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SAT Vocabulary

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vociferous
clamorous
effusive
overflowing, pouring out
risque
daringly close to indelicacy or impropriety;
extraneous
not essential
sporadic
occurring irregularly
incontrovertible
impossible to deny or disprove
impervious
not affected or hurt by; admitting of no passage or entrance
infallibility
the quality of never making an error
doggedness
persistent determination
vacillation
changing location by moving back and forth
exploratory
serving in or intended for exploration or discovery
hitherto
up to this point or up to the present time
mercenary
profit oriented
hailed
Greeted by signaling or calling out to
pretension
a claim
stymied
prevent progress
disgruntled
in a state of sulky dissatisfaction
upheld
supported
unmarred
undamaged; uninjured
hallowed
greatly respected; holy; sacred
eclectic
selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
invidious
offensive, hateful; tending to cause bitterness and resentment
dogmatic
characterized by arrogant assertion of unproved or unprovable principles
sanguine
confidently optimistic and cheerful
intransigence
refusal to moderate a position or to compromise
liberality
the trait of being generous in behavior and temperament
doctrinaire
a stubborn person of arbitrary or arrogant opinions
fatuous
complacently or inanely foolish
ennoble
To elevate, to raise in rank
salutary
beneficial, helpful; healthful, wholesome
paradigm
the generally accepted perspective of a particular discipline at a given time
periphery
a boundary line; perimeter; an outside surface
expatriate
refugee; emigrant; someone living away from his own country
wayward
disobedient, willful; unpredictable, capricious
exemplary
serving to warn/model
indictments
written statements charging a party with the commission of a crime
depravities
corrupt, wicked state
jingoism
fanatical patriotism
bureaucratization
a complicated organized system; rules and regulations
dictum
an authoritative declaration
concessions
things given or granted as privileges
aspersion
an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
currency
general acceptance or use
egalitarian
a person who believes in the equality of all people
iconoclast
someone who tries to destroy traditional ideas or institutions
dilettante
an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge
purveyor
someone who supplies provisions (especially food)
vicarious
suffered or done by one person as a substitute for another
vilify
to defame; slander
vitriolic
extremely caustic; sharp and bitter
waive
relinquish
wanton
immoral;senseless, lust
whet
to sharpen; to make stronger
writhe
twist or squirm
impugned
challenged; called into question
jettisoned
The act of discarding or casting overboard
flotsam
the floating wreckage of a ship
raiment
especially fine or decorative clothing
churlish
having a bad disposition
mercurial
liable to sudden unpredictable change
disingenuous
not straightforward or candid
phlegmatic
slow-moving, sluggish; unemotional
wistful
showing pensive sadness
languid
lacking spirit or liveliness
inclusive
including much or everything
edifying
enlightening or uplifting so as to encourage intellectual or moral improvement
enlightening
tending to increase knowledge or dissipate ignorance
elaborate
developed or executed with care and in minute detail
retrenchment
the reduction of expenditures in order to become financial stable
unequivocal
admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding
tenuous
having little substance or significance; thin
ineffable
defying expression or description in words
torrid
emotionally charged and vigorously energetic, very hot or oppresive
guarded
cautious; careful
multifaceted
having many aspects
appraised
evaluated; judged
sprawling
spread out irregularly
desolate
deserted, dreary, lifeless
curative
a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain
obtrusive
sticking out
bucolic
relating to shepherds or herdsmen or devoted to raising sheep or cattle
sundry
various; miscellaneous
remonstrance
the act of expressing earnest opposition or protest
erudition
profound scholarly knowledge
pedagogy
the activities of educating or instructing or teaching
reconciled
made compatible or consistent, settle
sanctimonious
hypocritically pious
discriminating
showing or indicating careful judgment and discernment especially in matters of taste
coddled
treated with excessive indulgence
chided
scolded
prodded
to poke or jab with or as if with something pointed
ousted
pushed out of a position
equivocal
open to question, doubtful nature
unwarranted
incapable of being justified or explained
appalled
horrified
bereft
deprived
revisionists
people who rewrite or reassess
panacea
hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases
tacit
unspoken, silent; implied, inferred
winnow
separate, blow upon
finagle
achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods
supplant
take the place or move into the position of
virile
..., characteristic of a man
insouciance
nonchalance or a lack of concern
felicitous
exhibiting an agreeably appropriate manner or style
purported
alleged; claimed; reputed or rumored;
vignettes
brief descriptive sketches
perfunctory
hasty and without attention to detail
preemptive
designed or having the power to deter or prevent an anticipated situation or occurrence
collusion
secret agreement
sermonizing
preaching
dilatory
tending to delay
boon
something to be thankful for
histrionics
a deliberate display of emotion for effect;dramatic representation
inequities
unfair circumstances
reminiscent
serving to bring to mind
garish
glaring; tastelessly showy or overdecorated in a vulgar or offensive way
tractable
easily controlled; yielding
prefatory
