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2012-07-26 20:53:16

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  1. Appropriate
    (v) to take for one's own use, confiscate

    He appropriated the trust funds for himself.
  2. Alloy
    (v) to commingle; to debase by mixing with something inferior; unalloyed means pure
  3. Arrest, arresting
    (v/adj) to suspend; to engage; holding one's attention: as in arrested adolescense, an arresting portrait

    The young lady had an an arresting smile.
  4. August (not month)
    (adj.) majestic venerable

    An august performance of a religious drama.
  5. Bent
    (n) leaning, inclination, proclivity, tendency: 

    He had a natural artistic bent.
  6. Broach
    (v) bring up, announce, begin to talk about

    The U.S. and China began their dialogue Monday that gives Washington a chance to broach thorny issues with Beijing.
  7. Brook
    (v) to tolerate, endure, countenance

    I will brook no interference when I play HON.
  8. Cardinal
    (adj) major, as in cardinal sin

    The pope is of cardinal significance to Catholics.
  9. Chauvinist
    (n) a blindly devoted patriot

    The sixty year old chauvinistic veteran voted for the war-mongering scoundrel as president.
  10. Color
    (v) to change as if by dyeing, i.e. to distort, gloss or affect (usually the first)

    Yellow journalism colored the truth.
  11. Consequential
    • (adj)
    • 1. following as an effect, result, or outcome; resultant;consequent.
    • 2. pompus, self-important

    • ex1. After finding cockaroaches rolling out of the couch, the consequential action was to throw out the couch.
    • ex2. The consequential young boy shouted wolf before he met hubris.
  12. Abscond
    (v) to depart clandestinely; to steal and hide

    The cashier absconded with themoney.
  13. Aberrant
    (adj) deviating from the norm

    The aberrant turducken did not belong with any other animals.
  14. Alacrity
    (n) eager and enthusiastic willingness

    We accepted Teddy's wedding invitation with alacrity.
  15. Anomaly
    (n) deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality

    With his quiet nature, he was an anomaly in his exuberant family.
  16. approbation
    noun. an expression of approval or praise

    There was a hardy approbation of the citizens due to the tax cut.
  17. arduous
    adj. - strenuous, taxingl requiring significant effort
  18. assuage
    v. - to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify

    I did my best to assuage Sonia's grief, but the death of her husband was too painful.
  19. audacious
    adj daring and fearless; recklessly bold
  20. austere
    • 1.severe in manner or appearance; uncompromising; strict;forbidding
    • 2.rigorously self-disciplined and severely moral; ascetic;abstinent 

    • ex1 An austere teacher, like Randy, will not allow anyone to turn in homework late.
    • ex2 The austere quality of life in the convent was not for the free spirited Shaniqua.
  21. aciomatic
    adj taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
  22. canonical
    adj. following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards

    The Bible is composed of canonical documents such as The Dead Sea Scrolls
  23. capricious
    • adj. inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic, unpredictable
    • He's such a capricious boss I never know how he'll react.
  24. censure
    v. to criticize severely

    The newspapers were unanimous in their censure of the tax proposal.
  25. chicanery
    n. trickery or deception by quibbling or sophistry

    He resorted tothe worst flattery and chicanery to win the job.
  26. connoisseur
    n. an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
  27. convoluted
    adj complex or complicated
  28. disabuse
    v. to undeceivel to set right

    Disabuse yourself especially of the belief that any grace or flow of style can come from writing rapidly.
  29. discordant
    adj conflictinl dissonant or harsh in sound
  30. disparate
    adj fundamentally distinct or dissimilar

    Together with the ex-communists, thet will form a disparate but probably effective opposition.
  31. effrontery
    n. extreme boldness; presumptuousness

    The effrontery of Jesus against the Pharisees was made possible because He had the truth.
  32. eloquent
    adj. well-spoken, expressive, articulate
  33. enervate
    v. to weaken; to reduce in vitality

    Pikachu's Tail Whip will enervate the enemy's defenses.
  34. ennui
    n. dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy

    The endless lecture produced anunbearable ennui amongst the students.
  35. equivocate
    v. to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent

    When asked directly for his position on disarmament, the candidate only equivocated.
  36. erudite
    adj. very learnedl scholarly
  37. exculpate
    v. exonerate to clear of blame

    The guilty party attempted to create evidence that would exculpate himself; however, justice was served.
  38. exigent
    adj - urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention

