vocab 2

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vocab 2
2015-05-20 19:10:23
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  1. admonish
    • to caution, criticize, reprove
    • Joe’s mother admonished him not to ruin his appetite by eating cookies before dinner.
  2. adorn
    • to decorate
    • We adorned the tree with ornaments
  3. advocate
    • to argue in favor of something
    • Arnold advocated turning left at the stop sign, even though everyone else thought we should turn right
  4. affluent
    • rich, wealthy
    • Mrs. Grebelski was affluent, owning a huge house, three cars, and an island near Maine
  5. affront
    • an insult
    • Bernardo was very touchy, and took any slight as an affront to his honor.
  6. trifle
    • a thing of little value or importance
    • people should't get upset for things that make trifle changes to their lives
  7. onset
    • the beginning of something, especially something unpleasant.
    • the onset of winter
  8. procure
    • obtain (something), especially with care or effort.
    • food procured for the rebels
  9. clammy
    • unpleasantly damp and sticky or slimy to touch
    • his skin felt cold and clammy
  10. jolt
    • push or shake (someone or something) abruptly and roughly
    • a surge in the crowd behind him jolted him forward
    • push, thrust, jar, bump, knock, bang
  11. subpar
    below an average level
  12. askew
    • not in a straight or level position
    • the door was hanging askew on one twisted hinge
    • crooked, lopsided, tilted
  13. merit
    Merit is another way of saying "deserve."
  14. induct
    • admit (someone) formally to a position or organization.
    • Some schools induct only students who meet their pre-entrance standards.
  15. venom
    a poisonous substance secreted by animals such as snakes, spiders, and scorpions
  16. gorge
    • 1. a narrow valley between hills or mountains, typically with steep rocky walls and a stream running through it.
    • ravine, canyon, gully, defile
    • 2. the throat.
  17. quackery
    • There are good quacks and bad quacks. A good quack is the sound a duck makes. A bad quack is someone pretending to be a doctor. 
    • Quackery is when someone poses as a doctor.
  18. skew
    • having an oblique or slanting direction or position
    • askew; crooked
  19. hedge
    A hedge is a living fence made of closely planted bushes, which, as they grow and get trimmed and shaped, form a wall of green.
  20. moniker
    A moniker is a nickname. Basketball player Charles Barkley had the moniker "The Round Mound of Rebound."
  21. elaboration
    act of improving by expanding or enlarging or refining
  22. flop
    fall, move, or hang in a heavy, loose, and ungainly way
  23. atrocity
    Atrocities, acts of outrageous cruelty, are often committed during wars and armed conflicts.
  24. salvage
    To salvage something is to save it...before it's too late. You might try to salvage your damaged reputation by defending yourself
  25. scoff
    speak or laugh at someone or about something in a scornfully derisive or mocking way.
  26. crooked
    Something crooked is not straight, like a trail through the woods, or your cousin's unfortunate set of teeth.
  27. arrant
    • complete, utter
    • what arrant nonsense!
  28. dodged
    avoid (someone or something) by a sudden quick movement.
  29. squat
    If you crouch down very low and sit on your heels, you squat. If you have to talk to a small child, you might have to squat to talk face-to-face
  30. crouch
    To crouch is to bend your knees, pull your body in, and sit on your heels.
  31. repentance
    sincere regret or remorse
  32. toggle
    on-off switch
  33. intrusion
    An intrusion is a deliberate move into someone else's territory — either literal or figurative.
  34. slope
    If you find yourself on a slippery slope, watch out, you could be sliding down a hill. Land that is not level is called a slope.
  35. endeavor
    • try hard to do or achieve something.
    • A determined student might endeavor to get straight A on his final exam
  36. determined
    having made a firm decision and being resolved not to change it.
  37. resolved
    firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination
  38. insatiable
    (of a person) having an insatiable appetite or desire for something, especially sex.
  39. crave
    To crave something is to have a great desire for it, as one might crave love, fame, or French fries.
  40. aggrandize
    • to increase or make greater
    • Joseph always dropped the names of the famous people his father knew as a way to aggrandize his personal stature
  41. aggrieved
    • distressed, wronged, injured
    • The foreman mercilessly overworked his aggrieved employees.
  42. nimble
    • quick and light in movement or action; agile
    • with a deft motion of her nimble fingers
  43. deft
    • neatly skillful and quick in one's movements.
