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forte
strong point or special talent in a person's character
fussy
fastidious; finicky; easily upset
credential
evidence concerning one's authority; written proof of a person's position; Ex. The new ambassador presented his credentials to the court.
conifer
pine tree (usu. evergreen); cone-bearing tree; ADJ. coniferous; CF. deciduous; CF. evergreen
gazette
official periodical publication; newspaper
demographic
related to population balance; N. demography: statistical study of human population
vision
eyesight; foresight; mental image produced by the imagination; experience of seeing the supernatural
impute
attribute; ascribe; charge; N. imputation
rolling
(of land) rising and falling in long gentle slopes; happening continuously by stages; Ex. rolling devolution of power to local governments
lucre
money; profit; Ex. filthy lucre
adjutant
staff officer assisting the commander; assistant
neophyte
recent convert; new member of a religious group; beginner; CF. plant
soothsayer
one who foretells the future
foment
stir up; incite; instigate; promote the growth of (something evil or unpleasant)
yore
time long past; Ex. in the days of yore
prelate
church dignitary; priest of high position in the church (esp. bishop)
daze
stun as with a blow or shock; bemuse; benumb; N.
incompatible
inharmonious; N. incompatibility
integral
complete; necessary for completeness; Ex. integral part
raiment
clothing; garments; Ex. I have no raiment fit to wear.
weird
eerie; strange; unnatural
accost
approach and speak first to a person
labyrinth
maze
predicament
difficult situation; tricky or dangerous situation; dilemma
rickety
(of buildings) likely to break or fall apart; of rickets; CF. rickets; CF. vitamin D
inroad
hostile invasion; advance that lessens the quantity or difficulty of something; Ex. The long illness made serious inroads on his savings; CF. raid
abrasive
rubbing away; tending to grind down
jest
playful remark or act; V. act or speak playfully
prosper
become successful (esp. financially); thrive; grow well; Ex. children prospering under his care
elysian
relating to paradise; blissful
abscission
cutting off; separation
luminary
celebrity (in a specific field); dignitary; object that gives light (as a celestial body)
selective
careful in choosing; having an effect only on certain things; not general; Ex. eclectic weed killer
shoddy
made of inferior material; sham; not genuine; inferior; dishonest; Ex. shoddy goods/trick
windfall
fallen fruit; unexpected lucky event
catechism
book for religious instruction in question-and-answer form; religious instruction by question and answer; V. catechize
sear
burn the surface of; char or burn; brand; parch; cause (a plant) to wither
indefatigable
tireless; untiring; showing no sign of getting tired
suavity
urbanity; polish; ADJ. suave: smooth and courteous
secession
withdrawal; V. secede: withdraw formally from membership
impasse
predicament(dangerous condition) from which there is no escape; situation allowing for no further progress
fructify
bear fruit; produce fruit
effervescence
inner excitement or exuberance; showing high spirits; emitting bubbles forming inside; bubbling from fermentation or carbonation; ADJ. effervescent; V. effervesce
obnoxious
offensive; disagreeable; Ex. obnoxious smell
expos\'e
public revelation of something discreditable
natation
swimming
dislodge
remove (forcibly); force out of a position; Ex. dislodge the food caught in his throat; CF. lodge
partiality
state of being partial; inclination; favorable bias; special fondness; preference
stereotype
one regarded as embodying a set image or type; fixed and unvarying representation; standardized mental picture often reflecting prejudice; Ex. stereotype of the happy slave; V: make a stereotype of; represent by a stereotype; Ex. It is wrong to stereotype
humility
humbleness of spirit
odorous
having an odor
tinge
give a slight degree of a color or quality to; N: slight degree of a color or quality; Ex. tinged with grey/jealousy
antiquated
obsolete; old-fashioned; outdated
curator
superintendent; manager (in charge of a museum or a library)
pandemonium
wild tumult(commotion); wild noisy disorder; CF. Paradise Lost
adversary
opponent; enemy
derivation
deriving; origin or source of something; Ex. the derivation of the word
flippant
lacking proper seriousness; Ex. flippant remarks about death; N. flippancy
collected
composed; calm; self-possessed
avid
greedy; extremely eager for; Ex. avid learner; N. avidity
ballast
heavy substance used to add stability or weight; V. supply with ballast
wince
move back suddenly; shrink back; flinch; Ex. She winced as she touched the cold body.
