College-level words Flashcards

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somnolent
sleepy; drowsy.
assiduous
constant; unremitting:
obsequious
obedient; dutiful.
approbate
to approve officially.
sable
very dark; black.
derivative
not original; secondary.
tepid
moderately warm; lukewarm:
avid
enthusiastic; ardent; dedicated; keen:
vociferous
crying out noisily; clamorous.
renege
to deny; disown; renounce.
vaunt
to speak boastfully; brag.
truculent
fierce; cruel; savagely brutal.
lucid
easily understood; completely intelligible or comprehensible
magnanimous
proceeding from or revealing generosity or nobility of mind, character, etc.:
bombastic
of speech, writing, etc. high-sounding; high-flown; inflated; pretentious.
paucity
smallness of quantity; scarcity; scantiness:
rescind
to abrogate; annul; revoke; repeal.
turgid
inflated, overblown, or pompous; bombastic:
inscrutable
incapable of being investigated, analyzed, or scrutinized; impenetrable.
erudite
characterized by great knowledge; learned or scholarly:
innocuous
not harmful or injurious; harmless:
flippant
frivolously disrespectful, shallow, or lacking in seriousness; characterized by levity:
insipid
without distinctive, interesting, or stimulating qualities; vapid:
corroborate
to make more certain; confirm:
diffuse
widely spread or scattered; dispersed.
disparate
distinct in kind; essentially different; dissimilar:
gallimaufry
a hodgepodge; jumble; confused medley.
effrontery
shameless or impudent boldness; barefaced audacity
nascent
beginning to exist or develop:
incorrigible
bad beyond correction or reform; impervious to constraints or punishment; not easily changed, swayed or influenced
baffling
something that balks, checks, or deflects.
disavow
to disclaim knowledge of, connection with, or responsibility for; disown; repudiate:
voracious
craving or consuming large quantities of food:
misanthrope
a person who dislikes other people
specious
apparently good or right though lacking real merit; superficially pleasing or plausible:
ephemeral
lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory:
convoluted
twisted or coiled; complicated or intricately involved
intransigent
refusing to agree or compromise; uncompromising; inflexible.
wanton
done, shown, used, etc., maliciously or unjustifiably:
ostentatious
characterized by or given to pretentious or conspicuous show in an attempt to impress others:
pedantic
overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, esp. in teaching.
banal
devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed; trite:
august
inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; majestic:
soporific
causing or tending to cause sleep.
salubrious
favorable to or promoting health; healthful:
odious
deserving or causing hatred; hateful; detestable.
abate
to reduce in amount, degree, intensity, etc.; lessen; diminish:
tirade
a prolonged outburst of bitter, outspoken denunciation
pernicious
causing insidious harm or ruin; ruinous; injurious; hurtful:
apathetic
having or showing little or no emotion:
recant
to withdraw or disavow (a statement, opinion, etc.), esp. formally; retract.
quip
a clever or witty remark or comment.
anathema
a person or thing detested or loathed:
obdurate
unmoved by persuasion, pity, or tender feelings; stubborn; unyielding.
cogent
convincing or believable by virtue of forcible, clear, or incisive presentation; telling.
placate
to appease or pacify, esp. by concessions or conciliatory gestures:
volatile
tending or threatening to break out into open violence; explosive:
sectarian
of or pertaining to sectaries or sects.
clandestine
characterized by, done in, or executed with secrecy or concealment, esp. for purposes of subversion or deception; private or surreptitious:
perfunctory
performed merely as a routine duty; hasty and superficial:
circumlocution
a roundabout or indirect way of speaking; the use of more words than necessary to express an idea.
pique
to affect with sharp irritation and resentment, esp. by some wound to pride:
paradox
a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
ambiguous
open to or having several possible meanings or interpretations; equivocal:
lugubrious
mournful, dismal, or gloomy, esp. in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner:
obstinate
firmly or stubbornly adhering to one's purpose, opinion, etc.; not yielding to argument, persuasion, or entreaty.
excoriate
to denounce or berate severely; flay verbally:
laconic
using few words; expressing much in few words; concise:
pericope
a selection or extract from a book.
enervate
to deprive of force or strength; destroy the vigor of; weaken.
disparage
to speak of or treat slightingly; depreciate; belittle:
panache
a grand or flamboyant manner; verve; style; flair:
invidious
calculated to create ill will or resentment or give offense; hateful:
insouciant
free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree; nonchalant.
fervent
having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm, etc.; ardent:
attenuate
to weaken or reduce in force, intensity, effect, quantity, or value:
calcify
to make or become rigid or intransigent, as in a political position.
parry
to ward off (a thrust, stroke, weapon, etc.), as in fencing; avert.
supplant
to take the place of (another), as through force, scheming, strategy, or the like.
languid
lacking in vigor or vitality; slack or slow:
exonerate
to clear, as of an accusation; free from guilt or blame; exculpate:
loquacious
talking or tending to talk much or freely; talkative; chattering; babbling; garrulous:
lassitude
weariness of body or mind from strain, oppressive climate, etc.; lack of energy; listlessness; languor.
adduce
to bring forward in argument or as evidence; cite as pertinent or conclusive:
platitude
a flat, dull, or trite remark, esp. one uttered as if it were fresh or profound.
demur
to make objection, esp. on the grounds of scruples; take exception; object:
eclectic
not following any one system, as of philosophy, medicine, etc., but selecting and using what are considered the best elements of all systems.
deride
to laugh at in scorn or contempt; scoff or jeer at; mock.
amenable
ready or willing to answer, open to influence, persuasion, or advice; agreeable
facetious
not meant to be taken seriously or literally:
belie
show to be false; to misrepresent or act unworthily according to some standard
proscribe
to denounce or condemn as dangerous or harmful; prohibit or banish into exile
melancholy
a gloomy state of mind, esp. when habitual or prolonged; depression.
lacuna
a gap or missing part, as in a manuscript, series, or logical argument; hiatus.
bandy
to pass from one to another or back and forth; give and take; trade; exchange:
ascetic
a person who dedicates his or her life to a pursuit of contemplative ideals and practices extreme self-denial or self-mortification for religious reasons.
mollify
to soften in feeling or temper, as a person; pacify; appease.
harangue
a scolding or a long or intense verbal attack; diatribe.
paradigm
a set of forms all of which contain a particular element, esp. the set of all inflected forms based on a single stem or theme.
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