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1

Define:

temerity
(tuh-mer-i-tee)

n. reckless boldness

The temerity of the pirate crew cost them their ship.

2

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depredate
(dep-rih-deyt)

v. to plunder, pillage, destroy
v. to exploit

The Vikings depredated the whole valley.

3

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genuflect
(djen-yoo-flekt)

v. to bend knee to ground (as in worship)
v. to grovel

The king's subjects genuflected when he entered the room.

4

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wend
(wend)

v. to go, proceed, walk

We wended our way through the market.

5

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pelagic
(puh-ladj-ik)

adj. relating to open seas rather than waters adjacent to land

The pelagic organism was only found in the deepest part of the ocean.

6

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froward
(froh-werd)

adj. intractable, stubbornly disobedient, difficult to manage

The froward mule sat down and refused to move all afternoon.

7

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punctilious
(puhngk-til-ee-uhs)

adj. precise, paying attention to trivialities of etiquette

A secretary who punctiliously records every detail.

8

Define:

aphorism
(af-uh-riz-uhm)

n. a tersely phrased truth or opinion; adage; epigram
n. a brief statement of principle; or general truth

The children had finally learned the meaning of the aphorism "You can't have your cake and eat it too".

9

Define:

purloin
(per-loin, per-loin)

v. to steal

The manipulative thief purloined the diamonds after gaining the confidence of their location.

10

Define:

esoteric
(es-uh-ter-ik)

adj. intended for or understood only by a particular group
adj. not publicly disclosed; confidential

The esoteric ideas of the cult failed to enlighten many outsiders.

11

Define:

succor
(suhk-er)

n. relief during a time of struggle

The Red Cross provides succor to refugees in emergency shelters.

12

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protean
(proh-tee-uhn)

adj. readily assuming different forms or characters

Fans regarded the protean actress as capable of playing any role.

13

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callous
(kal-uhs)

adj. insensitive; having no feeling

The callous remark upset the entire family.

14

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proscribe
(proh-skrahyb)

v. to prohibit or forbid as harmful or unlawful

Citizens pushed to proscribe swimming in the polluted lake.

15

Define:

denouement
(dey-noo-mahn)

n. an outcome or solution to a complex series of events

Though public interest slackened after the arsonist was caught, the denouement of the case was just as interesting as the manhunt that had preceded it.

16

Define:

supercilious
(soo-per-sill-ee-uhs)

adj. arrogant, overbearing; displaying condescending superiority over someone else

His supercilious behavior drove away many of his peers.

17

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parley
(pahr-lee)

n. discussion between enemies, often to prepare terms of surrender

The longtime enemies held a parley to work on peace negotiations.

18

Define:

apoplectic
(ap-uh-plek-tik)

adj. furious; enraged; overcome with anger
adj. relating to a stroke

When Jim found out he was fired, he apoplectically stormed out of the office.

19

Define:

simper
(sim-per)

v. to say with a coy smile; to smirk

Dave simpered a feeble attempt at an apology.

20

Define:

miscegenation
(mih-sedj-uh-ney-shuhn)

n. the interbreeding of different races
n. any mixture or hybrid

The school cafeteria served an obscure miscegenation of ingredients as meatloaf.

21

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. recklessness

temerity
(tuh-mer-i-tee)

synonyms: arrogance, brashness

22

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to plunder, pillage, destroy
v. to exploit

depredate
(dep-rih-deyt)

synonyms: despoil, ravish, defile

23

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to bend knee to ground (as in worship)
v. to grovel

genuflect
(djen-yoo-flekt)

synonyms: kneel, beg

24

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to go, proceed, walk

wend
(wend)

synonyms: go, journey, travel

25

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. relating to open seas rather than waters adjacent to land

pelagic
(puh-ladj-ik)

synonyms: aquatic, oceanic

26

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. intractable, stubbornly disobedient, difficult to manage

froward
(froh-werd)

synonyms: antagonistic, conflicting

27

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a tersely phrased truth or opinion; adage; epigram
n. a brief statement of principle; or general truth

aphorism
(af-uh-riz-uhm)

synonyms: axiom, precept; principle, truth

28

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to steal

purloin
(per-loin, per-loin)

synonyms: burglarize, cheat, swindle

29

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. intended for or understood only by a particular group
adj. not publicly disclosed; confidential

esoteric
(es-uh-ter-ik)

synonyms: obscure, secret, cryptic

30

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. relief during a time of struggle

succor
(suhk-er)

synonyms: aid, comfort, refuge

31

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. readily assuming different forms or characters

protean
(proh-tee-uhn)

synonyms: versatile, adaptable, dexterous

32

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. insensitive; having no feeling

callous
(kal-uhs)

synonyms: soulless, cruel

33

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to prohibit or forbid as harmful or unlawful

proscribe
(proh-skrahyb)

synonyms: condemn, banish

34

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. an outcome or solution to a complex series of events

denouement
(dey-noo-mahn)

synonyms: finale, final achievement

35

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. arrogant, overbearing; displaying condescending superiority over someone else

supercilious
(soo-per-sill-ee-uhs)

synonyms: bossy, condescending

36

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. discussion between enemies, often to prepare terms of surrender

parley
(pahr-lee)

synonyms: conference, mediation

37

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. furious; enraged; overcome with anger
adj. relating to a stroke

apoplectic
(ap-uh-plek-tik)

synonyms: angry; wrathful

38

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to say with a coy smile; to smirk

simper
(sim-per)

synonyms: grin, leer, sneer

39

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. the interbreeding of different races
n. any mixture or hybrid

miscegenation
(mih-sedj-uh-ney-shuhn)

synonyms: interbreeding, mixing races

40

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. hermaphroditic
adj. not distinguishable between male and female

androgynous
(an-drodj-uh-nuhs)

synonyms: cross-sexual, unisexual, trans-sexual