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Vocabulary Words A-Z

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Acquiesce
to consent to or give in to something silently or without pretest
Aesthetic
beautiful in terms of art
Ambiguous
unclear; can be interpreted in more than one way
Ameliorate
to make (a situation) better
Ambivalence
conflicting emotions
Analogous
comparable; similar in some way that a comparison can be made
Antithesis
the direct opposite of
Appease
to pacify; to bring to state of calm
Apprehension
nervousness; fear of future trouble
Arbitrary
random
Articulate
well-spoken
Astute
shrewd; practical, extremely aware, and intelligent
Augment
enhanced or improved
Austerity
self-denial (to sacrifice one's own desires and interests)
Belligerent
aggresive; eager to fight
Benevolent
kind
Benign
harmless; kind
Blasphemous
disrespectful in a religious way
Bolster
to support; to raise one's spirits
Brevity
brief in duration
Coerce
to force to act or think in a certain way
Complacent
self-satisfied; unconcerned with success
Concur
to agree
Contrite
feeling regret or sorrow
Conviction
strong belief
Crass
crude, unrefined behavior
Cynical
distrustful; skeptical to others' motives
Deference
courteous respect
Denounce
openly accuse
Despondent
depressed
Destitute
lacking something that is needed
Detrimental
causing damage or harm
Deviate
to stray from the normal path or way of doing things
Discerning
perceptive; showing great understanding
Discretion
good judgement; caution
Disheveled
untidy, disorderly
Disparaging
critical; belittling
Diverse
different, various
Dubious
doubtful
Erroneous
containing error; straying from what is right or proper
Expedite
to speed up the progress of
Extricate
to free or release from entanglement
Facilitate
to make easier; to assist the progress of a person
Flagrant
shockingly noticeable or evident; notorious, scandalous
Gravity
serious or critical in nature
Grudging
reluctant; unwilling
Gullible
easily decieved or cheated
Haphazard
characterized by no order or planning; mere chance
Hinder
to interfere with the progress of; to keep back or behind
Hypocritical
professing or pretending to have feelings, morals, or beliefs one does not have
Hypothetical
existing only in concept and not in reality
Immutable
unchangeable
Inadvertently
unintentionally, accidentally, often with no one accepting the blame
Inane
one that lacks sense, ideas, or significance
Incite
to provoke and urge on; to stir to action or feeling
Inconsequential
not of great importance
Incorrigible
difficult or impossible to control or manage; incapable of being corrected or reformed; firmly rooted
Indolent
habitually lazy; slow to heal, grow or develop; causing little or no pain
Infamous
having an exeedingly bad reputation; shameful
Infer
to conclude from evidence
Innocuous
not likely to offend or provoke to strong emotion; harmless
Languish
to exist in miserable conditions; to waste away from longing or grief; to lose strength or power; to remain unattended or neglected
Lethargic
lacking mental or physical alertness and activity
Levity
silliness, lack of seriousness
Mediocre
barely adequate; average to below average in quality
Modicum
small or moderate amount
Misconstrue
to misinterpret; to mistake the meaning of
Methodical
systematic habits or behavior; orderly; painstakingly slow and careful
Mitigate
to moderate; to make less severe or more bearable
Meticulous
extremely concerned with details; extremely careful and precise
Mesmerize
to captivate, fascinate; to compel one's attention, interest or imagination
Nebulous
containing more than one interpretation; vague
Nonchalant
the trait of seeming calm and seeming not to care
Novelty
newness
Opulence
a great abundance; wealth, luxuriousness
Opportunist
one who take advantage of an opportunity to acheive an end, often unethically
Obstinate
stubbornly sticking to an attitude, opinion, or course of action; difficult to cure, manage, or control
Optimist
a person with a positive outlook on life
Predecessor
a person who precedes another in an office, position, etc.
Placate
to appease, sooth, pacify; to ease the anger or agitation of
Pessimism
the tendency to see only what is gloomy or to anticipate the worst outcome
Prolific
highly productive; producing offspring, young, fruit, etc. in abundance
Preclude
to make impossible; to prevent the presence or occurence of
Plausible
believable; having an appearance of truth
Redundant
unnecessary repititionin expressing ideas; exceeding what is necessary or natural
Rescind
to revoke, cancel; to take back or remove
Relegate
to assign; to send to an inferior position
Repudiate
to divorce or formally seperate from; to refuse to accept, acknowledge or recognize
Refute
to prove to be false or erroneous
Reprehensible
deserving blame or punishment
Ramification
consequences or developements growing out of a problem or plan
Sequester
to remove or set apart; to isolate, segreate
Stigma
mark of disgrace or shame
Stringent
severe; imposing rigorous standards
Scrupulous
having moral integrity; extremely careful; conscienctious and exact
Superfluous
more than what is needed; unecessary
Succumb
to give up or give in; to submit to an overpowering force or desire
Stoic
one who is seemingly indifferent to or unaffected joy, grief, pleasure, or pain.
Sporadic
irregular; no set pattern
Supercilious
showing scorn because of a feeling of superiority
Tacit
an unspoken or silent agreement
Temerity
boldness, nerve, audacity
Tentative
not fully worked out or agreed on; uncertain; experimental
Trepidation
apprehension; a state of alarm or dread; anxiety, worry
Uncanny
strange, mysterious, weird, beyond explanation
Unfeigned
sincere, real, without pretense
Unobtrusive
keeping a low profile; not showy;not readily noticed or seen
Vestige
a visible trace, evidence, or sign of something that is now absent, lost or vanished
Vivacious
full of animation and spirit, lively
Volition
a conscious choice or decision
Vicarious
felt as if one were taking part in the experience or feelings of another
Verbatim
word for word; exactly in the same words
Verbose
containing more words than necessary; wordy
Vehement
forceully expressing something; intensely emotional
Vacillate
to waver in one's opinions; to swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another
Virulent
hateful, hostile, harsh; extremely infectious, malignant or poisonous
Xenophobia
an intense dislike and/or unreasonable fear of strangers
Zealous
enthusiastically devoted to a cause, ideal or goal