Brave New World Chapter 8 & 9 Vocab

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Brave New World
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benevolent

having or showing or arising from a desire to promote the welfare or happiness of others

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coquettish

flirtatious

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cordial

friendly

4

cordiality

friendliness; warmth of regard; amiability

5

decanting

pouring liquid off the top when sediment has settled to the bottom

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eminence

high status

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gourd

bottle made from the dried shell of a bottle gourd

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grimace

a pained expression

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heretical

characterized by straying away from accepted beliefs or standards of behaving

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ignominy

great shame, disgrace, humiliation

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impropriety

behavior that is not socially acceptable

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lecherous

given to excessive indulgence in sexual activity

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mescal

a colorless Mexican liquor distilled from fermented juices of certain desert plants of genus Agavaceae

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perplex

confuse

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plaintive

expressing sorrow

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plait

any of the various types of fold formed by doubling fabric back upon itself and then pressing or stitching into shape

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portentous

trying to seem very serious and important, in order to impress people

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precipice

a very steep cliff

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scatological

having to do with excrement and excretory functions

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viscose

a cellulose ester obtained by treating cellulose with caustic soda