posterity
descendants; future generations; Ex. go down to posterity; CF. posterior, anterior
portly
stout; corpulent
correlation
mutual relationship
ensue
follow (as a result)
effrontery
rudeness without any sense of shame; shameless boldness; presumptousness; nerve; cheek
concurrent
happening at the same time; in agreement
mutilate
maim; injure lastingly; deprive of a limb or an essential part
ennui
boredom; listlessness and dissatisfaction resulting from lack of interest; CF. annoy
emblazon
ornament richly (a shield or flag); N. emblazonment
drama
prose or verse composition to be performed by actors; play; exciting and unusual situation
pensive
dreamily or deeply thoughtful; sadly thoughtful; thoughtful with a hint of sadness; contemplative; CF. think over
barrage
barrier laid down by artillery fire; overwhelming profusion; large number of questions or statements; Ex. a barrage of criticism
amphitheater
oval building with tiers of seats; CF. arena
carping
petty criticism; fault-finding; fretful complaining; quibble
wean
accustom a baby not to nurse; accustom (the young of a mammal) to take nourishment other than by suckling; give up a cherished activity; cause to gradually leave (an interest or habit); Ex. wean oneself from cigarettes
psychosomatic
of the influence of the mind on the body (esp. with respect to disease)
pith
core or marrow; spongelike substance in the center of stems; essence; substance
scorch
sear; N.
elastic
able to spring back into shape; quick to recover (as from disappointment); able to adapt to change; Ex. elastic plans; N: elastic material
rejoinder
reply; retort; comeback; V. rejoin: say in reply
wrath
anger; fury
requisition
formal demand or request; Ex. requisition for more computing equipment; V.
redundant
superfluous; more than is necessary; verbose; excessively wordy; repetitious
antediluvian
antiquated; extremely ancient
Shangri-la
imaginary remote paradise on earth; CF. Lost Horizon
pulse
rhythmical throbbing of arteries; brief sudden change in a normally constant quantity; V: pulsate
precedent
preceding (in time, rank, etc.)
taut
tight; strained; tense; ready; OP. slack
discompose
disturb the composure of; confuse
abstain
refrain; withhold from participation; intentionally not use one's vote; ±â±ÇÇÏ´Ù
intervene
come between; interfere; Ex. intervened to prevent a fight; N. intervention
ossify
change or harden into bone; become hard and unchanging in one's ideas
dissent
disagree
compartment
one of the parts into which an enclosed space is divided
allure
entice; attract; tempt
blunder
error; stupid mistake
concession
an act of yielding; conceding; something conceded; point, right, etc. given unwillingly; privilege of maintaining a business in a certain place; Ex. oil concessions in the North sea; CF. concessionaire
zephyr
gentle breeze; west wind
fortuitous
accidental; by chance; N. fortuity
traverse
go through or across
drone
idle person who lives on other people's work; male bee
mischief
behavior (of children) causing trouble with no serious harm; damage; harm; Ex. mischief to the crops; ADJ. mischievous: causing mischief; playfully troublesome
representational
(of a style of art) showing things as they actually appear in real life
incantation
singing or chanting of magic spells; magical formula; (the saying of) words used in magic; CF. enchant
mutablility
ability to change in form; fickleness; ADJ. mutable: able to change; fickle; CF. mutate; CF. mutant
exorcise
drive out evil spirits
inextricable
from which it is impossible to get free; that cannot be untied; Ex. inextricable troubles; Ex. inextricable two histories
insinuate
hint; imply; suggest indirectly; creep in; introduce or insert (oneself) by artful means; Ex. insinuate himself into the boss's favor; CF. ingratiate
perquisite(perk)
any gain above stipulated salary; Ex. perquisites such as free meals and a car
dainty
delicate; delicately beautiful; fastidious; not easy to please; Ex. dainty movement/dress
anodyne
drug that relieves pain or trouble; ÁøÅëÁ¦; opiate; ADJ. Ex. anodyne statement
hermetic
sealed by fusion so as to be airtight; airtight
sumptuous
grand suggesting great expense; lavish; rich; Ex. sumptuous feast
pestilential
causing plague; tending to cause death; baneful; N. pestilence: fatal epidemic disease (esp. bubonic plague)
refuse
anything discarded or rejected as worthless; trash
tirade
long angry denunciatory speech; diatribe; harangue; extended scolding; denunciation
laity
laypersons; laymen; persons not connected with the clergy
brackish
somewhat saline
surrogate
substitute; person or thing used in place of another; Ex. surrogate mother; ADJ.
