PSIA 2014

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abbreviation

a shortened form of a word or phrase

abdicate

a formal resignation and renunciation of powers

abnegate

deny or renounce

abundance

present in great quantity

abysmal

so deep as to be unmeasurable

accentuate

put stress on

acclimate

to adjust, get used to a certain climate

accomplice

A person who takes part in a crime

accuracy

the quality of nearness to the truth or the true value

acknowledge

accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority

acronym

a word formed from the initial letters of a multi-word name

addendum

textual matter that is added onto a publication

adjournment

suspension

adjudicate

bring to an end

administration

someone who manages a government agency or department

adolescent

the time period between the beginning of puberty and adulthood

adrenaline

a catecholamine secreted by the adrenal medulla in response to stress

advanced

far along in time

aerodynamics

the branch of mechanics that deals with the motion of gases and their effects on bodies in the flow

affable

a disposition to be friendly and approachable (easy to talk to)

affirmative

establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

agglutinate

the building of words from component morphemes that retain their form and meaning in the process of combining

agitated

physically disturbed or set in motion

albacore

large pelagic tuna the source of most canned tuna

alcoholism

Habitual intoxication

allergen

A substance causing exaggerated effect(s) in the body

alliteration

use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse

altostratus

Clouds at mid-level that form a light sheet that lets the sun or moon show as a bright spot.

ambiguous

having more than one possible meaning

ameliorate

get better

amphitheater

an oval large stadium with tiers of seats

andante

a moderately slow walking pace

annihilate

wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction

annoying

something or someone that causes trouble

anorexia

a prolonged disorder of eating due to loss of appetite

anthology

a collection of selected literary passages

antihistamine

a medicine used to treat allergies and hypersensitive reactions and colds

apprehensive

in fear or dread of possible evil or harm

approximate

not exact, but close enough to be reasonably correct

arboretum

a park where trees and shrubs are displayed and studied

arithmetician

someone who specializes in math

assessment

place a value on

atrocious

exceptionally bad or displeasing

attendance

give heed (to)

auctioneer

a person who sells things at a public sale to people offering the highest prices

authorize

to approve or permit; to give power

autocratic

a cruel and oppressive dictator

automatically

in a mechanical manner

background

information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem

bacteriologist

a scientist who studies bacteria

balustrade

a railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to prevent people from falling

bandolier

shoulder belt for carrying ammunition

bandoleer

A belt fitted with small pockets or loops for carrying cartridges and worn across the chest by soldiers

barnacle

marine crustaceans with feathery food-catching appendages

barometer

an instrument that measures atmospheric pressure

baseline

an imaginary line or standard by which things are measured or compared

bashfulness

feeling embarrassed due to modesty, shyness

bazaar

a street of small shops (especially in Orient)

bizarre

grossly unconventional or unusual

beautician

a person who helps others with their appearance

bedraggled

in deplorable condition

begrudge

wish ill or allow unwillingly

beguiling

filled with wonder and delight, misleading by means of pleasant or alluring methods

behavior

the action or reaction of something

beleaguer

surround so as to force to give up

belie

represent falsely, be in contradiction with

belligerent

hostile or warlike attitude or nature

beneficent

doing or producing good

Bermuda grass

grass having wiry stems and sheathed panicles

bestride

to get or sit upon astride, to mount

biannual

twice a year

bicuspid

a tooth having two points

bilateral

having two sides or parts

biodegradable

capable of being decomposed by e.g. bacteria

biopsy

examination of tissues or liquids from the living body to determine the existence or cause of a disease

bisque

a thick cream soup made from shellfish

blithe

carefree and happy and lighthearted

blizzard

a series of unexpected and unpleasant occurrences

boisterous

violently agitated and turbulent

bounteous

given or giving freely

boutique

a shop that sells women's clothes and jewelry

boysenberry

large raspberry-flavored fruit

braille

a point system of writing in which patterns of raised dots represent letters and numerals- 2 spelling option

Braille

a point system of writing in which patterns of raised dots represent letters and numerals

breaststroke

swim with the face down and extend the arms forward and outward while kicking with the leg

briefly

for a short time

brilliance

a quality that outshines the usual

briquette

a block made from charcoal or coal dust and burned as fuel - 1st spelling

briquet

a block made from charcoal or coal dust and burned as fuel

bronchitis

inflammation of the membranes lining the bronchial tubes, inflammation of the membranes lining the bronchial tubes

brother-in-law

the brother of your husband or wife

Buddhism

the teaching of Buddha that life is permeated with suffering caused by desire

bungalow

a small house with a single story

bureaucracy

A large, complex organization composed of appointed officials

butterfingered

not skillful in physical movement especially with the hands, easily drops things

calamity

an event resulting in great loss and misfortune, disaster

calculus

the branch of mathematics that is concerned with limits and with the differentiation and integration of functions

camouflage

coloration that allows an organism to blend in with its surroundings

capacious

large in capacity

cardigan

knitted jacket that is fastened up the front with buttons or a zipper

carotene

yellow or orange-red fat-soluble pigments in plants

Celsius

Metric unit for measuring temperature; On this scale water freezes at 0 and boils at 100.

census

a period count of the population

ceremonial

any activity that is performed in an especially solemn elaborate or formal way

charade

player acts out a phrase for others to guess

chinchilla

small rodent with soft pearly gray fur

chloroform

a volatile liquid haloform that can be used as an anesthetic

anesthetic

a drug that causes temporary loss of bodily sensations

Christianity

a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior

chronological

arrangement of events in time

circulation

the spread or transmission of something

circumstance

the set of facts that surround a situation or event

clavichord

an early stringed instrument like a piano but with more delicate sound

coagulate

the process of forming semisolid lumps in a liquid

cogitate

to consider carefully and deeply

commodity

A raw material or primary agricultural product that can be bought and sold, such as copper or coffee.

collateral

accompaniment to something else, a security pledged for the repayment of a loan

colonization

establish settlements

commencement

set in motion, cause to start, take the first step or steps in carrying out an action

commendation

worthy of high praise

commodious

Roomy, spacious

compliance

acting according to certain accepted standards, the act of submitting or yielding,

concealment

prevent from being seen or discovered

conceited

characteristic of false pride

conclusion

the act of making up your mind about something, the act of making up your mind about something

confectioner

someone who makes candies and other sweets

confiscate

take possession of, surrendered as a penalty

consensus

agreement in the judgment or opinion reached by a group as a whole

conspiratorial

planning acting together secretly; in a plotting manner

consumption

the process of taking food into the body through the mouth

contaminant

something that causes impurity; something that defiles or pollutes

contentious

involving or likely to cause controversy

controversy

argument or dispute

convenience

easy to reach, things that make you comfortable and at ease

convey

to make known, to transport something

coordination

bring order or ensure that work goes harmoniously

corduroy

a cut pile fabric with vertical ribs

courageous

a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger of pain without showing fear

credentials

a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts

crinoline

a stiff coarse fabric used to stiffen hats or clothing

crustacean

any mainly aquatic arthropod usually having a segmented body and chitinous exoskeleton

cubbyhole

a small secluded room

cylindrical

having the form of a tubular shape

dandelion

any of several herbs of the genus Taraxacum having long tap roots and deeply notched leaves and bright yellow flowers followed by fluffy seed balls

dangerously

perilously, precariously, treacherously

Darwinism

A theory of organic evolution claiming that new species arise and are perpetuated by natural selection

deaconess

Woman chosen by church leadership to care for the poor and the infirmed

debatable

capable of being disproved, arguable

decadent

marked by excessive self-indulgence and moral decay

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