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1

Define:

pedant
(ped-ant)

n. someone who shows off knowledge
n. someone who pays undue attention to rules

Dominic is a pedant who annoys everyone in the class with his long-winded questions and unnecessary quotes from the textbook.

2

Define:

penchant
(pen-chunt)

n. a strong preference for something

Kate had a penchant for interior decorating, so she took over the role of set designer for the play.

3

Define:

penury
(pen-yuh-ree)

n. extreme poverty or destitution

Having lived in penury their whole lives, the townspeople were very grateful for the donations sent by the charitable organization.

4

Define:

tangent
(tan-djunt)

n. a different topic

adj. touching

Halfway into her speech on global warming, she went on a tangent about materialism in modern society.

5

Define:

technocracy
(teck-knock-ruh-see)

n. rule by scientists

In the movie, the future is a technocracy where programmers rule the entire world.

6

Define:

tedium
(tee-dee-um)

n. dullness
n. the feeling of being bored

The tedium of a fixed routine made John reconsider his plans to become a teacher.

7

Define:

tenacious
(tuh-nay-shuss)

adj. sticking strongly to something
adj. having greater than average longevity
adj. stubborn

Despite the sudden thunderstorm, the tenacious runners continued to move towards the finish line.

8

Define:

timorous
(tim-er-us)

adj. easy to frighten

The timorous young man jumped at even the slightest sound.

9

Define:

tirade
(tahy-raid)

n. a long, angry rant

One student asked a simple question about the death penalty, causing the teacher to launch into a tirade about the topic.

10

Define:

torpid
(tore-pid)

adj. lacking physical or mental energy

The student was torpid and generally uninvolved in discussions, so the teacher had to speak with him about his participation.

11

Define:

torpor
(tore-per)

n. a state of low physical or mental energy

The doctors discovered that her torpor was a symptom of a severe illness.

12

Define:

torrid
(tore-id)

adj. extremely hot
adj. having intense emotion or passion

The president was accused of carrying on a secret and torrid love affair with his aide.

13

Define:

totalitarianism
(toe-tal-ih-tare-ee-un-izm)

n. absolute, dictatorial control by the government

After years of civil war, one party emerged triumphant and dominated the country in a return to totalitarianism.

14

Define:

tractable
(track-tuh-bul)

adj. easy to handle or control
adj. easily shaped

After some training, the dog became tractable enough to be sold as a pet.

15

Define:

anomalous
(uh-nom-ih-luss)

adj. different from the norm; aberrant

The new shampoo was a success, although there were a few anomalous cases in which it actually damaged consumers' hair.

16

Define:

antipathy
(an-tip-uh-thee)

n. aversion; loathing

The couple tried to hide their antipathy toward the new neighbors so as not to seem unwelcoming.

17

Define:

approbate
(ap-ruh-behyt)

v. to approve

The judge approbated her right to keep the house.

18

Define:

appropriate
(uh-pro-pree-ehyt)

v. to take by force
v. to assign for a certain purpose

During the chaos following the president's death, his wife appropriated the role of head of the organization.

19

Define:

arbiter
(are-bih-ter)

n. a person chosen to solve a dispute

One of her duties as babysitter was to act as arbiter when the children got into arguments.

20

Define:

archetype
(are-kih-tahyp)

n. a typical example of something
n. the original on which something else is modeled

Dante's Divine Comedy was the archetype upon which many derivative works were based.

