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85 terms

English Vocab #2

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coincidental
accidental or chance; totally unplanned (adj)
facetious
teasing; not to be taken seriously (adj)
colleague
coworker (n)
copious
abundant, many or plentiful (adj)
compatible
well-matched; similar in temperament (adj)
composure
one's togetherness or dignity; poise (n)
correlate
to associate; to compare; to link (v)
feasible
practicable or reasonable (adj)
gregarious
outgoing or sociable (adj)
impugn
to accuse; to challenge as false (v)
civil
polite; socially acceptable (adj)
clarify
to explain or make clear (v)
cloying
excessively sweet (adj)
coagulant
solidifier (something that causes a liquid to become solid) (n)
debacle
disaster (n)
cohere
to join together (v)
emphatic
definite or very striking (adj)
euphemism
a word or phrase less expressive than the actual term (used to soften the impact of its meaning) (n)
enigmatic
mysterious;' unfathomable; like a puzzle (adj)
embellishment
exaggeration; decoration (n)
enmity
hostility or antagonism (n)
extricable
able to get out of; able to separate (adj)
inadvertent
unintentional; chance (adj)
inchoate
unclear or unformed; embryonic; tentative (adj)
mitigate
to ease; to moderate; to alleviate (v)
juxtaposition
being side-by-side or close together (n)
judicial
having to do with the court system; official (adj)
lame
weak or disabled (adj)
orator
speaker, lecturer or presenter (n)
quandary
predicament or dilemma (n)
penurious
stingy; impoverished or very poor (adj)
originality
innovation or uniqueness (n)
ornate
elaborate or showy (adj)
orthodox
mainstream, traditional or conventional (adj)
pariah
exile or outsider; shunned person (n)
periphery
margin or edge; perimeter (n)
raucous
loud; hoarse or rough-sounding (adj)
partisan
follower or supporter (n)
pallid
pale or white; colorless (adj)
radicalism
state of being extreme; prejudice (n)
paradox
discrepancy or irony (n)
rectify
to correct or set right (v)
querulous
complaining; inclined to find fault (adj)
remuneration
payment, salary or compensation (n)
quell
to crush; to put an end to (v)
pivotal
essential, key or crucial (adj)
reconcile
to put right or settle; to reunite (v)
perspective
point of view or outlook (n)
dissonance
discord or disagreement; conflict (n)
derelict
- neglected or abandoned (adj) - person with no job or home (n)
elite
best; privileged (adj)
emollient
softening; soothing (adj)
elicit
to draw out or extract (v)
edify
to enlighten, inform or educate (v)
egalitarian
democratic; free; without societal classes (adj)
elegy
funeral speech, poem or composition (n)
illusory
deceptive or misleading (adj)
ecstatic
overjoyed or thrilled (adj)
dysfunctional
unable to perform properly or showing impairment (adj)
dogmatic
accepted without proof; rigid or inflexible (adj)
eclectic
diverse; assorted (adj)
eccentric
unusual; deviating from the norm (adj)
flout
to ignore; to defy (v)
divulge
to disclose or make known (v)
deviance
behavior that is not the norm (n)
eminent
well-known or renowned (adj)
diversity
variety or assortment (n)
dubious
doubtful or uncertain (adj)
satire
literary work that uses sarcasm to expose or attack a subject (n)
scrutinize
to inspect or examine closely; to analyze (v)
secrecy
confidentiality; privacy; silence (n)
skeptical
disbelieving; doubtful; unconvinced (adj)
unutterable
inexpressible or indescribable (adj)
simile
figure of speech that implies comparison (using like or as) (n)
solidify
to set; to firm up; to make a liquid into a solid (v)
sonnet
poem, usually 14 lines in length (n)
tremulous
unsteady; trembling or quivering (adj)
stipulated
required or ordered (adj)
synonymous
identical or the same; equal (adj)
spontaneous
unplanned or spur-of-the-moment (adj)
treachery
betrayal; disloyalty; deceit (n)
temperament
character or personality (n)
tenuous
weak or flimsy; not substantial (adj)
abdicate
to relinquish or surrender (v)
abridge
to shorten (v)