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English Vocabulary

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specious
looking good on first sight, but actually not so
anomaly
something that deviates from the normal
amorphous
having no definite form or distinct shape
circumscribe
to surround by a boundary
veracity
truthfulness
buffet
strike, beat repeatedly
dearth
a lack, scarcity
contemptuous
lacking respect; scornful
avert(ed)
to turn or direct away; to prevent
ingenuous
innocent, simple; frank, sincere
sullen
resentfully silent
complacent
self-satisfied
lamentable
pitiable, regrettable
bellicose
hostile in manner; pugnacious
apprehensive
fearful or anxious, especially about the future
indignation
anger as a result of something unjust
vituperation
a severe or abusive scolding
nebulous
vague, confused, indistinct
arduous
difficult; requiring much effort
sophomoric
immature and overconfident
spec
look
a
not, without
morph
form
circum
around
ver
truth
bibliophile
a lover of books
philanthropist
one who loves people, particularly one who gives money to benefit humanity
sedentary
doing or requiring a lot of sitting
cryptic
having a hidden meaning
centennial
the 100th anniversary (or the celebration of it)
brazen
made of brass; impudent or defiant
ingress
the act of entering; entrance
dauntless
fearless
trenchant
incisive, keen; forceful, effective
revel
to take great pleasure in; a wild celebration
approbation
approval
decorum
proper behavior, good taste; orderliness
capricious
subject to whims or passing fancies; unpredictable
lethargy
abnormal drowsiness
retribution
payback; a deserved punishment
perfidious
faithless, disloyal, untrustworthy
placate
to appease, soothe, pacify
duplicity
doubleness of thought, speech or action; treachery, deception
supercilious
haughtily contemptuous
raucous
loud and boisterous, harsh, disorderly
bibl
book
phil
to love
sed
to sit
crypt
hidden
cent
hundred
anachronism
something out of place in time
perfidy
treachery
panacea
a remedy for all ills or difficulties
sylvan
relating to or characteristic of the forest
translucent
allowing light to partially pass through
imperceptible
very slight, gradual, or subtle
benign
having a kind or friendly disposition
dilatory
tending to delay
convoluted
rolled up, coiled or twisted together
ornithology
the scientific study of birds
somnolent
sleepy, drowsy
anonymity
the state of being unknown
squalor
filth
prowess
distinguished bravery; superior ability
alacrity
cheerful readiness
demure
shy and modest; reserved
ponderous
heavy, massive, awkward
patent
exclusive rights to an invention
clandestine
secret, underhanded
tangible
capable of being touched; real
chron
time
fid
faith
pan
all
sylva
forest
luc
light
tortuous
marked by repeated turns and bends
odoriferous
having or giving off an odor
hypocrisy
stating a belief or feeling that one does not hold
telepathy
communication through means other than the senses
mellifluous
smooth and sweetly flowing
urbane
polite, refined, elegant
pejorative
disparaging, belittling
vociferous
loud and noisy
abstruse
difficult to understand
strident
loud, harsh, shrill
lugubrious
Mournful, dismal
venal
capable of being bribed or corrupted
elusive
tending to avoid capture; hard to define or describe
protracted
drawn out in time; made longer
antediluvian
old, ancient
pretense
an appearance or action intended to deceive
fracas
a noisy quarrel or brawl
quandary
a state of uncertainty or perplexity
respite
a short period of rest or relief
quintessence
the purest and most concentrated essence of something
tort
twist
fer
bear, carry
hypo
under
tele
far
flu
flow
ambidextrous
equally skillful with each hand
credulous
believing on slight evidence, gullible
acrophobia
fear of high places
neophyte
novice; beginner
obsequious
overly submissive and eager to please
venerable
respectable due to age
sundry
various, several, miscellaneous
impudent
disrespectful, characterized by improper bold behavior
altercation
a noisy or angry dispute
oblique
slanting or sloping; not straightforward
acrimonious
stinging, bitter in temper or tone
prerogative
a special right or privilege
resilient
able to recover quickly
tacit
unspoken, silent; implied, inferred
myopic
nearsighted; deficient of foresight
succinct
