Weekly Quiz Grade

Sentences should relate to literature and characters studied in class.
Quiz on Monday:
1. Spell Word 2pts
2. Indicate Part of Speech 2pts
3. Define 3pts
4. Use properly in sentence 3pts
10 pts per word
100 pts per quiz

Vocab Set One


  1. Asceticism- noun. practicing strict self-denial as a measure of personal and especially spiritual discipline.

  2. Dint- noun. force; power.

  3. Envoy- noun. a minister plenipotentiary accredited to a foreign government who ranks between an ambassador and a minister resident.

  4. Defray- Transitive Verb. to provide for the payment of.

  5. Crass- adj. having or indicating such grossness of mind as precludes delicacy and discrimination.

  6. Beguile- verb. to lead by deception.

  7. Allocate- Transitive Verb. to apportion for a specific purpose or to particular persons or things.

  8. Enjoins- Transitive Verb. to direct or impose by authoritative order or with urgent admonition.

  9. Oscillate- Intransitive Verb. a: to swing backward and forward like a pendulum b: to move or travel back and forth between two points.

  10. Interloper- noun. an illegal or unlicensed trader.

Set One Quizlet




Vocab Set Two

  1. Incarcerate- Transitive Verb. to put in prison.
  2. Vacuous- adj. emptied of or lacking content.
  3. Akimbo- adj. having the hand on the hip and the elbow turned outward.
  4. Jubilant- adj. showing great joy, satisfaction, or triumph; rejoicing; exultant
  5. Presumptuous- adj. overstepping due bounds (as of propriety or courtesy) : taking liberties.
  6. Pecuniary- adj. consisting of or measured in money.
  7. Licentious- adj. lacking legal or moral restraints ; especially : disregarding sexual restraints.
  8. Muse- verb. to become absorbed in thought ; especially : to turn something over in the mind meditatively and often inconclusively.
  9. Subversive- noun. a systematic attempt to overthrow or undermine a government or political system by persons working secretly from within.
  10. Lassitude- noun. a condition of weariness or debility.

Vocab Set Three
  1. Vacillate- intransitive verb. to sway through lack of equilibrium.
  2. Initiative- noun. an introductory act or step; leading action.
  3. Disparity- adj. containing or made up of fundamentally different and often incongruous elements
  4. Avocation- noun. something a person does in addition to a principal occupation, esp. for pleasure; hobby.
  5. Efficacy- noun. the power to produce an effect
  6. Capricious- adj. subject to, led by, or indicative of caprice or whim; erratic
  7. Reticent- adj. inclined to be silent or uncommunicative in speech.
  8. Hospice- noun. a lodging for travelers, young persons, or the underprivileged especially when maintained by a religious order.
  9. Moribund- adj. being in the state of dying : approaching death.
  10. Risqué- adj. verging on impropriety or indecency.

Vocab Set Four

  1. Verisimilitude- noun. the appearance or semblance of truth; likelihood; probability.
  2. Inexorable- adj. not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped.
  3. Retinue- noun. a group of retainers or attendants.
  4. Insipid- adj. lacking taste or savor.
  5. Fedora- noun. a low soft felt hat with the crown creased lengthwise.
  6. Corroborate- transitive verb. to support with evidence or authority : make more certain.
  7. Physiognomy- noun. the art of discovering temperament and character from outward appearance.
  8. Suppliant- noun. a person who supplicates; petitioner.
  9. Tedium- noun. the quality or state of being wearisome; irksomeness; tediousness.
  10. Torrid- adj. parched with heat especially of the sun.

Vocab Set Five

  1. Encumber- transitive verb. to impede or hamper the function or activity of.
  2. Impasse- noun. a predicament affording no obvious escape.
  3. Lugubrious- adj. mournful, dismal, or gloomy, esp. in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner.
  4. Affront- transitive verb. to insult especially to the face by behavior or language.
  5. Indolent- adj. causing little or no pain.
  6. Connoisseur- noun. one who understands the details, technique, or principles of an art and is competent to act as a critical judge.
  7. Cajole- transitive verb. to persuade with flattery or gentle urging especially in the face of reluctance.
  8. Blasé- adj. apathetic to pleasure or excitement as a result of excessive indulgence or enjoyment.
  9. Ribald- adj. vulgar or indecent in speech, language, etc.; coarsely mocking, abusive, or irreverent; scurrilous.
Choleric- adj. easily moved to often unreasonable or excessive anger : hot-tempered.



