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SAT Essay Vocabulary 2

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idiosyncrasy
idyllic
ignominy
illicit
impasse
imperious
impetuous
impudence
inane
incongruity
incredulous
incriminate
incubate
indeterminate
indictment
indigenuous
indignant
indiscriminate
indolent
indomitable
induce
indulgent
ineffable
ineptitude
inert
ingenuous
inherent
inhibit
innate
innocuous
innuendo
inscrutable
insipid
insolence
instigate
insular
intrepid
inundate
invoke
irate
irony
irreverent
jaded
jocular
jovial
judicious
lackadaisical
laconic
laggard
languid
latent
laud
listless
lithe
lucid
lucrative
lull
lurid
luxuriant
magnanimous
malleable
marred
maudlin
melancholy
mercenary
mercurial
miserly
mitigate
modicum
morose
motley
multifarious
nebulous
nefarious
neophyte
notoriety
noxious
nuance
obdurate
obstinate
officious
onerous
opportunist
oracle
orthodox
ostensible
oversight
pacifist
pacify
painstaking
palliate
paradigm
parch
parody
partisan
patronize
paucity
pedant
peevish
penchant
penurious
peremptory
perfunctory
peripheral
perquisite
petulant
philanthropist
piety
placate
placid
plasticity
plausible
plethora
pliable
polemical
prattle
precarious
precipitate
preclude
precocious
presumptuous
pretext
prevaricator
procure
prodigious
profound
profuse
prohibitive
proliferate
prolific
pronouncement
propensity
proponent
prosaic
prospective
provident
provincial
punctillious
pundit
quell
quixotic
rampant
ramshackle
rancor
rapport
ratify
raucous
ravenous
raze
reap
rebuttal
recalcitrant
recant
recessive
recluse
rectify
redolent
refutation
regressive
relegate
relinquish
renounce
repertory
reprehensible
reprimand
reproach
repudiate
repugnant
rescind
reticent
reverent
rhetorical
rouse
sage
sanctimonious
sanction
sanctity
sanguine
satiate
satire
saturate
scanty
scathing
scintillating
scope
scrupulous
scrutinize
serendipity
servile
shrew
shroud
simile
slight
slipshod
solace
solicitous
somber
sophistry
spartan
sporadic
spurious
spurn
squander
stagnat
stark
static
staunch
steadfast
stock
strident
stupefy
subservient
substantiate
subversive
succulent
supercilious
superfluous
supplant
surfeit
susceptible
sycophant
tangential
teem
temperamental
temporize
tenacious
tenuous
tirade
toady
torpor
totalitarian
tout
tractable
transient
treatise
trepidation
tribulation
trifling
trite
truculent
ubiquitous
unabashed
uncanny
uncouth
unfathomable
ungainly
unruly
unwitting
urbane
usurp
vacuous
vanquish
vapid
venal
venerable
verbose
vigilant
vindicate
vindictive
virtuoso
virulent
viscous
vocation
vying
waning
wayward
wrath
wry
zealot

idiosyncrasy: Read
behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
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idyllic: Read
excellent and delightful in all respects
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ignominy: Read
deep disgrace; shame or dishonor
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illicit: Read
illegal; unlawful; not authorized or permitted
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impasse: Read
road or passage having no exit; deadlock
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imperious: Read
urgent or pressing; able to deal authoritatively; dictatorial
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impetuous: Read
marked by sudden and violent force; hasty; impulsive and passionate
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impudence: Read
offensively bold behavior; trait of being rude
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inane: Read
silly; senseless; unconsciously foolish; void
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incongruity: Read
quality of disagreeing; being unsuitable and inappropriate
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incredulous: Read
difficult to believe; incredible; skeptical
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incriminate: Read
accuse of a crime or other wrongful act; suggest that someone is guilty
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incubate: Read
hatch; develop under favorable conditions
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indeterminate: Read
uncertain; not clearly fixed; indefinite
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indictment: Read
formally accuse of a crime
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indigenuous: Read
native to a region
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indignant: Read
affected with indignation; wrathful; passionate; irate; feeling wrath by unworthy or unjust treatment
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indiscriminate: Read
choosing at random; not marked by fine distinctions
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indolent: Read
lazy; slow to heal, grow, or develop; inactive
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indomitable: Read
unconquerable; incapable of being overcome
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induce: Read
persuade; bring about; reason or establish by induction
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indulgent: Read
yielding; lenient; forbearing or tolerant
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ineffable: Read
unutterable; cannot be expressed in speech
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ineptitude: Read
incompetence
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inert: Read
inactive; lacking power to move; unable to move or act
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ingenuous: Read
naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated
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inherent: Read
firmly established by nature or habit
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inhibit: Read
restrain; prevent or forbid; hold back
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innate: Read
possessed at birth; inborn
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innocuous: Read
having no adverse effect; harmless
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innuendo: Read
hint; indirect implication , usually malicious
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inscrutable: Read
impenetrable; not readily understood; mysterious
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insipid: Read
lacking flavor or zest; not tasty; dull
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insolence: Read
scornful treatment; insulting speech or conduct
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instigate: Read
goad or urge forward; provoke; incite
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insular: Read
of isolated people, especially having a narrow viewpoint
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intrepid: Read
fearless; indicating or springing from courage
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inundate: Read
overwhelm; cover with water, especially floodwaters
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invoke: Read
call upon; ask for; request earnestly
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irate: Read
feeling or showing extreme anger; enraged
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irony: Read
expression by deliberate contrast between apparent and intended meaning; witty language used to insult
