Vocab 4 - 6

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Vocab 4 - 6
2011-10-25 18:09:14
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Vocab 4 - 6
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  1. atrophy
    the wasting away of a body organ or tissue; any progressive decline or failure; to waste away
  2. bastion
    a fortified place, stronghold
  3. concord
    a state of agreement, harmony
  4. consummate
    complete or perfect in the highest degree; to bring to a state of completion or perfection
  5. disarray
    disorder, confusion; to throw into disorder
  6. exigency
    urgency, pressure; urgent demand
  7. flotsam
    floating debris, homeless people
  8. frenetic
  9. glean
    to gather bit by bit
  10. grouse
    a type of game bird; a complaint; to complain
  11. incarcerate
    to jail
  12. incumbent
    obligatory; one who holds a specific office at the time spoken of
  13. jocular
    humorous, joking, jesting
  14. ludicrous
  15. mordant
    biting or caustic in thourhgt, manner, or style, sharply or bitterly harsh
  16. nettle
    a prickly or stinging plant; to arouse displeasure, impatience or anger
  17. pecuniary
    consisting of or measured in money; of or related to money
  18. pusillanimous
    contemptibly cowardly or mean-spirited
  19. recumbent
    in a reclining position
  20. stratagem
    a scheme to outwit or deceive an opponent or to gain an end
  21. acuity
    sharpness, acuteness
  22. delineate
    to portray, sketch, or describe in accurate and vivid detail
  23. depraved
    marked by evil and corruption
  24. enervate
    to weaken or lessen the vigor of
  25. esoteric
    intended for or understood by only a select few
  26. fecund
    fruitful in offspring or vegetation
  27. fiat
    an arbitrary order or decree; a command or act of will or consciousness
  28. figment
    a fabrication of the mind
  29. garner
    to acquire as the result of effort
  30. hallow
    to set apart as holy or sacred, sanctify, consecrate
  31. idiosyncrasy
    a peculiarity that serves to distinguish or identify
  32. ignominy
    shame and disgrace
  33. mundane
    earthly worldly
  34. nuance
    a subtle or slight variation
  35. overweening
    conceited, excessive, arrogant
  36. penchant
    a strong attraction or inclination
  37. reputed
    according to reputation or general belief
  38. sophistry
    reasoning that seems plausible but is actually unsound
  39. sumptuous
    costly, rich, magnificent
  40. ubiquitous
    present or existing everywhere
  41. abject
    degraded, base, contemptible, cringing, servile, wretched, miserable, ignoble, sheer, utter, (a) lofty, noble, exalted
  42. agnostic
    one who believes that nothing can be known about God, a skeptic; without faith, skeptical
  43. complicity
    involvement in wrongdoing; the state of being an accomplice, connivance, collusion
  44. derelict
    someone or something that is abandoned or neglected, vagrant, remiss, (a) punctilious, conscientious, scrupulous
  45. diatribe
    a bitter and prolonged verbal attack, harangue
  46. effigy
    a crude image of a despised person
  47. equity
    the state of being just, fair, or impartial
  48. inane
    silly, empty of meaning or value
  49. indictment
    the act of accusing, a formal accusation
  50. indubitable
    certain, not to be doubted or denied
  51. intermittent
    stopping and beginning again, sporadic, fitful, spasmodic, (a) continuous, uninterrupted
  52. moot
    open to discussion and debate, unresolved, debatable
  53. motif
    a principle idea, feature, theme
  54. neophyte
    a beginner, tenderfoot
  55. perspecacity
    keenness in observing and understanding, acuity
  56. plenary
    complete in all aspects or essenials, unlimited, unrestricted
  57. surveillance
    a watch kept over a person
  58. sylvan
    pertaining to or characteristic of forests, arcadian, living or located in a forest
  59. testy
    easily irritated
  60. travesty
    a grotesque or grossly inferior imitation