English Vocab

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English Vocab
2011-04-13 00:40:41

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  1. meticulous
    • great attention to detail; very careful and precise
    • he had always been so meticulous about his appearance.
  2. mire
    • soft and slushy mud or dirt.
    • figurative a situation or state of difficulty, distress, or embarrassment from which it is hard to extricate oneself
  3. multifarious
    • many and of various types
    • multifarious activities.
  4. mundane
    lacking interest or excitement; dull
  5. nefarious
    • (typically of an action or activity) wicked or criminal
    • the nefarious activities of the organized-crime syndicates.
  6. obsequious
    • obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree
    • they were served by obsequious waiters.
  7. odious
    extremely unpleasant; repulsive
  8. opaque
    • not able to be seen through; not transparent
    • hard or impossible to understand;
  9. ostentatious
    characterized by vulgar or pretentious display; designed to impress orattract notice
  10. palpable
    able to be touched or felt
  11. paragon
    • a person or thing viewed as a model of excellence
    • your cook is a paragon.
  12. pariah
    an outcast
  13. parochial
    relating to a church parish
  14. paucity
    • the presence of something only in small or insufficient quantities; scarcity
    • a paucity of information.
  15. pedantic
    overly concerned with minute details or formalisms,
  16. pejorative
    • expressing contempt or disapproval
    • permissiveness is used almost universally as a pejorative term.
  17. philistine
    a person who is hostile or indifferent to culture and the arts, or who has no understanding of them
  18. pique
    a feeling of irritation or resentment resulting from a slight to one's pride
  19. pithy
    concise and forcefully
  20. poignant
    evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret
  21. polemical
    a strongly critical, controversial, or disputatious writing or speech
  22. precocious
    • an indicative of development
    • a precocious talent for computing.
  23. proclivity
    • a tendency to choose or do something
    • a proclivity for hard work.
  24. progeny
    a descendant or the descendants of a person, animal, or plant; offspring
  25. prolific
    • producing many offspring, or works
    • he was a prolific composer of operas.
  26. prosaic
    • having the style or diction of prose; lacking poetic beauty
    • prosaic language can't convey the experience.
  27. protean
    • tending or able to change frequently or easily
    • able to do many different things;
  28. protract
    prolong, extend
  29. pugnacity
    eager or quick to argue, quarrel, or fight
  30. pulchritude
    physical beauty