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GRE High Frequency Words
Abate – v – subside or moderate. Aberrant – adj – abnormal or deviant Abeyance – n – suspended action Abscond – v – depart secretly and hide Abstemious – adj – sparing in eating and drinking temperate Admonish – v – warn; reprove. Adulterate – v – make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances Aesthetic – artistic dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful Aggregate – v – gather; accumulate Alacrity – n – cheerful promptness; eagerness Alleviate – v – relieve Amalgamate – v – combine; unite in one body Ambiguous – adj – unclear or doubtful in meaning Ambivalence – n – the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes Ameliorate – v – improve Anachronism – n – something or someone misplaced in time Analogous – adj – comparable Anarchy – n – absence of governing body; state of disorder Anomalous – adj – abnormal; irregular Antipathy – n – aversion; dislike Apathy – n - lack of caring; indifference Appease – v – pacify or soothe; relieve Apprise – v - inform Approbation – n – approval Appropriate – acquire; take possession of for one’s own use Arduous – adj – hard; strenuous Artless – adj – without guile; open and honest Ascetic – adj – practicing self-denial; austere Assiduous – adj- diligent Assuage – v – ease or lessen (pain); satisfy (hunger); soothe (anger) Attenuate – v – make thinner; weaken or lessen (in density, force, degree) Audacious – adj – daring bold Austere – forbiddingly stern; severely simple and unornamented Autonomous – self-governing Aver – assert confidently or declare; as used in law, state, formally as a fact Banal – hackneyed; commonplace; trite; lacking originality Belie – contradict; give a false impression Beneficent – kindly; doing good Bolster – support; reinforce Bombastic – pompous; using inflated language Boorish – rude; insensitive Burgeon – grow forth Burnish – make shiny by rubbing; polish

Buttress – support; prop up Cacophonous – discordant; inharmonious Capricious – unpredictable; fickle Castigation-punishment; severe criticism Catalyst – agent that influences the pace of a chemical reaction while it remains unaffected and unchanged; person or thing that causes action Caustic – burning; sarcastically biting Chicanery – trickery; deception Coagulate – thicken; congeal; clot Coda – concluding section of a musical or literary composition; something that rounds out, summarizes, or concludes Cogent – convincing Commensurate – corresponding in extent, degree, amount; proportionate Compendium – brief; comprehensive summary Complaisant – trying to please; overly polite; obliging Compliant – yielding; conforming to requirements Conciliatory – reconciling; soothing Condone – overlook; forgive; give tacit approval; excuse Confound – confuse; puzzled Connoisseur – person competent to act as a judge of art Contention – claim; thesis Contentious – quarrelsome Contrite – penitent; repentant Conundrum – riddle; difficult problem Converge – approach; tend to meet; come together Convoluted – coiled around; involved; intricate Craven – cowardly Daunt – intimidate; frighten Decorum – propriety; orderliness and good taste in manners Default – failure to act Deference – courteous regard for another’s wish Delineate – portray; depict; sketch Denigrate – blacken Deride – ridicule; make fun of Derivative; unoriginal; obtained from another source Desiccate – dry up Desultory – aimless; haphazard; digressing at random Deterrent – something that discourage; hindrance Diatribe – bitter scolding; invective Dichotomy – split; branching into two parts (usually contradictory) Diffidence – shyness Diffuse – wordy; rambling; spread out Digression – wandering away from the subject Dirge – lament with music Disabuse – correct a false impression; undeceive Discerning – mentally quick and observant; having insight

