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Devil in the White City Vocab

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Irascibility
easily provoked to anger; very irritable
Caustic
1. severely critical or sarcastic. 2. capable of burning, corroding, or destroying living tissue.
Legion
any great number of persons or things; multitude
Notorious
publicly or generally known, as for a particular trait
Irrevocable
not to be revoked or recalled; unable to be repealed or annulled; unalterable
Opulence
abundance, as of resources or goods; plenty
Felicitously
well-suited for the occasion, as an action, manner, or expression; apt; appropriate.
Lackluster
lacking brilliance or radiance; dull
Candor
freedom from bias; fairness; impartiality.
Myriad
a very great or indefinitely great number of persons or things
Pungent
sharply affecting the organs of taste or smell, as if by a penetrating power; biting; acrid
Admonition
1. an act of admonishing. 2. counsel, advice, or caution. 3. a gentle reproof. 4. a warning or reproof given by an eccleslastical authority.
Lavish
expended, bestowed, or occuring in profusion
Apathetic
having or showing little or no emotion.
Chagrin
a feeling of vexation, marked by disappointment or humiliation.
Prolific
producing in large quantities or with great frequency; highly productive
Discordant
disagreeable to the ear; dissonant; harsh.
Inexorably
unyielding; unalterable; not to be persuaded, moved, or affected by prayers or entreaties
Hiatus
a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action, etc.
Bolstered
To support or prop up with or as if with a long narrow pillow or cushion.
Disparagement
something that derogates or casts in a bad light, as a remark or censorious essay.
Audacious
extremely bold or daring; recklessly brave; fearless.
Efficacy
capacity for producing a desired result or effect; effectiveness.
Plausible
having an appearance of truth or reason; seemingly worthy of approval or acceptance; credible; believable
Effrontery
shameless or impudent boldness; barefaced audacity.
Depravity
Moral corruption or degradation.
Prosaic
commonplace or dull; matter-of-fact or unimaginative
Anathema
1. a person or thing detested or loathed. 2. a person or thing accursed or consigned to damnation or destruction. 3. a formal ecclesiastical curse involving excommunication. 4. any imprecation of divine punishment. 5. a curse; execration.
Palpable
readily or plainly seen, heard, perceived
Evanescence
to disappear gradually; vanish; fade away.
Meager
deficient in quantity or quality; lacking fullness or richness; scanty; inadequate
Guile
insidious cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception; duplicity.
Commemorate
to serve as a memorial or reminder of
Impeding
to retard in movement or progress by means of obstacles or hindrances; obstruct; hinder.
Preternaturally
out of the ordinary course of nature; exceptional or abnormal
Abhorred
to regard with extreme repugnance or aversion; detest utterly; loathe; abominate
Fraudulent
characterized by, involving, or proceeding from fraud, as actions, enterprise, methods, or gains.
Mollify
to soften in feeling or temper, as a person; pacify; appease
Disconcerting
To upset the self-possession of; ruffle.
Clamor
a loud uproar, as from a crowd of people.
Bolster
a long, often cylindrical, cushion or pillow for a bed, sofa, etc.
Congenital
of or pertaining to a condition present at birth, whether inherited or caused by the environment, esp. the uterine environment.
Ineluctable
incapable of being evaded; inescapable
Derivative
not original; secondary.
Garner
1. to gather or deposit in or as if in a granary or other storage place. 2. to gather, collect, or hoard.
Parody
to imitate (a composition, author, etc.) for purposes of ridicule or satire
Berate
to scold; rebuke.
Candid
frank; outspoken; open and sincere
Harbinger
a person who goes ahead and makes known the approach of another; herald.
Dotage
1. a decline of mental faculties, esp. as associated with old age; senility. 2. excessive fondness; foolish affection.

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