english vocabulary 1

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procure
to obtain through special effort; to bring about
mantic
of or relating to divination or prophecy
unscathed
unharmed, not injured
proclivity
a natural or habitual inclination or tendency
wistful
having or showing a feeling of vague or regretful longing
trepidation
fear, trembling, agitation
accrue
to accumulate over time
vicarious
indirect, experiencing through another
discombobulate
to confuse; to throw into an awkward predicament
non sequitur
a statement that does not follow logically from evidence
overwrought
extremely nervous or excited
irrefutable
impossible to disprove; beyond argument
erudite
scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic
onerous
troublesome and oppressive; burdensome
redemptive
bringing about salvation or redemption from sin
involuntary
done without will or conscious control
erasure
the removal of writing, recorded material, or data
abscond
to run off and hide
grovel
to humble oneself in a demeaning way
yak
a type of ox that has very long hair
banquet
a ceremonial dinner party for many people
giddy
dizzy; lightheaded
Soliloquy
A long speech expressing the thoughts of a character alone on stage
insular
isolated; narrow or provincial
execrable
loathsome, detestable
conversely
in contrast; in an opposite manner; in an altogether different way
incendiary
causing to excite or inflame
cameo role
a brief walk-through role created specifically to feature a surprising, high-profile personality
denouement
an outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot
palliative care
supportive medical and nursing care that keeps the patient comfortable but does not cure the disease
propitious
presenting favorable circumstances
ubiquitous
present or existing everywhere
nitpicking
looking for small or unimportant errors or faults, especially in order to criticize unnecessarily
quiescent
inactive; at rest
nutrient
chemical substance that an organism needs to sustain life
perfunctory
acting routinely with little interest or care
remedial
tending or intended to rectify or improve
turgid
swollen, pompous
crescendo
steadily increasing volume or force
obliterate
to destroy completely
brogue
any dialectic pronunciation of English, especially that of the Irish people
DUI
driving under the influence
halcyon
calm and peaceful
pointed
expressing criticism in a direct and unambiguous way
specious
deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but false
waffle
to speak or write evasively
Lilo
air mattress
plebeian
common, vulgar; belonging to the lower class; a common person, member of the lower class
gratuitous
given freely; unnecessary or uncalled for
panacea
a remedy for all ills; cure-all; an answer to all problems
contentious
quarrelsome, inclined to argue
exasperate
to irritate, annoy, or anger
NGO
Non-Governmental Organization
mimetic
copying the behavior or appearance of someone or something else
tenure
the term during which some position is held
mitigate
to make milder or softer, to moderate in force or intensity
quotient
the result of division
kinaesthetic
learning a new skill or information through carrying out some kind of physical activity
laicize
make available to common people, make secular
collusion
secret agreement or cooperation
mischief
reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others
suite
a group of rooms that are connected
antecedent
something that comes before
contrariwise
on the contrary
libido
sexual drive
be at loggerheads
disagree strongly with each other
theta wave
type of low frequency, low amplitude brain wave characteristic of the end of stage 1 sleep
blinkered
to have a limited outlook or understanding
proceedings
an event or a series of activities involving a formal or set procedure
by-law
a law or rule made by organization that only applies to its group or region
amenity
something that adds to one's comfort or convenience
qua
in the capacity of
Vector
Contaminated insects which bite you
reprehensible
deserving blame or punishment
ostensibly
supposedly; purportedly; allegedly
bootlegger
someone who makes or sells illegal liquor
titter
giggle quietly; laugh nervously
allergenic
a substance that causes an allergy
concede
to admit as true; to yield, submit
facetious
humorous, not meant seriously
flurry
a small swirling mass of something
linchpin
something that holds separate parts together; grundbult, stöttepelare
extemporize
perform without preparation, improvise
contrition
repentance; remorse; penitence
dunce
a stupid person
liability
a debt; something disadvantageous
maverick
one who is independent and resists adherence to a group; politisk vilde, avhoppare
audit
to check the accuracy of financial accounts and records
supremacist
a person who believes a group is better or higher than others in rank
colloidal
pertaining to a gluelike substance
innocuous
not harmful or offensive
belligerence
hostile or warlike attitude or nature
virulence
the degree of pathogenicity
op-ed
Page opposite the editorial page used for letters to the editor, articles by columnists, etc.
tractable
easily managed or controlled
hamstring
back of thigh
intransigence
stubbornness; refusal to compromise
tithe
an offering of a tenth part of some personal income
siding
a short length of railroad track that goes off the main track
haft
the handle of a weapon or tool