21

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. someone who shows off knowledge
n. someone who pays undue attention to rules

pedant
(ped-ant)

synonyms: sophist, doctrinaire, know-it-all

22

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a strong preference for something

penchant
(pen-chunt)

synonyms: fondness, inclination

23

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. extreme poverty or destitution

penury
(pen-yuh-ree)

synonyms: squalor, deprivation

24

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a different topic

tangent
(tan-djunt)

synonyms: digression, departure

25

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. rule by scientists

technocracy
(teck-knock-ruh-see)

synonyms: scientific rule

26

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. dullness
n. the feeling of being bored

tedium
(tee-dee-um)

synonyms: monotony, boredom, routine

27

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. sticking strongly to something
adj. having greater than average longevity
adj. stubborn

tenacious
(tuh-nay-shuss)

synonyms: adamant, persistent

28

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. easy to frighten

timorous
(tim-er-us)

synonyms: fearful, nervous, rattled

29

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a long, angry rant

tirade
(tahy-raid)

synonyms: abuse, outburst, berating

30

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. lacking physical or mental energy

torpid
(tore-pid)

synonyms: dormant, drained, motionless

31

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a state of low physical or mental energy

torpor
(tore-per)

synonyms: dormancy, apathy

32

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. extremely hot
adj. having intense emotion or passion

torrid
(tore-id)

synonyms: arid, blazing, impassioned

33

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. absolute, dictatorial control by the government

totalitarianism
(toe-tal-ih-tare-ee-un-izm)

synonyms: dictatorship, tyranny, authoritarianism

34

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. easy to handle or control
adj. easily shaped

tractable
(track-tuh-bul)

synonyms: manageable, compliant, adjustable

35

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. different from the norm; aberrant

anomalous
(uh-nom-ih-luss)

synonyms: unusual, abnormal, strange

36

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. aversion; loathing

antipathy
(an-tip-uh-thee)

synonyms: disgust, abhorrence

37

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to approve

approbate
(ap-ruh-behyt)

synonyms: affirm, accept

38

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to take by force
v. to assign for a certain purpose

appropriate
(uh-pro-pree-ehyt)

synonyms: steal, embezzle; allocate, assign

39

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a person chosen to solve a dispute

arbiter
(are-bih-ter)

synonyms: mediator, negotiator, referee

40

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a typical example of something
n. the original on which something else is modeled

archetype
(are-kih-tahyp)

synonyms: prototype, paradigm

41

Define:

ardor
(are-der)

n. feeling of great warmth or intensity

His sense of justice manifests itself in the ardor with which he throws himself into his legal work.

42

Define:

arduous
(ar-djew-us)

adj. requiring mental or physical strain
adj. demanding

The beach was practically empty, as reaching it entailed an arduous journey through a bramble thicket.

43

Define:

aria
(are-ee-uh)

n. a solo vocal piece in an opera

During her aria, the opera singer expressed her character's sorrow to the audience with great skill.

44

Define:

arid
(air-id)

adj. extremely dry
adj. lacking spirit or vitality

The arid climate of the desert is ideal for plants that do not require much water, such as cacti.

45

Define:

sundry
(suhn-dree)

adj. various, miscellaneous, separate

The sundry items at the garage sale ranged from antique to almost brand new.

46

Define:

reprise
(ruh-preez)

n. a repetition of an action
v. to repeat or resume

The reprise of the song had the audience dancing in the aisles.

47

Define:

harrow
(hair-oh)

v. to distress, torment

Any talk of layoffs would always leave the entire division harrowed and unable to focus on their work.

48

Define:

sardonic
(sahr-don-ik)

adj. cynical, mocking

The class clown's sardonic remark landed him in detention.

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Define:

subterfuge
(suhb-ter-fyoodj)

n. a deliberate deception to avoid a consequence

Policemen who stop drunk drivers can see right through the subterfuge of hastily chewing a piece of gum.

50

Define:

axiom
(ack-see-um)

n. a generally accepted truth

In math class, we learned about the different axioms we could use to develop geometric proofs.

51

Define:

controvert
(kon-truh-vurt)

v. to deny the truth of

Recent experiments seem to controvert the predictions of previous theories.

52

Define:

progeny
(prodj-uh-nee)

n. one born or derived from another; an offspring or descendent
n. a product of creative effort

That family claims to be the progeny of the king of France, but they refuse to submit to a DNA test to prove their bloodline.

53

Define:

potentate
(poht-n-teyt)

n. one with absolute power to rule; a monarch

While the potentate sipped wine, the peasants toiled in the field.

