Vocabulary 1

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Abjure

Verb; to solemnly renounce (a belief, cause, or claim)

Accede

Verb; to assent or agree to a demand, request, or treaty

Bellicose

Adjective; demonstrating aggression and willingness to fight

Blithe

Adjective; showing a casual and cheerful indifference considered to be callous or improper

Capricious

Adjective; given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior

Cogent

Adjective; (of an argument or case) clear, logical, and convincing

Dearth

Noun; a scarcity or lack of something

Diffident

Adjective; modest or shy because of a lack of self-confidence

Edict

Noun; an official order or proclamation issued by a person in authority

Endemic

Adjective; (of a disease or condition) regularly found among particular people or in a certain area

Fortitude

Noun; courage in pain or adversity

Garrulous

Adjective; excessively talkative, esp. on trivial matters

Impervious

Adjective; not allowing fluid to pass through

Indemnity

Noun; security or protection against a loss or other financial burden

Laud

Verb; praise (a person or their achievements) highly, esp. in a public context

Loquacious

Adjective; talkative

Martinet

Noun; a strict disciplinarian, esp. in the armed forces

Obviate

Verb; remove (a need or difficulty)

Opulent

Adjective; ostentatiously rich and luxurious or lavish

Panacea

Noun; a solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases

Parsimonious

Adjective; unwilling to spend money or use resources, stingy or frugal

Phlegmatic

Adjective; (of a person) having an unemotional and expressionlessly calm disposition

Platitude

Noun; a remark or statement, esp. one with a moral content, that has been used too often to be interesting or thoughtful

Prowess

Noun; skill or expertise in a particular activity or field, esp. in battle

Quell

Verb; put an end to (a rebellion or other disorder), typically by the use of force

Quiescent

Adjective; in a state or period of inactivity or dormancy

Recalcitrant

Adjective; having an stubbornly uncooperative attitude toward authority or discipline

Reticent

Adjective; not revealing one's thoughts or feelings readily

Revel

Verb; engage in lively and noisy festivities, esp. those which involve drinking and dancing

Skulk

Verb; keep out of sight, typically with a sinister or cowardly motive

Somnolent

Adjective; sleepy, drowsy

Sophomoric

Adjective; pretentious or juvenile

Squalid

Adjective; (of a place) extremely dirty and unpleasant, esp. as a result of poverty or neglect

Stentorian

Adjective; (of a person's voice) loud and powerful

Stultify

Verb; cause to lose enthusiasm and initiative, esp. as a result of a tedious or restrictive routine

Supercilious

Adjective; behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others

Temerity

Noun; excessive confidence or boldness, audacity

Tepid

Adjective; (esp. of a liquid) only slightly warm; lukewarm

Truculent

Adjective; eager or quick to argue or fight, aggressively defiant

Turbulent

Adjective; characterized by conflict, disorder, or confusion

Urbane

Adjective; (of a person, esp. a man) charming, courteous, and refined in manner

Vanguard

Noun; a group of people leading the way in new developments or ideas

Venal

Adjective; showing or motivated by susceptibility to bribery

Venial

Adjective; denoting a sin that is not regarded as depriving the soul of divine grace

Virulent

Adjective; (of a disease or poison) extremely severe or harmful in its effects

Vociferous

Adjective; (esp. of a person or speech) passionate or noisy

Wastrel

Noun; a wasteful or good-for-nothing person

Whet

Verb; sharpen the blade of (a tool or weapon)

Repose

Noun; temporary rest from activity, excitement, or exertion, esp. sleep or the rest given by sleep

Poignant

Adjective; evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret

Officious

Adjective; assertive of authority in an annoyingly domineering way, esp. with regard to petty or trivial matters

Multifarious

Adjective; many and of various types

Inveterate

Adjective; having a particular habit, activity, or interest that is long-established and unlikely to change

Impetus

Noun; the force or energy with which a body moves

Insidious

Adjective; proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with harmful effects

Chagrin

Noun; distress or embarrassment at having failed or been humiliated

Ardent

Adjective; enthusiastic or passionate

Extirpate

Verb; root out and destroy completely

Fodder

Noun; food, esp. dried hay or feed, for cattle and other livestock

Winnow

find or identify (a valuable or useful part of something)

Tacit

adjective; understood or implied without being stated

Supersede

verb; take the place of (a person or thing previously in authority or use)

Stipulate

verb; demand or specify (a requirement), typically as part of a bargain or agreement

Ruminate

verb; think deeply about something

Rendezvous

a meeting at an agreed time and place, typically between two people

Placate

verb; make (someone) less angry or hostile

Pejorative

adjective; expressing contempt or disapproval

Ominous

adjective; giving the impression that something bad or unpleasant is going to happen

Militate

verb; (of a fact or circumstance) be a powerful or conclusive factor in preventing

Manumit

verb; release from slavery

Loll

verb; sit, lie, or stand in a lazy, relaxed way

Insuperable

adjective; (of a difficulty or obstacle) impossible to overcome

Gauche

adjective; lacking ease or grace; unsophisticated and socially awkward

Fracas

noun; a noisy disturbance or quarrel

Extant

(esp. of a document) still in existence; surviving

Duress

noun; threats, violence, constraints, or other action brought to bear on someone to do something against their will or better judgment

Clandestine

adjective; kept secret or done secretively, esp. because illegal

Beset

verb; (of a problem or difficulty) trouble or threaten persistently

Magnanimous

adjective; very generous or forgiving, esp. toward a rival or someone less powerful than oneself

Stolid

adjective; (of a person) calm, dependable, and showing little emotion or animation

Acrid

adjective; having an irritatingly strong and unpleasant taste or smell

Misnomer

noun; a wrong or inaccurate name or designation

Innocuous

adjective; not harmful or offensive

Brandish

verb; wave or flourish (something, esp. a weapon) as a threat or in anger or excitement

Callous

adjective; showing or having an insensitive and cruel disregard for others

Conflagration

noun; an extensive fire that destroys a great deal of land or property

Contentious

adjective; causing or likely to cause an argument; controversial

Compunction

noun; a feeling of guilt or moral scruple that follows the doing of something bad

Cursory

adjective; hasty and therefore not thorough or detailed

Decorum

noun; behavior in keeping with good taste and propriety

Disparage

verb; regard or represent as being of little worth

Dour

adjective; relentlessly severe, stern, or gloomy in manner or appearance

Expunge

verb; erase or remove completely (something unwanted or unpleasant)

Extol

verb; praise enthusiastically

Defamation

noun; damage the good reputation of (someone); slander or libel

Guise

noun; an external form, appearance, or manner of presentation, typically concealing the true nature of something

Intimation

noun; an implication or hint

Meticulous

adjective; showing great attention to detail; very careful and precise

Pandemonium

noun; wild and noisy disorder or confusion; uproar

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