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Abaft
rear of a ship
Abdicate
to reject
Abjure
to renounce
Abnegation
to refuse or deny oneself/ to relinquish or give up things or conveniences
Abscond
to go away hastily
Abstemious
sparingly used, characterized by abstenance
Abysmal
extraordinarily bad
Acerbity
harshness/bitterness
Acrimony
sharpness in nature/ spiteful
Addle
confused
Adjure
to entreat / beseech
Adulation
excessive praise
Adulterate
to corrupt
Agrarian
relating to divisions of land
Alchemy
any imaginary power of treansmitting anything into another
Allegory
symbolic description
Anachronism
representation of something existing at other than its proper time
Annihilate
to reduce to nothing
Apocalyptic
pertaining to revelation or prophecy
Arrogate
to claim, demand, commandere
Artifice
skill, ingenuity, craft, deception
Askance
sideways or suspicious
Assay
quantity of metal in an ore or alloy
Attenuate
to make thin or slimmer;or to weaken intensity/value
Avarice
inordinate desire of gaining wealth and possessions
Batten
to grow fat; thrive
Beholden
indebted
bellicose
warlike; quarrel/fight
Besmirch
soil or discolor
Bestial
having quailities of a beast
prevaricate
evade the truth
quixotic
extravagantly chivalrous
resplendent
dazzling/splendid
roseate
bright/cheerful/ optimistic
rancor
bitter hate or ill will
quaff
drink/swallow in large quantities
perquisite
a fee in addition to stated income
prerogative
prior or exclusive right or priveledge
plenary
full/entire/complete
peruse
read carefully/ thoroughly
remonstrate
exhibit strong reason against/ plead against in protest
ramification
consequence
reprehend
reprimand / find fault with
rote
fixe/mechanical way of doing something
raze
scrape/ shave off
rotundity
rounded/plump
shoal
great quantity
umbrage
displeasure; or shadow
traduce
exhibit or slander/ speak maliciously of
surfeit
feed/supply in excess
stymie
to hinder/obstruct
scurrilous
low/indecent language
stolid
unexcitable/dull
striated
marked w/ paralell lines
splenetic
bad-tempered/ irritable
troth
belief/faith
tawdry
gawdy/cheap
supplant
take place of
succor
aid/ assistance
tribunal
seat of judge
wrest
turn or twist
verity
truthfulness
vicissitude
quality of being changeable
vigilence
watchfulness
vantage
gain/profit/advantage
uncouth
uncultured/crude
untrowable
incredible
venal
easily bribed or corrupted
verbiage
wordiness
visage
appearance
tether
range or limits of ones ability
sumptuous
great expense
sapid
pleasant taste
prefactory
introductory
penury
lack of money or property
nostrum
a quack medicine
nugatory
trifling/futile/insignificant
mien
manner/external appearance
maudlin
foolishly and tearfully sentimental
magnate
very influencial person
lurid
ghastly pale or gloomy
nefarious
wicked/ abominable
misanthropy
hatrid of mankind
nexus
a connection
mutinous
inclined to revolt
meritricious
false/showy charms; fleshy
malefactor
one who commits crime
obeisance
gesture of respect or reverence
hoary
aged/ ancient
ignominous
contemptable/ degrading
brindled
streaked or spotted w/ a darker color
callow
immature
canard
a false statement/rumor
catharsis
emotional purging or purifying
captious
disposed to find fault
comport
to agree
cogent
compelling/ convincing/ to the point
connivance
passive cooperation
dauntless
fearless/ not discouraged
desultory
without order
deliquesce
to melt away
effusive
pouring out/overflowing
egregious
remarkably bad/outrageous
egress
to depart/go out
foist
to put in slyly or stealthily/pass off as genuine
betroth
promise in marriage
bode
foreshadow something
boorish
rude/ illmannered
broach
pierce/ introduce
bucolic
pastoral
burlesque
imitate comedy
cadaver
dead body
caliber
bullet size or a quality
calumny
slander
carnage
slaughter
candid
open/frank
carte blanche
unlimited power to decide
castigate
to chastise/ reprimand/ punish
cataclysm
overflowing of water or extraordinary change
