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Vocabulary 6

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par
(n) equal
(v) to equal
parity
equality
disparity
lack of equality; a difference
disparate
(adj.) complete or essential difference or inequality
disparage
to lower someone's par (feeling of equality)
compare
to examine the character or qualities of, especially in order to discover resemblances or differences (two things are compared when they have certain equal or similar qualities)
pair
things that are equal or similar
peer
equal people, as in age, position, rank, or ability
equality
state or condition of being equal
equation
statement or assertion of equality of two things
equivocate
to say both yes and no with equal voice (Deception is done deliberately and on purpose. Politicians are good examples of people who are equivocate; they are purposely vague.)
unequivocal
definitive; capable of specific interpretation
equity
equal treatment; justice; fairness
equities
stocks in the financial markets (the value of your home or property above the amount of the mortgage you owe is your equity in it)
inequity
injustice; unfairness
iniquity
a sin or vice, or an egregiously immoral act; wickedness, sinfulness; violation of right or duty
Note: e is changed to i, and injustice and unfairness are sinful and wicked
ambiguous
may have both one meaning and another meaning; vague (same as equivocal, except done accidentally, not on purpose)
double entendre
French term that means double meaning, an ambiguous statement with one possible interpretation as being suggestive, risque, or sexy
equinox
equal night; an event that occurs twice a year when day and night are of equal length, about March 21 and September 22
nocturnal
active at night instead of day i.e. cats, owls, moonflower (blossoms at night), "night people" (stay up late, sleep until midmorning)
nocturne
night music; musical composition of dreamy character; painting of a night scene
equanimity
equal (evenness of) mind, even under great stress
equability
ability to keep equal temperament, calmness, serenity of mind
Libra
seventh sign of the zodiac, represented by a pair of scales
equilibrium
state of physical balance, especially between opposing forces
equilibrist
professional tightrope walker, a performer successfully defying the law of gravity by balancing on a thin overhead wire
equator
imaginary line that divides the earth into equal halves (north and south hemispheres)
equivalent
having equal value, measure, force, effect, or significance
equidistant
at equal distance (from a common point)
equiangular
having all angles equal
equilateral
having all sides of equal length
equestrian
(n) someone on a horse
(adj.) pertaining to horseback riding (an equestrian statue)
equestrienne
woman on a horse
equine
(n) a horse
(adj.) like a horse, as in appearance or characteristics, or descriptive of horse
vociferous
carrying much voice; loud, noisy, clamorous
vocal
quality of expressing readily and freely by voice
vocalize
to give voice to; to sing the vocals (voice parts) of music
vocalist
a singer
titillate
[literally] to tickle, with gentle touches in strategic places, causing an actual pleasing physical sensation
[figuratively] to tickle people's minds, fancies, palates, by charm, brilliance, wit, promises, or other methods
compliment
a pleasant and courteous expression of praise
flattery
expression of praise that is stronger than a compliment, and often considered insincere
adulation
flattery and worship (fawning) carried to an excessive, ridiculous degree
proscribe
to forbid (to write down beforehand whatever is detrimental)
Note: proscribed activities are most likely pleasurable, because they are immoral, illegal, or fattening
scribe
an official writer or copier, usually of ancient scriptures
scribble
to write hastily or carelessly without regard to legibility or form
script
something written
The Scriptures
holy writings
prescribe
to write a rule or medical prescriptions
describe
to write down; to represent or give an account of in words
inscribe
to write in or into
Via Appia
one of the famous highways of ancient Roman times
obvious
in the way of the road, where no one can fail to see it; easily seen, not hidden, conspicuous
obviate
to anticipate and prevent (as a situation) or make unnecessary (as an action); to get an obstacle out of the way
manuscript
something handwritten
typescript
a typewritten manuscript; especially one intended for use as printer's copy
postscript
something written after the main part is finished
trivial
unimportant, without great significance (intersection of three roads, where unimportant matters are discussed to prevent from being overhead in a public)
trivia
insignificant trifles
militate (against)
to fight against, work to the disadvantage of
Note: militate is always followed by the preposition against, and never takes a personal subject: you don't militate against anyone, but some habit, action, or tendency militates against someone or something
militant
(n) one who fights for reforms
(adj.) waged aggressively and wit determination
military
(n) military persons, especially army officers, or armed forces
(adj.) of or relating to soldiers, arms, or war, or armed forces
militia
a part of the organized armed forces (may also be citizens) of a country, liable to call only in emergency
malign
(v) to speak evil about, to defame, to slander
(adj.) bad, harmful, evil, hateful
malignant
bad, harmful, evil, hateful
malignancy
cancerous growth; or the condition, state, or attitude of harmfulness, hatefulness, evil intent, etc.
malediction
an evil saying, a curse
dictate
(v) to speak or act domineeringly
(n) a ruling principle
dictator
one who assumes absolute power and control
dictation
the act or manner of uttering words to be transcribed, or material that is dictated or transcribed
predict
to tell beforehand
contradict
to say against, or to make an opposite statement
addiction
a saying to or toward, or the compulsion to say "yes" to a habit
malevolent
wishing evil or harm
voluntary
proceeding from the will or from one's own choice or consent
involuntary
not voluntary
volunteer
a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service
volition
the act of power of willing or wishing
maleficent
doing harm or evil, or causing hurt
malefactor
a wrongdoer, an evil doer, a criminal
factory
a place where things are made
fact
something done
fiction
something made up or invented
manufacture
to make by hand
artificial
made by human art rather than occurring in nature
clarify
to make clear or coherent
simplify
to make simpler
liquefy
to make or become a liquid state
magnify
to make larger
maladroit
clumsy, bungling, awkward, unskillful; having a bad right hand (remember adroit is the right hand, believed to be the skillful one)
malice
desire to cause pain, injury, or distress to another
maladjusted
poorly or inadequately adjusted, specifically lacking harmony with one's environment from failure to adjust one's desires to the conditions of one's life
malcontent
(n) a discontented person, or a rebel
(adj.) discontented, dissatisfied with the existing state of affairs
malpractice
failure to exercise an accepted degree of professional skill, thus resulting injury, loss, etc.
malnutrition
faulty and especially inadequate nutrition
malaise
bad ease; an indefinite feeling of bodily discomfort, as in a mild illness, or as a symptom preceding an illness
disease
dis-ease, or lack of ease
malady
a disease or disorder, or an unwholesome or disordered condition
bonus
extra payment, theoretically for some good act
bonbon
(french) good-good; candy
bona fide
in good faith; valid, without deception, pretence, or fraudulent intent
fidelity
faithfulness
Fido
one's faithful friend (a stereotypical name for a dog)
infidel
one who does not have the right faith or religion, or who has no religion
infidelity
unfaithfulness, especially in marriage vows
benign
kindly, good-natured, not harmful
benignant
kindly, good-natured, not harmful
benediction
a blessing, a saying good
beneficient
doing good
benefactor
one who does good things, gives help, provides financial gifts or aid, or rescues when someone is in need
benefactress
a female benefactor
beneficiary
one who recieves good deeds
benefit
benefaction or something promotes well-being; help
benevolent
wishing well
condone
to forgive, overlook, pardon, or be uncritical of (an offense or illegal act)
donor
one who gives
donate
to give
donation
a gift
placate
to please, or to appease, soothe, or pacify, especially by concessions
placable
capable of being soothed, with hostility changed to friendliness
placid
pleased with things as they are - calm, easygoing, serene, undisturbed
implacable
cannot be placated; harsh, unyielding to entreaty or pity, relentless
complacent
please with the self; often too pleased as to be smug, too easily self-satisfied