Vocab Stack 1

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Vocab Stack 1
2010-06-14 15:45:26

Vocab Stack 1
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  1. volatile (adj)
    volatility (noun)
    readily changing to a vapor; changeble; fickle; explosive
  2. vituperate (v)
    to use harsh, condemnatory language; to abuse or censure severely or abusively; berate
  3. vigilant (noun)
    vigilance (ajd)
    alertly watchful
  4. vexation (noun
    vex (v)
    annoyance; irritation
  5. veriegated (adj)
    multicolored; characterized by a variety of patches of different color
  6. vacillate (v)
    to waver indecisively between one course of action or opinion and another; waver
  7. untenable (adj)
    indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable
  8. unfeigned (adj)
    genuine; not fals or hypocritical
  9. trenchant (adj)
    sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating
  10. tout (v)
    to publicly praise or promote
  11. terse (adj)
    brief and concise in wording
  12. tacit (adj)
    implied; not eplicitly stated
  13. subtle (adj)
    not obvious; elusive; difficult to descern
  14. spendthrift (nou)
    one who spends money wastefully
  15. sparse (adj)
    thin; not dense; arranged at widely spaced intervals
  16. soporifc (adj)
    causeing drowsiness; tending to induce sleep
  17. shard (noun)
    a piece of broken pottery or glass
  18. sedulous (adj)
    diligent; persistent; hard working
  19. renege (v)
    to fail to honor a commitment; to go back on a promise
  20. refulgent (adj)
    radiant; shiny; brilliant
  21. recondite (adj)
    hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure
  22. rarely (v)
    to make or become thin, less dense; to refine
  23. quotidian (adj)
    occurring or recurring daily; commonplace
  24. quixotic (adj)
    foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romantic ideals
  25. pungent (adj)
    characterized by a strong, sharp smell or taste
  26. prosaic (adj)
    dull; lacking in spirit or imagination
  27. propensity (noun)
    a natural inclination or tendency, penchant
  28. profligate (adj)
    profligacy (noun)
    excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant
  29. proclivity (noun)
    a natural predisposition or inclination
  30. probity (noun)
    adherence to highest principles; complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness
  31. pristine (adj)
    pure; uncorrupted; clean
  32. presumptuous (adj)
    overstepping due bounds (as of propriety or courtesy); taking liberties
  33. pragmatic (adj)
    practical rather than idealistic
  34. plethora (noun)
    an overabundance; a surplus
  35. phlegmatic (adj)
    calm; sluggish; enemotional
  36. pervade (v)
    pervasive (adj)
    to permeate throughout
  37. ostentatious (adj)
    characterized by or given to pretentious display; showy
  38. obstinate (adj)
    stubborn; hardheaded; uncompromising
  39. obfuscate (v)
    to deliberately obscure; to make confusing
  40. neophyte (noun)
    a recent convert; a beginner; novice
  41. mollify (v)
    to calm or soothe; to deduce in emotional intensity
  42. mercurial (adj)
    characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood
  43. maverick (noun)
    an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party
  44. laconic (adj)
    using few words; terse
  45. intrepid (adj)
    steadfast and courageous
  46. intractable (adj)
    not easily managed or directed; stubborn; obstinate
  47. inimical (adj)
    damaging; harmful; injurious
  48. indifferent (adj)
    having no interest or concern; showing no bias or prejudice
  49. impetuous (adj)
    hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement
  50. immutable (adj)
    not capable of change
  51. imminent (adj)
    about to happen; impending
  52. hubris (noun)
    overbearing presumption or pride; arrogance
  53. glib (adj)
    marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; lacking in depth; superficial
  54. garrulous (adj)
    pointlessly talkative, talking too much
  55. flout (v)
    to show contempt for, as in a rule or convention
  56. fawn (v)
    to flatter or praise excessively
  57. divulge (v)
    to disclose something secret
  58. desparage (v)
    to slight or belittle
  59. dilettante (noun)
    one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
  60. desiccate (v)
    to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull
  61. derision (noun)
    derisive (adj)
    deride (v)
    scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment
  62. decorum (noun)
    decorous (adj)
    polite or appropriate conduct or behavior
  63. cynicism (noun)
    cynical (adj)
    an attitude or quality or belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
  64. credulous (adj)
    credulity (noun)
    tending to believe too readily; gullible
  65. convention (noun)
    a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude
  66. contiguous (adj)
    sharing a border; touching; adjacent
  67. astringent (adj/noun)
    having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe; something with a tightening effect on tissue
  68. anarchronism (noun)
    something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context
  69. amenable (adj)
    agreeable; responsive to suggestion
  70. alchemy (noun)
    a midieval science aimed as the transmutation of metals, esp. base metals into gold
  71. aggrandize (v)
    to increase in intensity, power, influence or prestige
  72. acerbic (adj)
    having a sour or bitter taste or character; sharp; biting