54

Define:

cardinal
(kahr-dn-uhl)

adj. of paramount importance
adj. dark red

At the graduation speech, the valedictorian gave them cardinal rules to live by.

55

Define:

hidebound
(hahyd-bound)

adj. rigid, dry, unmoving

The hidebound rules of organized religion have never appealed to me much.

56

Define:

chary
(chair-ee)

adj. very cautious; not giving or spending freely
adj. shy

Joe was chary of his praise for his daughters, but when he did congratulate them, they beamed.

57

Define:

arabesque
(air-uh-besk)

n. a complex, ornate design

The kimono was trimmed with an arabesque of tiny yellow curlicues.

58

Define:

rapturous
(rap-cher-uhs)

adj. expressing great pleasure or enthusiasm

The presidential decree was greeted with rapturous applause.

59

Define:

amalgamate
(uh-mal-guh-meyt)

v. to combine several elements into a whole; to blend

Our county will amalgamate with the neighboring county in order to cut administrative costs.

60

Define:

prattle
(prat-uhl)

v. to babble or speak foolishly

The confused student prattled for a few minutes before sitting back down.

61

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. feeling of great warmth or intensity

ardor
(are-der)

synonyms: admiration, passion

62

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. requiring mental or physical strain
adj. demanding

arduous
(ar-djew-us)

synonyms: burdensome, exhausting

63

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a solo vocal piece in an opera

aria
(are-ee-uh)

synonyms: descant, hymn, song

64

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. extremely dry
adj. lacking spirit or vitality

arid
(air-id)

synonyms: dry, barren

65

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. various, miscellaneous, separate

sundry
(suhn-dree)

synonyms: assorted, different

66

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a repetition of an action
n. to repeat or resume

reprise
(ruh-preez)

synonyms: recurrence; repeat

67

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to distress, torment

harrow
(hair-oh)

synonyms: depredate, harass

68

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. cynical, mocking

sardonic
(sahr-don-ik)

synonyms: derisive, scornful

69

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a deliberate deception to avoid a consequence

subterfuge
(suhb-ter-fyoodj)

synonyms: cheating, dishonesty, dissimulation

70

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a generally accepted truth

axiom
(ack-see-um)

synonyms: principle, fundamental

71

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to deny the truth of

controvert
(kon-truh-vurt)

synonyms: oppose, argue, deny, dispute

72

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. one born or derived from another; an offspring or descendent
n. a product of creative effort

progeny
(prodj-uh-nee)

synonyms: offspring, children, lineage; result

73

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. one with absolute power to rule; a monarch

potentate
(poht-n-teyt)

synonyms: autocrat, chief, leader

74

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. of paramount importance
adj. dark red

cardinal
(kahr-dn-uhl)

synonyms: important, key; burgundy

75

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. rigid, dry, unmoving

hidebound
(hahyd-bound)

synonyms: fixed, immovable, strict

76

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. very cautious; not giving or spending freely
adj. shy

chary
(chair-ee)

synonyms: stingy, cautious; abashed, modest

77

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a complex, ornate design

arabesque
(air-uh-besk)

synonyms: design, frill, adornment, flourish

78

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. expressing great pleasure or enthusiasm

rapturous
(rap-cher-uhs)

synonyms: delighted, happy

79

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to combine several elements into a whole; to blend

amalgamate
(uh-mal-guh-meyt)

synonyms: integrate, combine

80

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to babble or speak foolishly

prattle
(prat-uhl)

synonyms: chatter, gab, gush

81

Define:

simian
(sim-ee-uhn)

adj. relating to apes

Humans have many simian characteristics.

82

Define:

precipice
(press-uh-piss)

n. a steep rock or cliff face

The climber faced the largest precipice of his career.

83

Define:

augury
(aw-gyuh-ree)

n. divination
n. an omen, portent

Augury is often performed by observing a crystal ball.

84

Define:

picayune
(pik-ee-yoon)

adj. of little value, paltry, petty
n. something of little value

His craftsmanship wasn't worth a picayune.

