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Vocabulary Final Exams

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rational
reasonable, logical
cite
to mention in support of, refer to
retort
a sharp, clever, or angry reply
propel
to provide the force that moves something
accessible
easily reached or entered
retrieve
to get something back
compatible
able to get along well together
prevail
to win or triumph
awe
great respect mixed with wonder or amazement
exempt
free from some unpleasant duty or situation
fictitious
imaginary, made up
evolve
to change gradually, develop
encounter
to meet unexpectedly
ecstatic
overjoyed
liable
likely to experience or do something unpleasant or dangerous
pessimist
a person who tends to see the bad side of things
dubious
doubtful
miserly
stingy and greedy
fallacy
a mistaken idea
gullible
easily fooled
infer
to draw a conclusion from evidence
obsession
an unreasonable idea or feeling which completely fills someone's mind, great fascination with something
ordeal
a very difficult or painful experience
evasive
deliberately unclear
futile
useless
lethal
able to cause death
persistent
refusing to quit, stubbornly continuing
elapse
to pass or slip by (usually said of time)
fluent
able to express oneself with skill and ease
harass
to constantly irritate or disturb
unique
unlike any other, one of a kind
devise
to invent, think up, or create
vivid
brightly colored, striking
subtle
hardly noticeable, not obvious
convey
to communicate, make known
stimulate
to cause to become active or more active, arouse
universal
worldwide
savor
to taste or smell something with pleasure
delusion
a false opinion or belief
versatile
able to do many things or serve many purposes well
option
a choice or alternative
impose
to take unfair advantage of
passive
being acted upon without return, unresistant
inevitable
sure to happen, unavoidable
equate
to consider to be equal, the same, or similar
endeavor
to make a serous effort, attempt
indignant
angry because of some insult or injustice
patron
a steady customer
malicious
showing great ill will, deliberately harmful
defer
to give in to someone else's judgment or wishes
revert
to return to a previous habit or condition
gesture
something said or done to show intention or attitude
reciprocate
to do in return
exile
separation from one's native country through force or choice
refute
to prove false or wrong
adapt
to adjust to a situation
ritual
a ceremony
recede
to move back or away from a particular point or limit
retain
to keep
dismay
to discourage, make fearful or uneasy
emerge
to rise up or come forth
notable
famous, widely known
indifferent
having no real interest, unconcerned
liberal
large in amount or quantity; generous
elaborate
done with great attention to details
mediocre
average, ordinary
impulsive
tending to act on sudden urges, not in the habit of planning ahead
exotic
foreign, strange or different in an appealing way
frugal
thrifty, avoiding unnecessary expenses
indulgent
giving in to someone's desires
impair
to damage, weaken
allude
to refer indirectly
sadistic
taking pleasure from being cruel
essence
the fundamental characteristic or the most important quality of something
immunity
freedom from something unpleasant or something required of others
affirm
to indicate to be true, state with certainty
elite
being or intended for the best or more privileged
coerce
to force, compel
alleged
supposed to be true or real but not proved, assumed
query
to question, ask
skeptical
doubting, questioning
shrewd
clever, tricky
plausible
believable, appearing to be truthful or reasonable
provoke
to stir up anger or resentment
revoke
to take away or cancel
tactic
a means to reach a goal, method
reprimand
a formal criticism or harsh scolding
ridicule
to mock or make fun of
recur
to occur again
stereotype
a commonly image that is oversimplified, label
simultaneous
happening or done at the same time
diminish
to lesson, decrease
strategy
a method, overall plan
consequence
a result
transaction
a business deal or action
vital
necessary, extremely important
tedious
boring
detain
to delay
procrastinate
to put off doing something until later
destiny
something bound to happen, fate
profound
deeply felt
discriminate
to see differences, distinguish
site
the past, present, or future location of a building or building or an event
vocation
a profession or occupation
theoretical
about or based on theory, based on a possible explanation
dismal
gloomy, cheerless
summon
to send for
dispense
to give out in portions or amounts
severity
the condition or quality of being severe
subside
to become less active, calm down
initiate
to begin something, start
infinite
without limits, endless
literally
according to the exact meaning of the words
inflict
to cause pain or hardship
ascend
to go up, rise
finite
having limits, limited
ingenious
clever, inventive
nostalgia
desire for something in the past
mania
extreme enthusiasm
lure
to attract by tempting