gummerson week 1 vocab

  1. approbation
    • (N)
    • the expression of approval or favorable opinion praise; official approval

    • syn:commendation, sanction
    • ant: disapproval, condemnation, censure
  2. assuage
    • (V)
    • to make easier, milder, relieve, to quiet, calm: to put an end to, appease, satisfy, quench

    • syn: mitigate, alleviate,slake, allay
    • ant: intensify, aggravate, exacerbate
  3. coalition
    • (N)
    • a combination, union or merger for some specific purpose

    • syn:alliance, league, federation, combine
    • ant:splinter group
  4. decadence
    • (N)
    • decline, decay or deteioration: a condition or period of decline or decay: excessive self indulgence

    • syn: degeneration, corruption
    • ant:rise, growth, development, maturation
  5. elicit
    • (V)
    • to draw forth, bring out from some source (such as another person)

    • syn: call forth, evoke, extract, educe
    • ant: repress, quash, squelch, stifle
  6. expostulate
    • (V)
    • to attempt to dissuade someone from some course or decision by earnest reasoning

    syn: protest, remonstrate, complain
  7. hackneyed
    • (adj)
    • used so often as to lack freshness or originality

    • syn: banal, trite, commonplace, corny
    • ant:new, fresh, novel, orginal
  8. hiatus
    • (n)
    • a gap, opening, break( in the sense of having an element missing)

    • syn: pause, lacuna
    • ant: continuity, continuation
  9. innuendo
    • (n)
    • a hint, indirect suggestion, or reference

    • syn: insinuation, intimation
    • ant: direct statement
  10. intercede
    • (v)
    • to plead on behalf of someone else; to serve as a third party or go-between in a disagreement

    syn: intervene, mediate
  11. jaded
    • (adj)
    • wearied, worn-out, dulled (in the sense of being satisfied by excessive indulgence)

    • syn: sated, surfeited, cloyed
    • ant: unspoiled, uncloyed
  12. lurid
    • (adj)
    • causing shock, horror, or revulsion; sensational; pale or sallow in color; terrible or passionate in intensity or lack of restraint

    • syn; gruesome, gory, grisly, baleful, ghastly
    • ant:pleasant, attractive, appealing, wholesome
  13. meritorious
    • (adj)
    • worthy, deserving recognition and praise

    • syn: praiseworthy, laudable, commendable
    • ant: blameworthy, reprehensible, discreditable
  14. petulant
    • (adj)
    • peevish, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset

    • syn: irritable, testy, waspish
    • ant: even-tempered, placid, serene, amiable
  15. prerogative
    • (n)
    • a special privilege; a special quality showing excellence

    syn: perquiste, perk
  16. provinical
    • (adj)
    • pertaining to an outlying area, local; narrow in mind or outlook, sense in being limited or backward; of a simple, plain design that orginated in the countryside
    • (n)
    • a person with a narrow point of view; a person from an outlying area, a soldier from a province or colony

    • syn: narrow minded, parochial, insular, naive
    • ant: cosmopolitan, catholic, broadminded
  17. simulate
    • (v)
    • to make a pretense of, imitate, to show the outer signs of

    syn: feign, pretend, affect
  18. transcend
    • (V)
    • to rise above or beyond: exceed

    syn: surpass, outstrip
  19. umbrage
    • (n)
    • shade cast by trees, foliage giving shade; an overshadowing influence or power; offense, resentment; a vague suspicion

    • syn: irritation, pique, annoyance
    • ant: pleasure, delight, satisfaction
  20. unctuous
    • (adj)
    • excessively smooth or smug; trying too hard to gave an impression of earnestness, sincerity or piety; fatty, oily, pliable

    • syn: servile fawning, greasy
    • ant: gruff, blunt
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gummerson week 1 vocab