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109 terms

level f voc

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abet
assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
abominate
to have an intense dislike or hatred for
adulation
praise or flattery that is excessive
amorphous
having no definite form or distinct shape
anomalous
Abnormal, irregular, departing from the usual
approbation
The expression of approval or favorable opinion, praise; official approval
assuage
to make easier or milder, relieve; to quiet, calm; to put an end to, appease, satisfy, quench
aura
(n.) that which surrounds (as an atmosphere); a distinctive air or personal quality
austere
severe or stern in manner; without adornment or luxury, simple, plain; harsh or sour in flavor
autonomy
self-government, political control
avarice
A greedy desire, particularly for wealth
aver
To affirm, declare confidently
bedlam
a state or scene of uproar and confusion
bizarre
Extremely strange, unusual, atypical
blazon
to adorn or embellish; to display conspicuously; to publish or proclaim widely
bovine
Resembling a cow or ox; sluggish, unresponsive
buttress
to support, prop up, strengthen; a supporting structure
cajole
to coax, persuade through flattery or artifice; to deceive with soothing thoughts or false promises
callow
Without experience; immature, not fully developed; lacking sophistication and poise; without feathers
carnage
large-scale slaughter or loss of life
castigate
to punish severely; to criticize severely
circuitous
roundabout, not direct
commiserate
To sympathize with, have pity or sorrow for, share a feeling of distress
concoct
to prepare by combining ingredients, make up (as a dish); to devise, invent, fabricate
corroborate
to confirm, make more certain, bolster, substantiate, verify
covert
hidden, disguised, purposefully kept secret; sheltered, secluded; a sheltered place, a hiding place
deleterious
harmful, injurious
deplete
to use up as a result of spending or consumption; to diminish greatly
dilatory
Tending to delay or procrastinate, not prompt; intended to delay or postpone
disavow
to deny responsibility for or connection with
disconcert
to confuse; to disturb the composure of
disconsolate
(adj.) deeply unhappy or dejected; without hope, beyond consolation
drivel
(n.) saliva or mucus flowing from the mouth or nose; foolish, aimless talk or thinking; nonsense; (v.) to let saliva flow from the mouth
dun
(v.) to demand insistently, especially in payment of a debt; (n.) a creditor; (adj.) dark, dull, drab, dingy
egregious
(adj.) conspicuous, standing out from the mass (used particularly in an unfavorable sense)
elicit
to draw forth, bring out from some source (such as another person)
ennui
(n.) weariness and dissatisfaction from lack of occupation or interest, boredom
enthrall
(v.) to captivate, charm, hold spellbound; to enslave; to imprison
epitome
A summary, condensed account; an instance that represents a larger reality
equanimity
calmness, composure, refusal to panic
equitable
(adj.) fair, just, embodying principles of justice
erudite
scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic
expedite
to make easy, cause to progress faster
expostulate
(v.) to attempt to dissuade someone from some course of decision by earnest reasoning
expurgate
To remove objectionable passages or words from a written text; to cleanse, purify
extraneous
coming from the outside, foreign; present but not essential, irrelevant
flout
(v.) to mock, treat with contempt
foment
(v.) to promote trouble or rebellion; to apply warm liquids to, warm
gauche
awkward, lacking in social graces, tactless, clumsy
grandiose
grand in an impressive or stately way; marked by pompous affectation or grandeur, absurdly exaggerated
grisly
Frightful, horrible, ghastly
hackneyed
used so often as to lack freshness or originality
heinous
very wicked, offensive, hateful
hiatus
a gap, opening, break (in the sense of having an element missing)
hypothetical
Based on an assumption or guess; used as a provisional or tentative idea to guide or direct investigation
imperious
overbearing, arrogant; seeking to dominate; pressing, compelling
implicit
implied or understood though unexpressed; without doubts or reservations, unquestioning; potentially contained in
impugn
(v.) to call into question; to attack as false
inauspicious
unfavorable, unlucky, suggesting bad luck for the future
infraction
a breaking of a law or obligation
innuendo
a hint, indirect suggestion, or reference (often in a derogatory sense)
inscrutable
incapable of being understood; impossible to see through physically
insular
narrowly restricted in outlook or scope
irresolute
(adj.) unable to make up one's mind, hesitating
lassitude
Weariness of body or mind, lack of energy
lurid
causing shock, horror, or revulsion; sensational; pale or sallow in color; terrible or passionate in intensity or lack of restraint
megalomania
a delusion marked by a feeling of power, wealth, talent, etc., far in excess of reality
motley
showing great variety; composed of different elements or many colors; a jester's costume; a jester
noncommittal
not decisive or definite; unwilling to take a clear position or to say yes or no
occult
mysterious, magical, supernatural
onus
(n.) something that is heavy or burdensome (especially an unwelcome responsibility); a stigma; blame
paraphrase
to restate in other words; a statement that presents a given idea in new language
peculate
To steal something that has been given into one's trust; to take improperly for one's own use
penury
extreme poverty; barrenness, insufficiency
perceptive
having sympathetic insight or understanding, capable of keen appreciation
perfidy
(n.) faithlessness, treachery
permeate
To spread through, penetrate, soak through
pernicous
harmful, destructive, lethal
petulant
peevish, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset
politic
prudent, shrewdly conceived and developed; artful, expedient
precept
a rule of conduct or action
precipitate
(v.) to fall as moisture; to cause or bring about suddenly; to hurl down from a great height, to give distinct form to
pretentious
done for show, striving to make a big impression; ambitious
prolific
abundantly productive; abundant, profuse
propensity
a natural inclination or predilection toward
prosaic
(adj.) dull, lacking in distinction and originality; matter-of-fact, straightforward; characteristic of prose, not poetic
querulous
peevish, complaining, fretful
recapitulate
To review a series of facts; to sum up
remonstrate
To argue or plead with someone against something, protest against, object to
salutary
beneficial, helpful; healthful, wholesome
sanctimonious
(adj.) making a show of virtue or righteousness; hypocritically moralistic or pious, self-righteous, canting, holier-than-thou
scintillating
sparkling, twinkling, exceptionally brilliant (applied to mental or personal qualities)
scurrilous
(adj) coarsely abusive, vulgar or low (especially in language), foul-mouthed
sepulchral
funereal, typical of the tomb; extremely gloomy or dismal
simulate
to make a pretense of, imitate; to show the outer signs of
sinecure
a position requiring little or no work; an easy job
sleazy
Thin or flimsy in texture; cheap; shoddy or inferior in quality or character; ethically low, mean, or disreputable
soporific
(adj.) tending to cause sleep, relating to sleepiness or lethargy; (n.) something that induces sleep
squeamish
inclined to nausea; easily shocked or upset; excessively fastidious or refined
susceptible
Open to; easily influenced; lacking in resistance
thwart
to oppose successfully; to prevent, frustrate
torpid
slow and apathetic
tortuous
(adj.) winding, twisted, crooked; highly involved, complex; devious
transient
(adj.) lasting only a short time, fleeting; (n.) one who stays only a short time
transmute
To change from one nature, substance, or form to another
umbrage
Shade cast by trees; foliage giving shade; an overshadowing influence or power; offense, resentment; a vague suspicion
unwieldy
not easily carried, handled, or managed because of size or complexity
vulnerable
open to attack; capable of being wounded or damaged; unprotected
wheedle
to use coaxing or flattery to gain some desired end