85

Define:

anthropomorphic
(an-thruh-puh-mawr-fik)

adj. having human characteristics

Many people believe that aliens will be anthropomorphic, but there is no evidence to support that.

86

Define:

ramify
(ram-uh-fahy)

v. to be divided, to branch out

The dispute ramified as more factions got involved.

87

Define:

upbraid
(uhp-breyd)

v. to scold sharply, reprimand, or blame

Mom upbraided me for not doing the dishes last night.

88

Define:

banality
(buh-nal-ih-tee)

n. triviality
n. something overused and trite

The once-funny joke had become a banality in the camp.

89

Define:

base
(behyss)

adj. immoral
adj. made of low quality materials

The young man was criticized by his parents for his base, degrading lifestyle.

90

Define:

sodden
(sod-n)

adj. thoroughly soaked, saturated

My clothes were sodden from the rainstorm.

91

Define:

stolid
(stawl-id)

adj. stoic, emotionless

People in old-time photographs tend to have stolid expressions.

92

Define:

phthisis
(thigh-sis)

n. a disease characterized by body-part atrophy (especially of the lungs)

His phthisis was interfering with work more every day.

93

Define:

vintner
(vint-ner)

n. one who makes or sells wine

In Italy there are a great number of vintners.

94

Define:

salient
(sehy-lee-uhnt)

adj. prominent or conspicuous

The cover of the study guide listed its salient features, such as diagnostic and practice exams.

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Define:

haughty
(haw-tee)

adj. arrogant, snobbish

I prefer the company of one or two good friends to a party full of haughty, self-absorbed socialites.

96

Define:

blanch
(blanch)

v. to whiten or turn pale

During the biology dissection, Jennifer blanched and ran out of the room.

97

Define:

inimitable
(in-im-ih-tuh-buhl)

adj. incapable of being imitated or duplicated

The Broadway debut was a spellbinding performance thanks mainly to the inimitable stamina of the female lead.

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Define:

accretion
(uh-kree-shuhn)

n. growth; increase by successive or gradual addition

The accretion of dirt has changed the floor's color.

99

Define:

trenchant
(tren-chuhnt)

adj. forceful and effective
adj. extremely perceptive

The experienced CEO offered trenchant criticisms of the young company.

100

Define:

turgid
(tur-djid)

adj. swollen or distended
adj. excessively ornate; grandiloquent

Marcy's turgid leg was enough to concern her parents.

101

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. relating to apes

simian
(sim-ee-uhn)

synonyms: ape-like

102

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a steep rock or cliff face

precipice
(press-uh-piss)

synonyms: crag, bluff, cliff

103

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. divination
n. an omen, portent

augury
(aw-gyuh-ree)

synonyms: fortunetelling; forewarning

104

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. of little value, paltry, petty
n. something of little value

picayune
(pik-ee-yoon)

synonyms: diminutive, frivolous; a trifle

105

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. having human characteristics

anthropomorphic
(an-thruh-puh-mawr-fik)

synonyms: humanlike

106

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to be divided, to branch out

ramify
(ram-uh-fahy)

synonyms: diverge, diversify, fork

107

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to scold sharply, reprimand or blame

upbraid
(uhp-breyd)

synonyms: berate, criticize, reprimand

108

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. triviality
n. something overused and trite

banality
(buh-nal-ih-tee)

synonyms: cliché, quotidian

109

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. immoral
adj. made of low quality materials

base
(behyss)

synonyms: vulgar, low; shoddy, cheap

110

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. thoroughly soaked, saturated

sodden
(sod-n)

synonyms: soaked, soggy, wet

111

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. stoic, emotionless

stolid
(stawl-id)

synonyms: apathetic, indifferent

112

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a disease characterized by body-part atrophy (especially of the lungs)

phthisis
(thigh-sis)

synonyms: infection, decay

113

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. one who makes or sells wine

vintner
(vint-ner)

synonyms: winemaker, wine merchant

114

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. prominent or conspicuous

salient
(sehy-lee-uhnt)

