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Accuplacer Vocabulary

Words for Accuplacer Reading Comprehension
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abashed
feeling or caused to feel uneasy and self-conscious
accolade
a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction
aesthete
one who professes great sensitivity to the beauty of art and nature
ambiguously
in an ambiguous manner (ambiguous=Open to more than one interpretation; having a double meaning.)
anarchy
a state of lawlessness and disorder (usually resulting from a failure of government)
aphorism
a short pithy instructive saying (pithy=brief, to the point)
austerity
the trait of great self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures)
automaton
someone who acts or responds in a mechanical or apathetic way
bantam
a small but aggressive person;
blitzkrieg
a swift and violent military offensive with intensive aerial bombardment
Bolshevik
emotionally charged terms used to refer to extreme radicals or revolutionaries
cacophony
a loud harsh or strident noise
candid
characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion
clodhopper
a thick and heavy shoe, (n.) a clumsy country person; a bumpkin; big heavy shoes
connive
encourage or assent to illegally or criminally
conspiratorial
relating to or characteristic of conspiracy or conspirators, planning acting together secretly; in a plotting manner
consternation
fear resulting from the awareness of danger
contentious
inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits
contretemps
an embarrassing mischance
discernible
perceptible by the senses or intellect
dowager
a widow holding property received from her deceased husband
eloquence
powerful and effective language
encumbrance
an onerous or difficult concern
enmity
a state of deep-seated ill-will
erratic
liable to sudden unpredictable change
fey
slightly insane
foreboding
a feeling of evil to come
fratricide
a person who murders their brother or sister
funereal
suited to or suggestive of a grave or burial
furlough
a temporary leave of absence from military duty
futility
uselessness as a consequence of having no practical result
gibe
an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect
gull
a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of
herringbone
a twilled fabric with a herringbone pattern
Holocaust
the mass murder of Jews under the German Nazi regime from 1941 until 1945
idiosyncratic
peculiar to the individual
impinge
impinge or infringe upon
inane
devoid of intelligence
indulgent
characterized by or given to yielding to the wishes of someone
infer
reason by deduction; establish by deduction
insidious
beguiling but harmful
insinuating
calculated to please or gain favor
inured
made tough by habitual exposure
invading
involving invasion or aggressive attack
inveigle
influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
irate
feeling or showing extreme anger
irresolutely
lacking determination or decisiveness
jounce
move up and down repeatedly
judiciously
in a judicious manner (judicious=wise, thoughtful)
knickers
trousers ending above the knee
legging
a garment covering the leg (usually extending from the knee to the ankle)
liaison
a channel for communication between groups
ludicrous
broadly or extravagantly humorous; resembling farce
multifariously
in diverse ways
opulent
rich and superior in quality
patriarchal
characteristic of a form of social organization in which the male is the family head and title is traced through the male line
poignance
a state of deeply felt distress or sorrow
preeminently
to a preeminent degree; with superiority or distinction above others; in a preeminent manner
proviso
a stipulated condition (stipulate=to make an express demand)
pungent
strong and sharp;"the pungent taste of radishes"
puttee
a strip of cloth wound around the leg to form legging; used by soldiers in World War I
refueling
the activity of supplying or taking on fuel
reprimand
an act or expression of criticism and censure
resonant
characterized by resonance (resonance = the prolongation of sound by reflection; reverberation
rhetorically
in a rhetorical manner
sanctity
the quality of being holy
seigneur
a man of rank in the ancient regime
sobriety
the state of being sober and not intoxicated by alcohol
stupefaction
a feeling of stupefied astonishment
tacit
implied by or inferred from actions or statements
treachery
betrayal of a trust
uniform
always the same; showing a single form or character in all occurrences
vagary
an unexpected and inexplicable change in something (in a situation or a person's behavior, etc.)
venerable
impressive by reason of age
vindicated
freed from any question of guilt
virtuoso
someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
vulnerable
capable of being attacked