Elite Vocab Set 651-675

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altruistic

adj. unselfish; benevolent; caring more for others than oneself

benefactor

n. one who helps and supports others

painstaking

adj. very thorough; careful

smirk

v. to smile in a self-satisfied or artificial way

primordial

adj. living or existing at the very beginning

impel

v. to push something into motion

obese

adj. very fat

genre

n. a kind, or type

pugilist

n. a boxer

paroxysm

n. a sudden convulsion or outburst; a fit

phase

n. a stage in a process of change or development

disciple

n. a follower of another who helps to spread teachings

oracle

n. a person thought to be a source of wisdom or prophecy

ewe

n. a female sheep, esp. when full grown

crass

adj. dull-witted; unrefined

mogul

n. a rich or powerful person

burnish

v. to polish

sloth

n. laziness

medley

n. a mixture of things not usually placed together

exhume

v. to dig up out of the ground

conflagration

n. large, disastrous fire

exorbitant

adj. excessive

sadistic

adj. getting pleasure from inflicting physical or psychological pain

spendthrift

n. one who spends money wastefully

digest

n. a collection of previously published material, usu. In condensed form

quarantine

n. enforced isolation to prevent the spread of disease; v. to isolate for such purpose

obituary

n. a newspaper account of a person's death, usually including biographical information

travail

n. painfully difficult work; pain or suffering from mental or physical hardship

laudable

adj. worthy of praise

quiescent

adj. inactive, oft. Suggesting a temporary state

dilemma

n. a situation in which one must choose between two equally bad alternatives

ramshackle

adj. about to fall apart or fall down

uncouth

adj. uncultured; crude

tightfisted

adj. stingy; miserly

tenable

adj. able to maintained or defended

turmoil

n. extreme confusion; uproar

definitive

adj. complete

vendetta

n. a bitter feud or quarrel; fight

tact

n. skill in dealing with others, esp. in difficult situations

pseudonym

n. a fictitious name assumed by an author

gullible

adj. easily deceived; credulous

itinerary

n. a route or proposed route for a journey

transfix

v. to pierce, as with a pointed weapon; to render motionless, as with fear

purloin

v. to steal, oft. In violation of a trust

impotent

adj. powerless; helpless; ineffective

charade

n. an obvious pretense or deception

devout

adj. devoted to religion; sincere

sodden

adj. thoroughly wet, drenched

virulent

adj. extremely infectious or harmful; bitterly hostile

assiduous

adj. diligent; hard-working; constant

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