10th Grade Words for Langhorne, PA, USA

Words for 10th Grade students of Neshaminy School District.
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 10th Grade Words for Neshaminy School District
abjure
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v. renounce upon oath; abandon forever
abstract
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a. theoretical; not concrete; not applied or practical; difficult to understand
abstruse
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a. obscure; profound; difficult to understand.
accretion
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n. growth or increase in size by gradual external addition, fusion, or inclusion
acerbic
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a. sour or bitter in taste; harsh or corrosive in tone
acquiesce
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v. assent; accept, comply, or submit tacitly or passively
acrimonious
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a. bitter and sharp in language, tone, or manner
acrimony
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n. animosity, sharp or bitter hatred
adroit
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a. skillful and adept under pressing conditions
adumbrate
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v. give hint or indication of something; disclose partially or guardedly; overshadow; shade
aesthete
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n. one who professes great sensitivity to the beauty of art and nature
agnostic
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n. one who is skeptical of existence of a god or any ultimate reality
altruism
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n. the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others
altruistic
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a. unselfishly generous; concerned for others
ambidextrous
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a. capable of using either hand with equal ease
ambulatory
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a. able to walk; formed or adapted for walking; not stationary
amorphous
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a. formless; lacking shape or definition
anachronism
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n. an artifact that belongs to another time
analogous
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a. comparable in certain respects; similar or alike
anathema
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n. solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse
anodyne
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n. source of relaxation or comfort; medicine that relieves pain
aphasia
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n. loss of speech due to injury or illness
aphorism
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n. definition or concise statement of principle; tersely phrased statement of truth or opinion
apostrophe
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n. text character used to mark the possessive or to show the omission of letters or numbers
ascetic
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a. leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere
assignation
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n. a secret rendezvous (especially between lovers)
assonance
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n. the repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllables of successive words
astringent
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a. causing contraction; having the effect of drawing tissue together; stern or austere
augury
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n. sign of something coming; art or practice of foretelling events by signs or omens
auspicious
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a. attended by favorable circumstances; marked by success; prosperous
austere
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a. strict or severe in discipline; severely simple and unornamented
autonomous
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a. self-governing; not controlled by others or by outside forces; independent
axiom
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n. self-evident truth requiring no proof
baleful
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a. portending evil; harmful in intent or effect.
banal
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a. obvious and dull; commonplace; lacking originality
beleaguer
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v. besiege or attack; harass; surround with troops
bellicose
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a. warlike or hostile in manner or temperament; showing or having impulse to be combative
bemused
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a. confused; lost in thought; preoccupied
benighted
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a. in a state of intellectual or moral ignorance, typically owing to a lack of opportunity
bevy
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n. large group; a group of animals or birds, especially larks or quail
bilk
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v. defraud or cheat; frustrate or disappoint; evade or escape from
blasphemous
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a. characterized by profanity or cursing
blithe
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a. gay; joyous; carefree and lighthearted
bombastic
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a. pompous; using inflated language; high-sounding but with little meaning
bonhomie
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n. a disposition to be friendly and approachable (easy to talk to)
breach
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n. breaking of contract or duty
broach
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v. introduce; bring up for discussion or debate; announce
burgeon
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v. grow forth; send out buds; grow or develop rapidly
calumny
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n. false statement maliciously made to injure another's reputation; slander
capacious
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a. capable of containing a large quantity; spacious or roomy
capitulate
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v. surrender; end all resistance; give up; go along with or comply
capricious
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a. fickle; impulsive and unpredictable; apt to change opinions suddenly
celerity
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n. swiftness of action or motion; speed
censorious
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a. critical; addicted to censure; severe in making remarks on others, or on their writings or manners; implying or expressing censure
chalice
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n. goblet; bowl-shaped drinking vessel; large drinking cup, often having stem and base
chary
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a. cautious; sparing or restrained about giving
chicanery
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n. mean or unfair artifice to obscure truth; deception by trickery or sophistry
choleric
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a. hot-tempered; easily angered; bad-tempered; expressing anger
circumlocution
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n. indirect or roundabout expression; evasion in speech or writing
