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142 terms

vocab 1

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litigious
prone to engage in lawsuits
partisan
devoted to/biased in favor of a party, group, or cause
parity
equality
rectitude
moral uprightness
remiss
negligent
repudiate
reject the validity of
sanctimonious
feigning piety or righteousness
scrupulous
principled
solicitous
concerned
sophistry
plausible but misleading beliefs
substantiate
verify
veracity
truthfulness
vindicate
to free from blame
circumscribe
draw a circle around, restrict
contiguous
having a common boundary or edge
conciliatory
appeasing; soothing
credible
believable
exonerate
free from blame
incontrovertible
indisputable
indict
officially charge with wrongdoing
castigate
to harshly criticize
censure
to issue official blame
denounce
to condemn openly
reclusive
preferring isolation
relinquish
to retire from; abandon
renounce
to give up (ie, a title) by formal announcement
vituperative
marked by harshly abusive condemnation
reticent
reserved
staid
serious
arcane
known/understood by few
assimilate
to absorb or become absorbed
autonomy
independence
cosmopolitan
worldly
derivative
coming from another source
disseminate
to scatter widely
erudition
extensive learning
husbandry
application of scientific principles to agriculture/animal breeding
pedantic
extensively concerned with book learning
perspicacious
shrewd
pragmatic
practical
precocious
unusually early intellectual aptitude/maturity
candid
straightforward
conjecture
inference
didactic
instructive
euphemism
mild term substituted for harsh one
extrapolate
to infer
incoherent
lacking cohesion
insinuate
to introduce stealthily
lucid
clear
rhetoric
art of using language effectively
acumen
quickness/accuracy
adroit
deft
ascertain
discover through investigation
astute
shrewd
circumspect
careful
prospectus
formal proposal
rudimentary
basic
abstruse
difficult to understand
callous
unfeeling
convoluted
complex
enigma
mystery
inscrutable
difficult to understand
entourage
group of attendants
esoteric
intended for/understood by small group
gaffe
clumsy social error
idiosyncrasy
characteristic peculiar to individual
insular
isolated
orthodox
adhering to the traditional
potentate
monarch
cajole
to urge with repeated coaxing
chicanery
trickery
obsequious
fawning and servile
sycophant
a servile flatterer
altruism
selflessness
eminent
prominent
empathetic
identifying with another's situation
extol
to praise highly
laudatory
full of praise
magnanimous
generous or forgiving
philanthropic
seeking to promote the welfare of others
reciprocate
to mutually take or give
defunct
no longer existing or functioning
eradicate
get rid of; abolish
expurgate
to remove objectionable content before publication
extirpate
to destroy
deride
to mock contemptuously
abase
to belittle or degrade
stymie
to thwart
supplant
to replace
squelch
to squash
raze
to demolish
quell
to suppress
derogatory
insulting
disparage
belittle
effrontery
brazen boldness
ignominy
humiliation
impugn
to attack as false
mar
to damage
pejorative
disparaging
vex
annoy
vindictive
spiteful
bombastic
prone to pompous speech
ebullience
intense enthusiasm
exorbitant
unreasonably high
exuberant
unrestrained enthusiasm
embellish
exaggerate
flagrant
extremely noticeable
gratuitous
unnecessary
lavish
extravagant
lugubrious
extremely dismal
opulent
displaying great wealth
ornate
elaborately decorated
penchant
strong inclination
redundant
needlessly repetitive
ubiquitous
being present everywhere at once
vicarious
experienced secondhand
vignette
short scene or story
amalgam
a mixture
inundate
to swamp
multiplicity
a great number
alleviate
to ease a pain or burden
ameliorate
improve
beneficial
helpful
curative
able to heal
palliative
relieving symptoms without effecting a cure
therapeutic
having healing powers
complement
something that completes
epitome
perfect example
felicitous
apt
belie
to misrepresent
debunk
to expose untruths
dubious
doubtful
duplicitous
deliberately deceptive
fabricate
to make up something
fallacy
falsehood
mendacious
lying; untruthful
specious
plausible but false
sanguine
cheerfully optimistic
punctilious
marked by precise accordance with details
indecorous
improper
layperson
one who does not have training in a specific profession.
supine
lying face upward