1861 Important Words for GRE, GMAT & MBA
The meaning of the word is given after the equal sign (=) following a word. US spellings have been used. The British spelling of a word, when different from the US spelling, is given in parenthesis after BRITISH as shown below. belabor (BRITISH = belabour) = to assail verbally, to insist repeatedly or harp on
abase = lower, humiliate abash = humiliate, embarrass abdicate = give up power or position aberration = different from normal or usual abettor = encourager abeyance = postponement, temporary suspension abhor = detest, loathe abjure = renounce, to formally reject or abandon ablution = cleansing, washing 10.abnegation = repudiation, self-sacrifice 11.abominate = to hate 12.abortive = unsuccessful, interruptive while incomplete 13.abrade = to rub off a surface 14.abrogate = cancel, to abolish by authority 15.absolve = acquit, to forgive or free from blame 16.abstemious = Characterized by self denial or abstinence 17.abstruse = difficult to comprehend 18.abut = touch, border on 19.abysmal = deficient, sub par 20.accede = yield, express approval, agree to 21.acclimate = accustom oneself to a climate 22.acclivity = ascent, incline 23.accolade = applause, praise 24.accost = to approach and speak to someone 25.accouter (BRITISH = accoutre) = equip 26.accretion = grow in size or increase in amount 27.acerbity = bitterness of speech or temper 28.acetic = related to vinegar 29.acidulous = sour in taste or manner 30.acme = summit, highest point 31.acquiesce = to agree, comply passively 32.acquiescence = Passive consent 33.acquittal = release from blame (as by a court) 34.acrid = harsh, bitter, pungent, caustic 35.acrimonious = caustic, bitter
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36.actuarial = calculating 37.actuate = induce, start 38.acuity = sharpness 39.acumen = sharpness of insight 40.adamant = insistent, uncompromising, unyielding 41.addiction = compulsive, habitual need 42.addle = To make inefficient or unable to think 43.adduce = offer as example 44.adjunct = addition, something added, attached, or joined 45.adjuration = solemn urging 46.adjure = to request solemnly 47.admonish = warn gently, caution, or reprimand 48.admonition = Genteelly point out mistake 49.adroit = skillful, accomplished, highly competent 50.adulation = applause, high praise 51.advent = arrival 52.adventitious = accidental 53.aegis = that which protects 54.affect = influence 55.affray = public brawl 56.agape = openmouthed, wonder 57.aggrandize = exaggerate, to make larger or greater in power 58.aghast = horrified 59.agility = nimbleness 60.agitation = excitement, uneasiness 61.alacrity = swiftness, speed, cheerful willingness, eagerness 62.alimentary = supplying nourishment 63.allay = to reassure; to lessen, ease, or soothe 64.allege = assert without proof 65.allegory = fable, symbolic representation 66.alliteration = repetition of the same sound 67.allude = refer to indirectly 68.allure = appeal, attract 69.allusion = indirect reference 70.alluvial = soil deposits left by rivers 71.amalgamate = To mix or join together to become one 72.amazon = female warrior 73. ambrosia = food of the Greek gods that provided immortal youth & beauty, and pleasing 74.amenable = agreeable 75.amiss = wrong, out of place 76. amity = friendship 77.amorous = strongly attracted to love; showing love 78.amorphous = shapeless
79.amortize = to diminish by installment payments 80.amphibian = creature that lives on land and water 81.amphitheater (BRITISH = amphitheatre) = oval-shaped theater 82.ample = enough, specious, abundant 83.amplify = enlarge, increase, intensify 84.amuck = murderous frenzy 85.anachronism = Anything occurring or existing out of its proper time 86.anarchist = terrorist 87.anathema = curse, ban 88.ancillary = supplementary, subsidiary, subordinate 89.andirons = metal supports in a fireplace 90. angular = sharp-cornered or sharp angled 91.animadversion = critical remark 92.animus = hate 93.annals = historical records 94.anneal = to gradually heat and cool in order to soften, reduce brittleness 95.annuity = An annual payment or income 96.annul = cancel, nullify 97.anodyne = pain soothing 98.anoint = consecrate, to apply oil, especially as a sacred rite 99.anomaly = deviation from the rule, irregularity 100. anonymity = state of being anonymous, having no name 101. antecede = To precede 102. antediluvian = ancient, obsolete, pre historic 103. anthropoid = manlike 104. anthropomorphous = Nonhuman having or resembling human form or quality 105. antithesis = direct opposite 106. apathetic = unconcerned, indifferent 107. aphasia = inability to speak or use words 108. aphorism = maxim, old saying 109. apiary = a place where bees are kept 110. aplomb = poise, confidence 111. apocalyptic = ominous, doomed 112. apocryphal = a doubtful authenticity, not genuine, fictional 113. apogee = the climax 114. apoplexy = stroke 115. apostate = one who abandons one's faith 116. apothecary = One who keeps drugs for sale and puts up prescriptions 117. apothegm = a short saying 118. apotheosis = deification, glorification 119. appall (BRITISH = appal) = horrify 120. apparition = phantom 121. appellation = title, name 122. apposite = apt
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appraise = assess, evaluate the value approbation = praise, official approval appurtenances = subordinate possessions apropos = Appropriate aquiline = like an eagle, bent, booked, curved arable = suitable for cultivation arbiter = judge arcade = a roofed passage between shops 131. archaeology = the study of ancient cultures by looking for and examining their buildings, tools 132. archaic = antiquated, from an earlier time 133. archetype = original model 134. archipelago = group of islands 135. ardor (BRITISH = ardour) = great emotion or passion 136. argot = slang 137. aria = operatic song 138. aromatic = fragrant 139. arraign = indict, to call to court to answer a charge 140. arrant = notoriously bad 141. array = arrangement 142. arrogate = seize without right, to demand or claim arrogantly 143. arroyo = gully 144. artifact (BRITISH = artefact) = an object made by human, of historical interest 145. artifice = trick 146. artisan = a skilled handicraftsman 147. ascendancy = powerful state 148. asceticism = doctrine of self-denial 149. ascribe = to attribute 150. aseptic = sterile 151. ashen = resembling ashes, or deathly pale 152. asinine = stupid 153. askance = to view with suspicion, scornfully 154. askew = crooked, tilted 155. asperity = roughness of temper 156. aspersion = slander, false rumor, damaging report 157. assail = attack 158. assay = to analyze or estimate 159. assent = to express agreement 160. assessment = estimation 161. assiduous = hard-working, diligent, persistent 162. assuage = lessen (pain), to make less severe, ease 163. astringent = causing contraction, severe, harsh 164. astronomical = enormously large or extensive 165. asunder = apart, into different parts
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atelier = workshop athwart = across, opposition atone = make amends for a wrong audit = formal examination of final records augury = prophecy or prediction of events august = noble, dignified, awe-inspiring, venerable aureole = sun's corona, halo auroral = pertaining to the aurora borealis auscultation = act of listening to the heart or lungs to discover abnormalities austerity = quality of being self disciplined authoritarian = dictator, extremely strict, bossy autocrat = dictator or a high ranking government officer aver = to declare to be true aversion = intense dislike aviary = cage where birds are kept avow = declare avuncular = like an uncle awry = crooked, askew, amiss axiom = self-evident truth, premise, postulate azure = sky blue bacchanal = orgy, drunkenly festive badger = To pester badinage = banter, teasing conversation baffle = to frustrate or unable to understand bagatelle = nonentity, trifle baleful = hostile, malignant, harmful with evil intentions balk = hesitate, refuse, shirk, prevent banal = trite, overly common bandanna = large, bright-colored handkerchief bandy = discuss lightly bane = poison, nuisance, something causing ruin banter = to tease playfully and in good humor barb = sharp projection from fishhook bard = poet baroque = ornate barrage = a lot of questions or criticism barter = to give in exchange rather than paying money bask = take pleasure in, sun bassoon = reed instrument of the woodwind family bastion = fort, fortification, stronghold bate = let down, restrain bauble = A trinket, trifle bawdy = indecent, obscene
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beatific = supremely happy, angelic, saintly beatitude = state of bliss bedizen = dress with vulgar finery bedraggle = wet thoroughly befuddle = confuse thoroughly begrudge = resent, envy beguile = deceive, seduce, mislead behemoth = monster, huge creature beholden = in debt behoove = to be fit, to be right beleaguer = besiege, to harass, plague 220. benighted = unenlightened 221. benignant = benevolent in feeling, character 222. benison = blessing 223. berate = to scold harshly 224. bereavement = state of being deprived of something valuable or beloved 225. bereft = deprived of 226. beset = harass, surround 227. besmirch = slander, sully 228. bestial = beast-like, brutal 229. bestow = to give as a gift, grant 230. bete noire = a person or thing strongly detested or avoided 231. betrothal = Engagement to marry 232. bevy = group 233. bibulous = Fond of drinking 234. bicameral = having two legislative branches 235. bicker = quarrel, to have a petty argument 236. bifurcated = divided into two branches, forked 237. bigotry = discrimination, prejudice 238. bilious = ill-tempered 239. bilk = swindle, cheat, defraud 240. bivouac = encampment 241. blanch = bleach, whiten, to take the color out 242. blandish = to coax with flattering, grovel 243. blase = bored with life 244. blasphemous = profane, impious 245. blatant = glaring, obvious, showy 246. blazon = print or decorate something in a very noticeable way 247. blight = decay, afflict, destroy 248. blithe = Joyful, cheerful, or without appropriate thought 249. bludgeon = to hit someone several times with a heavy object 250. blurt = to say something suddenly and without thinking, especially when you are excited or nervous 251. bode = portend
