Barron's Word List 32

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natation

swimming

natty

neatly or smartly dressed

nauseate

cause to become sick; fill with disgust

nautical

pertaining to ships or navigation

navigable

wide and deep enough to allow ships to pass through; able to be steered

nebulous

vague; hazy; cloudy

necromancy

black magic; dealings with the dead

nefarious

very wicked; Infamous by way of being extremely wicked

negate

cancel out

negligence

neglect; failure to take reasonable care

negligible

so small; trifling or unimportant as to be easily disregarded

nemesis

someone seeking revenge

neologism

new or newly coined word or phrase

neophyte

recent convert; beginner

nepotism

favoritism ( to a relative)

nether

lower

nettle

annoy; vex

nexus

connection

nib

beak; Point of a pen

nicety

precision; minute distinction

niggardly

meanly stingy; parsimonious

niggle

spent too much time on minor points; carp

nihilist

one who considers traditional beliefs to be groundless and existence meaningless; absolute skeptic; revolutionary terrorist

nip

stop something's growth or development; snip off; bite; make numb with cold

nirvana

Buddhism. The ineffable ultimate in which one has attained disinterested wisdom and compassion.

nocturnal

done at night

noisome

foul-smelling; unwholesome

nomadic

wandering

nomenclature

terminology; system of names

nominal

in name only; trifling

nonchalance

indifference; lack of concern; composure

noncommittal

neutral; unpledged; undecided

nondescript

undistinctive; ordinary

nonentity

person of no importance; nonexistence

nonplus

bring to halt by confusion; perplex

nostalgia

homesickness; longing for the past

nostrum

questionable medicine

notable

conspicuous; important; distinguished

notoriety

disrepute; ill fame

novelty

something new; newness

novice

beginner

noxious

harmful

nuance

shade of differences in meaning or color; subtle distinction

nubile

marriageable

nugatory

futile; worthless

nillify

to make invalid

numismatist

person who collect coins

nuptial

related to marriage

nurture

nourish; educate; foster

nutrient

nourishing substance

oaf

stupid; awkward person

obdurate

stubborn

obeisance

An inclination of the head or body, as in greeting, consent, courtesy, submission, or worship: bow

obelisk

tall column tapering and ending in a pyramid

obese

excessively fat

obfuscate

confuse; muddle; caused confusion; make needlessly complex

obituary

death notice

objective (adj)

not influenced by emotions; fair

objective (n)

goal; aim

obligatory

binding; required

oblique

indirect; slant ( deviating from the perpendicular or straight line)

obliterate

destroy completely

oblivion

obscurity; forgetfulness

oblivious

inattentive or unmindful; ignorant; wholly absorbed

obloquy

slander; disgrace; infamy

obnoxious

offensive

obscure

darken; make unclear

obsequious

slavishly attentive; servile; sycophantic

obsequy

funeral ceremony

obsessive

related to thinking about something constantly; preoccupying

obsidian

black volcanic rock

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