[Esc] (1) /'ɒbdjʊrɪt/;/'ɑbdərɪt/ a. Syn. stubborn; inflexible hardened in wrongdoing or wickedness; not giving in to persuasion He was [___] in his refusal to listen to our complaints.
[Esc] (2) /'ɒbfʌskeɪt/ v. Syn. confuse; muddle confuse; muddle; cause confusion; make needlessly complex Was the president's spokesman trying to clarify the Whitewater mystery, or was he trying to [___] the issue so the voters would never figure out what went on?.
[Esc] (3) /ə'bli:k/ a. Syn. inclined having slanting or sloping direction, course, or position; inclined Casting a quick, [___] glance at the reviewing stand, the sergeant ordered the company to march.
[Esc] (4) /əb'si:kwɪəs/ a. slavishly attentive; attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery Helen liked to be served by people who behaved as if they respected themselves; nothing irritated her more than an excessively [___] waiter or a fawning salesclerk.
[Esc] (5) /əb'strɛpərəs/ a. noisily aggressive; making great noise or outcry What do you do when an [___] horde of drunken policemen goes carousing through your hotel, crashing into potted plants and singing vulgar songs?.
[Esc] (6) /əb'tju:s/;/əb'tu:s/ a. Syn. stupid lacking in insight or discernment; stupid What can you do with somebody who's so [___] that he can't even tell that you're insulting him?.
[Esc] (7) /'oʊdɪəs/ a. Syn. hateful; vile hateful; arousing strong dislike, aversion, or intense displeasure Cinderella's ugly stepsisters had the [___] habit of popping their zits in public.
[Esc] (8) /ə'fɪʃəs/ a. marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others Judy wanted to look over the new computer models on her own, but the [___] salesman kept on butting in with "helpful" advice until she was ready to walk out of the store.
[Esc] (9) /ɒ'stɛnsɪb(ə)l/ a. Syn. apparent put forth or held out as real, actual, or intended; proper or intended to be shown Although the [___] purpose of this expedition is to discover new lands, we are really interested in finding new markets for our products.
[Esc] (10) /'pælɪeɪt/ v. lessen violence of disease; moderate intensity; gloss over with excuses Not content merely to [___] the patient's sores and cankers, the researcher sought a means of wiping out the disease.
[Esc] (11) /'pælɪd/ a. Syn. pale; wan abnormally pale; lacking intensity of color or luminousness Because his job required that he work at night and sleep during the day, he had an exceptionally [___] complexion.
[Esc] (12) /pænə'sɪə/ n. remedy for all diseases, evils, or difficulties; a cure-all The rich youth cynically declared that the [___] for all speeding tickets was a big enough bribe.
[Esc] (13) /'pærəgən/;/'pærəgɒn/ n. Syn. model model of excellence or perfection; peerless example Mr. Brumby's [___] is shocked at the other's inaptitude for examination.
[Esc] (14) /'pærɪə/ n. Syn. untouchable social outcast; person who is rejected from society or home Shortly Tom came upon the juvenile [___] of the village, Huckleberry Finn, son of the town drunkard.
[Esc] (15) /'pɑrsɪmənɪ/;/-moʊnɪ/ n. extreme care in spending money; reluctance to spend money unnecessarily Because her father wouldn't let her buy a new iPhone, Annie accused him of [___].
[Esc] (16) /'peɪθɒs/ n. Syn. pity tender sorrow; pity; quality in art or literature that produces these feelings The quiet tone of [___] that ran through the novel never degenerated into the maudlin or the overly sentimental.
[Esc] (17) /'pɔ:sɪtɪ/ n. Syn. scarcity scarcity; smallness of number; fewness They closed the restaurant because the [___] of customers made it uneconomical to operate.
[Esc] (18) /pɪ'dʒɒrətɪv/ a. tending to make or become worse; disparaging or belittling Instead of criticizing Clinton's policies, the Republicans made [___] remarks about his character.
