HSPT Vocabulary Words Pages Flashcards

vocabulary
Terms Definitions
colleague
an associate.
resilient
springing back; rebounding.
abrupt
sudden or unexpected:
dull
not sharp; blunt:
essential
absolutely necessary; indispensable:
adulation
n. extreme praise
ire
intense anger; wrath.
stationary
standing still; not moving.
farcical
resembling farce; ludicrous; absurd.
consuming
strongly and urgently felt
insignificant
unimportant, trifling, or petty:
vex
to irritate; annoy; provoke:
perfidious
deliberately faithless; treacherous; deceitful:
abject
utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched:
astute
clever; cunning; ingenious; shrewd:
equivocal
of uncertain significance; not determined:
amiable
having or showing pleasant, good-natured personal qualities; friendly, sociable
candid
frank; outspoken; open and sincere:
rebuke
sharp, stern disapproval; reproof; reprimand.
vital
of or pertaining to life:
obvious
easily seen, recognized, or understood; open to view or knowledge; evident:
precedence
act or fact of preceding.
concur
to accord in opinion; agree:
innocuous
not harmful or injurious; harmless:
apocryphal
of doubtful authorship or authenticity.
abstruse
Hard to understand or comprehend
cacophony
harsh discordance of sound; dissonance:
bellicose
inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile; belligerent; pugnacious.
litter
objects strewn or scattered about; scattered rubbish.
confide
to impart secrets trustfully; discuss private matters or problems (usually fol. by in):
contention
a struggling together in opposition; strife.
discombobulate
to confuse or disconcert; upset; frustrate:
tenacious
holding fast; characterized by keeping a firm hold (often fol. by of):
tenure
the holding or possessing of anything:
vilify
to speak ill of; defame; slander.
substantial
of ample or considerable amount, quantity, size, etc.:
debilitating
to make weak or feeble; enfeeble:
continual
of regular or frequent recurrence; often repeated; very frequent:
equivocate
to use ambiguous or unclear expressions, usually to avoid commitment or in order to mislead; prevaricate or hedge:
jocular
given to, characterized by, intended for, or suited to joking or jesting; waggish; facetious:
sensibility
capacity for sensation or feeling; responsiveness or susceptibility to sensory stimuli.
divulge
To disclose or reveal something private, secret, or previously unknown.
wane
to decrease in strength, intensity, etc.:
taciturn
inclined to silence; reserved in speech; reluctant to join in conversation.
odious
deserving or causing hatred; hateful; detestable.
shrewd
astute or sharp in practical matters:
aggrandize
v. to increase or make greater
oblique
neither perpendicular nor parallel to a given line or surface; slanting; sloping.
palpable
readily or plainly seen, heard, perceived; obvious or evident; capable of being touched or felt, tangible
trepidation
tremulous fear, alarm, or agitation; perturbation.
elegy
a mournful, melancholy, or plaintive poem, esp. a funeral song or a lament for the dead.
meticulous
taking or showing extreme care about minute details; precise; thorough:
phlegmatic
not easily excited to action or display of emotion; apathetic; sluggish.
documentation
a furnishing with documents, as to substantiate a claim or the data in a book or article.
gorge
a narrow cleft with steep, rocky walls, esp. one through which a stream runs.
dwell
to linger over, emphasize, or ponder in thought, speech, or writing (often fol. by on or upon):
established
to found, institute, build, or bring into being on a firm or stable basis:
dehydrated
to deprive (a chemical compound) of water or the elements of water.
cosmopolitan
belonging to all the world; not limited to just one part of the world.
evade
to escape from by trickery or cleverness:
classy
of high class, rank, or grade; stylish; admirably smart; elegant.
sensible
having, using, or showing good sense or sound judgment:
factual
of or pertaining to facts; concerning facts:
symbolic
serving as a symbol of something (often fol. by of).
ailing
to cause pain, uneasiness, or trouble to.
ubiquitous
existing or being everywhere, esp. at the same time; omnipresent:
visage
the face, usually with reference to shape, features, expression, etc.; countenance.
miscellaneous
consisting of members or elements of different kinds; of mixed character:
console
to alleviate or lessen the grief, sorrow, or disappointment of; give solace or comfort:
assuage
to make milder or less severe; relieve; ease; mitigate:
ambassador
a diplomatic official of the highest rank, sent by one sovereign or state to another as its resident representative
gregarious
fond of the company of others; sociable.
distinction
a marking off or distinguishing as different:
discreet
judicious in one's conduct or speech, esp. with regard to respecting privacy or maintaining silence about something of a delicate nature; prudent; circumspect.
obdurate
unmoved by persuasion, pity, or tender feelings; stubborn; unyielding.
ostracize
to exclude, by general consent, from society, friendship, conversation, privileges, etc.:
enmity
a feeling or condition of hostility; hatred; ill will; animosity; antagonism.
copious
large in quantity or number; abundant; plentiful:
lethargy
the quality or state of being drowsy and dull, listless and unenergetic, or indifferent and lazy; apathetic or sluggish inactivity.
accomplish
to bring to its goal or conclusion; carry out; perform; finish:
lament
to feel or express sorrow or regret for, to mourn for something or someone
accumulate
to gather or collect, often in gradual degrees; heap up:
subordinate
placed in or belonging to a lower order or rank.
siege
the act or process of surrounding and attacking a fortified place in such a way as to isolate it from help and supplies, for the purpose of lessening the resistance of the defenders and thereby making capture possible.
scrupulous
having or showing a strict regard for what one considers right; principled
squander
to spend or use (money, time, etc.) extravagantly or wastefully (often fol. by away).
technique
the manner and ability with which an artist, writer, dancer, athlete, or the like employs the technical skills of a particular art or field of endeavor.
humiliation
an act or instance of humiliating or being humiliated.
benefactor
a person who confers a benefit; kindly helper.
rapacious
given to seizing for plunder or the satisfaction of greed.
niece
a daughter of a person's brother or sister.
usurp
to seize and hold (a position, office, power, etc.) by force or without legal right:
plunder
to rob of goods or valuables by open force, as in war, hostile raids, brigandage, etc.:
lapse
a slip or error, often of a trivial sort; failure:
hinder
situated in the rear or at the back; posterior:
eulogy
a speech or writing in praise of a person or thing, esp. a set oration in honor of a deceased person.
quest
a search or pursuit made in order to find or obtain something:
breach
the act or a result of breaking; break or rupture.
dexterous
skillful or adroit in the use of the hands or body.
compel
to force or drive, esp. to a course of action:
smite
to strike or hit hard, with or as with the hand, a stick, or other weapon:
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