synonyms: noticeable, important, pertinent

115

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. arrogant, insolent

haughty
(haw-tee)

synonyms: egotistic, conceited

116

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to whiten or turn pale

blanch
(blanch)

synonyms: discolor, fade, wash out

117

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. incapable of being imitated or duplicated

inimitable
(in-im-ih-tuh-buhl)

synonyms: unique, matchless, peerless

118

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. growth; increase by successive or gradual addition

accretion
(uh-kree-shuhn)

synonyms: increase,  build-up

119

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. forceful and effective
adj. extremely perceptive

trenchant
(tren-chuhnt)

synonyms: sharp; observant

120

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. swollen or distended
adj. excessively ornate; grandiloquent

turgid
(tur-djid)

synonyms: bloated, enlarged; grandiose

121

Define:

belabor
(buh-lehy-burr)

v. to speak or worry about something at length
v. to attack

She was known to belabor the point when it came to environmentalism, so we tried not to bring it up.

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Define:

belie
(buh-lahy)

v. to give a false impression
v. to reveal as untrue

She greeted us with a smile, but the redness of her eyes belied her cheerful attitude.

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Define:

benign
(buh-nahyn)

adj. pleasant
adj. not harmful, especially to health

The doctor's benign manner endeared him to patients.

124

Define:

bent
(bent)

n. a natural talent
n. an inclination or interest

Lisa had a true bent for working with animals, so people often told her to consider a career as a veterinarian.

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Define:

berate
(bih-rate)

v. to scold or criticize angrily

Jane's boss was so mean that he berated her for even the smallest mistakes.

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Define:

blithe
(blahyth)

adj. carefree and happy

When he lost his job, John struggled to maintain his blithe and optimistic attitude toward life.

127

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capacious
(kuh-pay-shuss)

adj. having a lot of room

The capacious living room often impressed their guests.

128

Define:

capitulate
(kuh-pitch-ih-lehyt)

v. to surrender; to give in

The mother capitulated after hours of tantrums and finally bought her son the toy.

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Define:

caprice
(kuh-prees)

n. a sudden desire

Her decision to come along on the trip was a mere caprice; she had never expressed a desire to come before then.

130

Define:

carp
(karp)

v. to raise trivial objections
n. a type of fish

She hated when her coworkers carped about the minimal work they had to do.

131

Define:

cascade
(kass-kehyd)

n. a waterfall
n. something that falls or progresses like a waterfall

I knew the wire was badly damaged when a cascade of sparks fell the moment I touched it.

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Define:

castigate
(kast-ih-gehyt)

v. to give harsh criticism
v. to punish harshly

His parents castigated him for his bad grades by taking away his car keys.

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Define:

caustic
(kaw-stick)

adj. capable of corroding
adj. harsh or sarcastic in tone

The comedian was known for his caustic jokes about political scandals.

134

Define:

censure
(sen-shur)

n. strong disapproval, esp. official disapproval
v. to condemn

The professor was censured by the administration for his controversial and politically incorrect lectures.

135

Define:

chauvinism
(show-vuh-niz-um)

n. fanatical patriotism
n. prejudiced support of one's own group, sex, or cause

My father's chauvinism was characterized by a rather dim view of other races.

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Define:

chimera
(kahy-mere-uh)

n. a creature possessing the body parts of different animals
n. a fanciful mental illusion

The ability to make easy money is a chimera; it only works until the next economic downturn.

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collusion
(kuh-loo-zhun)

n. a conspiracy or secret plot

Acting in collusion with several high officials, the rebels completed the government takeover successfully.

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Define:

complacent
(kum-plehy-sunt)

adj. satisfied and thus not wanting to improve

Kate became complacent after years of success as a model and so was unprepared when younger women challenged her position at the top.

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Define:

complaisant
(kum-plehy-sunt)

adj. eager to please

Although usually argumentative, Paul is surprisingly complaisant with his girlfriend.