serving as an introduction or preface
proleptic
anticipatory, pre-supposed, preceding an argument as to anticipate and preclude the outcome
redacted
revise; edit
orthographic
the view of an object when you look at the top, front, back, left, right. 2D/flat
conjunctive
an uninflected function word that serves to conjoin words or phrases or clauses or sentences
ignoble
completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose
scurrilous
expressing offensive reproach
confound
mistake one thing for another
repudiate
to disown or refuse to acknowledge
circumstantial
consisting only of details
petulant
easily irritated
treacly
overly sweet
consecrated
solemnly dedicated to or set apart for a high purpose
prosaic
not fanciful or imaginative
equitable
implying justice dictated by reason, conscience, and a natural sense of what is fair to all
indictment
harsh criticism
conflagration
a very intense and uncontrolled fire
consummate
complete or perfect in the highest degree; to bring to a state of completion or perfection
laconic
using few words in speech
pithy
brief or full of meaning, concise
quiescent
quiet, still, inactive
diffuse
not spread out; wordy
grandiloquent
using big and fancy words as an attempt to impress
voluble
talking a great deal with ease;glib
presumptuous
too forward or bold; overstepping boundaries
pretentious
pretending or feigning increased importance
supercilious
proud and scornful; looking down at others
derivative
taken from something all ready exisiting
vapid
lacking freshness and zest, stale
allay
to lessen fear;to calm to relieve pain
conciliate
to win a person over by reconciling
mediate
to act as a go-between in conflicts
affable
approachable, easy to talk to
congenial
compatible; having similar tastes
convivial
sociable, outgoing in a festive way;fond of good company
captious
made for the sake of quibbling, cantankerous
polemical
inclined to argue or debate;controversial
largess
generous giving
magnanimous
generous in overlooking insult or injuries imposed by others
prodigal
wasteful;lavish
penurious
stingy;destitute
debacle
a failure or breakdown
quagmire
a difficult situation; a bog
baneful
causing ruin; harmful;pernicious
iniquitous
showing a lack of fairness;wicked;vicious
odious
loathsome;evil;revolting
nefarious
very mean
pernicious
very destructive typically inconspicuously
rancorous
deeply hateful or spiteful
deprecate
show mild disapproval
rebuff
to snuff;bluntly refuse
reprove
to speak in a disapproving manner
byzantine
highly involved or intricate
multifarious
having many aspects
patronage
(politics) granting favors or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support
sophistry
misleading but clever
partisanship
bias in favor of a party or cause
intemperance
lack of moderation
ingenuous
frank
solicitous
showing concern for others' needs
seditious
inciting rebellion
subversive
tending to overthrow government
corollary
consequence of something
profundity
intellectual depth
perquisites
benefits and privileges
invocation
the act of appealing for help
penchant
a strong liking
tribulation
sufferings
venality
openness to bribery or corruption
libelous
(used of statements) harmful and often untrue
repertory
the range of works an artist can produce or perform
barrage
the rapid and continuous delivery of linguistic communication (spoken or written)
rehash
old material that is slightly reworked and used again
expedient
appropriate to a purpose
diaphanous
so thin as to transmit light
ascendancy
domination
embitter
make worse
engender
cause;produce
motley
having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly
amassed
brought together into a group or crowd
contemptible
deserving of contempt or scorn
empathetic
showing empathy or ready comprehension of others' states
entourage
the group following and attending to some important person
timeworn
repeated too often
spurn
reject with contempt
modicum
a small or moderate or token amount
surfeit
indulge (one's appetite) to satiety
miffed
aroused to impatience or anger
jaded
(adj.) wearied, worn-out, dulled (in the sense of being satiated by excessive indulgence)
recrimination
The act of accusing in return; opposing another charge
glacial
extremely cold or slow moving
reprieve
relieve temporarily
deferment
act of putting off to a future time
procure
to obtain through special effort; to bring about
expeditious
characterized by speed and efficiency
exemplars
excellent examples of
obsequious
attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
extirpation
the act of pulling up or out
aural
of or pertaining to hearing or the ear
ignominy
a state of dishonor
ineptitude
unskillfulness resulting from a lack of training
rectitude
uprightness as a consequence of being honorable and honest
manifesto
a public declaration of intentions (as issued by a political party or government)
prospectus
a catalog listing the courses offered by a college or university
arbitrary
Unreasonable; based on one's wishes or whims without regard for reason or fairness
elan
impetuous ardor; passion
surly
inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace
ditty
poem intended to be sung
dirge
a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person
discursive
(of e.g. speech and writing) tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range of subjects
factitious
artificial; produced artificially; sham; false; Ex. factitious tears
euphoric
exaggerated feeling of well-being or elation
oracular
obscurely prophetic`
append
fix to
slapstick
a boisterous comedy with chases and collisions and practical jokes
cynical
doubtful or distrustful of the goodness or sincerity of human motives
impiety
irreverence; lack of respect for God or pietym9
scrupulous
principled, having a strong sense of right and wrong; conscientious and exacting
