Vocabulary #2

1. intercede: to try to settle an argument or disagreement between two people or groups
     Before I interceded, their argument was going nowhere.

2. hackneyed: not interesting, funny, etc., because of being used too often; not original
     The Crying Jordan meme became hackneyed after a few weeks of it being all over Twitter and Instagram.

3. approbation: praise or approval
     Her ideas received approbation from the student council.

4. innuendo: a statement which indirectly suggests that someone has done something improper, immoral, etc.
     The song had so many innuendos in it that I decided to not include it in my blog post.

5. coalition: a group of people, groups, or countries who have joined together for a common purpose
     The clubs are working in coalition to clean up all the parks in the city.

6. elicit: to get a response, information, etc. from someone
     A lot of the questions asked by my teachers elicit no response from the students.

7. hiatus: a period of time when something (such as an activity or program) is stopped
     Because of the lack of members and support, the club took a two-year hiatus.

8. assuage: to make (something, such as an unpleasant feeling) less painful, severe, etc.
     The medicine assuaged the feeling of pain in my jaw after the root canal.

9. decadence: behavior that shows low morals and a great love of pleasure, money, fame, etc.
     His decadence caused him to receive a lot of hate and criticism from other people.

10. expostulate: to disagree with something or argue against it
     My parents usually expostulate the clothing I chose to wear, but it doesn't matter to me.

11. simulate: to look, feel, or behave like something
     The model simulated a steam engine from the start of the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain.

12. jaded: feeling or showing a lack of interest and excitement caused by having done or experienced too much of something
     The child became jaded after going to Disneyland six times.

13. umbrage: a feeling of being offended by what someone has said or done
     I took umbrage after he insulted my little sister at her performance.

14. prerogative: a special right or privilege
     Since he was in charge of the club, it was his prerogative to make rules and reject members that didn't meet his expectations.

15. lurid: causing shock or disgust
     The lurid movie received many negative reviews from critics and won no awards.

16. transcend: to rise above or go beyond the normal limits of (something)
     Her grades transcended those of her classmates.

17. provincial: a person who lives in or comes from a place that is far away from large cities
     For someone who came from a provincial village, moving to Santa Maria was very different for her.

18. petulant: having or showing the attitude of people who become angry and annoyed when they do not get what they want
     My cousin is very petulant, but my aunt doesn't notice; she only spoils her more.

19. unctuous: used to describe someone who speaks and behaves in a way that is meant to seem friendly and polite, but that is unpleasant because it is obviously not sincere
     Her extremely unctuous attitude at meetings caused me to stop going to them.

20. meritorious: deserving honor or praise
     Her meritorious accomplishments went largely unnoticed by the people around her.


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