71 terms

Barron's Word List 32

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natation
swimming
natty
neatly or smartly dressed
nauseate
cause to become sick; fill with disgust
nautical
pertaining to ships or navigation
navigable
wide and deep enough to allow ships to pass through; able to be steered
nebulous
vague; hazy; cloudy
necromancy
black magic; dealings with the dead
nefarious
very wicked; Infamous by way of being extremely wicked
negate
cancel out
negligence
neglect; failure to take reasonable care
negligible
so small; trifling or unimportant as to be easily disregarded
nemesis
someone seeking revenge
neologism
new or newly coined word or phrase
neophyte
recent convert; beginner
nepotism
favoritism ( to a relative)
nether
lower
nettle
annoy; vex
nexus
connection
nib
beak; Point of a pen
nicety
precision; minute distinction
niggardly
meanly stingy; parsimonious
niggle
spent too much time on minor points; carp
nihilist
one who considers traditional beliefs to be groundless and existence meaningless; absolute skeptic; revolutionary terrorist
nip
stop something's growth or development; snip off; bite; make numb with cold
nirvana
Buddhism. The ineffable ultimate in which one has attained disinterested wisdom and compassion.
nocturnal
done at night
noisome
foul-smelling; unwholesome
nomadic
wandering
nomenclature
terminology; system of names
nominal
in name only; trifling
nonchalance
indifference; lack of concern; composure
noncommittal
neutral; unpledged; undecided
nondescript
undistinctive; ordinary
nonentity
person of no importance; nonexistence
nonplus
bring to halt by confusion; perplex
nostalgia
homesickness; longing for the past
nostrum
questionable medicine
notable
conspicuous; important; distinguished
notoriety
disrepute; ill fame
novelty
something new; newness
novice
beginner
noxious
harmful
nuance
shade of differences in meaning or color; subtle distinction
nubile
marriageable
nugatory
futile; worthless
nillify
to make invalid
numismatist
person who collect coins
nuptial
related to marriage
nurture
nourish; educate; foster
nutrient
nourishing substance
oaf
stupid; awkward person
obdurate
stubborn
obeisance
An inclination of the head or body, as in greeting, consent, courtesy, submission, or worship: bow
obelisk
tall column tapering and ending in a pyramid
obese
excessively fat
obfuscate
confuse; muddle; caused confusion; make needlessly complex
obituary
death notice
objective (adj)
not influenced by emotions; fair
objective (n)
goal; aim
obligatory
binding; required
oblique
indirect; slant ( deviating from the perpendicular or straight line)
obliterate
destroy completely
oblivion
obscurity; forgetfulness
oblivious
inattentive or unmindful; ignorant; wholly absorbed
obloquy
slander; disgrace; infamy
obnoxious
offensive
obscure
darken; make unclear
obsequious
slavishly attentive; servile; sycophantic
obsequy
funeral ceremony
obsessive
related to thinking about something constantly; preoccupying
obsidian
black volcanic rock