English Vocab

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English Vocab
2013-03-14 09:16:54
English Vocab

English Scarlet Letter vocab for the quiz on 3/14/13
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  1. Inauspicious
    not conducive to success; ominous, unlucky, ill-omened
  2. Augur
    • Verb: To portend a good or bad outcome; predict, fortell
    • Noun: A religious official who interpreted natural signs as an indication of divine approval or disapproval of something; prophet, fortune-teller
  3. Heterodox
    Not conforming with accepted or orthodox standards or beliefs; heretical
  4. Venerable
    Accorded a great deal of respect, esp. because of age, wisdom, or character: "a venerable statesman"; respectable, honorable
  5. Infamy
    Something that has an extremely bad reputation; unforgettable, notorious
  6. Abash
    Cause to feel embarrassed, disconcerted, or ashamed
  7. Evanescent
    Soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing.
  8. Ignominy
    Public shame or disgrace: "the ignominy of being imprisoned".
  9. Iniquity
    Immoral or grossly unfair behavior.
  10. Lurid
    Very vivid in color, esp. so as to create an unpleasantly harsh or unnatural effect: "lurid food colorings".
  11. Singular
    Unusual or strange, odd; extraordinary, remarkable
  12. Amenable
    Open and responsive to suggestion; easily persuaded or controlled.
  13. Efficacy
    The ability to produce a desired or intended result.
  14. Commiserate
    Express or feel sympathy or pity; sympathize.
  15. Revile
    Criticize in an abusive or angrily insulting manner.
  16. Succor
    Assistance and support in times of hardship and distress.
  17. Caprice
    A sudden and unaccountable change of mood or behavior.
  18. Anathema
    • Something or someone that one vehemently dislikes.
    • A formal curse by a pope or a council of the Church, excommunicating a person or denouncing a doctrine.
  19. Dearth
    A scarcity or lack of something: "there is a dearth of evidence".