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Alacrity
liveliness and eagerness; I was filled with ... when I arrived at GVSU for my first class.
Prosaic
(adj.) dull, lacking in distinction and originality; matter-of-fact, straightforward; Something prose-like, lacking the creativity of poetry.
Veracity
Truthful- note the use of the root.
Paucity
A lack of something. Paula has a ... of good looks...her name is paula.nuff said.
Maintain
To assert; Mitt Romney.... that his comments are not arrogant examples of atrocious mispeak, but rather present the true basis of his beliefs. Seriously.
Contrite
To feel remorse. The athlete, filled with ...., wished she only would have tried a little harder to manage her time instead of quitting the team.
Laconic
Of few words. Batman was ..... And he had a lisp. And a very goofy voice that was supposed to somehow sound intimidating.
Pugnacious
Verbally aggressive. Berkley has a ....attitude and he is not afraid to let everyone know it.
Disparate
Fundamentally different. Two ..... images are linked in a modern piece of poetry to create a desired effect.
Egregious
Standing out in a bad way. Remember greg is flock, but out of the flock in a bad way. Like Claude Lemiuex committed an ..... error when he chose to break Kris Draper's jaw with a blind hit from behind. He paid.Nuff said.
Innocuous
Harmless. My airhead comment to Que, so clearly .... in context and connotation, was not received in the same manner by Que...or her mom. Whoops.
Candid
Open, up front, and honest. A more .....approach may have been better, where I simply explain to Que that she needs to stop questioning everything I say. all the time.
Erratic
Wildly unpredictable. Sometimes teenagers can exhibit ..... behavior based on the hormones charging through their bodies.
Bleak
Depressing view. Orwell may have had a ..... outlook on humanity, but I can't help but agree with him.
Profuse
Over abundance of. Luckily Dan has a ..... amount of chest hair to showcase, which is a feature much admired by his fiancee.
Extant
In existence. Book dealing better be ..... generations from now because I can never replace the satisfaction I get from reading a physical book.
Contentious
Disagreeable. Some of my athletes tend to be highly ....., and no matter what I do, I can never make them happy.
Auspicious
Favorable. An ..... start to our season will not be overshadowed by recent tensions and concerns.
Enervate
Sap energy from. Rather than leaving invigorated by our workout sessions, my athletes are often left ...... after practice. This could be due to lack of proper nutrition, ie eating only a bean burrito prior to practice. mmmm,, healthy.
Equivocate
State vaguely with the intent to deceive. Mitt Romney uses ..... language to avoid ever actually revealing anything about his budget plans....in fear that we might realize they aren't actually feasible. Prevaricate is a great synonym for this one.
Ambivalent
To have mixed emotions. This is not the same as apathetic; because you actually have feelings on both sides as opposed to no feelings at all. I am feeling ...... towards the length of dress for my bridesmaids.
Sedulous
Diligent w/careful attention. I try to coach in a ..... fashion, taking everything into account in a pre-planned manner, as much as I can.
Stem
To flow the tide of. She .... the round of gossip spreading through the team by having them take a simple vote as to practice time.
Blinkered
Limited outlook or understanding. Her ..... reasoning of formation placement made it impossible for her to understand why she was placed in the back row.
Check
Stop its growth. You have to .... that gossip right when it starts....nip it in the bud.
Checkered
Disreputable. Though Kristen may boast a .... past, she is now a well intentioned stay at home momma.
Raft
Large quantity of. A .... of rats would make me vomit. Literally. That's gross.
Involved
Complicated. Some of my student blog questions were too .... for my high school students to accurately answer.
Retiring
To be shy. His .... demeanor made it a challenge to get to know him at first.
Expansive
Communicative and sociable. Though I would never refer to myself as ...., alcohol has truly helped me to learn how to be interesting and open.
Base
Contemptible and ignoble. The 47% of the population that mooches off of the government is a .... ..... to be sure.
Imbibe
Drink in copiously- liquid or wisdom. The teacher .... her wisdom upon the pupil....who wasn't even listening. Oh well.
Inundate
Become overwhelmed by too many things. I often feel ..... by the minutia of my daily schedule. Then I sing a little song and I'm ok.
Scintillating
Brilliant and lively. Me.
Qualify
To limit; usually in the context of an opinion. I love coaching cheerleading, but I sure could do without all of the drama.
Miserly
Cheap and pinching every penny. Negative connotation.
Frugal
Careful about money, positive connotation. No one would ever call me ....., as I spend money frivolously on a routine basis.
