English Vocab

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English Vocab
2010-04-25 19:07:23

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  1. a outrance
    • the utmost extremity
  2. acquiesce
    submit or comply silently or without protest
  3. allusion
    passing or casual reference
  4. altruistic
    unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others
  5. ambiguous
    open to or having several possible meanings or
  6. amiable
  7. anecdote
    a short account of a particular incident or event of an interesting or amusing nature
  8. arbiter
    a person empowered to decide matters at issue; judge
  9. caricature
    • a picture, description, etc., ludicrously exaggerating the peculiarities or defects of persons or things
  10. cliche
    a trite, stereotyped expression
  11. colloquial
    characteristic of or appropriate to ordinary or familiar conversation rather than formal speech or writing; informal
  12. compatriot
    a native or inhabitant of one's own country
  13. contemporaneity
    ving or occurring during the same period of time
  14. digression
    a passage or section that deviates from the central theme in speech or writing
  15. dogma
    a system of principles or tenets, as of a church
  16. egotistical
    given to talking about oneself; vain; boastful; opinionated
  17. embody
    to give a concrete form to
  18. enigma
    a puzzling or inexplicable occurrence or situation
  19. ephemeral
    lasting a very short time
  20. epitome
    a person or thing that is typical of or possesses to a high degree the features of a whole class
  21. erudite
    characterized by great knowledge; learned or scholarly
  22. expository
    of the nature of exposition; serving to expound, set forth, or explain
  23. Hobbesian
    the only way to secure civil society is through universal submission to the absolute authority of a sovereign
  24. hyperbole
  25. imbecility
    an instance or point of weakness
  26. inflammable
  27. infrahuman
    less than human; subhuman
  28. inherent
    existing in someone or something
  29. intangible
    not tangible; incapable of being perceived by the sense of touch
  30. jargon
    peculiar to a particular trade, profession, or group
  31. lamentable
    regrettable; unfortunate
  32. manifestation
    outward or perceptible indication; materialization
  33. mixed metaphor
    he use in the same expression of two or more metaphors that are incongruous or illogical when combined
  34. multipara
    a woman who has borne two or more children, or who is parturient for the second time
  35. oratorical
    f, pertaining to, or characteristic of a speaker
  36. perspicuity
    clearness or lucidity
  37. phenomena
    • a fact, occurrence, or circumstance observed or observable
    • impressive
  38. preposterous
  39. pretension
    the laying of a claim to something
  40. rhetorical question
    a question asked solely to produce an effect or to make an assertion and not to elicit a reply
  41. sagacity
  42. sardonic
    characterized by bitter or scornful derision; mocking; cynical; sneering
  43. senile
  44. specious
    apparently good or right though lacking real merit
  45. stint
    to limit to a certain amount
  46. superannuate
    to allow to retire from service or office on a pension because of age or infirmity
  47. tenacity
    the quality or property of being tenacious
  48. unction
    an act of anointing
  49. utile
  50. verity
    something that is true, as a principle, belief, idea, or statement
  51. weal
    well-being, prosperity, or happiness
  52. whimsical
    given to whimsy or fanciful notions
  53. ad hominem
    attacking the person
  54. aesthetic
    concerned with pure emotion
  55. ambivalence
  56. analogous
  57. anarchist
    promotes disorder
  58. authoritarian
    complete subjection to authority
  59. balanced sentence
    has parallel clauses
  60. behemoth
    monstrous size
  61. brawn
    muscular strength
  62. catalyst
    causes or acccelerates reaction
  63. cavil
    find fault unecessarily
  64. coalesce
    grow together
  65. consecrated
  66. convergence
    meeting point
  67. cordial
    liquor or medicine
  68. critical
    inclined to find fault
  69. deft
  70. demagogue
    leader who joins the population
  71. derogatory
  72. dictate
  73. discord
    lack of harmony
  74. egotism
  75. eminent
    high in rank
  76. equitable
    fair or reasonable
  77. expedient
    condusive to interest
  78. extended definition
    attempt to explain a complex term
  79. exuberence
  80. fallacy
    false notion or belief
  81. finnesse
    extreme skill
  82. geneological
    by family
  83. homlogous
    similar relation
  84. hone
  85. humanistic
    strong interest in human dignity or values
  86. ideologue
    one who advocates
  87. imperious
  88. incantation
  89. inconstancy
    not constant
  90. incredulous
  91. intrinsic
    built in
  92. intuition
    perception of truth
  93. irony
    conveys opposite meaning
