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World Lit
2010-05-03 17:59:49

Vocab for the World Lit Final
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  1. Abeyence
    • temporary inactivity, cessation, or suspension
  2. Ablution
    • 1. a cleansing with water or other liquid, esp. as a religious ritual.
    • 2. the washing of the hands, body, etc.
  3. Abstruse
    • 1. hard to understand; recondite; esoteric
    • 2.Obsolete. secret; hidden
  4. Adroit
    • or nimble in the use of the hands or body.
    • 2. cleverly skillful, resourceful
  5. Aphorism
    a terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation
  6. Apt
    • 1. inclined; disposed; given; prone
    • 2. likely
    • 3. unusually intelligent; able to learn quickly and easily
  7. Ardor
    • 1. great warmth of feeling; fervor; passion
    • 2.intense devotion, eagerness, or enthusiasm; zeal
  8. Assignation
    • 1. an appointment for a meeting, esp. a lover's secret rendezvous.
    • 2. the act of assigning; assignment.
  9. Avarice
    insatiable greed for riches; inordinate, miserly desire to gain and hoard wealth.
  10. Bawdy
    indecent; lewd; obscene
  11. Bellicose
    inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile; belligerent; pugnacious.
  12. Besmirch
    to soil; tarnish; discolor.
  13. Boudoir
    a woman's bedroom or private sitting room.
  14. Burgeoning
    to grow or develop quickly; flourish
  15. Carouse
    • 1. to engage in a drunken revel
    • 2. to drink deeply and frequently.
  16. Caustic
    capable of burning, corroding, or destroying living tissue.
  17. Clandestine
    • characterized by, done in, or executed with secrecy or concealment,
    • esp. for purposes of subversion or deception; private or surreptitious
  18. Compunction
    a feeling of uneasiness or anxiety of the conscience caused by regret for doing wrong or causing pain; contrition; remorse.
  19. Conflagration
    a destructive fire, usually an extensive one.
  20. Coy
    • 1. artfully or affectedly shy or reserved; slyly hesitant; coquettish.
    • 2. shy; modest.
    • 3. showing reluctance, esp. when insincere or affected, to reveal one's plans or opinions, make a commitment, or take a stand
  21. Debauched
    corrupted; debased
  22. Droll
    amusing in an odd way; whimsically humorous
  23. Eclectic
    • not following any one system, as of philosophy, medicine, etc., but
    • selecting and using what are considered the best elements of all
    • systems.
  24. Eunuch
    a castrated man, esp. one formerly employed by Oriental rulers as a harem guard or palace official.
  25. Feigned
    pretended; sham; counterfeit:
  26. Flamboyant
    strikingly bold; conspicuously dashing and colorful
  27. Foibles
    a minor weakness or failing of character; slight flaw or defec
  28. Formidable
    • causing fear, apprehension, or dread
    • of discouraging or awesome strength, size, difficulty, etc.; intimidating
  29. Furtive
    taken, done, used, etc., surreptitiously or by stealth; secret
  30. Fusillade
    a general discharge or outpouring of anything, like maybe firearms
  31. Genuflect
    to express a servile attitude;to bend the knee or touch one knee to the floor in reverence or worship.
  32. Hinterland
    • 1. the remote or less developed parts of a country; back country
    • 2. the area of land behind a coastal region
  33. Humdrum
    lacking variety; boring; dull
  34. Ineptitude
    quality or condition of being inept
  35. Inertia
    inertness, esp. with regard to effort, motion, action, and the like; inactivity; sluggishness
  36. Internecine
    • 1. of or pertaining to conflict or struggle within a group
    • 2. mutually destructive
  37. Irksome
    annoying; irritating; exasperating; tiresome
  38. Lascivious
    inclined to lustfulness; wanton; lewd
  39. Lithe
    bending readily; pliant; limber; supple; flexible
  40. Macabre
    • 1. gruesome and horrifying; ghastly; horrible.
    • 2. of, pertaining to, dealing with, or representing death, esp. its grimmer or uglier aspect.
  41. Magnanimous
    generous in forgiving an insult or injury; free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness
  42. Masticate
    • 1. to chew
    • 2. to reduce to a pulp by crushing or kneading, as rubber
  43. Meticulous
    taking or showing extreme care about minute details; precise; thorough
  44. Opulence
    • 1. wealth, riches, or affluence
    • 2. abundance, as of resources or goods; plenty.
  45. Patina
    • 1.a film or incrustation, usually green, produced by oxidation on the
    • surface of old bronze and often esteemed as being of ornamental value.
    • 2. a similar film or coloring appearing gradually on some other substance.
  46. Pedantic
    • 1. ostentatious in one's learning
    • 2. overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, esp. in teaching.
  47. Permeate
    to be diffused through; pervade; saturate
  48. Pestilence
    a deadly or virulent epidemic disease.
  49. Pithy
    brief, forceful, and meaningful in expression; full of vigor, substance, or meaning; terse; forcible
  50. Profligate
    utterly and shamelessly immoral or dissipated; thoroughly dissolute.
  51. Quay
    a landing place, esp. one of solid masonry, constructed along the edge of a body of water; wharf.
  52. Quintessential
    the most perfect embodiment of something.
  53. Ramadan
    • 1. the ninth month of the Muslim calendar
    • 2. the daily fast that is rigidly enjoined from dawn until sunset during this month.
  54. Redolent
    • 1. having a pleasant odor; fragrant.
    • 2. odorous or smelling
  55. Salvo
    a round of fire given as a salute
  56. Serpentine
    • 1. of, characteristic of, or resembling a serpent, as in form or movement.
    • 2. having a winding course, as a road; sinuous
  57. Solicitude
    the state of being solicitous; anxiety or concern
  58. Sordid
    • 1. morally ignoble or base; vile
    • 2. dirty or filthy; squalid
  59. Squalid
    foul and repulsive, as from lack of care or cleanliness; neglected and filthy
  60. subjugate
    to bring under complete control or subjection; conquer; master.
  61. Succulent
    full of juice; juicy
  62. Sumptuous
    luxuriously fine or large; lavish; splendid
  63. Temerity
    reckless boldness; rashness.
  64. Torpid
    • 1. slow; dull; apathetic; lethargic
    • 2. inactive or sluggish.
  65. Torrid
    1. oppressively hot, parching, or burning, as climate, weather, or air.
  66. Unction
    • 1. an unguent or ointment; salve.
    • 2. something soothing or comforting
  67. Usurped
    to seize and hold (a position, office, power, etc.) by force or without legal righ
  68. Vacillation
    • 1. a state of indecision or irresolution
    • 2. unsteady movement; fluctuation
  69. Wanton
    • 1. done, shown, used, etc., maliciously or unjustifiably
    • 2. deliberate and without motive or provocation; uncalled-for; headstrong; willfu