Vocab Unit 5.txt

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Vocab Unit 5.txt
2013-10-22 01:41:21
Vocab Unit

Vocab Unit 5
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  1. acuity
    (n) sharpness (particularly of the mind or senses) //
  2. delineate
    (v) to portray, sketch, or describe in accurate and vivid detail; to represent pictorially // At the beginning of Death or a Salesman, Arthur Miller ___ Willy Loman's house among the city buildings.
  3. depraved
    (adj) brought to a state of evil and corruption, devoid of moral principles
  4. emend
    (v) to correct; to alter to serve a new or different purpose
  5. enervate
    (v) to weaken, lessen the mental, moral, or physical vigor of, enfeeble, hamstring
  6. esoteric
    (adj) intended for or understood by only a select few, private, secret
  7. fecund
    (adj) fruitful in offspring or vegetation; intellectually productive
  8. fiat
    (n) an arbitrary order or decree; a command or act of will or consciousness
  9. figment
    (n) a fabrication of the mind; an arbitrary notion
  10. garner
    (v) to acquire as the result of effort; to gather and store away, as for future use
  11. hallow
    (v) to set apart as holy or sacred, sanctify, consecrate; to honor greatly, revere
  12. idiosyncrasy
    (n) a peculiarity that serves to distinguish or identify
  13. ignominy
    (n) shame and disgrace
  14. malediction
    (n) a curse, expression of hatred and condemnation // His words were nothing but ___ as he stabbed the voodoo doll.
  15. mundane
    (adj) earthly, worldly, relating to practical and material affairs; concerned with what is ordinary
  16. nuance
    (n) a subtle or slight variation (as in color, meaning, quality), delicate gradation or shade of difference
  17. overweening
    (adj) conceited, presumptuous; excessive, immoderate
  18. penchant
    (n) a strong attraction or inclination
  19. reputed
    (adj) according to reputation or general belief; having widespread acceptance and good reputation; (part.) alleged
  20. sophistry
    (n) reasoning that seems plausible but is actually unsound; a fallacy
  21. sumptuous
    (adj) costly, rich, magnificent // Mr. Gatsby lived a ___ and luxurious life envied and looked up by everyone.
  22. ubiquitous
    (adj) present or existing everywhere