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50 terms

10-60 ENGLISH

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burgeon
v. to expand; to flourish
profligate
adj. extravagantly wasteful and usually wildly immoral
impetuous
adj. impulsive; extremely impatient
hiatus
n. a break or interruption, often from work
incorrigible
adj. incapable of being reformed
fauna
n. animals
pejorative
adj. negative; disparaging
spurious
adj. false; fake; counterfeit
adulterate
v. to contaminate; to make impure
propensity
n. a natural inclination or tendency
despot
n. an absolute ruler; an autocrat
indignant
adj. angry; insulted
heed
v. to pay attention to
lugubrious
adj. exaggeratedly mournful
gravity
n. seriousness
dubious
adj. full of doubt; uncertain
auspicious
adj. favorable; promising; pointing to a good result
incantation
n. a chant; the repetition of statements or phrases
assiduous
adj. hard-working; showing great care and perseverence
sagacious
adj. discerning; shrewd; wise
putative
adj. commonly accepted; supposed as truth
obfuscate
v. to darken; to confuse or make difficult to understand
desultory
adj. without a plan or purpose; disconnected; random
opaque
adj. impossible to see through; impossible to understand
unctuous
adj. oily, both literally and figuratively, excessively flattering
mendacious
adj. lying; untruthful
disparage
v. to belittle; to say uncomplimentary things about, usually in a somewhat indirect way
inexorable
adj. relentless; inevitable; unavoidable; impossible to stop or prevent
esoteric
adj. hard to understand; understood by only a select few
tenuous
adj. flimsy; extremely thin; very weak or slight
polemic
n. a powerful argument, often made to attack or refute a controversial issue
obdurate
adj. stubborn and insensitive
discreet
adj. marked by, exercising, or showing prudence and wise self-restraint in speech and behavior; free from ostentation or pretension; modest
ardent
adj. passionate; enthusiastic
hermetic
adj. impervious to external influences
acquiesce
v. to comply passively; to accept; to assent
extol
v. to praise highly; to laud
ineffable
adj. incapable of being expressed or described
rudimentary
adj. basic; crude; unformed
obtuse
adj. lacking quickness of perception or intellect; characterized by a lack of intelligence or sensitivity; slow to understand
reiterate
v. to say again; to repeat
circumlocution
n. the use of many words where fewer would do, esp. in a deliberate attempt to vague or evasive
proletariat
n. the industrial working class
distend
v. to swell; to extend a great deal
perquisite
n. a priviledge that goes along with a job; a "perk"
precipitous
adj. steep
furtive
adj. secretive; sly
dictum
n. an authoratative saying; an addage; a maxim
consummate
adj. perfect; complete; supremely skillful / v. make perfect, make complete
recalcitrant
adj. stubbornly defiant of authority; disobedient