English Fall Exam 2011 Vocab

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Laconic

using few words in speech

Complacent

lacking respect; scornful

Ameliorate

to make better; to lessen pain, difficulty, or tension

Bellicose

of a quarrelsome nature; eager to fight; warlike; belligerent

Detrimental

harmful

Detached

aloof; indifferent

Obsequious

obeying or performing a service for someone in an overly attentive manner

Hidebound

strongly opinionated; narrow mindedly stubborn

Adulate

to praise or flatter too greatly; fawn over

Culinary

having to do with cooking; preparing meals

Frugal

careful with money; thrifty; not prodigal or wasteful

Furtive

sneaky

Incidental

less important; minor

Aesthetic

having to do with artistic beauty

Fleeting

short-lived

pithy

and full of meaning and substance; percise

Contemptuous

lacking respect; scornful

appease

to make tranquil or quiet especially by giving in to another's demands; to pacify

belligerent

taking fight in war or fighting; ready to fight

mercenary

greedy for self-gain; thinking only of money-making

devious

dishonest or deceptive; tricky

impassive

lacking emotion or drive

servile

slave-like; very humble and submissive

intractable

stubborn; hard to manage

esteem

to value highly; to have great regard for

delectable

delicious

itinerant

wandering about; tending to move around, travel

inconspicuous

hardly noticeable

ascetic

person who refrains from indulging in earthly pleasures

inconsequential

irrelevant; of no significance; unimportant

Quiescent

quiet; still; inactive

Disdainful

full of bitter scorn and pride; aloof

Assuage

to alleviate; to lessen pain or conflict; pacify

cantankerous

bad-tempered or irritable; quarrelsome

miserly

careful with how money is spent; thrifty

iniquitous

showing a lack of fairness; wicked; vicious

indifferent

apathetic; showing little or no concern or care

slavish

slave-like; overly humble; involving very hard work

obdurate

Resistant to persuasion or softening; stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing

eulogize

to praise, as in a eulogy; to say good things about

emaciated

very, very thin due to lack of adequate food

nomadic

wandering

sly

underhanded, furtive

irrelevant

not relating to the matter at hand

atheistic

without a belief in any god

Brevity

briefness or conciseness in speech or writing

Arrogant

overbearing; proud; haughty

Allay

to lessen fear; to claim; to relieve pain

Animosity

hatred; ill will

Austere

having great economy; showing self-control when it comes to luxuries and frills; stern in manner or appearance

Baneful

causing ruin; harmful; pernicious

Aloof

uninterested; showing no concern; emotionally removed or distant

Compliant

yielding, submissive

Adamant

unwilling to bend; unyielding

Acclaim

to express strong approval or praise; hail

Ample

abundant; plentiful; enough or more than enough

Abstemious

holding back from eating or drinking too much

Ephemeral

lasting a short time; fleeting

Clandestine

hidden, secret, concealed

Extraneous

not necessary; not an essential part; not relevant

Acrid

bitter, harsh

concise

using few words in speaking or writing

braggart

one who boasts a great deal

alleviate

to lessen pain or discomfort

antagonism

hatred or hostility

avaricious

greedy

deleterious

harmful to one's overall health or welfare; pernicious

apathetic

indifferent; showing no caring, interest, or concern; lacking emotion

fawning

gaining the favor of another by acting overly kind or by using flattery

dogmatic

strongly oponionated; rigid; dictatorial

accolade

an award given as a sign of appreciation or respect

alimentary

relating to food and nourishment

evanescent

vanishing quickly; fleeting

covert

secret, hidden

frivolous

not having substance, a sense of importance, or seriousness; silly; trivial; trifling

arid

dry; lacking water

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