Vocabulary Words A-Z

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Acquiesce

to consent to or give in to something silently or without pretest

Aesthetic

beautiful in terms of art

Ambiguous

unclear; can be interpreted in more than one way

Ameliorate

to make (a situation) better

Ambivalence

conflicting emotions

Analogous

comparable; similar in some way that a comparison can be made

Antithesis

the direct opposite of

Appease

to pacify; to bring to state of calm

Apprehension

nervousness; fear of future trouble

Arbitrary

random

Articulate

well-spoken

Astute

shrewd; practical, extremely aware, and intelligent

Augment

enhanced or improved

Austerity

self-denial (to sacrifice one's own desires and interests)

Belligerent

aggresive; eager to fight

Benevolent

kind

Benign

harmless; kind

Blasphemous

disrespectful in a religious way

Bolster

to support; to raise one's spirits

Brevity

brief in duration

Coerce

to force to act or think in a certain way

Complacent

self-satisfied; unconcerned with success

Concur

to agree

Contrite

feeling regret or sorrow

Conviction

strong belief

Crass

crude, unrefined behavior

Cynical

distrustful; skeptical to others' motives

Deference

courteous respect

Denounce

openly accuse

Despondent

depressed

Destitute

lacking something that is needed

Detrimental

causing damage or harm

Deviate

to stray from the normal path or way of doing things

Discerning

perceptive; showing great understanding

Discretion

good judgement; caution

Disheveled

untidy, disorderly

Disparaging

critical; belittling

Diverse

different, various

Dubious

doubtful

Erroneous

containing error; straying from what is right or proper

Expedite

to speed up the progress of

Extricate

to free or release from entanglement

Facilitate

to make easier; to assist the progress of a person

Flagrant

shockingly noticeable or evident; notorious, scandalous

Gravity

serious or critical in nature

Grudging

reluctant; unwilling

Gullible

easily decieved or cheated

Haphazard

characterized by no order or planning; mere chance

Hinder

to interfere with the progress of; to keep back or behind

Hypocritical

professing or pretending to have feelings, morals, or beliefs one does not have

Hypothetical

existing only in concept and not in reality

Immutable

unchangeable

Inadvertently

unintentionally, accidentally, often with no one accepting the blame

Inane

one that lacks sense, ideas, or significance

Incite

to provoke and urge on; to stir to action or feeling

Inconsequential

not of great importance

Incorrigible

difficult or impossible to control or manage; incapable of being corrected or reformed; firmly rooted

Indolent

habitually lazy; slow to heal, grow or develop; causing little or no pain

Infamous

having an exeedingly bad reputation; shameful

Infer

to conclude from evidence

Innocuous

not likely to offend or provoke to strong emotion; harmless

Languish

to exist in miserable conditions; to waste away from longing or grief; to lose strength or power; to remain unattended or neglected

Lethargic

lacking mental or physical alertness and activity

Levity

silliness, lack of seriousness

Mediocre

barely adequate; average to below average in quality

Modicum

small or moderate amount

Misconstrue

to misinterpret; to mistake the meaning of

Methodical

systematic habits or behavior; orderly; painstakingly slow and careful

Mitigate

to moderate; to make less severe or more bearable

Meticulous

extremely concerned with details; extremely careful and precise

Mesmerize

to captivate, fascinate; to compel one's attention, interest or imagination

Nebulous

containing more than one interpretation; vague

Nonchalant

the trait of seeming calm and seeming not to care

Novelty

newness

Opulence

a great abundance; wealth, luxuriousness

Opportunist

one who take advantage of an opportunity to acheive an end, often unethically

Obstinate

stubbornly sticking to an attitude, opinion, or course of action; difficult to cure, manage, or control

Optimist

a person with a positive outlook on life

Predecessor

a person who precedes another in an office, position, etc.

Placate

to appease, sooth, pacify; to ease the anger or agitation of

Pessimism

the tendency to see only what is gloomy or to anticipate the worst outcome

Prolific

highly productive; producing offspring, young, fruit, etc. in abundance

Preclude

to make impossible; to prevent the presence or occurence of

Plausible

believable; having an appearance of truth

Redundant

unnecessary repititionin expressing ideas; exceeding what is necessary or natural

Rescind

to revoke, cancel; to take back or remove

Relegate

to assign; to send to an inferior position

Repudiate

to divorce or formally seperate from; to refuse to accept, acknowledge or recognize

Refute

to prove to be false or erroneous

Reprehensible

deserving blame or punishment

Ramification

consequences or developements growing out of a problem or plan

Sequester

to remove or set apart; to isolate, segreate

Stigma

mark of disgrace or shame

Stringent

severe; imposing rigorous standards

Scrupulous

having moral integrity; extremely careful; conscienctious and exact

Superfluous

more than what is needed; unecessary

Succumb

to give up or give in; to submit to an overpowering force or desire

Stoic

one who is seemingly indifferent to or unaffected joy, grief, pleasure, or pain.

Sporadic

irregular; no set pattern

Supercilious

showing scorn because of a feeling of superiority

Tacit

an unspoken or silent agreement

Temerity

boldness, nerve, audacity

Tentative

not fully worked out or agreed on; uncertain; experimental

Trepidation

apprehension; a state of alarm or dread; anxiety, worry

Uncanny

strange, mysterious, weird, beyond explanation

Unfeigned

sincere, real, without pretense

Unobtrusive

keeping a low profile; not showy;not readily noticed or seen

Vestige

a visible trace, evidence, or sign of something that is now absent, lost or vanished

Vivacious

full of animation and spirit, lively

Volition

a conscious choice or decision

Vicarious

felt as if one were taking part in the experience or feelings of another

Verbatim

word for word; exactly in the same words

Verbose

containing more words than necessary; wordy

Vehement

forceully expressing something; intensely emotional

Vacillate

to waver in one's opinions; to swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another

Virulent

hateful, hostile, harsh; extremely infectious, malignant or poisonous

Xenophobia

an intense dislike and/or unreasonable fear of strangers

Zealous

enthusiastically devoted to a cause, ideal or goal

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