252. bogus = forged, false 253. bolster = To support or make something strong 254. bombast = pompous speech 255. boorish = rude 256. bouillon = clear beef soup 257. bountiful = abundant, plentiful 258. bourgeois = middle class 259. bowdlerize = To expurgate in editing 260. brackish = salty 261. braggadocio = someone who boasts 262. brazen = bold, shameless, impudent 263. brazier = An open pan or basin for holding live coals 264. breach = breaking of a rule, agreement, or law 265. brindled = tawny or grayish with streaks or spots 266. brittle = Fragile 267. broach = bring up a topic of conversation 268. brocade = rich, gaudy fabric 269. brooch = a piece of jewelry for women which is fastened onto clothes with a pin 270. brusque = curt, rough and abrupt in manner 271. bucolic = rustic 272. buffoonery = coarse jokes, etc 273. bugaboo = bugbear, object of baseless terror 274. bulwark = fortification 275. bumptious = full of offensive self-conceit 276. bungle = to do something wrong in a very careless or stupid way 277. burgeon = sprout or flourish 278. burlesque = farce 279. burly = husky, brawny 280. burnish = To make brilliant or shining 281. buskin = thick-soled half boot worn by actors of Greek tragedy 282. buxom = plump, vigorous, jolly 283. 284. 285. 286. 287. 288. 289. 290. 291. 292. 293. 294. cabal = plot, a secret group seeking to overturn something cache = hiding place cadaver = corpse, dead body cadaverous = haggard cajole = encourage, coax, flatter callow = inexperienced calumny = Slander, false and malicious accusation cameo = when someone famous appears for a short time in a film or play canard = hoax, a lie candor (BRITISH = candour) = frankness, honesty of expression canine = pertaining to dogs canker = any ulcerous sore, any evil
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canny = clever and able to think quickly, especially about money or business canto = part of an extended poem canvass = survey, examine thoroughly caparison = showy harnesser, ornamentation for a horse caprice = a whim capricious = fickle, impulsive, whimsical, without much thought captious = fond of finding fault in others carafe = bottle cardinal = chief careen = swerve, to lean on one side caricature = cartoon, exaggerated portrait carillon = a set of bells capable of being played carmine = rich red carnal = of the flesh, sensual carnivorous = meat-eating carousal = To drink deeply and in boisterous or jovial manner carp = to find faults, complain constantly carrion = decaying flesh carte blanche = complete freedom to do what you want caryatid = sculptured column of a female figure cascade = small waterfall caste = one of the hereditary classes in Hindu society castigate = criticize, punish, chastise casuistry = clever argument to trick people cataclysm = catastrophe, disaster catalyst = something that causes change without being changed catapult = slingshot catechism = book for religious instruction cathartic = purgative, purifying, cleansing catholic = universal, worldly caucus = a small group within an organization or a meeting of such a group cauterize (BRITISH = cauterise) = to sear cavalcade = a procession or sequence cavil = quibble, raise trivial objections cede = transfer ownership, to surrender possession of something celerity = quick moving or acting censor = to prohibit publication by law censorious = condemning speech, severely critical centaur = mythical figure, half man and half horse centripetal = tending toward the center cerebration = thought cession = Surrender, as of possessions or rights chafe = abrade chaff = worthless products of an endeavor
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chagrin = shame, embarrassment, humiliation chalice = goblet, cup champ = to chew noisily chaotic = in utter disorder chary = cautious, watchful, extremely shy chasm = a long, deep, narrow hole in rock or ice chaste = pure, virgin chasten = castigate chastise = to criticize or punish someone chattel = piece of personal property chauvinist = a man who thinks men are better than women cherubic = sweet, innocent chicanery = trickery, fraud, deception chide = scold, express disapproval chimerical = imaginary, impossible chiropodist = one who treats disorders of the feet chivalrous = courteous to ladies choleric = easily angered, short-tempered churlish = rude, ungracious ciliated = having minute hairs, one-celled animal cipher = zero circlet = small ring, band circumlocution = roundabout expression circumscribe = to confine within bounds circumspect = cautious, wary circumvent = evade, avoid, to go around citadel = fortress or stronghold clairvoyant = who can see the future, having ESP clamor (BRITISH = clamour) = noisy outcry clangor (BRITISH = clangour) = loud, resounding noise clarion = shrill, trumpet like sound clavicle = collarbone cleave = to split or separate, to stick, adhere cleft = split clemency = forgiveness, merciful leniency climactic = relating to the highest point clime = region, climate clique = a small group cloister = refuge, to confine, seclude cloven = split coadjutor = assistant, colleague coalesce = combine, to grow together cockade = decoration worn on hat coddle = to pamper, baby, treat indulgently
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codicil = supplement to a will coeval = living at the same time as contemporary cog = a spoke in a wheel, a small and unimportant person cogent = well-put, convincing, logically forceful cogitate = ponder cognate = from the same source, related cognizant = aware cognomen = family name, any name, nickname cohere = To stick together cohesion = consistency cohort = an associate colander = utensil with perforated bottom used for straining collage = a picture made by sticking small pieces of paper or other materials collate = to sort or put in proper order collier = worker in coal mine, ship carrying coal colloquy = conference collusion = conspiracy, collaboration, complicity colossal = huge comely = a woman who is attractive in appearance comestible = something fit to be eaten comeuppance = rebuke, one's deserved fate or punishment comity = courteousness, civility commodious = spacious complaisant = Agreeable, friendly complement = To make complete, perfect complicity = guilt by association, knowing partnership in wrong doing comport = to conduct oneself composure = Calmness of appearance compress = to reduce, squeeze compunction = remorse, regret conch = spiral shell conclave = private meeting concordat = agreement concur = to agree condescend = patronize, talk down to, to treat someone as though you are better condign = adequate, deservedly severe condiment = seasoning condolence = sympathy for the family or friends of a person who has recently died conflagration = large fire, big, destructive fire confluence = flowing together, meeting of two streams, meeting place confound = bewilder, to baffle, perplex congeal = solidify, as a liquid freezing, to become thick or solid coniferous = bearing cones conjecture = hypothesis, speculation, prediction
427. conjure = summon, to evoke a spirit, cast a spell 428. connivance = pretence of ignorance of something wrong, assistance or permission to offend 429. connubial = related to marriage or matrimony 430. consanguinity = related by blood, kinship 431. consecrate = make holy, dedicate to a goal, to declare sacred 432. consequential = important 433. consort = spouse 434. constituent = electorate, component, part 435. constraint = something that limits what you can do 436. construe = interpret or to explain 437. contagion = infectious agent 438. continence = self-control, self-restraint 439. contingent = conditional 440. contort = twist 441. contrite = apologetic, deeply sorrowful and repentant for a wrong 442. controvert = dispute 443. contumacious = rebellious 444. contusion = A bruise 445. conundrum = enigma, puzzle or problem with no solution, riddle 446. convivial = sociable, festive, fond of eating, drinking, and people 447. convoke = convene, summon, to call together 448. coquette = woman who flirts 449. cordon = bond, chain 450. cormorant = greedy, rapacious bird 451. cornice = a decorative border around the walls of a room close to the ceiling 452. corollary = consequence 453. corpulent = fat 454. correlation = mutual relationship, association 455. corroborate = to confirm, verify 456. corrugate = to wrinkle or draw into folds 457. corsair = pirate ship 458. cortege = procession 459. coruscate = sparkle 460. coterie = small group, group of people with a common interest or purpose 461. countenance = facial expression, to favor, support 462. covenant = agreement, pact 463. covetous = very desirous of something, avaricious, greedy 464. cower = showing fear, to cringe in fear 465. coy = shy, modest 466. cozen = cheat, hoodwink, swindle 467. crabbed = sour, peevish 468. crass = crude, unrefined 469. craven = cowardly
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credence = Belief, acceptance of something as true or real credo = a set of beliefs creed = Belief or principle crepuscular = pertaining to twilight crestfallen = dejected crevice = crack cringe = cower, to shrink in fear crone = hag crotchet = a fancy, a whim, an eccentricity cruet = small bottle cuisine = cookery, style of cooking cul-de-sac = a blind alley, a trap cull = pick out, select culmination = climax, final stage culpable = blameworthy, guilty, responsible for wrong culvert = drain cupidity = greed curator = in charge of a library or museum curmudgeon = boor, cranky person curry = seek favor by flattery cynosure = celebrity