Histrionic
Overly theatrical. Some of my athletes behave ...... when it really isn't necessary.
Demur
Object-show reluctance. When the team voted on practice time, she ..... when the group tried to change plans.
Demure
Modest and shy. The debutante played the role of a perfectly .... young lady.
Beatific
Radiates bliss; holy.
Perfunctory
Careless and routine. When your job boils down to a ..... attitude, you should know that it's time to move on.
Peremptory
Bossy and Domineering. Sometimes I give direction in a ..... way because asking nicely is getting us nowhere.
Indigent
Very poor. The ..... in America make up the 47% Mitt Romney is so repulsed by. A Very nice thing to publicly state.
Indignant
Feel anger over a perceived injustice. Que felt ..... towards the remark I made, as innocuous as it was. This injustice was perceived only within her mind.
Arrant
Complete and utter. Mitt Romney is an ..... fool and I would cringe wholeheartedly should he ever be elected as my president.
Errant
Wandering path. With such ..... behavior and hapless commentary, how could he ever make a good president?
Artful
Cunning and wily; the opposite of innocent refers to artless. Neither refer to art itself. A very ..... way to define a term.
Expurgate
Censor- remove objectionable material. The racy scenes in the movie were quickly ...... to allow its showing on the big screen. Meanwhile, they remained intact for the DVD version.
Expunge
Remove completely from the record. I wish someone would ...... the silly act from his record so he could move on with his life. Or we could just leave him in a quandary forever. That's cool too.
Censure
To express strong disapproval of. Many republicans came out to publicly ...... the comments made by Romney as they would do nothing to bolster votes or the party image.
Ponderous
Move slow in a labored fashion. When Dutchess was near her end, the intensity of her pain was evident in the ...... way she limped around the room. My poor baby.
Imponderable
Impossible to fathom. How long would it take you to drive around the world? Right. That's .......
Eponym
A word derived from a person's name.
Hector
A word derived from a person's name. From the Odyssey, means to bully.
Chauvinist
A word derived from a person's name. Means to tout one's group as better than another.
Quixotic
A word derived from a person's name. Wildly idealistic.
Maudlin
A word derived from a person's name. Cries in public for no good reason.
Panglossian
A word derived from a person's name. Blind optimism. Negative connotation.
Malapropism
A word derived from a person's name. Misuse of a word (ie flamingo for flamenco).
Quisling
A word derived from a person's name. A Traitor.
Byzantine
A word derived from a person's name. Intricate and complicated.
Galvanize
A word derived from a person's name. To shock into action.
Protean
Very versatile. You may regard Heath Ledger as a protean actor as he was able to adapt from silly chick flicks, to serious cowboy love, to dangerous evil joker.
Supercilious
Haughty and disdainful. You raise your eyebrows (cilia) to look down at someone in a disdainful way. Oh yes, you are so much better than them.
Sartorial
Having to do with clothing. There was a muscle tailors would cross when they worked on clothes and so the word comes from this...
Saturnine
Gloomy and morose. Early astrologists believed this planet to be dark and gloomy.
Mercurial
Ephemeral or fleeting. Someone who changes their opinion or mood quickly.
Jejune
Dull, insipid, and lacking flavor. Bright Eyes has a song about jejune stars.
bilious
Constantly irritable and ready to bite off someone's head.
sanguine
Cheerful and optimistic. Blood is rushing to your face as you are filled with positive energy!
Martinet
Strict disciplinarian- the one holding all of the strings. This is an example of an eponym.
Misanthrope
Hater of mankind- ten times worse than a sour curmudgeon.
Reprobate
Express disapproval of, though with a mild degree of fondness.
Virago
Ill-tempered and violent woman. You do not want one to go off on you!
Syncretic
An amalgamate of different schools of thought. A religion that combines bits and pieces of other religions into a new one.
Parochial
Narrow minded- limited view set. Such as from the parish.
Catholic
Universal.
Anathema
Someone or something that is the source of one's hatred. Petty issues and lack of dedication are anathema to my very core.
Desecrate
Violate or destroy a sacred place. You cannot however desecrate a person...
Apostasy
Renunciation of one's faith. I wonder if this works too if you renounce your country and its values...
Sanctimonious
Holier than thou attitude. My favorite kind of people.
Iconoclast
One who destroys holy images.
Malfeasance
Wrong doing by a politician or public official.
Lascivious
Perversion related to the field of politics. Similar to lecherous.
