Level H: Unit 6 Definitions

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Level H: Unit 6 Definitions
2014-11-12 21:47:56
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Senior English
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  1. abortive
    (adj.) failing to accomplish an intended aim or purpose; only partially or imperfectly developed
  2. bruit
    (v.) to spread news, reports, or unsubstantiated rumors
  3. contumelious
    (adj.) insolent or rude in speech or behavior; insultingly abusive; humiliating
  4. dictum
    (n.) a short saying; an authoritative statement
  5. ensconce
    (v.) to settle comfortably and firmly in position; to put or hide in a safe place
  6. iconoclastic
    (adj.) attacking or seeking to overthrow popular or traditional beliefs, ideas, or institutions
  7. in medias res
    (adv.) in or into the middle of a plot; into the middle of things
  8. internecine
    (adj.) mutually destructive; characterized by great slaughter and bloodshed
  9. maladroit
    (adj.) lacking skill or dexterity; lacking tact, perception, or judgment
  10. maudlin
    (adj.) excessively or effusively sentimental
  11. modulate
    (v.) to change or vary the intensity or pitch; to temper or soften; to regulate, adjust
  12. portentous
    (adj.) foreshadowing an event to come; causing wonder or awe; self-consciously weighty, pompous
  13. prescience
    (n.) knowledge of events or actions before they happen; foresight
  14. quid pro quo
    (n.) something given in exchange or return for something else
  15. salubrious
    (adj.) conducive to health or well-being; wholesome
  16. saturnalian
    (adj.) characterized by riotous or unrestrained revelry or licentiousness
  17. touchstone
    (n.) a means of testing worth or genuineness
  18. traumatic
    (adj.) so shocking to the emotions as to cause lasting and substantial psychological damage
  19. vitiate
    (v.) to weaken, debase, or corrupt; to impair the quality or value of
  20. waggish
    (adj.) fond of making jokes; characteristic of a joker; playfully humorous or droll