dally = procrastinate, to act playfully or waste time dank = damp dappled = spotted dastard = A base coward daub = to paint carelessly, to smear daunt = to frighten, subdue dauntless = courageous dawdle = to waste time by trifling, to move slowly deadpan = expressionless debase = to degrade, or lower in quality or stature debauch = to corrupt, seduce from virtue or duty debenture = bond issued to secure a loan debonair = sophisticated, affable debutante = a girl debuting into society decadence = deterioration, decay (e.g. moral or cultural) decant = pour decapitate = kill by beheading deciduous = shedding leaves, short-lived, temporary declivity = a place that declines or slopes downwards 510. decollete = having a low-necked dress 511. decorous = seemly, proper, tasteful, socially correct 512. decrepit = Enfeebled, as by old age or some chronic infirmity
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decrepitude = enfeeblement decry = castigate, to belittle, openly condemn deducible = derived by reasoning defalcate = to misuse money put in trust defamation = slander defection = desertion deference = courteously yielding to another, respect, honor defile = pollute, to make unclean or dishonor deflect = turn aside defray = pay deft = skillful, dexterous defunct = extinct, no longer existing, dead deify = To regard as a god deign = condescend 527. déjà vu = a) the experience of thinking that a new situation had occurred before b) something overly or unpleasantly familiar 528. deleterious = harmful, destructive, detrimental 529. deliquescent = capable of absorbing moisture from air and becoming liquid 530. delirium = mental confusion, ecstasy 531. deluge = a flood, to submerge, overwhelm 532. delusion = Mistaken conviction 533. delusive = deceptive, raising vain hopes 534. delve = dig, explore (of ideas) 535. demagogue = An unprincipled politician, leader 536. demean = to degrade, humiliate, humble 537. demeanor (BRITISH = demeanour) = behavior 538. demented = deranged 539. demesne = domain 540. demolition = destruction 541. demoniacal = related to evil spirits, devilish 542. demur = take exception, to express doubts or objections 543. demure = sedate, reserved 544. denigrate = defame, to slur or blacken someone's reputation 545. denizen = dweller 546. denotation = the exact literary meaning of a word, designation, definition 547. denouement = resolution 548. depilate = remove hair 549. depose = testify, to remove from a high position 550. deposition = testimony 551. depravity = immorality, sinfulness 552. deprecate = belittle, disparage 553. depreciate = to lessen the worth of 554. depredation = preying on, plunder 555. deranged = insane, delirious, maniacal
556. derelict = negligent 557. deride = To ridicule, to mock, make fun of 558. derision = ridicule 559. derivative = copied or adapted, not original 560. dermatologist = one who studies the skin and its diseases 561. descant = discuss fully 562. descry = To discern, to discover or reveal 563. desecrate = profane, to abuse something sacred 564. desiccate = dehydrate, to dry completely 565. desideratum = that which is desired 566. desolate = forsaken 567. despoil = to bereave, rob, plunder, strip of possessions 568. despondent = depressed, feeling discouraged and dejected 569. despotism = any severe and strict rule 570. desuetude = disuse 571. desultory = without direction in life, at random, rambling, unmethodical 572. detergent = cleansing agent 573. determinate = definitely limited or fixed, conclusive 574. detonation = explosion 575. devolve = to roll down, to hand down 576. dexterous = skillful, adroit 577. diadem = crown 578. dialectic = pertaining to debate 579. diatribe = long denunciation, bitter verbal attack 580. dichotomy = a division into two parts 581. didactic = instructional 582. diffidence = shyness, lack of confidence 583. dilettante = amateur, dabbler 584. diminution = Reduction 585. dint = means, effort 586. dipsomaniac = a person having an uncontrollable desire for alcohol, inebriate 587. dirge = lament with music, funeral hymn 588. disabuse = correct, to free from a misconception 589. disapprobation = rejection, disapproval 590. disavowal = Denial 591. disburse = pay out 592. discomfit = To put to confusion, discomfort 593. disconcert = confuse 594. disconsolate = inconsolable, unable to be consoled, extremely sad 595. discordant = harsh-sounding, badly out of tune 596. discrete = separate, distinct 597. discretion = prudence 598. discursive = rambling, wandering from topic to topic 599. disdain = to regard with scorn and contempt
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dishabille = in a state of undress dishearten = discourage, lose spirit dishevel = muss disingenuous = deceptive, sly and crafty disinter = unearth disinterested = Impartial disjointed = disconnected, incoherent, being separated dismember = cut into small parts disparage = belittle, speak disrespectfully about disparate = various, dissimilar, different in kind disparity = difference, contrast, dissimilarity dispirit = discourage, to dishearten, make dejected disport = amuse disputatious = fond of arguing disquisition = elaborate treatise dissimulate = to disguise dissipate = scatter dissolute = profligate, immoral dissonance = Discord dissuasion = advise against distaff = the female branch of a family distend = swell, inflate, bloat distrait = preoccupied, absent-minded distraught = distressed, very worried divergent = Tending in different directions divination = The forecast of future events or discovery of what is lost or hidden docile = domesticated, trained, tame docket = a list of cases to be dealt with doddering = shaky, infirm from old age doff = take off doggerel = poor verse dolorous = gloomy dolt = a stupid person domineer = to rule over something in a tyrannical way dorsal = belonging to the back side, posterior, tail dotage = senility, mental decline doughty = brave, dauntless dour = sullen and gloomy, stern and severe douse = to plunge into water, to extinguish dowdy = slovenly, untidy dregs = residue, riffraff droll = amusing in a wry drone = speak in a monotonic voice dross = waste matter, worthless impurities
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drudgery = Hard and constant work in any dull occupation duenna = governess dulcet = melodious, pleasant sounding duplicity = deceit, treachery, dishonesty, double-dealing durance = confinement 649. duress = coercion, imprisonment 650. dwindle = To diminish or become less 651. dyspeptic = suffering from indigestion, gloomy and irritable 652. 653. 654. 655. 656. 657. 658. 659. 660. 661. 662. 663. 664. 665. 666. 667. 668. 669. 670. 671. 672. 673. 674. 675. 676. 677. 678. 679. 680. 681. 682. 683. 684. 685. 686. earthy = crude ebb = recede, to fade away ebullient = exuberant, full of enthusiasm and high spirits ecclesiastical = churchly eclat = brilliance eclectic = joyful eclipse = The obstruction of Sun by moon, or of moon by earth edify = instruct morally and spiritually educe = draw forth, evoke eerie = weird efface = To obliterate effete = worn out efflorescent = opening in flower effluvium = noxious smells effrontery = insolence effulgent = brilliant effusion = pouring forth effusive = expressing emotion without restraint elation = exhilaration, joy elegiac = sad elicit = provoke eloquence = fluent and effective speech elucidate = make clear, clarify elusory = tending to deceive expectations elysian = relating to paradise, blissful emaciated = underfed, gaunt emanate = to express a feeling or quality through the way one looks emblazon = imprint, brand embroil = involve, cause to fall into disorder embryonic = rudimentary emend = correct emendation = corrections of errors emeritus = retired, but retaining title emetic = a medicine that causes vomiting emollient = cream for softening, making supple
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emolument = salary or fees for a job, remuneration, pay scale empyreal = celestial, fiery enamored (BRITISH = enamoured) = charmed, captivated enclave = area enclosed within another region encomiastic = praising, eulogistic encomium = warm praise encumber = burden, to hinder, restrict motion endemic = Peculiar to some specified country or people enervate = weaken, sap strength from engender = generate, to produce engross = captivate enigmatic = puzzling, inexplicable enjoin = urge, order, command ennui = boredom, lack of interest and energy ensconce = to hide safely, settle comfortably enthrall (BRITISH = enthral) = mesmerize, to captivate, enchant entity = being, existence entreat = plead, beg enunciate = verbalize, articulate epicure = gourmet, person with refined taste in food and wine epigram = saying, short, witty saying or poem epilogue = The close of a narrative or poem epithet = name, appellation, phrase epitome = A simplified representation epoch = era equestrian = one who rides on horseback equine = pertaining to horses equity = impartiality, justice equivocal = Ambiguous, open to two interpretations erode = wear away, to diminish errant = wandering, mistaken escapade = adventure eschew = avoid, to abstain from espouse = to support or advocate estranged = alienated, separated eulogy = high praise euthanasia = mercy-killing evanescent = fleeting, very brief, short-lived evince = attest, demonstrate, to show clearly eviscerate = disembowel ex officio = by virtue of position exacerbate = worsen exasperate = irritate, vex excision = removal
731. 732. 733. 734. 735. 736. 737. 738. 739. 740. 741. 742. 743. 744. 745. 746. 747. 748. 749. 750. 751. 752. 753. 754. 755. 756. 757. 758. 759. 760. 761. 762. 763. 764. 765. 766. 767. 768. 769. 770. 771. 772. 773.
