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1

aerial

(adj.) somehow related to the air

2

aesthetic

(adj.) artistic, related to the appreciation of beauty

3

affable

(adj.) friendly, amiable

4

affinity

(n.)a spontaneous feeling of closeness

5

affluent

(adj.) rich, wealthy

6

affront

(n.) an insult

7

aggrandize

(v.) to increase or make greater

8

aggregate

1. (n.) a whole or total 2. (v.) to gather into a mass

9

aggrieved

(adj.) distressed, wronged, injured

10

agile

(adj.) quick, nimble

11

agnostic

(adj.) believing that the existence of God cannot be proven or disproven

12

agriculture

(n.) farming

13

aisle

(n.) a passageway between rows of seats

14

alacrity

(n.) eagerness, speed

15

alias

(n.) a false name or identity

16

benevolent

(adj.) marked by goodness or doing good

17

benign

(adj.) favorable, not threatening, mild

18

bequeath

(v.) to pass on, give

19

clemency

(n.) mercy

20

clergy

(n.) members of Christian holy orders

21

cloying

(adj.) sickeningly sweet

22

coagulate

(v.) to thicken, clot

23

coalesce

(v.) to fuse into a whole

24

cobbler

(n.) a person who makes or repairs shoes

25

coerce

(v.) to make somebody do something by force or threat

26

cogent

(adj.) intellectually convincing

27

cognizant

(adj.) aware, mindful

28

coherent

(adj.) logically consistent, intelligible

29

collateral

1. (adj.) secondary 2. (n.) security for a debt

30

colloquial

(adj.) characteristic of informal conversation

31

collusion

(n.) secret agreement, conspiracy

32

deride

(v.) to laugh at mockingly, scorn

33

derivative

(adj.) taken directly from a source, unoriginal

34

desecrate

(v.) to violate the sacredness of a thing or place

35

desiccated

(adj.) dried up, dehydrated

36

desolate

(adj.) deserted, dreary, lifeless

37

despondent

(adj.) feeling depressed, discouraged, hopeless

38

despot

(n.) one who has total power and rules brutally

39

destitute

(adj.) impoverished, utterly lacking

40

deter

(v.) to discourage, prevent from doing

41

eminent

(adj.) distinguished, prominent, famous

42

emollient

(adj.) soothing

43

emote

(v.) to express emotion

44

empathy

(n.) sensitivity to the feelings of others and feel as they feel

45

empirical

1. (adj.) based on observation or experience 2. (adj.) capable of being proved or disproved by experiment