Vocab Set Six

  1. Droll- adj. having a humorous, whimsical, or odd quality
  2. Adulation- noun. excessive or slavish admiration or flattery.
  3. Carnage- noun. the flesh of slain animals or men
  4. Decrepit- adj. wasted and weakened by or as if by the infirmities of old age
  5. Expectorate- verb. to eject from the throat or lungs by coughing or hawking and spitting
  6. Pusillanimous- adj. lacking courage and resolution : marked by contemptible timidity.
  7. Surfeit- noun. an overabundant supply.
  8. Lethargic- adj. of, pertaining to, or affected with lethargy; drowsy; sluggish.
  9. Palpate- transitive verb. to examine by touch especially medically.
Peremptory- adj. putting an end to or precluding a right of action, debate, or delay ; specifically : not providing an opportunity to show cause why one should not comply .



Vocab Set Seven

  1. Prostrate- adj.Lying face down, as in submission or adoration.
  2. Plethora- noun. a bodily condition characterized by an excess of blood and marked by turgescence and a florid complexion
  3. Palpitate- intransitive verb. to beat rapidly and strongly.
  4. Propitious- adj. favorably disposed
  5. Extricate- transitive verb. to free or remove from an entanglement or difficulty
  6. guffaw- n. a loud or boisterous burst of laughter
  7. ignominious- adj. marked with or characterized by disgrace or shame
  8. deem- v. to come to think or judge
  9. fiasco- n. a complete failure
  10. pinnacle- n. an upright architectural member generally ending in a small spire and used especially in Gothic construction to give weight especially to a buttress.

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Vocab Set Eight
71. voluble- adj. easily rolling or turning
72. perspicuity- adj. plain to the understanding especially because of clarity and precision of presentation
73. perjury- n. the voluntary violation of an oath or vow either by swearing to what is untrue or by omission to do what has been promised under oath :false swearing
74. flagrant- adj. conspicuously offensive; especially :so obviously inconsistent with what is right or proper as to appear to be a flouting of law or morality
75. acquiesce- v. to accept, comply, or submit tacitly or passively —often used with in and sometimes with to
76. amity- n. Friendship ; especially : friendly relations between nations
77. preposterous- adj. contrary to nature, reason, or common sense
78. parody- n. a literary or musical work in which the style of an author or work is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule
79. arduous- adj. hard to accomplish or achieve
80. trepidation- n. a tremulous motion



Vocab Set Nine

81. admonish- v. to indicate duties or obligations to
82. vernacular- adj. using a language or dialect native to a region or country rather than a literary, cultured, or foreign language
83. collusion- n. secret agreement or cooperation especially for an illegal or deceitful purpose
84. cognizant- adj. knowledgeable of something especially through personal experience
85. barrage- n. a dam placed in a watercourse to increase the depth of water or to divert it into a channel for navigation or irrigation
86. ramification- n. a branched structure
87. unctuous- adj. smooth and greasy in texture or appearance
88. urban- adj. of, relating to, characteristic of, or constituting a city
89. aplomb- n. complete and confident composure or self-assurance
90. nebulous- adj. hazy, vague, indistinct, or confused: a nebulous recollection of the meeting




Vocab Set 10

91. brazen- adj. shameless or impudent
92. inscrutable- adj. incapable of being investigated, analyzed, or scrutinized; impenetrable.
93. ambulatory- adj. of, pertaining to, or capable of walking
94. ennui- n. a feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest; boredom
95. debilitate- v. to make weak or feeble; enfeeble
96. fraternize- v. to associate in a fraternal or friendly way.
97. schism- n. division or disunion, esp. into mutually opposed parties.
98. exonerate- v. to clear, as of an accusation; free from guilt or blame; exculpate
99. sedition- n. incitement of discontent or rebellion against a government.
100. prognosticate- v. to forecast or predict (something future) from present indications or signs




additional words for your own edification:


101. austere
102. vehement
103. strident
104. ostentatious
105. derisive
106. sanguine
107. corpulent
108. pompous
109. facetious
110. manifest
111. malady
112. allude
113. grievance
114. scintillate
115. vitiate
116. remonstrance
117. profligate
118. nuance
119. fortuitous
120. fecund
121. status quo
122. fecund
123. incendiary
124. periphery
125. emissary