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2010 Elite AB 376-500

Elite Educational Institute, 2010 AB 376-500 Cumulative Categorized by A 376-500, B 376-500 Sorry in advance for any mistakes.
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qualify
to modify, limit, or restrict, as by giving exceptions
belittle
to put down; to speak of contemptuously
buffet
to knock about; to push or force roughly
exemplary
worthy to serve as a model
mandate
a command; an order
balmy
soothing, mild, pleasant
kindred
related or similar in origin or nature
dilemma
a situation in which one must choose between two equally bad alternatives
precipitous
resembling a cliff; extremely steep
seminal
original and inspiring further similar efforts
tenuous
weak; thin
knack
a specific talent for doing something, esp. one that is difficult to teach
recidivist
one who returns to criminal habits
anecdote
a brief story, oft. humorous
milestone
an important event
gambol
to leap about playfully; to frolic
lair
the dwelling of a wild animal
encore
again, once more; a second performance; an audience's call for a second performance
pedestrian
done on foot; ordinary; commonplace
illuminate
to light up
valor
marked courage or bravery
binge
a period of uncontrolled self-indulgence
pecuniary
of or involving money
skeptical
tending to question or doubt
modest
limited in amount, extent, etc.
expedite
to speed up
empirical
based on experience rather than a theory
cascade
a waterfall or series of small waterfalls; a succession of stages, processes, or units
perceptive
capable of quickly understanding
ambiguous
having more than one possible interpretation
pittance
a small amount, esp. of money
empathy
ability to understand and identify with another's feelings and emotions
vehement
forceful; furious
veneer
an attractive, ultimately misleading outward show; thin layer
envelop
to enclose or surround
incredulous
disbelieving; skeptical
ample
enough or more than enough; plentiful
hallowed
made or set apart as holy
colt
a young male horse
inveigle
to obtain by flattery
feign
to pretend; to fake
prone
disposed to an action; lying face down
discrepancy
lack of agreement; difference
insight
the power to sense or understand something
coup
a clever, sudden act or maneuver
fluent
easy; graceful
verve
energy in movement; exuberance
pejorative
downgrading, demeaning
adjacent
adjoining; next to
curb
to restrain or control
deploy
to station or assemble troops or forces in position
bacchanalian
characterized by riotous, drunken partying
paramount
supreme; ranking higher than others in power or importance
myriad
an indefinitely large number
conflate
to bring together; to merge into a composite whole
scion
a heir; a descendant
negligible
of little value or importance
chasten
to correct by punishment or criticism; to restrain
replicate
to copy, reproduce, or repeat
nativity
birth, especially with reference to place, time, etc.
voluntary
willing; unenforced
mediate
to resolve (arguments or disputes) by working with the conflicting parties
undaunted
not faltering or hesitating because of fear or discouragement
recapitulate
to summarize; to paraphrase
cite
to refer to or quote
chastise
to punish by beating; to scold or condemn sharply
frolic
to behave playfully and without inhibition
narcissistic
excessively interested in one's own appearance, comfort, important, etc.
nebulous
unclear; vague
languid
sluggish; lacking energy
refuge
a shelter or sanctuary
elated
in high spirits; joyful
attain
to reach, get, or accomplish
concerted
planned or accomplished together
maxim
a short saying expressing a general principle
rebut
to refute, esp. by offering opposing arguments or evidence
assuage
to lessen pain or distress
impede
to obstruct
provocative
tending to stimulate by making one interested or angry
vie
to compete
consequence
a logical result or outcome
lofty
very high; noble
adept
very skilled, esp. natural talent improved by practice
garnish
to decorate; adorn
loquacious
very talkative
jaundice
prejudice; bias; a yellowish discoloration of the skin
harangue
a long pompous speech; a speech or piece of writing expressing strong emotion; a tirade
tenable
able to be maintained or defended
effect
to bring about
disconcert
to make confused or uneasy
offhand
without preparation or forethought
preeminent
superior in status or fame to all others, esp. as a generally recognized quality
determinate
having exact limits; final; firm in purpose
discern
to perceive and understand so as to make distinctions
malign
to talk badly of something or someone; adj. harmful
bewitch
to put a spell on; to charm
levity
lack of seriousness, esp. when improper
fluctuate
to move back and forth or up and down, esp. unpredictably
efface
to rub out, as from a surface; to erase
laconic
brief in speech; using few words
civic
pertaining to a city or citizen
grandiose
impressive; imposing; showy
ostensible
outwardly appearing as such
loath
unwilling, reluctant
terrestrial
relating to the earth
precipice
a cliff; the edge of a dangerous situation
clarify
to make clear or easier to understand
prominent
noticeable; widely known
capitulate
to surrender under specific conditions; to give up all resistance
nettle
to bother; to irritate
overt
open; not hidden
consternation
a sudden feeling of anxiety, shock, or confusion
gala
characterized by festivity; n. a festive occasion, esp. a lavish social event
artifact
an object produced by human work, esp. one of historical or an archaeological interest
dispense
to administer; to distribute; (with prep. 'with') to do without
liaison
a communication between different groups; the person in charge of a communication
nostalgia
a general longing for the past or to return to home
profligate
immorally wasteful
reprieve
to postpone or cancel punishment
converse
to engage in spoken exchange of ideas
suave
effortlessly smooth and courteous in social situations
polyglot
speaking many languages; n. one who speaks many languages
fete
