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English Fall Exam 2011 Vocab

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Laconic
using few words in speech
Complacent
lacking respect; scornful
Ameliorate
to make better; to lessen pain, difficulty, or tension
Bellicose
of a quarrelsome nature; eager to fight; warlike; belligerent
Detrimental
harmful
Detached
aloof; indifferent
Obsequious
obeying or performing a service for someone in an overly attentive manner
Hidebound
strongly opinionated; narrow mindedly stubborn
Adulate
to praise or flatter too greatly; fawn over
Culinary
having to do with cooking; preparing meals
Frugal
careful with money; thrifty; not prodigal or wasteful
Furtive
sneaky
Incidental
less important; minor
Aesthetic
having to do with artistic beauty
Fleeting
short-lived
pithy
and full of meaning and substance; percise
Contemptuous
lacking respect; scornful
appease
to make tranquil or quiet especially by giving in to another's demands; to pacify
belligerent
taking fight in war or fighting; ready to fight
mercenary
greedy for self-gain; thinking only of money-making
devious
dishonest or deceptive; tricky
impassive
lacking emotion or drive
servile
slave-like; very humble and submissive
intractable
stubborn; hard to manage
esteem
to value highly; to have great regard for
delectable
delicious
itinerant
wandering about; tending to move around, travel
inconspicuous
hardly noticeable
ascetic
person who refrains from indulging in earthly pleasures
inconsequential
irrelevant; of no significance; unimportant
Quiescent
quiet; still; inactive
Disdainful
full of bitter scorn and pride; aloof
Assuage
to alleviate; to lessen pain or conflict; pacify
cantankerous
bad-tempered or irritable; quarrelsome
miserly
careful with how money is spent; thrifty
iniquitous
showing a lack of fairness; wicked; vicious
indifferent
apathetic; showing little or no concern or care
slavish
slave-like; overly humble; involving very hard work
obdurate
Resistant to persuasion or softening; stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
eulogize
to praise, as in a eulogy; to say good things about
emaciated
very, very thin due to lack of adequate food
nomadic
wandering
sly
underhanded, furtive
irrelevant
not relating to the matter at hand
atheistic
without a belief in any god
Brevity
briefness or conciseness in speech or writing
Arrogant
overbearing; proud; haughty
Allay
to lessen fear; to claim; to relieve pain
Animosity
hatred; ill will
Austere
having great economy; showing self-control when it comes to luxuries and frills; stern in manner or appearance
Baneful
causing ruin; harmful; pernicious
Aloof
uninterested; showing no concern; emotionally removed or distant
Compliant
yielding, submissive
Adamant
unwilling to bend; unyielding
Acclaim
to express strong approval or praise; hail
Ample
abundant; plentiful; enough or more than enough
Abstemious
holding back from eating or drinking too much
Ephemeral
lasting a short time; fleeting
Clandestine
hidden, secret, concealed
Extraneous
not necessary; not an essential part; not relevant
Acrid
bitter, harsh
concise
using few words in speaking or writing
braggart
one who boasts a great deal
alleviate
to lessen pain or discomfort
antagonism
hatred or hostility
avaricious
greedy
deleterious
harmful to one's overall health or welfare; pernicious
apathetic
indifferent; showing no caring, interest, or concern; lacking emotion
fawning
gaining the favor of another by acting overly kind or by using flattery
dogmatic
strongly oponionated; rigid; dictatorial
accolade
an award given as a sign of appreciation or respect
alimentary
relating to food and nourishment
evanescent
vanishing quickly; fleeting
covert
secret, hidden
frivolous
not having substance, a sense of importance, or seriousness; silly; trivial; trifling
arid
dry; lacking water