English Final

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96 terms · Vocabulary for the English Final

abjure

to reject solemnly, to renounce

abrasive

to wear down in spirit, causing irritation; a substance used for smoothing or polishing

acclimate

to adapt to a new temperature, altitude, climate, environment or situation

acquiesce

to accept, comply, or submit passively

alleviate

to make (as suffering) more bearable; to partially remove or correct

allude

to make indirect reference

allure

to entice by charm or attraction; power of attraction or fascination: charm

animosity

resentment tending toward active hostility: an antagonistic attitude

appalled

to overcome with shock or dismay

applicable

capable of or suitable of being applied: appropriate

apprehensive

capable of understanding; having awareness or knowledge of something; viewing the future with anxiety or alarm

askew

out of line: awry

assiduous

marked by careful attention or persistent application

august

marked by majestic dignity or grandeur

bellicose

inclined to start quarrels or wars

beset

trouble, harass; to set or stud with ornaments

callous

being hardened and thickened; feeling no emotion

chastise

to inflict punishment on (as by whipping)

clairvoyant

able to see beyond the range of ordinary perception

clandestine

marked by, held in, or conducted with secrecy

commend

to entrust for care or preservation; to recommend as worthy of confidence; praise

compassion

sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it

complacent

self-satisfied

compunction

anxiety arising from guilt; a twinge of misgiving

contentious

likely to cause disagreement or argument; exhibiting a wearisome tendency to quarrels and disputes

covet

to wish for earnestly; to desire (what belongs to another)

decorum

literary and dramatic propriety; propriety and good taste in conduct or appearance; orderliness

decrepit

wasted and weakened by old age; impaired by use or wear: worn out

deride

to laugh at; to subject to usually bitter or contemptuous ridicule

deviate

to stray especially from standard; to depart from an established course

discordant

disagreeing; quarrelsome; relating to discord

disheveled

hanging loosely or in disorder: unkempt; untidy

disparage

to lower in rank or reputation: degrade

droll

having a humorous or odd quality

duress

forcible restraint, confinement or restriction; compulsion by threat

elated

marked by high spirits: exultant

elucidate

to make clear especially by explanation or analysis

emaciated

to waste away physically; to make feeble; to cause to lose flesh

exemplary

deserving imitation: commendable; serving as a warning

explicated

to give a detailed explanation of; to develop the implications of: analyze logically

exponents

one that interprets; one that champions, practices or exemplifies

fathom

probe; to penetrate and come to understand

fracas

a noisy quarrel: brawl

gnarled

full of knots; crabbed in disposition; snarl, growl; to twist into a state of deformity

grotesque

fanciful, bizarre; departing markedly from the natural, expected or typical

guile

deceitful cunning; obsolete: trick

imbibe

to receive into the mind and retain; drink; to take in

implacable

not capable of being appeased, significantly changed or mitigated

indulge

to give free rein to, to take unrestrained pleasure in; to yield to the desire of

integrity

firm adherence to a code of moral or artistic values; the state of being complete or undivided

irrelevant

not relevant; not applicable or pertinent

itinerary

a detailed plan for a journey, a list of places to visit, plan of travel; route; guidebook for travelers

lamentable

that is to be regretted; expressing grief: mournful

laud

praise, acclaim, extol

limpid

marked by transparency; clear and simple in style; serene and untroubled

magnanimous

showing a lofty and courageous spirit; showing nobility of feeling and generosity of mind

martinet

a strict disciplinarian; a person who stresses a rigid adherence to the details of forms and methods

militated

to have a substantial effect; weigh heavily

misconstrue

to misunderstand the meaning of; take in a wrong sense; misinterpret

misnomers

misapplied or inappropriate name or designation; an error in naming a person/thing

nondescript

no recognized, definite, or particular type or kind; undistinguished or uninteresting; dull

obnoxious

highly offensive; annoying or objectionable due to being a showoff or attracting undue attention to oneself

pandemonium

wild uproar or unrestrained disorder; utter chaos

plagiarism

an act of stealing and passing off idea/words as one's own

poignant

pungent to the smell; affecting or moving the emotions; keenly distressing to the feelings

potent

powerful, mighty; persuasive; having great power or influence

pretext

something that is put forward to conceal a true purpose or object; excuse;

profess

to lay claim to, pretend to; declare openly, announce or affirm, avow or acknowledge; affirm faith in or allegiance to (a religion, God, etc.)

protrude

to project, to thrust forward, cause to project

prowess

exceptional valor, bravery or ability; exceptional or superior ability, skill or strength; a valiant or daring deed

quiescent

being at rest, quiet, still, inactive or motionless

raucous

harsh, strident, grating; rowdy, disorderly

receptive

having the quality of receiving, taking in or admitting; quick to receive knowledge, ideas etc. inclined to receive suggestions

renegade

a person who deserts a party or cause for another

renounce

to give up or put aside voluntarily; give up by formal declaration; repudiate, disown

repress

to put down by force: subdue; to hold in by self-control

rescind

to take away: remove; take back, cancel

respite

a period of temporary delay, an interval of rest or relief; put off, delay

reticent

inclined to be silent or uncommunicative in speech: reserved; restrained, reluctant

retribution

recompense, reward; something given in recompense; the dispensing or receiving of reward or punishment especially in the hereafter

revel

to take intense pleasure or satisfaction

ruminate

to go over in the mind repeatedly and often casually or slowly; to chew repeatedly for an extended period

sedated

to dose with sedatives (agent or drug)

sinuous

of a serpentine or wavy form: winding; marked by strong lithe movements

smug

trim or smart in dress; scrupulously clean, neat or correct; highly self-satisfied

somnolent

likely to induce sleep; inclined to or heavy with sleep: drowsy

stentorian

extremely loud

stipulate

to make an agreement to do or forbear something: contract; to demand a term in an agreement

stultify

to cause to appear or be stupid, foolish or absurdly illogical; to impair, invalidate or make ineffective: negate; to have a dulling or inhibiting effect on

superficial

concerned only with the obvious or apparent: shallow

tacitly

expressed or carried on without words or speech; implied (as an act of silence) but not actually expressed

tangible

capable of being perceived by the sense of touch; substantially real: material

voluble

easily rolling or turning: rotating; characterized by ready or rapid speech: glib, fluent

waive

give up, forsake; to relinquish voluntarily; to put off from immediate consideration: postpone

wastrel

vagabond, waif; one who expends resources foolishly and self-indulgently

whet

to make keen or more acute: excite, stimulate

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