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dissipate
scatter, waste, squander
The young aristocrat dissipated his fortune on wine, women, and song.
incessant
unceasing, continuing without interruption
The young children rebelled at the incessant rain.
whet
sharpen, stimulate
The preview just whetted our appetite.
ramifications
branches, outcomes, consequences
We don't want to okay the plan until we've studyied all the ramifications.
halycon
calm, peaceful
When we are back at school, the halycon days of summer seem far away.
prodigal
lavish in giving; wasteful, extravagant
Because he was prodigal with his money, his inheritance was soon gone.
ardent
strongly enthusiastic
They were ardent admirers of Bono's voice.
disconcerted
confused, upset, embarassed
The comedian was disconcerted when the audience booed his act.
impecunious
penniless, lacking money
Her impecunious state required that she obtain several jobs.
quizzical
puzzled; teasing, odd
The detective had a quizzical look on his face.
tenet
beliefs
He was loyal to the tenet of his faith.
stalwart
resolute, uncompromising
Their stalwart beliefs could not be shaken.
lynch
execute without due process, especially to hang
The suspect was lynched before he could say anything.
rustic
of the countryside; bucolic, unsophisticated
They liked to spend weekends at their rustic cabin in the mountains.
prevail
-triumph, be superior in strength
-to persuade
-Our team finally prevailed.
-I prevailed upon my father to lend me the car.
inordinately
immoderately, unrestrainedly
The chubby child was inordinately fond of cookies.
mollify
calm, soften, ease
They tried to mollify the woman whose garage window they had broken.
nadir
low point, "the pits"
Looking back, she realized that the film had been the nadir of her career.
foible
minor character weakness
One of his foibles was forgetting to pay his bills.
scurrilous
vulgar, abusive
He found it difficult to combat the scurrilous rumors.
eclectic
choosing from various sources
The art collector was eclectic in his choices for the exhibition.
vindictive
seeking revenge; bitter, unforgiving
Family feuds are often caused by vindictive attitudes.
menial
low, suited to a servant; humble, unpleasant
She despised menial work and would do anything to avoid it.
jocular
humorous
He was a jocular fellow who enjoyed practical jokes.
wrest
seize with a violent twisting motion
The dog wrested the bone from my hand.
gregarious
seeking out and enjoying the company of others
We knew he would have a good time at the convention because he is so gregarious.
acrimonious
bitter, hostile
The meeting became acrimonious when they got down to the gut issues.
neophyte
beginner
My grandparents are neophytes when it comes to learning about computers.
satiated
satisfied fully; supplied to excess, full
The child was satiated with all the excitement and began to whine.
obsequious
playing up to a superior by use of insincere flattery, eagerness, or admiration
He had to learn to be obsequious towards his boss, or else.
arduous
demanding great effort or labor
Learning vocabulary words can sometimes be an arduous task.
creed
system of belief
The agency will hire regardless of creed.
facade
front of a building; false outward appearance
In the Old West frontier towns, many of the elaborate storefronts were only facades.
hirsute
hairy
The hitchhiker was ragged, dirty, and hirsute, and no one picked him up.
pariah
outcast; person rejected by a social group
He didn't know why he had suddenly become a pariah at school.
rotund
rounded, plump
He is as rotund as Santa Claus.
impair
diminish in strength, damage
Many elderly people have impair(ed) vision.
eulogize
pay public tribute; give great praise
Elvis Presely was eulogized at his funeral.
foreboding
premonition of future misfortune
As her friend got on the plane, the woman had a sudden foreboding that she would never see her friend again.
evade
escape or avoid, often by cleverness
The politician was accused of evading the issues.
urbane
suave, sophisticated, smooth
Her urbane manners and wit made her the ideal guest.
bellicose
warlike, hostile, pugnacious
The refugees seemed remarkably bellicose for people seeking asylum to the U.S.
skeptical
doubting, questioning, disbelieving
He was skeptical about the advertisement's claims.
complacent
smug, self-satisfied
Considering all her mistakes, she is surprisingly complacent.
precursor
one who precedes or goes before someone or something else
The President claimed that his precursor in the White House had also had bad luck with inflation.
benediction
blessing
After the long drought, the rain fell like a benediction.
haggard
appearing worn out, exhausted, sick
The kidnapping victim looked haggard after having been kept prisoner for three days.
nebulous
cloudy, indistinct
His ideas seemed too nebulous to be taken seriously.
ebullient
filled with excitement, enthusiasm
The team was ebullient after winning the final game of the season.
connoisseur
expert in matters of taste
The famous critic was a connoisseru of food and wine.
negligible
trifling, of no importance
Luckily, the damage was negligible.
vanguard
leading position in the army, trend or movement; ahead of others artistically or intellectually
Her work was in the vanguard of modern art.
slovenly
untidy, messy, careless
They were criticized for their slovenly ways.
maim
mutilate, cripple
She was permanently maimed in the ski accident.
indigenous
native, living naturally in an area
It would be nice if pandas were indigenous to the United States instead of China.
noxious
harmful to death
The noxious fumes overcame the fireman.
propitious
favorable, good omen or sign
The convict decided that it was a propitious time to climb over the wall.
subtle
-not obvious
-requiring mental sharpness
-We were manipulated in a subtle way.
-Hers was a subtle philosophy.
virulent
poisonous, harmful
The virulent disease spread quickly.
abstruse
difficult to understand, complex
His books were considered abstruse even by other scholars.
credulous
easily deceived, gullible, naive
Children are credulous when it comes to Santa Claus.
harbinger
forerunner
The robin is a classic harbinger of spring.
brash
hasty and unthinking, impudent
Her manner was so brash that she got fired.
erudition
deep learning, scholarship
The guests were impressed by their host's erudition.
covet
desire that which belongs to another
It is useless to covet another person's lifestyle.
frugal
thrifty, avoiding unnecessary spending
During periods of high inflation, people must learn to be more frugal.
vivacious
animated, spirited, lively
The vivacious young actress stole the show.
adhere
stick like glue, follow without deviation
The coach adheres to the training rules no matter what.
cajole
coax, wheedle
He finally cajoled his father into letting him have the car.
subversive
intended to undermine established beliefs
Their subversive activities caused much strife.
amorphous
lacking definite form, shapeless
The jellyfish was just an amorphous blob in the water.
punctilious
careful, exact
He had been taught to be punctilious about thank you notes.
omnipotent
all-powerful
You might feel omnipotent at the age of five, but you never will again.
cant
hypocritically pious language, insincerity
The politician's speech was full of cant.
ignoble
-dishonerable
-common, not of the nobility
-No one forgave him for his ignoble deed.
-His ignoble birth was a disadvantage.
sundry
various, miscellaneous
We did sundry errands.
anomalous
irregular, abnormal, deviating from the normal order
He was put in an anomalous position when one teacher okayed his absence and the other did not.
taciturn
uncommunicative, habitually silent
We couldn't get any information from the taciturn farmer.
cynical
believing people are motivated by selfishness
Most young people are idealistic, not cynical.
omniscient
knowing everything
She seemed to be omniscient on the subject of jazz.