ASVAB Vocabulary Nouns

Terms Definitions
CLEMENCY
mercy
OBJECTIVE
goal
DISCREPANCY
inconsistency
INTERIM
meantime
BROCHURE
pamphlet
NEOPHYTE
beginner
BREVITY
shortness
DEPOT
warehouse
Milieu
Surroundings
Paucity
Scarcity
Vim
Energy
EPITOME
typical representation
FORTITUDE
steady courage
GIST
essential content
INFIRMITY
physical defect
LETHARGY
sluggishness, drowsiness
LEGION
large number
CONSENSUS
general agreement
BASTION
stronghold, fortress
ALIAS
assumed name
BRAWL
noisy fight
FOYER
entrance hall
Impetus
Moving force
Apex
Highest point
GAMUT
the whole range
FIASCO
complete, humiliating failure
CRITERION
standard of judgment
Venture
Something involving risk
Din
Loud continuing noise
Avarice
Greed for wealth
Stigma
Mark of disgrace
CONNOISSEUR
expert judge of quality
LEGACY
material or spiritual inheritance
LEVITY
lightness of mood, frivolity
OVATION
enthusiastic reception, usually accompanied by generous applause
Reverence
Feeling of great respect
Chagrin
Feeling of deep disappointment
GRIEVANCE
complaint made against those responsible for an unjust situation
PHOBIA
unreasonably intense fear of something
HINDRANCE
obstacle; something that delays reaching a goal
DROUGHT
long spell of dry weather
NICHE
a suitable or desirable place
INCUMBENT
present holder of an office
Exodus
Departure, usually of large numbers
BOON
benefit (e.g., a boon to business)
GENRE
a class or category, especially referring to the arts or entertainment
OBLIVION
a condition of complete ignorance, forgetfulness, or unawareness
IDIOM
expression peculiar to a language which has a different meaning from the literal meaning of the words which make it up (e.g., "hit the road")
Proviso
Requirement that something be done, usually made in writing
Oversight
Failure to include something through carelessness
FORUM
a gathering for discussion of issues, often public ones
IMAGE
likeness or reflected impression of a person or object
PEER
an equal in age, social standing, ability, or some other quality
PARTISAN
one who supports (usually strongly) a particular cause, person, or idea; in a contry occupied by an enemy, one who opposed the occupying enemy by acts of defiance or sabotage
Quandary
Uncertainty about a choice between two courses of action
Tribunal
Place of judgment, such as a court
Bigotry
Unwillingness to allow others to have different opinions and beliefs from one's own
Pittance
Very small amount or sum of money
PANORAMA
a clear view of a very broad area
INITIATIVE
desire or ability to take the first step in carrying out some action
CYNIC
one who doubts the good intentions of others
MYRAID
a large number of varied people or things
DICTION
manner in which words are used or pronounced in speech
OVERTURE
first step, which is intended to lead to others in either action or discusssion
GHETTO
city area inhabited by members of a group that others look down on
Glutton
One who overeats or who indulges in anything to excess
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