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English Final

Vocabulary for the English Final
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abjure
to reject solemnly, to renounce
abrasive
to wear down in spirit, causing irritation; a substance used for smoothing or polishing
acclimate
to adapt to a new temperature, altitude, climate, environment or situation
acquiesce
to accept, comply, or submit passively
alleviate
to make (as suffering) more bearable; to partially remove or correct
allude
to make indirect reference
allure
to entice by charm or attraction; power of attraction or fascination: charm
animosity
resentment tending toward active hostility: an antagonistic attitude
appalled
to overcome with shock or dismay
applicable
capable of or suitable of being applied: appropriate
apprehensive
capable of understanding; having awareness or knowledge of something; viewing the future with anxiety or alarm
askew
out of line: awry
assiduous
marked by careful attention or persistent application
august
marked by majestic dignity or grandeur
bellicose
inclined to start quarrels or wars
beset
trouble, harass; to set or stud with ornaments
callous
being hardened and thickened; feeling no emotion
chastise
to inflict punishment on (as by whipping)
clairvoyant
able to see beyond the range of ordinary perception
clandestine
marked by, held in, or conducted with secrecy
commend
to entrust for care or preservation; to recommend as worthy of confidence; praise
compassion
sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it
complacent
self-satisfied
compunction
anxiety arising from guilt; a twinge of misgiving
contentious
likely to cause disagreement or argument; exhibiting a wearisome tendency to quarrels and disputes
covet
to wish for earnestly; to desire (what belongs to another)
decorum
literary and dramatic propriety; propriety and good taste in conduct or appearance; orderliness
decrepit
wasted and weakened by old age; impaired by use or wear: worn out
deride
to laugh at; to subject to usually bitter or contemptuous ridicule
deviate
to stray especially from standard; to depart from an established course
discordant
disagreeing; quarrelsome; relating to discord
disheveled
hanging loosely or in disorder: unkempt; untidy
disparage
to lower in rank or reputation: degrade
droll
having a humorous or odd quality
duress
forcible restraint, confinement or restriction; compulsion by threat
elated
marked by high spirits: exultant
elucidate
to make clear especially by explanation or analysis
emaciated
to waste away physically; to make feeble; to cause to lose flesh
exemplary
deserving imitation: commendable; serving as a warning
explicated
to give a detailed explanation of; to develop the implications of: analyze logically
exponents
one that interprets; one that champions, practices or exemplifies
fathom
probe; to penetrate and come to understand
fracas
a noisy quarrel: brawl
gnarled
full of knots; crabbed in disposition; snarl, growl; to twist into a state of deformity
grotesque
fanciful, bizarre; departing markedly from the natural, expected or typical
guile
deceitful cunning; obsolete: trick
imbibe
to receive into the mind and retain; drink; to take in
implacable
not capable of being appeased, significantly changed or mitigated
indulge
to give free rein to, to take unrestrained pleasure in; to yield to the desire of
integrity
firm adherence to a code of moral or artistic values; the state of being complete or undivided
irrelevant
not relevant; not applicable or pertinent
itinerary
a detailed plan for a journey, a list of places to visit, plan of travel; route; guidebook for travelers
lamentable
that is to be regretted; expressing grief: mournful
laud
praise, acclaim, extol
limpid
marked by transparency; clear and simple in style; serene and untroubled
magnanimous
showing a lofty and courageous spirit; showing nobility of feeling and generosity of mind
martinet
a strict disciplinarian; a person who stresses a rigid adherence to the details of forms and methods
militated
to have a substantial effect; weigh heavily
misconstrue
to misunderstand the meaning of; take in a wrong sense; misinterpret
misnomers
misapplied or inappropriate name or designation; an error in naming a person/thing
nondescript
no recognized, definite, or particular type or kind; undistinguished or uninteresting; dull
obnoxious
highly offensive; annoying or objectionable due to being a showoff or attracting undue attention to oneself
pandemonium
wild uproar or unrestrained disorder; utter chaos
plagiarism
an act of stealing and passing off idea/words as one's own
poignant
pungent to the smell; affecting or moving the emotions; keenly distressing to the feelings
potent
powerful, mighty; persuasive; having great power or influence
pretext
something that is put forward to conceal a true purpose or object; excuse;
profess
to lay claim to, pretend to; declare openly, announce or affirm, avow or acknowledge; affirm faith in or allegiance to (a religion, God, etc.)
protrude
to project, to thrust forward, cause to project
prowess
exceptional valor, bravery or ability; exceptional or superior ability, skill or strength; a valiant or daring deed
quiescent
being at rest, quiet, still, inactive or motionless
raucous
harsh, strident, grating; rowdy, disorderly
receptive
having the quality of receiving, taking in or admitting; quick to receive knowledge, ideas etc. inclined to receive suggestions
renegade
a person who deserts a party or cause for another
renounce
to give up or put aside voluntarily; give up by formal declaration; repudiate, disown
repress
to put down by force: subdue; to hold in by self-control
rescind
to take away: remove; take back, cancel
respite
a period of temporary delay, an interval of rest or relief; put off, delay
reticent
inclined to be silent or uncommunicative in speech: reserved; restrained, reluctant
retribution
recompense, reward; something given in recompense; the dispensing or receiving of reward or punishment especially in the hereafter
revel
to take intense pleasure or satisfaction
ruminate
to go over in the mind repeatedly and often casually or slowly; to chew repeatedly for an extended period
sedated
to dose with sedatives (agent or drug)
sinuous
of a serpentine or wavy form: winding; marked by strong lithe movements
smug
trim or smart in dress; scrupulously clean, neat or correct; highly self-satisfied
somnolent
likely to induce sleep; inclined to or heavy with sleep: drowsy
stentorian
extremely loud
stipulate
to make an agreement to do or forbear something: contract; to demand a term in an agreement
stultify
to cause to appear or be stupid, foolish or absurdly illogical; to impair, invalidate or make ineffective: negate; to have a dulling or inhibiting effect on
superficial
concerned only with the obvious or apparent: shallow
tacitly
expressed or carried on without words or speech; implied (as an act of silence) but not actually expressed
tangible
capable of being perceived by the sense of touch; substantially real: material
voluble
easily rolling or turning: rotating; characterized by ready or rapid speech: glib, fluent
waive
give up, forsake; to relinquish voluntarily; to put off from immediate consideration: postpone
wastrel
vagabond, waif; one who expends resources foolishly and self-indulgently
whet
to make keen or more acute: excite, stimulate