new vocab 10

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new vocab 10
2015-06-16 18:24:39
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  1. unflappable
    To be unflappable is to be calm and relaxed, even in a stressful situation. A confident person is usually unflappable.
  2. defiance
    • 1. a hostile challenge
    • 2. open resistance; bold disobedience.
    • the demonstration was held in defiance of official warnings
  3. prodigy
    • a person, especially a young one, endowed with exceptional qualities or abilities
    • genius, mastermind, virtuoso, wunderkind
  4. proselytize
    convert to another faith or religion
  5. conscientious
    • characterized by extreme care and great effort
    • diligent, industrious, punctilious, painstaking, 
    • sedulous, assiduous,dedicated
  6. sloth
  7. orphan
    a child whose parents are dead
  8. pecking order
  9. mar
    • impair, disfigure
    • no wrinkles marred her face
  10. maxim
    • a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits
    • proverb, axiom
  11. retaliate
    • make an attack or assault in return for a similar attack
    • avenge, revenge
  12. reprisal
    • retaliation, counterattack, comeback 
    • revenge, vengeance, retribution
  13. contrived
    • designed or carried out according to a plan; artificially formal
    • a novel with a contrived ending
  14. tautological
    • repetition of same sense in different words
    • the phrase "a beginner who has just started" is tautological
  15. enrage
    • make very angry
    • e students were enraged at these new rules
  16. incense
    • make angry
    • exasperate, infuriate
  17. balm
    ointment, lotion, cream, salve, liniment
  18. chaff
    • worthless things; trash.
    • separating the chaff from the grain
  19. proprietary
    • of or relating to an owner or ownership.
    • the company has a proprietary right to the property
  20. lieu
    • instead
    • the company issued additional shares to shareholders in lieu of a cash dividend
  21. peon
    unskilled worker who is obliged to do menial work
  22. incandescent
    emitting light as a result of being heated
  23. libation
  24. dank
    • damp, musty, chilly, clammy, moist, wet
    • the dank basement
  25. patrician
  26. inkling
    • a hint
    • the records give us an inkling of how people saw the world
    • idea, notion, sense, impression, conception
    • suggestion, indication, whisper, glimmer
  27. tryst
    a secret rendezvous, a date
  28. mortify
    • cause (someone) to feel embarrassed, ashamed, or humiliated.
    • she was mortified to see her wrinkles in the mirror
  29. emissary
    • a person sent on a special mission, usually as a diplomatic representative.
    • envoy, ambassador, delegate, attaché, consul
  30. inordinate
    • unusually or disproportionately large; excessive
    • a case that had taken up an inordinate amount of time
  31. equine
    Equine means having to do with horses
  32. exhume
    • dig out (something buried, especially a corpse) from the ground
    • the district attorney is requesting that the body be exhumed
  33. shimmer
    • shine with a soft tremulous light.
    • the sea shimmered in the sunlight
  34. citadel
    a fortress, typically on high ground, protecting or dominating a city.
  35. secular
    • Secular things are not religious. Anything not affiliated with a church or faith can be called secular
    • worldly
  36. phony
    • not genuine; fraudulent.
    • I thought your accent was a bit phony
    • bogus, false, fake, fraudulent, spurious
  37. diction
  38. denunciation
    public condemnation of someone or something.
  39. industrious
    hardworking, sedulous
  40. propitiate
    appease, conciliate, make up
  41. impart
    • make (information) known; communicate.
    • announce, proclaim, herald, promulgate, broadcast
  42. disguise
    • any attire that modifies the appearance in order to conceal the wearer's identity
    • he disguised himself as a girl
  43. infuriate
    • make (someone) extremely angry and impatient.
    • her silences infuriated him
  44. expenditure
    • the action of spending funds; expenses
    • the expenditure of taxpayers' money
  45. covetous
    avaricious, greedy
  46. adventitious
    • happened by chance 
    • fortuitous, serendipitous, coincidental
  47. loom
    • 1. come into view indistinctly, often threateningly
    • 2. a textile machine for weaving yarn into a textile
  48. torrent
    deluge, flood
  49. append
    • add (something) as an attachment or supplement.
    • the results of the survey are appended to this chapter
  50. raillery
    teasing, mockery, chaff, ragging, banter, badinage