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Flashcards in Set 27 Deck (11):
1

Halcyon

Calm and peaceful, prosperous

I always hated it when the halcyon days of summer were interrupted by the start of school in the fall

2

Hallow

To set apart as holy

The site for the new church was set aside and hallowed in a special ceremony

3

Happenstance

A chance happening or event

They ran into each other at the grocery store by sheer happenstance; neither had planned on it

4

Harangue

To deliver a loud, pompous speech or tirade

After having been harangued for hours about the superiority of his methods, we should be forgiven for laughing when his demonstration failed

5

Harbinger

Anything that foreshadows a future event; an omen; a sign

Many scientists note that the growing number of hurricanes are harbingers of global climate change

6

Harrow

To distress, create stress or torment

Te sadistic professor loved to harrow his students with harrowing tales of the upcoming final exam that no student in the school's history had ever passed

7

Hedonism

Devotion to pleasurable pursuits, especially to the pleasures of the senses

He had to give up his hedonistic lifestyle once he had a full time job; it was just too hard to get up in the morning after a long night of partying

8

Hegemony

The consistent dominance or influence of one group, state, or ideology over others

It has been argued that the United States has achieved global hegemony in the post-Cold War era

9

Heretical

Violating accepted dogma or convention, unorthodox

Galileo was brought before the inquisition because of his heretical agreement with Copernicus that the earth moved around the sun

10

Hermetic

Airtight, impervious to outside influence

The tomb's hermetic seal allowed it's contents to be perfectly preserved for thousands of years

11

Hackneyed

Rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage

Every hackneyed phrase began as something other than a cliche; it only ended up on the greeting card circuit because enough people repeated it over and over