  94. laxity
  95. malignity
  96. manliness
    suitable for males
  97. mayhem
  98. metaphor
    used to suggest resemblance
  99. morphological
    form or structure of something
  100. objective
    • goal
    • never changing
  101. proscribed
    denounced or condemned
  102. cavil
    to raise irritating and trivial objections; find fault with unnecessarily
  103. obstinacy
  104. officious
    objectionably aggressive in offering one's unrequested and unwanted services, help, or advice; meddlesome
  105. opportunism
    action or judgment in accordance with this policy
  106. paradoxical
  107. parallel construction
    sentences with parrallel clauses
  108. paternal
    of the father
  109. paucity
    smallness of quantity; scarcity
  110. pernicious
    deadly; fatal
  111. pestilential
  112. precipitous
    extremely or impassably steep
  113. precocious
    unusually advanced or mature in development
  114. preeminent
    above all
  115. primogeniture
    pertaining to the first born
  116. rapier
    sword with a narrow blade
  117. regenerate
    to make anew
  118. renunciation
    an act or instance of relinquishing, abandoning, repudiating, or sacrificing something, as a right, title, person, or ambition
  119. reproach
    to find fault with
  120. reverence
    a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration
  121. rhetorical parellelism
    matching clauses and statements
  122. satire
    the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly
  123. skepticism
  124. solicitude
    anxiety or concern
  125. sovereignty
  126. spontaniety
  127. stasis
  128. subjective
    appelaing to emotions
  129. subsistence
    the state or fact of existing
  130. subversion
    to overthrow
  131. syllogysm
    logical deduction
  132. synonomous
    of the same
  133. tentative
    able to change
  134. triumvarate
    government of 3
  135. troglodyte
    a hermit
  136. uncanny
    having or seeming to have a supernatural or inexplicable basis
  137. unflagging
  138. adulation
    extreme praise
  139. chemise
    dress that starts at shoulders and goes straight down
  140. circumlocution
    to go around the topic
  141. cortier
  142. despotism
    absolute ruling
  143. empathetic
    can relate with experiences
  144. encomium
    a formal expression of high praise; eulogy
  145. enmity
  146. esoteric
    understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest
  147. fetters
    to confine; restrain
  148. idyll
    • poem or prose composition, usually describing pastoral scenes or events
    • or any charmingly simple episode, appealing incident, or the like
  149. imprudence
    lacking discretion
  150. ineptitude
  151. inequitable
    unjust or unfair
  152. inquisitive
    given to inquiry, research, or asking questions; eager for knowledge; intellectually curious
  153. maverick
    • a lone dissenter, as an intellectual, an artist, or a politician, who
    • takes an independent stand apart from his or her associates
  154. mirth
    gaiety or jollity, esp. when accompanied by laughter
  155. obstinate
    rmly or stubbornly adhering to one's purpose, opinion, etc
  156. ominous
    portending evil or harm; foreboding; threatening; inauspicious
  157. opprobrious
    outrageously disgraceful or shamefu
  158. overstatement
  159. personification
    to give human like qualities
  160. philanthropy
    An activity performed with the goal of promoting the well-being of fellow man
  161. raillery
    good-humored ridicule; banter
  162. recapitulate
    to review by a brief summary, as at the end of a speech or discussion; summarize
  163. rector
    a member of the clergy in charge of a parish
  164. repudiation
    When one party refuses to honor their terms in a loan contract
  165. repugnance
    strong distaste, aversion, or objection
  166. rhapsody
    ecstatic expression of feeling or enthusiasm
  167. ribald
    vulgar or indecent in speech, language, etc
  168. rustic
    of, pertaining to, or living in the country, as distinguished from towns or cities; rural
  169. sarcastic
    harsh or bitter derision or irony
  170. slovenly
    untidy or unclean in appearance or habits
  171. understatement
    • to state or represent less strongly or strikingly than the facts would
    • bear out; set forth in restrained, moderate, or weak terms
  172. unpretentious
  173. rye
    a widely cultivated cereal grass
  174. alliteration
    the commencement of two or more stressed syllables of a word group either with the same consonant sound or sound group
  175. altruism
    the principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others
  176. amphipod
    any of numerous small, flat-bodied crustaceans of the group Amphipoda, including the beach fleas, sand hoppers
  177. antithesis
    opposition; contrast
  178. apostrophe
    • a digression in the form of an address to someone not present, or to a
    • personified object or idea, as “O Death, where is thy sting?”
