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English-Personal Vocabulary Words

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knotty
complex; difficult to solve
abasement
humiliation, degradation
harangue
noisy, attacking speech
plaudit
statement giving strong praise
reprehensible
deserving blame or punishment
absolution
forgiveness; pardon; release
hasten
act or move at high speed
laceration
a torn ragged wound
obdurate
stubborn
reprieve
a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort
tawdry
tastelessly showy
abstain
To choose not to do something
blighted
damaged; destroyed; ruined
credulous
gullible
lachrymose
tearful; sad
obfuscate
deliberately make something difficult to understand
tedium
boredom
blithe
carefree and happy and lighthearted
lackluster
dull
pliable
easily bent, flexible; easily influenced
acquiesce
to agree or express agreement
bombast
arrogant, pompous language
curtail
to cut short
epicure
someone who appreciates good food and drink
resonant
echoing
ameliorate
to improve
assent
to agree or express agreement
haphazard
by chance, not planned; lacking order
incontrovertible
indisputable; not open to question
intangible
not touchable
negate
prove negative
potent
powerful, having a strong effect
rigorous
difficult, challenging
spurious
false
therapeutic
healing
altercation
a heated argument
circumspect
careful
deference
respect
guile
the quality of being crafty
impassive
showing no emotion
malevolent
evil
placate
to calm
pugnacious
quarrelsome, fond of fighting
tirade
a long angry speech
volatile
changeable
amorphous
without shape
bourgeois
middle class
arcane
mysterious
coalesce
to come together
debunk
to expose a lie
efface
to destroy
garish
very bright in color
maudlin
overly emotional
prosaic
unimaginative
rebuke
to criticize
torpid
slow
undermine
to weaken
unwitting
unaware
covet
to desire
astute
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