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Vocab List 1-20

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appease
to calm, satisfy
beguile
to trick, deceive
confidant
a person entrusted with secrets
loquacious
given to fluent or excessive talk
magnanimous
noble, generous
ominous
foreboding, or foreshadowing evil
recapitulate
to boil down, sum up; repeat [the full version of recap]
retract
withdraw
revel
to enjoy intensely
surreptitious
stealthy, sneaky
usurp
To seize by force, take possession of without right
utilitarian
relating to or aiming at usefulness
antiquated
old, out of date
austere
very bare, bleak
complacency
self-satisfied ignorance of danger
duress
compulsion by threat or force; coercion (the act of forcing/threatening someone to do something
inept
not suitable or capable, unqualified
notorious
widely and unfavorably known
pellucid
1. transparent (see through) or translucent (clear)
2. easy to understand
precocious
advanced, developed beyond one's age
primeval
ancient
raucous
loud, boisterous
renovate
to change something from its current state
winsome
charming, pleasing
calibrate
to set, standardize
deride
to laugh at mockingly
facile
1. easy, requiring little effort
2. achieved with minimal thought or care, superficial
intransigent
refusing to compromise, often on an extreme opinion
oblique
diverging from a straight line or course, not straightforward
pallid
lacking color
penchant
a tendency, partiality, preference
perusal
careful examination, review
portent
an omen
replete
full, abundant
restitution
restoration of something to its rightful owner
wanton
1. without regard for what is right, just, humane; careless, reckless
2. undisciplined, lewd, lustful
acclaim
enthusiastic approval
acquiesce
to agree without protesting
alacrity
eagerness, speed
carouse
to party, celebrate
elated
overjoyed, thrilled
indefatigable
incapable of defeat, failure, decay
insipid
dull, boring
mitigate
to make less violent or severe
punitive
involving punishment
quagmire
a difficult situation
solvent
1. a substance that can dissolve into another substance
2. able to pay debts
tremulous
fearful
acumen
keen insight
bombastic
excessively confidant, pompous
elude
to avoid capture, escape with quickness or cleverness
guile
trickery, deceit, craftiness, cunning
mandate
1. an authoritative command or order
2. to command, order, require
mores
the moral attitudes and fixed customs of a group of people
nascent
beginning to exist or develop
pernicious
stubbornly persistent
profuse
plentiful, abundant
stoic
unaffected by feeling or passion
vainglory
excessive or ostentatious pride, boastful vanity
vivacious
lively, sprightly
apathetic
lacking concern, emotionless
auspicious
favorable, indicative of good things
candor
honesty, frankness
dirge
a mournful song, especially for a funeral
equanimity
composure
evade
to escape capture
gregarious
drawn to the company of others, sociable
hedonist
one who lives for pleasure
modicum
a small amount of something
prosaic
plain, lacking liveliness
servile
subservient, slavish
vindicate
to avenge; to free from allegation, to set free
anachronistic
being out of correct chronological order
atrophy
To Wither away
debunk
to expose the falseness of something
defile
to make unclean, impure
defamatory
harmful toward another's reputation
desultory
aimless, random; lacking a definite plan or purpose
exult
to rejoice
noisome
unpleasant, offensive, especially to the sense of smell
palatable
agreeable to the taste or sensibilities
resolute
decisive, unwavering, firm
succor
something that gives relief or aid
torrid
giving off intense heat, passionate
accord
an agreement
affront
1. An insult
2. to offend, insulted
condone
to pardon or overlook
congruity
a point of agreement
convoluted
complicated; intricate
immerse
to absorb, deeply involve, engross
innate
inborn, native, inherent
pert
saucy, impudent, flippant
rescind
to take back, repeal
saccharine
sickeningly sweet
symbiosis
a cooperative or mutually beneficial relationship between two unlike things or people
truculent
ready to fight, cruel
aberration
something that differs from the norm
diminutive
small or little in statue
encumber
to weigh down or burden
garrulous
talkative, wordy
indignation
anger sparked by something unjust or unfair
linchpin
something that holds separate parts together
presumptuous
disrespectfully bold
stupefy
to astonish, make insensible
trite
not original, overused
succinct
marked by verbal brevity, concise, terse
vilify
to bring down, criticize, defame
zenith
the highest point, culminating point
aggregate
1. a whole or total
2. to gather together into a mass
arbitrary
based on factors that appear random
contravene
to contradict, oppose, violate
denounce
to publicly pronounce as evil; speak against
dither
to be indecisive
empathy
sensitivity to another's feelings as if they were one's own
florid
flowery, ornate