circumspect
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a. carefully aware of all circumstances; cautious
clairvoyant
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n. having foresight; fortuneteller
cogent
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a. reasonable and convincing; based on evidence; forcefully persuasive
cognate
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a. related by blood; having common ancestor; related or analogous in nature, character, or function
complicity
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n. participation; involvement as partner or accomplice, especially in crime or other wrongdoing
concave
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a. hollow; curved like inner surface of sphere
conciliatory
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a. making or willing to yield, or to make concessions
concord
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n. agreement of opinions; harmonious state of things
concordance
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n. agreement of opinions
Confluence
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n. a place where things merge or flow together (especially rivers)
congenital
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a. present at birth; inborn; innate
conscientious
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a. wishing to do what is right, especially to do one's work or duty well and thoroughly; diligent; responsible; reliable
constituent
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n. component or part; citizen, voter
construe
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v. make sense of; assign a meaning to
contrite
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a. feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
convalescence
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n. gradual healing (through rest) after sickness or injury
convoluted
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a. coiled around; highly involved; intricate
copious
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a. plentiful; containing plenty; affording ample supply
corporeal
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a. bodily; of a material nature; tangible
cosmopolitan
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a. sophisticated; of worldwide scope
cupidity
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n. greed; excessive desire, especially for wealth
cursory
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a. casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed
dearth
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n. scarcity; shortage of food; famine from failure or loss of crops
debauch
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v. corrupt; seduce from virtue
debilitate
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v. make weak; enfeeble; impair the strength of
declivity
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n. downward slope, as of a hill
decry
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v. express strong disapproval of; disparage
definitive
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a. final; complete; precisely defined or explicit
defunct
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a. dead; no longer in use or existence
deleterious
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a. having harmful effect; injurious; having quality of destroying life; noxious; poisonous
delineate
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v. portray; depict; draw or trace outline of; sketch out
denude
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v. strip (something) of its covering, possessions, or assets; make bare
desultory
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a. aimless; haphazard; at random; not connected with subject
dexterous
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a. skillful in the use of the hands; having mental skill
diaphanous
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a. so thin as to transmit light
diatribe
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n. thunderous verbal attack
dictum
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n. a formal pronouncement from an authoritative source
differentiate
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v. set apart; distinguish; perceive or show difference in or between
diffidence
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n. lack of self-confidence
disburse
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v. expend, as from a fund
discretionary
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a. having or using the ability to act or decide according to your own discretion or judgment
discursive
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a. tending to depart from main point or cover a wide range of subjects
disgorge
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v. bring up and expel from throat or stomach; vomit; discharge or pour forth contents
divination
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n. successful conjecture by unusual insight or good luck
doctrinaire
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a. unable to compromise about points of doctrine; unyielding
dour
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a. stubbornly unyielding; marked by sternness or harshness
ebullient
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a. showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm
effervescent
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a. used of wines and waters; charged naturally or artificially with carbon dioxide
effluvia
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n. waste; foul-smelling outflow or vapor
egregious
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a. notorious; conspicuously bad or shocking
emollient
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n. having softening or soothing effect, especially to skin
endemic
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a. prevailing among a specific group of people or in a specific area or country
enjoin
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v. direct or impose with urgent appeal; order with emphasis
ephemeral
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a. short-lived; enduring a very short time
epitome
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n. representative or perfect example of a class or type; brief summary, as of a book or article
epochal
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a. highly significant or important especially bringing about or marking the beginning of a new development or era
equivocal
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a. open to two or more interpretations and often intended to mislead
equivocate
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v. lie; mislead; attempt to conceal the truth
errant
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a. wandering; deviating from an appointed course, or from a direct path; roving; irregular in motion
eschew
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v. avoid; refuse to use or participate in; stand aloof from
ethereal
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a. light as air; heavenly; unusually refined
euphemism
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n. mild expression to replace offensive, unpleasant, or embarrassing one
euphoria