bastion
a group that defends a principle
bulwark
support
hidebound
stubbornly conservative and narrow-minded
recalcitrant
stubborn, disobedient; defiant
din
ongoing long noise
discordant
lacking harmony or agreement
exalt
praise
panegyrize
praise person in speech
venerate
show or feel great respect for
profuse
abundant
alimentary
relating to food or nutrition
palatable
pleasing to taste buds
ephemeral
lasting a short time
evanescent
vanishing quickly
contiguous
very close or connected in space or time
demagogue
an orator who appeals to the passions and prejudices of his audience
backslider
someone who lapses into previous undesirable patterns of behavior
prognosticator
someone who makes predictions of the future (usually on the basis of special knowledge)
tout
advertise in strongly positive terms
efficacious
producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect
slovenly
negligent of neatness especially in dress and person
machinations
plots and plans
baroque
elaborate an extensive ornamentation in decorative art and architecture
explicit
precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable
compunction
a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
pejorative
expressing disapproval
trenchant
clearly or sharply defined to the mind
maven
someone with special knowledge about a particular subject
earthy
rough
bereavement
state of sorrow over the death or departure of a loved one
picayune
(informal terms) small and of little importance
itinerant
wandering
peripatetic
moving or wandering about;itinerant
transient
temporary;lasting for a short time
transitory
fleeting
antiquity
ancient times
contemporary
modern view, relating to same time period
covert
secret;hidden
artisan
skillful with hands
incidental
not important; minor
peripheral
only marginally connected to what is important; at the boundary of vision
acute
sharp-minded people; intensity
delusion
false opinion or belief
impudent
rude; disrespectful
indigenous
native
indigent
poor
indignant
angry
intimate
to suggest or hint at
bolster
support; strengthen
fastidious
meticulous
recount
tell a story
surpass
to excel
aggregate
sum or mixture
insuperable
impossible to overcome
raze
tear down or destroy
replete
filled up overflowing
insurgent
one rebels
sardonic
sarcastic but bitter
pedantic
showiness in teaching; over-analyzing details
parable
brief story intended to teach a lesson
extenuating
guilt diminishing
abjure
reject; renounce
abrogate
abolish
alacrity
eagerness; speed
approbation
praise
blandish
coax via flattery
brusque
short abrupt; dismissive
buffet
strike with force
burnish
polish, shine
butress
support; holds to give support
contrite
eager to be forgiven; penitent
decry
criticize openly
demure
quiet and reserved
dither
be indecisive
effulgent
splendid; spectacular
evince
show or reveal
execrable
loathsome; hated
exigent
urgent; critical
expiate
to make amends for
expunge
obliterate; eradicate
extant
existing; not lost
fecund
fertile; fruitful
adumbrate
describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of
expropriation
taking out of an owner's hands (especially taking property by public authority)
circumscribed
showing or determining a boundary
defunct
having ceased to exist or live
prodigious
so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe
ingenue
naïve, unsophisticated person
delude
be false to
abscond
sneak away into the night
affront
insult
aggrieved
distressed
altercation
dispute; fight
analgesic
a medicine used to relieve pain
antiseptic
clean; sterile
arbiter
one who resolves a dispute
archetype
an original model on which something is patterned
arrogate
seize and take control without authority and possibly with force
assail
to attack
atone
repent; make amends
balk
to stop abruptly
bane
burden
winsome
charming
vicissitude
events occurring by chance
verdant
green in color
umbrage
offense; reproach
turpitude
moral corruption
torpid
lethargic
contingent
Dependent on, conditional
tantamount
equivalent in significance
staid
sedate, serious, self-restrained
solipsistic
believing that oneself is all that exists
salient
significant; conspicuous
sacrosanct
holy; sacred
rife
abundant
ribald
crudely humorous
restive
resistant; stubborn
rescind
take back
reprobate
evil; unprincipled
punctilious
eager to follow rules
prurient
lustful; interested in sex
protean
able to change shape; take great variety
propitious
favorable
promulgate
to make known
proclivity
strong inclination
probity
virtue; integrity
primeval
ancient; original
portent
omen
pertinacious
extremely persistent
pellucid
easily intelligible; clear
paragon
model of excellence
palliate
reduce severity of
officious
offering services when not needed
obstreperous
noisy; unruly
oblique
not straightforward
nascent
being born
nadir
lowest point
morass
something that traps and confuses
mawkish
effusively or insincerely emotional
maudlin
weakly senimental
manifold
diverse; varied
maelstrom
violent whirlpool sucking in everything, a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction
limpid
clear; transparent
licentious
lacking morals
legerdemain
deception
latent
hidden but capable of being exposed
inveterate
firmly established, long-standing; habitual
invective
diatribe; angry verbal attack
inure
to become accustomed
inexorable
incapable of being persuaded
indefatigable
can't be defeated, showing sustained enthusiastic action with unflagging vitality
inchoate
unformed; formless
impinge
impact; infringe
impertinent
rude; insolent
hegemony
displaying domination over others
harangue
ranting speech
hapless
unlucky
fractious
irritable
fetid
foul order
monomania
excessive concentration on one idea or subject
mien
external appearance
meretricious
tastelessly showy
palatial
magnificent
panoply
full set of armor
sybarite