cavil
to find fault unnecessarily/ frivolous opposition
celibate
unmarried/ chasted
cessation
a stop
chafe
to rage
chaffing
banter/ teasing
choleric
easily irritated/ angry
circumvent
go around/ avoid
clandestine
secret/ private/ hidden
cohort
a group or a band
collusion
secret agreement that is fraudulent or illegal/ conspiracy
conclave
a private meeting
consort
a companion or to be in agreement
contravene
to oppose
contusion
a bruise
convenant
a solemn agreement
copious
abundant
coy
modest/ bashful
crass
gross/ thick/ coarse
cursory
hasty
dally
to delay
debonair
suave/ urbane
decadence
moral decay
deciduous
falling off at a stage of growth
decry
denounce or condemn
defunct
no longer in existence
delusion
process of deception
deposition
remove from position or power
depredation
plundering or laying waste
descant
to comment on a theme or subject at length
despoil
to strip or to rob
despotism
tyranny or absolute power
dexterous
having or showing skill with hands
dilapidated
falling to pieces or disrepair
dilettante
admirer of fine arts
dint
a blow or a stroke
divulge
to make known
dormant
asleep
dregs
waste or worthless manner
ecclesiastic
pertaining to or relating to a church
edify
build/ establish or improve the mind
efface
erase/remove
effrontery
impudence/assurance
elegy
poem of lament and praise for the dead
elucidate
clarify/ make clear/ to explain
emanate
send forth/ emit
embellish
improve the appearance
diffidence
lack of confidence
disarray
disorder/ confusion
doting
excessively fond
doughty
brave/ valiant
encroach
to trespass/ intrude
encumber
to hold back/ hinder
endue
provide w/ some quality or trait
enrapture
to fill with pleasure
epilogue
closing section of a play or novel
epitaph
an inscription on a monument in memory of someone
epiphany
appearance of a diety or a sudden insight
epitome
typical
equivocate
purposely ambiguous
eschew
to escape from/ avoid
estranged
kept at a distance/ alienated
ethereal
very light, airy/ heavenly
euphemism
use of a work or phrase in place of one that is distasteful
euphoria
a feeling of well-being
exhume
unearth/ reveal
expunge
blot out/ delete
exude
flow slowly or ooze
faction
a number of people in an organization having common view
fallible
mistaken or erroneous
fathom
reach or penetrate with the mind
fatuous
silly/inane/unreal
fealty
fidelity/ loyalty
feign
invent or imagine
ferment
to excite or agitate
fervid
very hot/ burning
fester
become more virulent
fetish
excessive devotion/ blind adoration
fidelity
faithfulness/ honesty
fissure
a division or break
flaccid
hanging loose/ weak
flamboyant
ornate/ showy
foible
frailty in character
foray
raid/ plunder
forensic
pertaining to legal or public argument
fortitude
firm courage/ strength
fractious
rebellious/ apt to quarrel
fraught
loaded/ charged
froward
not willing to yeild or comply with what is reasonable
(a froward child)
fulminate
explode with sudden violence or issue verbal attack or denunciation
galvanize
stimulate/ startle/ excite
gamut
complete range
garish
gaudy/ showy
gauche
awkward/ lacking grace
germane
pertinent/ closely related
glib
smooth/ slippery
gnarled
full of knots
gourmand
glutton
grisly
frightful/ horrible
guffaw
loud coarse burst of laughter
guise
false appearance
halcyon
calm/ quiet/ peaceful
hapless
unlucky/ unfortunate
harangue
speak in impassioned and forcible manner
heretic
one who holds opinion contrary to that which is generally accepted
hiatus
opening/ gap or a pause
homily
sermon read to an audience
hybrid
of mixed origin
idiosyncrasy
personal peculiarity or mannerism
igneous
of fire
ignonimious
contemptible/ degrading/ humiliating
immaculate
perfectly clean
imminent
about to happen
impasse
a situation w/o solution or escape
impenitent
not feeling regret, shame, or remorse
impiety
lack of respect
impolitic
unwise/ imprudent
imprecate
invoke a curse upon someone
imputation
