English 2 Vocab list 11- 60 (copy)

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chasm

a deep, gaping hole; a gorge

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epitome

the perfect example of something; a summary or abstract of a written work

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specious

deceptively plausible or attractive

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absolve

to forgive or free from blame; to free from sin; to free from obligation

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vindictive

seeking revenge

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munificent

very generous; lavish

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deference

submission to another's will; respect; courtesy

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debauchery

wild living; excessive intemperance

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amorous

feeling loving, especially in a sexual sense; in love; relating to love

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affable

easy to talk to; friendly

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malaise

a feeling of depression, uneasiness, or queasiness

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flout

to disregard something out of disrespect

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spurious

false; fake

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milieu

environment; surroundings

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efface

to erase; to rub away the features of

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belie

to give a false impression of; to contradict

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civil

polite; civilized, courteous

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guile

cunning; duplicity; artfulness

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inherent

part of the essential nature of something; intrinsic

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cynic

one who deeply distrusts human nature

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bastion

stronghold; fortress; fortified place

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covet

to wish for enviously

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ambience

atmosphere; mood; feeling

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absolute

total; unlimited; perfect

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beset

to harass; to surround

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dilettante

someone with superficial knowledge of the arts; an amateur

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abash

to make ashamed; to embarrass

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awry

twisted to one side; away from the appropriate plan or expected course; amiss

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assuage

to soothe; to pacify; to ease the pain of; to relieve

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sentient

able to perceive or feel things using the senses; conscious

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repercussion

a consequence; an indirect effect

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utopia

an ideal society

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palliate

to relieve or alleviate something without getting rid of the problem; to assuage; to mitigate

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fidelity

faithfulness; loyalty

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lucid

clear; easy to understand

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prodigious

extraordinary; enormous

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heresy

any belief that is strongly opposed to established beliefs

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futile

useless; hopeless

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archetype

an original model or pattern; a universal symbol

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acute

sharp; shrewd

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fervor

great warmth or earnestness; ardor; zeal

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condescend

to stoop to someone else's level; to patronize; to show feelings of superiority; to do something in a haughty way, as if it is beneath one’s dignity and importance / adj. condescending

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ameliorate

to make better or more tolerable

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exemplify

to illustrate by example; to serve as a good example

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supercilious

haughty; patronizing

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infamous

shamefully wicked; having an extremely bad reputation; disgraceful / n. infamy

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affluent

rich; prosperous

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judicious

exercising sound judgment

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superfluous

extra; unnecessary; redundan

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augment

to make bigger; to add to; to increase

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