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100 terms

DWS vocabulary

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Abate
to lessen
Adamant
very determined; insistent
Advocate
speak, plead, or argue in favour of
Affable
friendly
Affidavit
a written testimony
Agility
quickness and skill
Agitated
upset or annoyed
Allegation
an accusation
Alleviate
to make pain or hardship less severe
Altruism
unselfish concern for others
Ambiguity
an unclearness in meaning
Annexation
the addition of something to the larger whole
Antagonistic
hostile
Apoplexy
a fit of anger
Banal
boring
Benevolent
showin kindness or goodwill
Benign
harmless
Castigate
to criticize or punish
Catharsis
spiritual release or purification
Champion for
support or promote
Chastity
the practice of refraining from sex
Cognizance
knowledge or awareness of something
Coiffure
hairdo
Coincide
to happen at or around the same time
Coitus
sexual intercourse
Complacent
contented to a fault
Congenial
pleasant and friendly
Corpulent
fat
Corroborate
to confirm
Cryptic
mysterious, secret
Curt
short, abrupt
Derision
contempt or mockery
Discrepancy
difference between two things that should match
Discretion
the freedom to judge something and make a decision about it
Disparaging
disapproving
Dissipate
to fade or slowly disappear
Divulge
to reveal
Doggedness
stubborn determination
Dour
gloomy
Dubious
doubtful
Equanimity
evenness of temper even under stress
Estrangement
alienation
Fastidious
concerned about the smallest details
Flagellate
to whip
Flog
to hit hard with something
Formidable
fear-inspiring
Fortuitous
happening by chance
Hirsute
hairy
Imperturabable
not easily distressed
Implicate
to show someone is connected to a crime
Impudent
bold, rule
Incontrovertible
undeniable
Indolent
lazy
Inevitable
unavoidable
Inexorable
unstoppable
Influx
sudden arrival of a large number of things or people
Inquest
an official inquiry in front of a jury
Insinuation
something unpleasant indirectly hinted at
Interdict
a court that prohibits something
Interminable
endless
Irrefutable
undeniable
Irrevocable
not to be undone
Jocularity
jokiness
Jurisdiction
the area over which legal authority extends
Laconic
using very few words
Libel
a false published statement that damages ones reputation
Listless
lacing energy
Lorry
the british word for truck
Mendacious
lying
Meticulous
precise
Obtuse
dull witted, dumb
Pandemonium
a place that is noisy and chaotic
Pate
top of the head
Perilous
dangerous
Peristaltic
having to do with contractions of intestines
Perturbed
troubled
Phalanx
a group of soldiers standing close together
Phlegmatic
sluggish, unemotional
Placid
peaceful
Predilection
particular liking for something
Prognosis
prediction
Prosaic
boring
Quell
to suppress or end
Redress
to compensate for loss or wrong
Recalcitrant
stubbornly resisting authority
Resignation
reluctant coming to terms with something
Retrospect
remembering past events
Salutary
healthy or beneficial
Sordid
dirty and immoral
Subversive
intended to undermine authority
Succumb
to yield or give in
Terse
shot, abrupt
Thwart
to prevent ones plan from being successful or fulfilled
Unseemly
extremely inappropriate
Vehemence
strong feeling
Vexation
a state of irritability
Nonchalance
appearance of calmness or lack of concern
Mirage
an optical illusion, something imaginary
Burly
strong, broad, sturdy
Viscera Intestines
internal organs of the body, general intestine area