Daily Vocab. II

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  1. cogent
    • adj: appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
    • The judge rejected that argument in a cogent and wholly convincing judgment.
  2. complaisance
    • noun: the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
    • adj form: complaisant
    • A rebellion of public opinion against such complaisance is possible but not certain.
  3. contentious
    • adj: argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
    • a contentious issue
  4. contrite
    • adj: regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness
    • noun form: contrition
    • a broken and a contrite heart
  5. culpable
    • adj: deserving blame
    • noun form: culpability
    • sometimes you’re just as culpable when you watch something as when you actually participate
  6. dearth
    • noun: smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack
    • there is a dearth of evidence
  7. demur
    • verb: to question or oppose
    • normally she would have accepted the challenge, but she demurred
  8. didactic
    • adj: intended to teach or instruct
    • a didactic novel that set out to expose social injustice
  9. discretion
    • noun: cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions
    • adj form: discreet
    • she knew she could rely on his discretion
  10. disinterested
    • adj: free of bias or self-interested; impartial
    • a banker is under an obligation to give disinterested advice
  11. dogmatic
    • adj: expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or improvable principles
    • noun form: dogma
    • he gives his opinion without trying to be dogmatic
  12. ebullience
    • noun: the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
    • adj form: ebullient
    • the ebullience of happy children
  13. eclectic
    • adj: composed of elements drawn from various sources
    • her musical tastes are eclectic
  14. elegy
    • noun: a mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead
    • adj form: elegiac
    • As a result, modern elegies more often than not break with the decorum of earlier modes of mourning and become melancholic, self-centered, or mocking.
  15. emollient
    • adj/noun: soothing, esp. to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying; an agent that softens or smoothes the skin
    • an emollient cream
  16. nefarious
    • adj.wicked, evil:
    • "a nefarious plot."
  17. noisome
    • adj.harmful, offensive, destructive:
    • "The noisome odor of the dump carried for miles."
  18. obdurate
    • adj.hardened against influence or feeling; intractable.
    • An example of obdurate is a judge who sentences a man without feeling.
    • He is known for his obdurate determination.
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Daily Vocab. II
2014-06-02 02:03:08
GRE,Daily,06/08/14 - 06/14/14
Daily Vocab. II
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