final study guide vocab

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  1. adage
    n. An old saying that has come to be accepted as true; a proverb.
  2. alacrity
    n. 1. Promptness in responding.

    2. Eagerness
  3. allude
    v. To refer to in an indirect way (used with to).
  4. amorous
    adj. Expressing love or the state of being in love.
  5. assess
    v. To analyze and determine the nature, value, or importance of.
  6. bewail
    v. To express deep regret or sorrow over.
  7. concede
    v. 1. To admit to be true, often reluctantly.

    2. To grant or let have.
  8. contemporary
    n. A person living during the same period as another.

    adj. Existing or occurring at the same time.
  9. deduce
    v. To draw a conclusion from given facts.
  10. deem
    v. To consider; to believe.
  11. deficient
    adj. Lacking
  12. dogma
    n. An unproven principle or belief held to be true.
  13. dote
    v. To show excessive fondness for (used with on or upon).
  14. embody
    v. 1. To put an idea into a form that can be seen.

    2. To make part of a system; incorporate.
  15. exhort
    v. To urge strongly; to warn or appeal.
  16. exorbitant
    adj. Exceeding normal bounds; greater or more than seems reasonable.
  17. expostulate
    v. To argue earnestly in an attempt to dissuade or show strong disapproval.
  18. extol
    v. To praise highly.
  19. extraneous
    adj. Not necessary; irrelevant.
  20. fateful
    adj. Having great or significant consequences.
  21. feckless
    adj. Careless; irresponsible
  22. fraught
    adj. Full of or accompanied by (usually followed by with).
  23. inexplicable
    adj. Hard to explain or impossible to understand.
  24. impetus
    n. 1. A driving force; anything that causes an action.

    2. Increased activity resulting from a driving force.
  25. impoverish
    v. 1. To make poor.

    2. To take away.
  26. intermittent
    adj. Not continuous; happening at intervals.
  27. indolent
    adj. Indulging in ease; avoiding exertion; lazy.
  28. ingrate
    n. An ungrateful person.
  29. laggard
    n. One who falls behind others because of moving slowly or loitering; a straggler.

  30. lament
    v. To feel or express grief.
  31. meander
    v. 1. To follow a winding course.

    2. To wander aimlessly.
  32. motif
    n. 1. A theme or idea in a work of art or literature that is developed or repeated.

    2. A figure or design repeated in the decoration of something, such as a building or textile.
  33. monetary
    adj. Of or relating to money or currency.
  34. obligatory
    adj. Required or demanded.
  35. oratory
    n. The art of public speaking.
  36. paraphernalia
    n. 1. Personal belongings.

    2. Equipment associated with a particular activity.
  37. pensive
    adj. Deep in thought; dreamily thoughtful.
  38. plumb
    • v. 1. To measure the depth of water.
    • 2. To reach the deepest part of.
    • 3. To understand by examining closely; to solve.

    adj. Straight up and down; vertical.
  39. propagate
    v. 1. To reproduce.

    2. To cause to reproduce.

    3. To foster the spread of.
  40. punctilious
    adj. Careful of and attentive to details, especially ones relating to good manners and behavior.
  41. pomp
    n. A showy or dignified display.
  42. sagacious
    adj. Showing sound judgment; wise.
  43. sedentary
    adj. Doing or requiring a lot of sitting.
  44. Spartan
    adj. Marked by simplicity and lack of luxury.
  45. subsidize
    v. To support by giving financial aid.
  46. stilted
    adj. Artificially stiff or formal in manner.
  47. sojourn
    n. A visit or temporary stay.

    v. To stay for a while.
  48. sustenance
    n. Something that provides nourishment; food needed to live.
  49. temporal
    adj. Relating to the everyday world as opposed to that which is spiritual or eternal.
  50. voracious
    adj. 1. ravenous; desiring and eating a large amount of food.

    2. Greatly eager.
  51. vociferous
    adj. Making one’s feelings known in a loud way.
  52. voluble
    adj. Characterized by a ready flow of words; talkative.
  53. wanton
    adj. 1. Ignoring what is right.

    2. Excessive or unrestrained.

    3. Playful or frolicsome.
  54. wane
    v. To get smaller, dimmer, or weaker; to near an end.
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