a person addicted to luxury and pleasures of the senses
capacious
large in capacity
quotidian
occurring daily; commonplace
execrate
curse or declare to be evil or anathema or threaten with divine punishment
defile
spot, stain, or pollute
doggerel
poor verse
sallow
unhealthy looking
plume
a feather or cluster of feathers worn as an ornament
occlude
block passage through
fanfare
a spectacular public display
balm
any of various aromatic resinous substances used for healing and soothing
insinuate
to imply stealthily
disseminate
scatter widely
disaffected
having lost faith or loyalty
inscrutable
difficult to fathom or understand
arcane
known by a few
insular
isolated;narrow or provincial
indict
to officially charge with wrong doing or crime
parity
equality in status, amount, value
remiss
lax, negligent
squelch
to crush by trampling
gratuitous
given freely
belie
misrepresent, disguise
specious
seemingly true but false
erratic
inconsistent
impetus
impelling force
flag
decline in vigor
subterfuge
a deceptive stratagem or device
synergy
combined action
incongruous
lacking in harmony
sonorous
producing a deep or full sound
redolent
having a strong distinctive fragrance
soporific
inducing sleep
burgeon
to grow or flourish
distend
swell via external pressure
flippant
disrespectfully humorous
empirical
derived from experiment and observation rather than theory
sportive
given to merry frolicking
aboriginal
primary native
absolve
pardon
abut
border
accede
agree to
accost
approach a person
accouter
equipment
acrophobia
fear of heights
actuarial
calculating
adjunct
something added on or opened
adulterate
make impure by adding tainted ingredients
advent
arrival
aerie
nest of a large bird
affected
pretended
affidavit
written statement made under oath
alcove
small nook
alienate
separate
alimony
payments to ex-spouse
allege
state without proof
allegory
story in which characters are symbols
ambiance
environment; atmosphere
amble
moving at a gentle pace
anesthetic
substance removing sensation
animus
hostile feeling or intent
annals
records; history
annotate
make explanatory notes
anoint
consecrate
antecede
precede
anticlimax
let down in emotion
aplomb
poise; assurance
apostate
one who abandons religious faith
apotheosis
elevation to godhood
apparatus
equipment
appellation
name; title
apposite
appropriate; fitting
apprise
inform
apropos
regarding
aquiline
curved; hooked
arcade
covered passageway
archetype
primitive type
aria
operatic solo
arraign
charge in court
array
draw up
arrears
being in debt
artifice
deception; trickery
artless
without deceit; guileless
aseptic
preventing information
asperity
sharpness of temper
aspirant
seeker of position or status
assay
analyze; evaluate
astringent
binding; causing contraction
asunder
into parts
atavism
revision to earlier type; throwback
attenuate
make thin or weak
attrition
wearing away opposition by harrasment
audit
examinations of account
august
majestic
aver
assert confidently
avocation
secondary or minor occupation
avow
declare openly
axiom
self-evident truth requiring no proof
badinage
teasing conversation
ballast
heavy substance needed for support
bandy
discuss lightly
curt
marked by rude or peremptory shortness
utilitarian
functional
lambastes
chastise, scold
precipitated
caused to happen
stipend
wage
serenade
a musical composition in several movements
disarming
neutralizing hostility
epitaph
brief saying about dead person
belatedly
later than usual or than expected
adjudicate
settle a matter
adjure
appeal to
anodyne
source of comfort
askance
with disapproval
avuncular
like an uncle, warm
balk
stop short
beatific
displaying calmness and joy
becalm
to soothe
becloud
obscure
bedraggle
soiled, wet, and limp
beget
produce
bilious
ill-tempered
bursar
keeper of funds
cloying
sickly sweet
condole
express sympathy
confluence
act of two things flowing together
consanguineous
having same lineage, junction or meeting place
continence
self-control
coquette
flirtatious women
coterie
intimate group of persons with similar purpose
countervail
act equal in force
cull
weed out
diluvial
relating to a flood
dissident
person who disagrees with established systems
dour
sullen and gloomy
effluvia
waste; odorous fumes given off by waste
elegy
mournful poem, typically about the dead
emollient
soothing to skin
epochal
momentous. highly significant
eponymous
referring to the name of a person, a mythical being, or a literary figure associated with something, or to a word incorporating the name of such a person
ersatz
artificial substitution
espouse
take up and support
espy
catch sight of
excoriate
censure scathingly
expound
describe in detail
febrile
feverish, marked by intense emotion
feckless
ineffective, worthless
filibuster
to use obstructionist tactics, prolonged speeches, to delay
fodder
raw material for artistic ideas
forego
precede, go ahead
furlough
leave of absence
gamely
spirited, brave
gauche
lacking social refinement
husband
manage economically
imbibe
receive in the mind and take in
imperturbable
unshakably calm and steady
importunate
extremely urgent
imprecation
curse
impute
lay responsibility or blame on
incarnadine
blood red
incorrigible
incapable of being amended or corrected, difficult to control
inquest
investigation
insensate
lacking sensability
inter
to bury
internecine
mutually destructive, equally devastating to both sides
interregnum
a temporary halting of usual operations of goverment
lampoon
ridicule with satire
lecherous
lewd, lustful
libertine
free thinker, without moral restraint
macabre
dwelling on the gruesome
malaise
feeling of unease or depression
malapropism
accidental use of word ironically having contradictory meaning
malfeasance
wrong-doing, misconduct, by public official
milieu
the environment
missive
written note or letter
mordant
caustic
mores
fixed customs or manners
mote
