vocab #2

  1. autogenous
    originating within the body
  2. genocide
    the systematic killing of a racial, religious, or cultural group
  3. congenital
    present at birth, but not necessarily hereditary
  4. malaise
    an indefinite feeling of uneasiness
  5. malapropism
    the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar
  6. malediction
    a curse that invokes evil
  7. benediction
    the act of praying for divine protection
  8. contumacious
    willfully obstinate, stubbornly disobedient
  9. dipsomania
    a morbid and uncontrollable craving for drink "alcoholism"
  10. kleptomania
    an irrisistable impulse to steal in the absence of any economic motive
  11. eugenics
    the study of methods for improving genetic selective breeding
  12. heterogeneous
    consisting of elements that are not of the same kind or nature
  13. homogeneous
    of the same kind or nature consisting of similar parts
  14. maladroit
    a lack of dexterity, clumsy
  15. malefactor
    someone who has been legally convicted of a crime
  16. benefactor
    a person who helps and aids others
  17. malfeasance
    a wrongful act, or improper professional conduct
  18. mendacious
    given to lying
  19. pervicacious
  20. pugnacious
    ready and able to resort to force
  21. megalomania
    a psychological state characterized by delusion of grandeur
  22. pyromania
    the desire to set fire to things
  23. genealogy
    the study of successive generation of kin
  24. miscegenation
    reproduction by parents of different races
  25. pathogenic
    able to cause disease
  26. malign
    evil or harmful in nature or influence
  27. malignant
    extremely malicious characterized by uncontrolled growth
  28. benign
    pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence
  29. benignant
    harmless characterized by kindness and curtsy
  30. perspicacious
    acutely insightful and wise
  31. rapacious
    excessively greedy and grasping
  32. veracious
    truthful, honest
  33. agoraphobia
    a morbid fear of open space
  34. acrophobia
    a morbid fear of great height
  35. primogeniture
    state of being first born of the same parent
  36. psychogenic
    mental or emotional disorder rather than psychological in orgin
  37. malevolent
    wishing evil on others, hatred
  38. benevolent
    intending or showing kindness
  39. malice
    need to see others suffer
  40. malinger
    avoid responsibility and duty
  41. vivacious
    vigorous and active
  42. voracious
    excessively greedy and grasping
  43. claustrophobia
    morbid fear of being closed in a confined space
  44. hydrophobia
    acute viral disease of the nervous system of warm blooded animals
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vocab #2
vocab lesson 5-10