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Precision
state of being precise
preclude
to rule out
precocious
unusually advanced at an early age
precursor
forerunner
predator
one that preys on others
predicament
difficult situaton
predilection
preference
predisposition
tendency
preface
introduction to the book
premeditate
to consider
preponderance
majority in number
prepossessing
attractive
preposterous
absurd
prescribe
to set down a rule
presumptuous
rude, improperly bold
Protagonist
main character in a play or story
protestation
declaration
protract
to prolong, draw out
pretrusion
something that sticks out
prowess
bravery, skill
prude
one who is excessively proper or modest
prudent
careful
prurient
lustful
pry
to intrude on, force open
puerile
childish, immature
pugilism
boxing
pugnacious
quarrelsome, eager and ready to fight
pulchritude
beauty
pulverize
to pound, crush, or grind into powder
pummel
to pound, beat
radical
fundamental, drastic
ramble
to roam, wander
ramshackle
likely to collapse
rancid
spoiled, rotten
rancor
bitter hatred
ratify
to approve formally, confirm
ration
portion, share
rational
logical, resonable
ravage
to destroy, devastate
ravine
deep, narrow gorge
raze
to tear down, demolish
rebuff
blunt rejection
rebuke
to reprimand, scold
recount
to describe dacts or events
recruit
to draft, enlist
scabbard
sheath for sword or dagger
scale
to climb to the top of
scathing
harshly critical
scenario
plot outline
scintilla
very small amount
scintillate
to sparkle, flash
scoff
to deride, redicule
score
notation for a musical composition
scrivener
professional copyist
scrupulous
restrained
scrutiny
careful observation
scurrilous
vulgar, low.
secant
straight line intersecting a curve at two points
secede
to withdraw formally from an organization
secluded
isolated and remote
scabbard
sheath for sword or dagger
scale
to climb to the top of
scathing
harshly critical
scenario
plot outline
scintilla
very small amount
scintillate
to sparkle, flash
scoff
to deride, redicule
score
notation for a musical composition
scrivener
professional copyist
scrupulous
restrained
scrutiny
careful observation
scurrilous
vulgar, low.
secant
straight line intersecting a curve at two points
secede
to withdraw formally from an organization
secluded
isolated and remote
sectarian
narrow-minded
secular
not specifically pertaining to religion
sedentary
inactive, stationary, sluggish
seismology
science of earthquakes
senescent
aging, growing old
sensual
satisfying or gratifiying the senses
sentient
aware, conscious
sequel
anthing that follows
sequester
to remove or set apart
seraphic
angelic, pure
serendipity
habit of making fortunate discoveries by chance
serenity
calm, peacefulness
serpentine
serpent-ike, twisting, winding
servile
submissive, obedient
shard
piece of broken glass or pottery
sprightly
lively, animated, energetic
spur
to prod
spurious
lacking authenticity, counterfeit, false
spurn
to reject or refuse, scorn
squalid
filthy
squander
to wonder
staccato
marked b abrupt, clear cut sounds
stagnant
immobile, stale
staid
self restrained to the point of dullness
stasis
motionless state, standstill
stifle
to smother or suffocate, suppress
stigma
mark of disgrace or inferiority
stilted
stiff, unnatural
stint
period of time spent doing something
stipend
allowance
stockade
enclosed area forming defensive walls
stratagem
trick designed to decieve an enemy
stratify
to arrange into layers
tableau
vivid description
tacit
silently understood or implied
taciturn
incommunicative, not inclined to speak much
tang
sharp color or odor
tangential
digressine of diverting
tangible
able to be sense, measurable
tantamount
equivalent in value or significance
tarnished
corroded, discolored
tawdry
gaudy, cheap, showy
taxonomy
science of classification
tachnocrat
stong belever in technology
temperance
restraint, self control
tempered
modeate, restrained
tempestuous
stormy, furious
tenet
belief, doctrine
tensile
capable of withstanding physical stress
tenuous
weak, insubstantial
tepid
lukewarm
terminal
depot, station
terrestrial
earthly, down to earth
terse
concise, brief, free of extra words
testament
statement of belief
tether
to bind, tie
theology
study of god
theoretical
abstract
thwart
to block or prevent
timorous
timid, shy
tinge
to color slightly
tirade
long violent speech
titan
person of achievement
toady
flatterer
tolerance
capacity to respect different values
tome
book, usually large
tonal
relating to pitch or sound
topography
art of making mps or charts
torsion
act of twists and turns
tottering
barley standing
tractable
obedient
turbulence
commotion, disorder
turgid
swollen, bloated
turpitude
foulness, depravity
tyro
beginner, novice
ubiqituous
being everywhere simultaneously
umbrage
offense, resentment
unadulterated
absolute pure
unanimity
state of total agreement
unavailing
hopeless, useless
unconscionable
unscrupulous
unctuous
reasy, oily
undermine
to sabotage, thwart
undocumented
not certified
undulating
moving in waves
inequivocal
absolute, certain
unheralded
unannounced, not publicized
unidemensional
having one size
unimpeachable
beyond question
unkempt
uncombed, messy in apperance
unscrupulous
dishonest
unsolicited
unrequested
unwitting
unconscuous
upbraid
to scold sharply
urbane
courteous, refined
usury
practice of lending money
utilitarian
efficient, useful
utopia
perfect place
vacillate
to waver, show indecision
vacuous
empty, void
vagrant
poor person with no home
vanquish
to conquer, defeat
vapid
tasteless
varigated
varied, marked with different colors
vaunted
boasted or bragged about
vehemently
strongly, urgently
venerable
respected because of age
veneration
adoration, honor
vent
to express, say out loud
veracious
truthful, accurate
veracity
accuracy
verbatim
word for word
verdure
fresh, rich
versimilitude
quality of appearing true or real
vernacular
everyday language used by ordinary people
vernal
related to spring
versatile
allpurpose
veto
to reject formally
vex
to irritate, annoy
viable
allow to grow
vie
to compete
vigilant
attentive, watchful
vim
energy
vindicate
to clear of blame
vindictive
spiteful, unforgiving
virile
manly
virulent
extremely poisonuous, malignant
viscous
thick, surupy
vitriolic
buming, caustic
vituperate
to abuse verbally
vivacious
lively, spirited
vivid
bright and intense in color
vociferous
loud,noisy
void
to cancel, invalid
wolition
free choice, free will
volley
flight of missiles
voluble
speaking much and easily, talkative
voluminous
large, having great volume
voracious
having a great appetite
vulnerable
defenseless, unprotected
waive
to restrain from enforcing a rule
wallow
to indulge oneself excessively, luxuriate
wan
sickly pale
wanton
undisciplined, reckless
wary
careful, cautious
wayward
erratic, reckless
weather
to endure, undergo
whet
to sharpen, stimulate
whimsy
playful
wily
clever, deceptive
windfall
sudeen, unexpected good fortune
winsome
charming, happily engaging
wizened
withered, wrinkled
writ
written document usually in law
wry
amusing, ironic
xenophobia
fear or hatred of strangers
yoke
to join togeather
zealot
someone passionately devoted to a cause
zenith
highest point, summit
zephyr
gentle breeze
zoologist
scientist who studies animals
.....and now you know!
...cause its Mike's Super Short Show!
The End!
English 11
Semester 1 Final
Vocabulary