new vocab 11

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new vocab 11
2015-07-07 09:27:38
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  1. impose
    • To impose means to force or inflict something on someone else. If you want to impose your musical taste on your parents, play your tunes all day at top volume.
    • force, inflict, press, urge
  2. endowment
    • the action of endowing something or someone.
    • bequest, legacy, inheritance
  3. auspices
    kindly endorsement and guidance
  4. rowdy
    • If you’re rowdy, you’re loud and raucous. You’re disturbing the peace and somebody’s likely to ask you to quiet down.
    • rowdy teenagers
  5. jeer
    • laugh at with contempt and derision
    • flout, gibe, scoff
  6. penance
    • voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for some wrongdoing
    • self-abasement, self-mortification
  7. facsimile
    A facsimile is a copy or reproduction of something. Many parents hope their children will be facsimiles of themselves; many children have other plans in mind.
  8. tenure
    • the term during which some position is held
    • incumbency, term of office
  9. loathsome
    • highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust
    • disgustful
  10. preposterous
    absolutely absurd
  11. laggard
    • someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind
    • sluggard, snail, idler, loafer
  12. desiderate
    feel a keen desire for (something lacking or absent).
  13. leeway
  14. stately
    impressive in appearance
  15. avert
    • turn away or aside
    • she averted her eyes during the more violent scenes
  16. odoriferous
    having or giving off a smell, especially an unpleasant or distinctive one.
  17. cede
    • give up (power or territory).
    • they have had to cede control of the schools to the government
    • surrender, concede, relinquish, yield
  18. meddlesome
    intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
  19. gleeful
    exuberantly or triumphantly joyful.
  20. censorious
    severely critical of others.
  21. frigid
    very cold in temperature
  22. hoist
    • raise (something) by means of ropes and pulleys.
    • upraise, uplift, elevate, erect
  23. asperse
    • attack or criticize the reputation or integrity of.
    • he aspersed the place and its inhabitants
  24. ebullition
    • an unrestrained expression of emotion
    • in an ebullition of fervor
  25. usher
    • someone employed to conduct others, guide
    • ushers showed them to their seats
  26. lore
    • knowledge gained through tradition or anecdote
    • mythology, myths, legends, folklore
  27. vie
    • compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others
    • rival mobs vying for control of the liquor business
  28. bodkin
    Watch out! The robber has a bodkin! A bodkin is a short knife with a thin blade
  29. testament
    A testament is a statement of belief. The most famous testaments are the two parts of the Christian Bible: the Old and New Testaments.
  30. preempt
    • Preempt means to displace or take something before others can
    • many tables were already preempted by family parties
  31. beset
    • besiege, surrounded
    • The zebra was beset by leopards
  32. brag
    show off
  33. sacrilege
    disrespect to the sacred
  34. recrimination
    a counter accusation, counterattack
  35. portly
    • (especially of a man) having a stout body; somewhat fat.
    • stout, plump, fat, overweight, heavy
  36. putative
    • generally considered or reputed to be, supposed
    • the putative father of a boy of two
  37. macerate
    • When you macerate something, you soften it by soaking it in a liquid, often while you're cooking or preparing food.
    • to soften
  38. aspirant
    • (of a person) having ambitions to achieve something, typically to follow a particular career.
    • applicant
  39. manumit
    set free, emancipate
  40. inimitable
    • matchless
    • an inimitable style
  41. enjoin
    • give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
    • order
  42. avocation
  43. dross
  44. celibate
    • abstaining from sexual intercourse
    • chaste
  45. toil
    work hard, labor
  46. grotto
    a small cave
  47. loch
    Scottish word for a lake
  48. scaffolding
    a temporary structure on the outside of a building, made usually of wooden planks and metal poles, used by workers while building, repairing, or cleaning the building.
  49. implausible
    • (of an argument or statement) not seeming reasonable or probable; failing to convince.
    • this is a blatantly implausible claim
  50. summit
    the highest point of a hill or mountain.