lavish entertainment; a festival
tangible
able to be touched or treated as real
contradict
to assert the opposite of (a statement)
ornate
highly, oft. excessively decorated
encompass
to surround; to include
captious
critically faultfinding
nihilism
a belief that rejects all moral or religious values; the belief that the destruction of political or social institutions is necessary for future improvement
intuition
instinctive knowledge, acquired without conscious reason
defile
to corrupt; to desecrate or sully
lament
to grieve; to regret deeply; n. a mournful song
preponderance
superiority in weight, force, importance or influence
blaisé
indifferent or bored with life; unimpressed as if because of too much worldly experience
smirk
to smile in a self-satisfied or artificial way
clandestine
done in secret, esp. to conceal something improper
abstruse
difficult to understand
adjunct
something attached to another in a subordinate position
autonomy
independence; self-government
rapport
concord; trustful relationship; harmony
cupidity
strong desire for wealth; greed
excise
to remove by, or as if by, cutting
fortify
to make stronger
vapid
lacking interest, animation, or flavor
prevail
to triumph over; to be or become most common
laity
all the people not belonging to a given profession, esp. the clergy
coiffure
a hairstyle
vicarious
felt as if one were taking part in the experiences of another
arrogate
to claim for one's self unjustly
impel
to push something into motion
apathy
lack of emotion; lack of concern, esp. to matters of general importance
haunt
to visit often or continually
attrition
gradual reduction
earnest
showing deep sincerity; serious
complacent
too pleased with oneself; self-satisfied
connive
to cooperate secretly in wrongful action
ado
trouble; fuss
allocate
to set apart for a special purpose; designate
emanate
to send forth; to come forth
nominal
appearing in name only; negligible or of low amount
interstices
small spaces between things
colloquy
conversation, esp. a formal one
enervate
to weaken
stifle
to suffocate or smother
endow
to provide with material goods, talents, or qualities
prophecy
a prediction
prim
overly proper; precise to the point of affectation; prudish
vocation
a regular occupation, esp. one for which a person is particularly suited
feral
existing in a wild or untamed state
commend
to express approval of
querulous
inclined to find fault; complaining; full of complaint
effervescent
giving off gas bubbles; showing high spirits or excitement
contiguous
sharing a common boundary; adjoining
caveat
a warning
altercation
a heated or noisy argument
apt
appropriate; having a natural tendency
censure
to criticize severely
vice
an evil practice or habit
espouse
to give loyalty or support to; to adopt
bulwark
a wall or embankment used for a defensive fortification; something serving as a defense or safeguard, oft. figurative
soliloquy
a dramatic speech delivered by a character to himself
egalitarian
of the belief that all people should have equal rights
tenacious
holding firmly; cohesive
abstemious
moderate, especially in eating and drinking
inclined
disposed; willing
archetype
the original pattern or model; a perfect example
cataclysm
a disastrous event, usually one that brings about great change
pedagogy
the art or profession of teaching
relegate
to assign to an obscure place or condition; to send away
baroque
fantastically over-decorated; gaudily ornate
modicum
a small quantity
distend
to stretch out; to expand
imminent
impending; threatening; likely to happen
hypocrisy
the pretense of having virtues or beliefs that one does not really have
canny
clever and cautious
escapade
a reckless adventure
consummate
complete; supremely accomplished
salacious
lustful; obscene
disposition
personality; temperament
awry
away from the correct course; wrong; deviant
heed
to pay attention to
avid
having a passionate desire
deprecate
to express disapproval of
subjective
based on personal experience or feeling, not from external evidence
reciprocate
to give something in return
brusque
abrupt and curt of manner
profuse
giving or pouring forth freely; generous
conundrum
a riddle or puzzle, esp. one without a solution
contrive
to bring about artificially
debris
bits and pieces of rubbish
abhor
to detest; to shrink from in disgust
deadlock
a tie; a standstill
avarice
excessive desire for wealth
blandishment
a flattering act or remark; allurement; enticement
ruthless
having no compassion or pity
facet
any a number of sides or aspects
sanctimonious
pretending holiness; hypocritically devout
altruistic
unselfish; benevolent; caring more for others than oneself
outmoded
no longer in fashion
deficient
lacking an essential quality; inadequate in amount or degree
scapegoat
one who takes blame
foster
to bring up or nurture
dissuade
to discourage from a course of action
diminution
a decrease or diminishing
kindle
to set on fire; ignite
flummox
to confuse or perplex
lambaste
to scold or criticize harshly; to beat or whip severely
covet
to desire strongly
panoply
a splendid array; ceremonial dress with all accessories
clique
exclusive group of people
banter
good-humored teasing
obdurate
not easily moved to pity or sympathy
check
to restrain or block
omnivorous
able to eat any kind of food
gape
to open wide; to stare with the mouth open
increment
an increase in quantity; v. to increase
proclivity
a natural or habitual tendency or inclination
facilitate
to make easier
credence
belief; mental acceptance as true or real
become
to be appropriate or suitable to; to look good with
surrogate
a substitute
brandish
to shake or wave, as of a weapon; to show threateningly
venal
capable of being bribed or corrupted
forge
to give form or shape to; to advance gradually
prattle
to talk idly or to babble; n. inconsequential talk
adorn
add beauty; to decorate
gullible
easily deceived; credulous
reprimand
a severe, often formal, rebuke; v. to rebuke severely
mores
accepted rules of behavior
insinuate
to hint