terse, curt, concise
zenith
the highest point
officious
meddling; excessively forward in offering services
ephemeral
lasting a very short time
truculent
fierce and cruel; aggressive
ambi
both, around
cred
to believe
acro
topmost, high
neo
new
sequ
to follow
malefactor
a criminal
prognosticate
to predict
aqueduct
A large pipe or channel designed to transport water from a distant source
euphonious
having a pleasant sound
abjure
renounce upon oath
nonchalant
confident, unconcerned
elucidate
to clarify, explain
facetious
not meant to be taken seriously or literally
garrulous
talkative
indemnity
a payment for damage or loss
limpid
clear, transparent; easily understood
mercurial
characterized by rapid and unpredictable changes in mood
spartan
sternly disciplined
reticent
not inclined to speak
temerity
foolish boldness
supple
bending easily
consecrate
to make or declare sacred
tepid
lukewarm; unenthusiastic
compunction
remorse, regret
mal
bad
gnos
know
duc
to lead
eu
good, well
ab
away
antipathy
dislike
exhume
to remove from a grave
posterity
descendants; offspring
aberration
something that differs from the normal
vacuity
emptiness; vacuum
hackneyed
overused, cliched
guile
treacherous cunning, deceit
voluminous
of great size; numerous; writing or speaking at great length
solace
comfort in sorrow
tenacious
stubbornly persistent; determined
ineptitude
a lack of judgement; foolishness
meticulous
extremely careful and precise
poignant
profoundly moving; touching
commodious
roomy, spacious
egregious
extremely bad
ludicrous
ridiculous, laughable, absurd
recalcitrant
stubbornly disobedient, resisting authority
pinnacle
the highest point
integrity
adherence to moral and ethical principles
path
feeling, suffering
hum
earth, ground
post
after
err
wander
proclivity
an inclination or predisposition
insatiable
incapable of being satisfied
culpable
deserving blame censure
semicircle
half a circle
incarnate
embodied
acquiesce
to accept without protest; to agree or submit
bereft
deprived of
facile
easily done
altruistic
unselfish, concerned with the welfare of others
disparage
to belittle
assiduous
persistent, attentive, diligent
candor
honesty, frankness
heterogeneous
consisting of many different elements or types; varied
copious
abundant; plentiful
erudite
possessing or displaying knowledge
insolent
boldly rude or disrespectful
martinet
A strict disciplinarian
plethora
an excess
quiescent
inactive; at rest
loquacious
talkative, wordy; fond of talking
pro
before, forward
sat
enough
culp
blame
semi
half
carn
flesh
commiserate
to feel or express sympathy or compassion
clarion
a medieval brass instrument with a clear shrill tone
provident
making provision for the future
magnanimous
generous in forgiving an insult or injury
apotheosis
the finest example
adamant
unyielding; firm in opinion
blithe
cheerful, lighthearted; casual
chagrin
embarrassment
conflagration
a large destructive fire
diminutive
small
equivocal
capable of multiple interpretations; ambiguous
vacuous
lacking ideas or meaning purposeless
craven
cowardly; a coward
entrepreneur
a person who organizes, manages, and takes on the risks of a business
formidable
strong, forceful, powerful
explicate
to make plain or clear, explain; to interpret
implacable
not to be satisfied or pacified; unyielding
itinerary
plan of a trip
sinuous
winding, having many curves; lithe and flexible
innocuous
harmless, inoffensive
com
with; together
clar
clear
magn
great
theo
god
cursory
hasty and without attention to detail
orthodox
adhering to traditional faith
clamor
a loud outcry
circumvent
to surround, enclose, entrap
aspiration
expulsion of breath in speech, a desire for achievement
apogee
highest point
phlegmatic
relating to phlegm; having a calm, sluggish temperment
ardent
enthusiastic or passionate
cogent
appealing to the intellect; convincing
inherent
part of the essential nature of something
contentious
quarrelsome, stirring controversy
exodus
a large-scale departure or flight
impetus
impulse, stimulus
covet
to desire
multifarious
having great variety; diverse
obviate
to prevent; to make unnecessary
inexorable
relentless; inflexible
onerous
troubling; burdensome
parsimonious
stingy; frugal
inscrutable
difficult to understand
cur
run
ortho
straight
clam
cry out
vent
open
spir
breathe