Difficult Words 2 for 9th Grade ARTS

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abridge
v. condense; shorten; reduce length of written text
accost
v. approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with demand or request
affinity
n. natural attraction, liking, or feeling of kinship; relationship by marriage
agnostic
n. one who is skeptical of existence of a god or any ultimate reality
alacrity
n. cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
altruism
n. the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others
amenity
n. pleasantness resulting from agreeable conditions
attrition
n. gradual decrease in numbers; reduction in work force without firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment
bastion
n. fortress; projecting part of fortification; well-fortified position
cadence
n. rhythmic rise and fall of words or sounds; beat
cohesion
n. tendency to keep together; sticking together of particles of the same substance
contingent
a. possible, or liable, but not certain, to occur; incidental; casual.
criterion
n. standard of judging; any approved or established rule or test
debauchery
n. corruption of fidelity; seduction from virtue, duty, or allegiance; excessive indulgence of the appetites
destitute
a. extremely poor; utterly lacking; devoid
diffident
a. showing modest reserve; lacking self-confidence
dissension
n. a conflict of people's opinions or actions or characters; disagreement among those expected to cooperate
elevation
n. altitude; height above a given level, especially sea level
erudite
a. learned; scholarly, with emphasis on knowledge gained from books
exalted
a. superior; elevated in rank, character, or status; of high moral or intellectual value
fabrication
n. making something a product from raw materials; the action or process of manufacturing or inventing something
felicity
n. great happiness; pleasing and appropriate manner or style
flagrant
a. obvious and offensive, blatant, scandalous; flaming into notice
flout
v. reject; mock; express contempt for rules by word or action; behave with contempt
futurist
n. someone who predicts the future
gregarious
a. sociable; seeking and enjoying the company of others
heyday
n. period of greatest popularity, success, or power; golden age
homogenous
a. all of the same or similar kind or nature
idiosyncrasy
n. behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
illicit
a. illegal; unlawful; not authorized or permitted
implement
v. put into effect; supply with tools
incisive
a. penetrating, clear, and sharp, as in operation or expression
indigent
a. poor; experiencing want or need; impoverished
ineffable
a. unutterable; cannot be expressed in speech
infinity
n. unlimited extent of time, space, or quantity; eternity; boundlessness; immensity
ingratitude
n. lack of gratitude; forgetfulness of kindness or favors received
insidious
a. spreading harmfully in a subtle manner; designed or adapted to entrap
insolence
n. scornful treatment; insulting speech or conduct
insurgent
a. rising in revolt against established authority; rebelling against leadership of political party
intrinsic
a. relating to essential nature of a thing; inherent; built-in
jaded
a. fatigued dulled by surfeit; exhausted; worn out; wearied
laconic
a. brief; effectively cut short; marked by use of few words
laureate
n. someone honored for great achievements; figuratively someone crowned with a laurel wreath
linguistic
a. relating to language or linguistics; relating to study of language
machination
n. clever scheme or artful plot, usually crafted for evil purposes
matriculate
v. enroll in college or graduate school
metamorphosis
n. marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function; major transformation
misanthropic
a. believing the worst of human nature and motives; hating mankind in general
moot
a. open to argument or debate; subject to debate, dispute, or uncertainty, and typically not admitting of a final decision
mulatto
n. an offspring of a black and a white parent
narcissism
n. an exceptional interest in and admiration for yourself
nihilism
n. the delusion that things do not exist; a sense that everything is unreal; complete denial of all established authority and institutions
novel
a. previously unknown; strikingly new, unusual, or different; young
obdurate
a. hardened in wrongdoing or wickedness; not giving in to persuasion
officious
a. marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others
orthodoxy
n. a belief or orientation agreeing with conventional standards; the quality of being orthodox, especially in religion
palpable
a. tangible; easily perceptible; unmistakable
paradigm
n. one that serves as a pattern or model; system of assumptions, concepts, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality
parody
n. work or performance that imitates another work or performance with ridicule or irony; make fun of
patrician
a. belong to noble origin; having high birth
pedagogy
n. teaching; art of education; science of teaching
pejorative
a. tending to make or become worse; disparaging or belittling
peremptory
a. offensively self-assured; dictatorial; not allowing contradiction or refusal
periphery
n. edge, especially of a round surface; surface of a solid; circumference
pivotal
a. being of vital or central importance; crucial
plethora
n. excess; over-fullness in any respect; superabundance
posterior
a. later in time; later in the order of proceeding or moving; coming after; located behind
pragmatic
a. practical as opposed to idealistic; concerned with the practical worth or impact of something
premise
n. proposition upon which an argument is based; assumption; land and the buildings on it
promiscuous
a. having casual sexual relations frequently with different partners; irregular, casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior
ramification
n. act or process of branching out or dividing into branches; subdivision or branch
recede
v. move back; retreat; withdraw a claim or pretension
reiterate
v. say, state, or perform again or repeatedly
renaissance
n. revival; renewal; revival of learning and culture
saffron
n. a moderate orange to orange yellow; a shade of yellow tinged with orange
samovar
n. a metal urn with a spigot at the base; used in Russia to boil water for tea
sardonic
a. disdainful or ironically humorous; cynical; scornful and mocking
seismic
a. caused by earthquake or earth vibration; earthshaking
servile
a. slavish; suitable to slave or servant; relating to servitude or forced labor
stagnation
n. inactivity of liquids; without current or circulation
stigmatize
v. accuse; condemn; mark as wicked
tantamount
a. equivalent in effect or value
tenacious
a. sticking together; stubbornly unyielding; holding together firmly
unctuous
a. oily; composed of oil or fat; characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness
verisimilitude
n. appearance of truth; probability; likelihood
vicarious
a. acting as substitute; done by deputy; experienced at secondhand