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Vocab. Lev. H

Unit 7

abeyance (n.) a state of being temporarily inactive, suspended, or set aside
ambivalent (adj.) having opposite and conflicting feelings about someone or something
beleaguer (v.) to set upon from all sides; to surround with an army; to trouble, harass
mcarte blanche (n.) full freedon or authority to act at one's own discretion
cataclysm (n.) a sudden, violent, or devastating upheaval; a surging flood, deluge
debauch (v.) to corrupt morally, seduce; to indulge in dissipation; (n.) an act or occasion of dissipation
├ęclat (n.) dazzling or conspicuous success or acclaim; great brilliance of performance or achievement
fastidious (adj) overly demanding or hard to please; excessively careful in regard to details; easily disgusted
gambol (v.) to jump or skip about playfully
imbue (v.) to soak or stain thoroughly; to fill the mind
inchoate (adj.) just beginning; not fully shaped or formed
lampoon (n.) a malicious satire; (v.) to satirize, ridicule
malleable (adj.) capable of being formed into different shapes; capable of being altered, adapted, or influenced
nemesis (n.) an agent or force inflicting vengeance or punishment; retribution itself; an unbeatable rival
opt (v) to make a choice or decision
philistine (adj.) lacking in, hostile to, or smugly indifferent to cultural and artistic values or refinements; (n.) such a person
picaresque (adj.) involving or characteristic of clever rogues or adventurers
queasy (adj.) nauseated or uneasy; causing nausea or uneasiness; troubled
refractory (adj.) stubborn; hard or difficult to manage; not responsive to treatment or cure
savoir-faire (n.) the ability to say and do the right thing in any situation; social competence
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