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Elite Vocab 376-500 Set B

Terms

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prim
overly proper; precise to the point of affectation; prudish
vapid
lacking interest, animation, or flavor
insinuate
to hint
impel
to push something into motion
profuse
giving or pouring forth freely; generous
abhor
to detest; to shrink from in disgust
encompass
to surround; to include
altruistic
unselfish; benevolent; caring more for others than oneself
effete
depleted of vitality; characterized by self-indulgence or decadence
captious
critically faultfinding
prattle
to talk idly or to balle; inconsequential talk
nominal
appearing in name only; negligible or of low amount
cataclysm
a disastrous event, usually one that brings about great change
reprimand
a severe, often formal, rebuke; to rebuke severely
intuition
instinctive knowledge, acquired without conscious reason
stifle
to suffocate or smother
espouse
to give loyalty or support to; to adopt
autonomy
independence; self-government
panoply
a splendid array; ceremonial dress with all accessories
adjunct
something attached to another in a subordinate position
hypocrisy
the pretense of having virtues or beliefs that one does not really have
censure
to critize severely
clique
exclusive group of people
relegate
to assign to an obscure place or condition; to send away
prevail
to triumph over; to be or become the most common
vocation
a regular occupation, esp. one for which a person is particularly suited
become
to be appropriate or suitable to; to look good with
rapport
concord; trustful relationship; harmony
surrogate
a substitute
complacent
too pleased with oneself; self-satisfied
sanctimonious
pretending holiness; hypocritically devout
dissuade
to discourage from a course of action
preponderance
superiority in weight, force, importance, or influence
omnivorous
able to eat any kind of food
brandish
to display with menace
venal
capable of being bribed or corrupted
check
to restrain or block
defile
to corrupt; to desecrate or sully
effervescent
giving off gas bubbles; showing high spirits or excitement
endow
to provide with material goods talents, or qualities
heed
to pay attention to
apt
appropriate; having a natural tendency
salacious
lustful; obscene
deficient
lacking an essential quality; inadequate in amount or degree
abstemious
moderate, especially in eating and drinking
gape
to open wide; to stare with the mouth open
contrive
to bring about artificially
clandestine
done in secret, esp. to conceal something improper
forge
to give form or shape to; to advance gradually
awry
away from the correct course; wrong; deviant
obdurate
not easily moved to pity or sympathy
attrition
gradual reduction
tenacious
holding firmly; cohesive
gullible
easily deceived; credulous
coiffure
a hairstyle
caveat
a warning
increment
an increase in quantity; to increase
scapegoat
one who takes blame
disposition
personality; temperament
kindle
to set on fire; ignite
reciprocate
to give something in return
enervate
to weaken
arrogate
to claim for one's self unjustly
archetype
the original pattern or model; a perfect example
escapade
a reckless adventure
distend
to stretch out; to expand
debris
bits and pieces of rubbish
outmoded
no longer in fashion
vice
an evil practice or habit
consummate
complete; supremely accomplished
deadlock
a tie; a standstill
baroque
fantastically over-decorated; gaudily ornate
excise
to remove by, or as if by, cutting
soliloquy
a dramatic speech delivered by a character to himself
subjective
based on personal experience or feeling, not from external evidence
covet
to desire strongly
avid
having a passionate desire
pedagogy
the art or profession of teaching
abstruse
difficult to understand
laity
all the people not belonging to a given profession, esp. the clergy
blase
unimpressive by being too familiar; boring; indifferent
altercation
a heated or noisy argument
nihilism
a belief that rejects all moral or religious values; the velief that the destruction of political or social institutions is necessary for future improvement
canny
clever and cautious
fortify
to make stronger
smirk
to smile in a self-satisfied or artificial way
feral
exsisting in a wild or untamed state
cupidity
strong desire for wealth; greed
bulwark
a wall or embankment used for a defensive fortificatino; something serving as a defensive or safeguard, oft. figurative
emanate
to send forth; to come forth
flummox
to confuse or perplex
credence
belief; mental acceptance as true or real
modicum
a small quantity
contiguous
sharing a common boundary; adjoining
foster
to bring up or nurture
allocate
to set apart for a special purpose; designate
blandishment
a flattering act or remark; allurement; enticement
querulous
inclined to find fault; complaining; full of complaint
prophecy
a prediction
avarice
excessive desire for wealth

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