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Gargantuan Vocabulary List

Vocabulary Lists #1-13

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fuse
to mix or to join (usually by melting)
melancholy
depression of spirits
prosaic
commonplace, uninspired, banal
ambiguous
having more than one meaning; unclear, uncertain
derision
scoffing at, mockery, ridicule
distend
to expand, to swell
lament
to mourn or to express sorrow in a demonstrative manner
exonerate
to free from blame, obligation, or responsibility; to exculpate
ethereal
heavenly, unusually delicate, light, lacking material substance, intangible
flourish
to thrive, to grow well
infamous
having a reputation of the worst kind, vicious, notoriously bad
ameliorate
to make better, to relieve, to improve
innocuous
harmless, producing no injury
antiquated
obsolete, out of fashion, no longer usable
disdain
intense dislike; to treat with scorn or contempt, to reject as unworthy
vindicated
cleared of accusations or charges
sublime
exalted, noble, uplifting
agile
characterized by ability to move quickly with suppleness or grace
virulent
extremely poisonous; hateful
volatile
quickly changeable, easily vaporized
bequeath
to hand down, to give or to leave in a will
mitigate
to cause to become less harsh, hostile or severe
ornate
excessively decorated
superfluous
beyond what is needed or required, an overflow
laud
to praise, to extol
expunge
to remove, to erase
amorphous
shapeless, having no definite form
procrastinate
to defer action; to delay
hyperbole
obvious exaggeration
esoteric
understood only by a small group or a select few
altruistic
unselfishly concerned for the welfare of others, generous
tact
a keen sense for what is appropriate or tasteful in delicate situations
irascible
irritable, easily angered, cranky, cross
industrious
skillfully busy or occupied
aversion
strong disinclination, disliking
stoic
a stoical person; not showing passion or feeling, indifference, impassive
buttress
a support or prop
immutable
unchanging
implacable
incapable of being appeased
frivolous
lacking in seriousness or importance
nefarious
extremely wicked, evil, vicious
extraneous
not essential or vital
lucid
easily understood, mentally sound
nullify
to cause not be in effect, to negate
crass
coarse, crude, and unrefined
ineptness
lack of competence or judgement
estrange
to alienate, to separate
raze
to completely destroy
scintillating
sparkling, shining, or flashing
synthesis
combining parts into a whole
reiterate
to repeat
incorrigible
incapable of being reformed or improved
ecstasy
extreme happiness
egocentric
self-centered, selfish
entreaty
a plea, an earnest request
fastidious
reflecting a meticulous or demanding attitude, critical to an extreme
augment
to make greater or to supplement
surreptitious
secret, clandestine, stealthy
calamity
a serious event causing distress or misfortune
ephemeral
lasting a short period of time, fleeting
spontaneous
having no external cause, acting on impulse
languid
slow, sluggish, listless, weak
duplicity
double-dealing, hypocrisy
dawdle
to waste time, to move in a lackadaisical manner, to spend time idly
vivid
bright, distinct, and clear
fervid
ardent, burning, impassioned
homogeneous
of the same kind
autonomous
independent, self-contained
exotic
foreign, unfamiliar
turbulence
wild or disturbing activity
secular
nonreligious, worldly
insolence
insulting or contemptuous behavior
squalid
filthy in appearance, sordid
enhance
to make better to improve
viable
capable of working, functioning, or developing adequately
defamation
act of harming or ruining another's reputation
audacity
excessive boldness, rashness, daring
munificent
very generous
levity
excessive frivolity, flippancy
penchant
a strong inclination
treachery
violation of faith; betrayal of trust; treason
inert
unable to move or act, sluggish
eclectic
coming from a variety of diverse sources
pretentious
making an extravagant outward show, self-important
conflagration
a large fire
predilection
preference
exacerbate
to aggravate, to irritate, to vex
ambivalent
having contrary feelings or attitudes, uncertain as to course of action
luxuriant
abundant in growth, very fertile
cordial
courteous and gracious; friendly; warm
miser
one who lives in wretched circumstances to save and hoard money
impecunious
without money
bombastic
using inflated language, pompous
din
loud and discordant noises, cacophony
empathy
understanding or identification with another's feelings or situation
soporific
something that tends to cause sleep and to dull awareness or alertness
odious
deserving hate or condempt
impervious
incapable of being entered or penetrated, not capable of being damaged
adversity
misfortune, unfavorable happening
ponderous
very heavy, unwieldy from weight
diffidence
shyness, reserve, unassertiveness
cosmopolitan
dealing with the whole world
piety
devotion and reverence to God
implausible
not believable
dormant
inactive, sleeping
oblivion
