Quarter 4 Vocabulary (English 10H)

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  1. scrupulous
    adj. painstakingly careful to do what is right; heeding moral scruples.

    ex. She is so scrupulous that she will not do personal e-mail while she is a work.
  2. caprice
    n. a sudden, impulsive action.

    ex. By sheer acprice he changed his plans.
  3. surmise
    • vt. to suppose based on slight evidence.
    • n. a guess

    • ex. Investigators surmised that a cigarette had started the fire.
    • ex. Test results confirmed his surmise.
  4. dispatch
    • vt. to send off or away with speed
    • n. 1. an official message 2. haste, promptness

    ex. The commander dispatched reinforcements to the battle site.
  5. fastidious
    adj. hard to please; fussy

    ex. Fastidious dieters ask waiters to list the ingredients.
  6. affectation
    n. an artificial or insincere manner

    ex. His affections of superiority is annoying.
  7. pliant
    adj. 1. flexible 2. yielding easily

    • ex. Rubber is pliant.
    • ex. My pliant friend cannot say no.
  8. supercilious
    adj. arrogant, haughty

    ex. The supercilious king expected dukes to bow.
  9. impertinent
    adj. rude

    ex. The impertinent child sassed the teacher.
  10. pedantic
    adj. needlessly and tediously displaying learning; insisting on trivial details.
  11. effusion
    n. 1. an outpouring of emotions or words 2. a piring forth, as of fluids

    ex. Her effusion of sorrow made grown men cry.
  12. solicitude
    n. anxious care and protectiveness.

    ex. Her solicitude sometimes embarrasses me.
  13. indolent
    adj. lazy; disinclined to move

    ex. He is too indolent to stir from the sofa.
  14. decorum
    n. appropriateness and good taste in conduct

    ex. In a surprising violation of decorum, the class president passed out the diplomas at the graduation ceremony.
  15. civility
    n. courtesy, politeness; the behavior of civilized people.

    ex. Treat guests with civility.
  16. panegyric
    n. formal, elaborate praise, in oratory or writing

    ex. The patriotic poet wrote a panegyric commending the glories of Rome.
  17. celerity
    n. swiftness

    ex. Foolish rumors spread with amazing celerity.
  18. expostulate
    vi. to reason earnestly, esp. in disagreement

    ex. Debaters expostulated heatedly.
  19. alacrity
    n. promptness in response; cheerful readiness

    ex. I accepted the offer with alacrity.
  20. affront
    • vt. to offend or insult
    • n. an insulting act

    • ex. Her snide jokes about the sport I love affronted me.
    • ex. I took his criticism of my plan as a personal affront.
  21. laconic
    adj. concise in expression to the point of seeming rude or mysterious

    ex. Asked why he had climbed Mt. Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary gave a famous laconic reply: "Because it's there."
  22. iniquitous
    adj. wicked, evil, unjust.

    ex. Outraged citizens protested the iniquitous law.
  23. beneficent
    adj. doing good; charitable

    ex. Father Damien is famed for his beneficent works.
  24. asperity
    n. harshness of surface, sound, or manner

    ex. The asperity of her tone hurt him.
  25. affability
    n. friendliness; pleasant manner

    ex. The surgeon's affability heps patients relax.
  26. veracity
    n. truthfulnees, accuracy

    ex. I trust the veracity of your sources.
  27. taciturn
    adj. reluctant to speak; silent

    ex. The taciturn grl surprised classmates by entering a speech contest.
  28. posterity
    n. future generations

    ex. For her great feats her name will be honored by posterity.
  29. eclat
    n. brilliant effect, publicity, dazzling success

    ex. Th eclat surrounding the new pop star died down after a few months.
  30. hauteur
    n. arroganc, haughtiness

    ex. Her cool hauteur made me feel inferior.
  31. upbraid
    vt. to reproach severely, scold

    ex. The Dean upbraided me for cuting class.
  32. probity
    n. honesty, integrity

    ex. The probity of high public officials must be unquestionable.
  33. derision
    n. ridicule, mockery

    ex. The speech drew derision from protesters in the crowd.
  34. entreat
    vt. to plead

    ex. Our hosts entreated us to stay, but it was getting late.
  35. complaisance
    n. friendliness; eagerness to please

    ex. The complaisance of the sales staff makes it a pleasant place to shop.
  36. incumbent
    • n. the holder of an office.
    • adj. 1. holding office 2. impsed as a duty

    • ex. The incumbent was reelected.
    • ex. I feel it is incumbent on all citizens to help their envirnment.
  37. repine
    vi. to be dejected, esp. to long for something

    ex. The rejected lover repined in woe.
  38. incredulous
    adj. skeptical, disbelieving

    ex. I was incredulous at the news.
  39. circumspect
    adj. careful to consider all consequences; prudent

    ex. She was circumspect in making financial investments.
  40. spleen
    n. 1. ill will esp. when suppressed and/or released 2. an organ that helps regulate blood supply

    ex. In private he would vent his spleen against his rival.
  41. deference
    n. respectuful yielding to a superior

    ex. He showed deference to his elders.
  42. deportment
    n. bearing, manner. aura

    ex. He returned from Oxford with a refined deportment.
  43. arch
    adj. mischievously ironic

    ex. Miss Bingley's arch remarks do not amuse Darcy.
  44. propriety
    n. appropriateness; conformity to what is socially accpetable

    ex. The newcomer to Hawaii was unsure of the propriety of wearing aloha attire at a funeral.
  45. trepidation
    n. fear or anxiety

    ex. New students feel trepidation on the first day of school.
  46. misrepresent
    vt. to give a flase impression of, usu. with the intent to deceive

    ex. To avoid incriminating himself, he misrepresented the facts.
  47. propensity
    n. strong natural tendency or preference

    ex. He has a propensity to daydream.
  48. pecuniary
    adj. of or pertaining to money

    ex. THe chief architect concentrated on design and left pecuniary matters to other members of the firm.
  49. lieu
    n. stead, place (usu. in lieu of)

    ex. In lieu of a test, studnts can create a project.
  50. accede
    vi. to agree or yield to a request or demand

    ex. He acceded to the rebels' demands.
  51. corroborate
    vt. to support with evidence or athority; to confirm

    ex. A witness corroborated the story.
  52. chagrin
    • n. annoyance due to embarrassment, failure, etc.
    • vt. to vex, disappoint, humiliate

    • ex. To her chagrin, no one came to her party.
    • ex. He was chagrined when he overslept.
  53. consternation
    n. amazement or dimay that hinders or confuses

    ex. The power outage caused consternation throughout the crowded theater.
  54. equivocal
    adj. 1. subject to different interpretations; misleading (often intentionally) 2. hard to classify or judge

    ex. Lawyers debated the equivocal phrasing in the will.
  55. tumult
    n. disorder, commotion

    ex. The wild mob was in a state of tumult.
  56. allay
    vt. to calm, relieve, soothe

    ex. The negative test results allayed the patient's fears.
  57. voluble
    adj. freely talkative

    ex. Elizabeth Bennet wishes her mother were less voluble.
  58. injunction
    n. 1. an order or command 2. a legal writ requiring or forbidding someone to do something

    ex. Employees were undera strict injunction not to talk to the media.
  59. querulous
    adj. habitually complaining or whining

    ex. The querulous boy annoys teachers.
  60. acquiesce
    vi. to accept or submit without opposition (used with in or to)

    ex. Keeping his annoyance to himself, he acquiesced in the wishes of the group.
  61. tete-a-tete
    n. private conversation between two persons (French for "head-to-head")

    ex. Eager to confide her secret, she drew her sister aside for a tete-a-tete.
  62. impute
    vt. to accuse; to attribute blame

    ex. The prince imputed her vows of love to greed.
  63. petulance
    n. peevishness, irritability, ill temper

    ex. I could understand such pouting and petulance in a spoiled child, but she is a grown woman.
  64. acrimony
    n. harshness or sharpness of speech or disposition

    ex. She responded with acrimony to her friend's betrayal.
  65. palliate
    vt. to make less serious; to ease

    ex. Steroids palliate some diseases.
  66. engross
    vt. to take the full attention of; to occupy completely

    ex. The book engrossed me.
  67. profligate
    • adj. sinfully pleasure-seeking; recklessly wasteful
    • n. a self-indulgetn person who spends recklessly

    ex. The profligate man threw wild, expensive parties.
  68. insufferable
    adj. intolerable, unbearable

    ex. Everyone avoided the insufferable bore.
  69. dilatory
    adj. 1. intended to delay 2. tendng to procrastinate

    • ex. Unwilling to commit, the bachelor kept giving her dilatory half-promises
    • ex. He was dilatory in paying debts.
  70. alleviate
    vt. to relieve, lessen; to make more bearable

    ex. An aspirin alleviated the pain.
  71. premeditation
    n. planning beforehand to commit an act

    ex. The assault was commited on impulse and not with premeditation.
  72. forbearance
    n. tolerance or restraint when provoked

    ex. I admire her forbearance in responding so calmly to rude questions.
  73. divert
    vt. 1. to amuse, esp. as relief from worry 2. to distract 3. to turn aside

    ex. After long hours of study, she watches comic shows on TV o divert herself.
  74. arrears
    n. (usu. plural) tardiness in meeting obligations

    ex. I was in arrears with my rent.
  75. pleasantry
    n. 1. a joke; playful conversation 2. a polite social remark

    • ex. The speaker's pleasantries relaxed the audience.
    • ex. We only had time to exchange pleasantries.
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Quarter 4 Vocabulary (English 10H)
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english 10H vocabulary for quarter 4
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