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Vocabulary 1

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Abjure
Verb; to solemnly renounce (a belief, cause, or claim)
Accede
Verb; to assent or agree to a demand, request, or treaty
Bellicose
Adjective; demonstrating aggression and willingness to fight
Blithe
Adjective; showing a casual and cheerful indifference considered to be callous or improper
Capricious
Adjective; given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior
Cogent
Adjective; (of an argument or case) clear, logical, and convincing
Dearth
Noun; a scarcity or lack of something
Diffident
Adjective; modest or shy because of a lack of self-confidence
Edict
Noun; an official order or proclamation issued by a person in authority
Endemic
Adjective; (of a disease or condition) regularly found among particular people or in a certain area
Fortitude
Noun; courage in pain or adversity
Garrulous
Adjective; excessively talkative, esp. on trivial matters
Impervious
Adjective; not allowing fluid to pass through
Indemnity
Noun; security or protection against a loss or other financial burden
Laud
Verb; praise (a person or their achievements) highly, esp. in a public context
Loquacious
Adjective; talkative
Martinet
Noun; a strict disciplinarian, esp. in the armed forces
Obviate
Verb; remove (a need or difficulty)
Opulent
Adjective; ostentatiously rich and luxurious or lavish
Panacea
Noun; a solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases
Parsimonious
Adjective; unwilling to spend money or use resources, stingy or frugal
Phlegmatic
Adjective; (of a person) having an unemotional and expressionlessly calm disposition
Platitude
Noun; a remark or statement, esp. one with a moral content, that has been used too often to be interesting or thoughtful
Prowess
Noun; skill or expertise in a particular activity or field, esp. in battle
Quell
Verb; put an end to (a rebellion or other disorder), typically by the use of force
Quiescent
Adjective; in a state or period of inactivity or dormancy
Recalcitrant
Adjective; having an stubbornly uncooperative attitude toward authority or discipline
Reticent
Adjective; not revealing one's thoughts or feelings readily
Revel
Verb; engage in lively and noisy festivities, esp. those which involve drinking and dancing
Skulk
Verb; keep out of sight, typically with a sinister or cowardly motive
Somnolent
Adjective; sleepy, drowsy
Sophomoric
Adjective; pretentious or juvenile
Squalid
Adjective; (of a place) extremely dirty and unpleasant, esp. as a result of poverty or neglect
Stentorian
Adjective; (of a person's voice) loud and powerful
Stultify
Verb; cause to lose enthusiasm and initiative, esp. as a result of a tedious or restrictive routine
Supercilious
Adjective; behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others
Temerity
Noun; excessive confidence or boldness, audacity
Tepid
Adjective; (esp. of a liquid) only slightly warm; lukewarm
Truculent
Adjective; eager or quick to argue or fight, aggressively defiant
Turbulent
Adjective; characterized by conflict, disorder, or confusion
Urbane
Adjective; (of a person, esp. a man) charming, courteous, and refined in manner
Vanguard
Noun; a group of people leading the way in new developments or ideas
Venal
Adjective; showing or motivated by susceptibility to bribery
Venial
Adjective; denoting a sin that is not regarded as depriving the soul of divine grace
Virulent
Adjective; (of a disease or poison) extremely severe or harmful in its effects
Vociferous
Adjective; (esp. of a person or speech) passionate or noisy
Wastrel
Noun; a wasteful or good-for-nothing person
Whet
Verb; sharpen the blade of (a tool or weapon)
Repose
Noun; temporary rest from activity, excitement, or exertion, esp. sleep or the rest given by sleep
Poignant
Adjective; evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret
Officious
Adjective; assertive of authority in an annoyingly domineering way, esp. with regard to petty or trivial matters
Multifarious
Adjective; many and of various types
Inveterate
Adjective; having a particular habit, activity, or interest that is long-established and unlikely to change
Impetus
Noun; the force or energy with which a body moves
Insidious
Adjective; proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with harmful effects
Chagrin
Noun; distress or embarrassment at having failed or been humiliated
Ardent
Adjective; enthusiastic or passionate
Extirpate
Verb; root out and destroy completely
Fodder
Noun; food, esp. dried hay or feed, for cattle and other livestock
Winnow
find or identify (a valuable or useful part of something)
Tacit
adjective; understood or implied without being stated
Supersede
verb; take the place of (a person or thing previously in authority or use)
Stipulate
verb; demand or specify (a requirement), typically as part of a bargain or agreement
Ruminate
verb; think deeply about something
Rendezvous
a meeting at an agreed time and place, typically between two people
Placate
verb; make (someone) less angry or hostile
Pejorative
adjective; expressing contempt or disapproval
Ominous
adjective; giving the impression that something bad or unpleasant is going to happen
Militate
verb; (of a fact or circumstance) be a powerful or conclusive factor in preventing
Manumit
verb; release from slavery
Loll
verb; sit, lie, or stand in a lazy, relaxed way
Insuperable
adjective; (of a difficulty or obstacle) impossible to overcome
Gauche
adjective; lacking ease or grace; unsophisticated and socially awkward
Fracas
noun; a noisy disturbance or quarrel
Extant
(esp. of a document) still in existence; surviving
Duress
noun; threats, violence, constraints, or other action brought to bear on someone to do something against their will or better judgment
Clandestine
adjective; kept secret or done secretively, esp. because illegal
Beset
verb; (of a problem or difficulty) trouble or threaten persistently
Magnanimous
adjective; very generous or forgiving, esp. toward a rival or someone less powerful than oneself
Stolid
adjective; (of a person) calm, dependable, and showing little emotion or animation
Acrid
adjective; having an irritatingly strong and unpleasant taste or smell
Misnomer
noun; a wrong or inaccurate name or designation
Innocuous
adjective; not harmful or offensive
Brandish
verb; wave or flourish (something, esp. a weapon) as a threat or in anger or excitement
Callous
adjective; showing or having an insensitive and cruel disregard for others
Conflagration
noun; an extensive fire that destroys a great deal of land or property
Contentious
adjective; causing or likely to cause an argument; controversial
Compunction
noun; a feeling of guilt or moral scruple that follows the doing of something bad
Cursory
adjective; hasty and therefore not thorough or detailed
Decorum
noun; behavior in keeping with good taste and propriety
Disparage
verb; regard or represent as being of little worth
Dour
adjective; relentlessly severe, stern, or gloomy in manner or appearance
Expunge
verb; erase or remove completely (something unwanted or unpleasant)
Extol
verb; praise enthusiastically
Defamation
noun; damage the good reputation of (someone); slander or libel
Guise
noun; an external form, appearance, or manner of presentation, typically concealing the true nature of something
Intimation
noun; an implication or hint
Meticulous
adjective; showing great attention to detail; very careful and precise
Pandemonium
noun; wild and noisy disorder or confusion; uproar