remonstrate
protest; objection; V. remonstrate: say in protest
preempt
prevent in advance; head off(forestall); forestall by acting first; appropriate for oneself before others; supplant; take the place of; displace; Ex. preempt any attempts; ADJ. preemptive
coy
shy (flirtatiously); showing a (pretended) lack of self-confidence; modest; coquettish; CF. job offer¸¦ ¹Þ3/4ÒÀ» ¶§
endearment
fond word or act; expression of affection
contend
struggle; compete; assert earnestly; state strongly
kleptomaniac
person who has a compulsive desire to steal
molecule
the smallest particle (one or more atoms) of a substance that has all the properties of that substance
illusion
misleading vision or visual image; false idea or belief; CF. delusion
recant
disclaim or disavow; retract a previous statement; openly confess error; Ex. recant one's faith/a statement
ordinance
decree; authoritative order
somnolent
half asleep; drowsy; N. somnolence
swear-word
word considered offensive; Ex. ``bloody''
extrapolation
projection; conjecture; V. extrapolate: infer (unknown information) from known information
wily
crafty; cunning; artful; N. wile: deceitful stratagem
gibe
mock; make jeering remarks; N: jeering remarks
conspiracy
treacherous plot; secret plan against the law (by two or more people)
allege
state without proof
dyslexia
word blindness; learning disorder marked by impairment of the ability to read
prevalent
widespread; generally accepted
concede
admit; acknowledge as being true (often reluctantly); yield; grant; Ex. concede a goal
consign
send to a person or place for sale; deliver officially; entrust; put into the care of another; set apart (for a special purpose); N. consignment; CF. consignor, consignee
swelter
(of a person) suffer from oppressive heat; be oppressed by heat
relinquish
give up something (with reluctance); yield; release; Ex. relinquish power/the claim to the land/his hold on my arm
waif
homeless child or animal; Ex. waifs and strays
fitful
spasmodic; intermittent; irregular
plump
pleasantly fat; nicely rounded
lot
object used in making a determination at random; fate; piece of land
pivotal
of a pivot; central; critical; crucial
defeatist
resigned to defeat or failure; accepting defeat or failure as a natural outcome; N. CF. defeatism
helm
steering wheel of a ship; position of control
dissimulate
pretend; conceal by feigning; dissemble
impediment
hindrance; stumbling-block; speech defect preventing clear articulation; Ex. speech impediment
cardinal
chief; most important; N: priest; cardinal number: number that shows quantity rather thatn order
vicissitude
change (esp. from good to bad); change of fortune; CF. the last emperor of China
esteem
respect; value; judge; N.
mesmerize
hypnotize; N. mesmerism; CF. Franz Mesmer
excerpt
selected passage (written or musical) taken from a longer work; V.
jettison
throw overboard (from a ship or plane)
trance
hypnotic state; ecstatic state; detachment from one's physical surrounding (as in contemplation or daydreaming); CF. transition
jeopardize
endanger; imperil; put at risk; N. jeopardy: danger
contusion
bruise
juxtapose
place side by side; CF. next
condiments
seasonings; spices
lumber
move heavily or clumsily; Ex. The bear lumbered through the woods; N: timber
vagary
capricious happening; caprice; whim; CF. wander
lionize
treat (a person) as a celebrity
minion
servile dependent; obsequious follower
undulating
moving with a wavelike motion; V. undulate; CF. und: wave
sensual
devoted to the pleasures of the sense; carnal; voluptuous; Ex. sensual woman/curves/lips
casual
happening by chance; irregular; occasional; informal; showing or feeling little interest; Ex. casual reader/labor/remark
misconduct
immoral behavior; bad management; V.
allocate
assign; set apart for a particular purpose
dowdy
untidy (of a woman or clothes); slovenly; dressed in an unattractive way; shabby; CF. unattractive woman
oblivion
obscurity; condition of being completely forgotten; forgetfulness
vernal
pertaining to spring
arch-
chief; first; Ex. archbishop
parched
extremely dry; very thirsty; V. parch: make or become extremely dry (by exposure to heat)
pallid
pale; wan; Ex. pallid complexion
reticent
inclined to silence; uncommunicative; reserved; Ex. He was reticent about the reasons; N. reticence
quirk
sudden sharp turn or twist; startling twist; caprice; idiosyncrasy; peculiarity of behavior; Ex. by a quirk of fate
tractable
docile; easily managed; (of something) easily changed or molded; N. tractability
mendacious
lying; habitually dishonest; N. mendacity
belligerent
quarrelsome
unintimating
unfrightening
clown
act stupidly; play the fool; N.
