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BNW - Vocab

Vocabulary from Brave New World.

pallid (adj) pale, usu. from poor health
soliloquize (v) to talk to oneself without an audience
geniality (n) the quality of having a friendly and cheerful demeanor
prodigious (adj) remarkably or impressively great in size, extent, or degree
viviparous (adj) (of an animal) bringing forth live young that have developed inside the body of the parent
largesse (n) generosity in bestowing gifts or money upon others; money or gifts given generously
tremulous (adj) shaking or quivering slightly; timid or nervous
ruddy (adj) (of a person) having a healthy red color
procession (n) a number of people or vehicles moving forward in an orderly fashion
sultry (adj) hot and humid
decant (v) to gradually pour from one container to another, esp. as to not disturb the sediment in either container
ingenuous (adj) (of a person or action) innocent and unsuspecting
apoplectic (adj) overcome with anger; extremely indignant
curt (adj) rudely brief in speech or abrupt in manner; concise; terse; laconic
suffuse (v) to gradually spread through or over
spasmodic (adj) occurring or done in brief, irregular bursts
gratuitous (adj) uncalled for; unwarranted; lacking good reason; given or done free of charge
elapse (v) (of time) to pass or go by
sibilant (adj) making or characterized by a hissing sound
inculcate (v) to instill (an attitude, idea, or habit) by persistent instruction
indefatigable (adj) (of a person or their efforts) persisting tirelessly
incredulity (n) the state of being unwilling or unable to believe something
surreptitous (adj) kept secret, esp. because it would not be approved of
effusive (adj) expressing feelings of gratitude, pleasure, or approval in an unrestrained or heartfelt manner
discarnate (adj) (of a person or being) not having a physical body
derision (n) contemptuous ridicule or mockery
midden (n) a dunghill or refuse heap
truculent (adj) eager or quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant
furtive (adj) attempting to avoid notice or attention, typically because of guilt; suggestive of guilty nervousness; secretive
sentitious (adj) given to moralizing in a pompous or affected manner
copulate (v) to have sexual intercourse
loll (v) to sit, lie, or stand in a lazy, relaxed way; to hang loosely; to droop
vitrify (v) to convert (something) into glass or a glass-like structure, typ. with heat
crucible (n) a ceramic or metal container in which other materials may be melted or otherwise exposed to high temperatures; a situation of severe trial, usu. in which different elements interact, leading to the creation of something new
asceticism (n) severe self-discipline and avoidance of all forms of indulgence, typ. for religious reasons
incessant (adj) (of something regarded as unpleasant) continuing without pause or interruption
pullulate (v) to breed or produce freely; swarm; teem
zenith (n) the time at which something is most powerful or successful; the point in the sky or celestial sphere directly above an observer
diminuendo (n) a decrease in loudness
perennial (adj) lasting or existing for a long or apparently infinite time; enduring or continually recurring
lout (n) an uncouth or aggressive man or boy
plangent (adj) (of a sound) loud, reverberating, and often melancholy
quaff (v) to drink (something, esp. an alcoholic drink) heartily
galvanic (adj) relating to or involving electric currents caused by chemical action; sudden and dramatic
taut (adj) stretched or pulled tight; not slack; (of writing, music, etc.) concise and controlled
liturgical (adj) of or relating to liturgy or public worship
croon (v) to hum or sing in a soft, low voice, esp. in a sentimental manner; (n) a soft, low voice or tone
cajolery (n) coaxing or flattery attempting to persuade someone to do something
solecism (n) a grammatical mistake in speech or writing; a breach of good manners; a piece of incorrect behavior
indignation (n) anger or annoyance provoked by what is perceived as unfair treatment
inexorable (adj) impossible to stop or prevent; (of a person) impossible to persuade by request or entreaty
tawny (adj) of an orange-brown or yellowish-brown color
fulminate (v) to express vehement protest
precipitous (adj) dangerously high or steep; (of an action) done suddenly and without careful consideration
straggle (n) an untidy or irregularly arranged mass or group of something; (v) to move along slowly, typ. in a small, irregular group, so as to remain some distance behind the person or people in front
diadem (n) a jeweled crown or headband worn as a symbol of sovereignty
gaudy (adj) extravagantly bright or showy, typ. so as to be tasteless
incarnadine (adj) of a crimson or pinkish-red color
pensive (adj) engaged in, involving, or reflecting deep or serious thought
recapitulate (v) to summarize and state again the main points of; to repeat (an evolutionary or other process) through development and growth
blithe (adj) showing a casual or cheerful indifference considered to be callous or improper; happy or joyous
