100 words college students need to know

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This is a set of flashcards for thos people who need to know those big words for college like me. =)

abjure

formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure

abrogate

to abolish

abstemious

sparing in consumption of especially food and drink

acumen

quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight

antebellum

before the war

auspicious

tending to favor or bring good luck

belie

contradict; give a false impression

bellicose

fond of fighting

bowdlerize

to remove offensive passages of a play, novel, etc.

chicanery

the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)

chromosome

a threadlike body in the cell nucleus that carries the genes in a linear order

churlish

lacking politeness or good manners; lacking sensitivity; difficult to work with or deal with; rude

circumlocution

indirect or roundabout expression (by using an uncecessarily large number of words esp. when trying to avoid answering a difficult question directly)

circumnavigate

travel around, either by plane or ship

deciduous

(of plants and shrubs) shedding foliage at the end of the growing season

deleterious

harmful to living things

diffident

shy, lacking self-confidence; modest, reserved

enervate

weaken mentally or morally

enfranchise

grant freedom to

epiphany

a moment of sudden revelation or insight

equinox

either of two times of the year when the sun crosses the plane of the earth's equator and day and night are of equal length

euro

currency of the european union

evanescent

vanishing

expurgate

to censor

facetious

playfully humorous

fatuous

silly, foolish

feckless

lacking in spirit and strength; ineffective, weak; irresponsible, unreliable

fiduciary

held in trust; confidential

filibuster

a legislator who gives long speeches in an effort to delay or obstruct legislation that he (or she) opposes

gamete

a mature sexual reproductive cell having a single set of unpaired chromosomes

hypotenuse

the longest side of a right triangle

gauche

awkward, lacking in social graces, tactless, clumsy

gerrymander

To draw a district's boundaries to gain an advantage in elections

hegemony

the domination of one state or group over its allies

homogeneous

of the same kind

hubris

arrogant presumption or pride

impeach

charge with an offense or misdemeanor

incognito

without revealing one's identity

incontrovertible

indisputable; not open to question

inculcate

teach (ideas or principles); instill

infrastructure

the basic, underlying framework or features of a system or organization.

interpolate

to insert between other parts or things; to present as an addition or correction

irony

witty language used to convey insults or scorn

jejune

lacking interest or significance

kinetic

characterized by motion

kowtow

try to gain favor by cringing or flattering

laissez faire

the doctrine that government should not interfere in commercial affairs

lexicon

dictionary

loquacious

talkative

lugubrious

mournful, gloomy

metamorphosis

when someone or something changes completely in form or state.

mitosis

cell division in which the nucleus divides into nuclei containing the same number of chromosomes

moiety

is a part of a molecule that may include functional groups as substructures

nanotechnology

the branch of engineering that deals with things smaller than 100 nanometers (especially with the manipulation of individual molecules)

nihilism

the delusion that things (or everything, including the self) do not exist

nomenclature

a system of words used in a particular discipline

nonsectarian

not affiliated with or limited to a specific religious denomination.

notarize

to certify legally

obsequious

Overly submissive and eager to please

oligarchy

a political system governed by a few people

omnipotent

almighty

orthography

correct spelling; CF. ortho-: straight; correct; Ex. orthodontics

oxidize

add oxygen to or combine with oxygen

parabola

a U shaped line on a graph

paradigm

an example or model

parameter

a constant in the equation of a curve that can be varied to yield a family of similar curves

pecuniary

relating to or involving money

photosynthesis

synthesis of compounds with the aid of radiant energy (especially in plants)

plagiarize

to steal and to use another's writings as one's own

plasma

(physical chemistry) a fourth state of matter distinct from solid or liquid or gas and present in stars and fusion reactors

Polymer

a naturally occurring or synthetic compound consisting of large molecules made up of a linked series of repeated simple monomers

precipitous

Steep

quasar

Heavenly body

quotidian

occurring daily; commonplace

recapitulate

summarize briefly

reciprocal

(mathematics) one of a pair of numbers whose product is 1: the reciprocal of 2/3 is 3/2

reparation

something done or paid in expiation of a wrong

respiration

the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation

sanguine

confidently optimistic and cheerful

soliloquy

speech you make to yourself

subjugate

To conquer by force, bring under complete control

suffragist

someone who campaigns for voting rights

supercilious

having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy

tautology

useless repetition

taxonomy

a classification of organisms into groups based on similarities of structure or origin etc

tectonic

pertaining to the structure or movement of the earth's crust

tempestuous

stormy, raging, furious

thermodynamics

the branch of physics concerned with the conversion of different forms of energy

totalitarian

characterized by a government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control

unctuous

(adj.) excessively smooth or smug; trying too hard to give an impression of earnestness, sincerity, or piety; fatty, oily; pliable

usurp

seize and take control without authority and possibly with force

vacuous

devoid of significance or point

vehement

intense, forceful, powerful

vortex

whirlwind; whirlpool; center of turbulence; predicament into which one is inexorably plunged

winnow

remove by a current of air

wrought

Formed, made

xenophobe

person afraid of foreigners

yeoman

man or farmer owning small estate; middle-class farmer

ziggurat

a rectangular tiered temple or terraced mound erected by the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians

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