GATE 1-2, Vocabulary 181-200

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amiable

(adj) : having or showing pleasant, good-natured personal qualities; affable.

cherub

(n) 1 : a person, esp. a child, with a sweet, chubby, innocent face. 2 : a member of the second order of angels, often represented as a beautiful rosy-cheeked child with wings.

clemency

(n) : disposition to show forbearance, compassion, or forgiveness in judging or punishing; leniency; mercy.

concubine

(n) : a woman who cohabits with a man to whom she is not legally married, esp. one regarded as socially or sexually subservient; mistress.

dais

(n) : a raised platform, as at the front of a room, for a lectern, throne, seats of honor, etc.

hostelry

(n) : an inn or hotel.

malady

(n) : any disorder or disease of the body, esp. one that is chronic or deep-seated.

motley

(adj) 1 : exhibiting great diversity of elements; heterogeneous. 2 : being of different colors combined.

palfrey

(n) : a saddle horse particularly suitable for a woman.

prudent

(adj) : wise or judicious in practical affairs; sagacious; discreet or circumspect; sober.

reeve

(n) : an administrative officer of a town or district; a person of high rank representing the crown.

ribald

(adj) 1 : vulgar or indecent in speech, language, etc.; coarsely mocking, abusive, or irreverent; scurrilous. 2 (n) : a person with such characteristics.

sanguine

(adj) 1 : cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident. 2 : reddish; ruddy.

superfluous

(adj) 1 : being more than is sufficient or required; excessive. 2 : unnecessary or needless.

taffeta

(n) 1 : a medium-weight or light-weight fabric of acetate, nylon, rayon, or silk, usually smooth, crisp, and lustrous, plain-woven, and with a fine crosswise rib effect. 2 : any of various other fabrics of silk, linen, wool, etc., in use at different periods.

threadbare

(adj) 1 : having the nap worn off so that the thread shows. 2 : barely adequate because of cheapness or shabbiness.

unctuous

(adj) 1 : characterized by excessive piousness or moralistic fervor, esp. in an affected manner; excessively smooth, suave, or smug. 2 : of the nature of or characteristic of an unguent or ointment; oily; greasy.

venery

(n) : the practice or sport of hunting; the chase.

worsted

(n) 1 : a tightly twisted woolen yarn. 2 : wool cloth woven from such yarns, having a hard, smooth surface and no nap.

yeoman

1 (n) : one of a class of lesser freeholders, below the gentry, who cultivated their own land, early admitted in England to political rights. 2 : a farmer who cultivates his own land.

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