veneer (n) something that hides something unpleasant or unwanted
jaunty (adj) having or expressing a lively, cheerful, and self-confident manner
portentous (adj) done in a pompously or overly solemn manner so as to impress
ignominy (n) public shame or disgrace
titter (v) to give a short, half-suppressed laugh; to giggle
demur (v) to raise doubts or objections or to show reluctance
sonorous (adj) (of a person’s voice or other sound) imposingly deep and full; capable of producing a deep or ringing sound; (of a speech or style) using imposing language
gibe (n) an insulting or mocking remark; a taunt
cadge (v) to ask for or to obtain (something to which one is not strictly entitled)
abject (adj) (of a person or their behavior) completely without pride or dignity; self-abasing; (of something bad) experienced or present to the maximum degree
interminable (adj) endless (often used metaphorically)
carping (adj) difficult to please; critical
alight (v) to descend from a train, bus, or other form of transportation
mirth (n) amusement, esp. as expressed in laughter
venerable (adj) accorded a great deal of respect, esp. because of age, wisdom, or character
modulation (n) the exertion of a modifying or controlling influence on something; variation in the strength, pitch, or tone of one’s voice
languor (n) the state or feeling, oft. pleasant, of tiredness or inertia; an oppressive stillness of the air
temperament (n) a person’s or animal’s nature, esp. as it permanently affects their behavior
wheedle (v) to employ endearments or flattery to persuade someone to do something or to give one something
scathing (adj) witheringly scornful; severely critical
collation (n) a light, informal meal
sepulchral (adj) gloomy; dismal; relating to a tomb or internment
sportive (adj) playful; lighthearted
plaintive (adj) sounding sad and mournful
magnanimity (n) generosity
odious (adj) extremely unpleasant; repulsive
mollify (v) to appease the anger or anxiety of (someone); to reduce to severity of (something); to soften
reproachful (adj) expressing disapproval or disappointment
apprehensive (adj) anxious or fearful that something bad or unpleasant will happen
abstemious (adj) not self-indulgent, esp. when eating and drinking
rakish (adj) having or displaying a dashing, jaunty, or slightly disreputable quality or appearance
ginger (adj) showing great care or caution
moribund (adj) (of a person) at the point of death; (of a thing) in terminal decline; lacking vitality or vigor
clamber (v) to climb, move, or get in or out of something in an awkward and laborious way, typically using both hands and feet
obstinate (adj) stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion or chosen course of action despite attempts to persuade one to do so; (of an unwelcome phenomenon or situation) very difficult to change or overcome
sublime (adj) of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe
vestibule (n) an antechamber, hall, or lobby next to the outer door of a building
peremptory (adj) (especially of a person’s manner or actions) insisting on immediate attention or obedience, esp. in a brusquely imperious way
propitiate (v) to win or regain the favor of (a god, spirit, or person) by doing something that pleases them
ardor (n) enthusiasm or passion
carapace (n) the hard upper shell of a turtle, crustacean, or arachnid
valediction (n) the action of saying farewell; a statement of address made at or as a farewell
impunity (n) exemption from punishment or freedom from the injurious consequences of an action
squalid (adj) (of a place) extremely dirty and unpleasant, esp. as a result of poverty or neglect
chary (adj) cautiously or suspiciously reluctant to do something
paroxysm (n) a sudden attack or violent expression of a particular emotion or activity
sedulous (adj) (of a person or action) showing dedication and diligence
approbation (n) approval or praise
providence (n) the protective care of God or of nature as a spiritual power; God or nature as providing protective or spiritual care; timely preparation for future eventualities
postulate (n) a thing suggested or assumed as true as the basis of reasoning, discussion, or belief
plumbless (adj) (of a body of water) extremely deep
flagrant (adj) (of something considered wrong or immoral) conspicuously or obviously offensive
weal (n) a red, swollen mark left on flesh by a blow or pressure
compunction (n) a feeling of guilt or moral scruple that prevents or follows the doing of something bad
coquettish (adj) behaving in such a way as to suggest a playful, sexual attraction; flirtatious
disconcerting (adj) causing one to feel unsettled
importunate (adj) persistent, esp. to the point of annoyance or intrusion
wanton (adj) (of a cruel and violent act) deliberate and unprovoked; (esp. Of a woman) sexually immodest or promiscuous
stupor (n) a state of near-unconsciousness or insensibility
incongruous (adj) not in harmony or keeping with the surroundings or other aspects of something
turpitude (n) depravity; wickedness
Created by: cogn
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