English 11 Vocab

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  1. Amalgamation
    • N. 
    • The action or process of uniting
    • Syn: blend, mix, fusion
  2. Amicable
    • Adj
    • Showing a polite and friendly desire to avoid disagreement and argument
    • Syn: Agreeable
  3. Arbitrary
    • Adj
    • Not planned or chosen for a particular reason; done without concern for what is fair or right.
    • Syn: whimsical, unscruplulus
  4. Assiduous
    • Adj
    • Showing great care, attention, and effort
    • Syn: busy, engaged
  5. Bane
    • N
    • A Source of harm or ruin
    • Syn: Poisonous
  6. Berate
    • V
    • to scold or condemn; to yell at or criticize someone, usually a loud and angry way
    • Syn: Scold, lecture, lash
  7. Cerebral
    • Adj
    • Of or relating to the brain or intellect
    • Syn: Intellectual, geeky, highbrow
  8. Cognizant
    • Adj
    • Knowlegable of something, especially through personal experience; to be aware or understand the situation.
    • Syn: Conscious, mindful, sensible
  9. Eclectic
    • Adj
    • Composed of elements drawn from various sources or liking a lot of different things
    • that don't go together.
    • Syn: assorted, miscellaneous
  10. Emphatic
    • Adj
    • Uttered with or marked with emphasis; tending to express oneself with forceful speech. To speak with more drama, force, or exaggeration.
    • Syn: Insistent, energetic, intensify
  11. Hackneyed
    • Adj
    • Lacking in freshness or originality; being worn out by overuse so as to become dull and meaningless. Cliche or boring; usually pertaining to writing or ideas.
    • Syn: Trite, worn-out, stereotyped, cliche
  12. Exacerbate
    • Vt
    • To make more violent, bitter, or severe; to make the situation worse.
    • Syn: Annoy, provoke, intensify
  13. Inane
    • Adj
    • Lacking significance, meaning, or point; unsubstantial; very silly or stupid. Best used for ideas or statements.
    • Syn: Pointless, dumb
  14. Insidious
    • Adj
    • Harmful but enticing; causing harm in a way that is gradual or not easily noticed
  15. Malicious
    • Adj
    • Desire to cause pain, injury, or distress to another. Intentionally being very mean or vicious to someone in a straightforward manner.
    • Syn: spite, ill-will, grudge, hateful
  16. Meticulous
    • Adj
    • Very careful about doing something in an extremely accurate and exact way.
    • Syn: Painstaking, scrupulous
  17. Nefarious
    • Adj
    • Obviously wicked, evil, or immoral, like a super-villain.
    • Syn: Dark, vicious, villianous
  18. Negligible
    • Adj
    • So small or unimportant or of so little consequence as to warrant little or no attention; minor in detail, not worth noting. Usually used in comparison 
    • Syn: Insignificant, trivial, unimportant
  19. Nonchalant
    • Adj
    • having an air of easy unconcern of indifference, easygoing, not easily excited, cool and uncaring. 
    • Syn: calm, relaxed, mellow
  20. Nuance
    • N
    • A very small difference in color, tone, meaning; a subtle quality
    • syn: Subtlety, shade/tinge, distinction
  21. Opulence
    • N
    • Wealth,
    • affluence; owning really expensive or really ritzy things
    • Syn: fortune,
    • luxury, riches
  22. Pragmatic
    • Adj
    • relatingto matters of fact or practical: practical as opposed to idealistic; using common sense logic, not emotions, creativity, or intellect.  
    • Syn: Logical sensible, practicle
  23. Querelous
    • Adj
    • Habitually complaining, whining a lot
  24. Relenquish
    • Vt
    • towithdraw or retreat from: to give up something; to stop holding physically:
    • release; to give over possession or control of
  25. reprehensible
    • Adj
    • very bad : deserving very strong criticism
  26. Sagacity
    The quality of having or showing an ability to understand difficult ideas and situations and to make good decisions
  27. Ubiquitous
    • Adj
    • seeming to be seen everywhere
  28. Vex
    • Vt
    • To annoy or worry (someone)
  29. Voracious
    • Adj
    • having or showing a tendency to eat very large amounts of food
  30. Wary
    • adj
    • not having or showing complete trust in someone or something that could be dangerous or cause trouble
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