Romeo and Juliet Vocabulary; Mrs. Mancini, English 1H, Per. 1

Disparagement noun; is the act of speaking about someone in a negative or belittling way; synonym: desperation; sentence: When Prince William married Catherine Middleton, there was some disparagement by the public of her non-royal background.
Enmity noun; the state or feeling of being actively opposed or hostile to someone or something; synonym: hospitality; sentence: If you’re a football fanatic, you feel enmity for your opposing team.
Heretics noun; those who hold to a belief opposed to the established teachings of a church; synonym: misbeliever; sentence: If your friend became interested in Hinduism, with its many gods and rituals, her Catholic mother might be worried that her daughter was a heretic, or a person whose religious beliefs are in contrast to the fundamental beliefs of her church.
Prodigious adj.; immense; extraordinary in bulk, size, or degree; synonym: stupendous; sentence: A blizzard includes prodigious wind and snow.
Loathe verb; feel intense dislike or disgust for; synonym: execrate; sentence: You might not choose to eat raw carrots if you dislike them, but if you loathe them, you might have a hard time even having them on your plate.
Chide verb; scold or rebuke; synonym: berate; sentence: Yet not all activist groups are chiding the effort.
Feign verb; pretend to be affected by (a feeling, state, or injury); synonym: misrepresent; sentence: By allegedly feigning injury to himself, Eric grievously injured untold others.
Lament noun; a passionate expression of grief or sorrow; synonym: complaint; sentence: They just choose to look ahead instead of lamenting what they lost.
Abhor verb; to regard with horror or loathing; to hate deeply; synonym: detest; sentence: Chances are you abhor that kid who used to torture the frogs in biology class.
Thwart verb: hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; synonyms : baffle; sentence: I wanted to spend a week in New York this autumn, but the high costs of travel and lodging thwarted my plans.
Inauspicious adj.; unfavorable, unlucky, suggesting bad luck for the future; synonym: unfortunate; sentence: Reaching into your hat to pull out a rabbit and instead removing a sock can seem like an inauspicious start to your magic show.
Peruse verb; to read thoroughly and carefully; synonym: analyze; sentence: As a person who loves everything about the printed newspaper, from perusing it over breakfast to the sound of its crinkling paper and the smell of its ink, his comments saddened but didn’t surprise me.
Haughty adj.; having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy; synonym: prideful; sentence: His haughty attitude ended with his friends disengaging from his presence.
Fickle adj.; liable to sudden unpredictable change; synonym: erratic; sentence: Someone who is fickle and only wants to talk to me certain days is not the friend for me.
Pensive adj.; deeply or seriously thoughtful; synonym: brooding; sentence: The pensive boy sat, staring a the window, sad and lost in thought.
Prudent adj.; careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment; synonym: cautious; sentence: careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment.
Beguiled adj.; filled with wonder and delight; synonym: captivated; sentence: Certainly, he seemed beguiled by the art museum in New York.
Rancor noun; a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will; synonym: resentment; sentence: The open rancor in political discussion prevents cooperation between political parties.
Sallow adj. and verb; unhealthy looking; synonym: sickly; sentence: His smile was as engaging as ever, but from his sallow complexion, I knew he was sick.
Choler noun; a strong emotion; a feeling that is oriented toward some real or supposed grievance; synonym: vexed; sentence: There was no reply, but the Sheriff showed signs of rising choler.
Transgression noun; an act that goes against a law, rule, or code of conduct; an offense’ synonym: transmission; sentence: Human conflicts and transgressions are settled by compassion and forgiveness, not violence.
Oppression noun; prolonged cruel or unjust treatment or control; synonym: subjugation; sentence: The cause of oppression and tyranny is often a corrupt and power-hunger ruler.
Augment verb; to make larger, increase; synonym: grow; sentence: If the President decides to augment taxes, taxes are going up.
Pernicious (adj.; extremely harmful; deadly, fatal; synonym: injurious; sentence: You might have heard your parents and teachers talk about the pernicious effects of watching too much TV and playing video games all day — they’ll turn your brain to mush.
Reconcile verb; make compatible with, come to terms; synonym: patch up, settle; sentence: They would eventually reconcile as friends – although not for another 20 years.

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