Discordant – not harmonious; conflicting Discredit – defame; destroy confidence in; disbelieve Discrepancy – lack of consistency; difference Discrete – separate; unconnected; consisting of distinct parts Disingenuous – lacking genuine candor; insincere Disinterested; unprejudiced Disjointed – lacking coherence; separated at the joints Dismiss – eliminate from consideration; reject Disparage – belittle Disparate – basically different; unrelated Dissemble – disguise; pretend Disseminate – distribute; spread; scatter Dissolution – disintegration; looseness in morals Dissonance – discord; opposite of harmony Distend – expend; swell out Distill – purify; refine; concentrate Diverge – vary; go in different directions from the same point Divest – strip; deprive Document – provide written evidence Dogmatic – opinionated; arbitrary; doctrinal Dormant – sleeping; lethargic; latent Dupe – someone easily fooled Ebullient – showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm Eclectic – selective; composed of elements drawn from disparate sources Efficacy – power to produce desired effect Effrontery – impudence; shameless boldness; sheer nerve; presumptuousness Elegy – poem or song expressing lamentation Elicit – draw out by discussion Embellish – adorn; ornament; enhance, as a story Empirical – based on experience Emulate – imitate; rival Endemic – prevailing among a specific group of people or in a specific area or country Enervate – weaken Engender – cause; produce Enhance – increase; improve Ephemeral – short-lived; fleeting Equanimity – calmness of temperament; composure Equivocate – lie; mislead; attempt to conceal the truth Erudite – learned; scholarly Esoteric – hard to understand; known only to the chosen few Eulogy – expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone’s death Euphemism – mild expression in place of an unpleasant one Exacerbate – worsen; embitter Exculpate – clear from blame Exigency – urgent situation; pressing needs or demands; state of requiring immediate attention Extrapolation – projection; conjecture

Facetious – joking (often inappropriately) Facilitate – help bring about; make less difficult Fallacious – false; misleading Fatuous – brainless; inane; foolish, yet smug Fawning – trying to please by behaving obsequiously, flattering, or cringing Felicitous – apt; suitably expressed; well chosen Fervor – glowing ardor; intensity of feeling Flag – droop; grow feeble Fledgling – inexperienced Flout – reject; mock; show contempt for Foment – stir up; instigate Forestall – prevent by taking action in advance Frugality – thrift, economy Futile – useless; hopeless; ineffectual Gainsay – deny Garrulous – loquacious; wordy; talkative Goad – urge on Gouge – overcharge Grandiloquent – pompous; bombastic; using high-sounding language Gregarious – sociable Guileless – without deceit Gullible – easily deceived Harangue – long, passionate, and vehement speech Homogeneous – off the same kind Hyperbole – exaggeration; overstatement Iconoclastic – attacking cherished traditions Idolatry – worship of idols Immutable – unchangeable Impair – injure; hurt Impassive – without feeling; imperturbable; stoical Impede – hinder; block Impermeable – impervious; not permitting passage through its substance Imperturbable – calm placid Impervious – impenetrable; incapable of being damaged or distressed Implacable – incapable of being pacified Implicit – understood but not stated Implode – burst inward Inadvertently – unintentionally; by oversight; carelessly Inchoate – recently begun; rudimentary; elementary Incongruity – lack of harmony; absurdity Inconsequential – insignificant; unimportant Incorporate – introduce something into a larger whole; combine; unite Indeterminate – uncertain; not clearly fixed; indefinite Indigence – poverty Indolent – lazy Inert – inactive; lacking power to move

Ingenuous – naïve and trusting; young; unsophisticated Inherent – firmly established by nature or habit Innocuous – harmless Insensible – unconscious; unresponsive Insinuate – hint; imply; creep in Insipid – lacking in flavor; dull Insularity – narrow-mindedness; isolation Intractable – unruly; stubborn; unyielding Intransigence – refusal of any compromise; stubbornness Inundate – overwhelm; flood; submerge Inured – accustomed; hardened Invective – abuse Irascible – irritable; easily angered Irresolute – uncertain how to act; weak Itinerary – plan of a trip Laconic – brief and to the point Lassitude – languor; weariness Latent – potential but undeveloped; dormant; hidden Laud – praise Lethargic – drowsy; dull Levee – earthen or stone embankment to prevent flooding Levity – lack of seriousness or steadiness; frivolity Log – record of a voyage or flight; record of day-to-day activities Loquacious – talkative Lucid – easily understood Luminous – shining; issuing light Magnanimity – generosity Malingerer – one who feigns illness to escape duty Malleable – capable to being shaped by pounding; impressionable Maverick – rebel; nonconformist Mendacious – lying; habitually dishonest Metamorphosis – change of form Meticulous – excessively careful; painstaking; scrupulous Misanthrope – one who hates mankind Mitigate – appease; moderate Mollify – soothe Morose – ill-humored; sullen; melancholy Mundane – worldly as opposed to spiritual; everyday Negate – cancel out; nullify; deny Neophyte – recent convert; beginner Obdurate – stubborn Obsequious – slavishly attentive; servile; sycophantic Obviate – make unnecessary; get rid of Occlude – shut; close Officious – meddlesome; excessively pushy in offering one’s services Onerous – burdensome

