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Vocab words

Apparel Clothing that serves as dress or decoration
Beseige To attack by surrounding with military forces to cause worry or trouble
compress To press together, to reduce in size of volume; a folded cloth or pad applied to an injury
Denounce to condemn openly, to accuse formally
Dispatch to send off or out for a purpose to kill; an official message, promptness speed
Douse plunge into a liquid, drench to put out quickly, extinguish
Expressly plainly, in so many words; for particular purpose
Forsake to give up, renounce, to leave, abandon
Gainful profitable; bring money or some special advantage
immense very large or great; beyond ordinary means of measurement
inept totally without skill or appropriateness
ingenious showing remarkable originality, inventiveness, or resourcefulness; clever
instantaneous done in an instance; immediate
irk to annoy, trouble , make weary
Libel a written statement that unfairly or falsely harms the reputation of the person about whom it is made; to write a publish such a statement
misgiving a feeling of fear, doubt, or uncertainty
oaf a stupid person; a big; clumsy, slow individual
recede to go or move backward; to become more distant
repast a meal, food
Adverse unfavorable, negative; working against, hostile
Arid extremely dry, uninteresting, dull
Assailant a person who attacks violently (with blows or words)
Billow a large wave; to rise pr swell like a wave
Confront to meet face-to-face, especially as a challenge, comes to grips with
Constrain to force, compel; to restrain, hold back
Contemporary belonging to the same period of time as oneself; a person of the same time
Depict to portray; to represent or show in the form of a pciture
Disinterested fair minded, free from selfish motives; indifferent
Encompass to encircle, go or reach around; to enclose; to include with a certain group or class
Groundless without any good reason or cause; unjustified
hypocrite a person who pretends to be what he or she is not or better than he really is; a two faced person
incomprehensible impossible to understand
manipulate to handle or use skillfully' to manage or control for personal gain or advantage
maximum the greatest possible amount or degree; reaching the greatest possible amount or degree
Mimic a person who does imitations; to imitate, to make fun of
Ruffle to wrinkle, make uneven; to annoy, upset; to flip through; a gathered strip of material used for trimming edges; a ripple; a low drumbeat
Serene peaceful, calm , free of emotional upset; clear and free of storm; majestic, grand
sheepish embarrassed; resembling a sheep in meekness; timid
stamina the strength needed to keep going or overcome physical or mental strain; staying power
Barrage a rapid, large-scale outpouring or something
Bigot an intolerant, prejudiced or biased person
Designate to indicate, point out; to appoint; selected but not yet installed
Diversity difference, variety, a condition of having many different types of forms
Enigma someone or something that is extremely puzzling that cannot be understood or explained
pacifist one who is against war or the use of violence; opposing war or violence
queue a line of people waiting for something; to form such a line
restrict to keep within set limits; to confine
sage wise; a very wise person
slake to satisfy, relieve, or bring to an end
Terrain the landscape, especially considered with regard to its physical features of fitness for some use; a field of knowledge
Vocation any trade, profession, or occupation; a sense of fitness or special calling for one's work
Vow a solemn or sacred promise or pledge; to declare or promise in a solemn way
Waylay to lie in wait for and attack, ambush
Wither to dry up, wilt, sag; to cause someone to feel ashamed, humiliated, or very small
Acquit to declare not guilty, free form blame
Deem to think, believe; to consider, have an opinion
Devastate to destroy, lay waste, leave in ruins
discredit to throw doubt upon, cause to be distrusted; to damage in reputation; a los or lack of belief, confidence, or reputation
elusive difficult to catch or to hold; hard to explain or understand
Generate to bring into existence; to be the cause of
Idolize to worship as an idol, make and idol of; to love very much
ingratitude a lack of thankfulness
keepsake something kept in memory of the giver; a souvenir
mortal a being that must eventually die; of or relating to such a being; causing death, fatal; possible, conceivable
Ovation an enthusiastic public welcome, and outburst or applause
petty unimportant, trivial; narrow-minded; secondary in rank, minor
plight a sorry condition or state; to pledge, promise solemnly
repent to feel sorry for what one has done or has failed to do
reverie a daydream; the condition of being lost in thought
Revocation an act or instance of calling back, an annulment, cancellation
scan to examine closely; to look over quickly but thoroughly; to analyze the rhythm of a poem; an examination
strand a beach or shore; a string of wire, hair, etc.; to drive or run aground; to leave in a hopeless position
strife bitter disagreement; fighting, struggle
topple to fall forward; to overturn, bring about the downfall of
Acute with a sharp point; keen and alert; sharp and severe; rising quickly to a highpoint and lasting for a short time
bluster to talk or act in a noisy and threatening way; to blow in stormy gusts; speech that is loud and threatening
bungle to act or work clumsily and awkwardly' to ruin something through clumsiness
commentary a series of notes clarifying or explaining something; an expression or opinion
duration the length of time that something continues or lasts
eerie causing fear because of strangeness; weird, mysterious
facet one aspect or side of a subject or problem, one of the cut surfaces of a gem
fidelity the state of being faithful; accuracy in details, exactness
fray a brawl, a noisy quarrel; to wear away by rubbing
headstrong willful, stubborn
inhabitant one living permanently in a given place
numb having lost the power of feeling or movement; to dull the feelings of, to cause to lose feeling
pacify to make peaceful or clam, to soothe
ravenous greedy; very hungry; eager for satisfaction
refute to prove incorrect
agenda the program for a meeting, a list, outline, or plan of things to be considered or done
amiable friendly, good natured
befuddle to confuse, to make stupid
blight a disease that causes plants to wither and die; a condition of disease or ruin; to destroy, ruin
boisterous rough and noisy in a cheerful way; high spirited
Remorse deep and painful regret for one's past misdeeds, pangs of conscious
Setback something that interferes with progress; a disappointment, unexpected loss or defeat; a steplike recession in a wall
smug overly self-satisfied, self-righteous
synopsis a brief statement giving a general view of some subject, book, etc.; a summary
tarry to delay leaving; to linger, to wait; to remain or stay for a while
Clarity clearness
compliant willing to do what someone else wants; obedient
conserve to preserve; to keep from being damaged, lost, or waste; to save
debut a first public appearance, a formal entrance into society; to make a first appearance
gory marked by bloodshed, slaughter, or violence
Gross overweight; course, vulgar; very noticeable; total, and overall total; twelve dozen; to earn.
induce to cause, bring about; to persuade.
leeway extra space for moving along a certain route; allowance for mistakes or inaccuracies; margin of error.
limber flexible; to cause to become flexible.
maze a network of paths trough which it is hard to find one's way; something very mixed up and confusing.
oracle someone or something that can predict the future
partisan a strong supporter of a person, party, or cause; one whose support is unreasoning; a resistance fighter, gurrilla
reimburse to pay back; to give payment for
vacate to go away from, leave empty; to make empty; to void, annul
vagabond an idle wanderer; a tramp; wandering, irresponsible
Strapping tall, strong, and healthy
Strident harsh, shrill; unpleasant sounding
Thrive to grow vigorously; to grow in wealth and possession
Valiant possessing or acting with bravery or boldness
Created by: tylanckriet
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