excoriate = to denounce exculpate = to clear of blame or fault execrable = very bad, abominable, utterly detestable exegesis = interpretation exemplary = outstanding, serving as an example exhort = strongly urge exhume = uncover, to remove from a grave exigency = urgency exiguous = scanty exonerate = free from blame exorcise = to expel evil spirits exotic = Foreign, romantic expatiate = to discuss in detail, elaborate expatriate = who does not live in one's own country expedient = advantageous, convenient, efficient expiate = atone, make amends for expletive = oath expunge = erase, eliminate completely expurgate = to purify by removing obscenities extant = existing extemporaneous = unrehearsed extenuate = To diminish the gravity or importance of extirpate = seek out and destroy extol = praise highly extraneous = not essential, unnecessary extricate = Disentangle, free extrinsic = not inherent or essential, coming from without extrovert = an outgoing person extrude = force out exuberant = joyous, happy exude = emit, ooze exult = rejoice fabricate = construct facet = aspect facetious = joking, sarcastic, witty facile = very easy factious = causing disagreement factitious = artificial factotum = handyman fallible = Capable of erring fallow = unproductive, unplowed fastidious = meticulous, careful with details fathom = understand, to measure the depth of
774. 775. 776. 777. 778. 779. 780. 781. 782. 783. 784. 785. 786. 787. 788. 789. 790. 791. 792. 793. 794. 795. 796. 797. 798. 799. 800. 801. 802. 803. 804. 805. 806. 807. 808. 809. 810. 811. 812. 813. 814. 815. 816. 817.
fatuous = inane, stupid faux pas = false step, mistake fealty = Loyalty febrile = feverish, delirious fecund = fertile, fruitful, productive feign = pretend, give a false impression felicitous = very appropriate, pertinent fell = to chop, cut down ferment = turmoil ferret = rummage through fervid = fervent, passionate fervor (BRITISH = fervour) = intensity fester = decay festive = joyous fete = to honor fetid = foul-smelling, putrid, stinking fetter = to restrain, to bind fiat = decree fickle = always changing one's mind fidelity = Loyalty filch = steal something of little value filial = of a son or daughter finicky = meticulous, fussy firebrand = agitator fissure = a crack or break fitful = irregular flaccid = limp, flabby, weak flagellate = whip flagrant = outrageous, shameless flail = whip flair = a natural aptitude flamboyant = Characterized by extravagance flaunt = to show off fledgling = just beginning, struggling flippant = Having a light, pert, trifling disposition flora = plants florid = ruddy, with too much decoration flout = to show disregard for the law or rules fluster = confuse foible = weakness, minor fault foist = palm off a fake foment = instigate foray = raid forbearance = Patient endurance or toleration of offenses
818. 819. 820. 821. 822. 823. 824. 825. 826. 827. 828. 829. 830. 831. 832. 833. 834. 835. 836. 837. 838. 839. 840. 841. 842. 843. 844. 845. 846. 847. 848. 849. 850. 851. 852.
forte = A strong point fortitude = patience, courage fortuitous = happening by luck, fortunate foster = encourage fracas = noisy fight fractious = wayward, unruly, disorderly fraudulent = Counterfeit fraught = filled frenetic = harried, neurotic frenzied = feverishly fast, hectic fret = worry fritter = squander frivolity = playfulness frond = bending tree fruition = realization, completion fulminate = denounce, menace fulsome = excessive, insincere funereal = mournful, appropriate to a funeral furtive = stealthy fusion = union, coalition gainsay = to deny gall = bitterness, nerve galvanize = excite to action gambol = Playful leaping or frisking gamut = range gargantuan = large garner = gather garnish = decorate garrulous = talkative, loquacious, wordy gauche = awkward, crude gaunt = thin, emaciated genealogy = ancestry genesis = beginning genre = kind, category genuflect = kneel in reverence germinate = to begin to develop into an embryo or higher form ghastly = horrible gibe = heckle glean = gather glib = insincere manner glower = stare angrily gnome = dwarf-like being goad = encourage
854. 855. 856. 857. 858. 859. 860.
861. 862. 863. 864. 865. 866. 867. 868. 869. 870. 871.
gorge = stuff, satiate gory = bloody gossamer = thin and flimsy gouge = overcharge, scoop out grapple = struggle grimace = expression of disgust grisly = gruesome grovel = crawl, obey guffaw = laughter guile = deceit, trickery gustatory = relevant to the sense of tasting 872. gusto = keen enjoyment 873. guttural = throaty
875. 876. 877. 878. 879. 880. 881. 882. 883. 884.
886. 887. 888. 889. 890. 891. 892.
894. 895. 896. 897. 898. 899. 900. 901. 902. 903.
hackneyed = trite haggard = gaunt halcyon = serene hale = healthy hallow = to make holy hamper = obstruct hapless = unlucky harangue = a pompous speech harbinger = forerunner harbor (BRITISH = harbour) = give shelter, conceal harridan = hag or an ugly old woman harry = harass haughty = arrogant hedonism = the pursuit of pleasure in life heedless = careless hegira = a journey to a more pleasant place heinous = shocking, wicked hermetic = airtight, sealed heterogeneous = composed of unlike parts, different hew = to cut with an ax hiatus = interruption hibernal = wintry histrionic = overly dramatic hoary = white, old holocaust = widespread destruction homily = sermon hone = sharpen horde = group hortatory = inspiring good deeds hovel = shanty, cabin
904. 905. 906. 907. 908.
hoyden = tomboy, boisterous girl hubris = arrogance hummock = knoll, mound humus = soil hypothetical = theoretical, speculative ichthyology = study of fish idyllic = natural, picturesque ignominious = Shameful illimitable = limitless imbue = infuse, dye, wet immolate = sacrifice immune = Exempt, as from disease immure = build a wall around impair = injure impale = pierce impassive = calm, without feeling impeccable = faultless impecunious = indigent, having no money imperious = domineering impertinent = insolent, rude imperturbable = calm impervious = Impenetrable impetuous = quick to act without thinking impetus = stimulus, spark impinge = encroach, touch impious = not devout in religion implacable = doubtful, dubious implausible = unlikely, inconceivable impolitic = unwise imponderable = difficult to estimate importune = urgent request impregnable = totally safe from attack imprimatur = sanction improvident = lacking foresight or thrift imprudent = unwise impugn = criticize impunity = exemption from harm impute = charge inadvertent = unintentional inalienable = that which cannot be taken away inane = vacuous, stupid incandescent = brilliant incantation = chant
910. 911. 912. 913. 914. 915. 916. 917. 918. 919. 920. 921. 922. 923. 924. 925. 926. 927. 928. 929. 930. 931. 932. 933. 934. 935. 936. 937. 938. 939. 940. 941. 942. 943. 944. 945. 946.
