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Glossary of Miller Analogy Vocabulary

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abdicate
to denounce; to discard; to abandon
abberation
something not typical; a deviation
abhorrence
repugnance; detestation
abjure
to renounce upon oath
abnegation
self-denial
abrogate
to break, as a treaty or law
abscond
to depart secretly; to hide(oneself)
absolve
to set free from an obligation or the consequences of guilt
abstain
to refrain deliberately from an action or practice
abstemious
sparing or moderate, especially in eating or drinking
abstruse
hard to understand or grasp; esoteric
abut
to border on; to terminate at the boundary or point of contact
abysmal
immeasurable; bottomless
accolade
an award or honor; high praise
acquiesce
to agree silently; to accept tacitly
acrophobia
the fear of heights
acumen
keenness
adamant
unyielding; stubborn
addle
to throw into confusion; to confound
adjure
to command solemnly; to advise earnestly; to beg
adulation
excessive praise
adumbrate
to intimate or foreshadow; to obscure
aestivate
to spend the summer in an inactive state
agglomeration
a collection in a mass, heap, or cluster
agoraphobia
fear of open spaces
alacrity
liveliness or eagerness; readiness
allegory
a symbolic or expression or description
allusion
an indirect reference to something else, hint
alms
charity; something given to the poor
alpinism
mountain climbing
altrusitic
unselfish; concerned with welfare of others
ambergis
a product of sperm whales used to manufacture perfume
amphora
an ancient two handled Greek jar
anathema
a ban or curse; a denunciation accompanied by excommunication
andiron
a metal support used for holding logs in a hearth
androphobia
the fear of men
anneal
to toughen or strenthen
anodyne
a pain reliever
anomaly
an abberration; a deviation; an irregularity
antipathy
firm dislike; hatred
antithesis
the direct opposite
aphelion
the point in a planet's orbit that is farthest from the sun
apocalyptic
of or relating to, a revelation or discovery
apogee
the point in a satellite's orbit that is farthest from the center of the earth
aquiline
hooked
archon
the chief magistrate in ancient Athens; any ruler
arid
dull; unimaginative; extremely dry
arrogate
to claim or seize without justification
artifice
cleverness; ingenuity
assiduous
diligent
assuage
to ease the intensity of; to appease
astraphobia
fear of lightning
atrophy
a wasting away
attentuate
to lessen in amount
austral
southern
axiom
self-evident rule or truth
baleful
menancing; harmful
balmy
mild
banal
trite; commonplace
bellicose
inclined to start wars or fights
bibliophile
one who loves books
bifurcate
divided in two branches
blighted
withered or rotten; destroyed
blite
happy; merry; cheerful
bombastic
pompous; overblown; turgid
boreal
northern
broach
to make known for the first time; to open up a subject for discussion
bromidic
lacking originality
brontophobia
fear of thunder
brook
to bear or tolerate
brusque
abrupt or short in manner or speech
buccal
pertaining to the cheeks or sides of the mouth
bucolic
pastoral; relating to rural life
buffoon
a clown or ludricous figure
bulbous
rotund; round like a bulb
bumptious
aggressive and assertive in an offensive way
burnish
to make shiny or lustrous
burnoose
a hooded Arabic cloak
cassock
a loose robe worn by priests
cabal
group united to plot, like to overthrow of authority
cache
a hiding place
cacophony
a harsh sounding mixture of words, voices or sounds
caduceus
the emblem of the medical profession
cajole
to persuade a reluctant person to do something; to coax
calumny
a lie told to damage another's reputation; slander
canonical
orthodox; authoritative
capitulate
to cease resisting; to surrender
capricious
unpredictable
captious
critical; fault finding
carp
to complain
catharsis
purificaiton of emotions
caustic
acrid; biting
cavil
to raise trivial objections; to nitpick
cerulean
resembling the blue of the sky
chaff
waste material from the threshing of wheat
chicanery
trickery; artful deception
chimerical
fantastically visionary; wildly fanciful
choleric
easily angered; or irritated
Cimmerian
shrouded in gloom and darkness
circumlocution
wordy or evasive language
circumspect
considering all options, cautious
clandestine
surrpeptitious; secret
cloy
satiate
coalesce
to group together; to unite into a whole
coda
a passage that concludes a musical or literary work
cogent
pertinent; compelling
colloquial
of or relating to conversation
collusion
a secret agreement
compulsion
an impulse to perform an irrational act
contumacious
rebellious; stubbornly disobedient; renegade
conundrum
a puzzle or riddle
cooper
a maker of casks or barrels
cowl
a hood, cover for an engine
croupier
a collector and payer of bets at a casino
cynophobia
fear of dogs
cynosure
center of interest
dauntless
fearless
debacle
a violent breakdown; a sudden overthrow
debauchery
wild living; corruption by sensuality
declaim
to make a bombastic speech
decorous
proper; in good taste
defalcate
