vocab 6

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vocab 6
2015-05-20 20:28:30
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  1. patent
    • easily recognizable; obvious
    • she was smiling with patent insincerity
  2. insidious
    • If something is slowly and secretly causing harm, it's insidious — like the rumors no one seems to listen to until suddenly someone's reputation is ruined. 
    • pernicious, subtle, harmful
  3. hem
    The hem is the very bottom, folded edge of a piece of clothing.
  4. prevail
    prove more powerful than opposing forces; be victorious
  5. deflection
    • a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)
    • a deflection from my goal is unthinkable
  6. decipher
    Decipher means translate from code, or more generally, figure out.
  7. fiddling
    (informal) small and of little importance
  8. fuss
    If you are making a fuss, settle down! A fuss is a state of excitement, and it's usually a out something not worth worrying or "fussing" about.
  9. fade out
    become weaker
  10. havoc
    Havoc is a noun that means devastation or total mayhem. Havoc often wreaked by hurricanes, angry mobs, plundering Vikings, and wild parties that get out of control.
  11. phallic
    Phallic means resembling or related to a penis: people often talk about phallic shapes, like the Washington Monument.
  12. ferret
    to dig for something until you find it.
  13. rehearse
    practice (a play, piece of music, or other work) for later public performance.
  14. moot
    subject to debate, dispute, or uncertainty, and typically not admitting of a final decision.
  15. muddle
    bring into a disordered or confusing state.
  16. intern
    a student or trainee who works, sometimes without pay, at a trade or occupation in order to gain work experience.
  17. daze
    A daze is a type of confusion, when you have a lack of clarity.
  18. venerable
    To be venerable is to be admired and respected because of your status or age. You will become venerable by achieving great things or just by living long enough
  19. descry
    catch sight of.
  20. desiccant
    Any remedy which, when applied externally, dries up or absorbs moisture, as that of wounds.
  21. desuetude
    A state of disuse or inactivity
  22. dexterity
    Readiness, precision, efficiency, and ease in any physical activity or in any mechanical work.
  23. diaphanous
  24. discomfit
    To put to confusion; to make feel someone uncomfortable or upset.
  25. disconcert
    disturb the composure of; unsettle
  26. disconsolate
    without consolation or comfort; unhappy.
  27. discountenance
    • refuse to approve of (something).
    • To look upon with disfavor.
  28. discredit
    To injure the reputation of.
  29. discreet
    • careful and circumspect in one's speech or actions, especially in order to avoid causing offense or to gain an advantage
    • Judicious
  30. disheveled
    • disordered clothing or hair
    • Disordered; disorderly; untidy.
  31. dissemble
    To hide by pretending something different.
  32. dissent
  33. dissolution
    A breaking up of a union of persons.
  34. divulge
    To tell or make known, as something previously private or secret
  35. dubious
  36. earthenware
    Anything made of clay and baked in a kiln or dried in the sun.
  37. edacious
    Given to eating.
  38. educe
    infer (something) from data; to draw out.
  39. effete
    Exhausted, as having performed its functions
  40. efficacy
    The power to produce an intended effect as shown in the production of it.
  41. effrontery
    • insolent or impertinent behavior.
    • impudence, impertinence, cheek
  42. effulgence
  43. elegy
    A lyric poem lamenting the dead
  44. emaciate
    grow weak and thin or waste away physically
  45. emblazon
    conspicuously inscribe or display (a design) on something
  46. encomium
    An encomium is a fancy word for a formal speech or piece of writing that warmly praises someone or something.
  47. encumbrance
    A burden or serious concern
  48. endemic
    Peculiar to some specified country or people.
  49. engrave
    To engrave is to carve into something, especially stone
  50. entangle
    To involve in difficulties, confusion, or complications.
  51. exhorted
    • to spur, urge, prod, encourage 
    • Henry exhorted his colleagues to join him in protesting against the university’s hiring policies
  52. exigent
    • When you describe something as exigent, you are saying it requires attention: it can't be ignored; urgent, critical
    • The patient has an exigent need for medication, or else he will lose his sight
  53. expunge
    • erase or remove completely
    • Fearful of an IRS investigation, Paul tried to expunge all incriminating evidence from his tax files
  54. incriminate
    • suggest that someone is guilty
    • he refused to answer questions in order not to incriminate himself
  55. expurgate
    To expurgate is to censor. Usually, people talk about expurgating bad words from something written or on TV.
  56. exult
    • feel extreme happiness or elation
    • When she found out she won the literature prize, Mary exulted by dancing and singing through the school’s halls
  57. facile
    • easy, requiring little effort
    • This game is so facile that even a four-year old can master it.
  58. feral
    • wild, savage
    • That beast looks so feral that I would fear being alone with it
  59. ardent
    • enthusiastic or passionate about something
    • ardent about being successful scientist
  60. fetid
    • having a foul odor
    • I can tell from the fetid smell in your refrigerator that your milk has spoiled.
  61. fetter
    • to chain, restrain
    • The dog was fettered to the parking meter
  62. fidelity
    • loyalty, devotion
    • Guard dogs are known for the great fidelity they show toward their masters.
