vocab 27

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vocab 27
2015-05-20 23:01:03
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  1. flicker
    • (of light or a source of light) shine unsteadily; vary rapidly in brightness.
    • If your computer screen is flickering right now, you are probably having trouble reading this.
  2. groan
    A groan is a sound of pain or disapproval that doesn't consist of words, usually heard after homework is assigned or bad jokes are told.
  3. roost
    a perch on which domestic fowl rest or sleep
  4. reverberate
    (of a loud noise) be repeated several times as an echo.
  5. hodgepodge
    • a confused mixture
    • Rob's living room was a hodgepodge of modern furniture and antiques
  6. fury
    Violent, angry, and ferocious, fury is a feeling of wild, intense anger. Before you let your fury get the best of you, it's good to take a few deep breaths before you speak.
  7. hum
    make a low, steady continuous sound like that of a bee.
  8. aghast
    • filled with horror or shock.
    • horrified, appalled, dismayed, thunderstruck, stunned
  9. subliminal
    • below the threshold of sensation or consciousness; perceived by or affecting someone's mind without their being aware of it.
    • subconscious, unconscious
  10. defy
    To defy is to openly refuse to do something.
  11. fluke
    A fluke is an unexpected stroke of good luck. It was a fluke to find that fifty dollar bill on the ground, and it made you smile for the rest of the day.
  12. pang
    • a sudden sharp pain or painful emotion.
    • Lindsey experienced a sharp pang of guilt
  13. plight
    • a dangerous, difficult, or otherwise unfortunate situation
    • predicament, quandary, difficult situation, dire straits, trouble, difficulty
  14. abet
    encourage or assist (someone) to do something wrong, in particular, to commit a crime or other offense.
  15. abeyance
    A state of suspension or temporary inaction
  16. ablution
    A washing or cleansing, especially of the body
  17. abrogate
    repeal, revoke, rescind, repudiate, overturn, annul
  18. abolish
    To abolish is to get rid of or annul.
  19. abscond
    leave hurriedly and secretly, typically to avoid detection of or arrest for an unlawful action such as theft.
  20. accede
    To agree.
  21. adage
    An old saying.
  22. adumbrate
    • report or represent in outline.
    • To cause to appear greatly.
  23. agile
    • Able to move or act quickly, physically, or
    • mentally.
  24. agog
    The word agog means with great excitement and interest.
  25. zeitgeist
    the defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time.
  26. amalgamate
    • To mix or blend together in a homogeneous body; combine
    • he amalgamated his company with another
  27. ambidextrous
    Having the ability of using both hands with equal skill or ease.
  28. anathema
    • Something that one absolutely and positively cannot stand is anathema. Garlic is anathema to vampires 
    • something or someone that one vehemently dislikes.
  29. animadversion
    The utterance of criticism or censure
  30. aplomb
    Confidence; coolness.
  31. apostate
    • An apostate is someone who has deserted his religious or political cause.
    • originally comes from a Greek word that meant "runaway slave."
  32. apotheosis
    the elevation of someone to divine status; deification
  33. apparition
    a ghost or ghostlike image of a person
  34. apposite
    Something apposite is fitting or relevant. It is apposite that radio stations play Christmas carols on Christmas Eve, and that your tax accountant takes vacation after April 15th. It all makes sense.
  35. apprise
    inform or tell; To give notice to (someone).
  36. approbation
    approval or praise, sanction
  37. arboreal
    If it has to do with trees, you can call it arboreal. Monkeys that live in trees are arboreal. The rings of a tree are an indication of arboreal age.
  38. pertain
    To pertain is to be relevant or somehow associated with something. If you're a lawyer, you try to find evidence that will pertain to the case and eliminate anything that is not connected.
  39. ardor
    Intensity of passion or affection, enthusiasm
  40. argot
    A specialized vocabulary peculiar to a particular group.
  41. arrant
    Notoriously bad
  42. ascribe
    • To assign as a quality or attribute
    • To give credit to, like if you ascribe the A you got on your group project to the hard work of your partners!
  43. asperity
    Harshness or roughness of temper
  44. astringent
    • 1. sharp or severe in manner or style.
    • 2. causing the contraction/constriction of body tissues, typically of the skin.
  45. augury
    a sign of what will happen in the future; an omen
  46. auxiliary
    • providing supplementary or additional help and support
    • an auxiliary nurse
  47. aver
    • To avouch, justify or prove
    • he averred that he was innocent of the allegations
  48. avow
    • To declare openly.
    • If you're a witness in a trial, you'll be asked to take an oath in which you'll avow that you'll tell the truth.
  49. baleful
    • threatening harm; menacing; malignant
    • If no one's listening in class and your teacher reprimands you with a baleful glance, expect a pop quiz.
  50. bask
    • lie exposed to warmth and light, typically from the sun, for relaxation and pleasure.
    • sprawled figures basking in the afternoon sun
  51. corrugated
    • (of a material, surface, or structure) shaped into alternate ridges and grooves; highly folded
    • the roof was made of corrugated iron
  52. hallowed
    worshipped; consecrated
  53. juxtapose
    • See the word "pose" in juxtapose? When you juxtapose, you are "posing" or positioning things side by side.
