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61 terms

Vocab #1

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provocative
exciting; attracting attention
advocate
to speak in favor of; support
arrogant
feeling superior to others; snooty
contempt
reproachful disdain
skeptical
doubting (opposite of gullible)
innovate
to be creative; to introduce something new
profound
deep; insightful (the opposite of superficial)
digress
to go off the subject
tenacious
tough; hard to defeat
nostalgia
a sentimental longing for the past; homesickness
denounce
to speak out against; to condemn
pragmatic
practical; down-to-earth; based on experience rather than theory
rigorous
strict; harsh; severe
inevitable
unavoidable; bound to happen
superficial
on the surface only; shallow; not thorough
aesthetic
having to do with artistic beauty; artistic (not to be confused with ascetic, also on the Hit Parade)
disparage
to belittle; to say uncomplimentary things about, usually in a somewhat indirect way
elaborate
detailed; careful; thorough
ambivalent
undecided; blowing hot and cold
esoteric
hard to understand; understod by only a select few; peculiar
subtle
not obvious; able to make fine distinctions; ingenious; crafty
indifferent
not caring one way or the other; mediocre; lacking a preference; neutral
futile
hopeless; without effect
resignation
reluctant acceptance of a bad situation (secondary meaning)
negligence
carelessness
contrite
deeply apologetic; remorseful
objective
without bias (as opposed to subjective)
disdain
arrogant scorn; contempt
reticent
restrained; uncommunicative
mitigate
to lessen the severity of something
refute
to disprove; to prove to be false
brevity
briefness
benign
gentle; not harmful; kind; mild
apathy
lack of emotion or interest
revere
to worship; to honor (think of a reverend)
enigma
mystery
diverse
varied
lucid
clear; easy to understand
redundant
repetitive; unnecessary; excessively wordy
alleviate
to lessen; to relieve, usually temporarily or incompletely; to make bearable
ironic
satiric; unexpected
belligerent
combative; quarrelsome; waging war
neutral
unbiased; not taking sides; objective
anecdote
a brief, entertaining story
articulate
speaking clearly and well
unprecedented
happening for the first time; novel; never seen before
frivolous
not serious; not solemn; with levity
indulgent
lenient; yielding to desire
volatile
quick to evaporate; highly unstable; explosive
stringent
strict; restrictive
deference
submission to another's will; respect; courtesy
congenial
agreeably suitable; pleasant
benefactor
a generous donor
amass
to accumulate
authentic
real
obscure
unclear; clouded; partially hidden; hard to understand
impartial
unbiased; neutral
discriminate
to differentiate; to make a clear distinction; to see the different
abstract
theoretical; lacking substance (the opposite of concrete)
temperate
moderate; restrained
eccentric
not conventional; a little kooky; irregular