to embezzle; to abscond with money
deleterious
harmful
delineate
to describe; to portray; to sketch
deliquesce
to melt away or dissolve
delusion
deception
demur
to object; to take exception
denouncement
unfolding or outcome of a series of events
denounce
strong disapproval
depraved
morally corrupt
deprecate
to play down; to belittle
desiccate
to dry out
despot
a ruler with absolute power
desultory
lacking plan, regularity, or purpose
diametric
completely opposed; at opposite extremes
diaphanous
sheer; extremely delicate
diatribe
a bitter denunciation
dichotomy
division, into two contradictory groups
didactic
intended to teach, moralize, or preach
diffident
shy; lacking in self confidence
dilatory
tending to cause delay
dilettante
one who is involved in a variety of things, none of them seriously; dabbler
dimunution
a decrease; a lessening
dint
a force or a power
disavow
to deny
discourse
to converse; discuss formally
disingenuous
lacking in cando
dissemble
to feign or pretend
dbjellabah
a loose-fitting gown worn in North America
doctrinaire
dogmatic
doggerel
comic; loose verse
dolt
stupid person
doughty
fearless; valiant
draconian
severe; cruel
dray
a vehicle used to haul goods
duplicity
concealment of one's true intentions by misleading words or actions; deceptions
ebullient
lively; enthusiastic
ecumenical
having to do with a body of churches
edification
instruction; improvement; enlightenment
efface
to make indistinct by wearing away
effete
exhausted; wornout
effluvium
a disagreeable or noxious vapor
effusive
overflowing; very demonstrative
egregious
conspicuously bad
egress
exit; to go out from
elan
dash; vigorous spirit
elegy
a lament for the dead
elucidate
to shed light upon; to make clear
emanate
to send out; to emit
eminent
prominent; famous
endue
to provide; to endow
enervate
to exhaust, weaken, or unnerve
engender
to bring into being
enigma
a baffling situation; something that is hard to explain
ephemeral
lasting a short time
epiphany
a sudden and often devine, enlightenment or realization
epitome
a typical or ideal example
equivocal
ambiguous; deliberately confusing
eschew
to avoid
eupehmism
the substitution of a positive expression for something that may be interpreted as a negative or distateful
evanscent
fleeting; hardly visible
exculpate
to exonerate; to clear of guilt or blame
exigent
urgent; requiring prompt action
explicate
to explain
expunge
to strike out; to obliterate or erase
facetious
artificial; sham
fagoting
a type of embroidery
fallacious
erroneous; deceiving; misleading
fallible
capable of making a mistake or error
fastidious
hard to please
fatuous
silly; inane
fealty
allegiance
feckless
worthless; feeble
fecund
fruitful; fertile
fervid
very hot, intense in feeling or emotion
fitful
irregular; spasmodic
flag
to weaken; to slow down
flagon
a flask with a handle & lid
foible
a minor flaw or shortcoming in character
foment
to instigate, incite; or arouse
foray
to ravage for spoils; to pillage
forbear
an ancestor or forefather
fortuitous
happening by chance; unplanned
fraught
laden; charged
frenetic
frantic; frenzied
froward
habitually disobedient; not willing to compromise
fugacious
disappearing after a short time; short lived
fulminate
to denounce; to explode
fulsome
abundant, copious
furtive
shy; shifty
gainsay
to deny, to contradict
galvanize
to stimulate or excite
gamut
the entire range
garner
to collect; accumulate
garrote
to strangle and rob
garrulous
wordy, extremely talkative
gauche
lacking social grace; crude
gaunt
excessively thin; lean
genuflect
to gow down on one's knee
germane
closely related; relevant
glabrous
smooth, referring to a surface without hair or projections
goad
to urge
gorgon
one of 3 snake-haired sisters whose glance turned the beholder into stone
goumand
one who eats or drinks excessively; glutton
gratuitous
not required by the circumstances; unwarranted; unnecessary
griffin
a mythical animal having the head and wings of an eagle and the body and legs of a lion
guffaw
a loud, boisterous burst of laughter
guile
deceitful cunning; cleverness
hackneyed
overused;trite; commonplace
haiku
Japanses poem with 3 lines
halcyon
peaceful; tranquil
harangue
a ranting speech without much real meaning
harbinger
someone or something that foreshadows what is to come
Hellene
a native inhabitatant of Greece
heretic
one who goes against an established religion or belief
herpetophobia
fear of snakes
hirsute
hairy
hoary
gray or white with age
homily
an inspirational discourse or a sermon
homophones
words that sound alike but have different meanings
hyaline
transparent or almost so; glassy
hydroponics
growing plants in liquid nutrients
hyperbole
an exaggeration
hypertrophy
an exaggerated increase or complexity
idyllic
carefree and lighthearted; peaceful
igneous
referring to rock formed from molten magma
ignominous
infamous; despicable
imbue
to permeate or influence
immiscible
incapable of being mixed
immutable
not susceptible to change

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