[Esc] (19) /pɪ'lju:sɪd/ a. Syn. transparent; limpid transparent; limpid; easy to understand After reading these stodgy philosophers, I find Bertrand Russell's [___] style very enjoyable.
[Esc] (20) /pə'fɪdɪəs/ a. Syn. treacherous; disloyal tending to betray; disloyal; faithless When Caesar realized that Brutus had betrayed him, he reproached his [___] friend.
[Esc] (21) /pə'fʌŋktərɪ/ a. Syn. superficial done routinely and with little interest or care; acting with indifference; showing little interest or care I introduced myself, and at my name his [___] manner changed; I knew he heard me before.
[Esc] (22) /pə'nɪʃəs/ a. Syn. deadly very destructive; tending to cause death or serious injury; deadly Crack cocaine has had a [___] effect on urban society: it has destroyed families, turned children into drug dealers, and increased the spread of violent crimes.
[Esc] (23) /pɜrtɪ'neɪʃəs/;/-tn'eɪʃəs/ a. Syn. stubborn; persistent stubbornly or perversely persistent; unyielding; obstinate He is bound to succeed because his [___] nature will not permit him to quit.
[Esc] (24) /'pɪθɪ/ a. Syn. concise precisely meaningful; forceful and brief While other girls might have gone on and on about how un-cool Elton was, Liz summed it up in one [___] remark: "He's bogus!"
[Esc] (25) /'plætɪtju:d/;/-tu:d/ n. dullness; insipidity of thought; commonplace statement; lack of originality In giving advice to his son, old Polonius expressed himself only in same platitude; every word out of his mouth was a commonplace.
[Esc] (26) /'plɛθərə/ n. Syn. excess; overabundance excess; over-fullness in any respect; superabundance She offered a [___] of excuses for her shortcomings.
[Esc] (27) /'pɔ:tɛnt/ n. Syn. sign; omen; forewarning omen; forewarning; something that portends an event about to occur, especially unfortunate or evil event He regarded the black cloud as a [___] of evil.
[Esc] (28) /prɪ'koʊʃəs/ a. advanced in development; appearing or developing early Listening to the grown-up way the child discussed serious topics, we couldn't help remarking how [___] she was.
[Esc] (29) /praɪ'mi:v(ə)l/ a. Syn. ancient; primitive ancient; primitive; belonging to the first or earliest age; original or ancient The archaeologist claimed that the skeleton was [___] origin, though in fact it was the remains of a modern day monkey.
[Esc] (30) /prə'klɪvɪtɪ/ n. Syn. inclination inclination; natural tendency; readiness; facility of learning Watching the two-year-old boy voluntarily put away his toys, I was amazed by his [___] for neatness.
[Esc] (31) /'prɒməlgeɪt/ v. Syn. announce proclaim doctrine or law; make known by official publication During an interview with ABC News, Barack Obama said Republican attempted to [___], falsely, his Muslim connections.
[Esc] (32) /prə'pɛnsɪtɪ/ n. Syn. tendency; predilection natural inclination; tendency or preference; predilection Convinced of his own talent, Sol has an unfortunate [___] to belittle the talents of others.
[Esc] (33) /prə'pɪʃəs/ a. Syn. favorable; fortunate; advantageous presenting favorable circumstances; fortunate; advantageous Chloe consulted her horoscope to see whether Tuesday would be a [___] day to dump her boyfriend.
[Esc] (34) /proʊ'zeiɪk/ a. Syn. factual dull and unimaginative; matter-of-fact; factual Though the ad writers came up with an original way to publicize the product, the head office rejected it for a more [___], ordinary slogan.
[Esc] (35) /proʊ'skraɪb/;/proʊ-/ v. Syn. banish; outlaw command against; banish; outlaw Antony, Octavius, and Lepidus united to [___] all those who had conspired against Julius Caesar.