    • What you want to see in football or basketball is some deft handling of the ball.
  44. aisle
    a passageway between rows of seats
  45. alias
    • false name or identity
    • He snuck past the guards by using an alias and fake ID.
  46. allege
    • to assert, usually without proof
    • The policeman had alleged that Marshall committed the crime, but after the investigation turned up no evidence, Marshall was set free.
  47. amorous
    • showing love, particularly sexual
    • Whenever Albert saw Mariah wear her slinky red dress, he began to feel quite amorous
  48. antecedent
    • something that came before
    • The great tradition of Western culture had its antecedent in the culture of Ancient Greece
  49. appraise
    • to assess the worth or value of
    • (A realtor will come over tonight to appraise our house.
  50. apprehend
    • 1. to seize, arrest
    • The criminal was apprehended at the scene
    • 2. to perceive, understand, grasp
    • The student has trouble apprehending concepts in math and science
  51. profligate
    recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources.
  52. profuse
    exuberantly plentiful; abundant
  53. prolix
    something has too many words and goes on too long; tediously lengthy
  54. propinquity
  55. propitious
    giving or indicating a good chance of success; favorable
  56. protuberant
    curving outward; bulging
  57. provident
    making or indicative of timely preparation for the future.
  58. prudence
    the quality of being prudent; cautiousness
  59. puerile
    childishly silly and trivial
  60. pungency
    The quality of affecting the sense of smell.
  61. pyre
    A heap of combustibles arranged for burning a dead body.
  62. combustible
    able to catch fire and burn easily
  63. heap
    A great big pile of something is a heap. Your sloppy brother might keep all of his clothes in a heap on his bedroom floor.
  64. qualm
    • A fit of nausea.
    • anxiety
  65. quandary
    a state of perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation
  66. quibble
    An utterly trivial objection or criticism.
  67. quotidian
    Of an everyday character; ordinary.
  68. ramify
    form branches or offshoots; spread or branch out
  69. reactionary
    Pertaining to, of the nature of, causing, or favoring reaction.
  70. recrudescent
    breaking out afresh or into renewed activity; revival or reappearance in active existence.
  71. revival
    • an improvement in the condition or strength of something
    • improvement, recovery
  72. vigor
    physical strength and good health
  73. redoubtable
    • formidable, especially as an opponent.
    • awe-inspiring, fearsome, daunting
  74. refractory
    Imagine yourself pulling a dog who doesn't want to walk. The dog is refractory, or stubbornly resisting your authority.
  75. amenable
    open and responsive to suggestion; easily persuaded or controlled
  76. regicide
    The killing of a king or sovereign.
  77. reiterate
    To say or do sometning again and again for a number of times, typically for emphasis or clarity
  78. relapse
    To suffer a return of a disease after partial recovery.
  79. remonstrate
    • To present a verbal or written protest to those
    • who have power to right or prevent a wrong.
  80. repast
    A meal; figuratively, any refreshment.
  81. repel
    To force or keep back in a manner, physically or mentally
  82. repine
    feel or express discontent; fret.
  83. brooding
    showing deep unhappiness of thought.
  84. faultfinding
    persistent petty and unjustified criticism
  85. fretfulness
    an irritable petulant feeling
  86. reprobate
    • One abandoned to depravity and sin.
    • an unprincipled person
  87. scoundrel
    a dishonest or unscrupulous person; a rogue
  88. repulsive
    arousing intense distaste or disgust
  89. requisite
  90. requite
    You can requite a friend’s kindness by doing your friend a favor or by being kind in return. Requite means "to repay or return."
  91. restive
    Resisting control.
  92. retinue
    • a group of advisers, assistants, or others accompanying an important person
    • entourage, escort, company, court
  93. revere
    To regard with worshipful veneration
  94. ribald
    referring to sexual matters in an amusingly rude or irreverent way.
  95. indecent
    not in keeping with accepted standards of what is right or proper in polite society
  96. bawdy
    dealing with sexual matters in a comical way; humorously indecent
  97. risible
    • Risible describes something that is laughable or amusing, like seeing a very large man trying to get into a very tiny car.
    • laughable, ridiculous, absurd, comical
  98. ruffian
    A lawless or recklessly brutal fellow.
  99. salient
    • If something stands out in a very obvious way, it can be called salient.
    • outstanding, prominent, spectacular, striking, conspicuous
  100. satiate
    To satisfy fully the appetite or desire of.