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100 terms

McGinnis Vocab #9

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qualified
not definite (yes or no) because dependent on other factors (adj)
zeal
eagerness, earnestness, fervor in advancing a cause (noun)
zealot
fanatic (noun)
heresy
opinion or practice contrary to whats normally accepted (noun)
heretic
holder of an unorthodox opinion (noun)
trough
hollow between two wave crests (noun)
adjudicate
to act as a judge (verb)
karma
destiny, how actions in previous lives decide your future state (noun)
supple
flexible, pliant (adj)
abstain
to refrain from indulging in something (verb) ...abstinence=(noun)
futile
useless, ineffectual (adj)
remunerative
rewarding (adj)
euphemism
use of a milder or better term for something to be too harsh, direct, or negative (noun)
derivative
not original, coming from another source (ex: music, idea) (adj)
deter
to discourage someone because of fear or dislike of consequences (verb)
flippant
treating serious matters too lightly, being disrespectful (adj)
gamer
to amass, collect a supply (verb)
gratify
to pleas or delight (verb)
gullible
easily fooled or deceived (adj)
tenacious
holding fast, persistent (adj)
tirade
a long vehement denunciation (noun)
surmise
make a guess (verb) / conjecture (noun)
succinct
concise (adj)
hiatus
gap in a series, break (noun)
impair
to damage or weaken (verb)
synthesis
process of building up separate elements (esp. ideas) to make a whole (esp. theory or system) (noun)
taint
to cause decay, infection, or a bad quality (verb), trace of (noun)
tangible
perceptible by touch, clearly intelligible (not visionary) (adj)
implicate
to show someone to be involved (in a crime or scheme) (verb)
temper
to moderate or mitigate, to bring or proper hardness (verb)
inane
silly, senseless (adj)
pivotal
crucial person or point (eg in a scheme or enterprise) (adj)
troupe
company of actors or other performers (noun)
placate
to pacify or mollify (verb)
incapacitate
to disable (verb)
abyss
deep, seemingly bottomless fissure or chasm (noun)
prudent
careful to avoid bad consequences, discreet (adj)
incoherent
unable to speak clearly and/or logically (adj)
diffuse
to spread out (verb)/ spread out (non concentrated) (adj)
disperse
to distribute over a wide area, to leave and go seperate ways (verb)
analogous
partially similar or parallel (adj)
unrequited
not returned or reciprocated (adj)
virtuoso
person highly skilled in a fine art (noun)
anticlimax
disappointingly trivial conclusion to something significant (noun)
eulogy
speech (oral or written) in praise of a person (noun)
aversion
strong antipathy (noun)
bestow
to confer ( a gift or honor) (verb)
farce
comic dramatic work based on ludicrously improbably events, absurdly futile proceedings (noun)
minute
very small, accurate, detailed precise (adj)
celestial
heavenly, of the sky (adj)
chameleon
a variable or inconstant person (noun)
repugnant
disgusting, something aversive (adj)
frugal
careful with money or food (adj)
chasm
deep fissure or opening in the earth or rock, wide difference in attitudes or interests (noun)
concur
to agree (verb)
irksome
tedious or annoying (adj)
foresight
ability to think ahead and provide what will be needed (noun)
idiosyncrasy
something eccentric or very individualized (noun)
avid
eager, enthusiastic (adj)
enunciate
to pronounce clearly, express an idea in definite terms (verb)
breach
to break a law, contract, or treaty in a relationship (verb)/ such a break (noun)
meek
humble and submissive, piously gentle (adj)
superfluous
more than enough, needless (adj)
camaraderie
mutual trust and sociability among friends (noun)
unfazed
not disconcerted, remaining poised (adj)
candid
frank, not hiding ones thoughts (adj)
wane
decrease in importance (verb)/ decline (noun)
indigenous
native, occurring naturally in a region (adj)
malign
to slander (verb)/ injurious (adj)
raze
completely destroy or tear down (verb)
inundate
to floor or overwhelm (verb)
subdued
tamed, toned down (adj)
recount
to narrate in detail, to count again (adj)
franchise
authorization granted by a company to sell its goods or services in a certain way (verb)/ pro sports teams (noun)
deprivation
state of lacking something (housing, food, employment, love) (noun)
foreboding
sense of doom, expectation of trouble (noun)
denounce
to condemn, accuse publicly (verb)
denunciation
public condemnation (noun)
desecrate
to violate a sacred place with violence or profanity (verb)
fleeting
brief (adj)
garble
to distort unintentionally (ex: message) (verb)
frail
fragile, delicate (adj)
despot
an absolute ruler (noun)
somber
solemn, dark, gloomy (adj)
stalemate
deadlock (noun)
formidable
inspiring fear or dread (adj)
gibberish
meaningless speech, nonsense (noun)
fledging
young bird, inexperienced person (noun)
giddy
overexcited (adj)
stifle
to smother or suppress (e.g. yawn) (verb)
haughty
arrogantly self-admiring (adj)
succulent
juicy, palatable (fruit, meat) (adj)
tangential
peripheral, diverging from a previous course of action or though (adj)
suppress
to prevent something from being seen, heard, or known (verb)
implausible
not believable (adj)
temperate
moderate, avoiding extremes (adj)
inarticulate
unable to speak clearly (adj)
terrestrial
of or on the earth or dry land (adj)
quench
to satisfy (thirst) by drinking (verb)
sullen
resentful, sulky (adj)