new vocab 12

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  1. squeamish
    • excessively fastidious and easily disgusted
    • so squeamish he would only touch the toilet handle with his elbow
  2. flinch
    • draw back, as with fear or pain
    • she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf
  3. extemporaneous
    • spoken or done without preparation.
    • an extemporaneous speech
  4. scour
    • rub hard or scrub
    • scour the counter tops
  5. agape
    • with the mouth wide open as in wonder or awe
    • we stood there agape with wonder
  6. dictum
    • a formal pronouncement from an authoritative source.
    • he received the dictum with evident reluctance
  7. frenzied
    • wildly excited or uncontrolled; frantic, frenetic
    • a frenzied attack
  8. amok
    wildly, insane; without self-control
  9. eon
    • a long period of time
    • he reached the crag eons before I arrived
  10. estuary
    the wide part of a river where it nears the sea; fresh and salt water mix
  11. confide
    To confide in someone is to tell them something privately. We confide in people we trust.
  12. ovation
    enthusiastic and lengthy applause
  13. woebegone
    • sad or miserable in appearance.
    • A person may looks woebegone as a result of a calamity.
  14. ad hoc
    • formed, arranged, or done for a particular purpose only.
    • a coordinated policy instead of ad hoc decisions
  15. elliptical
    • (of speech or writing) using or involving ellipsis, especially so as to be difficult to understand.
    • cryptic, abstruse, ambiguous, obscure
  16. deploy
    bring into effective action; utilize.
  17. brandish
    • To brandish something is to wave it about aggressively, as one might brandish a sword or tennis racket
    • flourish, wave, shake, wield
  18. rampant
    • unrestrained and violent
    • rampant aggression
  19. teem
    If your neighborhood seems to teem with cats, that means there are a lot of cats running around. Teem refers to a large number.
  20. mumps
    an acute contagious viral disease characterized by fever and by swelling of the parotid glands
  21. sidereal
    • of or relating to the stars or constellations
    • sidereal bodies
  22. natty
    Natty means current in style, both of dress and manners. A natty dresser is someone who is very stylish and has a snappy attitude.
  23. acquisitive
    • excessively interested in acquiring money or material things.
    • greedy, covetous, avaricious
  24. grouse
  25. enshrine
    If your mother enshrines your first drawing, she might frame it and hang it in a special place, as if it were a holy relic. To enshrine is to put something special, often religious, into a protective place.
  26. dub
    • give an unofficial name or nickname to (someone or something).
    • the media dubbed anorexia “the slimming disease.”
  27. gist
    • the substance or essence of a speech or text
    • she noted the gist of each message
  28. self-effacing
    • not claiming attention for oneself; retiring and modest.
    • his demeanor was self-effacing, gracious, and polite
  29. thoroughness
    conscientiousness in performing all aspects of a task; painstakingness
  30. sparingly
    to a meager degree or in a meager manner
  31. quash
    • reject or void, especially by legal procedure.
    • cancel, reverse, rescind, repeal, revoke, retract
    • his conviction was quashed on appeal
  32. invariably
    without variation or change, in every case
  33. heuristic
    A heuristic is a rule or method that helps you solve problems faster than you would if you did all the computing. It sounds fancy, but you might know a heuristic as a "rule of thumb."
  34. adultery
    Adultery is a word for cheating — cheating on your spouse with another person. Adultery isn’t a crime, but some people consider it a sin.
  35. ably
    • with competence; in a competent capable manner
    • Steven has summed up our concerns very ably
  36. refrain
    • stop oneself from doing something.
    • she refrained from comment
  37. blurt
    • If you blurt something out, you're speaking abruptly and without thinking about what you're saying.
    • she wouldn't blurt out words she did not mean
  38. morsel
    small amount of something; a bite
  39. crag
    a steep or rugged cliff or rock face
  40. stamina
    • the ability to sustain prolonged physical or mental effort
    • endurance, strength
  41. woe
    • misery resulting from affliction
    • wretchedness, sadness, unhappiness
  42. startle
    • surprise greatly
    • a sudden sound in the doorway startled her
    • surprise, frighten, scare
  43. allot
    • give or apportion (something) to someone as a share or task.
    • equal time was allotted to each
  44. pallor
    • an unhealthy pale appearance.
    • paleness, pallidness, lack of color
  45. repeal
    revoke or annul, cancel officially
  46. entrance
    • 1. access
    • 2. to fill (someone) with delight and wonder
    • to put into a trance
  47. enrapture
    • To enrapture someone is cast an irresistible spell over them, to make them feel "rapture." I was enraptured by her gorgeous voice and stunning way of interpreting a song.
    • delight, enchant, enthral
  48. contention
    • heated disagreement.
    • arguing, argument, contestation, controversy
  49. wry
    • using or expressing dry, especially mocking, humor.
    • a wry smile
    • ironic, sardonic, satirical, mocking, sarcastic
  50. bucolic
    • of or relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside and country life.
    • the church is lovely for its bucolic setting
    • rustic, rural, pastoral, country, countryside
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