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Vocab unit 11.

adjunct (n.) something added to something else as helpful of useful but not essential; an assistant or helper; a valuable quality or characteristic; (adj.) added or connected in a subordinate capacity; attached to a faculty or staff in an auxiliary capacity
bellwether (n.) the male sheep that leads the flock to the slaughterhouse; a leader, as in a desperate or violent undertaking; an indicator of trends
caterwaul (v.)to howl or screech like a cat; to quarrel; (n.) a harsh or noisy cry; a racket
chimerical (adj.) absurd; wildly fantastic; impossible
effete (adj.) lacking in wholesome vigor or energy; worn-out or exhausted; sterile or unable to produce; out-of-date
fait accompli (n.) an accomplished and presumably irreversible deed, fact, or action
hidebound (adj.) narrow-minded and rigid, especially in opinions or prejudices; stubbornly and unthinkingly conservative
hierarchy (n.) any system of things or people arranged or graded one above another in order of rank, wealth, class, etc.
liturgy (n.) a religious service or rite; the form of a ritual or other act of public worship
mirage (n.) something illusory, without substance, or without a basis in reality; an illusion
morass (n.) a patch of low, soft, wet ground; a swamp; a confusing sisuation in which one is entrapped, as in quicksand
nolsome (adj.) offesive or disgusting; foul-smelling; harmful or injurious
oblivious (adj.) forgetful; unaware
poltroon (n.) a base coward
proselyte (n.) a convert; a disciple
quasi (adj.) resembling but not actually being; seemingly but not actually or completely
raillery (n.) good-humored ridicule; teasing
ribald (adj.) irreverently mocking; coarse, vulgar, or indecent in language
supine (adj.) lying flat on one's back; listless or lethargic; apathetic or passive
vignette (n.) a short description or sketch; a picture or illustration with edges that gradually shade off; a decorative design on the title page of a book or at the beginning or end of a chapter
Created by: Bechtel13