Opprobrium – infamy; vilification Oscillate – vibrate pendulumlike; waver Ostentatious – showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention Paragon – model of perfection Partisan – one-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party Pathological – pertaining to disease Paucity – scarcity Pedantic – showing off learning; bookish Penchant – strong inclination; liking Penury – severe poverty; stinginess Perennial – something long-lasting Perfidious – treacherous; disloyal Perfunctory – superficial; not thorough; lacking interest, care, enthusiasm Permeable – penetrable; porous; allowing liquids or gas to pass through Pervasive – spread throughout Phlegmatic – clam; not easily disturbed Piety – devoutness; reverence for God Placate – pacify; conciliate Plasticity – ability to be molded Platitude – trite remark Plethora – excess; overabundance Plummet – fall sharply Porous – full of pores; like a sieve Pragmatic – practical (as opposed to idealistic); concerned with the practical worth or impact of something Preamble – introductory statement Precarious – uncertain; risky Precipitate – rash; premature; hasty; sudden Precursor – forerunner Presumptuous – arrogant; taking liberties Prevaricate – lie Probity – uprightness; incorruptibility Problematic – doubtful; unsettled; questionable Prodigal – wasteful; reckless with money Profound – deep; not superficial; complete Prohibitive – tending to prevent the purchase or use of something Proliferate – grow rapidly; spread; multiply Propensity – natural inclination Propitiate – appease Propriety 0 fitness; correct conduct Proscribe – ostracize; banish; outlaw Pungent – stinging; sharp in taste or smell; caustic Qualified – limited; restricted Quibble - minor objection or complaint Quiescent – at rest; dormant; temporarily inactive Rarefied – made less dense (of a gas) Recalcitrant – obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority; unruly

Recant – disclaim of disavow; retract a precious statement Recluse – hermit; loner Recondite – abstruse; profound; secret Refractory – stubborn, unmanageable Refute – disprove Relegate – banish to an inferior position; delegate; assign Reproach – express disapproval or disappointment Reprobate – person hardened in sin; devoid of a sense of decency Repudiate - disown; disavow Rescind – cancel Resolution – determination Resolve – determination; firmness of purpose Reticent – reserved; uncommunicative; inclined to silence Reverent – respectful; worshipful Sage – person celebrated for wisdom Salubrious – healthful Sanction – approve; ratify Satiate – satisfy fully Saturate – soak thoroughly Savor – enjoy; have a distinctive flavor, smell, or quality Secrete – hide away or cache; produce and release a substance into an organism Shard – fragment, generally of pottery Skeptic – doubter; person who suspends judgment until having examined the evidence supporting a point of view Solicitous – worried, concerned Soporific – sleep-causing; marked by sleepiness Specious – seemingly reasonable but incorrect; misleading (often intentionally) Spectrum – color band produced when a beam of light passes through a prism Sporadic – occurring irregularly Stigma – token of disgrace; brand Stint – be thrifty; set limits Stipulate – make express conditions, specify Stolid – dull; impassive Striated – marked with parallel bands; grooved Strut – pompous walk Strut – supporting bar Subpoena – writ summoning a witness to appear Subside – settle down; descend; grow quiet Substantiate – establish by evidence; verity; support Supersede – cause to be set aside; replace; make obsolete Supposition – hypothesis; surmise Tacit – understood; not put into words Tangential – peripheral; only slightly connected; digressing Tenuous – thin; rare; slim Tirade – extended scolding; denunciation; harangue Torpor – lethargy; sluggishness; dormancy Tortuous – winding; full of curves

Tractable – docile; easily managed Transgression – violation of a law; sin Truculence – aggressiveness; ferocity Vacillate – waver; fluctuate Venerate – revere Veracious – truthful Verbose – wordy Viable – practical or workable; capable of maintaining life Viscous – sticky, gluey Vituperative – abusive; scolding Volatile – changeable; explosive; evaporating rapidly Warranted – justified; authorized Wary – very cautious Welter – turmoil; bewildering jumble Whimsical – capricious; fanciful Zealot – fanatic; perso who shows excessive zeal (enthusiasm)

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ABATE (a-bate)

to reduce in amount, degree, or severity As the hurricane's force ______, the winds dropped and the sea became calm. (Why the HECK were you watching the sea during a hurricane!? RUN!!!)