[Esc] (36) /'proʊtɪɛn, 'proʊti:n/ a. Syn. versatile versatile; able to take on many shapes; readily taking on varied shapes A remarkably [___] actor, Alec Guinness could take on any role.
[Esc] (37) /'prʊərɪənt/ a. having or causing lustful thoughts and desires; having eager desire for something Aroused by his [___] impulses, the dirty old man leered at the sweet young thing and offered to give her a sample of his "prowess.".
[Esc] (38) /'pjʊəraɪl/;/-rəl/ a. Syn. childish childish; belonging to childhood; immature His [___] pranks sometimes offended his more mature friends.
[Esc] (39) /'pʌlkrɪtju:d/ n. Syn. beauty; comeliness great physical beauty and appeal; attractive moral excellence; moral beauty I do not envy the judges who have to select this year's Miss America from this collection of female [___].
[Esc] (40) /pʌŋk'tɪlɪəs/ a. marked by precise accordance with details Percy is [___] about observing the rules of etiquette whenever Miss Manners invites him to stay.
[Esc] (41) /'kwɒgmaɪə(r)/ n. soft wet boggy land; complex or dangerous situation from which it is difficult to free oneself Up to her knees in mud, Myra wondered how on earth she was going to extricate herself from this [___].
[Esc] (42) /'kwɛrʊləs/ a. Syn. fretful; whining habitually complaining; expressing complaint or grievance Even the most agreeable toddlers can begin to act [___] if they miss their nap.
[Esc] (43) /kwɪk'sɒtɪk/ a. idealistic without regard to practicality Constantly coming up with [___], unworkable schemes to save the world, Simon has his heart in the right place, but his head somewhere in the clouds.
[Esc] (44) /'ræŋkə(r)/ n. Syn. enmity; hatred bitter, long-lasting resentment; deep-seated ill will; hatred Thirty years after the war, she could not let go of the past but was still consumed with [___] against the foe.
[Esc] (45) /rɪ'bju:k/ v. Syn. admonish; scold scold harshly; criticize severely No matter how sharply I [___] Huck for his misconduct, he never talks back but just stand there like a stump.
[Esc] (46) /rɪ'kælsɪtrənt/ a. obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority Which animal do you think is more [___], a pig or a mule?.
[Esc] (47) /'rɛktɪtju:d/;/-tu:d/ n. Syn. uprightness uprightness; moral virtue; correctness of judgment The Eagle Scout was a model of [___].
[Esc] (48) /rɪ'pli:t/ a. filled to brim or to point of being stuffed; abundantly supplied The movie star's memoir was [___] with juicy details about the love life of half of Hollywood.
[Esc] (49) /'rɛproʊbeɪt/ n. person hardened in sin; person without moral scruples I cannot understand why he has so many admirers if he is the [___] you say he is.
[Esc] (50) /rɪ'pru:v/ v. Syn. censure; rebuke voice or convey disapproval of; rebuke; find fault with The principal would severely [___] the students whenever they talked in the halls.
[Esc] (51) /rɪ'pju:dɪeɪt/ v. Syn. disown disown; refuse to acknowledge; reject validity or authority of On separating from Tony, Tina announced that she would [___] all debts incurred by her soon-to-be ex-husband.
[Esc] (52) /rɪ'sɪnd/ v. Syn. cancel; annul; repeal cancel; make void; repeal or annul To change or [___] is justified only when re-estimate of all of the available facts.
[Esc] (53) /'rɛstɪv/ a. impatient under restraint or opposition; resisting control; difficult to control Waiting impatiently in line to see Santa Claus, even the best-behaved children grow [___] and start to fidget.
[Esc] (54) /'rɪbəld/ a. Syn. wanton; tasteless coarse or indecent; humorously vulgar or offensive He sang a [___] song that offended many of the more prudish listeners.
[Esc] (55) /raɪf/ a. Syn. current excessively abundant or numerous; in widespread existence, practice, or use In the face of the many rumors of scandal, which are [___] at the moment, it is best to remain silent.
