Omelas Vocab by huanghengdong

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                                                   Vocabulary

1. procession, n. (pro ces’ sion): a group of people or things moving forward together. (|)
       The funeral procession made its way through the streets before arriving at the cemetery.
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2. vast, adj. (vast’): really big or a lot. (+)
   vastly, adv.
        They came out of the canyon into a vast field of grass.
        They were vastly excited.
        .


3. archaic, adj. (ar cha’ ic): old-fashioned or really “Old School” (-)
       No one wears top hats anymore because they are archaic.
       Vinyl LP records have become archaic.
       .


4. barbarian, n. (bar ba’ ri an): an uncivilized person. (-)
       He became a barbarian hacking the squirrel to pieces with an axe.
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5. pedant, n. (pe’ dant): someone who cares too much about rules and details OR book learning. (-)
   pedantic, adj.
       The pedant couldn’t bring himself to rebel against the unjust regulations.
       Pedantic people keep society from progressing because they are too afraid of change.
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6. sophisticate, n. (so phis’ ti cate): a sophisticated person. (smart, refined, educated, etc.) (-)
       The sophisticate refused to write about graffiti art.
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7. praise, v. (praise’): to compliment or say good things about someone or something.
       Some people praise Lady Gaga for her theatricality, but others can’t stand her.
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8. condemn, v. (con demn’): to completely disapprove of something OR to find someone guilty of a crime.
       I wanted to condemn the student for his rudeness, but the teacher deserved everything he said.
       The murderer was condemned to life in prison.
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9. wretched, adj. (wretch’ ed): very unhappy, unfortunate, and miserable. (-)
       The wretched old hag had nothing better to live for than criticizing everyone around her.
       She was in a wretched state when her husband died.
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10. discrimination, n. (dis crim i na’ tion): understanding the difference between things. (+)
    discriminate, v.
         His power of discrimination was such that he could name coins just by hearing them fall on the
           floor.
         To be a judge, you must be able to discriminate between factual evidence and opinion.
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11. exuberance, n. (ex u’ ber ance): enthusiasm, excitement. (+)
        Andres Iniesta could not contain his exuberance having scored the winning goal for the World Cup
           title.
        Some Twilight fans display a little too much exuberance when Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson
           appear on screen.
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12. incline, v. (in cline’): to lean toward a certain action, belief, feeling. To tend. (|)
         I incline to think that people are inherently good, not inherently bad.
         He is inclined to favor people with money.
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13. copulate, v. (cop’ u late): to have sex. (|)
        Most animals copulate at a specific time of year, but people have evolved beyond that limitation.
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14. proclaim, v. (pro claim’): to announce publicly or officially. (|)
        Judge Walker proclaimed Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California, unconstitutional.
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15. puritanical, adj. (pu ri tan’ i cal): super strict about religion or morals. (-)
        Some people are so puritanical that they don’t allow their children to dance.
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16. languor, n. (lan’ guor): pleasant tiredness (+)
         There’s nothing like the languor you feel after a decadent, gourmet meal.
         She sat on the porch enjoying the languor of the summer’s eve and a glass of wine.
         .
17. trivial, adj. (tri’ vi al): not important. (-)
         Material possessions are trivial in the face of death.
         Martin was hurt by the fact that she thought his feelings trivial.
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18. magnanimus, adj. (mag nan’ i mous): very generous (+)
        It’s humbling to realize that the world’s poorest people are often its most magnanimous; they are
          willing to give whatever they have.
        It was magnanimous of him to donate $25,000 to the school.
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19. amiable, adj. (a’ mi a ble): friendly (+)
        Justin thought Mr. Ozai would be mean, but he turned out to be rather amiable.
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20. benign, adj. (be nign’): gentle and kindly. OR not harmful. (+)
        The old woman appeared benign but secretly she was a witch.
        Fortunately, her mother’s tumor was benign.
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21. imperious, adj. (im pe’ ri ous): taking power unjustly, arrogant and domineering. (-)
        The imperious bully enjoyed taunting several victims.
        Jacqueline was afraid of upsetting her imperious step-father.
        .


22. imbecile, n. (im’ be cile): a stupid person, an idiot. (--)
        The imbecile almost hit a pedestrian because he failed to check the crosswalk before turning right.
        .


23. abundance, n. (a bun’ dance): a large quantity of something. (+)
        I had such an abundance of candy after trick-or-treating that I ended up throwing half of it away.
        Wouldn’t it be nice to have an abundance of money?
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24. abominable, adj. (a bom’ i na ble): causing moral anger. (--)
        Sexual violence against children is just abominable.
        Arizona SB 1070 was abominable in its Civil Rights violation.
        .
25. impotence, n. (im’ po tence): helplessness, powerlessness. (-)
        The villagers felt impotence against the oppression of their governor.
        The firefighters became acutely aware of their impotence when confronted with a blaze of that
           magnitude.
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26. prosperity, n. (pros per’ i ty): financial success (+)
        During the 1990s, most Americans enjoyed relative prosperity.
        Ellie achieved prosperity by investing wisely.
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27. paradox, n. (pa’ ra dox): a senseless or contradictory conclusion seemingly based on logical reasoning. (-)
    paradoxical, adj.
        The sound of one hand clapping is a paradox.
        In Inception, Arthur fakes a guy out by running him off of a staircase that is an architectural
          paradox.
        I find it paradoxical when fans kill the celebrities they profess to love (like Selena).
        .


28. vapid, adj. (vap’ id): empty of substance or interest. (-)
        Alex likes to think of himself as so high and mighty, but when you talk to him you realize how
            vapid he is.
        Tabloids are full of vapid articles.
        .


29. poignancy, n. (poign’ an cy): sadness with regret.
    poignant, adj.
         She couldn’t deal with the poignancy of the folded flag; she had to put it away.
         His old letters were a poignant reminder of their relationship.
         .


30. profundity, n. (pro fun’ di ty): depth of knowledge or insight.
    profound, adj.
        Some people just don’t understand the profundity of high quality rap lyrics.
        Instead of saying “that’s deep,” you could say “that’s profound.”
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