46 terms

Magoosh set 13 basic 7.

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misogynist
a person who dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against women.

he apparently deserved his reputation as a misogynis
inkling
a slight knowledge or suspicion; a hint.

the records give us an inkling of how people saw the world
besiege
crowd around oppressively; surround and harass.

"she spent the whole day besieged by newsmen"

be inundated by large numbers of requests or complaints.

"the television station was besieged with calls"
abysmal
extremely bad; appalling.

"the quality of her work is abysmal"
deplorable
deserving strong condemnation.

"the deplorable conditions in which most prisoners are held"
atrocious
horrifyingly wicked.

"atrocious cruelties"
champion
to fight for a cause.

Martin Luther King jr. championed civil rights fiercely throughout his short life.
discreet
careful and circumspect in one's speech or actions, especially in order to avoid causing offense or to gain an advantage.

"we made some discreet inquiries"

intentionally unobtrusive.

"a discreet cough"
creditable
(of a performance, effort, or action) deserving public acknowledgment and praise but not necessarily outstanding or successful.

"a very creditable 2-4 defeat"
snub
rebuff, ignore, or spurn disdainfully.

"he snubbed faculty members and students alike"
resignation
the acceptance of something undesirable but inevitable.
"a shrug of resignation"

an act of retiring or giving up a position.
"he announced his resignation"
boorish
rough and bad-mannered; coarse.

"boorish behavior"
earnest
resulting from or showing sincere and intense conviction.
"an earnest student"
carp
complain or find fault continually, typically about trivial matters.
"I don't want to carp about the way you did it"
staid
sedate, respectable, and unadventurous.

"staid law firms"
perquisite
a thing regarded as a special right or privilege enjoyed as a result of one's position.

the wife of a president has all the perquisites of stardom
complementary
combining in such a way as to enhance or emphasize the qualities of each other or another.

"three guitarists playing interlocking, complementary parts"
sordid
involving ignoble actions and motives; arousing moral distaste and contempt.

"the story paints a sordid picture of bribes and scams"
seamy
sordid and disreputable.
"a seamy sex scandal"
sleazy
sordid, corrupt, or immoral.
unsavory
disagreeable and unpleasant because morally disreputable.
"an unsavory reputation"
debunk
expose the falseness or hollowness of (a myth, idea, or belief).
"the magazine that debunks claims of the paranormal"
miscreant
a person who behaves badly or in a way that breaks the law.

the South Street playground has been taken over by a pack of drug-dealing miscreants
obliging
willing to do a service or kindness; helpful.

he was obliging enough to carry all the bags
complaisant
willing to please others; obliging; agreeable.

"when unharnessed, Northern dogs are peaceful and complaisant"
futile
incapable of producing any useful result; pointless.

"a futile attempt to keep fans from mounting the stage"
vain
having or showing an excessively high opinion of one's appearance, abilities, or worth.

"their flattery made him vain"

producing no result; useless.

"a vain attempt to tidy up the room"
avail
use or take advantage of (an opportunity or available resource).

"my daughter did not avail herself of my advice"

help or benefit.

"no amount of struggle availed Charles"
narcissistic
having an excessive or erotic interest in oneself and one's physical appearance.

"a narcissistic actress"
qualm
an uneasy feeling of doubt, worry, or fear, especially about one's own conduct; a misgiving.

"military regimes generally have no qualms about controlling the press"
ensconced
establish or settle (someone) in a comfortable, safe, or secret place.

"Agnes ensconced herself in their bedroom"
estrange
cause (someone) to be no longer close or affectionate to someone; alienate.

"are you deliberately seeking to estrange your readers?"
somber
dark or dull in color or tone; gloomy.

"the night skies were somber and starless"
compunction
a feeling of guilt or moral scruple that follows the doing of something bad.

"spend the money without compunction"

a momentary faint or sick feeling.
disinclination
a reluctance or lack of enthusiasm.

"Lucy felt a strong disinclination to talk about her engagement"
deliberate
done consciously and intentionally.

"a deliberate attempt to provoke conflict"

engage in long and careful consideration.

"she deliberated over the menu"
enumerate
mention (a number of things) one by one.

"there is not space to enumerate all his works"
amply
in an ample manner; sufficiently or abundantly:

He apologized amply for his error.
vie
compete eagerly with someone in order to do or achieve something.

"rival mobs vying for control of the liquor business"
cumbersome
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry or use; unwieldy.
"cumbersome diving suits"

slow or complicated and therefore inefficient.
"organizations with cumbersome hierarchical structures"
decimate
to destroy a large number of (plants, animals, people, etc.)
to severely damage or destroy a large part of (something)

This kind of moth is responsible for decimating thousands of trees in our town.
cosmopolitan
familiar with and at ease in many different countries and cultures
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"his knowledge of French, Italian, and Spanish made him genuinely cosmopolitan"
antiquated
old-fashioned or outdated.

"this antiquated central heating system"
indisposition
lack of enthusiasm or inclination; reluctance.

"indisposition to motion, exertion or change"
malodorous
smelling very unpleasant.

several tenants in the building had complained about the malodorous apartment on the second floor
solemn
formal and dignified.
"a solemn procession"

not cheerful or smiling; serious.
"Tim looked very solemn"

characterized by deep sincerity.
"he swore a solemn oath to keep faith"
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