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n. feeling of great happiness and well-being, sometimes exaggerated
exacerbate
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v. increase severity, violence, or bitterness of; aggravate
excommunicate
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v. oust or exclude from a group or membership by decree
execrable
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a. very bad; extremely inferiorl; intolerable; very hateful
exorbitant
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a. greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation; exceeding proper limits
expurgate
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v. clean; remove offensive parts of book
exult
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v. rejoice; feel extreme happiness
facile
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a. done or achieved with little effort or difficulty; ready or fluent
fallacious
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a. false; tending to mislead; deceptive
farcical
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a. broadly or extravagantly humorous; resembling farce
fatuous
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a. foolish or silly, especially in self-satisfied way
fecund
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a. capable of producing offspring or vegetation
fervid
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a. extremely hot; eager; impassioned; burning
foible
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n. moral weakness; failing; weak point; slight fault
forestall
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v. prevent by taking action in advance
forte
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n. particular skill; special talent
fraught
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a. furnished or equipped; sufficient to satisfy
frenzied
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a. madly excited; in state of hurry, panic or wild activity
frivolous
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a. lacking in seriousness; not serious; relatively unimportant
gambol
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v. dance and skip about in sport; leap playfully
gamely
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ad. bravely; in game manner; in willing and spirited fashion
glower
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v. look at with a fixed gaze; angry stare
gnarl
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v. make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath
grandiose
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a. impressive from inherent grandeur; large and impressive, in size, scope or extent
gratuitous
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a. given freely; unwarranted; granted without recompense; unearned
gustatory
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a. relating to sense of taste; relating to gustation
hackneyed
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a. repeated too often; over familiar through overuse
harbinger
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n. forerunner; an indication of approach of something or someone
harbor
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v. provide a refuge for; hide; give shelter to
harrowing
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a. agonizing; distressing extremely painful
haughty
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a. high; lofty; bold; arrogant; overbearing
hearten
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v. give encouragement to
hermetic
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a. sealed by fusion so as to be airtight
hidebound
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a. stubbornly conservative and narrow-minded
hypothermia
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n. subnormal body temperature
ilk
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n. a type of people or things similar to those already referred to
imbue
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v. inspire or influence thoroughly; stain or dye deeply or completely
immutable
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a. unable to be changed without exception; not mutable
impasse
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n. road or passage having no exit; deadlock
impassive
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a. without feeling; revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited
impertinent
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a. improperly forward or bold; rude
impetuous
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a. marked by sudden and violent force; hasty; impulsive and passionate
impound
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v. shut up or place in an enclosure called a pound; gather and retain in a reservoir, basin, or pond
impressionable
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a. readily or easily influenced; suggestible; capable of receiving impressions; emotional
impudent
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a. improperly forward or bold; marked by casual disrespect
incarnate
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a. embodied in human form; invested with bodily nature and form
incendiary
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n. arsonist; bomb that is designed to start fires
incense
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v. enrage; infuriate; cause to be extremely angry
inchoate
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a. recently begun; imperfectly formed or developed; elementary
incipient
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a. beginning to exist or appear; in an early stage
incongruous
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a. not fitting; lacking in harmony or compatibility
incredulous
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a. difficult to believe; incredible; skeptical
indefatigable
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a. tireless; showing sustained enthusiastic action
indelible
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a. impossible to remove, erase, or wash away; permanent
inestimable
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a. beyond calculation or measure
inexorable
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a. not capable of being swayed; unyielding; implacable
inextricable
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a. not permitting extrication; incapable of being disentangled or untied
infiltrate
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v. pass into or through; penetrate with hostile intent
infirmity
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n. weakness; bodily ailment or weakness, especially one brought on by old age
ingress
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n. the act of entering
innocuous
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a. having no adverse effect; harmless
insidious
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a. spreading harmfully in a subtle manner; designed or adapted to entrap
insolvent
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a. bankrupt; unable to repay one's debts
insular
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a. of isolated people, especially having a narrow viewpoint
integral
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a. essential or necessary for completeness; entire
interdict