Embroiled
Caught up in a scandal.
Fell
Terribly evil; remember this was used in Midsummer Night's Dream.
Arch
Deliberately teasing.
Tender
To offer something up. Legal tender.
Intimate
To suggest something subtly. She tried to intimate to him what she really wanted to eat, but he didn't care.
Fleece
To fleece is to deceive.
Wax
Wax is to increase, while wane is to decrease, as in my love for chocolate is waning with time.
Venality
Corrupt. Not as severe a lecherous, but evil still the same.
Turpitude
The most severe form of evil-- downright wicked and evil.
Parsimonious
Extremely stingy and miserly. Negative connotation.
Impecunious
In poverty- not having any money
Penurious
Synonym for impecunious; not having any money
Insolvent
Unable to pay off your debts
Profligate
Spend recklessly almost to the point of immorality. Governments can often be accused of profligating the nation's funds.
Prodigal
To squander or waste one's wealth. IE the story of the son from the Bible.
Cupidity
Greed for money.
Acme
Similar to zenith, pinnacle, apex, and summit. Top of the mountain.
Nadir
The lowest point of something-- at the nadir of one's career.
Untoward
Similar to inauspicious. Inconvenient or unfavorable conditions.
Overweening
Presumptuously arrogant; I'll stop before my humor becomes overweening.
Truculent
Fierce, savage nature. Imagine the truculent trucker giving you the finger.
Chagrin
shock or dismay
Platitudes
Canned phrases; popular in social discourse.
Halcyon
Calm and pleasant; might fondly remember such days.
Vitriol
Harsh and bitter criticism
Sclerotic
Becoming rigid and unresponsive.
lionized
Give public praise and attention to; treat like a celebrity
Bucolic
Relating to the countryside
assiduously
diligently and with perserverence
jingoism
excessive patriotism
implacable
not easily swayed- relentless
inexorable
not backing down; incapable of being swayed
magnanimous
very generous
Benighted
Unenlightened. In the dark literally, hahaha!
Ineluctable
Unavoidable, as in a conclusion.
Solipsism
Philosophical idea that exists within one's own mind.
Inert
In a fixed state
scabrous
risky or caustic
Nonplussed
Confused or bewildered
Predilection
bias in favor of something; preference or liking for something
largesse
Money or gifts given generously
impregnable
fortified or invulnerable
mawkish
distastefully sentimental
bravado
pretense of toughness and bravery
Mollified
Soothed
Cavil
To find fault with, usually on trivial matters
Clemency
Mercy and forgiveness
Thoroughgoing
An absolute quantity of
Legion
Large numbered
Philistine
Treats art derisively
Secularist
Focuses on matters not related to the spiritual world
emetic
To induce vomiting
talismanic
Magical powers or properties
improvident
unwise. It is ..... to ignore how climate might affect your body and mood.
torpor
State of suspended physical activity
tenebrous
dark and dim
plangent
resounding mournfully
acerbic
sharp and forthright; sour and bitter
fulsome
generous or abundant; ..... in their praise of...
mellifluous
Sounds as sweet as honey. The voice of Ella Fitzgerald rings..... to the ears of multitudes.
palimpset
Can refer broadly to something that has been used many times
inveigle
to coax
invective
something written about with great hostility
inveigh
to write about with great hostility
harangue
Synonym to diatribe and tirade
vituperation
Launch into a diatribe or tirade. Frothing at the mouth, this is only used in extreme cases.
amalgam
mixture of two or more things
aboveboard
open and honest, as in government officials
phantasmagorical
series of images that appear as if they are from a dream; whether real or imagined, oooh spooky!
gregarious
social and friendly
garrulous
overly talkative
ingenuous
naive and innocent.