grandiloquence
lofty, pompous language
nomadic
wandering from place to place
panacea
a remedy for all ills or difficulties
prudence
cautious, circumspect
salve
a soothing balm or ointment
anomaly
something that does not fit into the normal order
caustic
corrosive; sarcastic
circumscribe
to define, mark off, restrict
compunction
distress caused by feeling guilty
coup
1. a brilliant, unexpected act
2. the overthrow of a gov. and assumption of authority
discern
to perceive, detect
evanescent
fleeting, momentary
integral
necessary for completion
irascible
easily angered
laconic
terse in speech or writing
placid
calm, peaceful
remiss
negligent, failing to take care
adroit
skillful, dexterous (agile, nimble)
coalesce
to fuse into a whole
cognizant
aware, mindful, fat
demarcation
the determining of boundaries or categories
dissuade
to deter by advice or persuasion
embellish
1. to decorate, adorn
2. to add details, enhance
foil
to thwart, frustrate, defeat
fractious
troublesome or irritable
gratuitous
uncalled for, unwarranted
increment
the amount by which something increases or enlarges
insatiable
incapable of being satisfied
profane
lewd, indecent, blasphemous
abide
1. to endure patiently
2. to remain
amiable
friendly
assail
to attack
aversion
a particular dislike for something
diffident
shy, modest, quiet, lacking self-confidence
ebullient
extremely lively, enthusiastic
forlorn
lonely, abandoned, hopeless
frivolous
of little importance, trifling (petty, silly, trivial)
maverick
an independent, nonconformist person
penultimate
next to last
veracity
truthfulness, accuracy
zealous
fervent, filled with eagerness in pursuit of something
adamant
impervious, immovable, unyielding
capitulate
to surrender, give up, yield
daunting
intimidating, causing one to lose courage
destitute
impoverished, utterly lacking
discretion
the quality of being prudent, wise in decision making; the power to decide or act according to one's own judgement
effrontery
nerver, insolence
exasperate
to irritate, irk (annoy)
exhort
to urge, advise, warn
extraneous
irrelevant, extra, not necessary
onerous
burdensome
reprove
to scold, rebuke
submissive
easily yielding to authority
ambiguous
uncertain
heinous
shockingly wicked, repugnant (distasteful)
implicate
to involve in an incriminating way, incriminate
inure
to cause someone or something to become accustomed to a situation
maelstrom
a destructive whirlpool
modulate
1. to regulate or adjust
2. to pass from one state to another, especially in music
mundane
concerned with the worldly ordinary
orthodox
conventional, conforming to what's established
paramount
greatest in importance
pithy
concisely meaningful
presage
an omen
aspire
to long for, aim toward
cacophony
tremendous noise, disharmonious sound
contemporaneous
existing during the same time
dispatch
to send off to accomplish a duty
incessant
never-ending
latent
hidden, but capable of being exposed
absolution
freedom from blame, guilt, sin
advocate
1. to argue in favor of something
2. a person who argues in favor of something
benign
favorable, not threatening
clamor
1. a loud noise
2. to loudly insist
disseminate
to disperse throughout, circulate, distribute or spread widely
elicit
to bring out, draw out, evoke
illicit
forbidden, not permitted
exorbitant
excessive
incendiary
1. a person who agitates
2. flammable, causing combustion
plentitude
an abundance
precipice
the face of a cliff, a steep overhanging place
refute
to prove wrong
variegated
diversified, distinctly marked
chide
to voice disapproval
colloquial
of or relating to conversion; informal speech
confound
to frustrate, confuse
consecrate
to dedicate something to a holy purpose
defer
to postpone or delay something; to yield to another's wisdom
desiccated
dried up, dehydrated
nurture
to assist the development of
scrupulous
painstaking, careful
sophomoric
immature, uniformed; Greek for "wise fool"
taciturn
not inclined to talk
undulate
to move in waves
vex
to confuse, annoy
anathema
a cursed, detested person or thing
artifact
a remaining piece of distant culture or place
bourgeois
1. a member of the middle-class
2. belonging to or associated with the middle-class
crescendo
a steady increase in intensity or volume
impeccable
exemplary, flawless
infamy
notoriety, extremed ill repute
inundate
to flood with abundance
fastidious
meticulous, demanding, having high and often unattainable standards
jubilant
extremely joyful
rail
to scold, protest
satiate
to satisfy excessively
temerity
boldness, audacity, recklessness
accolade
high praise, special distinction
bilk
to cheat, defraud
eschew
to shun, avoid
fitter
to chain, tie, retrain
impetuous
impulsive, rash, incautious, unpremeditated
noxious
harmful, unwholesome
obstinate
not yielding easily, stubborn
philanthropic
charitable, giving
rancid
having a terrible smell or taste
revoke
to take back
torpid
lethargic, apathetic, lacking motion
tranquil
calm