947. 948. 949. 950. 951. 952. 953. 954. 955. 956. 957. 958. 959. 960. 961. 962. 963. 964. 965. 966. 967. 968. 969. 970. 971. 972. 973. 974. 975. 976. 977. 978. 979. 980. 981. 982. 983. 984. 985. 986. 987. 988. 989. 990.
incapacitate = disable incarcerate = to put in a jail incarnadine = blood-red in color incendiary = burning easily, flammable inception = The beginning inchoate = just begun incipient = beginning to exist incisive = keen, penetrating inclement = harsh incognito = disguised incommunicado = unable to communicate with others inconsequential = Valueless incontrovertible = Indisputable incriminate = accuse incubus = nightmare inculcate = instill, indoctrinate, to teach incumbent = obligatory, required incursion = raid indefatigable = never getting tired indenture = bound to another by contract indicative = suggestive, implying indict = charge with a crime indigenous = Native indigent = very poor indisputable = not disputed, unquestioned indolent = lazy indomitable = invincible, fearless indubitable = unquestionable ineffable = inexpressible ineluctable = inescapable inexorable = relentless, inflexible infallible = incapable of making a mistake infantile = childish, immature infernal = hellish infidel = nonbeliever infirmity = ailment, disease influx = inflow infraction = violation ingenuous = naïve and unsophisticated ingrate = ungrateful person ingratiate = pleasing, flattering, endearing inimical = adverse, hostile, unfriendly inimitable = peerless iniquitous = unjust, wicked
991. 992. 993. 994. 995. 996. 997. 998. 999. 1000. 1001. 1002. 1003. 1004. 1005. 1006. 1007. 1008. 1009. 1010. 1011. 1012. 1013. 1014. 1015. 1016. 1017. 1018. 1019. 1020. 1021. 1022. 1023. 1024. 1025. 1026. 1027. 1028. 1029. 1030. 1031. 1032. 1033. 1034.
injurious = harmful innocuous = Harmless innovate = to invent, modernize innuendo = indirect and subtle criticism inopportune = untimely inordinate = excessive inscrutable = cannot be fully understood insensate = without feeling insinuate = to suggest, imply, say indirectly insipid = flat, dull, lacking flavor insolent = insulting insouciant = nonchalant insubordinate = disobedient insular = narrow-minded, isolated insuperable = insurmountable insurgent = rebellious insurrection = uprising, rebellion integrity = decency, honest, wholeness integument = a covering inter = bury interdict = prohibit interloper = intruder, meddler in others' affairs interminable = unending intermittent = starting and stopping internecine = mutually destructive interstice = a small space between things intransigent = uncompromising intrepid = fearless introspective = looking within oneself introvert = To turn within inundate = flood invective = verbal insult inveigh = to rail against, protest strongly inveigle = lure inveterate = habitual, chronic, long-standing invidious = incurring ill-will invoke = request assistance or protection iota = A small mark or part irascible = irritable iridescent = showing many colors irresolute = hesitant, uncertain irreverent = disrespectful itinerant = Wandering, unsettled jaded = spent, bored with one's situation
1035. jaundice = disease of yellowish discoloration of skin 1036. jejune = barren 1037. jettison = to throw overboard, abandon 1038. jingoism = extremely aggressive and militant patriotism 1039. jostle = push, brush against 1040. juggernaut = unstoppable force 1041. 1042. 1043. 1044. 1045. 1046. 1047. 1048. 1049. 1050. 1051. 1052. 1053. 1054. 1055. 1056. 1057. 1058.
ken = range of comprehension kismet = fate knave = con man knead = massage knell = sound of a funeral bell lacerate = tear, cut lachrymose = tearful lackadaisical = Listless, idle lackey = servant lackluster (BRITISH = lacklustre) = dull, dreary, colorless laity = laymen lambent = softly radiant lampoon = satirize, to attack with satire languor = Lassitude of body or depression lapidary = relating to precious stones larceny = theft of property largess = generous donation latitude = freedom from narrow limitations laudable = praiseworthy lave = wash lax = loose, careless lectern = reading desk legerdemain = trickery levity = Frivolity, humor lexicon = a dictionary libertine = one without moral restraint licentious = lewd, immoral limn = portray, describe limpid = transparent, clearly understood lionize = treat as a celebrity lissome (BRITISH = lissom) = agile, supple litany = list lithe = moving and bending with ease litigation = lawsuit litotes = understatement for emphasis loathe = abhor, hate
1060. 1061. 1062. 1063. 1064.
1066. 1067. 1068. 1069. 1070. 1071. 1072. 1073. 1074. 1075. 1076.
1077. 1078. 1079. 1080. 1081. 1082. 1083. 1084. 1085. 1086. 1087. 1088. 1089. 1090. 1091. 1092. 1093. 1094. 1095. 1096. 1097. 1098. 1099. 1100. 1101.
loiter = dawdle, loaf loquacious = Talkative lout = goon lugubrious = sad, sorrowful lull = moment of calm lunar = related to the moon lupine = wolf-like lurid = glowing, shocking luscious = Rich, sweet, and delicious luxuriant = lush macabre = gruesome machination = plot or scheme maelstrom = whirlpool, agitated state of mind maim = injure malapropism = comical misuse of a word malcontent = one who is forever dissatisfied malediction = curse malefactor = evildoer, culprit malodorous = fetid, foul-smelling manacle = shackle manifold = multiple, diverse marauder = plunderer maritime = Situated on or near the sea martial = warlike, pertaining to the military martinet = strict disciplinarian masochist = one who enjoys pain masticate = chew matriarch = matron maudlin = weepy, sentimental maul = rough up mausoleum = tomb maverick = a person who resists adherence to a group mawkish = sickeningly sentimental mayhem = mutilation meander = to wander aimlessly without direction medley = mixture megalomania = mental state with delusions of wealth and power melee = riot mellifluous = sweet sounding mendacious = Untrue mendicant = beggar menial = humble, degrading mercurial = changeable, volatile, quick
1103. 1104. 1105. 1106. 1107. 1108. 1109. 1110. 1111. 1112. 1113. 1114. 1115. 1116. 1117. 1118. 1119.
1120. meretricious = Alluring by false or gaudy show
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metaphor = figure of speech comparing two different things mete = distribute mettle = courage, capacity for bravery miasma = toxin microcosm = The world on a small scale mien = appearance, demeanor migratory = Wandering from place to place with the seasons minatory = threatening minion = subordinate minutiae = trivia mire = marsh mirth = jollity, laughter miscegenation = intermarriage between races miscellany = mixture of items miscreant = one who behaves criminally mishap = Misfortune missive = letter or note mnemonic = related to memory modicum = a small amount modish = chic mollify = to calm or make less severe molt = to shed hair, skin periodically molten = melted monastic = related to monks monolithic = large and uniform monotony = A lack of variation moot = disputable, previously decided morbid = abnormally gloomy mordant = biting, sarcastic mores = moral standards, customs moribund = near death mortify = humiliate mote = speck, small particle motley = diverse, many colored mottled = spotted mountebank = charlatan muffle = stifle, quiet mulct = defraud multifarious = diverse, many-sided munificent = generous muse = ponder muster = to gather one's forces myriad = innumerable
1164. 1165. 1166. 1167.
