Vocabulary

Vocabulary

Vocabulary Words

Word Definition
aberrant deviating from what is normal
abeyance temporary suppression or suspension
abscond to depart secretly
abstemious moderate in appetite
admonish to caution or reprimand
aesthetic relating to beauty or art
aggregate amounting to a whole, total, or collective
alacrity cheerful willingness; eagerness; speed
amalgamate to combine into a unified whole
ambiguous unclear or doubtful in meaning
ambivalence the state of having conflicting emotional attitudes
ameliorate to make better; improve
anachronism something out of the proper time
analogous comparable
anomalous irregular; deviating from the norm
antipathy dislike; aversion; hostility
apprise to inform
approbation praise; approval
appropriate to take possession for a specific use
artless honest; natural
ascetic one who practices self denial
assiduous diligent, hard working
assuage to make less severe
attenuate to weaken
audacious bold; daring
austere stern; unadorned
autonomous self-governing; independent
aver to affirm; declare to be true
banal commonplace; trite
belie to contradict; misrepresent; give a false impression
beneficent kindly; doing good
bombastic pompous; using inflated language
boorish rude; insensitive
burgeon to flourish
burnish to polish
buttress to reinforce; support
cacophonous unpleasant or harsh-sounding
capricious fickle
castigation punishment; chastisement; criticism
catalyst something causing change
causal involving a cause
chicanery trickery; fraud
coagulate thicken; congeal
coda concluding part of a literary or musical composition; something that summarizes or concludes
commensurate proportional
compendium brief, comprehensive summary
complaisant overly polite; willing to please; obliging
conciliatory overcoming distrust or hostility
confounded baffled; perplexed; mixed up
contend/contention to assert/an assertion
contentious quarrelsome; causing quarrels
conundrum riddle; puzzle with no solution
convention custom; practice widely observed in a group; accepted technique or device
convoluted twisted; complicated
craven cowardly
decorum proper behavior
deference respect; regard for another’s wish
delineate to represent or depict
denigrate to slur someone’s reputation
derivative something derived; unoriginal
desiccate to dry completely
desultory random; disconnected; rambling
diatribe bitter verbal attack
dichotomy division into two usually contradictory parts
diffidence shyness; lack of confidence
diffuse to spread out
digression the act of straying from the main point
dirge funeral hymn
disabuse to free from a misconception
discerning perceptive; exhibiting keen insight and good judgment
discordant not in tune
discredit to dishonor; disgrace; cause to be doubted
discrepancy difference between
discrete constituting a separate thing; distinct
disingenuous not candid; crafty
disinterested unbiased; objective
disjointed lacking order or coherence; dislocated
dismiss put away from consideration; reject
disparage to belittle
disparate dissimilar
dissemble to pretend; disguise one’s motives
disseminate to spread; scatter; disperse
dissolution disintegration; the act of being dissolved
dissonance discord; lack of harmony
distend to expand; swell out
distill to extract the essential elements
dogmatic stating opinions without proof
doctrinaire dogmatic; unyielding; relating to a person who cannot compromise about points of a theory or doctrine
duped to deceive; trick
ebullient exhilarated; enthusiastic
eclectic selecting from various sources
efficacy efficiency; effectiveness
effrontery shameless boldness; presumptuousness
elegy a poem or song expressing lamentation
elicit to provoke; draw out
embellish to adorn; decorate; enhance; make more attractive by adding details
empirical derived from observation or experiment
emulate to imitate; copy
endemic inherent; belonging to an area
enervate to weaken
engender to cause; produce
ephemeral short-lived; fleeting
equanimity composure; calmness
equivocate to intentionally use vague language
erudite learned; scholarly
esoteric hard to understand; known only to a few
eulogy high praise, especially of a person who has recently died
euphemism use of agreeable or inoffensive language in place of unpleasant or offensive language
exacerbate to aggravate; make worse
exculpate to clear of blame; vindicate
exigency crisis; urgent requirements
extraneous not essential
facetious humorous
facilitate to make less difficult
fallacious misleading; based on a false idea or fact
fatuous foolishly self-satisfied
fawning seeking favor by flattering
felicitous suitably expressed; appropriate; well-chosen
flag to droop; grow weak
fledgling beginner; novice
flout to treat scornfully
foment to incite; arouse
forestall to prevent; delay
frugality thrift
gainsay to deny; dispute; oppose
garrulous very talkative; wordy
goad to prod; urge on
gouge to tear out; scoop out; overcharge
grandiloquent pompous; bombastic
gregarious sociable
guileless free of cunning or deceit; artless
gustatory affecting the sense of taste
harangue long, pompous speech; tirade
homogenous composed of identical parts; uniform in composition
hyperbole purposeful exaggeration for effect
iconoclastic attacking cherished traditions
idolatry blind or excessive devotion; idol worship
immutable unchangeable
imbroglio complicated situation; entanglement
impassive showing no emotion
impeded to hinder; block
impermeable impossible to penetrate
imperturbable not easily disturbed
impervious incapable of being affected; impossible to penetrate
implacable incapable of being pleased; inflexible
implicit implied; understood but not stated
imprecation curse
inadvertently carelessly; unintentionally
inchoate imperfectly formed or formulated