a small particle a speck
opine
express an opinion
opprobrious
disgraceful, shameful
paean
a tribute, a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
palimpsest
having diversive layers or aspects beneath the surface
panache
flamboyance in style
paramount
of supreme importance
pare
reduce
patent
evident
peculate
embezzle
peregrinate
travel on foot
philistine
person guided by materialism
pique
provoke
potable
suitable for drinking
presage
something that foreshadows
prestidigitation
cleverly executed trick, sleight of hand
proffer
offer for acceptance
puissant
powerful
recidivism
tendency to relapse
relegate
send into exile
remission
lessening of intensity
repose
relaxation, leisure
requite
return or repay
rostrum
elevated platform for public speaking
salacious
appealing to sexual desires
seamy
morally degrading, unpleasant
seminal
influential, providing basis for further development
seraphic
angelic, sweet
sinecure
well-paying job with not much work
sobriquet
nickname
sojourn
temporary stay
stastis
stagnation
sully
tarnish
surmount
conquer or overcome
tautological
redundancy
tawdry
cheap, gaudy, showy
titular
existing in title no true power
tortuous
having many twists and turns
trounce
beat severely
veritable
being without question
vim
vitality
wan
sickly pale
wax
increase gradually
wry
dry humor
yen
strong desire, carving
avant-garde
cutting edge
bequest
gift upon person's death
brook
endure
bungle
mess up
constituents
voters
denuded
make infertile or ineffective
desultory
aimless, lacking a plan
edifice
building
expurgate
to delete obscene material from text
incumbent
one who holds political office
nonplussed
confused to point of being unable to act/speak
pontificate
speak in supercilious manner
precept
rule or behavior of action
profligate
extravagant to a fault
refractory
stubborn
sanction
approve
spate
outpouring
threadbare
very worn, and shabby
unheralded
unannounced
vaunt
brag or boast
venial
forgivable
victuals
food
vitiate
render ineffective
waylay
ambush
wheedle
coax
ajar
slightly open
bevy
large group
buxom
plump
cabal
small group of people united under one interest
cadaver
corpse
cant
insincere expression of piety
canter
slow gallop
canto
division of long poem
cardinal
chief
careen
lurch; sway from side to side
caricature
exaggerated picture or description
carnage
destruction of life
carnal
fleshy
catechism
instruction by question and answer
catholic
broadly sympathetic
cavalcade
procession
cavalier
offhand or casual; given to haughty disregard of others
cavil
make frivolous objections
celibate
unmarried
centrifugal
radiating; departing from center
chafe
warm by rubbing
chaff
worthless products of an endeavor
chasten
punish others in order to correct
cherubic
angelic; innocent-looking
choleric
hot tempered
clamber
climb by crawling
clangor
loud resounding sound
clime
region; climate
cloister
monastery or convent
clout
great influence
cogent
convincing
cogitate
think over
cognate
related linguistically
coiffure
hairstyle
collate
examine in order to verify authenticity
comatose
extremely sleepy, lethargic; unconscious
comeuppance
rebuke; deserts
commensurate
equal in extent
complaisant
trying to please; obliging
concurrent
happening at the same time
congeal
coagulate; freeze
congenital
existing at birth
conjugal
pertaining to marriage
connivance
assistance
connubial
pertaining to marriage
consonance
harmony
construe
explain
contention
claim; thesis
contraband
illegal trade
contravene
contradict; oppose
conversant
familiar with
convoke
call together
corrugate
winkled; ridged
regressive
opposing progress
meritorious
deserving reward or praise
monikers
A nickname
gentrified
very or excessively refined and elegant
ancillary
relating to something that is added but is not essential
bipartisan
supported by both sides
farce
obvious humor
pantomime
a performance using gestures and body movements without words
ombudsman
a government appointee who investigates complaints by private persons against the government
sentient
consciously perceiving
traipse
walk or tramp about
saunter
a leisurely walk (usually in some public place)
syncopated
stressing a normally weak beat
eviscerate
take away a vital or essential part of
opacity
the quality of being opaque to a degree
maladroit
clumsy; not skillful; awkward; bungling
penury
a state of extreme poverty or destitution
ruffle
discompose
resound
praise
denigrate
charge falsely or with malicious intent
gruff
deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion
concede
acknowledge defeat
propitiate
make peace with
nettle
cause annoyance in
oppugn
challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of
penurious
excessively unwilling to spend
chary
characterized by great cautious and wariness
exiguous
extremely scanty
temararious
careless
provident
providing carefully for the future
tenebrous
dark and gloomy
disparate
fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind
profligacy
dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
intractable
Stubborn, difficult to manage
epigram
a witty saying
vertiginous
having or causing a whirling sensation
interminable
tiresomely long
levy
the act of drafting into military service
provincial
a country person
bifurcation
the act of splitting into two branches
exacting
requiring precise accuracy
ad-libbed
to improvise, to make up
jarring
making or causing a harsh and irritating sound
jaunty
having a cheerful, lively, and self-confident air
beleaguered
to harass; beset
profligate
recklessly wasteful
echelon
a diffraction grating consisting of a pile of plates of equal thickness arranged stepwise with a constant offset
beauteous
poetic
extroverted
outgoing or interested in people
profusion
the property of being extremely abundant
contrivance
the act of devising something
interloper