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naiveté = a lack of worldly wisdom nascent = incipient, coming into existence natal = related to birth necromancy = sorcery, black magic nemesis = implacable foe, often victorious opponent neologism = new word or expression neophyte = beginner nether = located under or below nettle = irritate niggardly = stingy nihilism = a belief in nothing, extreme skepticism noisome = harmful, stinking nomadic = moving from place to place non sequitur = an irrelevant conclusion noncommittal = neutral, circumspect nonentity = person of no significance nonplus = bring to a halt by confusion nubile = marriageable nugatory = useless, worthless nuptial = relating to marriage oaf = awkward person obdurate = unyielding obeisance = homage, deference obelisk = tall column, monument obfuscate = bewilder, muddle, to confuse obituary = eulogy objurgate = to chide, scold oblation = offering, sacrifice oblique = indirect obliquity = perversity obliterate = destroy obloquy = slander, abusive language obsequious = fawning, servile, overly submissive obsequy = funeral ceremony obstinate = stubborn obstreperous = noisy, unruly, troublesome obtuse = stupid, dull occlude = block, to shut odious = despicable, hateful odoriferous = pleasant odor offal = inedible parts of a butchered animal offertory = church collection
1206. ogle = flirt, look at with amorous intentions
1207. 1208. 1209. 1210. 1211. 1212. 1213. 1214. 1215. 1216. 1217. 1218. 1219. 1220. 1221. 1222. 1223. 1224.
omnivorous = eating everything onerous = burdensome onus = burden opalescent = iridescent, displaying colors opportunist = One who takes advantage of circumstances opprobrious = abusive, disgraceful opprobrium = disgrace opus = literary work of musical composition ordain = appoint orifice = a small opening orison = prayer ornithologist = scientist who studies birds orotund = pompously said ossify = harden ostensible = apparent, seeming ostentatious = pretentious, showy overt = open to view overweening = arrogant, forward
1225. pacifist = one who opposes all violence 1226. paean = a song of praise 1227. palaver = babble, nonsense 1228. paleontologist (BRITISH = palaeontologist) = one who studies fossils 1229. palette = board for mixing paints 1230. pall = to become dull or weary 1231. palliate = to make less serious, ease 1232. pallid = pale, sallow, lacking color or liveliness 1233. palpable = touchable, obvious, real 1234. palpitate = beat, throb 1235. paltry = scarce, pitifully small or worthless 1236. panache = flamboyance, flair 1237. pandemic = spread over a whole area or country 1238. pandemonium = din, commotion 1239. pander = cater to people's baser instincts 1240. panegyric = praise 1241. panoply = full suit of armor 1242. pantomime = mime 1243. papyrus = paper 1244. paradox = seemingly in contradiction 1245. paragon = model of excellence or perfection 1246. paramour = lover 1247. parapet = rampart, defense 1248. parasite = one who lives at another's expense
1249. 1250. 1251. 1252. 1253. 1254. 1255. 1256. 1257. 1258. 1259. 1260. 1261. 1262. 1263. 1264. 1265. 1266.
1269. 1270. 1271. 1272. 1273. 1274. 1275. 1276. 1277. 1278. 1279. 1280. 1281. 1282. 1283. 1284. 1285. 1286. 1287. 1288. 1289. 1290. 1291. 1292.
pariah = outcast parley = conference, discussion paroxysm = outburst, convulsion parry = avert, ward off, reflect parsimonious = stingy partisan = supporter parvenu = newcomer, social climber passe = outmoded pastiche = imitation of another's style pastoral = rustic patent = the right to make or sell a new invention pathos = emotion, feeling of sadness patrician = aristocrat patricide = murder of one's own father patrimony = inheritance or heritage derived from one's father peccadillo = a minor fault peculate = embezzle, steal peculation = theft of money or goods pedagogue = dull, formal teacher pedant = a person who is too interested in formal rules and small unimportant details pedantic = bookish pediatrician (BRITISH = paediatrician) = a child doctor pediment = triangular gable on a roof or façade pejorative = insulting, having bad connotations pell-mell = in a confused manner pellucid = transparent, easily understood penance = voluntary suffering to repent for a wrong penchant = inclination penitent = repentant pensive = sad penumbra = partial shadow in an eclipse penurious = stingy perdition = damnation, complete ruin peregrination = wandering peremptory = dictatorial perennial = enduring, lasting perfidious = treacherous ( of a person ) perforce = by necessity perfunctory = careless, done in a routine way perigee = point when moon is nearest to the earth peripatetic = moving from place to place perjury = lying permeable = penetrable pernicious = destructive
1293. 1294. 1295. 1296. 1297. 1298. 1299. 1300. 1301. 1302. 1303. 1304. 1305. 1306. 1307. 1308. 1309. 1310.
1312. 1313. 1314. 1315. 1316. 1317. 1318. 1319. 1320. 1321. 1322. 1323. 1324. 1325. 1326. 1327. 1328. 1329. 1330. 1331. 1332. 1333. 1334. 1335. 1336.
peroration = conclusion of an oration pert = flippant, bold pertinacious = persevering pertinent = Relevant, applicable perusal = reading carefully petrify = calcify, shock petty = trivial petulant = irritable, peevish philistine = barbarian, narrow-minded person philology = study of words phlegmatic = sluggish, someone who is calm picaresque = roguish, adventurous pied = mottled, brindled pillory = punish by ridicule piquant = tart-tasting, spicy pique = sting, arouse interest pithy = concise, to the point pittance = alms, trifle pizzazz = the activeness of an energetic personality placid = Serene, calm plaintiff = injured person in a lawsuit plangent = plaintive, resounding sadly platitude = trite remark, stale platonic = nonsexual plebeian = common, vulgar plebiscite = referendum plenitude = Abundance plethora = overabundance plumb = measure poignant = pungent, sharp, emotionally moving polemic = a controversy politic = expedient, prudent, well devised polity = methods of government poltroon = coward polyglot = Speaking several tongues portend = omen portend = signify, augur portly = large, dignified potable = suitable for drinking potentate = sovereign, king prate = babble prattle = chatter, foolish talk preamble = introduction precept = principle, law
1337. 1338. 1339. 1340. 1341. 1342. 1343. 1344. 1345. 1346. 1347. 1348. 1349. 1350. 1351. 1352. 1353. 1354. 1355. 1356. 1357. 1358. 1359. 1360. 1361. 1362. 1363. 1364. 1365. 1366. 1367. 1368. 1369. 1370. 1371. 1372. 1373. 1374. 1375. 1376. 1377. 1378. 1379. 1380.
precipice = cliff, edge precipitous = steep precocious = advanced precursor = forerunner predilection = inclination, preference premeditate = plan in advance preponderance = predominance preposterous = ridiculous, illogical presage = omen, indicate in advance presentiment = sense of foreboding preternatural = abnormal prim = formal, prudish primogeniture = first-born child primordial = existing at the beginning, rudimentary primp = groom privation = lack of usual necessities or comforts probity = integrity, complete honesty proboscis = snout proclivity = inclination, tendency prod = urge prodigal = wasteful prodigious = marvelous, enormous profligate = licentious, prodigal, corrupt profusion = overabundance progenitor = ancestor progeny = children prognosis = forecast prognosticate = foretell prolix = long-winded, wordy promontory = headland, cape promulgate = publish, disseminate propagate = To spread propellant = rocket fuel propensity = inclination prophylactic = preventive propinquity = nearness, kinship propitiate = satisfy, to win over propitious = auspicious, favorable propound = propose prosaic = uninspired, flat, dull proscenium = platform, rostrum proscribe = prohibit, to condemn proselytize (BRITISH = proselytise) = recruit, convert prosody = study of poetic structure
1381. 1382. 1383. 1384. 1385. 1386. 1387. 1388. 1389. 1390. 1391. 1392. 1393. 1394. 1395. 1396. 1397. 1398. 1399. 1400.
