Semester 1 English II Vocabulary

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astray

away from the correct path or direction

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excursion

a short journey or trip, especially one engaged in as a leisure activity

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ineradicable

unable to be destroyed or removed

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oblige

make (someone) legally or morally bound to an action or course of action

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bewilder

to confuse or puzzle completely; perplex

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placid

pleasantly calm or peaceful; unruffled; serenely quiet or undisturbed

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afflict

cause pain or suffering to; affect or trouble greatly or grievously

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8

exalt

hold (someone or something) in very high regard; think or speak very highly of

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hasten

be quick to do something

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importunity

persistence, especially to the point of annoyance

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tumultuous

making a loud, confused noise; uproarious

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feign

pretend to be affected by (a feeling, state, or injury)

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imperceptibly

in a way that is so slight, gradual, or subtle as not to be perceived

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odious

extremely unpleasant; repulsive

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proclivity

a tendency to choose or do something regularly; an inclination or predisposition toward a particular thing

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hone

refine or perfect (something) over a period of time; sharpen (a blade)

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insidious

proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with harmful effects; treacherous; crafty

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intuitive

using or based on what one feels to be true even without conscious reasoning; instinctive

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subside

become less intense, violent, or severe; lapse into silence or inactivity

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incessantly

without interruption; constantly

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21

status quo

the existing state of affairs, especially regarding social or political issues

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warily

cautiously or carefully; in a way that shows a lack of trust; suspiciously

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appalled

greatly dismayed or horrified

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belligerently

hostile and aggressive

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doggedly

having or showing tenacity and grim persistence

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intolerant

narrow-minded about cherished opinions; unwilling to tolerate difference of opinion

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meek

quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on; submissive

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naive

(of a person or action) showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgement

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petty

of little importance; trivial

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sadism

deriving of pleasure from inflicting cruelty on others

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subservient

prepared to obey others unquestioningly

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superficial

trivial, shallow; existing only on the surface and showing little depth

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imperiously

in a manner showing arrogant superiority

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mollify

gain the good will of; make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else

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35

precede

be earlier in time; go back further; be the predecessor of

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36

derision

contemptuous ridicule or mockery

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37

fawning

attempting to win favor by flattery

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rapt

feeling great delight and interest

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39

indignation

a feeling of righteous anger

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belligerently

characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight

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monotonous

sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch

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jar

move or cause to move with a sudden jerky motion

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