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Vocabulary for Acheivement Lessons 1-8

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Idiom
(n) An expression having a special meaning that is not clear from the meanings of the individual words, a non-literal expression
commend
(v) To give approval or praise
Jargon
(n) The specialized technical vocabulary used by people in the same profession or field. Confusing meaningless talk.
obliterate
(v.) to wipe out completely; to do away with, leaving no trace
eulogy
(n) A spoken or written tribute often after a person has died
red herring
(n) Something that draws attention away
cessation
(n) A halt, a bringing or coming to an end
cataclysm
(n.) an intense and violent disaster or change
quaff
(v) to drink heartily
commence
(v) To begin
scuttle
(v) To run with short hurried steps, to scurry
critique
(n) A detailed review (v) to review, discuss, or evaluate
devour
(v) To eat greedily
substantiate
(v) To support with evidence
simmer
(v) To cook slowly, below boiling point
adulation
(n) Excessive praise of flattery, adoration
pulverize
(v.) to pound, crush, or grind into powder
thwart
(v) To prevent from happening to block
reproach
(v) To criticize or express disapproval
subliminal
(adj) Below the threshold of conscious thought; not detectable, but able to bring about a response
myopia
(n) Shortsightedness or lack of good judgment in thinking or planning. Nearsightedness.
Vernacular
(n) Everyday language, rather than literary language (n) the native language or dialect of a country, place,or group (adj) Commonly spoken by a religion or group
Pyrrhic victory
(n) A victory that is offset by staggering losses or that comes at a huge price
bland
(adj) calming or soothing, not spicy or irritation, lacking flavor. Dull: plain to the point of being boring
infer
(v) To draw a conclusion from evidence
obstruction
(n) something that blocks the way; an obstacle
quixotic
(adj) dedicated to unreachable goals; Idealistic but not practical
behold
(v) To gaze at; look upon.
dupe
(v) To take advantage by fooling someone (n) someone tricked or taken advantage of
homage
(n) Respect or honor shown publicly
accolade
(n) An award, great praise
Semantics
(n) The study of historical changes in the meanings of words.
quibble
(v) To argue over unimportant things (n) and unimportant complaint
eradication
(n.) The act of tearing out by the roots, or of eliminating as if tearing out by the roots
Denotation
(n) The exact meaning of a word or its dictionary definition.
indisputable
(adj) Beyond doubt or question
jovial
(adj) Jolly; filled with good cheer.
blight
(v.) to have a negative effect, to ruin; (n.) something that ruins or greatly harms
solecism
(n) A nonstandard or improper use of language. A mistake in manners or behavior.
pugnacious
(adj.) combative; eager to fight
gape
(v) To stare in amazement with the mouth open.
Connotation
(n) The mental connections or associations suggested by a word that go beyond its literal meaning or its dictionary definition.
impressionistic
(adj) describing a highly personal, individual response to experience, eflecting a style of painting of the late nineteenth century that focuses on a personal or momentary view of something
Pidgin
(n) A simplified form of speech developed from two or more languages.
savory
(adj) Tasty, flavorful, spicy or salty, not sweet.
galvanize
(v) to stimulate or urge into action; to spur
laudable
(adj) Worthy of praise
nemesis
(n) A source of harm or ruin; an opponent that cannot be defeated. One who inflicts retribution or vengeance.
cutlery
(n) utensils used for eating, cutting instruments and tools
envision
(v) To picture in the mind, To imagine
premonition
(n) A feeling that something will happen in the future; an advance warning
atlas
(n) A book or bound collection of maps
preclude
(v) to make impossible or unlikely; to prevent
Archaic
(adj) No longer used or applicable, ancient
anathema
(n) something or someone that is greatly hated and avoided
saturnine
(adj) Gloomy and sullen
discernment
(n)excellent judgment and insight; skill in perceiving
culinary
(adj) Related to cooking
fallacy
(n) A false belief, a faulty and illogical belief
procrastinate
(v) To put off doing something or to delay
decomposition
(n.) the process of rotting, breaking down, or disintegration
foresee
(v) To see or to know ahead of time
Sisyphean
(adj) Requiring endless effort; without result or success
deter
(v) To discourage from acting by fear or doubt
havoc
(n.) widespread destruction; chaos or disorder
Argot
(n) The informal, specialized vocabulary used by a particular class or group, such as criminals; a secret language.
mar
(v.) to inflict damage or spoil the quality of
refute
(v) to prove to be false or invalid; to deny the accuracy of the truth of
ravenous
(adj) Very hungry
epicure
(n) A person with refined taste, especially in food and drink
imply
(v) To suggest indirectly, to hint
perceptive
(adj) marked by understanding or awareness; sharp; sensitive,aware
hamper
(v) To limit; to prevent from moving freely or making progress
dissuade
(v) To discourage someone through persuasion
stagnant
(adj.) stale and foul because of a lack of movement; lacking progress or vitality
morsel
(n) A very small piece
subside
(v) to sink to a lower or normal level or to become less active or intense
Standard
(adj) Conforming to established usage of language by educated speakers. (n) Something established as a measure of quality
pungent
(adj) Having a sharp smell or taste, strong sharp penetrating
apologist
(n) A person who defends an idea, person, or postion

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