protean = changing readily protract = To prolong, extend provender = dry food, fodder provident = having foresight, thrifty proviso = stipulation prude = puritan prudent = cautious, careful prurient = exhibiting lewd desires puerile = Childish pugnacious = combative, quarrelsome puissant = strong pulchritude = beauty pummel = beat, attack punctilious = careful in observing rules of behavior or ceremony pungent = sharp smell or taste purblind = obtuse, dim-sighted purgatory = limbo, netherworld purloin = To steal purport = claim to be purview = range, understanding 1401. pusillanimous = cowardly 1402. putative = reputed 1403. putrid = dirty, rotten 1404. 1405. 1406. 1407. 1408. 1409. 1410. 1411. 1412. 1413. 1414. 1415. 1416. 1417. 1418. 1419. quaff = to drink heartily quagmire = difficult situation quail = shrink, cower quaint = old-fashioned qualms = misgivings quandary = dilemma, difficulty quarry = prey, game quay = wharf queasy = squeamish quell = suppress, allay querulous = complaining quibble = to argue about insignificant and irrelevant details quiescent = still, motionless, at rest quintessence = The most essential part of anything quip = joke quirk = eccentricity 1420. quixotic = impractical, romantic 1421. quizzical = odd 1422. quorum = majority
1423. 1424. 1425. 1426. 1427. 1428. 1429. 1430. 1431. 1432. 1433. 1434. 1435. 1436. 1437. 1438. 1439. 1440. 1441. 1442. 1443. 1444. 1445. 1446. 1447. 1448. 1449. 1450. 1451. 1452. 1453. 1454. 1455. 1456. 1457. 1458. 1459. 1460. 1461. 1462. 1463. 1464. 1465. 1466.
rabid = mad, furious raconteur = story teller raiment = clothing rampant = unbridled, raging ramshackle = dilapidated, falling to pieces rancor (BRITISH = rancour) = resentment, dislike rankle = cause bitterness, resentment rant = rage, scold rapacious = grasping, avaricious, greedy rapprochement = reconciliation ratiocination = reasoning raucous = Harsh sounding ravenous = extremely hungry raze = destroy reactionary = related to, or favoring reaction realm = kingdom, domain recalcitrant = resisting authority or control recant = retract a statement recidivism = habitual criminal activity reciprocate = To give and take mutually recondite = known to only a few reconnaissance = surveillance recreant = coward, betrayer of faith recrimination = countercharge, retaliation rectitude = moral uprightness recumbent = reclining redolent = fragrant redoubtable = formidable, steadfast redundant = repetitious reek = smell refectory = dining hall refraction = bending, deflection refractory = obstinate regal = royal regale = entertain regimen = government rule, systematic plan rehabilitate = To restore to a former status relegate = assign to an inferior position remediable = capable of being corrected reminiscence = remembrance of past events remiss = Negligent remnant = residue, fragment remonstrate = to protest or object remorse = guilt
1467. 1468. 1469. 1470. 1471. 1472. 1473. 1474. 1475. 1476. 1477. 1478. 1479. 1480. 1481. 1482. 1483. 1484. 1485. 1486. 1487. 1488. 1489. 1490. 1491. 1492. 1493. 1494. 1495. 1496. 1497. 1498. 1499. 1500. 1501. 1502. 1503. 1504. 1505. 1506. 1507.
rend = to tear apart render = deliver, provide rendezvous = a meeting rendition = version, interpretation renegade = rebel, dissident renege = break a promise reparation = amends, atonement repartee = witty conversation repellent = causing aversion repercussion = consequence repine = fret replete = complete reprehensible = blameworthy, unacceptable reprieve = temporary suspension reprimand = rebuke reprisal = retaliation reproach = blame reprobate = morally unprincipled person reprove = to criticize or correct repudiate = to reject as having no authority requiem = rest, a mass for the dead requite = to return in kind rescind = revoke, cancel resilient = the quality of springing back respite = interval or relief resplendent = shining, splendid restitution = act of compensating for loss or damage restive = nervous, uneasy retaliate = revenge retinue = group of attendants retort = quick replay retrench = reorganize, to regroup retribution = reprisal retrieve = reclaim retroactive = applying to an earlier time retrograde = regress revelry = merrymaking revere = honor reverent = respectful reverie = daydream revile = to criticize with harsh language 1508. revulsion = intense aversion 1509. ribald = coarse, vulgar 1510. rife = widespread, abundant
1511. rigor = harshness 1512. rime = white frost 1513. risible = laughable 1514. risque = off-color, racy 1515. rococo = ornate, highly decorated 1516. roil = to disturb or cause disorder 1517. roseate = rosy, optimistic 1518. roster = list of people 1519. rostrum = stage for public speaking 1520. rout = vanquish 1521. rubicund = ruddy, having healthy reddish color 1522. ruffian = brutal person, bully 1523. ruminate = reflect upon 1524. rummage = hunt 1525. ruse = trick 1526. rustic = rural 1527. 1528. 1529. 1530. 1531. 1532. 1533. 1534. 1535. 1536. 1537. 1538. 1539. 1540. 1541. 1542. 1543. 1544. 1545. 1546. 1547. 1548. 1549. 1550. 1551. 1552. 1553. sacerdotal = priestly sacrosanct = sacred sagacious = wise sallow = sickly yellow in color salubrious = healthy salutary = good, wholesome sanctimonious = self-righteous sang-froid = coolness under fire sanguinary = gory, murderous sanguine = cheerful sapid = interesting sapient = wise, shrewd sarcophagus = stone coffin sardonic = scornful sartorial = pertaining to clothes sate = satisfy fully saturnine = gloomy satyr = demigod, goat-man saunter = walk in a leisurely manner savant = scholar savoir-faire = tact, polish savor (BRITISH = savour) = enjoy scarify = criticize schism = a division or separation scintilla = very small amount scintillate = sparkle scoff = ridicule
1554. 1555. 1556. 1557. 1558. 1559. 1560. 1561. 1562. 1563. 1564. 1565. 1566. 1567. 1568. 1569. 1570. 1571. 1572. 1573. 1574. 1575. 1576. 1577. 1578. 1579. 1580. 1581. 1582. 1583. 1584. 1585. 1586. 1587. 1588. 1589. 1590. 1591. 1592. 1593. 1594. 1595. 1596. 1597.
scurrilous = abusive, insulting scurry = move briskly scuttle = to sink sebaceous = like fat seclusion = solitude secular = worldly, nonreligious sedition = treason, resistance to authority sedulous = diligent seethe = fume, resent semblance = likeness senescence = old age sensual = related to the physical senses sententious = concise, trying to appear wise sepulcher (BRITISH = sepulchre) = tomb sequacious = eager to follow, ductile sequester = to remove or set apart seraphic = angelic, pure serendipity = making fortunate discoveries serenity = calm, peacefulness serrated = toothed, with a zigzag edge serried = saw-toothed servile = slavish, obedient shibboleth = password shoal = reef shrew = virago sidereal = pertaining to the stars simian = monkey like simper = smile foolishly, smirk sinecure = well paid position with little responsibility sinewy = fibrous, stringy sinuous = Curving in and out skinflint = miser skittish = excitable skulk = sneak about skullduggery (BRITISH = skulduggery) = trickery slake = to calm down or moderate slander = defame sleight = dexterity slither = slide sloth = laziness slough = to discard or shed slovenly = sloppy sluggard = lazy, inactive person smattering = superficial knowledge
1598. smirk = smug look 1599. snafu = a situation marked by errors or confusion 1600. snivel = whine 1601. sobriety = composed 1602. sobriquet = nickname 1603. sodden = soaked 1604. sojourn = trip, visit 1605. solace = consolation 1606. solecism = ungrammatical construction 1607. solicitous = considerate, concerned 1608. soliloquy = A monologue 1609. solstice = furthest point 1610. solvent = financially sound 1611. somatic = pertaining to the body 1612. somber (BRITISH = sombre) = gloomy 1613. somnambulist = sleepwalker 1614. somnolent = Sleepy 1615. sophist = person good at arguing deviously 1616. sophomoric = immature and overconfident 1617. soporific = sleep inducing 1618. sordid = foul, ignoble, dirty and unpleasant 1619. spasmodic = intermittent 1620. spate = sudden outpouring 1621. spawn = produce 1622. specious = false but plausible 1623. spectral = ghostly 1624. splenetic = peevish 1625. sporadic = occurring irregularly 1626. sportive = playful 1627. spry = nimble 1628. spume = foam 1629. spurn = reject 1630. squalid = filthy 1631. square one = the initial stage or starting point 1632. staccato = marked by abrupt, clear-cut sounds 1633. staid = demure, sedate, boring 1634. stanza = division of a poem 1635. steadfast = loyal, immovable 1636. stentorian = extremely loud 1637. stigma = mark of disgrace 1638. stilted = formal, stiff, unnatural 1639. stoic = indifferent to pain or pleasure 1640. stoke = prod, fuel 1641. stolid = impassive
1642. 1643. 1644. 1645. 1646. 1647. 1648. 1649. 1650. 1651. 1652.
