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50 terms

Elite Vocab Set 976-1000

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antidote
n. a cure for a disease or poison
hover
v. to float as if suspended; to be in a state of uncertainty
munificent
adj. generous
refuge
n. a shelter or sanctuary
prudent
adj. marked by careful planning; discreet
misanthrope
n. one who hates or mistrusts mankind
opulence
n. extreme wealth; luxuriousness; abundance
oasis
n. a fertile place in a desert due to the presence of water; any place or thing offering relief from difficulty or dullness
optimum
adj. the most favorable point or condition
austere
adj. stern or severe in appearance; without luxury
galvanize
v. to rouse; stir; spur
ebullient
adj. in high spirits; boiling or seeming to boil
flux
n. flow; continuous change or movement
succumb
v. to give in or yield
turbid
adj. cloudy, muddy; in a state of turmoil
lycanthrope
n. a werewolf
averse
adj. opposed, relutant; repelled
liberal
adj. generous; giving freely
peruse
v. to read carefully
obligatory
adj. legally or morally required
increment
n. an increase in quantity; v. to increase
cadence
n. a rhythmic beat
antithesis
n. a direct contrast; opposition
grimace
n. a facial expression that shows disapproval or pain; v. to make such an expression
coherent
adj. logically consistent and orderly
glower
v. to frown; to glare with anger
pungent
adj. sharp to the smell or taste
cursory
adj. superficially done; performed rapidly
derogatory
adj. belittling; tending to diminsh
complicity
n. association or participation in a wrongful act
prim
adj. overly proper; precise to the point of affection; prudish
seemly
adj. proper or fitting with respect to established customs
brandish
v. to display with menace
anterior
adj. placed before or in front; earlier
carp
v. to complain; to seek fault, esp. over unimportant matters
repast
n. a meal
trepidation
n. strong fear or dread marked by trembling or hesitancy
admonish
v. to warn so a fault can be corrected or a danger avoided
impetus
n. an impelling or originating force
rescind
v. to take back or cancel
miasma
n. a noxious or poisonous atmosphere
tortuous
adj. winding, twisted
baroque
adj. fantastically over-decorated; gaudily ornate
propriety
n. good manners; proper behavior
sacrosanct
adj. very sacred, holy, or inviolable
quaff
v. to drink quickly or with enthusiasm
prostrate
adj. lying face down, esp. as asign of humility or worship; physically or emotional exhausted
transient
adj. passing with time; remaining only briefly
eke out
v. to add to with difficulty; to make just enough to continue
chicanery
n. deception by trickery