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B 376-500

Elite 2100 Vocabulary
Set B
Words 376-500

Terms

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Brusque
Abrupt and curt of manner
Abstemious
Moderate, especially in eating and drinking
Defile
To corrupt; to desecrate or sully
Ado
Trouble; fuss
Lambaste
To scold or criticize harshly; to beat or whip severely
Autonomy
Independence; self-government
Effervescent
Giving off gas bubbles; showing high spirits or excitement
Banter
Good-humored teasing
Ruthless
Having no compassion or pity
Contrive
To bring about artificially
Check
To restrain or block
Prim
Overly proper; precise to the point of affectation; prudish
Enervate
To weaken
Profuse
Giving or pouring forth freely; generous
Allocate
To set apart for a special purpose; designate
Impel
To push something into motion
Forge
To give form or shape to; to advance gradually
Bulwark
A wall or embankment used for a defense fortification; something serving as a defense or safeguard, oft. figurative
Escapade
A reckless adventure
Scapegoat
One who takes blame
Dissuade
To discourage from a course of action
Hypocrisy
The pretense of having virtues or beliefs that one does not really have
Reciprocate
To give something in return
Foster
To bring up or nurture
Flummox
To confuse or perplex
Gullible
Easily deceived; credulous
Facilitate
To make easier
Debris
Bits and pieces of rubbish
Kindle
To set on fire; ignite
Prattle
To talk idly or to babble; inconsequential talk
Haunt
To visit often or continually
Coiffure
A hairstyle
Reprimand
A severe, often formal, rebuke; to rebuke severely
Salacious
Lustful; obscene
Archetype
The original pattern or model; a perfect example
Attrition
Gradual reduction
Relegate
To assign to an obscure place or condition; to send away
Encompass
To surround; to include
Inclined
Disposed; willing
Excise
To remove by, or as if by, cutting
Imminent
Impending; threatening; likely to happen
Stifle
To suffocate or smother
Blandishment
A flattering act or remark; allurement; enticement
Apt
Appropriate; having a natural tendency
Rapport
Concord; trustful relationship; harmony
Prevail
To triumph over; to be or become most common
Baroque
Fantastically over-decorated; gaudily ornate
Fortify
To make stronger
Espouse
To give loyalty or support to; to adopt
Credence
Belief; mental acceptance as true or real
Apathy
Lack of emotion; lack of concern, esp. to matters of general importance
Vicarious
Felt as if one were taking part in the experiences of another
Subjective
Based on personal experience or feeling, not from external evidence
Diminution
A decrease or diminishing
Caveat
A warning
Colloquy
Conversation, esp. a formal one
Pedagogy
The art or profession of teaching
Modicum
A small quantity
Blasé
Unimpressive by being too familiar; boring; indifferent
Nihilism
A belief that rejects all moral or religious values; the belief that the destruction of political or social institutions is necessary for future improvement
Proclivity
A natural or habitual tendency or inclination
Querulous
Inclined to find fault; complaining; full of complaint
Omnivorous
Able to eat any kind of food
Deprecate
To express disapproval of
Connive
To cooperate secretly in wrongful action
Censure
To criticize severely
Outmoded
No longer in fasion
Vocation
A regular occupation, esp. one for which a person is particularly suited
Consummate
Complete; supremely accomplished
Brandish
To display with menace
Deadlock
A tie; standstill
Cataclysm
A disastrous event, usually one that brings about great change
Complacent
Too pleased with oneself; self-satisfied
Intuition
Instinctive knowledge, acquired without conscious reason
Emanate
To send forth; to come forth
Deficient
Lacking an essential quality; inadequate in amount or degree
Abhor
To detest; to shrink from in disgust
Prophecy
A prediction
Avid
Having a passionate desire
Gape
To open wide; to stare with the mouth open
Effete
Depleted of vitality; characterized by self-indulgence or decadence
Vice
An evil practice or habit
Commend
To express approval of
Contiguous
Sharing a common boundary; adjoining
Clique
Exclusive group of people
Facet
Any number of sides or aspects
Abstruse
Difficult to understand
Venal
Capable of being bribed or corrupted
Disposition
Personality; temperament
Conundrum
A riddle or puzzle, esp. one without a solution
Obdurate
Not easily moved to pity or sympathy
Insinuate
To hint
Vapid
Lacking interest, animation, or flavor
Sanctimonious
Pretending holiness; hypocritically devout
Heed
To pay attention to
Earnest
Showing deep sincerity; serious
Awry
Away from the correct course; wrong; deviant
Arrogate
To claim for one's self unjustly
Altruistic
Unselfish; benevolent; caring more for others than oneself
Distend
To stretch out; to expand
Captious
Critically faultfinding
Lament
To grieve; to regret deeply; a mournful song
Avarice
Excessive desire for wealth
Laity
All the people not belonging to a given profession, esp. the clergy
Adorn
Add beauty; to decorate
Become
To be appropriate or suitable to; to look good with
Smirk
To smile in a self-satisfied or artificial way
Altercation
A heated or noisy argument
Endow
To provide with material goods, talents, or qualities
Preponderance
Superiority in weight, force, importance, or influence
Panoply
A splendid array; ceremonial dress with all accessories
Soliloquy
A dramatic speech delivered by a character to himself
Surrogate
A substitute
Clandestine
Done in secre, esp. to conceal something improper
Feral
Existing in a wild or untamed state
Increment
An increase in quantity; to increase
Covet
To desire strongly
Tenacious
Holding firmly; cohesive
Cupidity
Strong desire for wealth; greed
Canny
Clever and cautious
Nominal
Appearing in name only; negligible or of low amount
Ornate
Highly, oft. excessively decorated
Adjunct
Something attached to another in a subordinate position
Egalitarian
Of the belief that all people should have equal rights
Mores
Accepted rules of behavior

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