Vocab words for english midterm

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Vocab words for english midterm
2012-01-18 17:30:29

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  1. autonomy
    self-government, political control
  2. amnesty
    a general pardon for an offense against a government, in general, any act of forgiveness or absolution
  3. axiomatic
    self-evident, expressing a uniersally accepted principle or rule
  4. blazon
    to adorn or embellish; to display conspicuously; to publish or proclaim widely
  5. caveat
    a warning or caution to prevent misunderstanding or discourage behavior
  6. equitable
    fair, just, embodying principles of justice
  7. extricate
    to free from entanglement or difficulties; to remove with effort
  8. filch
    to steal, especially in a sneaky way and in petty amounts
  9. flout
    to mock, treat with contempt
  10. fractious
    tending to be troublesome, unruly, quarrelsome, contrary; unpredictable
  11. precept
    a rule of conduct or action
  12. salutary
    beneficial, helpful; healthful, wholesome
  13. scathing
    bitterly severe, withering; causing great harm
  14. scourge
    to whip, punish severly; a cause of affliction or suffering, a source of severe punishment or criticism
  15. sepulchral
    funereal, typical of the tomb; extremely gloomy or dismal
  16. soporific
    tending to cause sleep, relating to sleepiness or lethargy; something that induces sleep
  17. straitlaced
    extremely strict in regard to moral standards and conduct; prudish, puritanical
  18. transient
    lasting only a short time, fleeting; one who stays only a short time
  19. unwieldy
    not easily carried, handled, or managed because of size or complexity
  20. vapid
    dull, uninteresting, tiresome; lacking in sharpness, flavor, liveliness, or force
  21. anomalous
    abnormal, irregular, departing from the usual
  22. aspersion
    a damaging or derogatory statement; the act of slandering or defaming
  23. bizarre
    extremely strange, unsual, atypical
  24. brusque
    abrupt, blunt, with no formalities
  25. cajole
    to coax, persuade through flattery or artifice; to decieve with soothing thoughts or false promises
  26. castigate
    to punish severely; to criticze severely
  27. contrive
    to plan with ingenuity, invent; to bring about as the result of a scheme or plan
  28. demagogue
    a leader who exploits popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power
  29. ennui
    weariness and dissatisfaction from lack of occupation or interest, boredom
  30. disabuse
    to free from deception or error, set right in ideas or thinking
  31. fetter
    a chain or shackle placed on the feet (often used in plural); anything that confines or restrains [(v) to chain or shackle; to render helpless or impotent]
  32. heinous
    very wicked, offensive, hateful
  33. immutable
    not subject to change, constant
  34. insurgent
    one who rebels or rises against authority [(adj.) rising in revolt, refusing to accept authority; surging or rushing in or on]
  35. megalomania
    a delusion marked by a feeling of power, wealth, talent, etc. far in excess of reality
  36. sinecure
    a position requiring little or no work; an easy job
  37. surreptitious
    stealthy, secret, intended to escape observation; made or accomplished by fraud
  38. transgress
    to go beyond a limit or boundary; to sin, violate a law
  39. transmute
    to change from one nature, substance or form from another
  40. vicarious
    performed,suffered, or otherwise experienced by one person in place of another
  41. Austere
    Sever or stern in manner; without adornment or luxury, simple, plain; harsh or sour in flavor
  42. Beneficent
    performing acts of kindness or charity; conferring benefits, doing good
  43. Cadaverous
    pale, gaunt, resembling a corpse
  44. Concoct
    to prepare by combining ingredients, make up (as a dish); to devise, invent, fabricate
  45. crass
    coarse, unfeeling; stupid
  46. debase
    to lower in character, quality, or vaule; to degrade, adulterate; to cause to deteriorate
  47. desecrate
    to commit sacrilege upon, treat irreverently; to contaminate, pollute
  48. disconcert
    to confuse; to disturb the composure of
  49. grandiose
    grand in an impressive or stately way; marked by pompous affectation or grandeur, absurdly exaggerated
  50. inconsequential
    trifling, umimportant
  51. infraction
    a breaking of a law or obligation
  52. mitigate
    to make milder or softer, to moderate in force or intensity
  53. pillage
    to rob of goods by open force (as in war), plunder; the act of looting; booty
  54. prate
    to talk a great deal in a foolish or aimless fashion
  55. punctilious
    very careful and exact, attentive to fine points of etiquette or propriety
  56. redoubtable
    inspiring fear or awe; illustrious, eminent
  57. reprove
    to find fault with, scold, rebuke
  58. restitution
    the act of resorting someone or something to the rightful owner or to a former state or position; making good on a loss or damage
  59. stalwart
    strong and sturdy; brave; resolute; a brave, strong person; a strong supporter; one who takes an uncompromising position
  60. vulnerable
    open to attack; capable of being wounded or damaged; unprotected