Vocab List 1-20

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appease

to calm, satisfy

beguile

to trick, deceive

confidant

a person entrusted with secrets

loquacious

given to fluent or excessive talk

magnanimous

noble, generous

ominous

foreboding, or foreshadowing evil

recapitulate

to boil down, sum up; repeat [the full version of recap]

retract

withdraw

revel

to enjoy intensely

surreptitious

stealthy, sneaky

usurp

To seize by force, take possession of without right

utilitarian

relating to or aiming at usefulness

antiquated

old, out of date

austere

very bare, bleak

complacency

self-satisfied ignorance of danger

duress

compulsion by threat or force; coercion (the act of forcing/threatening someone to do something

inept

not suitable or capable, unqualified

notorious

widely and unfavorably known

pellucid

1. transparent (see through) or translucent (clear)
2. easy to understand

precocious

advanced, developed beyond one's age

primeval

ancient

raucous

loud, boisterous

renovate

to change something from its current state

winsome

charming, pleasing

calibrate

to set, standardize

deride

to laugh at mockingly

facile

1. easy, requiring little effort
2. achieved with minimal thought or care, superficial

intransigent

refusing to compromise, often on an extreme opinion

oblique

diverging from a straight line or course, not straightforward

pallid

lacking color

penchant

a tendency, partiality, preference

perusal

careful examination, review

portent

an omen

replete

full, abundant

restitution

restoration of something to its rightful owner

wanton

1. without regard for what is right, just, humane; careless, reckless
2. undisciplined, lewd, lustful

acclaim

enthusiastic approval

acquiesce

to agree without protesting

alacrity

eagerness, speed

carouse

to party, celebrate

elated

overjoyed, thrilled

indefatigable

incapable of defeat, failure, decay

insipid

dull, boring

mitigate

to make less violent or severe

punitive

involving punishment

quagmire

a difficult situation

solvent

1. a substance that can dissolve into another substance
2. able to pay debts

tremulous

fearful

acumen

keen insight

bombastic

excessively confidant, pompous

elude

to avoid capture, escape with quickness or cleverness

guile

trickery, deceit, craftiness, cunning

mandate

1. an authoritative command or order
2. to command, order, require

mores

the moral attitudes and fixed customs of a group of people

nascent

beginning to exist or develop

pernicious

stubbornly persistent

profuse

plentiful, abundant

stoic

unaffected by feeling or passion

vainglory

excessive or ostentatious pride, boastful vanity

vivacious

lively, sprightly

apathetic

lacking concern, emotionless

auspicious

favorable, indicative of good things

candor

honesty, frankness

dirge

a mournful song, especially for a funeral

equanimity

composure

evade

to escape capture

gregarious

drawn to the company of others, sociable

hedonist

one who lives for pleasure

modicum

a small amount of something

prosaic

plain, lacking liveliness

servile

subservient, slavish

vindicate

to avenge; to free from allegation, to set free

anachronistic

being out of correct chronological order

atrophy

To Wither away

debunk

to expose the falseness of something

defile

to make unclean, impure

defamatory

harmful toward another's reputation

desultory

aimless, random; lacking a definite plan or purpose

exult

to rejoice

noisome

unpleasant, offensive, especially to the sense of smell

palatable

agreeable to the taste or sensibilities

resolute

decisive, unwavering, firm

succor

something that gives relief or aid

torrid

giving off intense heat, passionate

accord

an agreement

affront

1. An insult
2. to offend, insulted

condone

to pardon or overlook

congruity

a point of agreement

convoluted

complicated; intricate

immerse

to absorb, deeply involve, engross

innate

inborn, native, inherent

pert

saucy, impudent, flippant

rescind

to take back, repeal

saccharine

sickeningly sweet

symbiosis

a cooperative or mutually beneficial relationship between two unlike things or people

truculent

ready to fight, cruel

aberration

something that differs from the norm

diminutive

small or little in statue

encumber

to weigh down or burden

garrulous

talkative, wordy

indignation

anger sparked by something unjust or unfair

linchpin

something that holds separate parts together

presumptuous

disrespectfully bold

stupefy

to astonish, make insensible

trite

not original, overused

succinct

marked by verbal brevity, concise, terse

vilify

to bring down, criticize, defame

zenith

the highest point, culminating point

aggregate

1. a whole or total
2. to gather together into a mass

arbitrary

based on factors that appear random

contravene

to contradict, oppose, violate

denounce

to publicly pronounce as evil; speak against

dither

to be indecisive

empathy

sensitivity to another's feelings as if they were one's own

florid

flowery, ornate

grandiloquence

lofty, pompous language

nomadic

wandering from place to place

panacea

a remedy for all ills or difficulties

prudence

cautious, circumspect

salve

a soothing balm or ointment

anomaly

something that does not fit into the normal order

caustic

corrosive; sarcastic

circumscribe

to define, mark off, restrict

compunction

distress caused by feeling guilty

coup

1. a brilliant, unexpected act
2. the overthrow of a gov. and assumption of authority

discern

to perceive, detect

evanescent

fleeting, momentary

integral

necessary for completion

irascible

easily angered

laconic

terse in speech or writing

placid

calm, peaceful

remiss

negligent, failing to take care

adroit

skillful, dexterous (agile, nimble)

coalesce

to fuse into a whole

cognizant

aware, mindful, fat

demarcation

the determining of boundaries or categories

dissuade

to deter by advice or persuasion

embellish

1. to decorate, adorn
2. to add details, enhance

foil

to thwart, frustrate, defeat

fractious

troublesome or irritable

gratuitous

uncalled for, unwarranted

increment

the amount by which something increases or enlarges

insatiable

incapable of being satisfied

profane

lewd, indecent, blasphemous

abide

1. to endure patiently
2. to remain

amiable

friendly

assail

to attack

aversion

a particular dislike for something

diffident

shy, modest, quiet, lacking self-confidence

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