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english vocabulary up to february barnard

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Lorgnette a pair of eyeglasses mounted on a handle
Sinister stemming from evil characteristics or forces
Malevolent showing ill will or hatred; producing harm or evil
Gaucherie a socially awkward or tactless act
Ennui the feeling of being bored by something tedious
Bougainvillea any of several South American ornamental woody vines of the genus Bougainvillea having brilliant red or purple flower bracts
Ostentatious intended to attract notice and impress others
Panacea hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases
Antidote remedy to counteract a poison or disease
Complacent contented to a fault
Ablutions ritual type cleansing
Subservient subordinate in capacity or role; submissively obedient; serving to promote some end
Pomposity lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity
Stodgy dull; stuffy; boringly conservative or out of fashion
Interminable tiresomely long
Impunity freedom or exemption from punishment
Stolid having or revealing little emotion or sensibility
Ailment an often persistent bodily disorder or disease
Innumerable too numerous to be counted
Engendered cause to exist or created, to come into existence, originate,
Diffidence lack of self-confidence
Timidity fearfulness in venturing into new and unknown places or activities
Exile to banish an individual from his/her home country
Premonition forewarning or foreboding of a future event
Whim a sudden wish to do something without a particular reason; a fanciful idea
Scorn a feeling of contempt or disdain
Poise great coolness and composure under strain
Ornate rich in decorative detail
Rapier a long, double-edged sword
monopolize to have and control fully and exclusively
Gossamer characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy
Sardonic bitterly sarcastic; mocking; sneering
Mania state of abnormal, extreme elation and increased activity
Discretion the trait of judging wisely and objectively
Tact a keen sense for what is appropriate or tasteful in delicate situations
Arresting commanding attention; interesting; striking
Penchant a strong attraction or inclination
Futility uselessness as a consequence of having no practical result
Tedium the feeling of being bored by something lengthy or repetitive
Blunder commit a faux pas or silly mistake, especially through carelessness or mental confusion
Impervious acting as if one is unaffected
Insinuate to suggest or hint slyly
Jocular characterized by or given to good humor or jest
Hitherto up to this time; until now
Endearing lovable especially in a childlike or naive way
Moor to hold in place with ropes or anchors
Formality strict adherence to established rules; rigidity
Prodigal marked by rash extravagance
Martyr one who suffers for the sake of principle or cause
Interloper an intruder, trespasser, meddler, or buttinsky
Malice desire to harm others; extreme ill-will or spite
Disconcerting causing bewilderment, perplexity, or slight emotional disturbance
Vulnerable susceptible to, or capable of being, wounded or hurt, especially emotionally
Denouement the outcome of a complex sequence of events, especially in literature
Superfluous unnecessary; exceeding what is sufficient or required; excess
Concise brief yet comprehensive
Dystopia a society characterized by human misery, as in squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding
Profound characterized by great depth or seriousness; coming from deep within
Propaganda the spreading of lies throughout a community or social body to advance a cause
Conflict the clash of two opposing forces in literature
Character in literature: a person, place, thing, or animal that performs the action of a story (and their personalities)
Plot the action or events of a story in the order they occur
Setting the where, when, atmosphere, or mood of the story
Utopia a perfect place
Juxtapose to place side by side for comparison
Succinct brief; concise
Taboo something that is generally not accepted in society
Metaphor an implied comparison without using the word like or as
Simile comparison using like or as
Scorn lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
Nettles small plants with stinging leaves or needles, small plants with stinging leaves or needles
Mullion a slender divider of light panels on a window
Furtive secretive, sly, or stealthy in manner
Encroach to advance in a gradual manner, beyond the usual limits or boundaries
forlorn marked by or showing sadness or hopelessness
Gothic Romance a genre of literature in which a mystery is set against a dark, gloomy, supernatural, and violent background, and often heavily tinged with horror, haunted mansions or castles to create suspense or terror
Labyrinth a maze, complicated network or problem
Impediment any structure that makes progress difficult
analogy drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect
gossamer something so thin that it seems to transmit light
sepulchre a tomb, grave, or burial place
insidious hidden and usually injurious in manner
scapegoat someone punished for the errors of others
homogeneous all of the same or similar kind or nature
tendril slender stemlike structure by which some twining plants attach themselves to an object for support
stealthy secret and sneaky in manner
epicenter a point on any surface directly above the focus
charade An obvious pretense or deception
entwine spin or twist together so as to form a cord
tenacious stubbornly unyielding
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