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English 2H 6-10

Terms

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dilemma
a situation requiring a choice between equally undesirable alternatives
construe
to show the meaning or intention of; explain; interpret
efficacious
successful in producing a desired or intended result; effective
disparage
to speak of or treat slightingly, belittle
discomfiture
defeat in battle; rout
culinary
pertaining to or used in the kitchen or cookery
execration
the expression of great loathing
exacerbate
verb [trans.] make worse
effete
affected, overrefined, and ineffectual
dilatory
inclined to delay or procrastinate; slow, tardy
emolument
a salary, fee, or profit from employment or office
copious
large in quantity or number, abundant
curtail
to cut short, cut off a part of; abridge, reduce
epithet
an adjective or descriptive phrase expressing a quality characteristic of the person or thing mentioned
devious
departing from the shortest way; circuitous, indirect
connive
to secretly allow (something immoral, illegal, wrong, harmful) to occur
dexterous
skillful or adroit in the use of the hands or body
dynamic
characterized by constant change, activity, or progress
deprecate
to express earnest disapproval of
convivial
fond of feasting, drinking, and companionship
deference
submissive or yielding to the judgement, opinion, or will of another
effrontery
insolent or impertinent behavior
eulogy
a speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly, typically someone who has just died
credulous
unduly willing to believe or trust; gullible
emaciated
made abnormally thin or weak, esp. because of illness or a lack of food
deviate
to turn aside, as from a route, way, or course
decorum
propriety of behavior, speech or dress
culminate
to terminate at the highest point, summit, or development
culpable
deserving blame or censure
dilettante
a person who takes up an art, activity, or subject purely for amusement, a dabbler
enigma
a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand.
exigency
an urgent need or demand
didactic
intended for instruction, instructive
emanate
to issue or spread out from
contrite
overcome by a sense of guilt and desirous of atonement
emulate
-to- match or surpass, typically by imitation
derogatory
tending to derogate or detract, as from authority or estimation; disparaging
consummate
to bring to completion or perfection
epitome
a person or thing that is a perfect example of a particular quality or type
epitaph
a phrase or statement written in memory of a person who has died, esp. as an inscription on a tombstone
desultory
lacking in consistency, constancy, or general order; disconnected; fitful
epicure
person who takes particular pleasure in fine food or drink
drastic
acting with force or violence; violent
derelict
left or abandoned, as by the owner or guardian
esoteric
intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people
elixir
a magical or medicinal potion
divulge
to disclose or reveal (something private, secret, or previously unknown
effigy
a sculpture or model of a person
connoisseur
a person who is especially competent to pass critical judgements in art or taste
cupidity
eager or inordinate desire, especially for wealth, greed, or avarice
dogmatic
asserting opinions in a doctrinaire or arrogant manner;opinionated
estrange
to cause someone to be no longer close or affectionate to someone; alienate
elicit
evoke or draw out (a response, answer or fact) from someone in reaction to one's own actions or questions
condone
to pardon, forgive or overlook (something illegal, objectionable, etc.)
demur
to make objection, especially on the grounds of scruples; take exception, object
duplicity
deceitfulness; double-dealing
deleterious
injurious to health, hurtful
euphony
the quality of being pleasing to the ear, esp. through a harmonious combination of words
disparity
lack of similarity or equality, difference
egregious
outstandingly bad; shocking
conjecture
the formation of an opinion without sufficient evidence or proof; the opinion there formed
equitable
fair or impartial
diffident
lacking confidence in oneself; timid, shy
cumbersome
burdensome, troublesome
docile
easily managed; tractable
corroborate
to confirm; to make more certain
credence
belief as to the truth of something
conducive
contributive, helpful
cynic
a person who believes that only selfishness motivates human actions
enhance
intensify, increase, or further improve the quality, value, or extent of
equivocal
open to more than one interpretation; ambiguous
coterie
a group of closely associated people; a clique
erode
gradually wear away
erudite
having or showing great knowledge or learning

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