state of being forgotten
aloof
apart, indifferent
prodigal
wasteful, a person given to extravagance
discord
lack of agreement, tension, strife
paucity
scarcity, fewness of number, dearth
perfunctory
acting routinely with little interest or care
eulogy
praise or tribute (usually to a dead person)
prolific
abundantly fruitful, marked by great productivity
acquiesce
to give in, to comply
antipathy
a dislike, distaste, or enmity
euphemism
substitution of an inoffensive term for one that is offensive
verbose
wordy, very talkative
hypothesize
to reach a conclusion based on an assumption or something not proven
archaic
antiquated, old, out of use
erudite
scholarly
empirical
based on observation or experiment and not on theory
alacrity
prompt and cheerful response
static
having no motion, showing little change
haughty
arrogant, excessively proud and vain
reprove
to scold or to rebuke for a misdeed usually with kindly intent
benign
not causing harm, of gentle disposition, beneficial
gregarious
sociable and outgoing
garrulous
talkative, rambling
morose
being sullen or gloomy
veracity
devotion to the truth
clandestine
secret
summon
to call together, to send for or to request to appear
lethargic
sluggish, languid
expeditious
done with speed and efficiency
arrogant
overbearingly assuming; insolently proud
poignant
piercing, incisive, and keen
indignation
anger as a result of something unjust
insipid
boring and stupid
burgeon
to sprout, to newly emerge
transient
quickly passing, fleeting
prattle
meaningless sounds, babble
subtle
delicate, elusive, not obvious
apathy
a lack of concern or feeling, indifference
affinity
a likeness, a natural relationship, a kinship
suffrage
right to vote
deplore
to regret deeply or strongly; to express or feel deep grief for
recluse
a person who lives in solitude, a hermit
pedantry
act of showing off learning in a manner that is needless and unimaginative
indolence
laziness
pacifistic
opposed to war or use of force
parochial
limited in range or scope, narrow, provincial
plagiarize
to steal and use another's writings as one's own
embellish
to decorate, to make beautiful with ornamentation
effervescent
showing high spirits
placid
peaceful, calm
chimera
a fantasy; a horrible creature of the imagination
vilify
to malign, to defame, to utter abusive statements against
cursory
superficial, casual, hastily done
capricious
changing suddenly, fickle
discern
to differentiate between two or more things
meticulous
taking great care
voluble
ability to use words easily, fluent and glib
contrite
extremely apologetic, remorseful, repentant
reticence
restraint in speech, reluctance to speak
culpable
deserving blame; guilty
replete
filled to capacity, abundantly supplied
humane
kind, compassionate, sympathetic and considerate
stupefy
to dull the senses as to put into a stupor
docile
easily managed, obedient, passive
abhor
to regard with extreme repugnance; to detest utterly; to loathe
efface
to erase, to wear away
obliterate
to remove all traces of, to do away with; to destroy completely; to cancel
recant
to withdraw or to repudiate a statement or belief, revoke
enigmatic
mysterious, inexplicable, puzzling
belie
to contradict, to give a false impression
inundate
to flood, to overflow
conciliate
to reconcile, to pacify, to renew a friendship
charlatan
one who claims to know something that he does not, a quack
vindictive
revengeful, spiteful
revere
to honor, to regard with respect
mutability
the degree to which something is subject and likely to change
indelible
cannot be removed, washed away, or erased
servile
overly submissive
decadent
decaying
opulence
wealth, affluence, abundance
incontrovertible
indisputable
abstruse
difficult to understand, recondite, concealed
ingratiate
to make an effort to gain good favor with someone
trepidation
fear, trembling, agitation
accolade
praise, an award
torpid
sluggish, inactive, dull
gluttonous
greedy for food and drink
trivia
insignificant matters
enmity
absolute hatred
blasphemous
irreverent, profane
ominous
threatening
abridge
to shorten, to diminish
abstracted
removed in thought form the immediate situation, lost in one's own mind
inane
lacking significance, meaning, or point; silly, insipid
adulation
extreme praise or admiration
vacillating
changing, fluctuating
virtuoso
one skilled in the fine arts as an accomplished musician, a savant
fatuous
foolish, silly in an obnoxious way, inane
misanthrope
a hater of mankind
affable
friendly, courteious, amiable
perjury
false testimony under oath
atrophy
to waste away, to wither
allure
to influence, sway, or entice with some tempting appeal
ascetic
one who leads a life of self-denial and contemplation; absent of luxury
decry
to speak against, to disparage
angular
lean; sharp-cornered; gaunt
strident
loud and harsh sounding
sycophant
a self-serving flatterer, a brownnoser
paltry
trifling; petty; worthless
extol
to praise, to glorify
euphonious
pleasant or agreeable sound; dulcet
caricature
