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BSEP Vocabulary words

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authentic
-Real, genuine
Synonyms: accurate, actual, original
nocturnal
happening at night
after dark, late, nightly
enigma
mystery; something seemingly inexplicable
bewilderment, conundrum, crux, mind-boggler, mystification, perplexity, problem, puzzle, question, riddle, secret
amplify
increase in size or effect
augment, enlarge, intensify
chivalry
valor, gallantry
courage, courtesy, valiance
domineering
oppress, assume authority
dominate, intimidate, threaten
fatigue
tiredness
burnout, exhaustion, weakness
inflexible
rigidly firm in will or purpose; incapable of change: stubborn
adamant, determined, fixed, immovable, rigid, steadfast, strict, unbending, uncompromising, unyielding
girth
measurement around waist
circumference, compass, distance around
parry
ward off, circumvent
avoid, block, repel
abyss
something very deep(usually a feature of land), empty space
chasm, gorge, hollow
meager
small, inadequate, poor, scant
little, sparse, weak
alleged
asserted, often doubtful
declared, questionable, suspect
nemesis
bane
adversary, curse, opponent
hammock
harbor, bunk
bed, billet, dock
reside
live or exist in
abide, consist, inhabit
tyrant
person who dictates, oppresses
absolute ruler, authoritarian, oppressor
comparison
contrasting, corresponding
analogy, correlation, connection
lackadaisical
careless, indifferent
apathetic, disinterested, inattentive
wager
money or something gambled
bet, challenge, stake
improbable
Definition: not likely, doubtful
Synonyms: implausible, inconceivable, questionable
malicious
Definition: hateful, nasty
Synonyms: awful, mean, vengeful
imperial
Definition: regal, official
Synonyms: domineering, kingly, majestic
ostracize
Definition: exile, banish, expel
Synonyms: avoid, exclude, shun
zealot
Definition: enthusiast
Synonyms: activist, fanatic, diehard
enlighten
Definition: explain thoroughly, make aware
Synonyms: acquaint, inform, reveal
duplication
Definition: copy, reproduction
Synonyms: match, parallel, reciprocal
oppose
Definition: fight, obstruct
Synonyms: argue, contradict, dispute
values
Definition: principles, ideals
Synonyms: beliefs, conduct
ecstasy
Definition: bliss
Synonyms: delight, euphoria, paradise
attentive
Definition: concentrating, considerate
Synonyms: alert, interested, mindful
impede
Definition: obstruct, hinder
Synonyms: block, disrupt, restrain
assess
Definition: evaluate, determine
Synonyms: appraise, estimate, judge
incite
Definition: encourage, provoke
Synonyms: agitate, induce, prompt
squander
Definition: fritter away, use up
Synonyms: blow, go through, waste
yarn
Definition: fiber for knitting; story (often long and made up)
Synonyms: adventure, line, tale, narrative
dislodge
Definition: knock loose
Synonyms: displace, disturb, extricate
submerge
Definition: dunk in liquid
Synonyms: engulf, inundate, sink
pursue
Definition: chase, follow
Synonyms: harrass, persist, track
squeamish
Definition: nauseated, finicky
Synonyms: annoyed, dizzy, unsettled
concede
Definition: acknowledge, give in
Synonyms: admit, hand over, surrender, grant
preface
Definition: introduction
Synonyms: beginning, preliminary, prologue
saga
Definition: story, often long
Synonyms: adventure, epic, legend
wan
Definition: colorless, weak
Synonyms: anemic, faint, pale
eddy
Definition: current
Synonyms: swirl, tide, whirlpool
discord
Definition: noise, unrest
Synonyms: clamor, harshness, racket
vigil
Definition: watch
Synonyms: guard, observation, vigilance
drone
Definition: person who is lazy, continuous noise
Synonyms: loafer, parasite, buzz, hum
fiasco
Definition: catastrophe
Synonyms: disaster, blunder, breakdown
affluent
Definition: wealthy
Synonyms: loaded, opulent, prosperous, rich, stinking rich, upper class, upscale, well-off, well-to-do
affront
Definition: an insult
Synonyms: abuse, backhanded compliment, dirty deed, indignity, left-handed compliment, offense, outrage, provocation, put-down
allure
Definition: entice
Synonyms: attraction, bedroom eyes, charisma, charm, come-on, enchantment, enticement, glamor, lure, seductiveness, temptation
antipathy
Definition: strong dislike, disgust
Synonyms: abhorrence, animosity, antagonism, hatred, hostility, ill will, loathing
brazen
Definition: brash, unashamed
Synonyms: barefaced, blatant, bold, brassy, cocky, defiant, gutsy, impertinent, impudent, insolent, loud, pert, saucy, shameless, tawdry
cacophony
Definition: dissonance
Synonyms: discord, harshness, noise
detest
Definition: hate; feel disgust toward
