Vocab Stack 4

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Vocab Stack 4
2010-06-15 14:21:23

Vocab Stack 4
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  1. vilify (v)
    to defame; to characterize harshly
  2. urbane (adj)
    urbanity (noun)
    sophisticated; refined; elegant
  3. ubiquitous (adj)
    existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; wide spread
  4. torpid (adj)
    torpor (noun)
    lethargic; sluggish; dormant
  5. supplant (v)
    to take the place of; supersede
  6. stoic (adj)
    stoicism (noun)
    indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast
  7. squalid (adj)
    squalor (noun)
    sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect
  8. satire (nou)
    satirical (adj)
    a literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision
  9. sanction (noun/v)
    authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance; to give permission or authority to
  10. redoubtable (adj)
    awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
  11. quiescence (noun)
    quiescent (adj)
    stillness; motionlessness; quality of being at rest
  12. quaff (v)
    to drink deeply
  13. putrefy (v)
    putria (adj)
    to rot; to decay and give off a foul order
  14. prolific (adj)
    producing large volumes or amounts; productive
  15. prodigious (adj)
    abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary
  16. preen (v)
    to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaberate care
  17. precursor (noun)
    one that precedes and indicates or announces another
  18. pious (adj)
    piety (noun)
    extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion
  19. peruse (v)
    perusal (noun)
    to examine with great care
  20. pernicious (adj)
    extremely harmful; potentially causing death
  21. penurious (adj)
    penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous
  22. oscillation (noun)
    oscillate (v)
    the act or state of swinging back and fourth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm
  23. opaque (adj)
    impenetrable by light; not reflecting light
  24. odious (adj)
    evoking intense aversion or dislike
  25. morose (adj)
    sad; sullen; melancholy
  26. inveigle (v)
    to obtain by deception or flattery
  27. intransigent (adj)
    intransigence (noun)
    refusing to comprise
  28. innocuous (adj)
    harmless; causing no damage
  29. inert (adj)
    unmoving; lethergic; sluggish
  30. incipient (adj)
    beginning to come into being or to become apparent
  31. impecunious (adj)
    lacking funds; without money
  32. hyperble (noun)
    hyperbolic (adj)
    an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech
  33. heretical (adj)
    heresy (noun)
    violating accepted dogma or convention
  34. harangue (v/noun)
    to deliver a pompous speech or tirade; a long, pompous speech
  35. gregarious (adj)
    sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people
  36. furtive (adj)
    marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious
  37. fallacy (noun)
    fallacious (adj)
    an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief
  38. facetious (adj)
    playful; humorous
  39. exonerate (v)
    to remove blame
  40. eulogy (noun)
    eulogize (v)
    a speech honoring the dead
  41. esoteric (adj)
    intended for or understood by a small specific group
  42. ephemeral (adj)
    breif; fleeting
  43. enigmatic (adj)
    enigma (noun)
    mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand
  44. empirical (adj)
    based on observation or experiment
  45. emollient (adj/noun)
    soothing, esp. to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying; an agent that softens or smoothes the skin
  46. elegy (noun)
    elegiac (adj)
    a mornful poem, esp. one amenting the dead
  47. eclectic (adj)
    composed of elements drawn from various sources
  48. ebullience (noun)
    ebullient (adj)
    the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
  49. dogmatic (adj)
    dogma (noun)
    expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or improvable principles
  50. disinterested (adj)
    free of bias or self-interest; impartial
  51. discretion (noun)
    discrect (adj)
    cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions
  52. didactic (adj)
    intended to teach or instruct
  53. demur (v)
    to question or oppose
  54. dearth (noun)
    smallness of quantity or number; scorcity; a lack
  55. culpable (adj)
    culpability (noun)
    deserving blame
  56. contritel (adj)
    contrition (noun)
    regretful; penitent; secking forgiveness
  57. contentious (adj)
    argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
  58. complaisance (noun)
    complaisant (adj)
    the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
  59. cogent (adj)
    appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
  60. chary (adj)
    wary; cautious; sparing
  61. caustic (adj)
    burning or stinging; causing corrosion
  62. catalyst (noun)
    a substance that accelerated the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change
  63. castigation (noun)
    castigate (v)
    severe criticism or punishment
  64. canon (noun)
    canonical (adj)
    an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature
  65. cacophony (noun)
    cacophonous (adj)
    harsh, jarring, discodant sound; dissonance
  66. bucolic (adj)
    rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
  67. burgeon (v)
    to grow rapidly or flourish
  68. axiom (noun)
    axiomatic (adj)
    a universally recognized principle
  69. avarice (noun)
    avaricious (adj)
    greed, esp. for wealth
  70. accetic (noun)
    one who practices rigid self-denial esp. as an act of religious devotion
  71. ameliorate (v)
    to make better or more tolerable
  72. aesthetic (adj)
    dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
  73. adulation (noun)
    excessive praise; intense adoration
  74. accolade (noun)
    an expression of praise
  75. abate (v)
    to lessen in intensity or degree