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Pique

n. feeling of hurt pride

2

Plaintive

adj. melancholy; mournful

3

Plasticity

n. condition of being able to be shaped or formed; pliability

4

Plume

v. to congratulate onself in a self-satisfied way

5

Prate

v. to talke idly; chatter

6

Precept

n. principle; law

7

Precipitate

v. to cause to happen; throw down from a height

8

Preempt

v. to supersede; appropriate for oneself

9

Prehensible

adj. capable of grasping

10

Premonition

n. forewarning; presentiment

11

Preternatural

adj. supernatural

12

Prevaricate

v. to quibble; evade the truth

13

Primordial

adj. original; existing from the beginning

14

Probity

n. honesty; high-mindedness

15

Propitate

v. to win over; appease

16

Provident

adj. providing for future needs; frugal

17

Puissant

adj. powerful

18

Purport

v. to profess; suppose; claim

19

Pusillanimous

adj. cowardly

20

Quail

v. to cower; lose heart

21

Quiescent

adj. inactive; still

22

Quorum

n. number of members necessary to conduct a meeting

23

Raiment

n. clothing

24

Rebus

n. puzzle in which pictures or symbols represent words

25

Recondite

adj. abstruse; profound

26

Redoubtable

adj. formidable; arousing fear; worthy of respect

27

Refractory

adj. stubborn; unmanageable; resisting ordinary methods of treatment

28

Regale

v. to entertain

29

Remonstrate

v. to object or protest

30

Reprise

n. repetition, especially of a piece of music

31

Repine

v. to complain

32

Reproach

v. to find fault with; blame

33

Reprobate

n. morally unprincipled person

34

Riposte

n. a retaliatory action or retort

35

Salacious

adj. lascivious; lustful

36

Salutary

adj. expecting an improvement; favorable to health

37

Sardonic

adj. cynical; scornfully mocking

38

Sartorial

adj. pertaining to tailors

39

Satyr

n. a creature that is half-man, half beast with the horns and legs of a goat; a follower of Dionysos; a lecher

40

Secrete

v. produce and release substance into organism

41

Sedition

n. behavior prompting rebellion

42

Sextant

n. navigation tool that determines latitude and longitude

43

Sodden

adj. thoroughly soaked; saturated

44

Soliloquy

n. literary or dramatic speech by one character, not addressed to others

45

Sinuous

adj. winding; intricate; complex

46

Solvent

adj. able to meet financial obligations

47

Somatic

adj. relating to or affecting the body; corporeal

48

Sordid

adj. filthy; contemptible and corrupt

49

Specious

adj. seeming to be logical and sound, but not really so

50

Spendthrift

n. person who spends money recklessly

51

Staccato

adj. marked by abrupt, clear-cut sounds

52

Stint

v. to be sparing

53

Stratified

adj. arranged in layers

54

Stratum

n. layers

55

Striated

adj. marked with thin, narrow grooves or channels

56

Stricture

n. something that restrains; negative criticism

57

Strident

adj. loud; harsh; unpleasantly noisy

58

Stultify

v. to impair or reduce to uselessness

59

Stygian

adj. dark and gloomy; hellish

60

Subsume

v. to include; incorporate

61

Succor

n. relief; help in time of distress or want

62

Supine

adj. lying on the back; marked by lethargy

63

Suppliant

adj. beseeching

64

Supplicant

n. one who asks humbly and earnestly

65

Supposition

n. the act of assuming to be true or real

66

Syllogism

n. a form of deductive reasoning that has a major premise, a minor premise, and a conclusion

67

Sylvan

adj. relating to the woods or forest

68

Tautology

n. unnecessary repetition

69

Taxonomy

n. science of classification; in biology, the process of classifying organisms in categories

70

Tenuous

adj. weak; insubstantial

71

Tenet

n. belief; doctrine

72

Timbre

n. the characteristic quality of sound produced by a particular instrument or voice; tone or color

73

Thespian

n. an actor or actress

74

Tout

v. to promote or praise energetically

75

Translucent

adj. partially transparent

76

Travesty

n. parody; exaggerated imitation; caricature

77

Tremulous

adj. trembling; quivering; frugal; tumid

78

Turbid

adj. muddy; opaque; in a state of great confusion

79

Turgid/Tumid

adj. swollen; distended; bloated; pompous

80

Tutelary

adj. serving as a guardian or protector

81

Undulating

adj. moving in waves

82

Untenable

adj. indefensible

83

Untoward

adj. not favorable; troublesome; adverse; unruly

84

Usury

n. practice of lending money at exorbitant rates

85

Venal

adj. bribable; mercenary; corruptible

86

Vendetta

n. prolonged feud marked by bitter hostility

87

Venerate

v. to adore; honor; respect

88

Visage

n. countenance; appearance; aspect

89

Vituperative

adj. using or containing harsh, abusive censure

90

Vivisection

n. dissection, surgery, or painful experiments performed on a living animal for the purpose of scientific research