[Esc] (56) /ru:z/ n. Syn. trick; stratagem trick; use of artifice or trickery; deceptive maneuver, especially to avoid capture Police believe the [___] is attractive to criminal gangs because the profits are similar to those made by trafficking drugs, but with less punitive penalties.
[Esc] (57) /'sækroʊsæŋkt/ a. Syn. inviolable regarded as sacred and inviolable The brash insurance salesman invaded the [___] privacy of the office of the president of the company.
[Esc] (58) /sə'gæsətɪ/ n. quality of being sagacious; quickness or acuteness of sense perceptions; keenness of discernment; shrewdness She was half sorry her [___] had miscarried, and half glad that Tom had stumbled into obedient conduct for once.
[Esc] (59) /'seɪlɪənt/ a. Syn. prominent prominent or protruding; projecting outwardly; moving by leaps or springs One of the [___] features of that newspaper is its excellent editorial page.
[Esc] (60) /sæŋktɪ'moʊnɪəs/ a. Syn. hypocritical excessively or hypocritically pious; possessing sanctity; sacred; holy; saintly; religious What we need to do is not fool ourselves and remain [___] about the issue of doping in baseball.
[Esc] (61) /'sæŋgwɪn/ a. Syn. cheerful; hopeful; ruddy cheerfully confident; optimistic; of healthy reddish color; ruddy Let us not be too [___] about the outcome; something could go wrong.
[Esc] (62) /'skʌrɪləs/ n. Syn. obscene; indecent obscene; indecent; expressing offensive reproach Your [___] remarks are especially offensive because they are untrue.
[Esc] (63) /sɛrən'dɪpɪtɪ/ n. gift for finding valuable or desirable things by accident; accidental good fortune or luck Many scientific discoveries are a matter of [___].
[Esc] (64) /'sɜrvaɪl/;/'sɛrvl/ a. Syn. slavish; cringing slavish; suitable to slave or servant; relating to servitude or forced labor Constantly fawning on his employer, humble Uriah Heap was a [___] creature.
[Esc] (65) /sə'lɪsɪtəs/ a. Syn. worried; concerned worried or concerned; full of desire; expressing care or concern The employer was very [___] about the health of her employees as replacements were difficult to get.
[Esc] (66) /'sɒmnələnt/ a. half asleep; inclined to drowsiness; tending to induce sleep The heavy meal and the overheated room made us all [___] and indifferent to the speaker.
[Esc] (67) /'spjʊərɪəs/ a. Syn. false; counterfeit; forged; illogical false; counterfeit; forged; illogical Natasha's claim to be the lost heir of the Romanoffs was spurious: the only thing Russian about her was the vodka she drank!.
[Esc] (68) /steɪd/ a. Syn. serious; sedate sober; serious, organized, and professional; characterized by dignity and propriety Her conduct during the funeral ceremony was [___] and solemn.
[Esc] (69) /'stɒlɪd/ a. Syn. dull; impassive dull; impassive; having or revealing little emotion or sensibility The earthquake shattered Stuart's usual [___] demeanor; trembling, he crouched on the no longer stable ground.
[Esc] (70) /'stju:pɪfaɪ/;/'stu:-/ v. make senseless or dizzy; be mystery or bewildering to Disapproving of drugs in general, Laura refused to take sleeping pills or any other medicine that might [___] her.
[Esc] (71) /'sɜrfɪt/ v. eat until excessively full; be more than full; feed someone to excess Every Thanksgiving we [___] with an overabundance of holiday treats.
[Esc] (72) /sə'maɪz/ v. Syn. guess guess; infer something without sufficiently conclusive evidence I [___] that he will be late for this meeting because of the traffic issue.
[Esc] (73) /sʌrəp'tɪʃəs/ a. Syn. secret; furtive; sneaky; hidden secret; done or made by stealth, or without proper authority; made or introduced fraudulently Hoping to discover where his mom had hidden the Christmas presents, Timmy took a [___] peek into the master bedroom closet.
