Vocabulary Set 1

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Vocabulary Set 1
2014-02-01 15:54:57
This set of cards is from the book "1100 Words You Need to Know."
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  1. laconic
    • Using very few words.(of a person, speech, or style of writing)"his laconic reply suggested a lack of interest in the topic"
    • adjective
  2. intrepid
    • fearless; adventurous 
    • "our intrepid reporter"
    • adjective
  3. reticent
    • not revealing one's thoughts or feelings readily.
    • "she was extremely reticent about her personal affairs"
    • adjective
  4. caustic
    1.able to burn or corrode organic tissue by chemical action."a caustic cleaner"

    • 2.sarcastic in a scathing and bitter way."the players were making caustic comments about the refereeing"
    • Adjective
  5. wrest

    • 1.forcibly pull (something) from a person's grasp."Leila tried to wrest her arm from his hold" (verb)
    • 2.a key for tuning a harp or piano.(noun)
  6. incipient
    • in an initial stage; beginning to happen or develop."he could feel incipient anger building up"
    • adjective
  7. tremulous
    • shaking or quivering slightly.
    • "Barbara's voice was tremulous"
    • Adjective
  8. bristle
    1. react angrily or defensively, typically by drawing oneself up. (verb)

    2. (of hair or fur) stand upright away from the skin, esp. in anger or fear. (verb)
  9. euphemism
    • a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing."“downsizing” as a euphemism for cuts"
    • noun
  10. incongruous
    • not in harmony or keeping with the surroundings or other aspects of something.
    • "the duffel coat looked incongruous with the black dress she wore underneath"
    • Adjective
  11. repudiate
    refuse to accept or be associated with.

    • "she has repudiated policies associated with previous party leaders"
    • verb
  12. alacrity
    brisk and cheerful readiness.

    • "she accepted the invitation with alacrity"
    • noun
  13. promulgate

    promote or make widely known (an idea or cause).

    • "these objectives have to be promulgated within the organization"
    • verb
  14. castigate
    reprimand (someone) severely.

    "he was castigated for not setting a good example"

  15. inane
    silly; stupid.

    • "don't constantly badger people with inane questions"
    • adjective
  16. scurrilous
    making or spreading scandalous claims about someone with the intention of damaging their reputation.

    "a scurrilous attack on his integrity"

  17. clandestine
    kept secret or done secretively, esp. because illicit.

    "she deserved better than these clandestine meetings"

  18. admonish
    • warn or reprimand someone firmly.
    • "she admonished me for appearing at breakfast unshaven"
    • Verb
  19. duress
    • threats, violence, constraints, or other action brought to bear on someone to do something against their will or better judgment.
    • "confessions extracted under duress"
    • noun
  20. inexorable
    impossible to stop or prevent.

    • "the seemingly inexorable march of new technology"
    • adjective
  21. egregious
    outstandingly bad; shocking.

    "egregious abuses of copyright"

  22. duplicity
    deceitfulness; double-dealing.

  23. acrimonious
    (typically of speech or a debate) angry and bitter.

    "an acrimonious dispute about wages"

  24. paucity
    the presence of something only in small or insufficient quantities or amounts; scarcity.

    "a paucity of information"

  25. pernicious
    having a harmful effect, esp. in a gradual or subtle way.

    "the pernicious influences of the mass media"

  26. construe
    interpret (a word or action) in a particular way.

    "his words could hardly be construed as an apology"

  27. sally
    1. a sudden charge out of a besieged place against the enemy; a sortie. (noun)

    • 2. make a military sortie.(verb)
    • "they sallied out to harass the enemy"
  28. consternation
    feelings of anxiety or dismay, typically at something unexpected.

    "I always welcomed clover, much to the consternation of the neighbors"

  29. precocious
    • 1.(of a child) having developed certain abilities or proclivities at an earlier age than usual.
    • "he was a precocious, solitary boy"

    • 2. (of behavior or ability) indicative of early development.
    • "a precocious talent for computing"

    3.(of a plant) flowering or fruiting earlier than usual.
  30. perfunctory
    (of an action or gesture) carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection. Done without care, superficial

    "he gave a perfunctory nod"

  31. chargin
    1. distress or embarrassment at having failed or been humiliated.(noun)

    "Jeff, much to his chagrin, wasn't invited"

    2. feel distressed or humiliated.

    "he was chagrined when his friend poured scorn on him" (verb)
  32. perverse
    (of a person or their actions) showing a deliberate and obstinate desire to behave in a way that is unreasonable or unacceptable, often in spite of the consequences.

    "Kate's perverse decision not to cooperate"

  33. deride
    express contempt for; ridicule.

    "critics derided the proposals as clumsy attempts to find a solution"

  34. disparage
    regard or represent as being of little worth.

    "he never missed an opportunity to disparage his competitors"

  35. laudable
    (of an action, idea, or goal) deserving praise and commendation.

    "laudable though the aim might be, the results have been criticized"

  36. eschew
    deliberately avoid using; abstain from.

    "he appealed to the crowd to eschew violence"

  37. quell
    put an end to (a rebellion or other disorder), typically by the use of force.

    "extra police were called to quell the disturbance"

  38. voluble
    speaking or spoken incessantly and fluently.

    "she was as voluble as her husband was silent"

  39. dubious
    1. hesitating or doubting.

    "Alex looked dubious, but complied"

    2. not to be relied upon; suspect.

    "extremely dubious assumptions"

  40. implacable
    unable to be placated.

    "he was an implacable enemy of Ted's"

  41. monolithic
    1. formed of a single large block of stone.

    2. (of an organization or system) large, powerful, and intractably indivisible and uniform.

    "rejecting any move toward a monolithic European superstate"

  42. indignant
    feeling or showing anger or annoyance at what is perceived as unfair treatment.

    "he was indignant at being the object of suspicion"

  43. arbitrary
    based on random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system.

    "his mealtimes were entirely arbitrary"

  44. stymie
    prevent or hinder the progress of.

    "the changes must not be allowed to stymie new medical treatments"

  45. effigy
    a sculpture or model of a person.

    "coins bearing the effigy of Maria Theresa of Austria"

  46. flout
    openly disregard (a rule, law or convention).

    "these same companies still flout basic ethical practices"

  47. cognizant
    having knowledge or being aware of.

    "statesmen must be cognizant of the political boundaries within which they work"

  48. forthwith
    (esp. in official use) immediately; without delay.

    "we undertake to pay forthwith the money required"

  49. exacerbate
    make (a problem, bad situation, or negative feeling) worse.

    "the forest fire was exacerbated by the lack of rain"

  50. besiege
    surround (a place) with armed forces in order to capture it or force its surrender; lay siege to.

    "the guerrillas continued to besiege other major cities to the north"

  51. privation
    a state in which things that are essential for human well-being such as food and warmth are scarce or lacking.

    "years of rationing and privation"

  52. ubiquitous
    present, appearing, or found everywhere.

    "his ubiquitous influence was felt by all the family"