Wordly Wise Test

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torrid

adj, hot

stentorian

adj, loud

deleterious

adj, harmful

apocryphal

adj, of doubtful authenticity

jocose

adj, jesting

execrable

adj, detestable

gigolo

n, man financially supported by a woman

anathema

n, a person cast out and detested; curses

incursion

n, sudden invasion

cite

v, to quote from; n, summons; v, mentioned honorably

atoll

n, ring-shaped coral island

fell

adj, cruel; deadly

diva

n, female opera star

zephyr

n, gentle breeze

egregious

adj, flagrantly bad

emolument

n, salary

immanent

adj, present within

yaw

v, to swing off course

atone

v, to make amends

eclogue

n, short pastoral poem

checkered

adj, marked by changes of fortune; having a pattern of squares

salubrious

adj, beneficial

oleaginous

adj, oily; smoothly bland

frenetic

adj, hectic; frantic

intransigent

adj, unwilling to compromise

perfunctory

adj, mechanically routine

pusillanimous

adj, fainthearted

turbid

adj, muddy

cambric

n, finely-woven linen

gastronomy

n, the art of good eating

apotheosis

n, elevation to a godlike state; ultimate expression

gratis

adj, without charge

moot

adj, debatable; devoid of practical significance; v, to raise

tier

n, row

espouse

v, to marry; to support

genuflect

v, to bend the knee in worship

clarion

adj, brilliantly clear

risible

adj, arousing laughter

annular

adj, circular

attenuate

v, to weaken; adj, thin

aeon

n, indefinitely long period of time

abrogate

v, to abolish

feral

adj, beastlike

emollient

n, soothing ointment

endemic

adj, restricted to a particular area

splenetic

adj, easily irritated

retrograde

adj, tending to make things worse; directed backward

chiarascuro

n, pictorial use of light and shade

litigation

n, legal action

appendage

n, attachment

canon

n, complete works; important principle; member of the clergy attached to a cathedral; body of law

simian

adj, apelike

factious

adj, caused by a group of quarrelsome dissenters

factitious

adj, artificial

sanguine

adj, cheerful; ruddy

descry

v, to catch sight of

savant

n, scholar

mountebank

unscrupulous faker

beget

v, to become the father of

obloquy

n, condemnatory statements; disgrace

dialectical

n, logical argument

roseate

adj, overly optimistic; pink

puerile

adj, childishly immature

debilitated

adj, enfeebled

bellicose

adj, warlike

elixir

n, medical preparation; magical prolonger

ciliated

adj, having minute hairs

atelier

n, artist's studio

scintilla

n, tiny particle

spatial

adj, relating to space

singular

adj, denoting only one; strange; rare; n, separateness

indigent

adj, poor

diurnal

adj, active in the daytime; daily

sentient

adj, having feelings

insular

adj, of an island; narrow-minded

archipelago

n, sea containing many scattered islands; cluster of islands

pendent

adj, hanging

pendant

n, hanging ornament

peon

n, unskilled worker

tyro

n, beginner

fiat

n, command of the ruler

opalescent

adj, of changing colors

veracious

adj, habitually truthful

heinous

adj, wicked

brackish

adj, somewhat salty

sacerdotal

adj, priestly

quiescent

adj, inactive

cabal

n, small group of plotters; conspiracy

dotage

n, feeble-minded state due to old age

gyrate

v, to move in a spiral path; to move irregularly

overrule

v, to decide against

ensconced

v, to conceal; to be settled in place

triptych

n, picture formed of three parts

uxorious

adj, excessively devoted to one's wife

corporeal

adj, physical

sanguinary

adj, murderous; bloody

caulk

v, to stop up

adduce

v, to present

mawkish

adj, sentimental

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