46

emulate

(v.) to imitate

47

enamor

(v.) to fill with love, fascinate

48

encore

(n.) the demand of the audience for continued performance

49

feral

(adj.) wild, savage

50

fervent

(adj.) ardent, passionate

51

fetid

(adj.) having a foul odor

52

gluttony

(n.) overindulgence in food or drink

53

harangue

1. (n.) a ranting speech 2. (v.) to give such a speech

54

impute

(v.) to ascribe, blame

55

inane

(adj.) silly and meaningless

56

inarticulate

(adj.) incapable of expressing oneself clearly through speech

57

incarnate

1. (adj.) existing in the flesh, embodied 2. (v.) to give human form to

58

incendiary

1. (n.) a person who agitates 2. (adj.) inflammatory, causing combustion

59

incessant

(adj.) unending

60

laudatory

(adj.) expressing admiration or praise

61

lavish

1. (adj.) given without limits 2. (v.) to give without limits

62

maverick

(n.) an independent, nonconformist person

63

mawkish

(adj.) characterized by sick sentimentality

64

maxim

(n.) a common saying expressing a principle of conduct

65

neophyte

(n.) someone who is young or inexperienced

66

nocturnal

(adj.) relating to or occurring during the night

67

obsolete

(adj.) no longer used, out of date

68

obstinate

(adj.) not yielding easily, stubborn

69

pert

(adj.) flippant, bold

70

pertinacious

(adj.) stubbornly persistent

71

perusal

(n.) a careful examination, review

72

pervasive

(adj.) having the tendency to spread throughout

73

petulance

(n.) rudeness, irritability

74

philanthropic

(adj.) charitable, giving

75

phlegmatic

(adj.) uninterested, unresponsive

76

pillage

(v.) to seize or plunder, especially in war

77

pinnacle

(n.) the highest point

78

pithy

(adj.) concisely meaningful

79

quell

(v.) to control or diffuse a potentially explosive situation

80

refract

(v.) to distort, change

81

refurbish

(v.) to restore, clean up

82

refute

(v.) to prove wrong

83

regurgitate

1. (v.)to vomit 2. (v.) to throw back exactly

84

relegate

1. (v.) to assign to the proper place 2. (v.) to assign to an inferior place

85

seminal

(adj.) original, important, creating a field

86

sensual

(adj.) involving sensory gratification, usually related to sex

87

sensuous

(adj.) involving sensory gratification

88

serendipity

(n.) luck, finding good things without looking for them

89

serene

(adj.) calm, untroubled

90

tome

(n.) a large book

91

torpid

(adj.) lethargic, dormant, lacking motion

92

torrid

(adj.) giving off intense heat, passionate

93

tortuous

(adj.) winding

94

tractable

(adj.) easily controlled

95

unctuous

(adj.) smooth or greasy in texture, appearance, manner

96

venerable

(adj.) deserving of respect because of age or achievement

97

venerate

(v.) to regard with respect or to honor

98

veracity

(n.) truthfulness, accuracy

99

wily

(adj.) crafty, sly

100

zephyr

(n.) a gentle breeze

101

aerial

(adj.) somehow related to the air

102

aesthetic

(adj.) artistic, related to the appreciation of beauty

103

affable

(adj.) friendly, amiable

104

affinity

(n.)a spontaneous feeling of closeness

105

affluent

(adj.) rich, wealthy

106

affront

(n.) an insult

107

aggrandize

(v.) to increase or make greater

108

aggregate

1. (n.) a whole or total 2. (v.) to gather into a mass

109

aggrieved

(adj.) distressed, wronged, injured

110

agile

(adj.) quick, nimble

111

agnostic

(adj.) believing that the existence of God cannot be proven or disproven

112

agriculture

(n.) farming

113

aisle

(n.) a passageway between rows of seats

114

alacrity

(n.) eagerness, speed

115

alias

(n.) a false name or identity

116

benevolent

(adj.) marked by goodness or doing good

117

benign

(adj.) favorable, not threatening, mild

118

bequeath

(v.) to pass on, give

119

clemency

(n.) mercy

120

clergy

(n.) members of Christian holy orders

121

cloying

(adj.) sickeningly sweet

122

coagulate

(v.) to thicken, clot

123

coalesce

(v.) to fuse into a whole

124

cobbler

(n.) a person who makes or repairs shoes

125

coerce

(v.) to make somebody do something by force or threat

126

cogent

(adj.) intellectually convincing

127

cognizant

(adj.) aware, mindful

128

coherent

(adj.) logically consistent, intelligible

129

collateral

1. (adj.) secondary 2. (n.) security for a debt

130

colloquial

(adj.) characteristic of informal conversation

131

collusion

(n.) secret agreement, conspiracy

132

deride

(v.) to laugh at mockingly, scorn

133

derivative

(adj.) taken directly from a source, unoriginal

134

desecrate

(v.) to violate the sacredness of a thing or place

135

desiccated

(adj.) dried up, dehydrated

136

desolate

(adj.) deserted, dreary, lifeless

137

despondent

(adj.) feeling depressed, discouraged, hopeless

138

despot

(n.) one who has total power and rules brutally

139

destitute

(adj.) impoverished, utterly lacking

140

deter

(v.) to discourage, prevent from doing

141

eminent

(adj.) distinguished, prominent, famous

142

emollient

(adj.) soothing

143

emote

(v.) to express emotion

144

empathy

(n.) sensitivity to the feelings of others and feel as they feel

145

empirical

1. (adj.) based on observation or experience 2. (adj.) capable of being proved or disproved by experiment

146

emulate

(v.) to imitate

147

enamor

(v.) to fill with love, fascinate

148

encore

(n.) the demand of the audience for continued performance

149

feral

(adj.) wild, savage

150

fervent

(adj.) ardent, passionate

151

fetid

(adj.) having a foul odor

152

gluttony

(n.) overindulgence in food or drink

153

harangue

1. (n.) a ranting speech 2. (v.) to give such a speech

154

impute

(v.) to ascribe, blame

155

inane

(adj.) silly and meaningless

156

inarticulate

(adj.) incapable of expressing oneself clearly through speech

157

incarnate

1. (adj.) existing in the flesh, embodied 2. (v.) to give human form to

158

incendiary

1. (n.) a person who agitates 2. (adj.) inflammatory, causing combustion

159

incessant

(adj.) unending

160

laudatory

(adj.) expressing admiration or praise

161

lavish

1. (adj.) given without limits 2. (v.) to give without limits

162

maverick

(n.) an independent, nonconformist person

163

mawkish

(adj.) characterized by sick sentimentality

164

maxim

(n.) a common saying expressing a principle of conduct

165

neophyte

(n.) someone who is young or inexperienced

166

nocturnal

(adj.) relating to or occurring during the night

167

obsolete

(adj.) no longer used, out of date

168

obstinate

(adj.) not yielding easily, stubborn

169

pert

(adj.) flippant, bold

170

pertinacious

(adj.) stubbornly persistent

171

perusal

(n.) a careful examination, review

172

pervasive

(adj.) having the tendency to spread throughout

173

petulance

(n.) rudeness, irritability

174

philanthropic

(adj.) charitable, giving

175

phlegmatic

(adj.) uninterested, unresponsive

176

pillage

(v.) to seize or plunder, especially in war

177

pinnacle

(n.) the highest point

178

pithy

(adj.) concisely meaningful

179

quell

(v.) to control or diffuse a potentially explosive situation

180

refract

(v.) to distort, change

181

refurbish

(v.) to restore, clean up

182

refute

(v.) to prove wrong

183

regurgitate

1. (v.)to vomit 2. (v.) to throw back exactly

184

relegate

1. (v.) to assign to the proper place 2. (v.) to assign to an inferior place

185

seminal

(adj.) original, important, creating a field

186

sensual

(adj.) involving sensory gratification, usually related to sex

187

sensuous

(adj.) involving sensory gratification

188

serendipity

(n.) luck, finding good things without looking for them

189

serene

(adj.) calm, untroubled

190

tome

(n.) a large book

191

torpid

(adj.) lethargic, dormant, lacking motion

192

torrid

(adj.) giving off intense heat, passionate

193

tortuous

(adj.) winding

194

tractable

(adj.) easily controlled

195

unctuous

(adj.) smooth or greasy in texture, appearance, manner

196

venerable

(adj.) deserving of respect because of age or achievement

197

venerate

(v.) to regard with respect or to honor

198

veracity

(n.) truthfulness, accuracy

199

wily

(adj.) crafty, sly

200

zephyr

(n.) a gentle breeze