Vocabulary I

Vocabulary I

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antipathy
noun- aversion, dislike

The antipathy between the rivals was obvious; they did not hide their dislike for one another.

allay
verb-to put fears to rest; to calm; to relieve or lesson

A night light helped to allay the child’s fear of the dark.

aversion
noun- a strong feeling of dislike, repugnance, opposition

Cats have a strong aversion to water.

impunity
noun- exemption from punishment

In some countries, government restrictions are so lax that businesses operate with nearly complete impunity.

ambiguous
open to or having several possible meanings or interpretations.

They were disappointed: the president’s choices-and his intentions-remain frustratingly ambiguous.

obfuscation
verb- to confuse, bewilder, or stupefy; to make obscure or unclear: to obfuscate a problem with extraneous information.

It’s weakened by denial of accountability and obfuscation of past acts.

laudable
adjective- deserving praise; praiseworthy; commendable:

Reorganizing the files was a laudable idea.

conciliate
verb-
1. to overcome the distrust or hostility of; placate; win over: to conciliate an angry competitor.
2.to win or gain (goodwill, regard, or favor).
3.to make compatible; reconcile.

If they conclude that discrimination occurred, they will attempt to conciliate.

augment
verb- to make larger; enlarge in size, number, strength, or extent; increase:

His salary is augmented by a small inheritance.

ameliorate
verb- to make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory; improve; meliorate.

They found that as well as improving efficiency, they also help to ameliorate damage.

assuage
verb- to make milder or less severe; relieve; ease; mitigate: to assuage one’s grief; to assuage one’s pain.

Private jet sharing: it may assuage guilt, but is it really green?

sacristy
noun- an apartment in or a building connected with a church or a religious house, in which the sacred vessels, vestments, etc., are kept.

Church vestments are also on display in the sacristy.

vestment
noun- one of the garments worn by the clergy and their assistants, choristers, etc., during divine service and on other occasions.
pedantic
adjective- 1. ostentatious in one’s learning.
2.overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, especially in teaching.

Sorry to be pedantic but swapping out an adverb for an adjective gave me shivers.

ostentatious
adjective- 1. characterized by or given to pretentious or conspicuous show in an attempt to impress others: an ostentatious dresser.
2. (of actions, manner, qualities exhibited, etc.) intended to attract notice: Lady Bountiful’s ostentatious charity.

They had to concentrate on fighting one another and keeping up their images through ostentatious displays of wealth.

quixotic
adjective- 1. extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical, or impracticable.
2. impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.

It’s probably a quixotic effort, but it is nevertheless touchingly valiant.

lethargy
noun- the quality or state of being drowsy and dull, listless and unenergetic, or indifferent and lazy; apathetic or sluggish inactivity.

Yet there was no sign of lethargy or sluggishness anywhere about it.

dyspeptic
adjective- gloomy, pessimistic, and irritable.
expurgate
verb- to amend by removing words, passages, etc., deemed offensive or objectionable:

Most children read an expurgated version of Grimms’ fairy tales.