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1

Define:

veracity
(vur-rass-ih-tee)

n. truthfulness

In order to have her article published, Susan needed to prove the veracity of her claims.

2

Define:

verbiage
(ver-bee-idge)

n. an overabundance of words
n. one's manner of speaking

The elderly speaker's verbiage tended toward the formal.

3

Define:

vestige
(ves-tidge)

n. a small remnant

That abandoned well is a vestige of the manor that once stood here.

4

Define:

vex
(vex)

v. to annoy or bother
v. to confound
v. to talk about extensively

It was when they were allowed to horse around the house that the children vexed her the most.

5

Define:

vigilant
(vidge-ih-lunt)

adj. watchful

Our new dog is very vigilant when it comes to guarding the house.

6

Define:

vigor
(vig-er)

n. energy, vitality
n. strength; forcefulness

After she broke her hip dancing, Kate realized that she had lost the youthful vigor she once had.

7

Define:

virtuoso
(vur-chew-owe-so)

n. a highly-skilled artist

Even at a young age, it was clear that Beethoven was a virtuoso in the making.

8

Define:

viscous
(viss-kuss)

adj. thick and syrup-like

They slathered a viscous glue over the pieces to make sure they would stick.

9

Define:

vituperate
(vahy-too-puh-rehyt)

v. to scold

The old man vituperated the neighborhood boys who were trespassing on his lawn.

10

Define:

vivacious
(vih-vey-shuss)

adj. energetic; full of life

At ninety years old, Melinda was known for being particularly vivacious for her age.

11

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. truthfulness

veracity
(vur-rass-ih-tee)

synonyms: certainty, truth, fact

12

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. an overabundance of words
n. one's manner of speaking

verbiage
(ver-bee-idge)

synonyms: wordiness, verbosity; delivery

13

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a small remnant

vestige
(ves-tidge)

synonyms: remainder, hint

14

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to annoy or bother
v. to confound
v. to talk about extensively

vex
(vex)

synonyms: distress, agitate; confuse

15

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. watchful

vigilant
(vidge-ih-lunt)

synonyms: attentive, aware, on the lookout

16

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. energy, vitality
n. strength; forcefulness

vigor
(vig-er)

synonyms: power, intensity

17

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a highly-skilled artist

virtuoso
(vur-chew-owe-so)

synonyms: ace, artist, professional

18

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. thick and syrup-like

viscous
(viss-kuss)

synonyms: slow-flowing, syrupy

19

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to scold

vituperate
(vahy-too-puh-rehyt)

synonyms: abuse, berate, yell at

20

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. energetic; full of life

vivacious
(vih-vey-shuss)

synonyms: lively, spirited

21

Define:

meticulous
(muh-tick-yuh-luss)

adj. paying great attention to detail

He was a meticulous sculptor, sometimes spending hours perfecting a single fingernail on one of his figures.

22

Define:

mimicry
(mim-ih-kree)

n. a close imitation of something else

Mimicry is common in the animal kingdom, such as when harmless species assume the aspect of poisonous ones to avoid being eaten.

23

Define:

minuet
(min-you-et)

n. a slow, stately, pattern dance in 3/4 time
n. the music to accompany the dance of the same name

A minuet is always danced with three beats per measure.

24

Define:

minute
(my-newt)

adj. tiny
adj. attentive to the smallest details

The chances of such a slow horse actually winning the race are minute.

25

Define:

mirth
(murth)

n. glee; joy

The house was always full of happy laughter and other signs of mirth.

26

Define:

dissipated
(dis-uh-pey-tid)

adj. devoted to the pursuit of pleasure; hedonistic

His life quickly became dissipated and unstructured after he won the lottery.

27

Define:

misanthrope
(miss-un-throwp)

n. hater of humanity

The old man was a notorious misanthrope who loathed even his own children.

28

Define:

invidious
(in-vid-ee-uhs)

adj. offensive, provoking resentment or ill-will

The teacher's invidious practice of playing favorites led to several parent conferences.

29

Define:

misconstrue
(miss-kun-strew)

v. to misunderstand

Eva has a habit of misconstruing compliments, reading amorous designs into the most innocent remarks.

30

Define:

remit
(rih-mit)

v. to transmit payment
v. to refrain from exacting
v. to pardon
v. to desist, postpone or give up

The transaction was completed after the buyer remitted the money.

