Vocabulary

Abstemious – Sparing or moderate in eating and drinking; temperate in diet.

Acquiescent – Agree, consent without complaint.

Adulation – Excessive devotion to someone; servile flattery.

Apostasy – A total desertion of or departure from one’s religion, principles, party, cause, etc.

Apostate – A person who forsakes his religion, cause, party, etc.

Avarice – Insatiable greed for riches; miserly desire to gain and hoard wealth.

Cabal – 1. A small group of secret plotters, as against a government or person in authority.

               2. The plots and schemes of such a group; intrigue.
               3. A clique, as in artistic, literary, or theatrical circles.
Chthonian – Pertaining to the spirits and deities dwelling under the earth.
Commodious – Spacious and convenient; roomy.
Crepuscular – Resembling twilight.
Deleterious – Harmful.
Enmity – A feeling or condition of hostility; hatred; ill will; animosity; antagonism.
Ennui – A feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest; boredom.
Excoriate – 1. To denounce or berate severely; flay verbally.
                        2. To strip off or remove the skin.
Extol – To praise highly.
Fuliginous – Sooty, smoky.
Ichor – 1. (Classical Mythology): An ethereal fluid flowing in the veins of the gods.
             2. An acrid, watery discharge, as from ulcer or wound.

Indignation – Righteous anger.

Indolent – 1. Having or showing a lazy disposition.

2. (Pathology) Causing little or no pain; inactive or relatively benign.

Menagerie – 1. A collection of wild or unusual animals, especially for exhibition.

2. A place where they are kept or exhibited.

3. An unusual and varied group of people.

Obdurate – Unmoved by persuasion, pity, or tender feelings; stubborn; unyielding.

Placate – To appease or pacify.

Rancor – Bitter resentment; hatred.

Sagacity – Acuteness of mental discernment and soundness of judgment.

Sanguine – 1. cheerfully optimistic, hopeful or confident.

2. Blood-red.

Sedulously – Persistent.

Sesquipedalian – 1. Given to using long words.

                                    2. (Of a word) containing many syllables.
Supine – Lying on back with face upwards.
Ubiquitous – Existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresent.

Venal – Open to bribery.

Virulent – 1. Actively poisonous; intensely noxious.

2. Violent or spitefully hostile.

Voluble – fluent; talkative.

Voluptuary – A person whose life is devoted to the pursuit and enjoyment of luxury and sensual pleasure.

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