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v. destroy by firepower, such as an enemy's line of communication
interject
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v. to insert between other elements
interminable
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a. being or seeming to be without an end; endless; tedious; continual
interpolate
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v. estimate the value of
intractable
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a. difficult to manage or govern; stubborn; unyielding
intrinsic
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a. relating to essential nature of a thing; inherent; built-in
inundate
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v. overwhelm; cover with water, especially floodwaters
inviolable
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a. secure from corruption, attack, or violation; unassailable
iridescent
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a. exhibiting or giving out colors like those of rainbow; gleaming or shimmering with rainbow colors
jettison
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v. throw overboard; eject from boat, submarine, aircraft, or spaceship
jocular
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a. humorous, amusing or joking; sportive; not serious
juggernaut
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n. overwhelming, advancing force that crushes or seems to crush everything in its path
lachrymose
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a. weeping or inclined to weep; tearful; showing sorrow
lackadaisical
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a. lacking purpose or zest; halfhearted; lacking spirit or liveliness
laggard
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a. slow; sluggish; wasting time
lassitude
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n. state or feeling of weariness, diminished energy, or listlessness
liberation
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n. the attempt to achieve equal rights or status
limpid
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a. clear, transparent or bright; calm, untroubled, and without worry
loquacious
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a. talkative; given to continual talking; chattering
machination
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n. clever scheme or artful plot, usually crafted for evil purposes
macrocosm
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n. the whole universe or entire world; complex structure, such as society, considered as single entity that contains numerous smaller-scale structures
maladroit
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a. showing lack of skill; clumsy or awkward
malediction
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n. curse; evil speaking; utterance of curse or execration
malodorous
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a. foul-smelling; having bad or offensive odor
megalomania
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n. mental disorder with delusions of grandeur
menagerie
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n. collection of live wild animals on exhibition; enclosure in which wild animals are kept
mendicant
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n. beggar; religious friar forbidden to own personal property who begs for living
meritorious
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a. deserving reward or praise
microcosm
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n. small, representative system having analogies to larger system; miniature model of something
militate
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v. have force or influence; bring about an effect or change
misconstrue
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v. interpret incorrectly; misjudge; mistake the meaning of
misrepresentation
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n. a willful perversion of facts
mollify
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v. make less rigid or softer; calm in temper or feeling
monochromatic
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a. having only one color; viewing only one color, total color blindness
monogamy
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n. having only one spouse at a time
monolith
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n. a single great stone (often in the form of a column or obelisk)
monologue
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n. speech uttered by a person alone; dramatic soliloquy
montage
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n. photographic composition combining elements from different sources
morbid
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a. caused by disease; pathological or diseased; unhealthy or unwholesome
mores
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n. conventions; moral standards; accepted traditional customs
mote
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n. tiny piece of anything; very small particle
motley
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a. multi-colored; mixed; having elements of great variety
mottle
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v. colour with streaks or blotches of different shades
multifaceted
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a. having many facets or aspects
mundane
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a. belonging to this earth or world; not ideal or heavenly; concerned with commonplaces; ordinary
munificent
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a. very liberal in giving; showing great generosity
myopic
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a. nearsighted; lacking foresight; narrow minded
nadir
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n. lowest point; point on sphere opposites zenith diametrically
nefarious
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a. very wicked; infamous by being extremely wicked
negligent
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a. careless; inattentive
negligible
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a. so small, trifling, or unimportant that it may be easily disregarded
neologism
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n. new or newly invented word or phrase
neophyte
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n. recent convert to a belief; one newly initiated
nether
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a. situated down or below; lying beneath, or in the lower part; having a lower position; lower; under;
noisome
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a. foul-smelling; offensive by arousing disgust; harmful or dangerous
noxious
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a. harmful to living things; injurious to health
nuptial
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a. relating to marriage or wedding ceremony
obdurate
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a. hardened in wrongdoing or wickedness; not giving in to persuasion
obliterate
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v. destroy completely; do away with completely so as to leave no trace
obsequious
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a. slavishly attentive; attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
obtrusive
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a. inclined to intrude or thrust one's self or one's opinions upon others; enter uninvited; forward; pushing; intrusive.