incongruity state of not fitting
inconsequential insignificant; unimportant
incorporate to combine; introduce something into another thing already in existence
indeterminate uncertain; indefinite
indigence poverty
indolent habitually lazy; idle
inert unable to move; sluggish
ingenuous naïve and trusting; lacking sophistication
inherent firmly established by nature or habit
innocuous harmless
insensible unconscious; unresponsive
insinuate to suggest; say indirectly; imply
insipid lacking in flavor; dull
insularity narrow-mindedness; isolation
intractable not easily managed
intransigence stubbornness; refusal to compromise
inundate to overwhelm; cover with water
inured hardened; accustomed; used to
invective verbal abuse
irascible easily angered
irresolute unsure of how to act; weak
laconic using few words
lassitude lethargy; sluggishness
laud to praise
lethargic inactive
levity light manner or attitude
libertine one without moral restraint
loquacious talkative
lucid bright; clear; intelligible
magnanimity generosity; nobility
malinger to feign illness to escape duty
malleable capable of being shaped by pounding; impressionable
menagerie a variety of animals kept together
mendacious dishonest
mendicant beggar
meticulous very careful; fastidious
misanthrope one that hates humanity
mitigate to alleviate or cause to become less harsh, severe, or painful
mollify to soothe
morose ill-humored; sullen
multifarious diverse
negate to cancel out; nullify
neophyte novice; beginner
obdurate stubborn
obsequious overly submissive
obviate to make unnecessary; to anticipate and prevent
occlude to shut; block
officious overly helpful; meddlesome
onerous burdensome
opprobrium disgrace; contempt
oscillate to move back and forth
ostentatious showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention
paragon model of excellence or perfection
pathological departing from normal condition
patois a regional dialect; nonstandard speech; jargon
paucity scarcity
pedantic showing off learning
penchant inclination
penury extreme poverty
perennial present throughout the years; persistent
perfidious faithless; disloyal; untrustworthy
perfunctory superficial; not thorough; performed really as a duty
perigee point in an orbit that is closest to the Earth
pervasive spread throughout every part
phlegmatic calm in temperament; sluggish
piety devoutness
placate to lessen another’s anger; to pacify
plasticity condition of being able to be shaped or formed; pliability
platitude stale, overused expression
plethora excess; overabundance
plumb to determine the depth; to examine deeply
pragmatic practical
precept principle; law
precipitate to cause to happen; throw down from a height
precursor forerunner; predecessor
presumptuous rude; improperly bold
prevaricate to quibble; evade the truth; lie
primordial original; existing from the beginning
pristine untouched; uncorrupted
probity honesty; high-mindedness
prodigal wasteful; extravagant; lavish
profound deep; not superficial
proliferate to increase rapidly
propensity inclination; tendency
propitiate to win over; appease
propriety correct conduct; fitness
proscribed to condemn; forbid; outlaw
pusillanimous cowardly
qualification limitation; restriction
quibble to argue over insignificant and irrelevant details
quiescent inactive; still; at rest
rarefied refined; esoteric
recalcitrant resisting authority or control
recant to retract a statement or opinion
recondite abstruse; profound; not easily understood
refractory stubborn; unmanageable; resisting ordinary methods of treatment
refute to contradict; disprove
relegate to consign to an inferior position
reproach to find fault with; blame
reprobate morally unprincipled person
repudiate to reject as having no authority
rescind to cancel, as in a contract or offer
resolution determination; resolve
reticent not speaking freely; reserved; reluctant
reverent expressing deep respect; worshipful
sage wise person
salubrious healthful
sanction to approve or permit; approval or permission
satiate to satisfy
saturate to soak thoroughly; imbue throughout
schematic relating to or in the form of an outline or diagram
shard a piece of broken glass or pottery
sinuous winding; intricate; complex
solicitous concerned; attentive; eager
soporific sleep inducing
specious seeming to be logical and sound, but not really so
sporadic irregular
staccato marked by abrupt, clear-cut sounds
stigma mark of disgrace or inferiority
stint to be sparing in order to economize; a limited, often assigned period of activity, duty, or opportunity
stipulate to specify as an essential condition
stolid having or showing little emotion
striated marked with thin, narrow grooves or channels
strut to swagger; display to impress others
stygian dark and gloomy; hellish
substantiated to support with proof or evidence
supersede to replace, especially to displace as inferior or antiquated
supposition the act of assuming to be true or real
tacit silently understood; implied
tangential peripheral; digressing
tenuous weak; insubstantial
tirade long, violent speech; verbal assault
tome book, usually large and academic
torpor lethargy; dormancy; sluggishness
tortuous having many twists and turns; highly complex
tractable obedient; yielding
transgression act of trespassing or violating a law or rule
truculence aggressiveness; ferocity
vacillate to waver; oscillate
venerate to adore; honor; respect
veracious truthful; accurate
viable practicable; capable of developing or being done
viscous thick, syrupy, and sticky
vituperative using or containing harsh, abusive censure
volatile tending to vary frequently; fickle
weary physically or mentally fatigued
wary careful; cautious
welter to wallow or roll; toss about; be in turmoil
zealot one who is fanatically devoted to a cause