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English Vocab II 4/18/16

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Abstruse
Difficult to understand
Acumen
Quickness and keenness of insight or judgement
Ascertain
To discover or determine with certainty, especially through examination
Cerebral
Of or relating to the brain
Or
Intellectual, using your brain
Faculty
A natural power or ability
Or
A division or group of teachers
Obfuscate
To make difficult to understand
Or
To darken
Ruminate
To think deeply about
Or
To chew cud, partially digested food
Stymie
To prevent from making progress
Surmise
To guess, to draw a conclusion given sufficient evidence
Or
A guess, drawn with sufficient evidence
Tenet
A principle or belief held by a person or an organization.
Abeyance
Suspension, a condition of being temporarily set aside
Abstemious
Eating and drink little or in moderation
Or
Restricted to bare necessities
Circumvent
To avoid or get around by clever maneuvering
OR
To avoid by going around
Elude
To escape from, usually by daring, cleverness, or skill
OR
To escape the grasp or understanding of
Eschew
To avoid, especially on moral or practical grounds
Evasion
the act of escaping or avoiding by cleverness or deceit
Malinger
To pretend to be ill or injured in order to avoid duty or work
Oblique
Indirect; intentionally vague or ambiguous
OR
Misleading, devious, or dishonest
Shirk
To neglect, put off, or avoid a duty or responsibility
Shun
To willfully ignore; to stay away from
Converge
To come together at the same point from different directions; to meet
Crux
The main, central, or critical point or feature
Degradation
A decline to a lower condition, quality, or level
Initiate
To take the first steps in a process
OR
To formally admit someone into an organization through a ritual
Penultimate
Second from the last; next to last
Pivotal
Being of vital importance; crucial
Sequel
A continuation; something that follows; the next installment of something
Supersede
To replace; to take the place of
Tangential
Superficially relevant; only slightly connected
OR
Merely touching; only slighting connected
Terminate
To bring to an end or halt
Annotation
A critical or explanatory note
Appellation
A name, title, or designation
Eponym
A person whose name is, or is thought to be, the source of the name of something
Theoretical
Restricted to ideas; abstract or unproven
Prone
Having tendency; inclined; likely to do or have something
Proclivity
A natural inclination; a tendency
Preposterous
Absurd; contrary to nature, reason, or common sense
Perchance
Perhaps; possibly
In vain
Without success; completely ineffective
Inconceivable
Impossible to comprehend or fully grasp
OR
So unlikely as to be thought impossible; unimaginable
Implausible
Difficult to believe; not likely or credible
Eventuality
Something that may occur, a possibility
Contingent
Conditional or dependent on other things
OR
A representative group forming party of a larger group
Volatile
Tending to vary often or widely, as in price; subject to wide variation; inconstant
OR
Tending toward violence; explosive
OR
Evaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures
Transmute
To change from one form to another; to transform
Sporadic
Scattered; occurring at irregular intervals; having no regular pattern
OR
Isolated; infrequent
Proten
Readily taking on different forms, characteristics, or meanings
Modulate
To adjust or adapt to a certain level or proportion; to regulate
Metamorphosis
A marked change in form, character, or function; transformation
Malleable
Capable of being shaped or formed, as by hammering or pressure
OR
Easily controlled or influenced
Inveterate
Firmly established and having existed for a long time
OR
Habitual; repeatedly acting according to an ingrained habit
Immutable
Unchangeable; not subject or susceptible to change
Evolve
To develop or achieve gradually
Vulgar
Of or related to the language of the common people
OR
Crude; indecent
Polyglot
Using several languages
Patois
A regional dialect, especially a nonstandard one that has no written tradition
Parlance
A particular manner of speaking
Neologism
A new word, expression, or usage
Malapropism
Ridiculous misuse of a word, especially by confusing it with one of similar sound
Linguistics
The study of the nature, structure, and variation of language
Acquiesce
To agree or accept passively or without protest
Adamant
Stubbornly determined; not swayed by pleas, appeals, or reason
Balk
To stubbornly or suddenly refuse to do something

To stop short and refuse to go on
Camaraderie
Lighthearted good will and friendliness among companions
Cantankerous
Disagreeable; bad-temperature; likely to quarrel
Compliance
The act of going along with a request, demand, or rule; obediance
Presumptuous
Excessively bold or forward; going beyond what is proper or right
Propitiate
To soothe bad feelings; to appease; to regain friendship or good will
Tractable
Easily managed or controlled
Volition
The power of choosing or deciding; free will
Accountable
Responsible, required to answer for one's actions

Explainable
Assiduous
Giving constant attention; hard-working; conscientious
Default
A situation that remains in effect unless specifically set in some other way

Failure to complete a task or meet an obligation

To fail to meet an obligation
Feckless
Ineffective; feeble; useless

Careless and irresponsible
Incumbent
Imposed as a duty or obligation

Currently holding an office or position

A person currently holding a position or an office
Liability
A legal responsibility or obligation

Something that hold ones back; a handicap
Mandatory
Required or commanded by authority
Negligence
Neglect; lack of proper care or attention
Onerous
Difficult to bear, carry, or do; troublesome; burdensome
Remiss
Lax or careless in attending to duty
Aspersions
Attacks on a person's character or honesty; damaging or unfavorable remarks
Compunction
A strong uneasiness caused by a sense of guilt; a sting of conscience or pang of guilt
Derision
Hateful or mocking laughter; ridicule
Disapprobation
Moral dissaproval
Ostracize
To banish or exclude from a group ; to shun
Rebuke
To criticize sharply

Strong criticism
Revulsion
A sudden, intense feeling of disgust
Scurrilous
Vulgar, course, or abusive in expression; foul-mouthed
Spurn
To reject scornfuly
Vitriolic
Intensely and bitterly harsh; stinging
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