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ABSCOND (ab-scond)

to leave secretly The patron ______ from the restaurant without paying his bill by sneaking out the back door. Bastard.

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ABSTAIN

to choose not to do something

(ab-stain) She ______ from choosing a mouthwatering dessert from the tray. (Well..good for her..i say, YOLO! Eat what ya want! :P)
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ABYSS (uh-bis)

an extremely deep hole The submarine dove into the ______ to chart the previously unseen depths. Yellow. Submarine. :P

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ADULTERATE (a·dul·ter·ate)

to make impure The chef made his ketchup last longer by ______ it with water. Easy A

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ADVOCATE (ad·vo·kate)

to speak in favor of The vegetarian ______ a diet containing no meat. So...they want to eat the animals' food?

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AESTHETIC

concerning the appreciation of beauty

Followers of the ______ Movement regarded the pursuit of beauty as the only true purpose of art. ..and the Beast

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AGGRANDIZE

to increase in power, influence, and reputation

The supervisor sought to ______ herself by claiming that the achievements of her staff were actually her own. Bitch.
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ALLEVIATE

to make more bearable Taking aspirin helps to ______ a headache. I'm sure if you are reading these cards, you could use an aspirin too....

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AMALGAMATE

to combine; to mix together Giant Industries ______ with Mega Products to form Giant-Mega Products Incoporated. Potions Class...

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AMBIGUOUS

doubtful or uncertain; able to be interpreted several ways The directions he gave were so ______ that we disagreed on which way to turn. ...ask for directions?

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AMELIORATE

to make better; to improve The doctor was able to ______ the patient's suffering using painkillers.

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ANACHRONISM

something out of place in time The aged hippie used ______ phrases like "groovy" and "far out" that had not been popular for years.

SHAGGY!!
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ANALOGOUS

similar or alike in some way; equivalent to In the Newtonian construct for explaining the existence of God, the universe is ______ to a mechanical timepiece, the creation of a divinely intelligent "clockmaker." Geppetto made Pinocchio...?

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ANOMALY

deviation from what is normal Albino animals may display too great an ______ in their coloring to attract normally colored mates.

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ANTAGONIZE

to annoy or provoke to anger The child discovered that he could ______ the cat by pulling its tail. Kid best start running...

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ANTIPATHY

extreme dislike The ______ between the French and the English regularly erupted into open warfare. Brussel sprouts.

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APATHY

lack of interest or emotion The ______ of voters is so great that less than half the people who are eligible to vote actually bother to do so.

Sasuke Uchiha :P
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ARBITRATE

to judge a dispute between two opposing parties Since the couple could not come to agreement, a judge was forced to ______ their divorce proceedings. Referee...

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ARCHAIC

ancient, old-fashioned Her ______ Commodore computer could not run the latest software. WOW. THAT is an old computer...

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ARDOR

intense and passionate feeling Bishop's ______ for the landscape was evident when he passionately described the beauty of the scenic Hudson Valley. It's probably something akin to the way we feel about chocolate :P

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ARTICULATE

able to speak clearly and expressively She is such an ______ defender of labor that unions are among her strongest supporters. "I'm laughing out loud!" vs lol...rofl ;)

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ASSUAGE

to make something unpleasant less severe Serena used aspirin to ______ her pounding headace.

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ATTENUATE

to reduce in force or degree; to weaken The Bill of Rights ______ the traditional power of governments to change laws at will. ..what we need is a Bill of Responsibilities...

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AUDACIOUS

fearless and daring Her ______ nature allowed her to fulfill her dream of skydiving. Jack Sparrow. Captain Jack Sparrow.

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AUSTERE

severe or stern in appearance; undecorated The lack of decoration makes military barracks seem ______ to the civilian eye.

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BANAL

predictable, cliched, boring He usaed ______ phrases like "Have a nice day", or "Another day, another dollar." Twilight.

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BOLSTER

to support; to prop up The presecence of giant footprints ______ the argument that Sasquatch was in the area. Bras...

