60 terms

Vocabulary 1-6

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abstinence
the act or practice from refraining from an indulgence, particularly appetite, certain food or drink, drugs, etc.
abstract
referring to something that exists as an idea and is not a concrete reality
acquiesce
to comply or consent without argument or protest
acute
sharp, severe, intense
alienate
to make indifferent or hostile
aloof
reserved, disinterested
altercation
an angry or heated dispute
ambidextrous
able to use both hands equally well; unusually skillful
analogous
similar in some respects though otherwise dissimilar
benevolent
characterized by goodwill or kindly feelings
cache
a hiding place esp. in the ground for storing food, treasure, etc.
celestial
pertaining to the sky or heaven
cliché
anything trite or commonplace that has lost its originality or impact through overuse
concise
expressing much in few words
criterion
a standard of judgment; a rule or principle for evaluation
culinary
pertaining to the kitchen or cooking
demeanor
conduct or behavior; facial appearance
denunciation
an accusation of crime before a public prosecutor or tribunal
despot
ruler with absolute power; a tyrant
embellish
to add ornamental or fictitious details
enigma
a puzzling or inexplicable person, thing, riddle, etc.
exemplary
serving as a model or pattern
fallacy
a deceptive or misleading notion or belief; statement or argument based on false or invalid information
fastidious
excessively demanding, critical, or particular; difficult to please
glutton
person who eats or drinks excessively; person with remarkable desire or capacity
gullible
easily deceived or cheated
homogenous
same or similar
hypothetical
imaginary or supposed; based on a hypothesis
imminent
likely to occur at any moment; impending
malicious
deliberately harmful, vicious
meandering
moving aimlessly without a fixed direction
mitigate
to lessen in intensity, to make less severe
morose
gloomy, ill-humored
obscure
not clear, vague, difficult to understand
procrastinate
to put off or delay
proximity
nearness in place, time, occurrence or order
rancor
bitter resentment, ill-will, hatred
rant
to speak or write in an angry or violent manner
redundant
unnecessary repetitiveness in expressing ideas
scoff
to mock or jeer
skeptic
a person who questions the validity or truth of something
skeptical
showing doubt
solemn
deeply serious and sober
sporadic
appearing or happening at irregular intervals in time, occasional
taciturn
inclined to silence, not talkative
tentative
uncertain; unsure
terse
abruptly concise
tyrannical
unjustly cruel, harsh or oppressive
unethical
not conforming to approved standards of social or professional behavior
acclaim
to praise enthusiastically and often publicly
adamant
stubbornly unyielding in spite of pleas and appeals
animosity
bitter hatred; a hostile feeling or act
condone
to overlook, to disregard, to make allowances for without protest
devious
departing from the accepted or proper way; shifty, crooked, deceitful
fleeting
passing swiftly, vanishing quickly, transient
indifferent
without interest or concert; not caring
obsolete
no longer in general use, out-dated
unfathomable
difficult or impossible to understand or measure
stagnate
to stop flowing or progressing; to make foul from standing (as in water)
rejuvenate
to make young again, to return to a former state