Accuplacer Vocabulary

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Words for Accuplacer Reading Comprehension

abashed

feeling or caused to feel uneasy and self-conscious

accolade

a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

aesthete

one who professes great sensitivity to the beauty of art and nature

ambiguously

in an ambiguous manner (ambiguous=Open to more than one interpretation; having a double meaning.)

anarchy

a state of lawlessness and disorder (usually resulting from a failure of government)

aphorism

a short pithy instructive saying (pithy=brief, to the point)

austerity

the trait of great self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures)

automaton

someone who acts or responds in a mechanical or apathetic way

bantam

a small but aggressive person;

blitzkrieg

a swift and violent military offensive with intensive aerial bombardment

Bolshevik

emotionally charged terms used to refer to extreme radicals or revolutionaries

cacophony

a loud harsh or strident noise

candid

characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion

clodhopper

a thick and heavy shoe, (n.) a clumsy country person; a bumpkin; big heavy shoes

connive

encourage or assent to illegally or criminally

conspiratorial

relating to or characteristic of conspiracy or conspirators, planning acting together secretly; in a plotting manner

consternation

fear resulting from the awareness of danger

contentious

inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits

contretemps

an embarrassing mischance

discernible

perceptible by the senses or intellect

dowager

a widow holding property received from her deceased husband

eloquence

powerful and effective language

encumbrance

an onerous or difficult concern

enmity

a state of deep-seated ill-will

erratic

liable to sudden unpredictable change

fey

slightly insane

foreboding

a feeling of evil to come

fratricide

a person who murders their brother or sister

funereal

suited to or suggestive of a grave or burial

furlough

a temporary leave of absence from military duty

futility

uselessness as a consequence of having no practical result

gibe

an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect

gull

a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of

herringbone

a twilled fabric with a herringbone pattern

Holocaust

the mass murder of Jews under the German Nazi regime from 1941 until 1945

idiosyncratic

peculiar to the individual

impinge

impinge or infringe upon

inane

devoid of intelligence

indulgent

characterized by or given to yielding to the wishes of someone

infer

reason by deduction; establish by deduction

insidious

beguiling but harmful

insinuating

calculated to please or gain favor

inured

made tough by habitual exposure

invading

involving invasion or aggressive attack

inveigle

influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

irate

feeling or showing extreme anger

irresolutely

lacking determination or decisiveness

jounce

move up and down repeatedly

judiciously

in a judicious manner (judicious=wise, thoughtful)

knickers

trousers ending above the knee

legging

a garment covering the leg (usually extending from the knee to the ankle)

liaison

a channel for communication between groups

ludicrous

broadly or extravagantly humorous; resembling farce

multifariously

in diverse ways

opulent

rich and superior in quality

patriarchal

characteristic of a form of social organization in which the male is the family head and title is traced through the male line

poignance

a state of deeply felt distress or sorrow

preeminently

to a preeminent degree; with superiority or distinction above others; in a preeminent manner

proviso

a stipulated condition (stipulate=to make an express demand)

pungent

strong and sharp;"the pungent taste of radishes"

puttee

a strip of cloth wound around the leg to form legging; used by soldiers in World War I

refueling

the activity of supplying or taking on fuel

reprimand

an act or expression of criticism and censure

resonant

characterized by resonance (resonance = the prolongation of sound by reflection; reverberation

rhetorically

in a rhetorical manner

sanctity

the quality of being holy

seigneur

a man of rank in the ancient regime

sobriety

the state of being sober and not intoxicated by alcohol

stupefaction

a feeling of stupefied astonishment

tacit

implied by or inferred from actions or statements

treachery

betrayal of a trust

uniform

always the same; showing a single form or character in all occurrences

vagary

an unexpected and inexplicable change in something (in a situation or a person's behavior, etc.)

venerable

impressive by reason of age

vindicated

freed from any question of guilt

virtuoso

someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field

vulnerable

capable of being attacked

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