Vocabulary Ch. 7 & 8

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Vocabulary Ch. 7 & 8
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Unit 7 & 8 vocab
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  1. abeyance
    being temporarily inactive
  2. ambivalent
    having conflicting feelings
  3. beleaguer
    to harass
  4. carte blanche
    full freedom to act at one's own discretion
  5. cataclysm
    a devastating upheaval
  6. debauch
    to corrupt morally
  7. eclat
    great brilliance
  8. fastidious
    hard to please
  9. gambol
    to skip about playfully
  10. imbue
    to fill the mind
  11. inchoate
    just beginning
  12. lampoon
    to satirize
  13. malleable
    capable of being altered
  14. nemesis
    an unbeatable rival
  15. opt
    to make a decision
  16. philistine
    lacking cultural refinements
  17. picaresque
    characteristic of adventurers
  18. queasy
    nauseated
  19. refractory
    stubborn
  20. savoir-faire
    social competence
  21. aberration
    a lapse from a sound mental state
  22. ad hoc
    improvised
  23. bane
    poison
  24. bathos
    grossly insincere
  25. cantankerous
    ill-tempered
  26. casuistry
    specious argument
  27. de facto
    in reality
  28. depredation
    the act of plundering
  29. empathy
    an understanding of someone's feelings
  30. harbinger
    a forerunner
  31. hedonism
    pursuit of pleasure
  32. lackluster
    dull
  33. malcontent
    defiance of prevailing conditions
  34. mellifluous
    flowing smoothly
  35. nepotism
    excessive patronage of one's relatives
  36. pander
    to cater to the vices of others
  37. peccadillo
    a minor sin
  38. piece de resistance
    an outstanding accomplishment
  39. remand
    to send back
  40. syndrome
    symptoms indicating an abnormality

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