Difficult Words 1 for 11th Grade ARTS

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abortive
a. unsuccessful; failing to accomplish an intended objective; fruitless
aerostatics
n. a branch of statics that deals with the equilibrium of gaseous fluids and of solid bodies immersed in them
animadvert
v. express blame or censure or make a harshly critical remark
argot
n. a characteristic language of a particular group, as among thieves
baroque
a. complex or bizarre, especially in ornamentation; irregular in shape
biennium
n. a period of two years
brogue
n. a thick and heavy shoe; a strong outdoor shoe with ornamental patterns
cacophonous
a. discordant; inharmonious; sounding harshly; ill-sounding
cantata
n. story or poem set to music that can be sung by chorus
cathode
n. a negatively charged electrode that is the source of electrons entering an electrical device
clangor
n. loud, resounding noise; sharp, metallic, ringing sound; resonant, clanging sound
cogency
n. power of proving or of producing belief; quality of being highly probable or convincing; force; credibility
comity
n. a state or atmosphere of harmony or mutual civility and respect
concomitant
a. in conjunction with; accompanying; associated with
consanguineous
a. of the same lineage or origin; having common ancestor
contemn
v. look down on with disdain; treat or regard with contempt
contuse
v. injure the underlying soft tissue or bone of
corporeal
a. bodily; of a material nature; tangible
coxswain
n. the helmsman of a ship's boat or a racing crew
declension
n. the variation of the form of a noun, pronoun, or adjective, by which its grammatical case, number, and gender are identified; process of changing to an inferior state
demagnetize
v. make nonmagnetic; take away the magnetic properties; erase
deponent
n. a person who testifies or gives a deposition
desiccant
n. a substance that promotes drying, e.g., calcium oxide absorbs water and is used to remove moisture
diacritical
a. capable of distinguishing; showing up a distinction
diminution
n. the act of decreasing or reducing something; change toward something smaller or lower
discountenance
v. look with disfavor on; show disapproval by discouraging
dissentient
a. disagreeing, especially with a majority
distaff
n. the sphere of work by women; a stick or spindle onto which wool or flax is wound for spinning
dowdy
a. lacking stylishness or neatness; shabby; old-fashioned
duteous
a. willingly obedient out of a sense of duty and respect
effervescent
a. marked by high spirits or excitement
effuse
v. give out or emit; flow or spill forth; pour out
embolism
n. an insertion into a calendar; obstruction of an artery, typically by a clot of blood or an air bubble
empirical
a. derived from experiment and observation rather than theory
ennoble
v. confer dignity or honor upon; give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility
esquire
n. a title of respect for someone, whose rank just below a knight; an attendant and shield bearer to a knight; a candidate for knighthood
eureka
n. an alloy of copper and nickel with high electrical resistance and a low temperature coefficient; used as resistance wire
exigent
a. requiring precise accuracy; demanding attention
expostulation
n. the act of expressing earnest opposition or protest; an exclamation of protest or remonstrance or reproof
farrier
n. a person who shoes horses; a blacksmith
feudalism
n. the social system that developed in Europe in the 8th century; vassals were protected by lords who they had to serve in war
forecastle
n. living quarters consisting of a superstructure in the bow of a merchant ship where the crew is housed
fusible
a. capable of being melted and fused
grebe
n. small compact-bodied almost completely aquatic bird that builds floating nests; similar to loons but smaller and with lobate rather than webbed feet
heterogeneous
a. consisting of dissimilar elements or parts; completely different
incunabula
n. any book printed before 1501; the infancy or earliest stages of something
inquisition
n. a severe interrogation, often violating the rights or privacy of individuals
interposition
n. the act or fact of interjecting or interposing one thing between or among others
inure
v. apply in use; use or accustom till no pain or inconvenience; harden; habituate
iridescence
n. the visual property of something having a milky brightness and a play of colors from the surface
isobar
n. an isogram connecting points having equal barometric pressure at a given time, for meteorology
lackadaisical
a. lacking purpose or zest; halfhearted; lacking spirit or liveliness
laxative
a. having a tendency to loosen or relax.
libertine
n. free thinker, usually used disparagingly; one without moral restraint
lingual
a. relating to, near, or on the side toward the tongue; relating to speech or language
littoral
a. of or relating to a coastal or shore region
macadamize
v. pave by laying and compacting successive layers of broken stone, often with asphalt or hot tar
marmot
n. stocky coarse-furred burrowing rodent with a short bushy tail found throughout the northern hemisphere; hibernates in winter
metonymy
n. substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself
ministration
n. assistance in time of difficulty
modish
a. in the current fashion or style
mordacious
a. capable of wounding; biting or given to biting
muleteer
n. a worker who drives mules
necromancer
n. one who practices magic or sorcery; one who practices divination by conjuring up the dead
neurology
n. the branch of medicine that deals with the nervous system and its disorders
obsolescence
n. the process of becoming obsolete; falling into disuse or becoming out of date
occlude
v. block passage through; close, shut, or stop up a passage
orthogonal
a. statistically unrelated; having a set of mutually perpendicular axes; meeting at right angles
pamphleteer
n. a writer of pamphlets, usually taking a partisan stand on public issues
patronymic
a. of or derived from a personal or family name
peevish
a. easily irritated or annoyed
penury
n. extreme poverty; lack of something; barrenness; insufficiency
perspicuous
a. transparently clear of language; easily understandable
phonograph
n. machine in which rotating records cause a stylus to vibrate and the vibrations are amplified acoustically or electronically
pogrom
n. organized persecution of an ethnic group, especially Jews
precipitant
a. done with very great haste and without due deliberation
propitiate
v. make peace with; appease and render favorable
ramify
v. divide into branches or subdivisions; subordinate branchlike parts
renunciation
n. sacrificing; giving up; state of having rejected your religious beliefs
reversion
n. returning to a former state; turning in the opposite direction; a failure to maintain a higher state
salacious
a. lustful; suggestive of or tending to moral looseness
secede
v. withdraw from an organization or communion
solder
v. repair or unite by using fusible metal alloy, usually tin and lead
threnody
n. a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person
venereal
a. of or relating to the external sex organs
wittingly
ad. with full knowledge and deliberation