How can we help?

You can also find more resources in our Help Center.

60 terms

Vocabulary-level F

STUDY
PLAY
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
coalition
a combination, union, or merger for some specific purpose
decadence
decline, decay or deterioration; a condition or period of decline or decay; excessive self-indulgence
elicit
to draw forth, bring out from some source (such as another person)
expostulate
to attempt to dissuade someone from some course or descision by earnest reasoning
hackneyed
used so often as to lack freshness or originality
hiatus
a gap, opening, break (in the sense of having an element missing)
innuendo
a hint, indirect suggestion, or reference (often in a degogatory sense)
intercede
to plead on behalf of someone else; to serve as a third party or go-between in a disagreement
jaded
wearied, worn-out, dulled (in the sense of being satiated by excessive indulgence)
lurid
causing shock, horro, or revulsion; sensational; pale or sallow in color; terrible or passionate in intensity or lack of restraint
meritorious
worthy, deserving recognition and praise
petulant
peevish, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset
prerogative
a special right or privelege; a special right or privilege; a speacial quality showing excellence
provincial
pertaining to an outlying area; local; narrow in mind or outlook, countrified in the sense of being limited and backward; of a simple, plain design that originated in the countryside; a person with a narrow point of view; a person from an outlying area; a soldier from a province or colony
simulate
to make a pretense of, imitate; to show the out signs of
transcend
to rise above or beyond, exceed
umbrage
shade cast by trees; foliage giving shade; an overshadowing influence or power; offence, resentment; a vague suspicion
unctuous
excessively smooth or smug; trying too hard to give an impression of earnestness, sincerity, or piety, fatty, oily; pliable
ameliorate
v. to improve, amend, make better
aplomb
n. poise, assurance, composture
bombastic
adj. pompous, inflated, overblown in language
callow
adj. without experience, raw, not fully developed
drivel
n. saliva flowing from the mouth, foolish. v. to let saliva flow from mouth, slaver
epitome
n. summary, model
exhort
v. to urge strongly, implore
ex officio
adj., adv. by virtue of holding a certain office
infringe
v. to violate, encroach, intrude
ingratiate
v. to cozy up to, curry favor with
interloper
n. an intruder, trespasser
intrinsic
adj. essential, inherent, organic
inveigh
v. express strong disapproval, rail
lassitude
n. lack of energy, fatigue
millennium
n. a period of one thousand years or great joy
occult
adj. mysterious, magical, supernatural
permeate
v. to spread through, penetrate
precipitate
v. to cause or bring about suddenly, provoke. n. moisture. adj. reckless
stringent
adj. strict, severe, tough, urgent
surmise
v. to guess, to think, infer. n. inference
Abominate
(v.) To have an intense dislike or hatred for
Acculturation
(n.) The modification of the social patterns, traits, or structures of one group or society by contact with those of another; the resultant blend
Adventitious
(adj.) Resulting from chance rather than from an inherent cause or character; accidental, not essential; (medicine) acquired, not congenital
Ascribe
(v.) To assign or refer to (as a cause or source), attribute
Circuitous
(adj.) Roundabout, not direct
Commiserate
(v.) To sympathize with, have pity or sorrow for, share a feeling of distress
Enjoin
(v.) To direct or order; to prescribe a course of action in an authoritative way; to prohibit; to urge someone
Expedite
(v.) To make easy, cause to progress faster, speed up
Expiate
(v.) to make amends, make up for; to avert
Ferment
(n.) A state of great excitement, agitation, or turbulence; (v.) to be in or work into such a state; to produce alcohol by chemical action
Inadvertent
(adj.) Resulting from or marked by lack of attention; unintentional, accidental
Nominal
(adj.) Existing in name only, not real; too small to be considered or taken seriously
Noncommittal
(adj.) Not decisive or definite; unwilling to take a clear position or to say yes or no
Extort
(v.) Blackmail
Proclivity
(n.) A natural or habitual inclination or tendency (especially of human character or behavior)
Sangfroid
(n.) Composure or coolness, especially in trying circumstances
Seditious
(adj.) Resistant to lawful authority; having the purpose of overthrowing an established government
Tenuous
(adj.) Thin, slender, not dense; lacking clarity or sharpness; of slight importance or significance; lacking a sound basis, poorly supported
Vitriolic
(adj.) bitter, sarcastic; highly caustic or biting (like a strong acid)
Wheedle
(v.) To use coaxing or flattery to gain some desired end