Elite Boot Camp Vocabulary 1-100

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pretense

(n) a false or misleading show of something

negligent

(adj) careless; inattentive

alacrity

(n) cheerful willingness; swiftness

dilemma

(n) a situation in which one must choose between two equally bad alternatives

archaeology

(n) the recovery and study of material evidence from the past

incredulous

(adj) disbelieving; skeptical

reign

(v) to rule, as by a monarch; to be prevalent
(n) the period of rule

strident

(adj) loud and shrill or grating

advocate

(v) to speak in support of something

habitat

(n) the place where a person or thing is ordinarily found

noisome

(adj) disgustingly offensive; foul

dogmatic

(adj) arrogantly asserting unproved principles

disperse

(v) to scatter in different directions

modest

(adj) limited in amount, extent, etc.

provincial

(adj) limited in perspective; unsophisticated

amnesty

(n) governmental pardon

assail

(v) to attack; to assault

exquisite

(adj) of extreme beauty or excellence

paleontology

(n) the study of fossils of life forms from the past

haughty

(adj) stuck-up; arrogant; snobbish

contract

(v) to reduce in size by drawing together

ethics

(n) the standards or rules governing proper conduct

insular

(adj) narrow in outlook; provincial

superficial

(adj) on the surface only; shallow; not thorough

veracious

(adj) honest; truthful

surmise

(v) to infer something by intuition or with slender evidence
(n) such an inference

inspire

(v) to have an animating effect upon; influence or impel

corrupt

(adj) marked by immorality; dishonest; containing errors (as in a text)

rustic

(adj) of or living in the country

emblematic

(adj) symbolic, representative of more

harrowing

(adj) very distressing; painful

allocate

(v) to set apart for a special purpose; designate

quest

(n) a pursuit or search

futile

(adj) having no useful result

harmonious

(adj) in agreement

prophecy

(n) a prediction

listless

(adj) having no interest in what is going on about one; languid; spiritless

dupe

(v) to deceive; to trick
(n) a person easily tricked

inclined

(adj) disposed willing

omen

(n) an indication of the futre

inherent

(adj) included as an essential part; intrinsic

pensive

(adj) thinking deeply or seriously, often of sad things

vitality

(n) the force that distinguishes life from death; exuberance

nonchalant

(adj) seemingly unconcerned or indifferent

affirmation

(n) a confident declaration of truth

quarry

(n) a hunted bird or animal; prey

chaste

(adj) pure; not engaging in sexual activity

flighty

(adj) unstable or easily excited

fervid

(adj) extremely emotional; passionate

biennial

(adj) happening every two years

juvenile

(adj) not fully grown; immature

modicum

(n) a small quantity

menace

(n) a threat
(v) to threaten

paucity

(n) smallness of number; scarcity

domestic

(adj) relating to the home or family; relating to one's own country

forthcoming

(adj) about to appear; available when needed; communicative

telling

(adj) strikingly effective

liberal

(adj) generous; giving freely

distraction

(n) mental distress; that which amuses or entertains

sporadic

(adj) occurring irregularly

propaganda

(n) material distributed by those in favor of a specific cause and reflecting their point of view

acclaim

(v) to praise enthusiastically, esp. publicly

brood

(v) to be deep in thought; to think over moodily and at length

compost

(n) a mixture of decaying organic matter (e.e., leaves, manure, etc.) used to improve soil

underhanded

(adj) sneaky

attract

(v) to pull towards; to stimulate interest

millennium

(n) a period of 1000 years

vicarious

(adj) felt as if one were taking part in the experiences of another

proliferate

(v) to grow or reproduce rapidly

oath

(n) a formal promise

temperate

(adj) consistent; moderate; without extremes

decisive

(adj) conclusive; beyond doubt; showing determination

marvel

(v) to be astonished or surprised; to wonder

transmit

(v) to send something out; to broadcast; to pass form one person to another

aristocracy

(n) a hereditary ruling class; a group considered to be superior to the others

vacuous

(adj) lacking substance or intelligence

supercilious

(adj) feeling or showing proud contempt

radical

(adj) favoring fundamental or extreme change; relating to roots or origins

diffuse

(v) to spread around or scatter
(adj) widely scattered

Olympian

(adj) majestic; God-like

outmoded

(adj) no longer in fashion

turmoil

(n) extreme confusion; uproar

arable

(adj) suitable for growing crops (of land)

hierarchy

(n) a ranking according to status or ability; a group having authority

junta

(n) a group of military officers ruling a country after seizing power

reprehensible

(adj) deserving to be severely criticized

rancorous

(adj) bitter and resentful

optimum

(adj) the most favorable point or condition

appropriate

(v) to set apart for a specific use; to take possession of, often without permission

lopsided

(adj) larger or shaped differently on one side than on another

abstract

(adj) without reference to specific instance or concrete existence; theoretical
(v) to remove

frivolous

(adj) of little importance

caustic

(adj) capable of burning or corroding by chemical action; bitingly sarcastic, cutting

secular

(adj) not religious; worldly

perennial

(adj) lasting through the years

laudable

(adj) worthy of praise

upset

(v) to overturn

lavish

(adj) generous; extravagant

lethargic

(adj) dull; sluggish; moving slowly

sanctuary

(n) a holy place; a place of refuge

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