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HSPT VOCAB 1

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stagnate
to stay or not improve
staid
serious
static
stationary, still, fixed
stingy
not generous
stoic
unaffected by passion or feeling
stolid
expressing little sensibility, unemotional
strenuous
requiring tremendous energy or stamina
strident
harsh, loud
stupefy
to atonish, make insensible
subjugate
to bring under control, subdue
sublime
lofty, grand, exalted
submissive
easily yielding to authority
succinct
marked by compact precision, short
superfluous
exceeding what is necessary
surfeit
an overabundant supply or indulgance
surmise
to infer with less evidence
surreptitous
stealthy
surrogate
one acting in place of another
swarthy
of dark color or complexion
sycophant
one who flatters for self-gain
tacit
expressed without words
taciturn
not inclined to talk
tangential
incidental, a different subject
tantamount
equivalent in value or significance
tedious
dull, boring
temerity
audacity, recklessness
temperance
moderation in action or thought
tenable
able to be defended or maintained
tenuous
having little substance or strength
terrestrial
relating to the land
timorous
timid, fearful
tirade
a long speech marked by harsh or biting language
toady
one who flatters in the hope of gaining favors
tome
a large book
torpid
lethargic, lacking motion
torrid
giving off intense heat, passionate
tortuous
winding
tractable
easilly controlled
tranquil
calm
transgress
to violate, go over a limit
transient
parring through briefly
transmute
to change or alter in form
travesty
a grossly inferior imitation
tremulous
fearful
trechant
effective, articulate, clear-cut
trepidation
fear, apprehension
trite
not original, overused
truculent
ready to fight, cruel
truncate
to shorten by cutting off
turgid
swollen, excessively embellished in style or language
turpitude
depravity, moral corruption
ubiquitous
existing everywhere
umbrage
resentment, offense
uncanny
of supernatural character or origin
unctuous
smooth or greasy in texture, appearance, or manner
undulate
to move in waves
upbraid
to criticize or scold severely
usurp
to seize by force
utilitarian
relating to or aiming at usefulness
utopia
an imagionary and remote place of perfection
vacillate
to hesitate
vacuous
lack of content or ideas, stupid
vagary
an unpredictable or erratic action, whim
validate
to confirm, support
vapid
lacking liveliness
variegated
diversified, distinctly marked
vehemently
marked by intense force
veneer
a superficial or deceptively attractive apearance
venerable
deserving of respect because of age or achievment
venerate
to regard with rescpect
veracity
truthfulness, accuracy
verbose
wordy, impaired by wordliness
verdant
green in tint or color
vestige
a mark or trace of something lost or vanished
vex
to confuse or annoy
vicarious
experiencing through another
vicissitude
event that occurs by chance
vigilant
watchful, alert
vilify
to lower in importance
vindicate
to avenge
vindictive
vengeful
virtuoso
one who excels in an art
viscous
not free-flowing, thick
vitriolic
having a caustic quality
vituperate
to berate
vivacious
lively
vocation
the work in which someone is employed, profession
vociferous
loud, boisterous
wallow
to pity oneself indolently
wane
to decrease in size
wanton
undisciplined
whimsical
fanciful
wily
crafty, sly
winsome
charming, pleasing
wistful
full of yearning
wizended
dry, shrunken
wrath
vengeful anger, punishment
yoke
to join, link
zealous
fervent, filled with eargerness
zenith
the highest point
zephyr
a gentle breeze
resplendent
shiny, glowing
restitution
retoration to the rightful owner
restive
resistant, subborn
retract
to withdraw
revel
to enjoy intensely
revere
to esteem, show deference
revoke
to take back
rhapsodize
to engage in excessive enthusiasm
ribald
coarsely, cruely humorous
rife
abundant
ruminate
to contemplate, relfect
ruse
a trick
saccharine
sickeningly sweet
sacrosanct
holy, something that should not be criticized
sagacity
shrewdness, soundness of perspective
salient
significant
salutation
a greeting
salve
a soothing balm
sanctimonious
giving a hypocritical apearance of pity
sanguine
optimistic
satiate
to satisfy excessively
scathing
sharp, hurtful
scintillating
sparkling
scrupulous
painstaking, careful
scurrilous
vulgar, coarse
sedentary
sitting, settled
semaphore
a visual signal
seminal
original
sensual
involving sensory gratification (usually regarding sex)
