Vocab 7

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  1. affinity
    • natural
    • attraction to a person or liking for a thing; relation; connection.  Harvey’s affinity for math led him to
    • excel in our computer course
  2. animosity
    • active dislike; ill will.  Although the immigrants were met with animosity
    • when they moved into the neighborhood, they soon were accepted and befriended
    • by most of the residents.
  3. aphrodisiac
    • a
    • drug or food which stimulates sexual desire or pleasure.  Although he was told by his Asian physician
    • that a beverage of ground rhinoceros horn was an aphrodisiac, the
    • Emperor did not experience any increased sexual pleasure
  4. catharsis
    • an
    • emotional purification of relief.  In
    • Greek tragedy, the downfall of the hero on stage brought about a catharsis
    • among the spectators
  5. desecrate
    • to treat with disrespect; to profane.  The young troublemakers were caught as they desecrated
    • the cemetery by overturning headstones.
  6. dormant
    • asleep or lying as if asleep; latent but capable of
    • being activated.  The coverage of the
    • Persian Gulf War aroused in many citizens dormant feelings of patriotism
    • which had been quiescent since World War II.
  7. fitful
    • spasmodic;
    • intermittent; irregular.  After a fitful
    • night’s sleep, Monte’s eyes were red-rimmed and he could hardly stay awake
    • during class
  8. homogeneous
    • similar;
    • uniform in nature.  Nathan’s Army Reserve
    • unit was a homogeneous one since they all came from the same Ohio suburb
  9. hypochondria
    • a
    • neurotic conviction that one is ill or about to become ill when illness is
    • neither actually present nor likely. 
    • Cassie’s hypochondria was evidenced by the large number of
    • absences from school occasioned by her imagined illnesses
  10. prestigious
    • honored;
    • having an illustrious name or reputation. 
    • The prestigious Ivy League colleges and universities naturally
    • have higher admission standards
  11. rebuff
    • to
    • refuse in a sharp or rude way; to snub; to drive or beat back.  It was sheet luck that the outnumbered Marine
    • patrol was able to rebuff the enemy attack
  12. tactless
    • not having or showing a sense of the right thing to do
    • or say without causing anger or hurt feelings; without skill in dealing with
    • people.  Bringing up the matter of
    • Grace’s losing her job was just about the most tactless way to start a
    • conversation.
  13. unscathed
    • undamaged;
    • unharmed.  Neither Judge Thomas nor
    • Professor Hill left the Senate hearings with their reputations unscathed.
  14. unwitting
    • not knowing; unaware; unintentional.  By unknowingly delivering the package
    • containing plastique, Manny became an
    • unwitting accomplice in the terrorist plot to blow up the office.
  15. verisimilitude
    • appearing to be true or real; likelihood.  Using antique paper and vegetable dyes, the
    • artist achieved a high degree of verisimilitude for his forgeries of
    • masterpieces.
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