attribution
incarcerate
imprison or confine
incommodious
inconvenient, uncomfortable, troublesome
incorporeal
not consisting of matter
incorrigible
not capable of correction or improvement
incubate
sit on and hatch eggs
inculcate
to impress upon the mind by frequent repitition or urging
indmnify
protect against or keep from loss
indigenous
inate/ inherent/ inborn
indomitable
not easily discouraged or defeated
indubitably
unquestionably
inimical
unfriendly/ adverse/ hostile/ unfavorable/ harmful
(inimical climate for health)
iniquitous
unjust/ wicked
inordinate
not regulated/ excessive
intrepid
fearless/ brave
inured
accustomed to hardship/ hardened/ toughened
irascible
easily provoked or inflamed to anger/ very irritable
irreparable
cannot be repaired or regained
jettison
throwing overboard to lighten load
jocund
merry/ cheerful
lacerate
tear/ cut/ wound/ hurt/
lambent
giving off soft radiance
lassitude
being tired or weak
lewd
lustful/ wicked
libertine
one who divulges his desires w/o restraint
licentious
disregarding accepted rules and standards
lithe
easily bent/ pliable or effortless grace
loquacious
talkative
lucent
shining/ traslucent
lugubrious
mournful/ very sad
malign
defame/ speak ill of
marauder
thief/ plunderer
mendacious
addicted to deception
mercurial
quick/ volatile/ changeable
mettle
high quality of character
modulate
to regulate or adjust
mollify
soften/ make less intense
mordant
sarcastic/ biting/ cutting/ caustic
noxious
harmful to health or morals
obfucscate
to darken or to confuse
objurgate
to denounce vehemently/ berate
obloquy
verbal obuse of a person or thing
obtrude
to eject
odious
causing hatred/hateful; or highly offensive, repugnant, disgusting
oligarchy
form of government where power is in hands of small exclusive group
opalescent
iridescent
opprobrious
reproachful/ contemptuous
palindrome
a word, verse or sentence that is the same when read backward or forward
parapet
wall or railing
paultry
worthless/ trifling
pandemonium
wild disorder/ mass confusion
pariah
outcast
parity
equality, as in amount, status, or character
parley
speak with another/ discourse
parry
to ward off/ avert/ defend (as in fencing)
parsimonious
miserly/ stingy
paucity
scarity/ small number
peculate
to embezzle
pecuniary
pertaining to money
pellucid
transparent
perfidious
voilating good faith or vows
plethora
excess
pommel
projection at front of saddle
potable
drinkable
prate
talk too much and foolishly/ pointless babble
precept
a rule or direction of moral conduct
precocious
matured earlier than usual
preponderate
outweigh
prolific
fruitful/ highly productive
propagate
reproduce or multiply
propitiate
to win the good will of
provident
with forsight/ prudent/ economical/ frugal/ thrifty
proviso
stipulation to an agreement
pseudonym
fictitious name
puerile
childish/ immature
purloin
to steal
purview
range of control, activity, or understanding/ the scope
qualm
sudden feeling of uneasiness or doubt
quintessence
the pure essence of anything
recalcitrant
resisting authority/ noncompliant/ hard to manage or deal with
recidivism
habitual or chronic relapse
recumbent
leaning or reclining
redolent
sweet-smelling/ fragrant
reprieve
temporary relief
risible
able or inclined to laugh
rudimentary
elementary
sardonic
bitterly ironical
schism
a division in an organized group
specious
appearing just and fair w/o really being so
staid
sober/ sedate
stanch
stop or check the flow of blood
termagant
boistrous scolding woman/ shrew
thrall
a slave
throe
a violent pang or spasm of pain
craven
cowardly
colloquial
ordinary, everyday language
calyx
cup-shaped
philologist
studies language
caesura
pause
indefatigable
industrious
cabal
a group gathered to cause harm
usury
An excessive or illegally high rate of interest charged on borrowed money
eschatology
theology concerning last, or final, matters, as death, the Judgment, the future state, etc.
