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EEI Vocab A 376-500

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exuberant
(n. exuberance)
adj. lively, happy, and full of good spirits
paraphrase
v. to restate in different words; to summarize
cadre
n. a core group of trained, highly skilled people capable of training others
mediocre
adj. ordinary to inferior in quality; not standing out from the average
pallet
n. a narrow, hard bed or straw-filled mattress
conjecture
n. an inference or conclusion based on incomplete evidence
antediluvian
adj. very old; outdated
cue
n. a hint
bazaar
n. a market consisting of a street lined with shops; a place where miscellaneous items are sold
engender
v. to beget; to cause; to promote
chronology
(adj. chronological)
n. arrangement of events in time
derelict
adj. abandoned; negligent
confide
(adj. confidential; n. confidant)
v. to tell something in secret
finesse
n. subtle skill in performance or in handling a situation
testy
adj. irritable; touchy
unequivocal
adj. very clear; definite
dictum
n. an authoritative, often formal, pronouncement
abstract
(n. abstraction)
adj. without reference to specific instance or concrete existence; theoretical;
v. to remove
spontaneous
(n. spontaneity)
adj. occurring naturally or without forethought
exhaustive
adj. thorough
dismantle
v. to take apart
amplify
(n. amplification)
v. to make larger
carte blanche
n. unrestricted power to act at one's own discretion
proscribe
(n. proscription)
v. to prohibit or forbid; to denounce
cardinal
adj. of main importance; principal
cumbersome
adj. clumsy or difficult to manage
ridicule
(adj. ridiculous)
v. to make fun of
effrontery
n. bold and insulting behavior
agape
adj. wide open
cerebral
adj. pertaining to the brain; intellectual
freelance
adj. without long-term commitment to any employer
dual
adj. composed of two parts
conscript
v. to draft compulsorily, esp. into military service; n. a draftee
cascade
n. a waterfall or series of small waterfalls; a succession of stages, processes, or units
figurehead
n. a person with apparent but no real authority
aboveboard
adj. without dishonesty or concealment
abrade
(n. abrasion; adj. abrasive)
v. to wear down a surface by or as if by scraping
glut
n. an oversupply
stimulate
v. to rouse or excite to action or increased action; to spur on
depict
(n. depiction)
v. to represent; to portray
nondescript
adj. lacking distinction or individual character
illuminate
(n. illumination)
v. to light up
maim
v. to cripple; mutilate; disable
postscript
n. additional information added to the end of a letter or other document
complaisant
(n. complaisance)
adj. showing a desire to please; cheerfully obliging
nocturnal
adj. occurring at night
ascribe
v. to attribute to a specific source
fractious
adj. disruptive or irritable
quid pro quo
n. an equal exchange or substitution
sentinel
n. one who keeps watch
genocide
n. killing of a whole national or ethnic group
scour
v. to wash by scrubbing vigorously
florid
adj. flushed with rosy color; over decorated
zeitgeist
n. the trend or spirit of the times
segregate
v. to separate into groups or parts
hallmark
n. any mark or symbol of genuineness or high quality
remunerate
(n. remuneration)
v. to pay or compensate
accommodate
(adj. accommodating)
v. to oblige; to provide a service or favor; to fit
bolster
v. to support or strengthen
momentous
adj. of extreme importance
impalpable
adj. that which cannot be felt by touching; not easily understood
incumbent
adj. necessary or obligatory; n. a person who currently holds a particular position
yelp
n. a sharp cry expressing pain
interloper
n. one who interferes with the affairs of others; a meddler
pulverize
v. to crush; to grind into powder or dust
de facto
adj. actual or effective, esp. when without legal authority; in fact
ligament
n. connective tissue, joining bones or supporting internal organs
exasperate
v. to make very impatient; to annoy greatly
elicit
(n. elicitation)
v. to draw out; to invoke
incongruous
adj. lacking agreement; incompatible
decorum
(adj. decorous)
n. polite behavior
dilate
(n. dilation)
v. to make wider; to expand
contemporary
adj. of the same time or period
knell
v. to ring in a slow, solemn way;
n. the sound of a bell, esp. of one rung at a funeral; an omen of death, failure, etc
encrouch
v. to infringe; to intrude; to trespass
ovation
n. enthusiastic and lengthy applause
demagogue
(n. demagoguery)
n. a leader who obtains power by appealing to the emotions and passion of the people
foment
v. to stir up negative feelings, exp. those tht lead to violent action
goad
v. to prod or urge, as if with a pointed stick;
n. a long stick used to prod animals; something used to urge on
tantalize
(adj. tanalizing)
v. to torment or tease by showing something desirable while keeping it out of reach
cordial
adj. warm and friendly
adorn
v. to add beauty; to decorate
scribe
n. a professional copyist of manuscripts and documents, esp. in ancient times
fastidious
adj. not easy to please; very critical or discriminating
purport
v. to claim, esp. falsley
circumscribe
v. to define the limits of
foliage
n. leaves
complacent
(n. compleacence)
adj. too pleased with oneself; self-satisfied
etiquette
n. the forms of behavior or polite society
morbid
(n. morbidity)
adj. gruesome; awful
inhibit
(n. inhibition)
v. to hold back
subjective
(n. subjectivity)
adj. based on personal experience or feeling not from external evidence
ensue
v. to happen subsequently
heinous
adj. extremely wicked; abominable
urbane
(n. urbanity)
adj. sophisticated
induce
v. to influence, esp. by persuasion; to bring about; to infer by inductive reasoning
debonair
adj. easy and carefree in manner
etymology
n. the study of origins of words
stoic
(n. stoicism)
adj. apparently indifferent to joy, grief, pleasure, or pain
plethora
(adj. plethoric)
n. an excessive amount
stanch
v. to stop the flow of something
evoke
(adj. evocative)
v. to call forth or call to mind
staunch
adj. strongly loyal
manuscript
n. a book or other document written by hand; an author's original copy of a document submitted for publication
ad infinitum
adj. lasting forever; continuously
aberration
(adj. aberrant)
n. a departure from what is right, true, correct
diurnal
adj. daily; ocurring during the daytime
eon
n. a long period of time
hallucination
(v. hallucinate)
n. a false perception of reality; a delusion
brooch
n. large, decorative pin
forfeit
v. to surrender or be forced to surrender
palette
n. a board which an artist can hold while painting and on which colors can be mixed; the range of colors in a particular painting or by a particular artist
giddy
adj. dizzy; lightheaded
embryonic
(n. embryo)
adj. not yet developed; at an early stage
mosaic
n. an image created by the assembly of many small colored pieces (ex. tiles)
dauntless
adj. incapable of being intimidated
crony
n. a long-time friend or close companion
bristle
v. to react in an angry or offended manner
gallant
(n. gallantry)
adj. brave and noble
skeptical
(n. skeptic)
adj. tending to question or doubt
temporal
adj. relating to time
duel
n. a prearranged combat between two persons
toddle
v. to walk with short, unsteady steps, like a child
pittance
n. a small amount, esp. of money
temporize
v. to act evasively in order to gain time