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Monday, February 20, 2017
 
Word List #1

WORD MEANING
 
groundswell a buildup of opinion or feeling in a large section of the population
 
cock-a-hoop extremely and obviously pleased esp about a triumph or success
 
beset to attack on all sides; assail; harass
 
tawdry showy but cheap and of poor quality
 
cordon prevent access to or from (an area or building) by surrounding it with police or other guards (think of "do not cross" yellow tape)
 
daft silly, foolish
 
ratched (same as wretched) of poor quality; shabby or filthy in appearance; unfortunate conditions or circumstances. 'hot mess'
 
beckon make a gesture with the hand, arm, or head to encourage someone to come nearer or follow
 
sidle to move close to someone in a quiet or secret way
 
detente the easing of hostility or strained relations, esp between countries
 
emissary a person sent on a special mission, usually as a diplomatic representative (a messenger)
 
gingerly in a careful or cautious manner
 
svelte (of a person) slender or graceful in figure or outline; slim
 
gaggle a disorderly or noisy group of people
 
daylight a perceptible space, gap, or difference
 
revel enjoy oneself in a lively and noisy way, esp with drinking and dancing
 
quaint attractively unusual or old-fashioned
 
caprice a sudden and unaccountable change of mood or behavior
 
salvo a simultaneous discharge of artillery or other guns in a battle
 
despondent in low spirits from loss of hope or courage
 
insinuate suggest or hint (something bad or reprehensible) in an indirect and unpleasant way
 
confluence an act or process of merging (eg., rivers)
 
decorum behavior in keeping with good taste and propriety (etiquette)
 
drudgery hard, menial, or dull work
 
exegesis critical explanation or interpretation of a text, esp of scripture
 

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