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BOMBASTIC

pompous in speech and manner The ranting of the radio talk-show host was

mostly ______; his boasting and outrageous claims had no basis in fact.

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CACOPHONY

harsh, jarring noise The junior high orchestra created an almost unbearable ______ as they tried to tune their instruments. My alarm clock >.<

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CANDID

impartial and honest in speech The observations of a child can be charming since they are ______ and unpretentious. "Ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind."

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CAPRICIOUS

changing ones mind quickly and often Queen Elizabeth I was quite ______; her courtiers could never be sure which of their number would catch her fancy. The gossip that must have resulted!!O.O

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CASTIGATE

to punish or criticize harshly Many Americans are amazed at how harshly the authorities in Singapore ______ perpetrators of what would be considered minor crimes in the United States. 7.20.12. Their is not a harsh enough punishment.

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CATALYST

something that brings about a change in

something else The imposition of harsh taxes was the ______ that finally brought on the revolution. Chemistry!
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CAUSTIC

biting in wit Dorothy Parker gained her reputation for ______ wit from her cutting, yet clever, insults. Sounds like my sister! <3

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CHAOS

great disorder or confusion In many religious traditions, God created an ordered universe from ______. And yet,entropy is always increasing...

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CHAUVINIST

someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs The attitude that men are inherently superior to women and therefore must be obeyed is common among male ______. Ahem. Tell me again, who has the higher retention rate in colleges?

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CHICANERY

deception by means of craft or guile Dishonest used car sales people often use ______ to sell their beat-up old cars. So..they are too chicken to tell the truth?

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COGENT

convincing and well reasoned Swayed by the ______ argument of the defense, the jury had no choice but to acquit the defendant. Pie tastes good. I should eat it.

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CONDONE

to overlook, pardon, or disregard Some theorists believe that failing to prosecute minor crimes is the same as ______ an air of lawlessness. I will NOT condone the fact that you ate the last cookie! >.<

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CONVOLUTED

intricate and complicated Although many people bought "A Brief History of Time," few could follow its ______ ideas and theories. A girl's thought-process.

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CORROBORATE

to provide supporting evidence Figerprints ______ the witness's testimony that he saw the defendant in the victim's apartment. NCIS or CSI?

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CREDULOUS

too trusting; gullible Although some four-year-olds believe in the Eatser Bunny, only the most ______ nine-yearolds also believe in him. DORI!!! <'(((><

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CRESCENDO

steadily increasing volume or force The______ of tension became unbearable as Evel Knievel prepared to jump his motorcycle over the school buses. Nuff said.

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DECORUM

appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety The countess complained that the vulgar peasants lacked the ______ appropriate for a visit to the palace. Cinderella didn't hear her :P

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DEFERENCE

respect, courtesy The respectful young law clerk treated the Supreme Court justice with the utmost ______. Respect the Pouch. RESPECT IT!

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DERIDE

to speak of or treat with contempt; to mock The awkward child was often ______ by his "cooler" peers. And they will all end up working for him.

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DESICCATE

to dry out thoroughly After a few weeks of lying in the desert's baking sands, the cow's carcass became completely ______. Jerky.

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DESULTORY

jumping from one thing to another; disconnected Diane had a ______ academic record; she had changed majors 12 times in three years. Spiderman

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DIATRIBE

an abusive, condemnatory speech The trucker bellowed a ______ at the driver who had cut him off. Bad guys talk too much

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DIFFIDENT

lacking self-confidence Steve's ______ manner during the job interview stemmed from his nervous nature and lack of experience in the field. Just breath and plunge in!

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DILATE

to make larger; to expand When you enter a darkened room, the pupils of your eyes ______ to let in more light. It's really cool!

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DILATORY

intended to delay The congressman used ______ measures to delay the passage of the bill. That one kid in class that gets the professor to tell stories....is a master.

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DILETTANTE

someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic Jerry's friends were such ______ that they seemed to have new jobs and hobbies every week. A new job every week!? Where do they FIND them!?

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DIRGE

a funeral hymn or mournful speech Melville wrote a poem "A ______for James McPherson" for the funeral of a Union general who was killed in 1864.

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DISABUSE

to set right; to free from error Galileo's observations ______ scholars of the notion that the sun revolved around the earth. Physics.