  63. figurative
    • symbolic
    • Using figurative language, Jane likened the storm to an angry bull
  64. flabbergasted
    • astounded
    • Whenever I read an Agatha Christie mystery novel, Iam always flabbergasted when I learn the identity of the murderer
  65. foil
    • to thwart, frustrate, defeat, prevent from succeeding
    • Inspector Wilkens foiled the thieves by locking them in the bank along with their stolen money
  66. forage
    • to graze, rummage for food
    • When we got lost on our hiking trip, we foraged for berries and nuts in order to survive
  67. forestall
    • to prevent, thwart, delay
    • To forestall the effects of aging, exercise and take care of your health all your life
  68. forlorn
    • lonely, abandoned, hopeless
    • When John broke up with his girlfriend, she felt sad and forlorn...
  69. forsake
    • To forsake another person is to leave them entirely, usually in a moment of need.
    • to give up, renounce
    • My New Year’s resolution is to forsake smoking
  70. fraught
    Fraught means filled with something — often something bad. Your Thanksgiving was fraught with awkward moments when your family saw your blue hair, and it only got worse when you told them you'd quit law school to join the circus.
  71. lull
    • calm or send to sleep, typically with soothing sounds or movements.
    • the rhythm of the boat lulled her to sleep
  72. frenetic
    • frenzied, hectic, frantic
    • Kind of how you'd run around the kitchen madly trying to cook a last-minute dinner for 30 of your closest friends.
  73. genial
    • friendly, affable
    • Although he’s been known to behave like a real jerk, I would say that my brother is an overall genial guy
  74. gluttony
    • overindulgence in food or drink
    • Ada’s fried chicken tastes so divine, I don’t know how anyone can call gluttony a sin
  75. hapless
    • unlucky
    • My poor, hapless family never seems to pick a sunny week to goon vacation
  76. harrowing
    • greatly distressing, vexing
    • The car crash was a harrowing experience,but I have a feeling that the increase in my insurance premiums will be even more upsetting.
  77. sentiment
    • a view of or attitude toward a situation or event; an opinion, view, feeling, attitude
    • I agree with your sentiments regarding the road bridge
  78. hegemony
    • Hegemony is political or cultural dominance or authority over others. The hegemony of the popular kids over the other students means that they determine what is and is not cool
    • domination over others
  79. idolatrous
    • extreme admiration, love, or reverence for something or someone; worship of idols.
    • Xena’s idolatrous fawning over the band—following them on tour, starting their fan club, filming their documentary—is really beginning to get on my nerves.
  80. illicit
    forbidden, not permitted
  81. pamphlet
    A pamphlet is a little booklet with a soft (usually paper) cover that briefly addresses a particular subject of interest.
  82. impeccable
    • exemplary, flawless
    • If your grades were as impeccable as your sister’s,then you too would receive a car for a graduation present
  83. insolent
    • showing a rude and arrogant lack of respect.
    • impertinent, impudent, cheeky
    • He hated the insolent tone of her voice
  84. implement
    • 1. (n.) an instrument, utensil, tool
    • Do you have a knife or some other sort of implement that I could use to pry the lid off of this jar?
    • 2. (v.) to put into effect, to institute
  85. impregnable
    • unable to be captured or broken into.
    • Though the invaders used battering rams, catapults, the fortress proved impregnable and resisted all attacks.)
  86. batter
    strike repeatedly with hard blows; pound heavily and insistently
  87. impudent
    • casually rude, insolent, impertinent
    • The impudent young man lookedthe princess up and down and told her she was hot even though she hadn’t asked him
  88. inarticulate
    • incapable of expressing oneself clearly through speech
    • Though he spoke for over an hour, the lecturer was completely inarticulate and the students had no idea what he was talking about
  89. incarnate
    • existing in the flesh, embodied
    • If you encounter someone who pulls off butterflies’ wings for fun, you might describe that person as “evil incarnate.”
  90. incendiary
    An incendiary device is a bomb. Anincendiary statement is, "You're ugly, fat, and stupid." Both are likely to produce an explosion of one kind or another.
  91. increment
    • an enlargement; the process of increasing
    • The workmen made the wall longer, increment by increment
  92. indignation
    • anger sparked by something unjust or unfair situation
    • If recess gets canceled for everyone because two students get into a fight, the rest of the student body will respond with indignation
  93. infamy
    • notoriety, extreme ill repute
    • The infamy of his crime will not lessen as the decades pass
  94. infusion
    • an injection of one substance into another; the permeation of one substance by another
    • The infusion of Eastern religion into Western philosophy created interesting new schools of thought
  95. ingenious
    • clever, resourceful
    • Her ingenious use of walnuts instead of the peanuts called for by the recipe was lauded by the other garden club members who found her cake delicious.
  96. resourceful
    • having the ability to find quick and clever ways to overcome difficulties.
    • ingenious, enterprising, inventive, creative
  97. iniquity
    • wickedness or sin; absence of moral or spiritual values
    • “Your iniquity,” said the priest to the practical jokester,“will be forgiven.”
  98. injunction
    • an order of official warning
    • After his house was toilet-papered for the fifth time, the mayor issued an injunction against anyone younger than 21 buying toilet paper.
  99. innuendo
    • an insinuation
    • During the debate, the politician made several innuendos about the sexual activities of his opponent
  100. inoculate
    • to vaccinate
    • I’ve feared needles ever since I was inoculated against 37 diseases at age one; but I have also never been sick