91

Welter

v. to wallow or roll; toss about; be in turmoil

92

Wary

adj. careful; cautious

93

n. feeling of hurt pride

Pique

94

adj. melancholy; mournful

Plaintive

95

n. condition of being able to be shaped or formed; pliability

Plasticity

96

v. to congratulate onself in a self-satisfied way

Plume

97

v. to talke idly; chatter

Prate

98

n. principle; law

Precept

99

v. to cause to happen; throw down from a height

Precipitate

100

v. to supersede; appropriate for oneself

Preempt

101

adj. capable of grasping

Prehensible

102

n. forewarning; presentiment

Premonition

103

adj. supernatural

Preternatural

104

v. to quibble; evade the truth

Prevaricate

105

adj. original; existing from the beginning

Primordial

106

n. honesty; high-mindedness

Probity

107

v. to win over; appease

Propitate

108

adj. providing for future needs; frugal

Provident

109

adj. powerful

Puissant

110

v. to profess; suppose; claim

Purport

111

adj. cowardly

Pusillanimous

112

v. to cower; lose heart

Quail

113

adj. inactive; still

Quiescent

114

n. number of members necessary to conduct a meeting

Quorum

115

n. clothing

Raiment

116

n. puzzle in which pictures or symbols represent words

Rebus

117

adj. abstruse; profound

Recondite

118

adj. formidable; arousing fear; worthy of respect

Redoubtable

119

adj. stubborn; unmanageable; resisting ordinary methods of treatment

Refractory

120

v. to entertain

Regale

121

v. to object or protest

Remonstrate

122

n. repetition, especially of a piece of music

Reprise

123

v. to complain

Repine

124

v. to find fault with; blame

Reproach

125

n. morally unprincipled person

Reprobate

126

n. a retaliatory action or retort

Riposte

127

adj. lascivious; lustful

Salacious

128

adj. expecting an improvement; favorable to health

Salutary

129

adj. cynical; scornfully mocking

Sardonic

130

adj. pertaining to tailors

Sartorial

131

n. a creature that is half-man, half beast with the horns and legs of a goat; a follower of Dionysos; a lecher

Satyr

132

v. produce and release substance into organism

Secrete

133

n. behavior prompting rebellion

Sedition

134

n. navigation tool that determines latitude and longitude

Sextant

135

adj. thoroughly soaked; saturated

Sodden

136

n. literary or dramatic speech by one character, not addressed to others

Soliloquy

137

adj. winding; intricate; complex

Sinuous

138

adj. able to meet financial obligations

Solvent

139

adj. relating to or affecting the body; corporeal

Somatic

140

adj. filthy; contemptible and corrupt

Sordid

141

adj. seeming to be logical and sound, but not really so

Specious

142

n. person who spends money recklessly

Spendthrift

143

adj. marked by abrupt, clear-cut sounds

Staccato

144

v. to be sparing

Stint

145

adj. arranged in layers

Stratified

146

n. layers

Stratum

147

adj. marked with thin, narrow grooves or channels

Striated

148

n. something that restrains; negative criticism

Stricture

149

adj. loud; harsh; unpleasantly noisy

Strident

150

v. to impair or reduce to uselessness

Stultify

151

adj. dark and gloomy; hellish

Stygian

152

v. to include; incorporate

Subsume

153

n. relief; help in time of distress or want

Succor

154

adj. lying on the back; marked by lethargy

Supine

155

adj. beseeching

Suppliant

156

n. one who asks humbly and earnestly

Supplicant

157

n. the act of assuming to be true or real

Supposition

158

n. a form of deductive reasoning that has a major premise, a minor premise, and a conclusion

Syllogism

159

adj. relating to the woods or forest

Sylvan

160

n. unnecessary repetition

Tautology

161

n. science of classification; in biology, the process of classifying organisms in categories

Taxonomy

162

adj. weak; insubstantial

Tenuous

163

n. belief; doctrine

Tenet

164

n. the characteristic quality of sound produced by a particular instrument or voice; tone or color

Timbre

165

n. an actor or actress

Thespian

166

v. to promote or praise energetically

Tout

167

adj. partially transparent

Translucent

168

n. parody; exaggerated imitation; caricature

Travesty

169

adj. trembling; quivering; frugal; tumid

Tremulous

170

adj. muddy; opaque; in a state of great confusion

Turbid

171

adj. swollen; distended; bloated; pompous

Turgid/Tumid

172

adj. serving as a guardian or protector

Tutelary

173

adj. moving in waves

Undulating

174

adj. indefensible

Untenable

175

adj. not favorable; troublesome; adverse; unruly

Untoward

176

n. practice of lending money at exorbitant rates

Usury

177

adj. bribable; mercenary; corruptible

Venal

178

n. prolonged feud marked by bitter hostility

Vendetta

179

v. to adore; honor; respect

Venerate

180

n. countenance; appearance; aspect

Visage

181

adj. using or containing harsh, abusive censure

Vituperative

182

n. dissection, surgery, or painful experiments performed on a living animal for the purpose of scientific research

Vivisection

183

v. to wallow or roll; toss about; be in turmoil

Welter

184

adj. careful; cautious

Wary