Final Vocab

  1. Abash
    cause to feel embarrassed, disconcerted, or ashamed
  2. Cacophony
    a harsh, discordant mixture of sounds
  3. Daunt
    make (someone) feel intimidated or apprehensive
  4. Ebullient
    cheerful and full of energy
  5. Garrulous
    excessively talkative, esp. on trivial matters
  6. Hackneyed
    (of a phrase or idea) lacking significance throughhaving been overused; unoriginal and trite
  7. Judicious
    having, showing, or done with good judgment or sense
  8. Bane
    a cause of great distress or annoyance
  9. Cadence
    a modulation or inflection of the voice
  10. Dearth
    a scarcity or lack of something
  11. Eccentric
    (of a person or their behavior) unconventional andslightly strange
  12. Facetious
    treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant.
  13. Gesticulate
    use gestures, esp. dramatic ones, instead of speaking or to emphasize one's words
  14. Hapless
    (esp. of a person) unfortunate
  15. Bastion
    a projecting part of a fortification built at an angle tothe line of a wall, so as to allow defensive fire inseveral
  16. Cajole
    persuade someone to do something by sustainedcoaxing or flattery
  17. Capitulate
    cease to resist an opponent or an unwelcome demand;surrender
  18. Eclectic
    deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverserange of sources
  19. Glut
    an excessively abundant supply of something
  20. Harbinger
    a person or thing that announces or signals theapproach of another
  21. Idiosyncrasy
    a mode of behavior or way of thought peculiar to anindividual
  22. Aberration
    a departure from what is normal, usual, or expected,typically one that is unwelcome
  23. Beget
    (typically of a man, sometimes of a man and a woman) bring (a child) into existence by the process of reproduction
  24. Callow
    (esp. of a young person) inexperienced and immature
  25. Debauchery
    excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures.
  26. Edify
    instruct or improve (someone) morally or intellectually.
  27. Faction
    a small, organized, dissenting group within a largerone, esp. in politics
  28. Labyrinth
    a complicated irregular network of passages or paths in which it is difficult to find one's way; a maze
  29. Blasphemy
    a complicated irregular network of passages or pathsin which it is difficult to find one's way; a maze
  30. Celibacy
    abstaining from marriage and sexual relations,typically for religious reasons
  31. Elicit
    evoke or draw out (a response, answer, or fact) fromsomeone in reaction to one's own actions orquestions
  32. Grandiose
    impressive or magnificent in appearance or style, esp.pretentiously so
  33. Homogeneous
    of the same kind; alike
  34. Immutable
    unchanging over time or unable to be changed
  35. Laconic
    (of a person, speech, or style of writing) using very fewwords
  36. Blatant
    (of bad behavior) done openly and unashamedly
  37. Censure
    express severe disapproval of (someone or something),typically in a formal statement
  38. Elliptical
    of, relating to, or having the form of an ellipse.
  39. Empirical
    based on, concerned with, or verifiable by observationor experience rather than theory or pure logic
  40. Fastidious
    very attentive to and concerned about accuracy anddetail
  41. Gratuitous
    uncalled for; lacking good reason; unwarranted
  42. Impartial
    treating all rivals or disputants equally; fair and just
  43. Absolve
    set or declare (someone) free from blame, guilt, orresponsibility
  44. Blight
    a plant disease, esp. one caused by fungi such asmildews, rusts, and smuts
  45. Deprecate
    express disapproval of
  46. Elusive
    difficult to find, catch, or achieve
  47. Fetter
    a restraint or check on someone's freedom to dosomething, typically one considered unfair or overlyrestrictive
  48. Gravity
    a chain or manacle used to restrain a prisoner, typically placed around the ankles
  49. Lampoon
    publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule, irony, or sarcasm
  50. Blithe
    publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule, irony, or sarcasm
  51. Chagrin
    distress or embarrassment at having failed or beenhumiliated
  52. Deride
    express contempt for; ridicule
  53. Emigrate
    leave one's own country in order to settle permanentlyin another
  54. Fidelity
    faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstratedby continuing loyalty and support
  55. Gregarious
    (of a person) fond of company; sociable
  56. Hypothetical
    of, based on, or serving as a hypothesis
  57. Imperial
    of or relating to an empire
  58. Bucolic
    of or relating to the pleasant aspects of the countrysideand country life
  59. Didactic
    intended to teach, particularly in having moral instruction as an ulterior motive
  60. Extrapolate
    extend the application of (a method or conclusion, based on statistics) to an unknown situation byassuming that existing trends will continue or similarmethods will be applicable
  61. Guile
    sly or cunning intelligence
  62. Impervious
    not allowing fluid to pass through
  63. Impugn
    dispute the truth, validity, or honesty of (a statement ormotive); call into question
  64. Ardent
    enthusiastic or passionate
  65. Bureaucracy
    a system of government in which most of the importantdecisions are made by state officials rather than byelected representatives
  66. Diffident
    modest or shy because of a lack of self-confidence
  67. Gauche
    lacking ease or grace; unsophisticated and socially awkward.
  68. Illicit
    forbidden by law, rules, or custom
  69. Largess
    generosity in bestowing money or gifts upon others
  70. Arduous
    involving or requiring strenuous effort; difficult andtiring
  71. Bereaved
    be deprived of a loved one through a profound absence, esp. due to the loved one's death
  72. Latent
    (of a quality or state) existing but not yet developed ormanifest; hidden; concealed
  73. Loquacious
  74. Burgeon
    begin to grow or increase rapidly; flourish
  75. Finesse
    intricate and refined delicacy
  76. Incessant
    (of something regarded as unpleasant) continuing without pause or interruption
  77. Lucid
    expressed clearly; easy to understand
  78. Dilettante
    a person who cultivates an area of interest, such as thearts, without real commitment or knowledge
  79. Chicanery
    the use of trickery to achieve a political, financial, or legal purpose
  80. Culpable
    deserving blame
  81. Hegemony
    leadership or dominance, esp. by one country or socialgroup over others
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