1654. 1655. 1656. 1657. 1658. 1659. 1660. 1661. 1662. 1663. 1664. 1665. 1666. 1667. 1668. 1669. 1670.
1672. 1673. 1674. 1675. 1676. 1677. 1678.
1680. 1681. 1682. 1683. 1684. 1685.
stratagem = trick stratum = layer stricture = negative criticism strident = rough, harsh, caustic, loud stultify = inhibit, enfeeble stupor = lethargy stymie = hinder, thwart suave = smooth sublimate = to repress impulses sublime = lofty, excellent subliminal = subconscious, imperceptible sub-rosa = in secret substantiate = verify substantive = substantial subterfuge = cunning, ruse succinct = Concise succor (BRITISH = succour) = help, comfort succulent = juicy, delicious succumb = yield, submit suffuse = pervade, permeate sully = stain sultry = sweltering sunder = split sundry = various superannuated = retired supercilious = arrogant superficial = shallow and phony supernumerary = subordinate supplant = replace supple = easily bent surly = rude, crass surmise = to guess surmount = overcome surreptitious = secretive sustenance = supplying the necessities of life suture = surgical stitch swarthy = dark (as in complexion) sybarite = pleasure-seeker, lover of luxury sycophant = flatterer, flunky sylvan = rustic synchronous = happening at the same time synthetic = artificial, imitation taciturn = who does not talk much tainted = contaminated, corrupt
1686. 1687. 1688. 1689. 1690. 1691. 1692. 1693. 1694. 1695. 1696. 1697. 1698. 1699. 1700. 1701. 1702. 1703. 1704. 1705. 1706. 1707. 1708. 1709. 1710. 1711. 1712. 1713. 1714. 1715. 1716. 1717. 1718. 1719. 1720. 1721. 1722.
1724. 1725. 1726. 1727. 1728. 1729.
talisman = an object supposed to bring good luck talon = claw of an animal tantalize = tease tantamount = equivalent taper = candle tarn = small lake tarry = linger taurine = bull-like taut = tight, stretched tawdry = gaudy, cheap temerity = boldness temperate = moderate tempo = speed temporal = limited by time, secular, not lasting forever tenacious = persistent tendentious = biased tenet = doctrine, principle tensile = capable of being stretched tentative = provisional tenuous = thin, insubstantial tenure = status given after a period of time tepid = lukewarm terrapin = turtle terse = concise, brief testy = petulant tether = tie down, tie with a rope theocracy = government by the priests therapeutic = medicinal thespian = actor thrall = slave threnody = a sad poem or song, dirge throes = anguish throng = crowd thwart = to block or prevent from happening timbre = tonal quality, resonance timorous = fearful, timid tirade = scolding speech titanic = huge tithe = donate one-tenth titular = in name only, figurehead toady = fawner, sycophant tocsin = alarm bell, signal torpid = lethargic, inactive tortuous = with bends or turns
1730. 1731. 1732. 1733. 1734. 1735. 1736. 1737. 1738. 1739. 1740. 1741. 1742. 1743. 1744. 1745. 1746. 1747. 1748. 1749. 1750. 1751. 1752. 1753. 1754. 1755. 1756. 1757. 1758. 1759. 1760. 1761. 1762. 1763. 1764. 1765. 1766. 1767. 1768. 1769. 1770. 1771. 1772. 1773.
touchstone = standard traduce = slander transcend = To surpass transient = fleeting, temporary translucent = clear, lucid, almost transparent transmute = To change in nature or form travail = work, drudgery travesty = caricature, farce, parody tremulous = trembling, fearful trenchant = incisive, penetrating trepidation = fear tribunal = court tribute = a gift or statement showing respect trite = commonplace, insincere troglodyte = cave dweller truckle = yield truculent = fierce, savage, tending to argue a lot truism = self-evident truth tryst = meeting, rendezvous tumult = commotion tundra = treeless plain found in Arctic or sub arctic regions turbid = muddy, clouded turbulence = violent agitation turgid = Swollen, not flowing turpitude = Depravity, evil tutelage = guardianship tyranny = oppression tyro = beginner umbrage = resentment unassuming = modest uncouth = uncultured, crude unctuous = insincere undulate = surge, fluctuate uniformity = sameness unkempt = messy in appearance unobtrusive = inconspicuous, not blatant unsavory (BRITISH = unsavoury) = distasteful, offensive unscathed = unhurt unseemly = unbecoming, improper unsullied = spotless untenable = cannot be achieved upbraid = to scold sharply ursine = bear-like usurp = seize, to appropriate
1774. usury = overcharge, lending money at illegal rates of interest 1775. uxorious = a doting husband
1776. vacillate = to waver
1777. 1778. 1779. 1780. 1781. 1782. 1783. 1784. 1785. 1786. 1787. 1788. 1789. 1790. 1791. 1792. 1793. 1794. 1795. 1796. 1797. 1798. 1799. 1800. 1801. 1802. 1803. 1804. 1805. 1806. 1807. 1808. 1809. 1810. 1811. 1812. 1813. 1814. 1815. 1816.
vacuous = inane, empty, not showing intelligence or purpose vagary = whim vagrant = An idle wanderer vainglorious = conceited valor (BRITISH = valour) = bravery vanguard = leading position vapid = vacuous, insipid variegated = many-colored vassal = subject vaunted = boasted, bragged vehement = adamant venal = willing to do wrong for money vendetta = grudge, feud veneer = false front, façade venerable = respected because of age venial = excusable vent = small opening, outlet venturesome = bold, risky veracious = truthful, accurate verdant = green, lush verisimilitude = appearance of being true verity = Truth vernal = related to spring versatile = adaptable, all-purpose vex = annoy, to irritate viand = food vicarious = substitute, surrogate vicissitude = changing fortunes victuals = food vie = compete vignette = scene, decorative design vilify = defame vindicate = free from blame virile = manly virulent = deadly, poisonous visage = facial expression viscid = thick, gummy viscous = sticky, gluey, thick vitiate = spoil, ruin vitreous = glassy
1817. 1818. 1819. 1820. 1821. 1822. 1823. 1824. 1825. 1826. 1827. 1828. 1829. 1830. 1831. 1832. 1833. 1834. 1835.
vitriolic = scathing, burning vituperative = abusive vociferous = adamant, clamoring volition = free will voluminous = bulky, extensive, or great quantity votary = fan, aficionado vouchsafe = confer, bestow vulpine = fox-like waggish = playful wallow = indulge, luxuriate wan = sickly pale wane = dissipate, wither warranty = guarantee of a product's soundness wary = guarded, careful wastrel = spendthrift wax = increase, grow waylay = ambush wean = remove from nursing, break a habit weather = endure the effects of weather or other forces welter = confusion, hodgepodge wheedle = coax whet = stimulate, to sharpen whimsical = capricious wily = shrewd, clever wince = cringe winnow = separate winsome = charming wither = shrivel wizened = shriveled wont = custom wraith = ghost wrangle = loud quarrel wrath = anger, fury wreak = inflict wrest = snatch writhe = contort wry = twisted, amusing
1837. 1838. 1839. 1840. 1841. 1842. 1843. 1844. 1845. 1846. 1847. 1848. 1849. 1850. 1851. 1852. 1853.
1854. xanadu = an idyllic, exotic, or luxurious place 1855. xenophile = one attracted to foreign things (as styles or people)
1856. yen = desire 1857. yoke = join together, unite
1858. yore = long ago
1859. zaftig = (of a woman) having a full rounded figure , pleasingly plump
1860. zephyr = gentle breeze, west wind 1861. zero hour = the time set for the start of an action or operation