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DISCERN

to perceive; to recognize It is easy to ______ the difference between butter and butter-flavored topping. Please tell me you didn't eat it with a spoon...

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DISPARATE

fundamentally different; entirely unlike Although the twins appear to be identical physically, their personalities are ______. Black and white.

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DISSEMBLE

to present a false appearance; to disguise one's

real intentions or character The villain could ______ to the police no longerhe admitted the deed and tore up the floor to reveal the body of the old man. O.o.....
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DISSONANCE

a harsh and disagreeable combination, often of sounds Cognitive ______ is the inner conflict produced when long-standing beliefs are contradicted by new evidence.

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DOGMA

a firmly held opinion; often a religious belief Linus's central ______ was that children who believed in the Great Pumpkin would be rewarded. PEANUTS!!!

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DOGMATIC

dictorial in one's opinions The dictator was ______- he, and only he, was right. Stubborn?

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DUPE

to deceive; a person who is easily deceived Bugs Bunny was able to ______ Elmer Fudd by dressing up as a lady rabbit. HAHA!!! Miss these cartoons!

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ECLECTIC

selecting from or made up from a variety of

sources Budapest's architecture is an ______ mix of Eastern and Western styles.
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EFFICACY

effectiveness The ______ of penicillin was unsurpassed when it was first introduced; the drug completely eliminated almost all bacterial infections for which it was administered.

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ELEGY

a sorrowful poem or speech Although Thomas Gray's "______ Written in a Country Churchyard" is about death and loss, it urges its readers to endure this life and to truest in spirituality.

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ELOQUENT

persuasive and moving, especially in speech The Gettysburg Address is moving not only because of its lofty sentiments but also because of its ______ words. I love this word.

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EMULATE

to copy; to try to equal or excel The graduate student sought to ______ his professor in every way, copying not only how she taught but also how she conducted herself outside of class. Don't forget to be your own person! :D

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ENERVATE

to reduce in strength

The guerrillas hoped that a series of surprise attacks would ______ the regular army. Lex & Kent
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ENGENDER

to produce, cause, or bring about His fear and hatred of clowns ______ when he witnessed the death of his father at the hands of a clown. O.o

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ENIGMA

a puzzle; a mystery Speaking in riddles and dressed in old robes, the artist gained a reputation as something of an ______. BATMAN.

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ENUMERATE

to count, list, or itemize Moses returned from the mountain with tablets on which the commandments were ______. It's as easy as 1,2,3!

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EPHEMERAL

lasting a short time The lives of mayflies seem ______ to us, since the flies's average life span is a matter of hours. Ice cream melts so fast!

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EQUIVOCATE

to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead

When faced with criticism of her policies, the politician ______ and left all parties thinking she agreed with them. i.e. Sarcasm.
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ERRATIC

wandering and unpredictable The plot seemed predictable until it suddenly took a series of ______ turns that surprised the audience. Harry Potter

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ERUDITE

learned, scholarly, bookish The annual meeting of philosophy professors was a gathering of the most ______, well-published individuals in the field. Hermione

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ESOTERIC

known or understood by only a few Only a handful of experts are knowledgeable about the ______ world of particle physics. The GRE.

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ESTIMABLE

admirable Most people consider it ______ that Mother Teresa spent her life helping the poor of India.

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EULOGY

speech in praise of someone His best friend gave the ______, outlining his many achievements and talents.

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EUPHEMISM

use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one The funeral director preferred to use the ______sleeping instead of the word dead. Fudge Muffins.

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EXACERBATE

to make worse It is unwise to take aspirin to try to relieve heartburn; instead of providing relief, the drug will only ______ the problem. What is with all the aspirin!?

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EXCULPATE

to clear from blame; prove innocent The adversarial legal system is intended to convict those who are guilty and to ______those who are innocent.

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EXIGENT

urgent; requiring immediate action The patient was losing blood so rapidly that it was ______ to stop the source of the bleeding.

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EXONERATE

to clear of blame The fugitive was ______ when another criminal confessed to committing the crime.

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EXPLICIT

clearly stated or shown; forthright in expression

The owners of the hourse left a list of ______ instructions detailing their house-sitter's duties, including a schedule for watering the house plants.