  179. apprehension
    anticipation of adversity or misfortune; suspicion or fear of future trouble or evil
  180. aromatical
    fragrant or sweet-scented
  181. ascribe
    to credit or assign, as to a cause or source
  182. brusque
    abrupt in manner; blunt; rough
  183. buttress
    • any external prop or support built to steady a structure by opposing
    • its outward thrusts, esp. a projecting support built into or against
    • the outside of a masonry wall
  184. circumscribe
    to draw a line around; encircle
  185. consort
    companion, associate, or partner
  186. contemplative
    thoughtful, reflective, meditative
  187. credulous
    willing to believe or trust too readily, esp. without proper or adequate evidence; gullible
  188. deductive
    • logical process in which a conclusion drawn from a set of premises
    • contains no more information than the premises taken collectively
  189. deicide
    the act of killing a god
  190. didactic
    intended for instruction; instructive
  191. dubious
    doubtful; marked by or occasioning doubt
  192. elegiac
    expressing sorrow or lamentation
  193. elicit
    to draw or bring out or forth; educe; evoke
  194. engender
    to produce, cause, or give rise to
  195. fanciful
    capricious or whimsical in appearance
  196. enigmatic
    perplexing; mysterious
  197. gestation
    The conception and development of a plan or an idea in the mind
  198. imperious
    domineering in a haughty manner; dictatorial; overbearing
  199. interstices
    an intervening space
  200. intrinsic
    belonging to a thing by its very nature
  201. juxtaposition
    an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, esp. for comparison or contrast
  202. limpets
    • any of various marine gastropods with a low conical shell open beneath,
    • often browsing on rocks at the shoreline and adhering when disturbed
  203. metaphysical allusion
    focusing on a dramatic event, such as damnation, salvation, death, or love
  204. muse
    to think or meditate in silence, as on some subject
  205. obstinate
    irmly or stubbornly adhering to one's purpose, opinion, etc.; not yielding to argument, persuasion, or entreaty
  206. onomatopoeia
    the formation of a word, as cuckoo or boom, by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its referent
  207. parody
    a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing
  208. pelagic
    of or pertaining to the open seas or oceans
  209. pervasive
    to become spread throughout all parts of
  210. plumule
    • 1.the bud of the ascending axis of a plant while still in the embryo.
    • 2. a down feather.
  211. predecessor
    a person who precedes another in an office, position, etc.
  212. predilection
    a tendency to think favorably of something in particular; partiality; preference
  213. pretension
    the laying of a claim to something
  214. punning
    • the humorous use of a word or phrase so as to emphasize or suggest its
    • different meanings or applications, or the use of words that are alike
    • or nearly alike in sound but different in meaning; a play on words
  215. rebuttal
    rejoinder, refutation, denial, confutation
  216. sacrilegious
    pertaining to or involving sacrilege
  217. speculative
    pertaining to, of the nature of, or characterized by speculation, contemplation, conjecture, or abstract reasoning
  218. stave
    one of the thin, narrow, shaped pieces of wood that form the sides of a cask, tub, or similar vessel.
  219. subordinate clause
    a clause that modifies the principal clause or some part of it or that serves a noun function in the principal clause
  220. validity
    • egal soundness or force