someone who intrudes on the privacy or property of another without permission
miasma
an unwholesome atmosphere
pedestrian
banal, dull
recondite
difficult to penetrate
forestall
keep from happening or arising
sedulous
marked by care and persistent effort
germane
relevant
irrevocable
impossible to retract or revoke
renege
go back on one's words
watershed
tipping point
non sequitur
a statement that does not logically relate to what comes before it
fiscal
involving financial matters
automation
a mindless follower
uncouth
rude, vulgar
bowdlerize
edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
covet
to crave or desire
draconian
severe, harsh, cruel
evocation
imaginative recreation
extricate
get out of difficult situation
gerrymander
divide unfairly and to one's advantage
halcyon
peaceful
martinet
someone who demands exact conformity to rules and forms
spartan
plain;austere
voluptuous
having strong sexual appeal
debauched
unrestrained by convention or morality
tongue-in-cheek
expressing a thought in a way that appears to be sincere, but is actually joking
uncanny
beyond what is natural
forbearance
a delay in enforcing rights or claims or privileges
salve
soothing balm
veneer
(n.) a thin outer layer; a surface appearance or decoration; (v.) to cover with a thin layer
yoke
join or link securely
concourse
a coming together of people`
conscription
forced military service
verisimilitude
the appearance of truth
incendiary
a bomb that is designed to start fires
smarmy
unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech
proscribe
forbid
exult
to express great joy
episodic
limited in duration to a single episodea
epistles
letters
inexplicable
incapable of being explained or accounted for
aback
startled; suprised
abeyance
temporary cessation or suspension
abject
wretched
ablution
washing; cleansing
aboveboard
honest; frank
accretion
addition; increase
acquit
free of guilt
adduce
advance evidence for
ado
trouble; fuss
ague
Fever and chills
albatross
constant burden
albeit
although
allegro
a brisk and lively tempo
ambuscade
secret or hidden attack
au courant
fully informed
avoirdupois
excess bodily weight
azure
blue
bacchanalia
wild with drunkenness
bagatelle
thing of little value
bauble
trinket
beset
attack
bestride
to mount a horse
bivouac
temporary shelter
blase
nonchalantly unconcerned
blazon
(v.) to adorn or embellish; to display conspicuously; to publish or proclaim widely
bluster
speak noisily
bon mot
witty remark
boreal
northern
borne
carried on
botch
mess up
bourgeoisie
middle-class
brigand
robber
browbeat
bully; intimidate
bruit
spread new
brunt
shock, force or impac
brash
rude
bugbear
something causing fear
bumptious
conceited; arrogant
cadence
rhythm; beat
caesura
pause
callow
young and inexperienced
canon
rule; law; standard
canvass
make a survey
carapace
shell; hard protective cover
cartel
association of business firms
clarion
loud and clear
cloven
divided; split
coadjutor
assistant; helper
CYNOSURE
something that strongly attracts attention and admiration
dais
platform
debauch
corrupt
decadence
moral deterioration
deciduous
not permanent; passing
decrepit
broken down
defalcate
misuse funds
defoliate
to strip of leaves
defray
pay cost of
demur
take exception
descry
discover
desuetude
a state of inactivity or disuse
dissimulate
to hide one's feelings
diurnal
daily
prattle
babble
antipodes
opposite, opposite sides (of the Earth)
platonic
free from physical desire
immodest
having or showing an exaggerated opinion of your importance, ability, etc
facsimile
identical copy
bravura
brilliant and showy technical skill
bravado
a swaggering show of courage
chagrin
(n.) irritation or humiliation caused by disappointment or frustration; (v.) to cause such a feeling
despondent
without or almost without hope
parch
cause to wither or parch from exposure to heat
drubbed
beaten
vagary
an unexpected and inexplicable change in something (in a situation or a person's behavior, etc.)
unfetter
set free
ruse
a deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture)
regale
provide with choice or abundant food or drink
pallid
abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress
salve
comfort; relief
stevedores
dock
goad
urge; provoke
forthright
characterized by directness in manner or speech
foundered
sank
dispatch
the act of sending off something, the property of being prompt and efficient
deliberation
the trait of thoughtfulness in action or decision
affray
public brawl
amok
freaked out; violently pissed off
baneful
poisonous; deadly
barrister
Lawyer
bawdy
lewd or obscene talk or writing
betroth
become engaged
bumptious
self-assertive
cauterize
burn tissue
comestible
food
comport
behave in a particular way
countermand
cancel a command
crestfallen
dejected
CRUX
main point
demur
object mildly
derogate
detract;take away
descry
catch sight of something difficult to catch
educe
elicit
effete
weak;decaddent
equipoise
equality; balance;equilibrium
ethereal
characterized by lightness and insubstantiality
exact
demand
exhume
REMOVE FROM A GRAVE
foible
weakness or flaw
foment
stir up; agitate
forbearance
patience
formication
hallucinated sensation that insects or snakes are crawling over the skin
froward
stubborn
fulminate
explode, roar
gibe
heckle; pick on
gloaming
twilight
grisly
gory
hirsute
hairy`
homily
semonlike speech
imbue
mark wet; inspirel
impunity
freedom from punishment
incubus
someone who depresses or worries others
jocose
merry; joking
ken
range of knowledge
lacerate
rip, mutilate
lascivious
lewd
limacine
of or resembling a slug
lucubration
hard, scholarly studying
nexus
bond or link joining 2 things
nuance
a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
occult
supernatural forces and events and beings collectively
officious
obnoxious
orifice
gap or opening
pedant
dull person knowing a lot