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irreverent: Read
disrespectful; showing lack of due respect; not revering god
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jaded: Read
fatigued dulled by surfeit; exhausted; worn out; wearied
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jocular: Read
humorous, amusing or joking; sportive; not serious
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jovial: Read
good-natured; marked by good cheer; cheerful and good-humored
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judicious: Read
exhibiting good judgment or sound thinking; prudent
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lackadaisical: Read
lacking purpose or zest; halfhearted; lacking spirit or liveliness
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laconic: Read
brief; effectively cut short; marked by use of few words
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laggard: Read
slow; sluggish; wasting time
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languid: Read
lacking energy or vitality; weak; sluggish; lacking spirit or liveliness
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latent: Read
present or potential but not evident or active; dormant; hidden
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laud: Read
give praise to; glorify; celebrate or honor
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listless: Read
lacking in spirit or energy to exert effort
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lithe: Read
flexible; moving and bending with ease
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lucid: Read
easily understood; clear; intelligible
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lucrative: Read
profitable; producing good profit
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lull: Read
moment of calm; a period of calm weather; temporary quiet and rest
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lurid: Read
causing shock or horror; gruesome
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luxuriant: Read
abundant; rich and splendid; fertile
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magnanimous: Read
generous; high-minded; chivalrous
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malleable: Read
capable of being shaped by pounding; impressionable
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marred: Read
damaged or disfigured by injury or rough wear
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maudlin: Read
tearfully sentimental; over-emotional; sickly-sentimental
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melancholy: Read
gloomy; feeling of thoughtful sadness; affected by depression
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mercenary: Read
interested in making money; profit oriented; hired for service in foreign army
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mercurial: Read
capricious; liable to sudden unpredictable change; quick and changeable in temperament
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miserly: Read
indicative of lack of generosity; cautious with money
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mitigate: Read
make less severe or harsh; moderate
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modicum: Read
limited quantity; small or moderate amount; any small thing
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morose: Read
ill humored; sullen; depressingly dark; gloomy; persistent
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motley: Read
multi-colored; mixed; having elements of great variety
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multifarious: Read
varied; greatly diversified; made up of many differing parts
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nebulous: Read
lacking definite form or limits; hazy; cloudy
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nefarious: Read
very wicked; infamous by being extremely wicked
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neophyte: Read
recent convert to a belief; one newly initiated
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notoriety: Read
known for some unfavorable act or quality; bad or ill fame
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noxious: Read
harmful to living things; injurious to health
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nuance: Read
subtle or slight degree of difference; small difference in meaning
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obdurate: Read
hardened in wrongdoing or wickedness; not giving in to persuasion
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obstinate: Read
stubbornly adhering to an attitude or opinion; hard to control or treat
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officious: Read
marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others
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onerous: Read
burdensome or oppressive; not easily borne; wearing
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opportunist: Read
one who takes advantage of any chance to achieve an end, with no regard for principles or consequences
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oracle: Read
answer of god; communications, revelations, or messages delivered by god to the prophets
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orthodox: Read
traditional; conservative in belief; adhering to established faith, especially in religion
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ostensible: Read
put forth or held out as real, actual, or intended; proper or intended to be shown
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oversight: Read
unintentional omission or mistake; watchful care or management; supervision
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pacifist: Read
one opposed to force; antimilitarist
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pacify: Read
ease anger or agitation of; make calm or quiet; end war or violence
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painstaking: Read
extremely careful and diligent work or effort; taking of pains
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palliate: Read
lessen violence of disease; moderate intensity; gloss over with excuses
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paradigm: Read
one that serves as a pattern or model; system of assumptions, concepts, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality
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parch: Read
burn surface of; roast over fire, as dry grain; dry to extremity
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parody: Read
work or performance that imitates another work or performance with ridicule or irony; make fun of
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partisan: Read
one-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party
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patronize: Read
act as a patron to; support or sponsor
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paucity: Read
scarcity; smallness of number; fewness
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pedant: Read
one who is overly concerned with formal rules and trivial points of learning
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peevish: Read
unpleasant
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penchant: Read
strong inclination; definite liking
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penurious: Read
cheap, stingy
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peremptory: Read
offensively self-assured; dictatorial; not allowing contradiction or refusal
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perfunctory: Read
done routinely and with little interest or care; acting with indifference; showing little interest or care
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peripheral: Read
located in outer boundary; unimportant; auxiliary
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perquisite: Read
any gain above stipulated salary; extra payment
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petulant: Read
easily irritated or annoyed; unreasonably irritable or ill-tempered
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philanthropist: Read
person who loves mankind in general; very generous person or institution
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piety: Read
religious devotion and reverence to God; devout act, thought, or statement; godliness
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placate: Read
appease or pacify; bring peace to
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placid: Read
peaceful; tranquil; calm or quiet
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plasticity: Read
ability to be molded, formed, or modeled; quality or state of being plastic
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plausible: Read
likely but not certain to be or become true or real
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plethora: Read
excess; over-fullness in any respect; superabundance
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pliable: Read
flexible; yielding; easily bent or shaped
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polemical: Read
aggressive in verbal attack; disputatious
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prattle: Read
speak about unimportant matters rapidly and incessantly; talk artlessly and childishly
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precarious: Read
uncertain; risky; dangerously lacking in security or stability
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precipitate: Read
rash; moving rapidly and heedlessly; speeding headlong; occurring suddenly
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preclude: Read
make impossible, as by action taken in advance; prevent; eliminate
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precocious: Read
advanced in development; appearing or developing early
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presumptuous: Read
overconfident; going beyond what is right or proper; excessively forward
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pretext: Read
excuse; something serving to conceal plans; fictitious reason
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prevaricator: Read
liar
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procure: Read
bring into possession; cause to accrue to, or to come into possession of; cause to come
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prodigious: Read
impressively great in size, force, or extent; enormous
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profound: Read
deep; not superficial; far-reaching
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profuse: Read
in great quantity or abundance; bountiful; exceedingly liberal
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prohibitive: Read
tending to discourage; prohibiting; forbidding
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proliferate: Read
grow rapidly; propagate; reproduce
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prolific: Read
producing offspring or fruit in great abundance; fertile
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pronouncement: Read
formal declaration
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propensity: Read
natural inclination; tendency or preference; predilection
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proponent: Read
one who argues in support of something; advocate; backer
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prosaic: Read
dull and unimaginative; matter-of-fact; factual
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prospective: Read
being within view or consideration, as a future event or contingency; relating to the future: expected
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provident: Read
displaying foresight; providing carefully for future; preparing for emergencies
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provincial: Read
relating to a province; limited in outlook; unsophisticated
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punctillious: Read
meticulous, attentive to detail
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pundit: Read
authority on a subject; learned person; expert
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quell: Read
extinguish; put down forcibly; suppress; pacify or quiet
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quixotic: Read
idealistic without regard to practicality
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rampant: Read
unrestrained and violent; occurring without restraint
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ramshackle: Read
of very poor quality or condition; loose-jointed; ill-made; out of gear or repair
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rancor: Read
bitter, long-lasting resentment; deep-seated ill will; hatred
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rapport: Read
emotional closeness; harmony; relationship of mutual trust or emotional affinity
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ratify: Read
approve formally; confirm; verify
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raucous: Read
harsh and rough-sounding; disturbing public peace; loud and rough
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ravenous: Read
extremely hungry; voracious; eager for prey
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raze: Read
destroy completely; scrape or shave off
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reap: Read
gain; harvest a crop from; get or derive; obtain as a result of effort
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rebuttal: Read
proving to be false or incorrect; response with contrary evidence
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recalcitrant: Read
obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority
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recant: Read
retract a previous statement; sing over again; utter repeatedly in song
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recessive: Read
tending to go backward
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recluse: Read
one who lives in solitude; withdrawn from the world; reclusive
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rectify: Read
set right; correct by calculation or adjustment
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redolent: Read
fragrant; odorous; suggestive of odor
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refutation: Read
arguing that a claim is false
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regressive: Read
tending to return or revert
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relegate: Read
assign to obscure place, position, or condition; delegate; assign
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relinquish: Read
give up something with reluctance; retire from; give up or abandon
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renounce: Read
abandon; disown; turn away from; give up
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repertory: Read
place, such as a storehouse, where a stock of things is kept; storage; entire range of skills or aptitudes
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reprehensible: Read
deserving blame; admonition; blameworthy
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reprimand: Read
reprove severely, especially in a formal or official way; rebuke formally; censure severely or angrily
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reproach: Read
express disapproval or disappointment; bring shame upon; disgrace
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repudiate: Read
disown; refuse to acknowledge; reject validity or authority of
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repugnant: Read
arousing disgust or aversion; offensive or repulsive; hateful
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rescind: Read
cancel; make void; repeal or annul
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reticent: Read
inclined to keep silent; reserved; uncommunicative.
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reverent: Read
respectful; worshipful; impressed with veneration or deep respect
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rhetorical: Read
relating to skill of using language effectively and persuasively; insincere in language
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rouse: Read
become active; excite, as to anger or action; stir up; awaken
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sage: Read
one celebrated for wisdom, experience, and judgment; various plants of the genus Salvia
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sanctimonious: Read
excessively or hypocritically pious; possessing sanctity; sacred; holy; saintly; religious
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sanction: Read
give authorization or approval to something; penalize a state, especially for violating international law
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sanctity: Read
holiness
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sanguine: Read
cheerfully confident; optimistic; of healthy reddish color; ruddy
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satiate: Read
satisfy fully; overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself
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satire: Read
form of literature in which irony and ridicule are used to attack human vice and folly
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saturate: Read
soak, fill, or load to capacity; cause to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance
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scanty: Read
somewhat less than needed in amplitude or extent; insufficient
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scathing: Read
harshly critical
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scintillating: Read
lively, effervescent
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scope: Read
range of one's perceptions, thoughts, or actions; extent; bound
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scrupulous: Read
exactly and carefully conducted; by extreme care and great effort; cautious
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scrutinize: Read
examine closely and critically
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self-righteous: Read
smug, holier-than-thou
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self-serving: Read
selfish
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serendipity: Read
gift for finding valuable or desirable things by accident; accidental good fortune or luck
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servile: Read
slavish; suitable to slave or servant; relating to servitude or forced labor
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shrew: Read
astute, smart
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shroud: Read
hide from view; wrap for burial; shut off from sight; shelter
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simile: Read
comparison of one thing with another, in English generally using like or as
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slight: Read
almost no; very little; deliberate discourtesy
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slipshod: Read
untidy or slovenly; shabby; great carelessness; done poorly or too quickly
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solace: Read
comfort or relieve in sorrow, misfortune, or distress
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solicitous: Read
worried or concerned; full of desire; expressing care or concern
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somber: Read
gloomy; depressing or grave; dull or dark in color
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sophistry: Read
argument for exercise merely; plausible but misleading argument; art or process of reasoning; logic
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spartan: Read
avoiding luxury and comfort; sternly disciplined
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sporadic: Read
occurring at irregular intervals; having no pattern or order in time
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spurious: Read
false; counterfeit; forged; illogical
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spurn: Read
reject disdainfully or contemptuously; scorn
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squander: Read
spend wastefully; fail to take advantage of; lose a chance for
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stagnat: Read
not moving
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stark: Read
bare; complete or extreme
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static: Read
having no motion; being at rest; fixed; stationary
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staunch: Read
strong and loyal
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steadfast: Read
firmly or constant loyal; fixed or unchanging
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stock: Read
certificate for shareholder of corporation; total amount of goods in a shop
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strident: Read
loud and harsh; insistent; high-pitched; rough-sounding
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stupefy: Read
make senseless or dizzy; be mystery or bewildering to
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subservient: Read
behaving like slave; subordinate in capacity or function
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substantiate: Read
establish by evidence; make firm or solid; support
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subversive: Read
tending to overthrow; in opposition to civil authority or government
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succulent: Read
full of juicy; full of richness; highly interesting or enjoyable; delectable
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supercilious: Read
arrogant; feeling or showing haughty disdain; overbearing
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superfluous: Read
being beyond what is required or sufficient
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supplant: Read
replace; usurp; displace and substitute for another
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surfeit: Read
eat until excessively full; be more than full; feed someone to excess
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susceptible: Read
easily influenced; having little resistance, as to a disease; receptive to
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sycophant: Read
one who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people; bootlicker; yes man
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tangential: Read
peripheral; only slightly connected; digressing
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teem: Read
be abuzz; be full of; move in large numbers
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temperamental: Read
of or pertaining to temperament; excessively sensitive or irritable; moody; likely to perform unpredictably
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temporize: Read
act evasively in order to gain time, avoid argument, or postpone a decision
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tenacious: Read
sticking together; stubbornly unyielding; holding together firmly
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tenuous: Read
long and thin; slender; having little substance
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tirade: Read
extended scolding; long angry or violent speech
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toady: Read
person who flatters or defers to others for self-serving reasons; yes man
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torpor: Read
state of mental or physical inactivity or insensibility; sluggishness; dormancy
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totalitarian: Read
undemocratic, rigid political control
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tout: Read
advertize in strongly positive terms; praise excessively; show off
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tractable: Read
easily managed or controlled; governable; easily handled or worked; docile
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transient: Read
momentary; temporary; staying for short time
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treatise: Read
systematic, usually extensive written discourse on a subject
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trepidation: Read
state of alarm or dread; nervous apprehension; involuntary trembling or quivering
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tribulation: Read
suffering
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trifling: Read
trivial; of slight worth or importance; frivolous or idle
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trite: Read
repeated too often; over familiar through overuse; worn out by use
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truculent: Read
disposed to fight; belligerent; aggressively hostile
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ubiquitous: Read
being or existing everywhere; omnipresent
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unabashed: Read
not embarrassed
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uncanny: Read
strange; mysterious; peculiarly unsettling, as if of supernatural origin or nature
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uncouth: Read
lacking refinement or cultivation or taste
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unfathomable: Read
difficult or impossible to understand; difficult or impossible to measure
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ungainly: Read
awkward; lacking grace in movement or posture
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unruly: Read
difficult or impossible to discipline, control, or rule; not according to rule; irregularly
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unwitting: Read
not intended; not knowing; unaware; ignorant
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urbane: Read
showing a high degree of refinement
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usurp: Read
seize and hold power or rights of another by force or without legal authority
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vacuous: Read
empty; showing lack of thought or intelligence; vacant
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vanquish: Read
conquer; overcome; come out better in a competition
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vapid: Read
dull and unimaginative; lacking taste or flavor
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venal: Read
capable of being bribed; for sale, available for a price; corrupt
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venerable: Read
deserving high respect; impressive by reason of age; profoundly honored
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verbose: Read
wordy; using or containing a great and usually an excessive number of words
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vigilant: Read
attentive to discover and avoid danger, or to provide for safety; wakeful; watchful; circumspect; wary
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vindicate: Read
clear from blame; exonerate; maintain, uphold, or defend
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vindictive: Read
seek revenge or intended for revenge; showing malicious will
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virtuoso: Read
highly skilled artist, as musician; one who is dazzlingly skilled in his field
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virulent: Read
extremely poisonous; hostile; bitter
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viscous: Read
sticky; gluey; having high resistance to flow
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vocation: Read
career; profession
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vying: Read
striving
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waning: Read
lessening
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wayward: Read
selfish, stubborn
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wrath: Read
forceful, often vindictive anger; fury; just punishment of an offense or crime
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wry: Read
turned to one side; twisted; marked by humorous twist, often with a touch of irony
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zealot: Read
fanatically committed person; person who shows excessive zeal
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