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Elite Vocab 126-250 Set A

Terms

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placebo
something presented as a drug but having no actual effect
skittish
nervous; easily frightened
hirsute
having excessive body hair
insuperable
impossible to overcome
meander
to follow a winding course; to wander without any fixed destination
shuffle
to walk while scraping or sliding the feet
benediction
blessing
placate
to make less angry
fertile
producing abundantly; prolific
rancorous
bitter and resentful
writhe
to twist or squirm, as in pain, struggle, or embarassment
scurry
to move with light running steps
prostrate
lying face down, esp. as a sign of humility or worship; physically or emotionally exhausted
spendthrift
one who spends money wastefully
temporize
to act evasively in order to gain time
decor
a decorative style or scheme as of a room
correlate
to correspond; to be mutually related
leery
suspicious; distrustful
entourage
a group of attendants or followers
benefactor
one who helps and supports others
perpetuity
a state of infinite or indefinitely long duration
unassuming
modest; not pretentious
expedition
a journey undertaken for a specific reason, such as for war or exploration; speed in doing something
euphony
pleasing sound, esp. of words
usury
excessive charging of intereset
timbre
the distinguishing quality of a sound
pungent
sharp to the smell or taste
expertise
specialized skill or knowledge
fervent
passionate; eager; earnest
intricate
elaborately detailed
impending
about to happen
subdue
to conquer; to make less intense
putative
put forth or accepted as true on inadequate grounds; supposed
forage
to search for food of provisions
eulogy
a speech or written tribute in praise of someone who has died
annul
to make void or invalid
hapless
unfortunate; unlucky
underscore
to emphasize
gyrate
to revolve on an axis; to spin
euphoria
a feeling of great happiness
valiant
courageous, brave, as in battle
tyranny
arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority
raucous
loud and harsh
maudlin
excessively sentimental
novice
a person new to a field or activity; a beginner
punitive
inflicting or intended to inflict punishment
jeopardy
risk of loss or injury; peril
maul
to injure; mangle
conviction
a strong belief or opinion
gregarious
seeking and enjoying the company of others; ending to move in a group
recluse
one who hides fromt eh world
inalienable
not able to be taken away or transferred to others
trying
resulting from great difficulties; irritating
venomous
malignant; spiteful; secreting poison
digress
to turn aside from the main subject
fitful
ocurring in irregular outbursts; occuring in spurts
vivacious
full of animation
celerity
speed in motion; swiftness
obtuse
slow in understanding; dull; stupid
uncouth
uncultured; crude
absolve
to free from guilt or blame
nomad
one who has no permanent home
therapeutic
having healing powers
cleave
to split with a sharp instrument; to cling
deity
a god
shrewd
clever in practical matters; cunning
regress
to return to a previous state
vigilant
alert and watchful esp. for what is dangerous
extenuate
to lessen the seriousness of, esp. by giving partial excuses
immune
not subject to an obligation imposed on others; not affected by an influence
shirk
to put off or avoid performing (a duty or responsibility)
credulous
tending to believe too easily
prototype
the original model; someone or something that serves to illustrate the typical qualities of a class
excoriate
to denounce sharply; to tear or wear the skin off
periphery
a boundary line; perimeter; an outside surface
superfluous
unnecessary; extra
dreary
depressing and boring
beneficent
performing deeds of kindness or charity; producing a good result
preposterous
absurd; ridiculous; senseless; irrational
delineate
to draw the outline of; describe in words or gestures
clamber
to crawl or climb with difficulty, esp. on all fours
sophisticated
refined; cultivated; not simple; worldly-wise
sanction
to give official approval
forlorn
appearing sad because abandoned; in pitiful condition; almost without hope
torrent
a swift-flowing stream; an uncontrolled outpouring
connoisseur
an expert esp. in teh fine arts
zenith
maximum; the highest point
wry
dryly humorous, with a touch of irony
benevolent
characterized by doing good
esteem
high regard; respect; to regard highly
veritable
being truly named; real or genuine
undulate
to move in a wave-like motion
divisive
creating conflict
quibble
to criticize or evade the truth by raising trivial or irrelevant objections
gibe
to ridicule
ode
a long, lyrical poem, usually serious or meditative in nature
appease
to satisfy or attempt to satisfy demands by granting concessions
gruesome
causing horror; frightful and shocking
plummet
to decline or descend sharply
laden
loaded; burdened; afflicted
strut
to walk with a proud, arrogant bearing
frugal
careful in spending money or resources
obsequious
showing too great a willingness to serve or obey
thwart
to prevent or frustrate
perennial
lasting through the years
sonorous
having a full deep sound; impressive in style of speech
patronize
to sponsor or support; to be kind of helpful in a snobbish way, as if dealing with an inferior
serendipity
unexpected gift or discovery
idyllic
pleasing and simple
penury
lack of money, property, or necessities
repress
to hold back; to put down by force
palliate
to lessen the pain or severity
segue
an easy, effective, or uninterrupted transition
extemporaneous
done with little or no preparation
raze
to demolish; to flatten to ground level
flux
flow; continuous change or movement
figurehead
a person with apparent but no real authority
revere
to honor
concede
to acknowledge as true
fathom
to measure the depth of; to understand
obliterate
to destroy so as to leave no trace
ruffle
to take away the smoothness of; to discompose
beset
to attak from all sides; to trouble persistently
falter
to hesitate or stumble
stentorian
extremely loud

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