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Vocabulary Booster, Volume II

ABHOR (v.) to strongly detest or
ABSTEMIOUS (adj.) sparing in
food and drink
ABSTRACT (adj.) theoretical,
not concrete
ACQUIESCE (v.) to agree with,
to go along with
ADVERSARY (n.) opponent or
ADVOCATE (v. / n.) to support /
a supporter
ALLEVIATE (v.) to relieve, to
AMBIGUOUS (adj.) unclear in
AMBIVALENT (adj.) torn
between two conflicting
AMORPHOUS (adj.) lacking a
definite shape or form
obsolete, outdated
ANECDOTE (n.) a short story
intended to instruct or amuse
ARBITRARY (adj.) random, by
ARCHAIC (adj.) outdated,
obsolete, ancient
ARTICULATE (adj.) skillful in
the use of language, well-spoken
ASCENDANCY (n.) the state of
rising or ascending; domination
ASSENT (n. / v.) agreement / to
agree or consent

ASSIDUOUS (adj.) hard
working, diligent
ASTUTE (adj.) smart, perceptive
AUGMENT (v.) to increase in
size, to swell
AUSPICIOUS (adj.) favorable,
fortunate, boding well for the
AUSTERE (adj.) stark, severely
AUTOCRATIC (adj.) having
total power, dictatorial
AUTONOMY (n.) independence
AVARICIOUS (adj.) greedy
AVUNCULAR (adj.) having the
qualities of an uncle

BEHEMOTH (n.) something that
is huge, gigantic
BENEFACTOR (n.) one who
provides financial support
BENEVOLENT (adj.) kind,

ornery, agitated, mean-spirited
CASTIGATE (v.) to scold
severely, berate
CAUSTIC (adj.) biting, scornful
CLICHE (n.) an overused saying
or expression
COLLOQUIAL (adj.) pertaining
to everyday language or speech
COMMEMORATE (v.) to honor
the memory of

COMPLACENT (adj.) peaceful,
CONDONE (v.) to allow
something to happen, to give
approval to a questionable act
CRYPTIC (adj.) secretive,
hidden, hard to understand

DEFINITIVE (adj.) defining;
held up as the ultimate example
of something
DELINEATE (v.) to mark with a
line (or lines)
DESECRATE (v.) to violate, to
make impure, to defile
DESTITUTE (adj.) extremely
poor, poverty stricken
DETERRENT (n.) something
that prevents something from
DETRIMENTAL (adj.) harmful
DEVIOUS (adj.) tricky, crafty,
DIATRIBE (n.) a lengthy and
accusatory speech
DIGRESS (v.) to turn away from
the main point, to get off track
DILATORY (adj.) tending to
DIMINUTION (n.) a decrease or
DISDAIN (v.) contempt or
scorn; bitter dislike
DIVERGE (v.) to split or move

DOFF (v.) to take off an item of
DON (v.) to put on an item of
DRACONIAN (adj.) extremely
harsh, severe, oppressive

EBULLIENT (adj.) extremely
EDIFY (v.) to instruct, to educate
EGREGIOUS (adj.) extremely
bad or mistaken
ELOQUENT (adj.) well spoken,
marked by expressive and
persuasive speech
ELUSIVE (adj.) hard to capture
or grasp
EMISSARY (n.) agent or
ERUDITION (n.) deep learning,
ESCHEW (v.) to avoid
ETYMOLOGY (n.) the study of
word origins
EUPHEMISM (n.) a pleasant
way of saying something
EVANESCENT (adj.) vanishing
quickly, fleeting
EXALTED (adj.) holding a high
position, greatly respected
EXEMPLARY (adj.) serving as a
good example
EXONERATE (v.) to free from

