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amiable
friendly, good-natured
antiquated
old-fashioned or outdated
asterisk
a star-shaped figure used chiefly to refer to a footnote
Baccalaureate
an academic degree conferred by a college or university upon those who complete the undergraduate curriculum.
broker (verb)
to negotiate or arrange, especially an agreement or compromise
buttonhole
detain a person in conversation, as if by grasping the person’s outer garments.
cohort
a group of people having a statistical factor such as age or class membership in common.
compensate
to make satisfactory payment to offset an error.
connotation
a meaning or association implied by a word in addition to its literal meaning
convene
to come together for a public purpose
declaim
to deliver a formal recitation.
efface
to make oneself modestly or shyly inconspicuous.
elocution
the art of effective public speaking.
eminence
a position of great distinction or superiority.
ensue
to follow as a consequence or result.
evince
to show or demonstrate clearly.
exocoriate
to criticize strongly; to denounce.
fissure
a separation into subgroups or factions.
illustrious
notably outstanding because of rank or achievement.
indignant
feeling or showing anger or resentment, especially at something unjust or wrong.
insidious
working or spreading harmfully in a subtle or stealthy manner.
lofty
making a show of grandness
loophole
an ambiguity or omission in the text through which the intent of a statute, contract, or obligation may be evaded.
meritocracy
a system in which the talented are chosen and moved ahead on the basis of their achievement.
minuscule
very sall; tiny
oratory
the art or practice of formal speaking in public.
parse
to examine closely, especially by breaking up into components
peril
serious and immediate danger
prestigious
having a high reputation; honored
prodigious
extraordinary or marvelous in bulk, quantity, or degree
proponent
one who argues in support of something; an advocate.
punitive
intending to inflict punishment.
relegate
to assign to an inferior place, position, or condition
rescind
to make void; to repeal
revel
to take great pleasure or delight
rile
to make angry
subordinate
to treat as of less value or importance
trajectory
a chosen or taken course or path
valedictorian
the student with the highest academic rank in a class who delivers the farewell statement or address at graduation.
vitriolic
bitterly critical
albeit
even though; although
ambivalent
feeling or showing a mixture of opposing feelings or attitudes
arbitrary
determined by chance or impulse, not by reason or necessity.
ascendancy
superiority or decisive advantage; domination
aspire
to seek to attain or accomplish a particular goal
auteur
an artist who exercises creative control over his or her works and has a strong personal style.
boutique
a small, fashionable retail shop that specializes in gifts, fashionable clothes, accessories, or food.
brash
aggressively self-assertive.
bulbous
rounded or swollen in shape
caveat
an explanation given to prevent misinterpretation
charisma
a special charm or appeal that arouses loyalty or enthusiasm.
condescend
to assume an attitude of superiority
couture
the business of designing, making, and selling fashionable clothing
deadpan
marked by a blank or matter-of-fact manner, style, or expression.
deviate
to depart from the normal course or way
diffusion
the spread of cultural practices or innovations within a community or from one community to another.
elusive
difficult to define or describe
extrapolate
to estimate by projecting known information
fixate
to focus or concentrate one’s attention intently or obsessively
fluctuate
to vary irregularly
formidable
causing awe or wonder
grimace
a facial expression that usually expresses disgust, disapproval, or pain.
hermeneutic
interpretice; explanatory
impressionistic
based on imprecise notions or sensations, not expertise or fact
innovate
to create or introduce something new
insouciant
lighthearted lack of concern; nonchalance
interpersonal
involving relations between individual people
laggard
one that stays or falls behind; a straggler
languid
showing little or no spirit or animation
obsolete
no longer in use
octabe
a musical interval consisting of eight notes
paradox
a statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is perhaps true.
prototype
an original model on which later models are patterned
reprove
to correct someone, usually gently or with kindly intent.
resurgence
a return of life, activity, or prominence; a renewal
skeptical
marked by or given to doubt; questioning
soliciting
to approach with a request or plea
synthesize
to combine to form a new, complex product
tangent
a suddent change of course; a digression
translucent
permitting the passage of light
variegated
distinguished or characterized by variety; diversified.
vulcanize
to improve the strength, resiliency, and odor of rubber by combining it with sulfur or other additives in the presence of heat and pressure.