disabuse
persuade someone that their belief is not valid
meddlesome
poking your nose into someone else's business
mettlesome
filled with courage or valor like a soldier on the battlefield
amenable
easily persuaded; someone cooperative who goes along with the program
attenuate
weaken; taper off and become thinner
calumny
false statement meant to injure a person's reputation
commensurate
to be in proportion or corresponding degree
churlish
someone lacking manners; unrefined and rude
cogent
clear and persuasive
chary
like wary, means to be cautious
vicissitude
change in one's circumstances usually for the worse
venial
minor and pardonable; venial sin
excoriate
to flay with words; extremely harsh criticism
execrate
curse and hiss at someone
exegesis
critical interpretation of a scholarly work
exhort
strongly urge on; encourage
impertinent
someone's behavior is rude where respect is expected
unconscionable
an act so horrible or deplorable it leaves everyone aghast; something in excess of what is deemed tolerable
belie
the outward appearance does not match up with reality; contradiction; false representation
sententious
to be moralizing, usually in a pompous sense
Propitiate
placate or appease someone to make them less angry
tendentious
likely to espouse a controversial view; similar to biased though more controversial
limpid
relates to clarity of expression
betray
to reveal or make known something, usually unintentionally
repine
complain or fret over something
remonstrate
make objections while pleading
prodigious
immense
prescience
ability to foresee or predict
panegyric
praise
brook
tolerate
contumely
insolent or insulting language
canard
rumor
inured
accustomed to something unpleasant
aggrandize
increase power, status, or wealth of.
contiguous
sharing a border
credulous
gullible. the opposite is skeptical.
flout
openly disregard rules or convention. Mock....as in wedding traditions.
impetuous
impulsive; acting without care.
intrepid
fearless, adventurous. not giving into fears...
phlegmatic
having an unemotional and calm disposition
probity
having strong moral principles; uprightness. When someone _____ you, you tense up and stand straight. LOL
rarefy
to make thin or less dense.
soporific
induces drowsiness or sleep
tacit
understood or implied without having to say so
trenchant
incisive in expression or style. biting, poignant, vigorous. keen.
untenable
indefensible
puissance
Great power, influence, or prowess
abrogate
repeal, rescind, annul, do away with
officious
intrusively enthusiastic; meddlesome
assuage
soothe, appease, mitigate, calm
axiomatic
self-evident; based on accepted principles
exculpate
exonerate; free from guilt or blame
exigent
urgent, demanding, pressing
fulminate
express protest of; thunder, boom!
obviate
evade, prevent, avoid...often purposefully so
perspicacity
acute perception; keen awareness
ascetic
practicing strict self denial
ebullient
cheerful and full of energy; exuberant!
enigmatic
full of mystery
furtive
attempting to avoid notice; stealth
incipient
in the initial stage of; beginning to happen
quiescence
state of quietness or inactivity
dogmatic
opinionated. peremptory. laying down strongly held opinions as incontrovertible facts.
hackneyed
commonplace; banal. lacks significance due to overuse.
hedonism
belief system based on pleasure as the only truth.
hegemony
leadership or dominance of one group over another
mendacity
lying; untruthfulness. perhaps opposite to veracity.
pedantic
priggish. makes a big display of knowing knowledge.....hmmmm
pithy
terse. concise. succinct. to the point of what's central.
rancor
spite. bitterness. holding long seeded resentment
repudiate
renounce. reject. deny the truth of.
surfeit
excessive amount of something, you glutton!
obsequious
obedient to a degree of fawning
recondite
obscure
inveterate
habitual
panacea
cure-all; similar to an elixir
inanities
statements lacking thought or meaning; empty used in social discourse
machinating
plotting or scheming
volubility
steady flow of speech; turning on a an axis
politic
wise and prudent
feted
celebrated
ingratiating
trying desperately to win the affection of others
imperiled
something is at risk
subterfuge
deceit used in order to achieve one's goal. artifice, ruse, trick.
blase
unconcerned, nonchalant attitude
cavalier
lacks proper concern. unconcerned
circumscribe
define or mark off clearly
recuse
remove oneself (used in the context of a judge)
dilettante
someone with a superficial understanding of the arts
fabulist
someone who makes up stories
polymath
someone who is learned in many fields
treacly
overly sentimental
studied
contrived and done so in an artificial manner with affectation
affectation
behavior or speech that is artificial and designed to impress
apprehension
secondary meaning: to grasp or understand
conflate
combine into one (ideas, texts, etc)
dispatch
quickness or speediness
temerity
audacity. boldness. rashness.
efficacious
producing the desired result
taciturn
reticent. reserved. uncommunicative.
irresolute
uncertainty or hesitancy
umbrage
offense or annoyance
flag
sag, droop, decline
quail
turn frightened; lose courage
abjure
renounce or reject; to avoid
apogee
acme or zenith; culmination
celerity
speed or alacrity
chimera
illusion
contumacious
rebellious or insubordinate
desultory
aimless or random
gainsay
oppose or contradict
indefatigable
tireless
obstreperous
noisily and stubbornly defiant. aggressively boisterous
pusillanimous
cowardly or craven
salacious
lustful, bawdy, lascivious
paragon
a peerless example of something