Danforth Vocab 1-12

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commiserate

to sympathize with, to show pity

allay

to calm, to soothe, to make less severe

ineffable

unable to be put into words, indescribable

fetid

foul-smelling, stinking

iridescent

brightly colored, shiny

primordial

prehistoric, of the earliest ages

apathetic

indifferent, uncaring, callous

agglomeration

a cluster, mass, group

sequester

to seclude, to isolate, to set apart

licentious

sexually or morally unrestrained, immoral

allegation

an unproven charge

teem

to be overflowing, to be full of

temporal

secular, worldly

temporize

to update, to modernize

tenable

believable, defendable

tortuous

winding, twisting

transcend

to exceed, to rise above

transient

temporary, brief, short-lived (EVANESCENT)

tenet

a major belief, fundamental ideal, major idea

improvise

without preparation, spur of the moment

tenuous

weak, flimsy

emaciated

sickly thin

tenure

period of employment (STINT)

stringent

harsh, strict

stupor

state of dullness, daze

subservient

obedient, submissive, servile

impasse

deadlock, stalemate

impeccable

flawless, faultless

impecunious

bankrupt, impoverished

translucent

transparent

travesty

absurd or ridiculous imitation

terse

direct, to the point

theraputic

treating, curing

titular

honorary, in name only

treatise

a long, formal, written work

subsidiary

a smaller company owned by a larger company

substantiate

to prove true

impunity

freedom from punishment

stint

period of employment (TENURE)

stippling

arrangement of dots

strident

harsh sounding, grating, shrill

immutable

unchanging, unchangeable

impalpable

abstract, intangible

importune

to beg, to plead

impregnable

unconquerable; unyielding

improvident

reckless, wasteful, extravagant, lacking foresight

superficial

shallow, lacking depth or insight

superfluous

unneeded, unnecessary

supernumerary

an extra or spare

supple

flexible, moving easily, limber, pliant

emissary

representative, ambassador

emit

to give off, to put out

emollient

a softener

emolument

payment, compensation

tacit

understood, implied

taciturn

quiet, reserved, uncommunicative

tactile

relating to "touch"

tangible

concrete, physical

tantamount

equivalent to, the same as

taut

pulled tight

surreptitious

secretive, sly (COVERT)

swath

clear strip, clear path

impute

to give credit to, to attribute to

sycophant

a flatterer, a brown-noser

emancipation

freedom or liberation

embellish

to exaggerate, to add to, to enhance

emboss

to decorate, to beautify, to adorn

efficacious

productive, effective

effigy

an image or figure of something that is hated

eminent

distinguished, important, outstanding; NOT famous

tawdry

cheap and showy

effulgence

brightness, radiance, splendor

egregious

obvious, noticeable, flagrant

elicit

to bring out, to draw out, to evoke

topography

surface features

torpor

physical dullness, sluggishness

elucidation

clarification, explanation

dally

to waste time, to stall

cryptic

mysterious, puzzling

amity

friendship, goodwill

dastardly

base, cowardly, evil

infirm

feeble, weak

ingenious

clever, resourceful, inventive

inherent

natural part of, inborn (INNATE)

inhibition

a restraint, a self-restraint, a reserve

inimical

unfriendly, hostile

inimitable

unique, one-of-a-kind

innate

natural part of, inborn (INHERENT)

innocuous

innocent, harmless

dearth

shortage, scarcity

debacle

a disaster, total failure

debility

physical weakness

debonair

cool, charming, suave

couch

to express carefully or appropriately

covert

secretive, sly (SURREPTITIOUS)

cower

cringe in fear, crouch down in fear

decadence

moral decline, moral corruption

decimate

destroy, wipe out

euphony

a pleasant sound, harmony

evanescent

brief, temporary, short-lived (TRANSIENT)

Crass

gross, vulgar, disgusting

Craven

archaic, defeated, vanquished

Excerpt

take from a text

Exigency

state of urgency

Excoriate

criticize severely

Cumbersome

difficult to handle

Cupidity

greed of money or possessions

Cursory

hasty and not detailed

Cynic

a person that questions and doubts everything

Hypothetical

of, based on, serving as hypothesis

Amorphous

shapeless, without form

Incubus

a demon, a monster

Inculcate

to teach or to learn by repetition

Exiguous

small, insufficient, meager, scanty

Incumbent (on/upon)

obligated, required

Exotic

foreign, strangely fascinating

Mundane

ordinary, everyday, dull

Munificent

liberal, lavish, generous

Mutability

unpredictability, inconsistency

Hypercritical

quick to find fault, overly critical

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