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1

glacial

slow moving

It's the way glaciers move.

2

fundamentalist

Meaning: someone who bases beliefs on strict interpretation of core texts

Not related so closely to money or funds.

 

3

denigrate

Meaning: to lower a reputation.

It is related to the Latin root for black, but the connection is an offensive one today.

4

lapidary

Meaning: gem cutting

Has nothing to do with lap, or lapping.

 

5

impale

Meaning: to stick a stick through

Has nothing to do with being pale, though you'd probably turn pale if you were properly impaled.

6

lacrimous

Meaning: sad, doleful, like a funeral sad

There is no crime here.

7

mimicry

mimic / ry

8

mnemonic

Meaning: aiding in memory

Has nothing to do with nemesis.

9

repast

Meaning: meal

Has nothing to do with again, passing, or the past.

10

fastidious

Meaning: really picky, having unattainable standards

Has nothing to do with either speed or not eating.

11

compromise

Positive AND negative meaning:

1. compromise is positive in that it solves difficulties, shows respect

2. compromise is negative referring to principles, showing a lack of conviction

12

restive

Meaning: unable to keep still

The opposite of rest.

13

fatuous

Meaning: silly

Not fat.

14

latent

Meaning: hidden within, capable or surfacing

Not related to being late.

15

quandary

Meaning: in a state of confusion

Not related to when.

16

rail

Meaning: to complain bitterly

You'd think you know this word, and eliminate it, and THEN, you'd be wrong.

17

eclectic

Meaning: deriving ideas, style or taste from a variety of sources

Not related to lecture or electric.

18

taciturn

Meaning: reserved in speech, unwilling to speak too much

There is no turn here, either left or right.

19

abet

Meaning: giving shelter or help

Wanna bet it has nothing to do with a wager.

20

callous

Meaning: unfeeling, hard-hearted

It doesn't mean "call us."

21

debunk

Meaning: prove something to be nonsense

Doesn't mean dumping someone out of their bed at camp.

22

decorous

Meaning: socially proper

Not really too closely related to decoration.

23

fallacious

Meaning: incorrect, misleading

Not so much "fall", but "FAIL".

24

maxim

Meaning: words to live by

Not related to maximum or scantily clad celebrities.

25

carp

SAT Meaning: to annoy, pester

It's a fish, but a badger, a nag, a termagent, and a shrew are all just animals. They all have meanings related to being a pain in the ass.

26

expound

Meaning: explain systematically and in great detail

The word is related to "ponder" which means "to weigh, to wonder at, to consider deeply, to mull over", but it is really probably better not to root this one.

27

recalcitrant

Meaning: defiant, unapologetic

Neither "calcium" nor "calculate" leads you to the right meaning here.

28

tenable

Meaning: able to be defended or maintained

Doesn't mean "able to be ten".

29

redoubtable

Meaning: respected as a serious challenge, formidable, commanding respect

Doesn't not mean "able to doubt again" or "able to be doubted again".

30

winsome

Meaning: charming, pleasing

Doesn't mean "some that you win".

31

adumbrate

Meaning: to explain in a sketchy way

"Umbrella" doesn't really help\[\\]There's no dumb here.

32

clairvoyant

Meaning: clearsighted, insightful to the point it seems supernatural

"Voyage" is not in this word.

33

clamor

Meaning: loud noise from generally various sources

Sinces clams never contribute to any clamor, the word is not related to the tasty mollusk.

 

34

clandestine

Meaning: secret, covert

Has nothing to do with the destiny of the clan.

35

cleave

Meaning both: to chop apart, separate AND to stick to (something)

Not really a false root, but watch out because a child cleaves to his mother and your tongue can cleave to the roof of your mouth.

36

empirical

Meaning: based upon observations or experience, capable of being proved or disproven

This word is used in science related to data and is not related to the empire.

37

noisome

Meaning: offensive, unpleasant, usually to the sense of smell

More like "annoying" than "noisy".

38

ambiguous

Meaning: unclear

Not having to do with bigness though.

39

entail

Meaning: comes with, included as a necessary step

Maybe as the tail comes with the dog.

40

espouse

Meaning: to take up as a cause

Not really so close to the "husband" or "wife".

41

stagnate

Meaning: to cease motion, progress, or change

Not a deer named Nate.

42

arboreal

Meaning: related to trees

Although trees can be boring.

43

arcane

Meaning: obscure, known to a select few, secret

Doesn't have anything to do with a cane.

44

mores

Meaning: moral attitudes and fixed customs of people

Not related to having more.

45

buffet

Meaning: a smack or punch, a blow

Of course it also means a spread of food where you serve yourself.  You wouldn't want a buffet of buffets, because that would be a savage beatdown.

46

atrophy

Meaning: loss of strength or size due to lack of use

Not really related to a trophy.

47

curtail

Meaning: to lessen or reduce

A "cur" is an old word for dog, but this doesn't mean doggy tail.

48

dogmatic

Meaning: asserting a position based on faith, not fact

Again, no dog here.

49

ribaldry

Meaning: humor based in rude or vulgar subject matter

Has little to do with bald dudes, although they might dig ribald humor.

50

surfeit

Meaning: overabundant in supply, indulgent

No one is surfing here, although there could be a surfeit of wonderwaves.