    • place next to
  54. asset
    • a useful or valuable thing, person, or quality
    • quick reflexes were his chief asset
  55. brunt
    If you are the oldest child, you might bear the brunt of your parents' anger, even if you are not the instigator of the misdeed. Brunt means the worst part of something.
  56. mutter
    • say something in a low or barely audible voice, especially in dissatisfaction or irritation.
    • he muttered something under his breath
  57. mumble
    • To mumble is to talk quietly and indistinctly. When people speak in a mumble, it's hard to understand them.
    • maunder, mutter
  58. peep
    • look furtively
    • He peeped at the nicely looking woman through the window
  59. trickster
    a person who cheats or deceives people
  60. stubby
    short and thick
  61. rumble
    • make a continuous deep, resonant sound
    • utter sounds (not necessarily words)
  62. spool
    a cylindrical device on which film, magnetic tape, thread, or other flexible materials can be wound; a reel.
  63. fleeting
    Fleeting is an adjective that describes something that happens really fast, or something that doesn’t last as long as you’d like.
  64. ought
    • used to indicate something that is probable
    • five minutes ought to be enough time
  65. perilous
    Something that is dangerous or very risky can be described with the adjective perilous
  66. mock
    tease or laugh at in a scornful or contemptuous manner
  67. stash
    When you stash something, you stow it away to use it later. Your little brother might stash his Halloween candy under his bed, for example.
  68. tamp
    press down tightly
  69. pile up
    • an accumulation of a specified thing
    • a massive pileup of data
  70. implicate
    The verb implicate means "to connect or involve in something." For example, your cousins might implicate you in the planning of a big party for your grandparents.
  71. impinge
    • have an effect or impact, especially a negative one.
    • these issues impinge on all of us
  72. rustle
    make a soft, muffled crackling sound like that caused by the movement of dry leaves or paper.
  73. fend off
    prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
  74. rival
    A rival is a competitor or contender that you want to defeat, whether in an actual competition or for another goal. It may be a tennis rival or a rival for you true love’s affections.
  75. sturdy
    Describe something that is firmly constructed or strongly made as sturdy. That house you built was not sturdy at all. It blew down in the last wind storm. Fortunately, it was only a dog house and the dog wasn't in it.
  76. pry
    • inquire too closely into a person's private affairs
    • I'm sick of you prying into my personal life
  77. spectator
    If you're watching something, you're a spectator. Football stadiums and circus tents are full of spectators.
  78. beef up
    make strong or stronger
  79. conjecture
    Can you guess what conjecture means? It's a word to use when you are not sure of something and have to "guess or surmise."
  80. captivating
    The adjective captivating describes something that's completely enthralling and holds your attention. You might find a marathon of episodes of a TV show so captivating that you forget to eat dinner.
  81. propagate
    To propagate is to be fruitful and multiply, by the usual routes of reproduction, or by spreading something around — like a rumor.
  82. interlocutor
    a person who takes part in a dialogue or conversation
  83. acumen
    If you have acumen, you are very sharp at what you do. You hope your accountant and your surgeon are both known for their acumen.
  84. sever
    • divide by cutting or slicing, especially suddenly and forcibly.
    • the head was severed from the body
  85. ingrain
    firmly fix or establish (a habit, belief, or attitude) in a person.
  86. sway
    Back and forth...back and forth...back and forth...are you sea-sick yet? The sway, or rocking motion, of a boat is too much for many stomachs; swing
  87. stagger
    If you see someone stagger out of a bar, or walk unsteadily, like he's about to fall, chances are he's had a few too many drinks.
  88. percussion
    • the striking of one solid object with or against another with some degree of force.
    • musical instruments played by striking with the hand or with a handheld or pedal-operated stick or beater
  89. versatile
    To describe a person or thing that can adapt to do many things or serve many functions, consider the adjective versatile.
  90. deficit
    the amount by which something, especially a sum of money, is too small
  91. hog
    • domestic swine
    • a person regarded as greedy and pig-like
  92. encompass
    Encompass means to contain. When you see the word, picture a campus which encompasses lecture halls, a football field, a medical center, a dining hall and some parking lots.
  93. underpin
    • support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm
    • bear out, corroborate, support
  94. comprehensive
    When you want to describe something that includes all or most details, you can use the adjective comprehensive. If you get the comprehensive treatment at a spa, it might include massage, manicure and a facial.
  95. conceivably
    it is conceivable or imaginable that.
  96. crawl
    To crawl is to move slowly across the floor on your hands and knees. Before they learn to walk, most babies crawl.
  97. morph
    To morph is to change from one shape to another. A cute bunny, for example, might morph into a killer dragon in a fairy tale or an animated film.
  98. impinge
    • have an effect or impact, especially a negative one
    • affect, have an effect on, touch, have a bearing on, influence
  99. medley
    • a varied mixture of people or things; a miscellany.
    • an interesting medley of flavors
  100. waft
    • pass or cause to pass easily or gently through or as if through the air.
    • wonderful smell may waft from the kitchen
  101. diurnal
    active in daytime
  102. fortuitous
    Fortuitous means by chance, like a lucky accident. If you and your best friend's families happen to go on vacation to the same place at the same time, that’s a fortuitous coincidence!