plaintive
sad
presage
give warning of something in future
proboscis
nose
queasy
nauseated
quip
snappy response
quorum
a gathering of the minimal number of members of an organization to conduct business
ratiocination
logical and methodical reasoning
redoubtable
awe-inspiring
retrograde
move back to inferior position
ruddy
healthy;reddish glow
shiftless
lack of competence
tempestuous
stormy
tirade
long lengthy speech
upshot
outcome
idolatrous
blindly or excessively devoted or adoring
lurid
shining with an unnatural red glow as of fire seen through smoke
incumbent
current holder
facade
a showy misrepresentation intended to conceal something unpleasant
sedate
cause to be calm or quiet as by administering a sedative to
jocularity
activity characterized by good humor
intrusive
tending to intrude (especially upon privacy)
protracted
relatively long in duration
cult-film
a motion picture of limited but special appeal to a particular group of film goers-devotion to the film is such that it follows attend showings time and again -the peculiar, often
brusque
marked by rude or peremptory shortness
menagerie
a collection of live animals for study or display
cavalcade
a procession of people traveling on horseback
perverse
marked by immorality
conflate
mix together different elements
bemoan
regret strongly
penance
voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for some wrongdoing
consign
give over to another for care or safekeeping
mire
cause to get stuck as if in a mire
posterity
all future generations
subdued
lacking in light
sprightly
energetically
nominal
being such in name only
lugubrious
excessively mournful
bungler
someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence
floundering
to struggle clumsily or helplessly
reconstituted
reconstructed, reorganized
panoramic
denoting an unobstructed and comprehensive view; N. panorama: unbroken view of a wide area
retrograde
go back over
mainstay
a central cohesive source of support and stability
gibe
an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect
tryst
a secret rendezvous (especially between lovers)
consummate
perfect example
emporium
a large retail store organized into departments offering a variety of merchandise
RESIDUAL
something left after other parts have been taken away
compromise
settle by concession
propitiatory
intended to reconcile or appease
magisterial
authoritative; overbearing
veer
turn sharply
sensationalism
the journalistic use of subject matter that appeals to vulgar tastes
intercede
act between parties with a view to reconciling differences
interloper
someone who intrudes on the privacy or property of another without permission
acquisitive
eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas
reappraise
assess again; reevaluate
betroth
become in engaged
bumptious s
self-assertive
descry
perceive
ethereal
not of material world
fawn
overly admire
fulminate
to explode
impunity
freedfrom from punishment
quorum
min number
contravene
go against, as of rules and laws
collegial
characterized by or having authority vested equally among colleagues
obviate
to anticipate and prevent; to remove, dispose of
delimit
set, mark, or draw the boundaries of something
adumbrate
foreshadow by partially disclosing
affray
public brawl
baleful
exerts an evil influence
bawdy
obscene; coarse; humorous
captious
fault-finding
comport
behave in a particular way
divers
several
effete
weak, decadent
foment
agitate
froward
stubborn
imbue
inspire
incubus
mental burden
invidious
offensive, hateful; tending to cause bitterness and resentment
lucubration
laborious cogitation
obtrude
force one's ideas on to others
occult
supernatural phenomenon
pedant
knowledgeable but little practical experience
table
remove from consideration
adverse
in an opposing direction
demur
take exception to
canton
small territorial regions
confidante
a female confidant
complicity
association with wrongdoing
antedate
establish something as being earlier relative to something else
gadfly
a persistently annoying person
obloquy
a malicious attack
scatological
dealing pruriently with excrement and excretory functions
shaggy-dog story
convoluted story in the jokes category, ending in the play on words of a familiar saying or proverb; form of meta-folklore
stigmatize
to accuse or condemn or openly or formally or brand as disgraceful
debauched
corrupt
entendre
ambiguity of meaning
exorcising
expelling; removing an evil spirit
geriatrics
the branch of medical science that deals with diseases and problems specific to old people
gall
bitterly endure
ineluctable
impossible to avoid or evade:"inescapable conclusion"
miasma
corrupting influence
sophomoric
immature and overconfident; conceited
stanchion
any vertical post or rod used as a support
stultify
deprive of strength or efficiency
voyeur
peeping tom
callow
lacking experience of life
emanation
the act of emitting
eviscerate
deprive of
exhort
urge on or encourage especially by shouts
lissome
supple and graceful
pejorative
disparaging remark
peremptory
putting an end to all debate or action
sententious
abounding in or given to pompous or aphoristic moralizing
unfetter
set free of restrictions or bonds
vector
guide or change direction
marketability
The ease with which a financial claim can be resold. The greater the marketability of a financial security, the lower its interest rate.
entrepreneurship
the process of starting, organizing, managing, and assuming the responsibility for a business
windfall
good fortune
skittish
unpredictably excitable (especially of horses)
enumerate
specify individually
stock character
a fictional character that relies heavily on cultural types or stereotypes for its personality manner of speech and other characteristics. Stock characters are instantly recognizable to members of a given culture.
