Brave New World Vocab

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abstemious

sparing (usually in eating or drinking); temperate

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allure

to influence, sway, or entice with some tempting appeal

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aperture

a hole or an opening

4

articulate

to speak distinctly; expressing oneself clearly

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atone

to make amends

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benevolence

kindness, generosity, charity

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bequeath

to hand down, to give or to leave in a will

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bestial

brutal without reason, having the attributes of a savage

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cajole

to persuade with deliberate flattery, to coax, to wheedle

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chaste

morally pure

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cherubic

innocent, wholesome, angelic

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chronic

marked by long duration or by frequent recurrence over a long period

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converge

to move together

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coquette

a women who flirts with men without sincere affection

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credulous

believing on slight evidence, gullible

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decorousness

proper behavior

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defile

to make dirty, to desecrate, to pollute

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defunct

no longer existing, dead

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demur

to hesitate, to delay, to object

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elated

very happy about something, having elevated spirits

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emaciated

very thin (usually as a result of starvation), wasting away

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estrange

to alienate, to seperate

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evocative

calling forth, calling to mind

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ferocity

savagery

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fertile

capable of reproducing

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furtive

secret in an underhanded way, stealthy

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fuse

to mix or to join (usually by melting)

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germinal

being in the earliest stage of development

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heretical

contrary to church doctrine or accepted beliefs or standard

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hideous

very ugly, offensive, shocking

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hypothesize

to reach a conclusion based on an assumption or something not proven

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ignoble

of lowly origin, without honor

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impudent

disrespectful, characterized by poor behavior

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incongruity

nonconformity, disagreement, incompatibility

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indefatigable

tireless, incapable of being fatigued

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ingratiate

to make an effort to gain good favor with someone

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interminable

having or seeming to have no end, wearisomely protracted

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latent

not visible, dormant

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lecher

one who indulges in excessively in sexual activity or in lasciviousness

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luscious

very pleasant to the taste

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malicious

motivated by hate or deliberate intent to harm

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melancholy

depression of spirits

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mosaic

a picture made by using various small pieces of multicolored material

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oblique

slanting, indirect, evasive, devious, misleading

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odious

deserving hate or contempt

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orthodox

conforming to established standards, conventional

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paradoxical

something that appears false or contradictory, but is actually correct

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patronizing

having a condescending attitude

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perpetuate

to prolong the existence of something

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pneumatic

pertaining to air or gas

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prodigious

extraordinary in bulk, quantity, or degree, great in size, enormous

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produndity

profound knowledge, intellectual depth

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propriety

correct conduct

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recapitulation

a summary

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reproach

to blame for something; a disgrace

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resonant

echoing, continuing to sound

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revere

to honor, to regard with respect

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rigor

strictness, severity

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rudiment

an essential element or skill, also the early stages of development

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scrupulous

very principled, very careful and conscientious

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sententious

given to excessive moralizing

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soliloquy

a speech or dramatic monologue made to oneself to reveal thoughts

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stoic

a stoical person, not showing passion or feeling, indifference, impassive

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superb

of very high quality

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superfluous

beyond what is needed or required, an overflow

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surreptitious

secret, clandestine, stealthy

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synthetic

artificial

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teeming

filled to overflowing, present in a large amount

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transcended

surpassed, exceeded

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utopian

having the characteristics of an ideally perfect place

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vivacious

full of life, very animated

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warranted

justified