sensuous
involving sensory gratification
serendipity
good luck, finding good things without looking for them
serene
calm
servile
subservient
sinuous
lithe, serpentine
sobriety
sedate, calm
solicitous
concerned
solipsistic
believing that oneself is all that exists
soluble
able to dissolve
solvent
able to pay debts
somnolent
sleepy
sophomoric
immature
sovereign
having absloute authority
speculative
not based in fact
spurious
false but designed to seem plausible
reservior
1.to reserve; 2.a place where something is kept
resilient
able to recover from misfortune
resolute
firm, determined
resolve
1.to find a solution; 2.to firmly decide
respite
a break or rest
rapport
mutual understanding
rash
hasty
raucous
loud, boisterous
raze
to demolish
rebuke
to scold, criticize
recalcritrant
defiant
recapitulate
to sum up or repeat
reciprocate
to give in return
reclusive
solitary
reconcile
1.to return to harmony; 2.to make consistent
rectitude
extreme morality
redoubtable
1.formidable; 2.commanding respect
refract
to distort
refurbish
to restore, clean up
refute
to prove wrong
regurgitate
1.to vomit; 2.to throw back exactly
relegate
to assign to an inferior or proper place
relish
to enjoy
remedial
intended to repair gaps in knowledge
remiss
failing to take care of
renovate
1.to restore; 2.to enlarge or make prettier
renown
honor
renunciation
to reject
repentant
sorry
replete
abundant
repose
to rest
reprehensible
deserving rebuke
reprieve
a temporary delay of punishment
reproach
to scold, disapprove
reprobate
evil
reprove
to scold, rebuke
repudiate
to reject
repulse
to disgust or push back
reputable
of good reputation
requisition
a demand for goods
rescind
to take back
rancor
deep
rancid
having a terrible taste or smell
rail
to scold, protest
quotidian
daily
quixotic
idealistic, impractical
querulous
whiny
quell
to control or diffuse an explosive situation
quandary
a perplexing state
quaint
charmingly old-fashioned
quagmire
a difficult situation
putrid
rotten
punitive
involving punishment
pungent
having a pointed quality in smell
punctilious
eager to follow rules
pulchritude
physical beauty
pugnacious
quarrelsome, combative
puerile
juvenile, immature
prurient
eliciting or possessing an extraordinary interest in sex
prudence
cautios, circumspect
prowess
extraordinary ability
protean
able to change shape
proscribe
to condemn, outlaw
prosaic
plain, lacking liveliness
propriety
the quality or state of being proper
propitious
favorable
propensity
a preference
propagate
to multiply
promulgate
to proclaim
profuse
plentiful
profligate
dissolute
profane
lewd, indecent
procure
to obtain, acquire
proclivity
a strong inclination toward something
probity
virtue
privation
lacking basic necessities
primeval
original
pretense
an appearance or action intended to deceive
presumptuous
disrespectfully bold
prescribe
to lay down a rule
pragmatic
practical
potentate
one who has great powe, a ruler
potable
suitable for drinking
portent
an omen
polemic
an aggressive argument against a specific opinion
poignant
deeply affecting, moving
pliable
flexible
plethora
an abundance, excess
plentitude
an abundance
plausible
believable, reasonable
plaudits
enthusiastic approval, applause
platitude
cliche
placid
calm
placate
to soothe
pittance
a very small amount
pithy
conciesely meaningful
pinnacle
the highest point
pillage
to seize, especially in war
phlegmatic
uninterested
philanthropic
charitable
petulance
rudeness
pervasive
having the tendency to spread
perusal
a careful examination
pertinacious
stubbornly persistent
pert
flippant, bold
perspicacity
shrewdness
perplex
to confuse
pernicious
extremely destructive
permeate
to spread throughout, saturate
perfunctory
showing little interest
perfidious
disloyal, unfaithful
penurious
miserly, stingy
penultimate
next to last
penitent
remorseful, regretful
penchant
a tendency or preference
pellucid
easily intelligible, clear
pejorative
insulting, umcomplimentary
paucity
small in quantity
pathos
an emotion of sympathy
pathology
a deviation from the normal
patent
readily seen or understood, clear
partisan
a follower
parsimony
frugality, stinginess
parody
a satirical imitation
pariah
an outcast
paramount
greatest importance, rank, or character
paragon
a model of excellence or perfection
paradox
an apparently contradictory statement that is perhaps true
paradigm
an example that is a perfect pattern
panacea
a remedyfor all ills or difficulties