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acquiesce v

to submit or give in to

adage n

a wise saying

adulation n

excessive admiration

affluence n


affront n

a challenging insult

alacrity n

eager and cheerful readiness

allegory n

a symbolic narrative

amity n

friendship/ goodwill

anachronism n

something out of place in time

annul v

to cancel

antithetical adj

directly opposed

ascetic adj/n

practicing strict self-denial/ a person who chooses to live a simple life

aspersion n

an injurious remark

astute adj

having keen insight and good judgement

attrition n

a gradual loss/ wearing

atypical adj


aura n

a surrounding quality or atmosphere

avarice n


averse adj

opposed to/ against

baffled adj


benign adj

not harmful/ harmless

bifurcated adj

cut in two

caustic adj

corrosive/ sarcastic/ severely critical

cauterize v

to burn

chauvinistic adj

having a bias towards any group

circuitous adj

roundabout/ indirect

clandestine adj


clemency n

mercy, forgiveness

cognoscenti n

experts in a subject

compulsion n

an irresistible impulse

console v/n

to comfort/ a technological platform

contentious adj


couch v

to put into words

crass adj


craven adj


deplete v

to use up

disconcert v

to frustrate/ confuse

efficacious adj


effigy n

a figure made to represent someone who is disliked

eminent adj

Distinguished/ renowned

expatriate n/adj

(a person who) goes to another country to live and work

exploit v

to take advantage of

fallible adj

capable of making mistakes

feasible adj


feint n

a false or deceptive movement

filch v

to steal/ pilfer

fortnight n

two weeks

gist n

main point/ basic idea

glean v

to gather/ collect

harbinger n/v

a forewarning/ to announce

hasten v

to hurry

heinous adj

utterly bad or wicked

hirsute adj


iconoclast n

someone who attacks established traditions

idiosyncrasy n

a personal peculiarity/ quirk

impeccable adj


impervious adj

incapable of being injured or penetrated

indigent adj

poor/ needy

indolent adj


ineffable adj

not able to be described

inherent adj


inimical adj

hostile/ unfriendly

inimitable adj

too good to be copied

innocuous adj


itinerant adj

moving often

jargon n

vocabulary specific to a group or profession

lithe adj

flexible (body)

macabre adj


mausoleum n

an ornate tomb

mitigate v

to make less painful or severe

morose adj

gloomy/ dejected

mundane adj


myriad adj/n


novella n

a short novel

ominous adj

foreboding/ threatening

omnivorous adj

consuming everything

onerous adj

burdensome/ oppressive

ostentatious adj


paltry adj

having an insignificant amount

panacea n

a supposed perfect cure

paragon n

the finest example

pathological adj

related to disease

paucity n

a scarcity

penultimate adj

second to last

perennial adj/n

yearly/ a yearly event or thing

pittance n

a very small amount

plebeian adj/n

pertaining to the common people/ a common people

portend v

to warn of

predilection n

a preference/ bias

preponderance n

the greater part (of)

preposterous adj

absurd/ foolish

prerequisite adj/ n

required beforehand/ a prior condition

prerogative n

an exclusive privilege

primeval adj

original/ ancient

probity n


prognosticate v

to predict

propensity n

a natural tentency

prosaic adj

commonplace/ dull

proselytize v

to persuade to change from one belief to another

protrude v

to stick out

relic n

an object kept for its age or historic value

renaissance n

a rebirth

rustic adj

relating to the country side

salient adj

most significant

savory adj

tasty/ salty

score n

twenty years

stoic n/adj

(a person who is) indifferent to pleasure and pain

subdue v

to put down by force or intimidation

superficial adj


sycophant n

a kiss-up/ flatterer

tacit adj

understood without being openly stated

taciturn adj

silent/ reserved

tangible adj


tantamount adj

equivalent in value

tentative adj


ubiquitous adj


umbrage n


urbane adj

refined/ witty/ polite

valor n


venerable adj

worthy of respect

veracious adj


vernal adj

pertaining to spring

vivacious adj

full of life

wanton adj


Prostrate adj

lying flat on the ground

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