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150 terms

Power Plus Chapters 1-10

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camaraderie
n. rapport and goodwill
frangible
adj. fragile; easy to break
litany
n. any long, repetitive, or dull recital
moratorium
n. a suspension of activity; an authorized delay
zealous
adj. fervent; fanatical
desiccate
v. to dry out; to remove moisture
wrenching
adj. causing mental or physical pain
replete
adj. full; abundant
interminable
adj. tiresome and long; seemingly endless
arable
adj. suitable for cultivation of land
lugubrious
adj. mournful; gloomy
truncate
v. to shorten
ubiquitous
adj. occurring or seeming to occur everywhere; omnipresent
vernacular
n. everyday language
equanimity
n. composure; calmness
metamorphosis
n. a transformation or dramatic change
donnybrook
n. a fight; an uproar
nonchalant
adj. unconcerned; indifferent
vestige
n. a trace or evidence of something that once existed
interlocutor
n. someone who participates in a conversation
procrustean
adj. strictly disregarding individual differences or circumstances
Stygian
adj. dark and forbidding
sophistry
n. a deliberately deceptive or misleading argument
carte blanche
n. boundless authority; unlimited power to act
incantation
n. a chant; a recited magical spell
cosmopolitan
adj. worldly; sophisticated
rife
adj. abundant; prevalent
nomenclature
n. technical names or naming system in an art or science
brigand
n. a robber or bandit
contemptuous
adj. haughty; scornful
scapegoat
n. one who bears the blame for others
peremptory
adj. not allowing refusal or delay; imperative
atelier
n. an artist's or designer's workshop
axiom
n. a universal truth; an established rule
dulcet
adj. melodious; pleasing to the ear
usurp
v. to take over; to seize power
patronizing
adj. treating with condescension; acting superior
iniquity
n. an evil or wicked act
archaic
adj. no longer current or applicable; antiquated
vacillate
v. to waver; to sway indecisively
perspicacious
adj. keen; mentally sharp
abstemious
adj. using or consuming sparingly
talisman
n. magic charm or superstitious object for protection or luck
expurgate
v. to remove vulgar or objectionable material
pellucid
adj. transparent; clear
efficacious
adj. effective; producing the desired outcome
catharsis
n. a release of emotional tension
inundate
v. to overwhelm; to fill beyond capacity
revere
v. to regard with respect, awe, or adoration
internecine
adj. mutually destructive
risible
adj. relating to laughter; laughable
sybaritic
adj. marked by luxury or pleasure
crepuscular
adj. pertaining to twilight
kudos'
n. acclaim or praise
estrange
v. to alienate
intrinsic
adj. of or relating to a thing's basic nature; inherent
maxim
n. an established principle; a truth or rule of conduct
putrid
adj. rotten and foul smelling
servile
adj. submissive; slavish
apocryphal
adj. of questionable authenticity, but widely believed
consternation
n. alarming dismay or concern
anomaly
n. a deviation from the norm; an odd or peculiar occurrence
vitriolic
adj. harsh in tone; bitterly critical
preamble
n. a preliminary statement; an introduction
coterie
n. a small group of people who share interests and meet frequently
expiate
v. to make amends for
compendium
n. a list or collection of items
comprise
v. to include or consist of; contain
eidetic
adj. pertaining to extraordinary detailed and vivid recall
innocuous
adj harmless
foist
v. to pass off as genuine or valuable
plethora
n. an overabundance; excess
flippancy
n. disrespect
incongruous
adj. incompatible, unsuitable for the situation
disconcert
v. to frustrate; confuse
sectarian
adj. narrowly confined to a particular group
peregrination
n. travel by walking
accoutrement
n. an accessory item of dress or equipment
contrive
v. to plan cleverly; to devise
hubris
n.. overbearing pride; arrogance
platitude
n. an obvious remark; a cliche
venerate
v. to respect or revere
scullion
n. a servant of menial tasks
quotidian
adj. everyday; commonplace
prognosticate
v. to predict
antediluvian
adj. extremely old; antiquated
stringent
adj. restrictive; imposing demanding standarads
haughty
adj. condescendingly proud; arrogant
sanctimonious
adj. showing false piety or righteiousness
imbroglio
n. a difficult and embarrassing situation
gibberish
n. nonsense; unintelligible speech
inimical
adj. unfriendly; hostile; injurious
nexus
n. a link, tie or bond
coeval
adj. of the same time period
dilatory
adj. tending to delay or procrastinate
convoluted
adj. complicated; intricate
entreat
v. to earnestly request or petition
anecdote
n. a short account of an incident
incumbent
adj. obligatory; necessary
churlish
adj. boorish or vulgar
promulgate
v. to announce; to make known
staid
adj. showing dignity and often strait-laced propriety
livid
adj. extremely angry
lurid
adj. shocking; explicit
cogent
adj. convincing; reasonable
pander
v. to exploite weaknesses of others; to cater to the vices of others
otiose
adj. useless; futile
puerile
adj. childish; juvenile
aleatory
adj. dependent on luck or chance
asperity
n. roughness or harshness; severity
renunciation
n. rejection; refusal to acknowledge
unimpeachable
adj. unquestionable; beyond doubt
inveigh
v. to disapprove angrily; to protest
lionize
v. to assign great social importance to; to treat as a celebrity
allay
v. to relieve; to alleviate
vitiate
v. to corrupt morally; to contaminate
recalcitrant
adj. stubbornly resistant; showing opposition
exegesis
n. an explanation of a text; a critical interpretation
ameliorate
v. to make better; to improve
profligate
adj. wasteful and immoral
provocative
adj. tending to excite or stimulate
bumpkin
n. an unsophisticated, awkward person
toady
n. person who flatters for personal gain
culpable
adj. deserving blame or condemnation; guilty
hortatory
adj. encouraging; inciting
penultimate
adj. next to last
orotund
adj. full and rich in sound (in speech)
blithe
adj. carefree and lighthearted
soporific
adj. tending to induce sleep
pervasive
adj. permeating; spreading throughout
benign
adj. beneficial; favorable
frenetic
adj. wildly excited
recrimination
n. a counter-accusation
indecorous
adj. lacking good taste; improper
corroborate
v. to strengthen by adding evidence
majordomo
n. chief butler or assistant
untenable
adj. impossible to defend or justify
perambulate
v. to walk about; to stroll
veneer
n. a thin, attractive layer that conceals something common or coarse
timorous
adj. timid
luminous
adj. emitting light
circuitous
adj. indirect; roundabout
perquisite
n. a tip or payment in addition to regular wages
probity
n. integrity; respectability
polemical
adj. relating to controversy or argument
tacit
adj. indicated but not expressed; implied silently
largesse
n. generosity
indolent
adj. lazy
circumlocution
n. unnecessarily wordy or evasive language
depredate
v. to plunder and pillage