related to feudal times
wreak
to cause the infliction of
amenable
liable to be brought to account
ambience
atmosphere
fetid
having a heavy offensive smell
effulgence
brilliant radiance
nihilist
a person who believes that everything in life is meaningless (nihilism)
proprietor
a person who has the legal right or exclusive title to something
buttress
a projecting structure of masonry or wood for supporting or giving stability to a wall or building
atrophy
wasting away
promulgate
to make (as a doctrine) known by open declaration
nebulous
cloudy, hazy, unclear
paean
a joyous song or hymn of praise, tribute, thanksgiving, or triumph
affront
to offend (an offense)
calumny
a misrepresentation intended to harm another's reputation (a lie)
epigram
a saying or short witty poem
ambivalent
simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings (as attraction and repulsion)
complacency
a sense of satisfaction
sequester
to set apart : segregate
exorcise
to expel an evil spirit
dulcet
pleasing or agreeable to the ears
alter ego
a second self
canon
a religious member or law
sloth
disinclination to action or labor
impious
not pious : lacking in reverence or proper respect
adulation
admiration or flattery
nave
the central part of a church
assent
to agree to something especially after thoughtful consideration
amorphous
able to change shape
execrable
very bad
revere
to regard with awe and devotion
enervate
lacking physical, mental, or moral vigor
arrogate
to make undue claims to having
augury
someone who practices divination;an omen or token
abrogate
to abolish or anull. To end.
effete
no longer fertile
malaise
an indefinite feeling of debility or lack of health
pall
to lose strength or effectiveness
brusque
blunt, rough
abscond
to leave and hide, to avoid arrest.
coterie
a group of people who share a common interest
prodigal
wastefully arrogant
propitious
favorably disposed, a good omen
inveigle
to win over by wiles, to entice by flattery
imbue
to inspire, to invade, to dye or stain
nuance
a subtle difference
euphemism
a substitute word or phrase replacing a word or phrase that would otherwise be offensive or unpleasant
cache
a hiding place
caesura
a break or interruption in a song or dialogue
salutary
healthy or wholesome
ethereal
lacking material substance
relegate
to send into exile
assuage
to satisfy
corroborate
to confirm
exculpate
to clear of blame or guilt
anathema
someone who is cursed
garrulous
talkative
indolent
causing little or no pain
celibate
a person who abstains from sex (celibacy)
vapid
dull
degrade
to lower, reduce, or demean
keynote
a theme
malapropism
the misuse of a word
edict
a proclamation having the force of law
migrant
a person who moves regularly in order to find work
eclectic
marked by majestic dignity or grandeur
plaintiff
a person who brings a legal action
primate
a mammal (also a bishop)
dessicate
to dry out
conjecture
guesswork or a hypothesis based on incomplete evidence
burlesque
mockery usually by exaggeration/a performance comprised of short skits and sometimes striptease acts
cataract
a clouding of the lens of the eye or of its surrounding transparent membrane that obstructs the passage of light
exhume
to take out of the grave or tomb
blithe
of a happy lighthearted character or disposition
raillery
good-natured ridicule, banter, jest
plethora
a super abundance
baroque
having to do with the baroque period, mostly the 17th century. Usually referring to the style of art and music.
distended
to become expanded
implement
an instrument or tool
overture
an orchestral introduction to a musical
anthology
a collection of something
corporal
of, relating to, or affecting the body
scruple
qualm; dilemma
continuum
a succession of elements
avid
characterized by enthusiasm and vigorous pursuit
vituperation
sustained and bitter railing and condemnation (abuse)
fulsome
aesthetically, morally, or generally offensive
sententious
given to excessive moralizing, pithy phrases or maxims
enclave
a distinct territorial, cultural, or social unit enclosed within or as if within foreign territory
benison
a blessing or benidiction
expunge
to erase
eschew
to avoid habitually especially on moral or practical grounds
nascent
coming into existance, emerging
titular
of, relating to, or constituting a title
diffident
lacking in confidence
venues
a place where events of a specific type are held
fetish
obsession
venal
capable of being bribed with money or other
gird
to encircle or surround
denounce
to publicly pronounce something or someone as evil or blameworthy
curate
to organize or oversee/a person who does so
prelate
a high ranking member of the clergy
ingratiate
to gain favor or favorable acceptance for by deliberate effort (suck up!)
precarious
unstable
fealty
fidelity, faithfulness, loyalty
stolid
revealing little emotion
disposition
prevailing tendency, mood, or inclination; temperamental makeup
castigate
to subject to severe punishment
elucidate
to give a clarifying explanation
compendium
a short, complete summary
catharsis
a release/renewal of the emotions/release of tension
husbandry
the cultivation or production of plants or animals
cadence
a rhythmic sequence or flow of sounds in language or music
citadel
a fortress that commands a city
tacit
expressed or carried on without words or speech
bravado
blustering swaggering conduct; a pretense of bravery
fugue
a piece of music with interweaving, repetitive movements
catholic
all inclusive, universal/the catholic church
disinterested
no longer interested
interpolate
to insert between elements or points
affected
influenced
venial
pardonable or minor
cloister
an area within a monastery or convent to which the religious are normally restricted
suppliant
someone who supplicates (asks or prays for humbly and earnestly)
blase
apathetic to pleasure or excitement
commodious
roomy, spacious

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