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Vocab #5

Interpreter of Maladies

ascertain (v.) to discover with certainty through examination or experimentation
auspicious (adj.) lucky, favorable, being a sign of success
austere (adj.) severe or strict in manner, attitude, or appearance
barren (adj.) to poor or dry to be productive; sterile, empty
cavernous (adj.) like a cavern in size, shape, or atmosphere; giving the impression of vast, dark depths
festoon (v.) to adorn or decorate
interpret (v.) to explain the meaning of; translate the words of another into a different language; to understand (something) as having a particular meaning or significance
imperious (adj.) arrogant, haughty, assuming authority without justification
incessant (adj.) without a stop
malady (n.) illness, disorder, ailment state of unwholesomeness, discomfort
malaise (n.) a general feeling of discomfort, illness, or uneasiness whose exact cause is difficult to identify
maudlin (adj.) self-pitying, overly emotional
mortify (v.) to cause (someone) to experience shame, humiliation or wounded pride
paroxysm (n.) a sudden outburst or violent expression of a particular emotion or activity
propitious (adj.) indicating a good chance of success
ruminate (v.) to ponder carefully, repeatedly consider, go over slowly in one's mind
tumid (adj.) swollen; pompous
Created by: Elijher