a portrayal where features are distorted, a parody
credulous
believing on slight evidence, gullible
discrepant
disagreeing, inconsistent
opaque
not allowing the passge of light, not transparent, hard to understand
loathe
to detest
malice
desire to harm others
dearth
a lack, a scarcity
transparent
quality of being able to be seen through, clear
venerate
to honor, to revere
ascend
to move upward, to rise from a lower station
benevolence
kindness, generosity, charity
placate
to appease or to pacify by making concessions
paradoxical
something that appears false of contradictory but is actually correct
desolate
deserted, without inhabitants, barren
dissemination
the act of spreading widely; scattering
fallow
inactive, plowed but not sowed
induce
to bring on or to bring about
fitful
irregular
incongruity
nonconformity, disagreement, incompatibility
obscure
difficult to see, vague
dissuade
to advise against, to talk out of
deprecate
to disapprove regretfully, to belittle, to express mild disapproval
infallible
incapable of error
tranquil
peaceful, calm, serene
scrupulous
very principled, very careful and conscientious
symmetry
balanced proportions
debilitate
to weaken, to enfeeble
aesthetic
relating or pertaining to a sense of beauty or art
intractable
stubborn, difficult to manage
didactic
instructive, designed to teach
penitent
showing or feeling regret for wrongdoing, repentant
oblique
slanting, indirect, evasive, devious, misleading
antithesis
a direct opposite, a contrast
promontory
land or rock projecting into a body of water
arable
fit for plowing, tillable
discursive
rambling, moving from one topic to another randomly
vigilant
very alert, watchful
ascendancy
domination; growing power
obsequious
overly attentive, like a sycophant, servile
laconic
using a minimum of words; concise to the point of seeming rude
enervation
weakness
furtive
secret in an underhanded way, stealthy
slothful
lazy, indolent
dogmatic
strongly opinionated in an unwarranted manner
toxic
poisonous
repudiate
to reject, to disown, to disavow
deplete
to use up gradually, to lessen in amount or value
amenable
open to or willing to follow advice or suggestion, tractable, malleable
disparage
to degrade, to speak of someone or something in a derogatory manner
inimitable
not able to be imitated
acrimonious
caustic, bitter in nature
austere
strict, stern; unadorned
petulance
unreasonable touchiness or irritability
ingrate
an ungrateful person
provincial
lacking sophistication, narrow-minded
assuage
to ease, to make less painful or burdensome, to calm
zeal
enthusiasm, fervor
profuse
extravagantly abundant, flowing freely
buoyant
capable of floating; cheerful
corroboration
confirmation
precarious
dangerous, risky, not a secure situation
innate
existing from birth, inborn
ferocity
savagery
banal
common, ordinary, lacking freshness, hackneyed
forbearance
patience, lenience
proliferation
an increase in number, multiplication
malevolence
ill will or evil intentions
emaciated
very thin (usually as a result of starvation), wasting away
elucidate
to make clear, to explain
gratuitous
given freely, unwarranted
cajole
to persuade with deliberate flattery, to coax, to wheedle
indulgent
lenient, especially toward oneself
insularity
qualities of an island; narrow-mindedness of opinion
mundane
ordinary, commonplace
magnanimity
having a lofty, generous, and courageous spirit
depravity
moral corruption, a wicked or perverse act
prologue
introductory remarks in a speech, play, or literary work
amiable
friendly, sociable, and congenial; civil and urbane
disparity
inequality, the condition or fact of being unequal in age, rank, or degree
galvanize
to stimulate or to excite as if by an electric shock
extricate
to free, to disentangle
vexation
discomfort or distress
antidote
something that relieves the effects of poison
ostentatious
showy, pretentious
sated
satisfied fully, indulged to excess
protract
to prolong
taciturn
quiet, not verbose
quiescent
inactive, dormant
equivocal
ambiguous (usually intended to mislead)
preclude
to make impossible
terse
concise
engender
to cause, to produce, to create
daunt
to intimidate, to dismay
inscrutable
difficult to understand, mysterious
serene
calm, placid
hypocrite
one who is insincere or deceitful
abet
to encourage or assist (usually an offense against justice or law)
impetuous
violent, hasty, rash, impulsive
pompous
exaggerated show of dignity or self-importance, bombastic
circumspect
careful to consider consequences, cautious, prudent
ascertain
to find out definitely; to determine
introspective
the quality of examining one's own mind or thoughts
precocious
exceptionally early in development or occurrence
auspicious
favorable
rancor
bitter deep-seated ill will, enmity
despotic
ruling oppressively and absolutely; tyrannical
debase
to reduce in dignity or quality
guile
deceitfulness, duplicity
contentious
quarrelsome, stirring controversy

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