[Esc] (74) /'sɪkəfænt/ n. Syn. bootlicker; flatterer one who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people; bootlicker; yes man Fed up with the toadies and flunkies who made up his entourage, the star cried, "Get out, all of you! I'm sick of sycophant!"
[Esc] (75) /'tæsɪt/ a. indicated or understood without expressed directly; not speaking; silent We have a [___] agreement based on only a handshake.
[Esc] (76) /'tæsɪtə:n/ a. Syn. silent silent or reserved in speech; saying little; not inclined to speak or converse The stereotypical cowboy is a [___] soul, answering lengthy questions with a "Yep" or "Nope.".
[Esc] (77) /'tæntəmaʊnt/ a. equivalent in effect or value Though Rudy claimed his wife was off visiting friends, his shriek of horror when she walked into the room was [___] to a confession that he believed she was dead.
[Esc] (78) /tɪ'mɛrɪtɪ/ n. Syn. boldness; rashness boldness; rashness; foolhardy disregard of danger Do you have the [___] to argue with me?.
[Esc] (79) /'tɛnjʊəs/ a. Syn. thin; rare; slim long and thin; slender; having little substance The allegiance of our allies is held by rather [___] ties; we all should see it's in dangerous.
[Esc] (80) /'tɪmərəs/ a. Syn. fearful fearful; demonstrating fear; weakly hesitant His [___] manner betrayed the fear he felt at the moment.
[Esc] (81) /'tɔ:pɪd/ a. having lost motion, or the power of exertion and feeling; numb; benumbed The two ships becalmed on a [___] sea, I believed to be marine phantoms.
[Esc] (82) /'træktəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. docile easily managed or controlled; governable; easily handled or worked; docile Although Susan seemed a [___] young woman, she had a stubborn streak of independence.
[Esc] (83) /'trænsɪənt, 'trɑr-/;/trænʃnt/ a. Syn. momentary; temporary; transitory momentary; temporary; staying for short time Lexy's joy at finding the perfect Christmas gift for Phil was [___], she still had to find presents for the cousins and Uncle Bob.
[Esc] (84) /træns'mju:t, trɑr-/ v. Syn. convert; transform change from one form, nature, substance, or state into another; transform He was unable to [___] his dreams into actualities.
[Esc] (85) /'trɛntʃənt/ a. Syn. incisive; keen forceful, effective, and vigorous; sharp or keen I am afraid of his [___] wit for it is so often sarcastic.
[Esc] (86) /'trukjələnt, 'trʌkjʊlənt/ a. Syn. belligerent disposed to fight; belligerent; aggressively hostile The bully was initially [___] but eventually stopped picking fights at the least provocation.
[Esc] (87) /'tɜrdʒɪd/ a. Syn. swollen; distended swollen; distended; excessively ornate or complex in style or language The [___] river threatened to overflow the levees and flood the countryside.
[Esc] (88) /'tɜrpɪtju:d/;/-tu:d/ n. Syn. depravity depravity; corrupt, depraved, or degenerate act A visitor may be denied admittance to this country if she has been guilty of moral [___].
[Esc] (89) /ju:'bɪkwɪtəs/ a. Syn. omnipresent being or existing everywhere; omnipresent That Christmas "The Little Drummer Boy" seemed ubiquitous; we heard the tune everywhere.
[Esc] (90) /'ʌŋktjʊəs/ a. Syn. oily; bland oily; composed of oil or fat; characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness Uriah Heep disguised his nefarious actions by [___] protestations of his "humility.".
[Esc] (91) /ʌp'breɪd/ v. Syn. reprimand; criticize; scold severely criticize; reprimand; reprove sharply Not only did Miss Minchin [___] Ermengarde for her disobedience, but she hung her up by her braids from a coat rack in the classroom.
