Reading for College: Vocab 1-9 Review

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  1. emulate
    strive to equal or exceed
  2. contrite
    remorseful
  3. recalcitrant
    stubbornly disobedient
  4. diffident
    timid; lacking in self-confidence
  5. drone
    talk in a dull way
  6. nullify
    make valueless
  7. parsimony
    stinginess
  8. propriety
    properness; good manners
  9. tenacious
    gripping firmly or hard to defeat
  10. animated
    enlivened; moving extensively
  11. blithe
    carefree; cheerful
  12. dearth
    lack
  13. enthrall
    thrill
  14. irascible
    irritable
  15. venerate
    deeply respect
  16. amity
    friendship
  17. auspicious
    favorable
  18. fickle
    capricious, unpredictable
  19. lethargy
    sluggishness; laziness or indifference
  20. hackneyed
    overused
  21. bastion
    stronghold; fortress
  22. trepidation
    fear; apprehension
  23. fortuitous
    accidental
  24. assuage
    lesen
  25. torpid
    sluggish
  26. furtive
    secretive; sly
  27. supercilious
    haughty/stuck up
  28. innocuous
    harmless; banal
  29. ambiguous
    unclear in meaning
  30. paucity
    scarcity
  31. extraneous
    surplus to what is required
  32. caustic
    like acid; corrosive
  33. incongruous
    not going well together
  34. appease
    to soothe; to pacify by giving into
  35. jeopardy
    danger
  36. remorse
    sadness; regret
  37. pivotal
    crucial
  38. scrupulous
    strict; careful; hesitant for ethical reasons
  39. refutation
    proof of error
  40. respite
    a rest; a period of relief
  41. stoical
    indifferent to pain or pleasure, joy, grief, fortune, misfortune
  42. volatile
    highly unstable; explosive
  43. hedonism
    belief that pleasure is the greatest good
  44. idiom
    • styles of speaking
    • phrase not meant literally
  45. apocryphal
    of doubtful authenticity
  46. disparage
    belittle
  47. ephemeral
    short-lived
  48. compliant
    submissive
  49. prosaic
    dull
  50. profuse
    extravagant and flowing
  51. expedient
    • advantageous without necessarily being right or proper
    • doing something to get it done
  52. fastidious
    difficult to please
  53. bellegerent
    hostile
  54. astute
    shrewd; keen in judgment
  55. languish
    become weak or depressed
  56. censure
    condemn severely for having done something bad
  57. stagnation
    motionless; inactivity
  58. mitigate
    moderate the effect
  59. reprehensible
    deserving of rebuke (punishment)
  60. engender
    produce
  61. exemplify
    be an example of
  62. relegated
    dropped
  63. anecdote
    short account of a humorous or revealing incident
  64. fallacy
    a false notion or belief
  65. incoherent
    confused
  66. repress
    hold down
  67. solicit
    to ask for; seek
  68. reproach
    scold; blame or disgrac
  69. condescend
    patronize; stoop to someone else's level in a demeaning way
  70. orthodox
    conforming to what is generally accepted
  71. indolence
    laziness
  72. congenial
    pleasant
  73. preclude
    prevent
  74. efface
    • erase
    • talk at length about
  75. taciturn
    habitually silent
  76. ameliorate
    improve
  77. acquiesce
    agree without protest
  78. atrophy
    wasting away
  79. dubious
    uncertain; full of doubt
  80. immutable
    unchanging
  81. static
    stationary; not changing
  82. credulous
    easily fooled (gullible)
  83. blasphemous
    showing irreverence for God
  84. coalesce
    come together
  85. cryptic
    mystifying
  86. levity
    lightness; frivolity
  87. ambivalence
    simultaneously conflicted feelings
  88. innate
    inborn; inherent
  89. sycophantic
    servile flattering
  90. esoteric
    hard to understand or peculiar
  91. discern
    see clearly; recognize
  92. disdain
    scorn
  93. temperate
    neither very hot nor very cold
  94. enigma
    mystery
  95. provincial
    limited in outlook; narrow
  96. futile
    useless
  97. benevolent
    kindly
  98. pious
    extremely religious
  99. conciliatory
    peace-making
  100. resignation
    passive submission
  101. resolute
    determined; unwavering
  102. servile
    submissive
  103. acute
    sharp
  104. reticent
    disinclined to speak
  105. virulent
    highly infectious
  106. lucid
    clear
  107. aesthetic
    having to do with artistic beauty
  108. prodigal
    wasteful
  109. complacent
    self-satisfied
  110. guile
    cunning (sneaky smart)
  111. incessant
    unending
  112. laudable
    worthy of praise
  113. deter
    prevent
  114. provocative
    attention-attracting
  115. gravity
    seriousness
  116. depravity
    moral corruption
  117. banal
    trite - boring, predictable, unoriginal
  118. extol
    praise extravagantly
  119. euphonious
    pleasant sounding
  120. deride
    ridicule; laugh at
  121. insipid
    • dull; banal
    • tasteless
  122. austere
    unadorned; stern; forbidding
  123. philanthropy
    love of mankind; donating to charity
  124. deference
    submissive to another's will by respect
  125. vacillate
    to be indecisive; waver back and forth
  126. fervor
    passion
  127. alleviate
    lessen; relieve, usually temporarily
  128. conspicuous
    standing out; obvious
  129. ascetic
    hermitlike; practicing self-denial
  130. profound
    deep or insightful (opposite of superficial), extensive
  131. dogmatic
    arrogantly assertive; close-mindedly claiming something is beyond dispute
  132. condone
    overlook or permit to happen
  133. volition
    will; conscious choice
  134. didactic 
    intrusive; intended to teach something
  135. disparate
    different; incompatible

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