140

Define:

concise
(kun-sayhs)

adj. brief; able to express a lot in few words

Before the show, the director gave a concise introduction that explained his reasons for getting involved in the production.

141

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to speak or worry about something at length
v. to attack

belabor
(buh-lehy-burr)

synonyms: dwell on, repeat; invade, assail

142

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to give a false impression
v. to reveal as untrue

belie
(buh-lahy)

synonyms: falsify, garble, distort; disprove

143

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. pleasant
adj. not harmful, especially to health

benign
(buh-nahyn)

synonyms: amiable; harmless

144

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a natural talent
n. an inclination or interest

bent
(bent)

synonyms: ability, gift; propensity, intent

145

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to scold or criticize angrily

berate
(bih-rate)

synonyms: abuse, discipline

146

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. carefree and happy

blithe
(blahyth)

synonyms: animated, buoyant, cheerful

147

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. having a lot of room

capacious
(kuh-pay-shuss)

synonyms: spacious, roomy, expansive

148

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to surrender; to give in

capitulate
(kuh-pitch-ih-lehyt)

synonyms: bow, concede, succumb

149

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a sudden desire

caprice
(kuh-prees)

synonyms: fancy, impulse

150

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to raise trivial objections
n. a kind of fish

carp
(karp)

synonyms: nag, bother

151

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a waterfall
n. something that falls or progresses like a waterfall

cascade
(kass-kehyd)

synonyms: chute, downpour, flood

152

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to give harsh criticism to
v. to punish harshly

castigate
(kast-ih-gehyt)

synonyms: criticize, berate; punish, batter

153

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. capable of corroding
adj. harsh or sarcastic in tone

caustic
(kaw-stick)

synonyms: abrasive, erosive; ironic, bitter

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Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. strong disapproval, esp. official disapproval
v. to condemn

censure
(sen-shur)

synonyms: criticism; blame, chide, incriminate

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Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. fanatical patriotism; and
n. prejudiced support of one's own group, sex, or cause

chauvinism
(show-vuh-niz-um)

synonyms: jingoism, ethnocentricity

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Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a creature possessing the body parts of different animals
n. a fanciful mental illusion

chimera
(kahy-mere-uh)

synonyms: dream, fantasy

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Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a conspiracy or secret plot

collusion
(kuh-loo-zhun)

synonyms: pact, trick, connivance

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Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. satisfied and thus not wanting to improve

complacent
(kum-plehy-sunt)

synonyms: self-assured, unconcerned, gratified

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Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. eager to please

complaisant
(kum-plehy-sunt)

synonyms: obliging, compliant

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Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. brief; able to express a lot in few words

concise
(kun-sahys)

synonyms: short, succinct

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conjecture
(kun-jeck-chur)

n. inference based on inconclusive or incomplete evidence

The scientist's paper was criticized by his peers for being based purely on conjecture.

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consternation
(kon-stur-nehy-shun)

n. a state of confused terror or apprehension

A feeling of consternation filled the room as the teacher began to hand back papers immediately after the students had handed them in.

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consummate
(v. kon-suh-meyt; adj. kon-suh-muht)

v. to make complete or perfect
adj. perfect in every aspect

The team's victory was consummated by a spontaneous celebration on the field.

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contention
(kun-ten-shun)

n. a point or argument in a debate
n. a competition

The ceasefire is holding, but a few points of contention must still be resolved before a final peace can be reached.

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contrite
(kun-trahyt)

adj. full of remorse

The letter explained that he was truly contrite and wanted to apologize in person.

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convalesce
(kon-vuh-less)

v. to recover

After the accident, Tom was told to convalesce for at least two weeks.

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deleterious
(dell-uh-teer-ee-us)

adj. causing harm or damage

It is now common knowledge that smoking is deleterious to one's health.

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demagogue
(dem-uh-gog)

n. a speaker who targets his or her audience's emotions or prejudices

The candidate's opponent accused him of being a demagogue and relying upon the public's fear of change.

