World Lit Vocab

  1. Abeyance
    temporary inactivity
  2. Ablution
    a cleansing with water or other liquid, esp. as a religiousritual.
  3. Abstruse
    hard to understand
  4. Adroit
    cleverly skillful, resourceful
  5. Aphorism
    a terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation
  6. Apt
    inclined; disposed; given; prone
  7. Ardor
    intense devotion, eagerness, or enthusiasm
  8. Assignation
    an appointment for a meeting, esp. a lover's secret rendezvous.
  9. Avarice
    insatiable greed for riches
  10. Bawdy
    coarse or indecent talk or writing
  11. Bellicose
    inclined or eager to fight
  12. Besmirch
    to soil; tarnish; discolor.
  13. Boudoir
    a woman's bedroom or private sitting room.
  14. Burgeoning
    to grow or develop quickly; flourish
  15. Carouse
    to drink deeply and frequently.
  16. Caustic
    severely critical or sarcastic
  17. Clandestine
    characterized by, done in, or executed with secrecy orconcealment, esp. for purposes of subversion or deception
  18. Compunction
    feeling of uneasiness or anxiety of the conscience causedby regret for doing wrong or causing pain
  19. Conflagration
    a destructive fire, usually an extensive one.
  20. Coy
    shy; modest.
  21. Debauched
    displaying the effect of excessive indulgence in sensual pleasure
  22. Droll
    amusing in an odd way
  23. Eclectic
    selecting or choosing from various sources.
  24. Eunuch
    a castrated man
  25. Feigned
  26. Flamboyant
    strikingly bold or brilliant; showy
  27. Foibles
    a minor weakness or failing of character; slight flaw ordefect
  28. Formidable
    causing fear, apprehension, or dread
  29. Furtive
    taken, done, used, etc.
  30. Fusillade
    a simultaneous or continuous discharge of firearms.
  31. Genuflect
    to bend the knee or touch one knee to the floor in reverenceor worship.
  32. Hinterland
    the remote or less developed parts of acountry; back country
  33. Humdrum
    lacking variety; boring; dull
  34. Ineptitude
    quality or condition of being inept.
  35. Inertia
    inactivity; sluggishness.
  36. Internecine
    of or pertaining to conflict or struggle within a group
  37. Irksome
    annoying; irritating; exasperating; tiresome
  38. Lascivious
    arousing sexual desire
  39. Lithe
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World Lit Vocab