Vocabulary Final Exams

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rational

reasonable, logical

cite

to mention in support of, refer to

retort

a sharp, clever, or angry reply

propel

to provide the force that moves something

accessible

easily reached or entered

retrieve

to get something back

compatible

able to get along well together

prevail

to win or triumph

awe

great respect mixed with wonder or amazement

exempt

free from some unpleasant duty or situation

fictitious

imaginary, made up

evolve

to change gradually, develop

encounter

to meet unexpectedly

ecstatic

overjoyed

liable

likely to experience or do something unpleasant or dangerous

pessimist

a person who tends to see the bad side of things

dubious

doubtful

miserly

stingy and greedy

fallacy

a mistaken idea

gullible

easily fooled

infer

to draw a conclusion from evidence

obsession

an unreasonable idea or feeling which completely fills someone's mind, great fascination with something

ordeal

a very difficult or painful experience

evasive

deliberately unclear

futile

useless

lethal

able to cause death

persistent

refusing to quit, stubbornly continuing

elapse

to pass or slip by (usually said of time)

fluent

able to express oneself with skill and ease

harass

to constantly irritate or disturb

unique

unlike any other, one of a kind

devise

to invent, think up, or create

vivid

brightly colored, striking

subtle

hardly noticeable, not obvious

convey

to communicate, make known

stimulate

to cause to become active or more active, arouse

universal

worldwide

savor

to taste or smell something with pleasure

delusion

a false opinion or belief

versatile

able to do many things or serve many purposes well

option

a choice or alternative

impose

to take unfair advantage of

passive

being acted upon without return, unresistant

inevitable

sure to happen, unavoidable

equate

to consider to be equal, the same, or similar

endeavor

to make a serous effort, attempt

indignant

angry because of some insult or injustice

patron

a steady customer

malicious

showing great ill will, deliberately harmful

defer

to give in to someone else's judgment or wishes

revert

to return to a previous habit or condition

gesture

something said or done to show intention or attitude

reciprocate

to do in return

exile

separation from one's native country through force or choice

refute

to prove false or wrong

adapt

to adjust to a situation

ritual

a ceremony

recede

to move back or away from a particular point or limit

retain

to keep

dismay

to discourage, make fearful or uneasy

emerge

to rise up or come forth

notable

famous, widely known

indifferent

having no real interest, unconcerned

liberal

large in amount or quantity; generous

elaborate

done with great attention to details

mediocre

average, ordinary

impulsive

tending to act on sudden urges, not in the habit of planning ahead

exotic

foreign, strange or different in an appealing way

frugal

thrifty, avoiding unnecessary expenses

indulgent

giving in to someone's desires

impair

to damage, weaken

allude

to refer indirectly

sadistic

taking pleasure from being cruel

essence

the fundamental characteristic or the most important quality of something

immunity

freedom from something unpleasant or something required of others

affirm

to indicate to be true, state with certainty

elite

being or intended for the best or more privileged

coerce

to force, compel

alleged

supposed to be true or real but not proved, assumed

query

to question, ask

skeptical

doubting, questioning

shrewd

clever, tricky

plausible

believable, appearing to be truthful or reasonable

provoke

to stir up anger or resentment

revoke

to take away or cancel

tactic

a means to reach a goal, method

reprimand

a formal criticism or harsh scolding

ridicule

to mock or make fun of

recur

to occur again

stereotype

a commonly image that is oversimplified, label

simultaneous

happening or done at the same time

diminish

to lesson, decrease

strategy

a method, overall plan

consequence

a result

transaction

a business deal or action

vital

necessary, extremely important

tedious

boring

detain

to delay

procrastinate

to put off doing something until later

destiny

something bound to happen, fate

profound

deeply felt

discriminate

to see differences, distinguish

site

the past, present, or future location of a building or building or an event

vocation

a profession or occupation

theoretical

about or based on theory, based on a possible explanation

dismal

gloomy, cheerless

summon

to send for

dispense

to give out in portions or amounts

severity

the condition or quality of being severe

subside

to become less active, calm down

initiate

to begin something, start

infinite

without limits, endless

literally

according to the exact meaning of the words

inflict

to cause pain or hardship

ascend

to go up, rise

finite

having limits, limited

ingenious

clever, inventive

nostalgia

desire for something in the past

mania

extreme enthusiasm

lure

to attract by tempting

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