quixotic
idealistic but impractical; CF. Don Quixote
chaste
morally pure; virginal; abstaining from illicit sexual acts; modest; simple (of a style of writing); not highly decorated; austere
truculence
aggressiveness; ferocity; ADJ. truculent: aggressive; pugnacious; fierce
devious
roundabout; erratic; deviating from the straight course; not straightforward; not completely honest; Ex. devious route
beneficial
helpful; useful; advantageous
magniloquent
boastful; pompous
incongruity
lack of harmony; absurdity; ADJ. incongruous: lacking in harmony; inappropriate
tessellated
mosaic; inlaid; Ex. tessellated pattern
cow
terrorize; intimidate
veritable
being truly so; real or genuine; actual; not false or imaginary
shambles
(place or scene of) complete disorder or ruin; wreck; mess; Ex. After the hurricane, the coast was a shambles.
matrimony
state of being married
illusive
deceiving; based on illusion; causing illusion; deceptive
expatriate
exile; someone who has withdrawn from his native land; V: exile; banish; leave one's country
contravene
contradict; oppose; violate (a rule, law, or custom); N. contravention
conformity
harmony; agreement with established rules or customs; similarity; Ex. behave in conformity with; V. conform: be similar; act in agreement; comply; Ex. conform to the rule; CF. conformance
potion
dose (of liquids); liquid dose
patrimony
property inherited from a father
offensive
attacking; insulting; distasteful; V. offend: violate; hurt the feelings of; N. offense: offending; violating of a moral or social code; crime; attack; Ex. first offense
vital
full of life; animated; vibrant and lively; critical; of great importance; necessary to stay alive; of life; living; breathing; N. vitality; V. vitalize
ascendancy
controlling influence; position of controlling influence; CF. in the ascendant
thrash
beat with a whip or flail; defeat utterly; talk about thoroughly in order to find the answer; move wildly or violently; Ex. The fishes thrashed about in the net.
lust
intense sexual desire; intense eagerness; V.
multiplicity
state of being numerous or multiple; large number; Ex. multiplicity of details; ADJ. multiple: of more than one element
imprecation
curse; swearword
servile
slavish; cringing; N. servility
calorific
heat-producing; N. calorie
thesis
opinion put forward and supported by reasoned arguments
metaphysical
pertaining to speculative philosophy; of metaphysics; N. metaphysics: branch of philosophy that examines the nature of reality
nutritious
providing nourishment
despot
tyrant; harsh, authoritarian ruler; CF. despotism
hedonist
one who believes that pleasure is the sole aim in life; CF. hedonism: practice of living one's life purely for pleasure
visage
face; appearance
tangential
only slightly connected; not central; peripheral; digressing; showing divergence; CF. tangent
thespian
pertaining to drama; N: actor or actress
controvert
oppose with arguments; attempt to refute; contradict; ADJ. controversial; N. controversy
mash
crush into mash; convert into mash; N: mixture of ground grain and nutrients fed to livestock and fowl
artless
without guile; open and honest
crest
top (as of a hill or wave); showy feathers on the head of a bird
temperate
moderate; restrained; self-controlled; moderate in respect to temperature; CF. temperance: moderation and self-restraint; abstinence of alcoholic drinks; Ex. temperance society
demoniac
fiendish; cruel; N. demon: evil supernatural being; devil
inordinate
beyond reasonable limits; unrestrained; excessive; Ex. inordinate demands
exorbitant
(of costs or demands) excessive; exceeding reasonable bounds
slur
slander; insult to one's character or reputation; V.
inimical
(of someone) unfriendly; hostile; (of something) harmful; detrimental; CF. enemy
maculated
spotted; stained; CF. immaculate
poultice
soothing application applied to sore and inflamed portions of the body
viand
food; CF. live
duration
length of time something lasts
plumb
exactly vertical; N: weight on the end of a line; V: examine very carefully or critically in order to understand; measure depth (by sounding); Ex. plumb the depth of
pillage
plunder
fallible
liable to err
battalion
army unit made up of four or more companies
parchment
writing material made from the skin of a sheep or goat
attenuate
make thin; weaken
enact
make (a bill) into law
substantial
of substance; material; solid; essential or fundamental; ample; considerable; well-to-do; wealthy
pyromaniac
person with an insane desire to set things on fire
idyllic
charmingly carefree; simple and happy; Ex. idyllic scene
prepossessing
attractive; CF. preoccupying ?
mortify
humiliate by embarassing excessively; shame; punish the flesh; discipline (one's body) by self-denial; Ex. mortified by her blunder; Ex. mortify the flesh; CF. cause to die
psychosis
mental disorder; ADJ. N. psychotic
wilt
loose freshness; droop