English 12 Unit 4 Vocab

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English 12 Unit 4 Vocab
2010-09-12 22:53:44
english vocab

english 12 vocabulary
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  1. Atrophy
    the wasting away of a body organ or tissue; any progressive decline or failure; to waste away
  2. Bastion
    a fortified place, stronghold
  3. Concord
    a state of agreement, harmony, unanimity; a treaty, pact, covenant
  4. Consummate
    complete or perfect in the highest degree; to bring to a state of completion or perfection
  5. Disarray
    disorder, confusion; to throw into disorder
  6. Exigency
    urgency, pressure; urgent demand, pressing need; an emergency
  7. Flotsam
    floating debris; homeless, impoverished people
  8. Frenetic
    frenzied, highly agitated
  9. Glean
    to gather bit by bit; to gather small quantities of grain left in a field by the reapers
  10. Grouse
    a type of game bird; a complaint; to complain, grumble
  11. Incarcerate
    to imprison, confine, jail
  12. Incumbent
    obligatory, required; one who holds a specific office at the time spoken of
  13. Jocular
    humerous, jesting, jolly, joking
  14. Ludicrous
    ridiculous, laughable, absurd
  15. Mordant
    biting or caustic in thought, manner, or style; sharply or bitterly harsh
  16. Nettle
    a prickly or stinging plant; to arouse displeasure, impatience, or anger; to vex or irritate severey
  17. Pecuniary
    consisting of or measured in money; of or relatedto money
  18. Pusillanimous
    contemptibly cowardly or mean-spirited
  19. Recumbent
    in a reclining position, lying down, in the posture of one sleeping or resting
  20. Stratagem
    a scheme to outwit or decieve an opponent or to gain an end