    Heath Ledger played an exigent role for The Batman series; his death was a big blow to the balance of the story.
  39. extemporaneous
    adj. improvised; done without preparation

    The speech was extemporaneous and is not included in his published papers.
  40. filibuster
    n. intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
  41. fulminate
    v. to loudly attack or denounce

    Politicians fulminate about double standards and gay marriage to their opponents.
  42. ingenuous
    adj. frank and candid; lacking in sophistication

    Everyone was flexible and ingenuous and looked for ways to keepthings going.
  43. inured
    adj. accustomed to accepting something undesirable

    Vietnam veterans may be graver, more inured and equable men.
  44. irascible
    adj. easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts
  45. laud
    v. to praise highly
  46. lucid
    adj. clear; easily understood
  47. magnanimity
    n. the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, esp. in forgiving.

    The magnanimity of Jesus to forgive us is incomprehensible.
  48. martial
    adj. associated with war and the armed forces
  49. mundane
    adj. of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary
  50. nascent
    adj. coming into being; in early developmental stages

    Thanks to the early government-led concessions program, local residents may have a stake in the nascent tourism industry.
  51. nebulous
    adj. vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form

    I only had a nebulous recollection of the lecture as I was half-asleep.
  52. neologism
    n. a new word, expression, or usage; the creation or use of new words for senses

    Please give me a strong incentive to keep reading your blog by avoiding the use of this awful neologism, like "YOLO".
  53. nocious
    adj harmful, injurious
  54. obtuse
    adj. lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
  55. obviate
    v. to anticipate and make unnecessary

    The safety manual was added to obviate the risk of serious injury.
  56. onerous
    adj. troubling; burdensome

    It makes sense not to have controls so onerous that your own companies cannot compete with foreign rivals.
  57. paean
    n. a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving

    His last public work, the mural is a paean to the city's recreation, streetlife and vibrant neighborhoods.
  58. parody
    n. a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, esp. in literature and art
  59. perennial
    adj. recurrent through the year or many years; happening repeatedly
  60. perfidy
    n. intentional breach of faith; treachery

    The perfidy of Benedict Arnold shall forever be remembered as one of the greatest acts of treason.
  61. perfunctory
    adj. cursory; done without care or interest

    In Bobert Ternansky's lectures he reveals himself to be merely a perfunctory speake, clearly doesn't know how to teach.
  62. perspicacious
    adj. acutely perceptice; having keen discernment

    If there had been any perspicacious scribes in the time of Jesus, they would have believed in Him.
  63. prattle
    v. to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner.

    These are the same guys who prattle on and on about their diets,cooking skills, ever-so-clever children and cute little pets.
  64. precipitate
    v. acting with excessive haste or impuse

    If Russia put up missles in Cuba it would precipitate a cold war.
  65. predilection
    n. a disposition in favor of something; preference

    In both cases, the more partisan the participant, the more pronouncedthe respective predilection.
  66. prescience
    n. foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occuring

    The present system was wisely devised and the prescience of the forefathers who laid its foundations was something spectacular.
  67. prevaricate
    v. to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead

    The guilty man did in fact prevaricate in his testimony as he later admitted.
  68. qualms
    n. misgivings; preservations; causes for hesitancy
  69. recant
    v. to retract, esp. a previously held belief
  70. refute
    v. to disprove; to successfully argue against
  71. relegate
    v. to forcible assign, esp. to a lower place or position

    After agering his boss he was relegated to a post at the fringes of the diplomatic service.
  72. reticent
    adj. quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings

    Caregivers also should be aware that children might be reticent to admit their guilt.
  73. solicitous
    adj. concerned and attentive; eager

    When Susan got a fever I became solicitous about about health.
  74. sordid
    adj. characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul

    In the bible, elders and deacons are called to shepard the flock of God not for sordid gain.
  75. squander
    v. to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
  76. static
    adj. not moving, active, or in motion; at rest
  77. stupefy
    v. to stun, baffle, or amaze
  78. stymie
    v. to block; thwart

    Failure by one could stymie advancement on the others.
  79. synthesis
    n. the combination of parts to make a whole
  80. torque
    adj. winging, twisting; excessively complicated
  81. truculent
    adj. fierce and cruel; eager to fight

    Pasha the puppy had at first been truculent and unruly until Tama the dog whisperer had tamed him.
  82. veracity
    n. truthfulness, honesty
  83. virulent
    adj. extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
  84. voracious
    adj. having and insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous
  85. waver
    v. to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion