Week 3/4 Flashcards

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Week 3/4 Flashcards
2010-09-21 20:39:15
English II

English II Vocab
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  1. Defoliate
    verb-remove leaves from (a tree, plant, or area of land), for agricultural purposes or as a military tactic
  2. Abdicate
    verb-(of a monarch) renounce one's throne
  3. Depose
    • verb-1.remove from office suddenly and forcefully
    • 2.testify to or give (evidence) on oath, typically in a written statement
    • 3.to question (a witness) in
  4. Abductor
    • noun-1.a person who abducts another person.
    • 2.a muscle whose contraction moves a limb or part away from the midline of the body, or from another part
  5. Degrade
    • verb-1.treat or regard (someone) with contempt or disrespect
    • 2.break down or deteriorate chemically
  6. Abnormal
    adjective-deviating from what is normal or usual, typically in a way that is undesirable or worrying
  7. Demilitarize
    verb-remove all military forces from (an area)
  8. Antipathy
    noun-a deep-seated feeling of dislike; aversion
  9. Disable
    verb-(of a disease, injury, or accident) limit (someone) in their movements, senses, or activities
  10. Calligraphy
    noun-decorative handwriting or handwritten lettering
  11. Ennui
    noun-a feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement
  12. Dismiss
    verb-order or allow to leave; send away
  13. Flail
    noun-a threshing tool consisting of a wooden staff with a short heavy stick swinging from it

    • verb-1.wave or swing or cause to wave or swing wildly
    • 2.beat; flog
  14. Dissuade
    verb-persuade (someone) not to take a particular course of action
  15. Fraught
    • adjective-1.(of a situation or course of action) filled with or destined to result in (something undesirable)
    • 2. causing or affected by great anxiety or stress
  16. Fraternal
    • adjective-1.of or like a brother or brothers
    • 2.(of twins) developed from separate ova and therefore genetically distinct and not necessarily of the same sex or more similar than other siblings
  17. Histrionic
    adjective-overly theatrical or melodramatic in character or style

    • noun-1.exaggerated dramatic behavior designed to attract attention
    • 2.an actor
  18. Fratricide
    noun-the killing of one's brother or sister
  19. Homage
    noun-special honor or respect shown publicly
  20. Graffiti
    noun-writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place

    verb-write or draw graffiti on (something)
  21. Hyperactive
    adjective-abnormally or extremely active
  22. Graphic
    • adjective-1.of or relating to visual art, esp. involving drawing, engraving, or
    • 2.of or in the form of a graph
    • 3.of or denoting rocks having a surface texture resembling cuneiform writing

    noun-a graphical item displayed on a screen or stored as data.
  23. Hypertension
    noun-abnormally high blood pressure.
  24. Martyrdom
    noun-the death or suffering of a martyr
  25. Intercede
    verb-intervene on behalf of another
  26. Polygraph
    noun-a machine designed to detect and record changes in physiological characteristics, such as a person's pulse and breathing rates, used esp. as a lie detector
  27. Interface
    • noun-1.a point where two systems, subjects, organizations, etc., meet and
    • 2.a device or program enabling a user to communicate with a computer.

    • verb-1.interact with (another system, person, organization, etc.)
    • 2.connect with (another computer or piece of equipment) by an interface.
  28. Presentiment
    noun-an intuitive feeling about the future, esp. one of foreboding
  29. Interject
    verb-say (something) abruptly, esp. as an aside or interruption
  30. Progeny
    noun-a descendant or the descendants of a person, animal, or plant; offspring
  31. Intersperse
    verb-scatter among or between other things; place here and there
  32. Propitious
    adjective-giving or indicating a good chance of success; favorable
  33. Jaded
    adjective-tired, bored, or lacking enthusiasm, typically after having had too much of something
  34. Quiescent
    adjective-in a state or period of inactivity or dormancy
  35. Malleable
    adjective-(of a metal or other material) able to be hammered or pressed permanently out of shape without breaking or cracking
  36. Quixotic
    adjective-exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical
  37. Palpable
    adjective-able to be touched or felt
  38. Rife
    adjective-(esp. of something undesirable or harmful) of common occurrence; widespread

    adverb-in an unchecked or widespread manner
  39. Pedantic
    adjective-of or like a pedant
  40. Sententious
    adjective-given to moralizing in a pompous or affected manner
  41. Perdition
    noun-(in Christian theology) a state of eternal punishment and damnation into which a sinful and unpenitent person passes after death
  42. Seraphic
    adjective-characteristic of or resembling a seraph or seraphim
  43. Perpetrate
    verb-carry out or commit (a harmful, illegal, or immoral action)
  44. Personable
    adjective-(of a person) having a pleasant appearance and manner
  45. Philosophize
    verb-speculate or theorize about fundamental or serious issues, esp. in a tedious or pompous way