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English Exam WW Words

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abhor
To Shrink from in disgust; to detest
abrasion
a wearing away or rubbing away by friction
affable
pleasant; approchable; gracious
agile
able to move quickly and easily
anarchy
a lack of government and law; confusion
anonymous
having no known name or identity or known source
anthology
collection of literary works
avid
(adj.) desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager
banter
(v.) to exchange playful remarks, tease; (n.) talk that is playful and teasing
brusque
abrupt in manner or speech; gruff
clad
clothed or covered
claustrophobia
fear of enclosed or narrow spaces
concise
short and to the point
confiscate
to seize, by force if necessary; to take possession of
daunt
to discourage or intimidate
dehydrate
lose water or moisture
demean
to cause a lowering of self-esteem; to lower in reputation or character
depict
to give a picture of; to describe
deploy
to position or arrange; to utilize; to form up
despicable
worthy only of being despised and rejected
despondent
depressed from loss of hope or confidence; utterly discouraged
dire
having terrible consequences; urgent or desperate
disposition
a natural or acquired habit or characteristic tendency in a person or thing
emulate
to imitate with the intent of equaling or surpassing the model
encompass
(v.) to encircle, go or reach around; to enclose; to include with a certain group or class
evoke
to call forth or call to mind
excruciating
causing great pain or anguish; agonizing; unbearably painful
extricate
To free from a difficult or tangled situation
gingerly
(adj., adv.) with extreme care or caution
grapple
to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match
grimace
a facial expression of fear, disapproval, or pain
inane
lacking significance, meaning, or point; silly, insipid
intricate
(adj) complicated; difficult to understand
inventory
a detailed list of all the items in stock
lackadaisical
lacking spirit or interest, halfhearted
meticulous
extremely careful; particular about details
mutiny
deliberate refusal to obey orders given by those in command, especially by sailors
negligible
Small and unimportant, not worth noticing
pilfer
to steal repeatedly small amounts or things that are of little value
profound
showing intellectual penetration or emotional depths
profusion
a plentiful supply; a great or generous amount
pseudonym
a fictitious name used when the person performs a particular social role
recluse
a person who lives in solitude, a hermit
resilient
able to return to an original shape or form; able to recover quickly
sage
wise; a very wise person
serene
Calm, peaceful
shackle
a restraint that confines or restricts freedom
spontaneous
produced without being planted or without human labor
sporadic
occurring irregularly
turbulent
violently agitated or disturbed