31

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. paying great attention to detail

meticulous
(muh-tick-yuh-luss)

synonyms: perfectionist, painstaking

32

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a close imitation of something else

mimicry
(mim-ih-kree)

synonyms: mime, imitation

33

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a slow, stately, pattern dance in 3/4 time
n. the music to accompany the dance of the same name

minuet
(min-you-et)

synonyms: dance, waltz; music, piece

34

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. tiny
adj. attentive to the smallest details

minute
(my-newt)

synonyms: very small, miniature; exact, precise

35

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. glee; joy

mirth
(murth)

synonyms: cheer, amusement

36

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. devoted to the pursuit of pleasure; hedonistic

dissipated
(dis-uh-pey-tid)

synonyms: self-indulgent, spoiled, debauched

37

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. hater of humanity

misanthrope
(miss-un-throwp)

synonyms: cynic, curmudgeon

38

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. offensive, provoke resentment or ill-will

invidious
(in-vid-ee-uhs)

synonyms: abominable, repugnant

39

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to misunderstand

misconstrue
(miss-kun-strew)

synonyms: distort, mistake, misread

40

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to transmit payment
v. to refrain from exacting
v. to pardon
v. to desist, postpone or give up

remit
(rih-mit)

synonyms: transfer; stop, postpone; alleviate, pardon

41

Define:

mitigate
(mit-ih-gate)

v. to make smaller or less problematic

The hurricane's effect was mitigated by the quick response from the national guard.

42

Define:

opprobrium
(uh-proh-bree-uhm)

n. the disgrace felt by someone who has acted in an outrageously shameful manner; contempt

Oedipus Rex experienced great opprobrium after learning the true extent of his crimes.

43

Define:

mollify
(mohl-ih-fahy)

v. to decrease the strength of
v. to make softer

His rage was mollified by his wife's soothing words.

44

Define:

momentum
(moh-men-tum)

n. strength built up by continued movement or development

The protest gained momentum as it passed through the city and gained new supporters.

45

Define:

prodigious
(pruh-didj-us)

adj. having great power or size
adj. extreme

The building of the new dam is a prodigious project requiring thousands of men and millions of dollars.

46

Define:

asperity
(uh-sper-ih-tee)

n. severity, rigor
n. acrimony, irritability

The asperity of a northern winter can lead to depression.

47

Define:

profligate
(prof-lih-git)

adj. immoral
adj. recklessly extravagant

She criticized her spoiled son for his profligate lifestyle.

48

Define:

profuse
(pruh-fewss)

adj. abundant
adj. freely giving or spending

Horrified by the consequences of her actions, Joyce offered profuse apologies to her friends.

49

Define:

hapless
(hap-liss)

adj. unlucky, unfortunate, luckless

The hapless, accident-prone child managed to break his leg for the third time.

50

Define:

prognostic
(prog-noss-tick)

n. a prediction
adj. indicating future events

Climate scientists presented a chilling prognostic of what will happen to our planet in the near future.

51

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to make smaller or less problematic

mitigate
(mit-ih-gate)

synonyms: diminish, lighten

52

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. the disgrace felt by someone who has acted in an outrageously shameful manner, contempt

opprobrium
(uh-proh-bree-uhm)

synonyms: dishonor, infamy, humiliation

53

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to decrease the strength of
v. to make softer

mollify
(mohl-ih-fahy)

synonyms: disarm, smooth over, soften

54

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. strength built up by continued movement or development

momentum
(moh-men-tum)

synonyms: drive, energy, propulsion

55

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. having great power or size
adj. extreme

prodigious
(pruh-didj-us)

synonyms: massive, colossal, monumental, extraordinary

56

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. severity, rigor
n. acrimony, irritability

asperity
(uh-sper-ih-tee)

synonyms: harshness, bad temper

57

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. immoral
adj. recklessly extravagant

profligate
(prof-lih-git)

synonyms: corrupt, degenerate; immoderate, lavish

58

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. abundant
adj. freely giving or spending

profuse
(pruh-fewss)

synonyms: excessive, extravagant, plentiful

59

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. unlucky, unfortunate, luckless

hapless
(hap-liss)

synonyms: luckless, jinxed

60

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a prediction
adj. indicating future events

prognostic
(prog-noss-tick)

synonyms: omen, foreboding, warning, prophecy

61

Define:

proliferate
(pruh-lif-er-ehyt)

v. to grow and spread quickly

Tensions in the area proliferated after the civilian casualties.

62

Define:

puissant
(pyoo-uh-suhnt)

adj. powerful, mighty

A puissant leader can secure the success of an entire team.

63

Define:

prone
(prone)

adj. lying face or front downward
adj. tending to behave or act a certain way

Lucy was prone to cheat on tests, so the teachers placed her in a separate room.

64

Define:

propitiate
(proh-pish-ee-ehyt)

v. to appease

The custom was to propitiate the angry gods with a sacrifice.

65

Define:

ineffable
(in-eff-uh-buhl)

adj. incapable of being described in words

After a long day you can find ineffable pleasure in a hot bath.

66

Define:

propitious
(pruh-pish-us)

adj. favorable

The rainy weather was not propitious for the picnic they had planned.

67

Define:

propound
(pruh-pound)

v. to propose or offer for consideration

To make her point about the dangers of sunburns, Kate propounded various theories about skin cancer and its links to ultraviolet radiation.

