89 terms

1984 Vocab List

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Abashed
ashamed or embarrassed; disconcerted
Absurdity
the state or quality of being absurd
Abyss
deep, immeasurable space, gulf or cavity; vast chasm
anything profound, unfathomable or infinite
Accumulated
to gather or collect
Arbitrary
subject to individual will or judgment without restriction; contingent solely upon one's discretion
Atrocity
an extremely wicked or cruel act, typically one involving physical violence or injury
Axiom
a statement to proposition that is regarded as being established, accepted, or self-evidently true
accepted without question and no proof
Bigoted
having or revealing an obstinate belief in the superiority of one's own opinions and a prejudiced intolerance of the opinions of others
Callousness
insensitive and cruel disregard for others
Capitalists
a wealthy person who uses money to invest in trade and industry for profit in accordance with the principles of capitalism
Capitulated
cease to resist an opponent or an unwelcome demand; surrender
Clandestinely
in a secretive and illicit way
Commotion
a state of confused and noisy disturbance
Consumption
the using up of a resource
Contrived
deliberately created rather arising naturally or spontaneously
Convoluted
extremely complex and difficult to follow
Culpable
deserving blame
Degradation
condition or process of degrading or being degraded
wearing down
Demeanor
outward behavior or bearing
Desultorily
lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected, random
Diminution
a reduction in the size, extent, or importance of something
Emaciation
the state of being abnormally thin or weak
Empirical
based on, concerned with, or verifiable by observation or experience rather than theory or pure logic
Enveloping
wrap up, cover, or surround completely
Equivocation
the use of ambiguous language to conceal the truth or to avoid committing oneself, prevarication
Eradicate
destroy completely , put an end to
Euphemisms
a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing
Euphony
quality of being pleasing to the ear
Extricate
free from a constraint or difficulty
Fatuous
silly and pointless
Hierarchal
arranged in order of rank
Ideological
based on or relating to a system of ideas and ideals, especially concerning economic or political theory and policy
Impending
be about to happen
loom
Impregnable
unable to be captured or broken into
Incredulity
being unwilling or unable to believe something
Incredulous
unwilling or unable to believe something
Incriminating
make appear guilty of a crime or wrongdoing, imply the guilt of
Indignation
anger of annoyance provoked by what is perceived as unfair treatment
Indoctrinate
teach to accept a set of beliefs uncritically
brainwash
Inexorably
a way that is impossible to stop or prevent
Infallible
incapable of making mistakes or being wrong
Inimical
tending to obstruct or harm, unfriendly, hostile
Iniquity
immoral or grossly unfair behavior
Installments
a sum of money due as one of several equal payments for something, spread over an agreed period of time

any of several parts of something that are published, broadcast, or made public in sequence at intervals

installation
Integrity
quality of being honest and having strong moral principles, moral uprightness
Intimidating
frighten or overawe especially in order to make them do what one wants
Intolerable
unable to be endured
Inviolate
free or safe from injury or violation
Ironical
using or prone to irony
Irreconcilable
representing findings or points of view that are so different from each other that they cannot be made compatible
Jargon
special words or expressions that are used by a particular profession or group and are difficult for others to understand
Lethargy
lack of energy and enthusiasm
Luminous
full of or shedding light, bright to shining, very bright, harsh to the eye
Malleable
able to be hammered or pressed permanently out of shape without breaking or cracking
Metaphysics
branch of philosophy that deals with the first principles of things, including abstract concepts such as being, knowing, substance, cause, identity, time, and space

abstract theory or talk with no basis in reality
Oligarchies
a small group of people having control of a country, organization, or institution
Omnipotent
having unlimited power, able to do anything
Orifices
an opening
Palpable
so intense as to seem almost tangible
plain to see or comprehend
able to be touched or felt
Perceptible
able to be seen or noticed
Persiflage
light and slightly contemptuous mockery or banter
Posterity
all future generations of people
Pragmatism
practical approach to problems and affairs
Precision
quality, condition, or fact of being exact and accurate
Prodigies
person, especially a young one, endowed with exceptional qualities or abilities

an impressive or outstanding example of a particular quality
Proletariat
workers or working class people
regarded collectively
Prostrated
lay oneself flat on the ground face downward especially in reverence or submission
Purges
rid of an unwanted feeling, memory, or condition, typically giving a sense of cathartic release, remove
Ramifications
a consequence of an action or event, especially when complex or unwelcome
Rash
displaying or proceeding from a lack of careful consideration of the possible consequences of an action
Reconciliation
restoration of friendly relations
Sabotage
deliberately destroy, damage, or obstruct
Scrutinized
examine or inspect closely and thoroughly
Servile
having or showing an excessive willingness to serve or please others
Sinecures
a position requiring little or no work but giving the holder status or financial benefit
Smugly
in a way that shows excessive satisfaction or pride in oneself
Socialism
a political and economic theory of social organization that advocated that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole

leftism, marxist
Spurious
not being what it purports to be, false or fake
Strident
loud and harsh, grating
Subsidiary
less important than but related or supplementary to

controlled by a holding or parent company
Succumbed
fail to resist
Superfluous
unnecessary, especially through being more than enough
Tacitly
in a way that is understood or implied without being directly stated
Torpid
mentally or physically inactive, lethargic
Undecipherable
not able to be read or understood
Unorthodoxy
not conforming to rules, traditions, or modes of conduce, as of a doctrine, religion or philosophy
Vague
of uncertain, indefinite, or unclear character or meaning
Vindicate
clear of blame or suspicion
show or prove to be right, reasonable, or justified
Zealot
a person who is fanatical and uncompromising in pursuit of their religious, political, to other ideals