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Shrew Vocabulary


Abate to reduce in intensity or amount
affable friendly, courteous, amiable
amiable friendly, sociable, congenial; civil and urbane
austere strict, stern; unadorned, ascetic
balk to defeat, check, or stop as if by a barrier
balm a soothing substance or one that gives relief
bauble something bright and showy, sometimes expensive but usually of little use
beguile to deceive, to mislead, to persuade with charm
bestow to grant or to give
broach to open up for the first time
chide to voice disapproval, to scold
clamor loud noise or shouting
collaborate to work together
communal pertaining to a group or community
conceit excessively high opinion of one’s own worth or ability
confound to cause one to become confused
congeal to solidify or coagulate
credulous believing on slight evidence, gullible
daunt to intimidate, to dismay
derivative something that comes from another thing
diligent characterized by steady, attentive, and energetic effort in a pursuit or study
din loud and discordant noises; cacophony
disdain intense dislike; to treat with scorn or contempt; to reject as unworthy
dissemble to disguise; to pretend
distinguished renowned; important
dotard a senile person
dulcet pleasing to the ear; melodious; euphonious
engender to cause; to produce; to create
entreaty a plea; an earnest request
esteem estimate of value; approval and respect often blended with fondness
extemporaneous made with little or no preparation; not planned
feint a false appearance; a fake punch to occupy defenses allowing a real blow
flout to treat with contempt
forbearance patience, lenience
forswear to renounce or repudiate
fret to worry or be annoyed
frivolous lacking in seriousness or importance
gambol to playfully skip or leap
giddy dizzy
girth size or dimensions (usually around the middle of the body)
gravity seriousness, importance
heed to give attention to
heralded announced or publicized
homage a reverential regard; respect shown by external action
husband to manage prudently and in a conservative manner
induce to bring on or to bring about
ingenuity cleverness; inventiveness; resourcefulness
ingrate an ungrateful person
insolence insulting or contemptuous behavior
jaded weary from overuse
largess generous giving
loathe to detest
malady a disease or unwholesome condition
melancholy depression of spirit
metaphysical highly abstract or abstruse; relating to what is conceived as transcendent
mired stuck or entangled
mirth gladness and merriment usually accompanied by laughter
obeisance an attitude of respect; a gesture made in token of respect
oblivion state of being forgotten
pedantry act of showing off learning in a manner that is needless and unimaginative
perpetuate to prolong the existence of something
peruse to read or examine
pithy concise and meaningful
prate to talk idly or foolishly at great length
presumptuous brazenly overstepping bounds, arrogant
prodigy one with exceptional talents or powers; an extraordinary accomplishments
quench to extinguish, to put out; to relieve with liquid
reputable having a good reputation
revere to honor, to regard with respect
rhetoric the art of using words effectively in speaking or writing; inflated language
rudimentary consisting in first principles, of a primitive kind; relating to basic skills
ruffianism rowdy or tough behavior
sever to cut or separate
shrill high pitched or piercing (sounds)
solicitous worried; concerned
sovereign possessed of a controlling power
stoic not showing passion or feeling; indifference; impassive
submissive yielding or surrendering oneself to the will of others
tarry to delay in coming or going; to linger
transmutation to change into something different
usurp to take possession or authority over something without right
utter to express by speaking
vexation discomfort or distress
virtuous having excellent morals; righteous
voluble ability to use words easily; fluent and glib
wanton immoral; lewd
warranted justified
Created by: shaws