LR2 Vocabulary

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LR2 Vocabulary
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  1. Abash (v)
    to destroy the self confidence, poise, or self-possession of; disconcert, make ashamed or embarrassed:

    "The heckler's intent was to abash the speaker in hopes of distracting her from her imporant message."
  2. Abate (v)
    to reduce in amount, degree,  intensity; lessen, diminish or suppress (a nuisance):

    "The accountant's skillful recommendations were enough to abate his client's tax burden making it a more reasonable sum."
  3. Abdicate (v)
    to renounce or relinquish a throne, right, power, claim or responsibility in a formal manner.

    "The ailing ruler chose to abdicate his throne in order to save his country."
  4. Aberrant (adj.)
    departing form the right, normal or usual course, deviant:

    "When a child's behavior and school work are abberrant, a good teacher will take notice and inquire about the child's welfare."
  5. Abhor (v)
    to regard with extreme repugnance or aversion:

    "I abhor the current healthcare policy because I know the dire effects it has on the physicians who actually provide the healthcare."
  6. Abrogate (v)
    to abolish by formal or official means:

    "It would be  nice if a new administration can abrogate Obamacare before it is too late."
  7. Abysmal (adj.)
    of or like an abyss; immeasurably deep or great:

    "The real estate market's decline in Florida is abysmal with no end in sight for the homeowner's."
  8. Accretion (n)
    an increase by natural growth or by gradual external addition:

    "The gradual accretion of illegal immigrants has caused a population explosion in the border states."
  9. Acolyte (n)
    any attendant, assistant, or follower/ admirer, fan:

    "Although I can understand his point of view, I am not one of his acolytes."
  10. Acquiesce (v)
    to assent tacitly; submit or comply silently or without protest:

    "Becasue she was silent, she appeared to acquiesce to the board's decision."
  11. Acrimonious (adj.)
    caustic, stinging, or bitter in nature, speech, behavior:

    "The political ads become more acrimonious and distasteful as the election progresses."
  12. Acumen (n)
    keen insight, shrewdness, mental sharpness:

    "Her acumen and skill propelled her to the top of her class in law school."
  13. Allegory (n)
    a symbolic story, parable, representation:

    "The witnesses account of the crime seemed more like an allegory than a factual re-telling."
  14. Aperture (n)
    an opening, as a hole, slit or crack, gap:

     The aperture on my camera adjusts the amount of light coming through the lens.
  15. Arcane (adj.)
    known or understood by very few, mysterious secret; obscure; esoteric:

    My husband is the master of trivia and arcane medical facts.
  16. Aver (v)
    to assert or affirm with confidence; to allege as a fact:  

    The participants at the rally aver their allegiance to the candidate when they purchase the candidate's signs and t-shirts.
  17. Baleful (adj.)
    full of menancing influences, evil sinister:  

    Until recently, vampires were depicted in movies as the dark, baleful villain.
  18. Banal (adj.)
    ordinary, trite: devoid of freshness or originality:

    The comedian repeated the same banal, worn-out jokes every night.
  19. Capacious (adj.)
    spacious, vast; capable of holding much:

    The new SUV provided plenty of room for our luggage due to its capacious cargo area.
  20. Capricious (adj.)
    flighty, impulsive; subject to, led by, erratic:  

    He was frequently distracted with questions leading to a capricious and disjointed lecture.
  21. Cataclysm (n)
    catastrophe, violent upheaval, especially one of a social or politcal nature:

    The terrorist attack on 911 was a cataclysm that hurt the psyche of the American people.
  22. Catharsis (n)
    purging, venting: a purging of emotions:

    Being able to call someone to vent about your day can be a catharsis.
  23. Censure (v)
    to condemn severely for doing something bad:

    Congress did not censure the Congressman despite his heinous actions.
  24. Charlatan (n)
    fraud, con-man:

    Personally I feel that most politicans are charlatans whose words are not to be trusted.
  25. Chicanery (n)
    trickery, deceitfulness:

    It could be argued that Jose Baez's opening argument was full of smoke, mirrors, and chicanery.
  26. Clemency (n)
    mercy, forgivenss, mildness:

    The governor's last act was to offer clemency to some high-profile inmates.
  27. Compendium (n)
    summary, abridgment, brief treatment of a subject:

    My husband's library has many books including several compendiums of Neurology.
  28. Complicity (n)
    participating in wrongdoing; state of being an accomplice:

    Her complicity and involvement in the crime were evidenced by the store's surveillance tapes.
  29. Condone (v)
    to overlook, permit to happen:

    We could not condone the employee's blatant abuse of the overtime policy.
  30. Convivial (adj.)
    festive, merry, friendly, agreeable:

    His convivial personality makes him very approachable and the life of every party.
  31. Copious (adj.)
    voluminous, abundant:

    When the levy burst, it allowed copious amounts of water to flood New Orleans.
  32. Debacle (n)
    overwhelming defeat:

    The holes in the defense made the game an embarrassing debacle for the home team.
  33. Deleterious (adj.)
    harmful:

    Because the mother's habits were deleterious to her child, the child was removed from her custody.
  34. Demagogue (n)
    a leader who is more of a rabble rouser:

    His true identity as a demagogue is evidenced by his constant divisive remarks that have created damage to the country's core.
  35. Denigrate (v)
    defame, slander:

    Certain news groups do all they can to denigrate the opponent in the campaign.
  36. Deprecate (v)
    condemn, criticize:

    He tends to deprecate her with his accusations and tone when she makes an error.
  37. Dilatory (adj.)
    causing a delay:

    My daughter's morning routine is dilatory and frequently puts her behind in the morning.
  38. Disinterested (adj.)
    not taking sides; unbiased:

    The mediator must be disinterested in the final outcome in order to effectively do her job.
  39. Doltish (adj.)
    moronic:

    His immature remarks and behavior came across as doltish and ridiculous.
  40. Draconian (adj.)
    cruel, harsh:

    Vlad the Impaler maintained a draconian torture chamber where he terrorized his prisoners.
  41. Ebullient (adj.)
    effervescent, sparkling:

    Her ebullient personality was most apparent when she talked about her art.
  42. Edifice (n)
    building, structure:

    The Empire State Building is an imposing edifice along the New York skyline.
  43. Efface (v)
    annul, erase; wipe out, expunge:

    The judge opted to efface the newly presented evidence as it was not properly disclosed during discovery.
  44. Empirical (adj.)
    verifiable or proven:

    A good attorney relies on their instinct and empirical knowledge of the court system.
  45. Epithet (n)
    a disparaging term:

    The media improperly refer to him as a murderer, an epithet that will be hard to overcome.
  46. Erudite (adj.)
    scholarly, learned:

    Despite the attorney's maneuvering, he was not able to confuse the erudite judge.
  47. Esoteric (adj.)
    obscure:

    The Jeopardy contestant seemed to recall a vast array of esoteric facts and trivia.
  48. Exacerbate (v)
    worsen, intensify:

    I usually laugh during an argument and this tends to exacerbate my husband's frustration.
  49. Expiate (v)
    make amends, repent:

    I have yet to see Joe Biden expiate for his off-color ridiculously offensive remarks.
  50. Expository (adj.)
    explanatory:

    We were asked to write an expository brief of the three cases to find a loophole for our client.

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