Synonyms: abhor, abominate, despise, dislike intensely, feel aversion toward, feel hostility toward, loathe
dilemma
Definition: crisis, problem
Synonyms: difficulty, double bind, embarrassment, impasse, jam, mess, mire, perplexity, plight, predicament, puzzle, quandary
dregs
Definition: sediment
Synonyms: deposits, dirt, draff, lees, residue, settlings, slag, waste
heresy
Definition: unorthodox opinion,
Synonyms: blasphemy, defection, disbelief, dissent, dissidence, error, fallacy, nonconformity, paganism
illegible
Definition: unreadable
Synonyms: difficult to read, faint, hard to make out, hieroglyphic, indecipherable, indistinct, obscure, scrawled, unclear, undecipherable, unintelligible
illumination
Definition: light; making light
Synonyms: beam, brightening, brightness, brilliance, flame, flash, gleam, lighting, lights, radiance, ray
impartial
Definition: fair, unprejudiced
Synonyms: candid, detached, equal, equitable, fair-minded, impersonal, neutral, non-discriminating, nonpartisan, objective,open-minded, unbiased
impugn
Definition: criticize, challenge
Synonyms: attack, cast doubt upon, contradict, negate, oppose
inquisitive
Definition: curious, desiring knowledge or understanding
Synonyms: forward, impertinent, inquiring, interested, intrusive, investigative, meddlesome, nosy, probing, prying, questioning, scrutinizing
leery
Definition: suspicious
Synonyms: careful, cautious, chary, distrustful, doubting, dubious, on one's guard, shy, skeptical, uncertain, unsure, wary
myriad
Definition: innumerable
Synonyms: countless, endless, heaping, immeasurable, infinite, multiple, numberless, uncounted, untold, variable
nuance
Definition: slight difference; shading
Synonyms: dash, degree, distinction, gradation, hint, implication, refinement, shade, shadow, subtlety, suggestion, suspicion, tinge, touch, trace
rapture
Definition: extreme happiness and delight in something
Synonyms: bliss, contentment, ecstasy, elation, joy, enchantment, enjoyment, enthusiasm, euphoria, exhilaration, gladness, glory, heaven, inspiration, jubilation, passion, rhapsody
scrutinize
Definition: examine closely
Synonyms: analyze, canvass, check out, consider, contemplate, explore, inquire into, inspect, investigate, look over, peruse, pore over, probe, scan, search, study
source
Definition: beginning; point of supply
Synonyms: antecedent, birthplace, cause, commencement, connection, derivation, expert, inception, onset, origin, root, starting point
theoretical
Definition: hypothetical
Synonyms: abstract, academic, assumed, conjectural, ideal, philosophical, presumed, speculative, tentative, transcendent, unproved
triad
Definition: trio
Synonyms: set of three, three, threesome, trey, triangle, trilogy, trinity, triple, triplet, triplicate, triumvirate, troika
abashed
Definition: embarrassed, ill at ease, disconcerted
Synonyms: embarrassed, shaken up, humiliated, rattled, upset
betrothed
Definition: (noun) the intended, the one to be married; (adj) promised to be married
Synonyms: engaged, promised, committed, spoken for
canvass
Definition: to poll, discuss issues, examine, debate
Synonyms: analyze, solicit, scrutinize, investigate
compel
Definition: to urge forcefully, to pressure, to force to act
Synonyms: coerce, drive, wnforce, influence
defer
Definition: hold off, put off
Synonyms: adjourn, block, delay, detain, extend hinder, hold up, impede, obstruct, postpone, procrastinate, prolong, set aside, shelve, slow, stall, suspend, waive
ingratiate
Definition: get on the good side of someone
Synonyms: attract, brownnose, captivate, charm, crawl, flatter, grovel, insinuate oneself, seek favor
minimum
Definition: least, lowest amount
Synonyms: least possible, merest, minimal, slightest, smallest, tiniest, margin, modicum, pittance, point, scintilla, slightest, smallest, smidgen, spark, whit
portly
Definition: bulky, fat
Synonyms: ample, avoirdupois, beefy, broad, burly, corpulent, fleshy, heavy, hefty, husky, large, obese, overweight, plump, rotund, stout
primary
Definition: basic, fundamental
Synonyms: basal, beginning, central, elementary, essential, first, foundational, introductory, original, primitive, principal, rudimentary, ultimate, underlying
promulgate
Definition: make known
Synonyms: advertise, announce, broadcast, call, circulate, communicate, declare, disseminate, make public, notify, proclaim, promote, publish
purview
Definition: range of interest or activity that can be anticipated
Synonyms: area, bounds, concept, dimension, domain, expanse, extent, field, limits, magnitude, parameters, reach, span, spectrum, territory
seminary
Definition: a theological school for training ministers or priests or rabbis
Synonyms: institute, society, system, university
solace
Definition: is a form of comfort given to one who is in sorrow or distress
Synonyms: allay, alleviate, buck up, cheer, comfort, console, pity, relief, soften, soothe
sprawled
Definition: sit or lie spread out
Synonyms: drape, extend, flop, lie spread-eagle, loll, lounge, ramble, recline, sit, slouch, slump, spread, straddle, stretch
spry
Definition: moving quickly and lightly, active, vivacious
Synonyms: agile, alert, brisk, energetic, fleet, full of pep, lithe, nimble, prompt, quick, ready, robust, sound, spirited, sprightly, vigorous
stint
Definition: period of responsibility
Synonyms: assignment, bit, chore, consignment, duty, job, participation, quota, share, shift, spell, stretch, task, term, time, tour, turn, work
vacuum
Definition: emptiness
Synonyms: exhaustion, free space, gap, nothingness, rarefaction, space, vacuity, void
philanthropist
Definition: someone who makes charitable donations intended to increase human well-being, humanitarianism
Synonyms: Good Samaritan, benefactor, contributor, do-gooder, donor, good scout, helper, patron
eccentricity
Definition: strange and unconventional behavior
Synonyms: abnormality, anomaly, freakishness, idiosyncrasy, irregularity, nonconformity, oddity, oddness, outlandishness, strangeness, weirdness,
clerical
Definition: of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the clergy or a member of the clergy
Synonyms: churchly, cleric, holy, ministerial, pastoral, priestly, rabbinical, sacred
contrive
Definition: invent, design, bring about, succeed with difficulty
Synonyms: construct, cook up, create, devise, dream up, fabricate, formulate, scheme, throw together, carry out, concoct, develop, devise,
fraught
Definition: full of
Synonyms: abounding, attended, bristling, charged, filled, heavy, laden, replete, stuffed
hapless
Definition: unfortunate
Synonyms: cursed, hexed, ill-fated, ill-starred, jinxed, luckless, miserable, unhappy, unlucky, woeful, wretched
iota
Definition: small bit
Synonyms: atom, hint, jot, mite, molecule, ounce, particle, scrap, speck, trace, whit
paraphrase
Definition: interpret, translate
Synonyms: express in other words, rephrase, restate, reword, summarize, transcribe
picturesque
Definition: attractive, referring to scenery; beautiful, satisfying to senses
Synonyms: artistic, beautiful, charming, colorful, photographic, pictorial, pleasant, pretty, quaint, scenic
porous
Definition: having holes; absorbent
Synonyms: absorptive, penetrable, permeable, spongelike, spongy
sedentary
Definition: motionless, lazy
Synonyms: desk-bound, idle, inactive, seated, settled, sitting, sluggish, stationary
tincture
Definition: coloring
Synonyms: color, dye, pigment, shade, stain, taint, tinge, tint, trace
tabloid
Definition: regular, continuous publication containing information
Synonyms: daily, extra, gazette, journal, magazine, paper, periodical, press, weekly paper, rag, scandal sheet, sheet
tenacious
Definition: strong, unyielding
Synonyms: adamant, determined, firm, forceful, inflexible, persevering, persistent, resolute, strong-willed, stubborn, unshakable,
putter
Definition: to busy or occupy oneself in a leisurely, casual, or ineffective manner
Synonyms: dabble, dawdle, loiter, laze, mess
predestined
Definition: to destine in advance; foreordain; predetermine
Synonyms: destined, foreordained, foretold, inevitable, predetermined, preordained
charge
Definition: supervisory responsibility
Synonyms: care, conduct, custody, management, oversight, supervision, ward
extol
Definition: sing the praises of
Synonyms: acclaim, applaud, brag about, commend, exalt, glorify, praise
imperil
Definition: cause to be in danger
Synonyms: endanger, expose, jeopardize, menace, peril, risk
incendiary
Definition: causing trouble or damage
Synonyms: dangerous, inflammatory, provocative, rabble-rousing, treacherous
indignant
Definition: angry
Synonyms: annoyed, bent out of shape, displeased, exasperated, fuming, furious, irate, mad, peeved, resentful, upset
minion
Definition: a servile dependent or underling
Synonyms: brownnoser, dependent, flatterer, flunky, lackey, subordinate,
repugnant
Definition: bad, obnoxious
Synonyms: disagreeable, disgusting, distasteful, foul, hateful, horrid, loathsome, nasty, offensive, revolting, repulsive, sickening, vile
alcove
Definition: a small recess opening off a larger room
Synonyms: niche, nook, cubbyhole
assertion
Definition: the act of affirming or asserting or stating something
Synonyms: statement, affirmation; declaration
advisable
Definition: worthy of being recommended or suggested
Synonyms: appropriate, sensible, desirable, prudent, commendable, judicious, sound, suggested
edible
Definition: noun-any substance that can be used as food; adj-suitable for use as food
Synonyms: n-eatables, rations, diet; adj-palatable, digestible, nutritious, appetizing
sequel
Definition:something that follows something else; a part added to a book or play that continues and extends it
Synonyms: installment, next, follow-up, sequence, progression, continuation
melancholy
Definition: depressed, sad
Synonyms: dejected, despondent, destroyed, dismal, downhearted, gloomy, low, miserable, moody, sorrowful, unhappy
palatable
Definition: delicious, agreeable
Synonyms: appetizing, attractive, delectable, edible, good-tasting, savory, scrumptious, tasty
conjure
Definition 1: beg
Synonyms: appeal, beseech, entreat, implore, plead, urge
Definition 2: call to a place
Synonyms: arouse, assemble, call forth, convene, gather, hail, mobilize, send for
belligerent
Definition: argumentative
Synonyms: aggressive, combative, contentious, fierce, fighting, hostile, hot-tempered, mean, pugnacious, quarrelsome, warlike
impertinent
Definition: bold, disrespectful
Synonyms: arrogant, brazen, discourteous, fresh, impolite, impudent, insolent, offensive, rude, unsuitable
intransigent
Definition: uncompromising
Synonyms: adamant, inflexible, obstinate, resolute, stubborn, tenacious
reprieve
Definition: relief of blame, responsibility
Synonyms: absolution, acquittal, clemency, mitigation, pardon, postponement, release, suspension, truce
guile
Definition: slyness, cleverness
Synonyms: craftiness, cunning, deception, dishonesty, treachery, trickery, wiliness
incubate
Definition: hatch
Synonyms: breed, brood, nurture, produce
negligible
Definition: of no significance
Synonyms: casual, insignificant, little, minor, petty, scanty, small, trivial, unimportant
engender
Definition: cause to happen
Synonyms: bring about, create, develop, generate, incite, instigate, make, produce, work up
applicable
Definition: appropriate
Synonyms: fitting, germane, pertinent, relevant, suitable, useful
quirk
Definition: an abrupt twist or curve; a peculiar trait; an accident of fate, vagary
Synonyms: eccentricity, foible, habit, idiosyncrasy, irregularity, mannerism, oddity, peculiarity, quibble, whim, whimsy
harbor
Definition 1: hide, protect
Synonyms: conceal, provide refuge, shelter
Definition 2: place for storing boats in the water
Synonyms: anchorage, cove, dock, haven, pier, port, wharf
context
Definition: framework, circumstances
Synonyms: background, conditions, frame of reference, situation, substance
exhort
Definition: urge, warn
Synonyms: advise, call upon, counsel, encourage, goad, insist, persuade, plead
revive
Definition: start again; bring back to life
Synonyms: animate, awaken, invigorate, recover, restore
tenet
Definition: belief, principle
Synonyms: creed, doctrine, dogma, faith, position, rule, teaching, thesis, view
atoll
Definition: coral island
Synonyms: isle, reef
pronouncement
Definition: declaration, statement
Synonyms: announcement, articulation, broadcast, judgment, notification, proclamation, report
antiquity
old object
Synonyms: antique, relic, ruin
benefactor
donor
Synonyms: altruist, contributor, humanitarian, patron, philanthropist, sponsor, supporter, well-wisher
lunge
pounce
charge, cut, jab, jump, pass, spring, stab, swing, swipe, thrust
discretion
caution, judgment
care, consideration, discernment, heedfulness, prudence, sense, tact, thoughtfulness, vigilance, wariness, watchfulness
eventual
future, concluding
ensuing, final, inevitable, possible, prospective, resulting, succeeding, ultimate
fallacy
illusion, misconception
deception, error, evasion, falsehood, heresy, inconsistency, misconception, mistake, untruth
foment
instigate, provoke
agitate, arouse, encourage, excite, goad, incite, promote, start, stimulate, stir up
invariable
not changing
consistent, fixed, immovable,inflexible, monotonous,rigid, static, unalterable
miscreant
person responsible for wrongdoing
convict, criminal, delinquent, evildoer, fugitive, offender, sinner
oblivious
unaware, ignorant
absentminded, blundering, careless, distracted, dreamy, forgetful, inattentive, negligent, preoccupied, unnoticing, unobservant
poll
voting; tally, number; head count
election, calculation, computation, enumeration, numbering, outcome, reckoning, referendum, result, slate, statistics, sum, toll, total, whole
supple
bendable
adaptable, agile, elastic, flexible, graceful, limber, pliable, resilient, springy, stretchy, yielding
trounce
defeat overwhelmingly
bash, beat, conquer, crush, overcome, overwhelm, rout, wallop