30 terms

30 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know

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auspicious
auguring favorable circumstances and good luck
bellicose
having or showing a ready disposition to fight
churlish
having a bad disposition; surly
deleterious
harmful to living things
epiphany
a divine manifestation
evanescent
tending to vanish like vapor
facetious
cleverly amusing in tone
feckless
generally incompetent and ineffectual
hubris
overbearing pride or presumption
incognito
without revealing one's identity
incontrovertible
impossible to deny or disprove
irony
incongruity between what might be expected and what occurs
lexicon
a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words
loquacious
full of trivial conversation
lugubrious
excessively mournful
metamorphosis
striking change in appearance or character or circumstances
nihilism
complete denial of established authority and institutions
nomenclature
a system of words used to name things in a discipline
obsequious
attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
omnipotent
having unlimited power
paradigm
a standard or typical example
plagiarize
take without referencing from someone's writing or speech
precipitous
extremely steep
reciprocal
concerning each of two or more persons or things
subjugate
make subservient; force to submit or subdue
supercilious
having or showing arrogant disdain or haughtiness
tempestuous
characterized by violent emotions or behavior
usurp
seize and take control without authority
vehement
marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions
xenophobia
a fear of foreigners or strangers