Difficult Words 2 for 11th Grade ARTS

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amplitude
n. the maximum displacement of a periodic wave; the property of copious abundance
anode
n. the negatively charged terminal of a voltaic cell or storage battery that supplies current
asymmetric
a. not identical on both sides of a dividing central line
batik
n. a method of producing colored designs on textiles by dyeing them, having first applied wax to the parts to be left undyed
belabor
v. discuss repeatedly; attack verbally; work hard upon
bifurcation
n. the place where something divides into two branches; the act of splitting into two branches
brusque
a. abrupt and curt in manner or speech; rudely abrupt, unfriendly
cadenza
n. a brilliant solo passage occurring near the end of a piece of music
canto
n. part or division of poem of some length
censorious
a. critical; addicted to censure; severe in making remarks on others, or on their writings or manners; implying or expressing censure
coagulant
n. an agent that produces coagulation
collate
v. examine in order to verify authenticity; arrange in order
commissariat
n. a stock or supply of foods
complacent
a. contented to a fault with oneself or one's actions
concordance
n. agreement of opinions; an index of all main words in a book along with their immediate contexts
conscript
v. enroll into service compulsorily, typically into the armed services
contiguity
n. the attribute of being so near as to be touching
convalesce
v. recover gradually from an illness
corpulent
a. very fat; large in body; overweight
cryptogram
n. a piece of writing in code or cipher
defalcate
v. misuse or misappropriate property or funds entrusted to one
demonstrative
a. serving to demonstrate; given to or marked by the open expression of emotion
deportment
n. manner of deporting or demeaning one's self; manner of acting; conduct; carriage
despotism
n. dominance through threat of punishment and violence; a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator
diaphanous
a. so thin as to transmit light; very sheer and light; almost completely transparent
diplomatist
n. an official engaged in international negotiations
discrepant
a. not compatible with other facts; not in agreement; not in accord
dissever
v. separate into parts or portions
dissipate
v. spend or expend wastefully; vanish by dispersion; drive away; disperse
distemper
n. any of various infectious viral diseases of animals; an angry and disagreeable mood
drachma
n. formerly the basic unit of money in Greece; a unit of apothecary weight equal to an eighth of an ounce or to 60 grains
dutiable
a. subject to customs duty, as imported goods
efflorescence
n. the time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms; any red eruption of the skin; the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
egotist
n. a conceited and self-centered person
embrasure
n. an opening, in a wall or ship or armored vehicle, for firing through
entomology
n. study of insects; branch of zoology which treats of insects
eugenic
a. pertaining to or causing improvement in the offspring produced
execrable
a. very bad; extremely inferiorl; intolerable; very hateful
exiguous
a. extremely scanty; excessively scanty; meager and small
extempore
a. with little or no preparation or forethought
federate
v. enter into a league for a common purpose; unite on a federal basis or band together as a league
filial
a. having or assuming relationship of child or offspring to parent
foresail
n. the lowest sail on the foremast of a square-rigged vessel
fusillade
n. rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms
guano
n. the excrement of sea birds; used as fertilizer
histology
n. the branch of biology that studies the microscopic structure of animal or plant tissues
indolence
n. inactivity resulting from a dislike of work
inroad
n. entrance of an enemy into a country with purposes of hostility; sudden or desultory incursion or invasion; raid; encroachment
intestacy
n. the situation of being or dying without a legally valid will
inveigh
v. speak against in an impassioned manner; complain bitterly
irksome
a. causing annoyance, weariness, or vexation; tedious
isochronous
a. equal in duration or interval
lactation
n. the production of milk by the mammary glands; the period following birth during which milk is secreted; feeding an infant by giving suck at the breast
leeward
n. the direction in which the wind is blowing; the side of something that is sheltered from the wind
licentious
a. amoral; unrestrained; lacking moral discipline or ignoring legal restraint
lionize
v. look on or treat a person as celebrity; visit famous places in order to revere them
loch
n. an arm of the sea, especially when narrow or partially landlocked
magistracy
n. the position of magistrate; the office or function of a magistrate
mawkish
a. insincerely emotional; showing a sickly excess of sentiment
mettlesome
a. willing to face danger; having a proud and unbroken spirit
minutia
n. petty details; small particular or detail; a minute or trivial matter of fact
molt
v. shed or cast off hair or feathers
moribund
a. dying; in dying state; approaching death; about to die
munificence
n. liberality in bestowing gifts; extremely liberal and generous of spirit
necropolis
n. a tract of land used for burials
niggardly
a. petty or reluctant in giving or spending
obstetrician
n. physician specializing in delivery of babies
odium
n. strong dislike, contempt, or aversion; hatefulness; disrepute
orthography
n. a method of representing the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols
pantheism
n. the doctrine or belief that God is the universe and its phenomena or the doctrine that regards the universe as a manifestation of God
pauperism
n. a state of extreme poverty or destitution
peninsular
a. of or forming or resembling a peninsula
perambulate
v. make an official inspection on foot of the bounds of a property; walk with no particular goal
pertinacity
n. persistent determination; quality of sticking with something
pied
a. having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly; multicolored
polycracy
n. form of government ruled by more than one person, as opposed to a monocracy
precocity
n. intelligence achieved far ahead of normal developmental schedules
propound
v. put forward; offer for consideration or debate
rapprochement
n. the reestablishing of cordial relations
reparable
a. capable of being repaired; admitting of repair
rivulet
n. small brook or stream; streamlet
salubrious
a. healthful; favorable to health; promoting health; wholesome
sedulous
a. diligent; hardworking; persevering and constant in effort or application
somnolence
n. a very sleepy state; tending to cause sleep
titian
n. a reddish-brown or golden-brown color
viol
n. any of a family of bowed stringed instruments that preceded the violin family