Kaplan Hard Words

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itinerant

wandering from place to place

lilliputian

very small

fulsome

abundant; flattering in an insincere way

ingratiate

to gain favor with another by deliberate effort (you ____(gain favor) with someone), to seek to please somebody so as to gain an advantage

interlocuter

one who takes part in a conversation

lecherous

lustful

intractable

not easily managed, stubborn

maverick

an independent individual who does not go along with a group

abnegate

to give up, to deny to oneself

loquacious

talkative

inquest

an investigation, an inquiry

inchoate

being only partly in existence, imperfectly formed

atavistic

characteristic of a former era, ancient

ersatz

being an artificial and inferior substitute or imitation

concomitant

simultaneous, existing concurrently, accompanying, attending

circumvent

to go around, avoid

continence

self-control, self-restraint

facetious

witty, humorous

mordant

biting and caustic

bucolic

pastoral, rural

abrogate

to abolish, usually by authority

grotto

a small cave

libertine

an "overly-free" thinker (a term usually used disparagingly, bad connotation), one without moral restraint

macabre

having death as a subject, dwelling on the gruesome

disingenous

crafty, insincere, misleading

impute

to lay the responsibility or blame for(you ___ on someone), often unjustly

mores

fixed customs or manners, moral attitudes

malediction

a curse, a wish of evil upon another

interregnum

a temporary halting of the usual operations of government or control, time between rulers

impugn

to call into question, to attack verbally

excoriate

to criticize/disapprove of strongly

non sequitur

a statement that does not follow logically from anything previously said, a reply that has no relevance to what preceded it or does not logically follow

mellifluous

having a smooth, rich flow

importunate

troublesomely urgent; extremely persistent in request or demand

aver

to declare to be true, to affirm

enjoin

to order with emphasis; to forbid; give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority

lampoon

to ridicule with satire (irony, sarcasm)

impassive

absent of any external sign of emotion, expressionless

furlough

a leave or absence, especially granted to a soldier or a prisoner

kismet

destiny, fate

calumny

a false and malicious accusation, misrepresentation, an abusive attack on a person's character or good name

obdurate

stubbornly persistent, resistant to persuasion

impudent

marked by cocky boldness or disregard for others

insensate

lacking sensibility and understanding, foolish

blasphemous

cursing, profane, showing contempt for sacred things

declaim

to speak loudly and vehemently (intensely)

chary

watchful, cautious, extremely shy

espy

to catch sight of, glimpse

malapropism

the accidental, often comical, misuse of a word

incipient

beginning to exist or appear; in an initial stage

apostate

one who renounces a religious faith

captious

marked by the tendency to point out trivial faults; intended to confuse in an argument

incarnadine

red, especially blood red

irreverent

disrespectful in a gentle or humorous way, lacking proper respect or seriousness, satirical

geretical

departing from accepted beliefs or standards, oppositional

onus

a burden, an obligation

inveterate

firmly established, esp. wrt a habit or attitude

febrile

feverish, marked by intense emotion or activity

imperious

commanding, domineering; urgent

censorious

critical, tending to blame and condemn

histrionics

deliberate display of emotion for effect, calculated exaggerated behavior

mawkish

sickeningly sentimental

intimation

a subtle and indirect hint

internecine

mutually destructive, equally devastating to both sides

discomfit

to make one lose one's composure, ***to frustrate, thwart, or defeat; to confuse, perplex, or embarrass

eschew

to shun, to avoid (as something wrong or distasteful)

largess

(n) generous giving (usually money) to others who may seem inferior

junta

a small governing body, esp after a revolutionary seizure of power

flout

to scorn, to disregard with contempt

aplomb

self-confident assurance, poise

imprecation

a curse

opine

to express an opinion

megalomania

obsession with great or grandiose performance

obstinate

unreasonably persistent, uncompromising, stubborn

irascible

easily angered, hot-tempered

equivocate

to avoid committing oneself in what one says, to be deliberately unclear

apprise

to give notice to, to inform

milieu

surroundings, environment

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