English 9 Honors Vocabulary
Macadam broken stone of even size used in successively compacted layers for surfacing roads and paths, and typically bound with tar or bitumen.
Mar to ruin or disfigure.
Maverick an unorthodox or independent-minded person.
Meritorious deserving reward or praise.
Nemesis the inescapable agent of someone's or something's downfall. a long-standing rival; an archenemy.
Oddysey a long series of wanderings or adventures, especially when filled with notable experiences, hardships, etc. or, an epic poem attributed to Homer, describing Odysseus's adventures in his ten-year attempt to return home to Ithaca after the Trojan War.
Orthodox (of a person or their views, especially religious or political ones, or other beliefs or practices) conforming to what is generally or traditionally accepted as right or true; established and approved. (of a thing) of the ordinary or usual type; normal.
Overt done or shown openly; plainly or readily apparent, not secret or hidden.
Overture an introduction to something more substantial.
Pallor an unhealthy pale appearance.
Paltry (of an amount) small or meager.
Paucity the presence of something only in small or insufficient quantities or amounts; scarcity.
Peccadillo a small, relatively unimportant offense or sin.
Peon someone of low rank; an attendant or messenger.
Perspicacity the quality of having a ready insight into things; shrewdness.
Pittance a very small or inadequate amount of money paid to someone as an allowance or wage.
Politico informal term for politician.
Prattle talk at length in a foolish or inconsequential way.
Pompous affectedly and irritatingly grand, solemn, or self-important.
Precocious (of a child) having developed certain abilities or proclivities at an earlier age than usual.
Preclude prevent from happening; make impossible.
Prevalent widespread in a particular area at a particular time.
Proliferate increase rapidly in numbers; multiply.
Proposition a statement or assertion that expresses a judgment or opinion.
Propound put forward (an idea, theory, or point of view) for consideration by others.
Prosaic having the style or diction of prose; lacking poetic beauty. commonplace; unromantic.
Proscribe forbid, especially by law.
Quandary a state of perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation.
Quixotic exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical.
Raconteur a person who tells anecdotes in a skillful and amusing way.
Ravenous extremely hungry.
Reiterate say something again or a number of times, typically for emphasis or clarity.
Renegade a person who deserts and betrays an organization, country, or set of principles.
Repository a place, building, or receptacle where things are or may be stored.
Scant barely sufficient or adequate.
Semantics the branch of linguistics and logic concerned with meaning. the meaning of a word, phrase, sentence, or text.
Soluble (of a substance) able to be dissolved, especially in water. (of a problem) able to be solved.
Subscribe arrange to receive something regularly, typically a publication, by paying in advance.
Subscript (of a letter, figure, or symbol) written or printed below the line.
Supposition an uncertain belief.
Susceptible likely or liable to be influenced or harmed by a particular thing. capable or admitting of.
Tacit understood or implied without being stated.
Truism a statement that is obviously true and says nothing new or interesting.
Vaunt boast about or praise (something), especially excessively.
Veracity conformity to facts; accuracy.
Verbose using or expressed in more words than are needed.
Virtuoso a person highly skilled in music or another artistic pursuit. a person with a special knowledge of or interest in works of art or curios.
Virulent (of a disease or poison) extremely severe or harmful in its effects. bitterly hostile.
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