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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Weekly Word List - #2



Here is this week's word list. I spent a lot of time typing the list into the Study Stack website. Study Stack is an amazing website with very useful study tools available. Once you put your information into their format, you can use their tools to memorize the words. They have flash cards, matching, anagrams (with a cool Scrabble interface), word search, crossword puzzles, and even an export option for cell phones!

Try it out here, for help in learning the word list below. Good luck!


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1 acerbic - having a sour or bitter taste or character

2 amalgamate - to combine several elements into a whole

3 amenable - agreeable; responsive to suggestion

4 intrepid - steadfast and courageous

5 laconic - using few words; terse

6 malleable - capable of being shaped or formed; tractable; pliable

7 bolster - to provide support or reinforcement

8 bombast - self-important or pompous in writing or speech

9 maverick - an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party

10 mendacity -the condition of being untruthful; dishonesty

11 inimitable -one of a kind; peerless

12 iniquity -gross injustice; wickedness

13 innervate - to supply with nerves; to embolden; to energize

14 enervate - to weaken; to reduce in vitality

15 inscrutable - incapable of being discovered or understood

16 insensible - unconscious; unresponsive; unaffected; numb

17 insouciant - unconcerned; carefree; heedless

18 insular - parochial; narrow-minded

19 bombastic - pompous; grandiloquent

20 credulous - tending to believe too readily; gullible

21 diatribe - a harsh denunciation

22 fawn - to flatter or praise excessively

23 fervent - greatly emotional or zealous

24 flout - to demonstrate contempt for, as in a rule or convention

25 fortuitous- happening by fortunate accident or chance

26 garrulous - pointlessly talkative; talking too much

27 interdict -to prohibit; to forbid; to ban; to halt

28 inveigh - to attack verbally; to denounce; to deprecate

29 inveterate - deep-rooted; ingrained; habitual

30 involute - intricate; complex; convoluted

31 mercurial -characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood

32 meticulous - characterized by extreme care and precision; attentive to detail

33 mollify - to calm or soothe; to reduce in emotional intensity

34 germane - relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter

35 glib - marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; lacking in depth; superficial

36 halcyon - calm and peaceful

37 hubris - arrogant presumption or pride

38 itinerate - to travel from place to place; to peregrinate

39 jejune - vapid; uninteresting; immature; puerile

40 jibe - to agree; to be in accord

41 rhetoric - the art or study of effective use of language for communication

42 indifferent - having no interest or concern; showing no bias or prejudice

43 rancorous - characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment

44 implacable - not capable of being appeased or significantly changed

45 pragmatic - practical rather than idealistic

46 impetuous - hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement

47 polemical - controversial; argumentative

48 imperturbable - marked by extreme calm, impassivity and steadiness

49 plethora - an overabundance; a surplus

50 imminent - about to happen; impending

51 peccadillo - a slight offense; literally, a minor sin

52 paucity - scarcity; a lacking of

53 partisan - committed to a party; biased or prejudiced

54 officious - meddlesome; pushy in one's services

55 obstreperous - noisy; loud

56 obloquy - abusively detractive language; sharp criticism; vituperation; calumny

57 nugatory - trifling; inconsequential

58 nostrum - panacea; cure-all; placebo; questionable remedy; palliative

59 pirate -to illegally use or reproduce

60 phlegmatic -calm; sluggish; unemotional

61 idolatrous - given to intense or excessive devotion to something

62 pervasive - having the tendency to permeate or spread throughout

63 macerate - to waste away; to soften or wear away by excessive fasting or by excessive steeping (soaking in liquid)

64 luculent - easily understood; lucid; clear

65 lubricious - lewd; wanton; greasy; slippery

66 jocose - humorous; gay; blithe

67 obdurate - unyielding; hardhearted; intractable

68 obfuscate - to deliberately obscure; to make confusing

69 obsequious - exhibiting a fawning attentiveness

70 obstinate - stubborn; hardheaded; uncompromising

71 jocular - humorous; gay; blithe

72 labile - readily open to change; unstable

73 limpid - transparent; serene; clear; untroubled; pellucid

74 parsimonious - cheap; miserly

75 ossified - tending to become more rigid; conventional; sterile and reactionary with age; literally, turned into bone

76 parry - to block; to evade or ward off, as a blow

77 ostensible - seeming; appearing as such; professed

78 pariah - an outcast; a rejected and despised person

79 overweening - presumptuously arrogant; supercilious; overbearing

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80 paradigm - a model, example, or pattern; exemplar

81 panegyric - formal praise; eulogy; encomium

82 nonplused - baffled; in a quandary; at a loss for what to say or do. (also spelled with double consonant)

83 palliate - to make something appear less serious; to gloss over

84 noisome - offensive, especially to one's sense of smell; fetid

85 nexus - a connection, tie, or link

86 maculate - marked by spots or blotches; besmirched; impure

87 nadir - low point; perigee

88 opprobrium - disgrace; contempt; scorn

89 pervade - to permeate throughout

90 ostentatious - characterized by or given to pretentiousness

91 lachrymose - causing tears; tearful

92 pedantic - the parading of learning; excessive attention to minutiae and formal rules

93 limn - to draw; to outline in detail; to delineate; to describe

94 salubrious - promoting health or well-being

95 malinger - to feign illness so as to avoid work; to avoid work

96 lambaste - to censure; to excoriate; to berate

97 maunder - to digress; to meander; to stray from the topic or path

98 lassitude - listlessness; languor; weariness

99 sedulous - diligent; persistent; hard-working

100 libertine - someone unrestrained by morality or convention

101 mettlesome - courageous; high-spirited

102 solvent - able to meet financial obligations; able to dissolve another substance

103 multifarious - varied; motley; greatly diversified

104 mendicant - beggar; supplicant

105 misogynist - one who hates women/females

106 soporific- causing drowsiness; tending to induce sleep

107 minatory - menacing; threatening

108 meretricious -cheap; gaudy; tawdry; flashy; showy

109 militate - to have weight; to bear on; to argue (against)

110 metamorphose -to transform; to change utterly

111 mellifluous - sweetly flowing, usually used to describe use of words

112 mettle - strength of spirit; high-spirited

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