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denigrate
(den-ih-grehyt)

v. to attack the reputation of

The columnist denigrated the baseball coach for his string of high-profile losses.

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denote
(dih-noht)

v. to mark or indicate

The red text on her report card denoted which classes she was failing.

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desiccate
(dess-ih-kehyt)

v. to cause to lose moisture

Mary had her wart removed at the doctor's office by desiccating it.

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despond
(dih-spond)

v. to become dejected

His campaign team desponded when they heard the official results of the election.

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desultory
(dess-uhl-tore-ee)

adj. having no plan or purpose; random

The desultory thoughts running through Mick's mind prevented him from concentrating on the essay he had to write.

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diatribe
(die-uh-trahyb)

n. a harsh rant or critical review

After hours of waiting with me in the lobby, my mother began her usual diatribe on the various failings of airport management.

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discrete
(diss-kreet)

adj. distinctly separate

The U.S. government has three discrete branches: the judiciary, the legislature, and the executive.

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disparage
(dih-spare-idj)

v. to express a negative opinion of

She disparaged her friend behind his back, yet praised him to his face.

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disparate
(diss-puh-rit)

adj. completely different

The two had such disparate opinions on the topic that it seemed impossible for them to work together effectively.

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dispassionate
(diss-pash-ih-nut)

adj. unbiased; objective

dispassionate judge will favor neither the prosecution nor the defense.

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disposed
(diss-pohzd)

adj. having a tendency or partiality to

Kate was particularly stubborn when she was angry and was not disposed to listen to reason.

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tendentious
(ten-den-chuss)

adj. exhibiting a trend; having an ulterior motive or bias

Wendy's tendentious assessment of the war mentions only its positive effects, skipping over the negative points.

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Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. inference based on inconclusive or incomplete evidence

conjecture
(kun-jeck-chur)

synonyms: assumption, guess, presumption

182

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a state of confused terror or apprehension

consternation
(kon-stur-nehy-shun)

synonyms: dismay, distress, panic

183

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to make complete or perfect
adj. perfect in every aspect

consummate
(v. kon-suh-meyt; adj. kon-suh-muht)

synonyms: fulfill, finish, achieve; flawless

184

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a point or argument in a debate
n. a competition

contention
(kun-ten-shun)

synonyms: allegation, claim; altercation, contest

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Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. full of remorse

contrite
(kun-trahyt)

synonyms: regretful, atoning, remorseful

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Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to recover

convalesce
(kon-vuh-less)

synonyms: grow strong, rest, recharge physically

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Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. causing harm or damage

deleterious
(dell-uh-teer-ee-us)

synonyms: destructive, injurious, hurtful

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Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a speaker who targets his or her audience's emotions or prejudices

demagogue
(dem-uh-gog)

synonyms: agitator, rabble-rouser

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Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to attack the reputation of

denigrate
(den-ih-grehyt)

synonyms: malign, slander, defame

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Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to mark or indicate

denote
(dih-noht)

synonyms: assign, signify

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Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to cause to lose moisture

desiccate
(dess-ih-kehyt)

synonyms: dehydrate; dry out

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Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to become dejected

despond
(dih-spond)

synonyms: despair, dishearten, surrender

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Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. having no plan or purpose; random

desultory
(dess-uhl-tore-ee)

synonyms: aimless, erratic

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Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a harsh rant or critical review

diatribe
(die-uh-trahyb)

synonyms: criticism, tirade

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Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. distinctly separate

discrete
(diss-kreet)

synonyms: detached, disconnected, separate

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Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to express a negative opinion of

disparage
(dih-spare-idj)

synonyms: insult, belittle

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Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. completely different

disparate
(diss-puh-rit)

synonyms: contrary, unlike, various

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Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. unbiased; objective

dispassionate
(diss-pash-ih-nut)

synonyms: unbiased, fair, not affected by emotion

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Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. having a tendency or partiality to

disposed
(diss-pohzd)

synonyms: inclined, prone to

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Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. exhibiting a trend
adj. having an ulterior motive or bias

tendentious
(ten-den-chuss)

synonyms: biased, calculated