occlude
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v. block passage through
officious
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a. marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others
omnipotent
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a. all-powerful; having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force
omnivorous
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a. eating both plant and animal food; devouring everything; having interest in a variety of subjects
opulence
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n. extreme wealth; luxuriousness; abundance
opulent
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a. rich and superior in quality
ornithologist
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n. one who makes special study of birds
oscillate
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v. swing back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm; vibrate pendulum like; waver
ostentatious
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a. showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention
ostracism
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n. the act of excluding someone from society by general consent
ostracize
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v. exclude from community or group; banish by popular vote
paleontology
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n. study of prehistoric life; science of former life of the globe
palisade
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n. fortification consisting of a strong fence made of stakes driven into the ground
palpable
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a. tangible; easily perceptible; unmistakable
panegyric
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n. formal or high praise; formal eulogistic composition intended as public compliment
pariah
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n. social outcast; person who is rejected from society or home
parsimony
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n. extreme care in spending money; reluctance to spend money unnecessarily
particular
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a. special or more than usual
partisan
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a. one-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party
paucity
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n. scarcity; smallness of number; fewness
peculation
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n. the fraudulent appropriation of funds or property entrusted to your care but actually owned by someone else
pedantic
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a. marked by narrow focus on or display of learning, especially formal rules and trivial points
penchant
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n. strong inclination; definite liking
penitent
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a. feeling or expressing deep regret for misdeeds
penury
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n. extreme poverty; lack of something; barrenness; insufficiency
perfidious
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a. tending to betray; disloyal; faithless
perfidy
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n. act of violating faith or allegiance; violation of a promise or vow, or of trust reposed; faithlessness; treachery
perjure
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v. knowingly tell an untruth in a legal court and render oneself guilty of perjury
permeable
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a. penetrable; porous; allowing liquids or gas to pass through
perspicacious
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a. having keen insight; mentally perceptive; astute
perusal
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n. reading carefully with intent to remember
pestilence
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n. any epidemic disease with a high death rate
posthumous
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a. happening after a person's death, as of child born after father's death
prescient
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a. perceiving the significance of events before they occur
presentment
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n. formal presentation of information to court;
presumptuous
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a. overconfident; going beyond what is right or proper; excessively forward
pretentious
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a. intended to attract notice and impress others; making unjustified claims; overly ambitious
proclivity
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n. inclination; natural tendency; readiness; facility of learning
prodigious
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a. impressively great in size, force, or extent; enormous
progeny
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n. one derived from another; offspring or descendant; result of creative effort, as product
proliferation
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n. rapid growth; spread; increase in size by reproduction
propensity
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n. natural inclination; tendency or preference; predilection
prosaic
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a. dull and unimaginative; matter-of-fact; factual
protagonist
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n. principal character in a work of fiction; main character in a drama; leader of a cause; champion
protean
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a. versatile; able to take on many shapes; readily taking on varied shapes
quadrilateral
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n. four-sided polygon; having four sides
querulous
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a. habitually complaining; expressing complaint or grievance
quiescence
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n. a state of quiet (but possibly temporary) inaction
rancid
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a. having disagreeable odor or taste of decomposing oils or fats
raucous
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a. harsh and rough-sounding; disturbing public peace; loud and rough
ravage
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v. bring heavy destruction on; devastate
receptive
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a. quick or willing to receive ideas, suggestions; capable of receiving
rectitude
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n. uprightness; moral virtue; correctness of judgment
redress
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n. remedy; compensation; act of correcting error or fault
refute
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v. disprove; prove to be false or incorrect
reiterate
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v. say, state, or perform again or repeatedly
rejoinder
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n. retort; comeback; answer to a reply
remission
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n. temporary moderation of disease symptoms; cancellation of a debt; lessening of intensity or degree
replicate
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v. duplicate, copy, reproduce, or repeat; fold over or bend back
repose
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n. relaxation; leisure; freedom from worry; peace of mind
reprehensible
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a. deserving blame; admonition; blameworthy
reprise
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n. musical repetition; repeat performance; recurrent action
reproach
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v. express disapproval or disappointment; bring shame upon; disgrace
reprobate
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n. person hardened in sin; person without moral scruples
respire
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v. breathe easily again, as after exertion or anxiety
respite
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n. usually short interval of rest or relief; delay in punishment
restive
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a. impatient under restraint or opposition; resisting control; difficult to control
retinue
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n. following members; attendants accompanying high-ranking person
retrograde
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v. go backwards; decline to inferior state; degenerate