brooding
preoccupied with depressing, morbid, or painful memories or thoughts
drudgery
hard monotonous routine work
sheepish
showing a sense of shame
voluptuous
furnishing gratification of the senses
expostulated
reasoned earnestly in order to correct
expound
add details, as to an account or idea
extemporize
perform without preparation
mecca
a place that attracts many visitors
conflate
to bring together; to merge into a composite whole
recondite
difficult to understand; profound
numismatic
one involved in the study of coins and medals
plenitude
a full supply
benighted
lacking enlightenment or knowledge or culture
subpoena
a writ issued by court authority to compel the attendance of a witness at a judicial proceeding
exacting
highly detailed
diffident
shy;lacking self-confidence
evocation
imaginative recreation
prodigious
enormous; massive
supposition
inference
belie
give a false impression
covet
strongly desire
endemic
native to one area
pageant
a rich and spectacular ceremony
polarize
break into factions
uncouth
vulgar; sloppy
poignant
touching; heartrendering
impetus
stimulus for encouragement
rustic/pastoral/bucolic
rural
verve
dash and flamboyance
tirade
diatribe
automaton
acting in mindless fashion
bungler
inept person
greenhorn
beginner
renegade
disloyal person
draconian
very harsh and strict
spartan
unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment
excise
take out
extricate
get out of difficult situation
inexorable
relentless; stopless
saga
long narrative poem
subplot
secondary plot
caustic
stinging or bitter
osmosis
gradual process of assimilation
gestate
conceive in mind
remunerate
compensate; salary
accord
formal agreement
arrest
bring to a stop
precipitate
result of action
stock
sterotypical or formulaic
cavalier
arrogant, given to haughty disregard of others
truculent
eager to fight
craven
cowardly
dissolute
immoral
complaisant
agreeable
nuance
degree of difference
cerebral
intellecutal not instinctive
visceral
instinctive
nonplussed
greatly confused
furor
commotion and uproar
stopgap
temporary solution
restitution
compensating for a loss
underwriter
assumes financial responsibility
provincial/parochial/insular
very limited viewpoint
verve
energy in movement; exuberance
vivir
to live
sententiously
given to excessive moralizing; self-righteous
boskage
a mass of trees or shrubs, a thicket
sibilant
a hissing sound
rapport
good relationship
insidious
devious, sinister
disrepute
disgrace
degenerate
immoral, corrupt
intermittent
sporadic
portentous
ominous, pompous
officious
bossy, self-important
relegate
degrade, demote
sovereign
independent
demur
object
quizzical
questioning; curious
reconaissance
exploration
tangential
mostly irrelevant
consecrate
bless, sanctify
gallantry
bravery, courage, daring
redolent
having a strong distinctive fragrance
gaffe
social blunder
introspective
inward-looking, thoughtful
complaisant
showing a cheerful willingness to do favors for others
salvo
barrage, sudden burst
destitute
poor, impoverished
flounder
struggle, have difficulty
repercussion
ramification
aegis
shield
afflatus
creative impulse
a fortiori
for a still stronger, more certain reason
commital
the gravesite service committing the body to the ground as the final rite in a funeral
albedo
proportion reflected
allure
entice by charm
alluvial
relating to sediment
ambit
sphere or scope
amoral
not immoral or moral just indifferent
animadvert
comment critically
aphrodisiac
arousing sexual drive
apothegm
witty saying
argot
jargon; specialized vocabulary
au courant
up to date
augur
predict
bedevil
spoil
bedizen
dress in showy, vulgar manner
littany
n. a long list
benighted
NOT enlightnened
bete noir
something hated
bonhomie
atmosphere of good cheer
bustle
commotion
cadge
beg
canard
false and deliberately misleading
canonical
established principle to apply
cavort
frolic
colloquy
conversation
commune
be sensitive to something
sieve
a strainer for separating lumps from powdered material or grading particles
consign
entrust
cosset
to pamper
coterminous
having common boundaries
cozen
mislead
cynosure
something that strongly attracts attention and admiration
propound
put forward, as of an idea
flout
treat with contemptuous disregard
perverse
resistant to guidance or discipline
pervasive
spreading throughout
piquant
engagingly stimulating or provocative
meteoric
like a meteor in speed or brilliance or transience
intermittent
stopping and starting at irregular intervals
skimpy
less than enough
conscientious
characterized by extreme care and great effort
flotilla
a fleet of small craft
debauchery
corruption
decadence
deterioration
de fact
in fact
deification
making a god
demean
degrade
demotic
relating to people
demur
express doubt
deplore
regret/dissaprove
depredation
loss or damage
desist
stop from doing
desuetude
state of disuse
deus ex machina
artificial method of solving a problem
dialectic
arriving at the truth by exchange of arguments
discomfit
make uneasy
discount
disregard
disquiet
anxious
dissension
difference of opinion
dissonance
lack of agreement; discord
distrait
inattentive
divest
strip, or deprive of
domicile
home
doyen
a man who is senior member fo group
droll
amusing in quaint way
dudgeon
feeling of offense or resentment
resolve
understand the meaning of
dulcet
present sounding
ecumenical
of worldwide scope or applicability
effete
decadent
elysian
blissful
elucidate
clarify
expound
add details, as to an account or idea
emanate
issue forth
emend
correct
emotive
appealing to expressing emotion
encomium
formal expression of praise
enjoin
urge on
ennui
boredom
ensconced
settled comfortable
forsake
leave someone who needs or counts on you
essay
make an attempt
sublime
inspiring awe
etiology
causes or origin
eviscerate
take out vitality
exodus
departure of large number of people
expatiate
speak or write at lengths
extricate
free from
extrinsic
not inherent or essential
exude
give off
exult
rejoice
contumacious
stubborn and disobedient; resisting authority (esp. disobedient to an order made by a court)
lurid
sensational
stopgap
temporary solution
surly
ill-tempered
fecund
capable of producing offspring or vegetation
solicitous
showing great care
concession
a point conceded or yielded
proxy
(n.) an agent, substitute; a written permission allowing one person to act in another's place
grandstanding
showing off
imprimatur
formal and explicit approval
veneer
(n.) a thin outer layer; a surface appearance or decoration; (v.) to cover with a thin layer
travesty
imitation that makes a serious thing seem ridiculous; mockery
swarthy
having a dark complexion
sublime
lifted up or set high
rhapsodize
enthusiams
repose
lie down
refract
distort; change
privation
lacking basic necessities
persual
careful examination
pert
flippant; bold
lurid
ghastly, sensational
limpid
clear; transparent
knell
sound of a bell
interminable
tiresomely long
inoculate
introduce microorganism
incumbent
obligatory
incarnate
in flesh, in body
impinge
make an impression on
impassive
stoic, not responsive to suffering
harrowing
vexing
foment
(v.) to promote trouble or rebellion; to apply warm liquids to, warm
forbearance
patience
expiate
make amends to
excursion
trip
ethereal
heavenly
ennui
boredom
cavort
leap about
carous
party