Vocabulary List #11

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  1. (v) to hear and settle a matter; to act as a judge
    syn: arbitrate; mediate
    adjudicate on child maintenance disputes.
    ADJUDICATE
  2. (n) vitality and energy
    syn: power, force
    Not a particularly novel concept, but executed with more vim and vigor than any other sitcom I've seen lately.
    VIM
  3. (n) friendship, good will
    syn: harmony, benevolence
    He mentions in his will that he had lived almost 43 years in perfect amity with his wife.
    AMITY
  4. (adj) unscrupulous; shockingly unfair or unjust
    syn: dishonorable, indefensible
    unconscionable to enforce the strict legal position between Milton Gate and PW which would be required to make the penalty payment.
    UNCONSCIONABLE
  5. (n) self-confident assurance; poise
    syn: coolness; composure
    After the break, Ben from The Honeyshot appeared, singing protest songs backed by his 12-string, played with customary aplomb.
    APLOMB
  6. (adj) passing with time, temporary; short-lived
    syn: brief, transitory
    It's a very transient zone with most people just here for a short holiday.
    TRANSIENT
  7. (n) one who renounces a religious faith
    syn: traitor, defector, deserter
    They considered all sinners apostates, as well as all those who opposed them.
    APOSTATE
  8. (n) the path followed by a moving object, whether through space or otherwise; flight
    syn: path, route, course
    Fortunately, the only a risk would be using the same logic for calculating a trajectory for landing a probe on Titan.
    TRAJECTORY
  9. (adj) strikingly appropriate or well adapted
    syn: apt, relevant, suitable
    They are bringing Doonesbury back, but I thought today's cartoon was so apposite.
    APPOSITE
  10. (v) to praise or publicize loudly or extravagantly
    syn: acclaim, proclaim
    a highly touted nightclub.
    TOUT
  11. (v) to assign a particular purpose; allocate
    syn: appoint, earmark
    Each played his appropriate part.
    APPROPRIATE
  12. n) one who flatters in the hope of gaining favors
    syn: sycophant, parasite
    TOADY
  13. (adj) suitable for cultivation
    asyn: farmable, fertile
    The land which is mainly arable rises eastwards from the Ouse.
    ARABLE
  14. (adj) existing in title only; having a title without the functions or responsibilities
    syn: honorary, named
    the titular head of the company.
    TITULAR
  15. (adv) with disapproval; with a skeptical sideways glance
    syn: suspiciously
    He looked askance at my offer.
    ASKANCE
  16. (adj) relating to money
    syn: fiscal, financial
    I note that the register will include not only pecuniary interests but also non-pecuniary interests.
    PECUNIARY
  17. (adj) witty, humorous
    syn: amusing, comical
    Sorry if that sounds facetious, but it is a valid point.
    FACETIOUS
  18. (adj) angelic, sweet
    syn: heavenly, cherubic
    SERAPHIC
  19. adj) severely destructive
    syn: catastrophic, tragic
    Legend says that the island of Atlantis was sunk beneath the waves 11,000 years ago by a massive cataclysm.
    CATACLYSMIC
  20. v) to arrange or divide into layers
    syn: grade, separate
    STRATIFY
  21. (adj) cursing, profane; extremely irreverent
    syn: impious, profane, sacrilegious
    But no religion was quite so blasphemous as to pretend that it was scientifically investigating its god to see what he was made of.
    BLASPHEMOUS
  22. (v) to cause to be set aside; to force out of use as inferior, replace
    syn: supplant, displace
    Its fairly picturesque old center, situated around the church, has been largely superseded by a more elevated, modern area close by.
    SUPERSEDE
  23. (v) to make less visible, obscure, or blur
    syn: muddle, cloud
    Angry words beclouded the issue.
    BECLOUD
  24. adj) tending to persist or cling; persistent in adhering to something valued or habitual
    syn: stubborn, dogged, obstinate
    a tenacious grip on my arm; tenacious of old habits.
    TENACIOUS

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