postulate
claim without proof; self-evident
idiomatic
having distinct style or character
myrmidon
faithful follower who follows orders without question
sycophant
self-seeking flatterer; brown-noser
prolix
Tediously prolonged; wordy
pretentious
Claiming or demanding a position of distinction or merit, especially when unjustified
Lascivious
expressive of lust or lewdness
ebullient
Excited; or Zestfully enthusiastic
ennui
bored; or a feeling of utter weariness and discontent
parochial
religeously moral; or very limited or narrow in scope or outlook
quiescent
inactive or motionless
phlegmatic
apathetic; sluggish
ignoble
shameful
pusillanimous
lacking courage or resolution; cowardly
venerate
To regard with respect, reverence, or heartfelt deference
jute
plant material used to make twine
sisal
plant fiber used to make rope
ersatz
substitute
alacrity
enthusiasm
arbitrary
unimportant
errant
wandering
verisimilitude
the appearance of the truth
similacrum
a vague image
doleful
sorrowful
acrid
foul-smelling
aromatic
pleasant smelling
neophyte
novice or beginner
penultimate
near the end or near completion
terminus
completion or conclusion
Dearth
scarity or shortage
vacuous
empty or void
juxtaposition
placed side-by-side
renege
go back on a promise
exculpate
remove blame/ absolve
incipient
come into being or existence
nascent
come into being or existence
petulent
impatient
tautological
overstatement of the truth
tantamount
equal to
analogous
similar
incubus
a male demon
succubus
a female demon
dowager
older unmarried woman
distaff
pertaining to female
apothegm
short, pithy sayings
voluble
fluent
accede
to comply with
dogmatic
authoritarian
obdurate
stubborn or unwavering
ubiquitous
omnipresent
tenacious
holding on to
tacit
unexpressed
succinct
concise
acquiesce
concede
bombastic
pompous
turgid
pompous
affable
friendly
malific
evil/ bad
baleful
evil/ bad
homogeneity
conformity
indoctrine
insertion of another's ideas or opinions into one's mind
cacophony
discordant sounds
euphony
harmonious sounds
trochee
two syllables w/ accent on 1st syllable
motif
recurring theme in a novel
aimb
two syllables w/ accent on the 2nd syllable
hemophobia
fear of blood
necrophobia
fear of death
sitophobia
fear of food
entente
agreement
propound
display
peregrination
journey on foot
preemptory
urgent
sedulous
careful
opine
to have an opinion
elver
baby eel
pullet
young hen
flapper
young fowl
leveret
young hare
cooper
someone who makes barrels or casks
eschatology
concerned with finality
epistemology
study of knowledge
thanatologist
studies death
lapidist
connoisseur of minerals and gems
teleologist
studies nature
philologist
studies language
lepidopterist
collects butterflies
philatelist
collects stamps
numismatist
collects coins
cartographer
a map expert
bibliophile
interest in books
chronometrist
collects clocks
lapidary
someone who crafts precious stones
blastula
early stage of embryo
calorie
a unit of heat`
watt
a unit of power
tesla
a unit of magnetic flux density
joule
a unit of energy
hertz
a unit of frequency
newton
a unit of force
UNIX
operation system
FORTRAN
computer language programming
theocracy
church governs
atomism
belief that all matter is composed of atoms
idealism
belief that the external world is a creation of the mind
SIN 0 degrees
zero (0)
SIN 30 degrees
(1/2)
SIN 45 degrees
square root of (2) / (2)
SIN 60 degrees
square root of (3) / 2
SIN 90 degrees
one (1)
COS 0 degrees
one (1)
COS 30 degrees
square root of (3/2)
COS 45 degrees
square root of (2) / 2
COS 60 degrees
(1/2)
COS 90 degrees
zero (0)