American Literature – Vocab 3 – Review

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atrophy
(v.) to waste away or fail to develop.
efficacy
(n.) the power to bring about the desired result; effectiveness.
[efficacious (adj.)]
emolument
(n.) salary or fees for work done; compensation.
icon
(n.) a religious painting, especially one revered by the Eastern Christian churches.
a symbol or image whose form suggests its meaning.
one who is idolized.
incipient
(adj.) beginning to exist or appear; in the first stage.
inculcate
(v.) to impress upon or teach by frequent repetition.
inestimable
(adj.) too valuable or great to be measured.
lackluster
(adj.) lacking brightness or vitality; without spirit or enthusiasm.
martinet
(n.) a strict disciplinarian.
prodigious
(adj.) extremely large in bulk, quantity, or degree.
causing amazement or wonder.
regimen
(n.) a regulated program, especially one designed to improve or maintain health.
stellar
(adj.) of or related to a star.
outstanding or brilliant.
stoic
(n.) one seemingly indifferent to pleasure or pain.
(adj.)
vibrant
(adj.) full of life or vigor.
bright or vivid.
quivering or vibrating.
zealous
(adj.) very enthusiastic; fervent; passionate on behalf of someone or something.
Categories: American Literature