rhetoric
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n. art or study of using language effectively and persuasively; insincere language
ribald
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a. coarse or indecent; humorously vulgar or offensive
sagacious
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a. perceptive; shrewd; having insight
salient
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a. prominent or protruding; projecting outwardly; moving by leaps or springs
sardonic
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a. disdainful or ironically humorous; cynical; scornful and mocking
satiate
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v. satisfy fully; overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself
savant
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n. scholar; man of learning or science; one eminent for learning
scurrilous
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n. obscene; indecent; expressing offensive reproach
sedentary
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a. requiring sitting; accustomed to sitting or to taking little exercise; living in one area, not migratory
sentient
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a. endowed with feeling and unstructured consciousness
sequester
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v. isolate; retire from public life; segregate; seclude
seraphic
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a. angelic; having sweet nature befitting an angel
serrated
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a. saw-like; having a row of sharp or tooth-like projections
sobriquet
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n. nickname; familiar name for person, typically shortened version of given name
solicitous
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a. worried or concerned; full of desire; expressing care or concern
soliloquy
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n. talking to oneself; act of a character speaking to himself so as to reveal his thoughts to audience
sonorous
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a. having or producing full, loud, or deep sound; impressive in style of speech; easy to feel
sophistry
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n. argument for exercise merely; plausible but misleading argument; art or process of reasoning; logic
sophomoric
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a. immature; half-baked, like a sophomore
soporific
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a. sleep-causing; marked by sleepiness
sportive
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a. playful; relating to or interested in sports
sprightly
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a. lively; brisk; animated; vigorous; airy; gay
stark
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a. bare; complete or extreme
stratagem
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n. deceptive scheme; military maneuver designed to deceive or surprise enemy
subpoena
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n. written order to require appearance in court to give testimony
succinct
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a. brief or compact; by clear, precise expression in few words
succulent
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a. full of juicy; full of richness; highly interesting or enjoyable; delectable
superannuated
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v. declare to be obsolete
supercilious
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a. arrogant; feeling or showing haughty disdain; overbearing
supplicant
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n. someone who prays to God
surmount
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v. overcome or conquer; climb; place something above; be above or on top of
surreptitious
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a. secret; done or made by stealth, or without proper authority; made or introduced fraudulently
swarthy
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a. dark; dusky; naturally having skin of a dark color
synopsis
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n. a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
synthesis
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n. combining parts into a coherent whole; putting of two or more things togethe
synthetic
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a. artificial; involving or of the nature of synthesis as opposed to analysis
tableau
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n. striking and vivid representation; picture
tawdry
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a. cheap in nature or appearance; tastelessly showy; shameful or indecent
temerity
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n. boldness; rashness; foolhardy disregard of danger
tempestuous
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a. very stormy; turbulent; rough with wind; impassioned; violent
tensile
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a. capable of being stretched or extended; ductile
toady
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n. person who flatters or defers to others for self-serving reasons; yes man
transcription
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n. a sound or television recording (e.g., from a broadcast to a tape recording)
tremulous
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a. marked by trembling, quivering, or shaking; timid or fearful; timorous
turgid
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a. swollen; distended; excessively ornate or complex in style or language
undulate
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a. having a wavy margin and rippled surface
unfathomable
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a. difficult or impossible to understand; difficult or impossible to measure
unfrock
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v. strip a priest or minister of church authority; remove from status as member of clergy
unheralded
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a. without warning or announcement
unsolicited
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a. not requested, welcome or invited
unwarranted
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a. having no justification; groundless; not guaranteed to be good, sound, or of a certain quality
upbraid
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v. severely criticize; reprimand; reprove sharply
uproarious
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a. characterized by loud, confused noise, or by noisy and uncontrollable laughter
usurp
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v. seize and hold power or rights of another by force or without legal authority
veneration
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n. religious zeal; willingness to serve God
verbatim
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ad. using exactly the same words; corresponding word for word
verbose
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a. wordy; using or containing a great and usually an excessive number of words
verdant
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a. green; full of juice in vegetation
verity
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n. truth, fact or reality, especially enduring religious or ethical truth
vernal
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a. related to spring; suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh
virile
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a. marked by energy and vigor; manly; able to copulate, as for male
vociferous
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a. offensively loud; noisy; making outcry
volley
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n. flight of missiles; round of gunshots; tennis return made by hitting the ball before it bounces
voluble
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a. fluent; glib; talkative; marked by ready flow of speech
voluminous
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a. large in volume or bulk; large in number or quantity, especially of discourse
voracious
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a. ravenous; excessively greedy and grasping; devouring or craving food in great quantities
waver
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v. play or move to and fro; move one way and the other; swing; be unsettled in opinion