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50 terms

Elite Vocab Set 651-675

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altruistic
adj. unselfish; benevolent; caring more for others than oneself
benefactor
n. one who helps and supports others
painstaking
adj. very thorough; careful
smirk
v. to smile in a self-satisfied or artificial way
primordial
adj. living or existing at the very beginning
impel
v. to push something into motion
obese
adj. very fat
genre
n. a kind, or type
pugilist
n. a boxer
paroxysm
n. a sudden convulsion or outburst; a fit
phase
n. a stage in a process of change or development
disciple
n. a follower of another who helps to spread teachings
oracle
n. a person thought to be a source of wisdom or prophecy
ewe
n. a female sheep, esp. when full grown
crass
adj. dull-witted; unrefined
mogul
n. a rich or powerful person
burnish
v. to polish
sloth
n. laziness
medley
n. a mixture of things not usually placed together
exhume
v. to dig up out of the ground
conflagration
n. large, disastrous fire
exorbitant
adj. excessive
sadistic
adj. getting pleasure from inflicting physical or psychological pain
spendthrift
n. one who spends money wastefully
digest
n. a collection of previously published material, usu. In condensed form
quarantine
n. enforced isolation to prevent the spread of disease; v. to isolate for such purpose
obituary
n. a newspaper account of a person's death, usually including biographical information
travail
n. painfully difficult work; pain or suffering from mental or physical hardship
laudable
adj. worthy of praise
quiescent
adj. inactive, oft. Suggesting a temporary state
dilemma
n. a situation in which one must choose between two equally bad alternatives
ramshackle
adj. about to fall apart or fall down
uncouth
adj. uncultured; crude
tightfisted
adj. stingy; miserly
tenable
adj. able to maintained or defended
turmoil
n. extreme confusion; uproar
definitive
adj. complete
vendetta
n. a bitter feud or quarrel; fight
tact
n. skill in dealing with others, esp. in difficult situations
pseudonym
n. a fictitious name assumed by an author
gullible
adj. easily deceived; credulous
itinerary
n. a route or proposed route for a journey
transfix
v. to pierce, as with a pointed weapon; to render motionless, as with fear
purloin
v. to steal, oft. In violation of a trust
impotent
adj. powerless; helpless; ineffective
charade
n. an obvious pretense or deception
devout
adj. devoted to religion; sincere
sodden
adj. thoroughly wet, drenched
virulent
adj. extremely infectious or harmful; bitterly hostile
assiduous
adj. diligent; hard-working; constant