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McNevin English Vocab

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patois
a nonstandard dialect.n
malapropism
a humorous confusion of words.n
linguistics
study of a language.n (linguistic) (linguist)
neologism
a new word.n
annotation
an explanatory note.n (annotate)
appellation
a name or title.n
parlance
a particular manner of speaking.n
eponym
a person whose name is used to make a word.n (eponymous)
polyglot
using several languages.adj
vulgar
crude or indecent.adj (vulgarity)
proclivity
an inclination.n
in vain
without success.adv
preposterous
absurd.adj
contingent
conditional.adj (contingency)
eventuality
a possibility.n (eventual)
prone
likely to do.adj
implausible
unlikely.adj (implausibility)
inconceivable
impossible to grasp fully.adj
theoretical
unproven.adj (theory)
perchance
perhaps.adv
evolve
to develop slowly.v
modulate
to adjust.v
immutable
unchangeable.adj
protean
readily taking on different forms.adj
inveterate
established.adj
sporadic
irregular.adj
malleable
able to be shaped.adj
volatile
wide variation.adj
metamorphosis
a transformation.n
transmute
to change form.v
obfuscate
make more difficult.v
ruminate
to think deeply about.v
stymie
to frustrate of thwart.v
surmise
to guess.v
tenet
principle or belief.n
abstruse
hard to understand.adj
acumen
keen insight.n
ascertain
discover.v
cerebral
of the brain.adj
faculty
ability.n
evasion
clever avoidance.n
malinger
to fake illness to avoid work.v
oblique
not direct.adj
shirk
to neglect.v
shun
to willfully ignore.v
abeyance
suspension.n
abstemious
restricted to bare necessities.adj
circumvent
to go around.v
elude
to avoid capture.v
eschew
to avoid or to abstain.v
converge
to come together.v
crux
key point.n
degradation
a decline.n
initiate
to begin.v
penultimate
next to last.adj
pivotal
crucial.adj
sequel
next in the series.n
supercede
to replace.v
tangential
irrelevant.adj
terminate
to end.v
aspersions
damaging remarks, slanders.n
compunction
unease due to guilt.n
derision
ridicule.n
disapprobation
moral disapproval.n
ostracize
to banish, exclude, or shun.v
rebuke
to criticize sharply.v
revulsion
intense disgust.n
scurrilous
vulgar; abusive.adj
spurn
to reject scornfully.v
vitriolic
very harsh, bitter.adj
accountable
responsible.adj
assiduous
conscientious.adj
default
the failure to fulfill an obligation.n
feckless
ineffective.adj
incumbent
holding an office or position.adj
liability
a handicap.n
mandatory
required.adj
negligence
lack of proper care or attention.n
onerous
difficult to bear.adj
remiss
lax or careless.adj