[Esc] (92) /'jʊzəp/ v. Syn. appropriate seize and hold power or rights of another by force or without legal authority The revolution ended when the victorious rebel general succeeded in his attempt to [___] the throne.
[Esc] (93) /'væsɪleɪt/ v. Syn. waver; fluctuate sway unsteadily from one side to the other; oscillate The big boss likes his people to be decisive: when he asks you for your opinion, whatever you do, don't [___].
[Esc] (94) /'vækjʊəs/ a. Syn. empty; inane empty; showing lack of thought or intelligence; vacant The [___] remarks of the politician annoyed the audience, who had hoped to hear more than empty platitudes.
[Esc] (95) /'væpɪd/ a. Syn. dull dull and unimaginative; lacking taste or flavor "Boring!" said Jessica, as she suffered through yet another [___] lecture about Dead White Male Poets.
[Esc] (96) /'vɛərɪgeɪtɪd/ a. streaked, spotted, or marked with a variety of color; very colorful Without her glasses, Gretchen saw the fields of tulips as a [___] blur.
[Esc] (97) /'vɛnəreɪt/ v. treat with great respect and deference; consider hallowed or be in awe of In Tibet today, the common people still [___] their traditional spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
[Esc] (98) /və'ræsɪti/ n. Syn. truthfulness truthfulness; unwillingness to tell lies Asserting his [___], young George Washington proclaimed, "Father, I cannot tell a lie!"
[Esc] (99) /'vɜrdənt/ a. green; full of juice in vegetation Monet's paintings of the [___] meadows were symphonies in green.
[Esc] (100) /vɛks/ v. Syn. annoy; distress annoy; disturb, especially by minor irritations; be a mystery or bewildering to Please try not to [___] your mother; she is doing the best she can.
[Esc] (101) /vɪ'kɛərɪəs/ a. acting as substitute; done by deputy; experienced at secondhand Many people get a [___] thrill at the movies by imagining they are the characters on the screen.
[Esc] (102) /vɪ'sɪsɪtud/ n. change, especially in one's life or fortunes; regular change or succession of one thing to another; alternation Humbled by life's [___], the last emperor of China worked as a lowly gardener in the palace over which he had once ruled.
[Esc] (103) /'vɪlɪfaɪ/ v. Syn. slander debase; degrade; spread negative information about Waging a highly negative campaign, the candidate attempted to [___] his opponent's reputation.
[Esc] (104) /'vɪskəs/ a. Syn. sticky; gluey sticky; gluey; having high resistance to flow Melted tar is a [___] substance.
[Esc] (105) /vɪtrɪ'ɒlɪk/ a. Syn. corrosive; sarcastic harsh or corrosive in tone; sarcastic; bitterly scathing Any time that a simple request for evidence results in [___] personal attacks, or an attempt to censor, with no attempt to address the issue.
[Esc] (106) /'wɒnt(ə)n/;/wɔ:ntən/ a. Syn. unrestrained; unchaste unrestrained; willfully malicious; immoral or unchaste Pointing to the stack of bills, Sheldon criticized Sarah for her [___] expenditures.
[Esc] (107) /'wɪnsəm/ a. Syn. agreeable; gracious; engaging agreeable; gracious; charming, often in childlike or naive way By her [___] manner, she made herself liked by everyone who met her.
[Esc] (108) /'wɪstfəl/ a. full of wishful yearning or longing; sadly thoughtful With a last [___] glance at the happy couples dancing in the hall, Sue headed back to her room to study for her exam.
[Esc] (109) /'zɛnɪθ/ n. Syn. summit point directly overhead in sky; summit When the sun was at its [___], the glare was not as strong as at sunrise and sunset.
[Esc] (110) /'zɛfə(r)/ n. gentle breeze; west wind; any of various soft light fabrics, yarns, or garments A blessing on a hot day in [___] form, something to lift birds and kites and make sailboats cut beautifully through the water.