) bit by bit / in a gradual way PINE (v. trite remark POSTERITY (n. lacking foresight N NOXIOUS (adj.) reckless in spending PROFOUND (adj.) a person who donates large sums of money to charitable causes PIECEMEAL (adj. able to be accomplished FLORID (adj. possible. hidden.) having a positive outlook .) new development INSURMOUNTABLE (adj. reckless with money PROFLIGATE (adj. disentangle.) brave.) treacherous. uncultivated FEASIBLE (adj. gloomy MYOPIC (adj. soften. quirk IDOLATRY (n.) unable to change or be changed INCONGRUOUS (adj.) odd personality trait. hasten EXTRANEOUS (adj. disloyal PERPETUAL (adj.) lacking energy LOQUACIOUS (adj.) extremely stubborn.) someone who leaves their native land to settle elsewhere EXPEDITE (v. honest.EXPATRIATE (n.) doable. to yearn for PLATITUDE (n.) to extract. remove GERMANE (adj.) sneaky. merry.) extremely poor and given to begging / a beggar METICULOUS (adj. without end PESSIMISM (n.) a person who is extremely stingy or cheap MITIGATE (v.) near sighted.) pertaining to motion K L P LACONIC (adj.) making no difference.) flowery FOOLHARDY (adj. free. lacking trepidation INVOKE (v. deeply moving PROPENSITY (n.) sparing in words LAUD (v.) to soothe. overstatement JOVIAL (adj.) not able to be corrected. given to joking I KINETIC (adj.) pertaining to money PENURY (n.) pertaining to memory MOLLIFY (v. stealthy G HIERARCHY (n. very powerful person PRECOCIOUS (adj.) harmful NURTURE (v.) unquestioning. beyond redemption INDIFFERENT (adj.) lacking in importance or seriousness FURTIVE (adj.) ruler.) exaggeration.) daring in a foolish way FRIVOLOUS (adj.) sad. innate.) barren.) not congruent. / adv. to raise O OPAQUE (adj.) sociable GULLIBLE (adj.) characterized by early development.) deep.) to care for. dissimilar INCORRIGIBLE (adj.) impossible to see through OPTIMISTIC (adj.) to make easier FALLOW (adj.) power structure HYPERBOLE (n. advanced at an early age PRIVATION (n.) to quicken.) stinginess. very clever INGENUOUS (adj.) smoothflowing MENDICANT (adj.) natural.) future generations POTENTATE (n. open INHERENT (adj. monarch.) a condition or result of deprivation or loss PRODIGAL (adj.) extra and unnecessary EXTRICATE (v.) to miss. related to the point at hand GLUTTON (n.) good natured.) to call upon H J F FACILITATE (v.) to praise LISTLESS (adj.) overused saying.) to lessen or moderate the severity of something MNEMONIC (adj.) wasteful. pertaining to the essential nature of something INNOVATION (n.) unable to be defeated INGENIOUS (adj.) evil intent MELLIFLUOUS (adj. easily fooled IDIOSYNCRASY (n.) continuous.) tendency PROTEGE (n.) habitual overeater GRANDIOSE (adj. pacify MOROSE (adj. not caring one way or the other INDOMITABLE (adj.) talkative PARSIMONY (n.) paying very close attention to detail MISER (n.) a person who is groomed for a position M MALICE (n.) unable to be overcome INTRACTABLE (adj. to long for.) a gloomy or negative outlook PHILANTHROPIST (n.) worship of false idol(s) IMMUTABLE (adj. cheapness PECUNIARY (adj.) overly grand GREGARIOUS (adj.) poverty PERFIDIOUS (adj. fearless.) genuine.) pertinent.) pertaining to a genius. / n. not able to be solved INTREPID (adj.

) to surpass.) cautious WANE (v. moody WISTFUL (adj. or just language in general RIBALD (adj.) secretive. listlessness TRANSCEND (v.) of or pertaining to a tempest or storm TENACIOUS (adj.) brown-noser.) overused.) combative. changeable.) resulting in monetary gain. a consequence of a problematic situation RANCID (adj.) serpentlike.) unyielding. putrid. harsh. shrill SUBSIDIZE (v. dormant.) minimal SCRUTINIZE (v.) uprightness.) lush with greenery VILIFY (v. marked by good judgment PUGNACIOUS (adj.) to decrease. snake-like SLUGGISH (adj. fearful TIRADE (n. ill will REBUFF (v.) explosive. lewd.) possible but subject to change.) loud. tending to evaporate quickly W WARY (adj. beat back RECTIFY (v. disgusting RANCOR (n. disapproval RESCIND (v. wise and foolish at the same time STAID (adj. to revere VERACITY (n. scented REMEDIAL (adj.PROVINCIAL (adj.) vulgarly humorous.) at fault. negligent REMUNERATIVE (adj. unoriginal TRUNCATE (v.) anger.) to take back.) slow moving. hard to arouse SOPHOMORIC (adj.) quiet.) timid. recall.) truthfulness VERBOSE (adj.) full of or filled with REPRIMAND (v.) not overt.) to hate or detest RHETORIC (n. moral virtue REDOLENT (adj.) haughty.) proper.) a brief break or rest REVILE (v. servile flatterer T TACITURN (adj. stealthy SYCOPHANT (n. correct RECTITUDE (n. arrogant.) pertaining to a province.) pertaining to a remedy REMISS (adj. forceful TENET (n.) poisonous.) skillful use of language.) lack of energy. vigorous R S RACONTEUR (n.) unnecessary.) foul. repeal SCANT (adj.) to assist financially SUBTLE (adj.) to snub.) to make into or portray as a villain VIRULENT (adj. nuanced.) fickle. subject to fine distinctions SUPERCILIOUS (adj. toxic VOLATILE (adj. not definite THEOLOGY (n. tending to fight Q QUIESCENT (adj. to greatly respect. / n. reduce U UTOPIA (n.) a key belief or principle TENTATIVE (adj.) a lengthy and abusive verbal attack TORPOR (n.) fragrant. nullify. go beyond TRITE (adj. extraneous SURREPTITIOUS (adj. profitable REPARATIONS (n.) money to be paid for injury or damage REPLETE (adj. crude ROBUST (adj.) a perfect place V VENERATE (v. narrow-minded PRUDENT (adj.) a branching out.) to examine closely (visually) SEEMLY (adj. diminish WHIMSICAL (adj. boring STRIDENT (adj.) wise.) bland.) to hold in high regard. reserved TEMPETUOUS (adj.) strong. hearty.) quiet.) a person who tells witty and amusing stories RAMIFICATION (n.) blame REPROACH (n.) to shorten.) of or pertaining to a sophomore.) wordy VERDANT (adj.) the study of religion TIMOROUS (adj.) blame. suitable SERPENTINE (adj. temporarily inactive RESPITE (n.) filled with regret and longing .) to fix. overly proud SUPERFLUOUS (adj.