68

Define:

propriety
(pruh-pry-ih-tee)

n. proper behavior

A model housewife, Mary valued propriety and manners over everything else.

69

Define:

precipitate
(prih-sip-ih-teyt)

adj. acting with haste or on impulse
v. to cause or hasten an event

The officer took precipitate action and wound up making the situation even worse.

70

Define:

prosaic
(pro-zay-ik)

adj. common; unimaginative

Kate's realistic paintings of household objects were criticized as being too prosaic.

71

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to grow and spread quickly

proliferate
(pruh-lif-er-ehyt)

synonyms: expand, develop

72

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. powerful, mighty

puissant
(pyoo-uh-suhnt)

synonyms: strong, formidable

73

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. lying face or front downward
adj. tending to behave or act a certain way

prone
(prone)

synonyms: face down, flat, horizontal; likely, susceptible

74

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to appease

propitiate
(proh-pish-ee-ehyt)

synonyms: assuage, satisfy

75

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. incapable of being described in words

ineffable
(in-eff-uh-buhl)

synonyms: beyond words, indescribable

76

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. favorable

propitious
(pruh-pish-us)

synonyms: good, beneficial

77

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to propose or offer for consideration

propound
(pruh-pound)

synonyms: counsel, advise, set forth

78

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. proper behavior

propriety
(pruh-pry-ih-tee)

synonyms: correctness, accordance, courtesy

79

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. acting with haste or on impulse
v. to cause or hasten an event

precipitate
(prih-sip-ih-teyt)

synonyms: expedite, advance

80

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. common; unimaginative

prosaic
(pro-zay-ik)

synonyms: everyday, drab, dull

81

Define:

prudent
(proo-dent)

adj. practical; careful

His assistant was particularly prudent when it came to keeping the company's secrets.

82

Define:

advert
(ad-vurt)

v. to call or direct attention towards

As soon as Jim saw the unsafe guardrail, he adverted everyone to the problem.

83

Define:

excoriate
(ik-skawr-ee-eyt)

v. to condemn scathingly

After the student's repetitive acts of bullying, the principal excoriated him.

84

Define:

insipid
(in-sip-id)

adj. bland, trite

The film's insipid plot, like that of hundreds of others, centered on American agents thwarting a Russian spy ring.

85

Define:

sublimate
(suhb-luh-meyt)

v. to change state of matter between solid and gaseous form without passing through a liquid stage
v. to modify the expression of an instinctual impulse in a socially acceptable manner

Dry ice sublimates directly from its solid ice form to the gas you see rising off of it.

86

Define:

expatiate
(ik-spey-shee-eyt)

v. to discuss or write about at great length

Margie expatiated about her misfortunes until early in the morning.

87

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precipitous
(prih-sip-ih-tuhs)

adj. dangerously high or steep
adj. done hastily and without care

The economy suffered a precipitous decline in exports.

88

Define:

necromancy
(nek-ruh-man-see)

n. the practice of communicating with the spirits of the dead
n. black magic, black arts, or sorcery

Aunt Pam claimed that necromancy was a way you could speak to your ancestors.

89

Define:

truculent
(truhk-yuh-luhnt)

adj. cruel, ferocious, savage, brutal

The truculent dictator did not care about the well-being of his people.

90

Define:

depravity
(dih-prav-ih-tee)

n. moral corruption or degradation

The various depravities of modern society include an unhealthy obsession with the lives and deaths of celebrities.

91

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. practical; careful

prudent
(proo-dent)

synonyms: canny, sagacious

92

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to call or direct attention towards

advert
(ad-vurt)

synonyms: observe, attend, point to

93

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to condemn scathingly

excoriate
(ik-skawr-ee-eyt)

synonyms: berate, scathe, chastise

94

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. bland, trite

insipid
(in-sip-id)

synonyms: dull, uninteresting

95

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to change state of matter between solid and gaseous form without passing through a liquid stage
v. to modify the expression of an instinctual impulse in a socially acceptable manner

sublimate
(suhb-luh-meyt)

synonyms: refine, transfer, redirect

96

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to discuss or write about at great length

expatiate
(ik-spey-shee-eyt)

synonyms: elaborate, expound

97

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. dangerously high or steep
adj. done hastily and without care

precipitous
(prih-sip-ih-tuhs)

synonyms: steep, arduous, high; impulsive, abrupt

98

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. the practice of allegedly communicating with the spirits of the dead
n. black magic, black arts, or sorcery

necromancy
(nek-ruh-man-see)

synonyms: sorcery, occultism

99

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. cruel, ferocious, savage, brutal

truculent
(truhk-yuh-luhnt)

synonyms: abusive, aggressive, hostile

100

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. moral corruption or degradation

depravity
(dih-prav-ih-tee)

synonyms: immorality, criminality