Really...the house plants?

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FANATICAL

acting excessively enthusiastic;filled with extreme, unquestioned devotion The stormtroopers were ______ in their devotion to the emperor, readily sacrificing their lives for him. Kaplan appreciates the awesomeness that is STAR WARS!

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FAWN

to grovel The understudy ______ over the director in hopes of being cast in the part on a permanent basis. Bambi.

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FERVID

intensely emotional;feverish The fans of Maria Callas were unusually ______, doing anything to catch a glimpse of the great opera singer. You give me fever...

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FLORID

excessively decorated or embellished The alace had been decorated in a ______ style;every surface had been carved and gilded.

Is it just me, or did you think "flower" too?
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FOMENT

to arouse or incite The protesters tried to ______ feeling against the war through their speeches and demonstrations. Not to be confused with ferment...

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FRUGALITY

a tendency to be thrifty or cheap Scrooge McDuck's ______ was so great that he accumulated enough wealth to fill a giant storehouse with money. Scrooge...purdy much sums it up.

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GARRULOUS

tending to talk a lot The ______ parakeet distracted its owner with its continuous talking. Think of a media character! :D

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GREGARIOUS

outgoing, sociable She was so ______ that when she found herself alone, she felt quite sad. The opposite of introverted...

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GUILE

deceit or trickery Since he was not fast enough to ctahc the roadrunner on foot, the coyote resorted to ______ in an effort to trap his enemy. Meep Meep!!

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GULLIBLE

easily deceived The con man pretended to be a bank officer so as to fool ______ bank customers into giving him their account information. I actually wrote gullible on the ceiling once; best prank ever! :P

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HOMOGENEOUS

of a similar kind The class was fairly ______, since almost all of the students were senior journalism majors. Genetics.

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ICONOCLAST

one who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions His lack of regard for traditional beliefs soon established him as an ______. A clashing icon?

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IMPERTURBABLE

not capable of being disturbed The counselor had so much experience dealing with distraught children that she seemed ______, even when faces with the wildest tantrums. The dead.

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IMPERVIOUS

impossible to penetrate; incapable of being affected A good raincoat will be ______ to moisture.

Fortresses and castles!
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IMPETUOUS

quick to act without thinking It is not good for an investment broker to be ______, since much thought should be given to all the possible options. Naruto, Luffy, Black Star, Natsu, etc. etc.

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IMPLACABLE

unable to be calmed down or made peaceful His rage at the betrayal was so great that he remained ______ for weeks.

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INCHOATE

not fully formed; disorganized The ideas expressed in Nietzsche's mature work also appear in an ______ form in his earliest writing. Puzzles/Babies

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INGENIOUS

showing innocence or childlike simplicity She was so ______ that her friends feared that her innocence and trustfulness would be exploited when she visited the big city. The game!

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INIMICAL

hostile, unfriendly Even though the children had grown up together, they were ______ to each other at school. #sibilingissues

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INNOCUOUS

harmless Some snakes are poisonous, but most species are ______ and pose no danger to humans. Coral vs. King

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INSIPID

lacking interest or flavor The critic claimed that the painting was ______, containing no interesting qualities at all. plain pasta

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INTRANSIGENT

uncompromising, refusing to be reconciled The professor was ______ on the deadline, insisting that everyone turn the assignment in at the same time. Man, I hated when that happened :/

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INUNDATE

to overwhelm; to cover with water The tidal wave ______ Atlantis, which was lost beneath the water. Love the Disney movie!

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IRASCIBLE

easily made angry Attila the Hun's ______and violent nature made all who dealt with him fear for their lives. THE HULK

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LACONIC

using few words

She was a ______ poet who built her reputation on using words as sparingly as possible. Yoda!
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LAMENT

to express sorrow; to grieve The children continued to ______ the death of the goldfish weeks after its demise. Sad word :'(

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LAUD

to give praise; to glorify Parades and fireworks were staged to ______ the success of the rebels. Loud parties!

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LAVISH

to give unsparingly (v.); extremely generous or extravagant (adj.) She ______ the puppy with so many treats that it soon became overweight and spoiled. Spoiled. Exactlyyyy.

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LETHARGIC

acting in an indifferent or slow, sluggish manner The clerk was so ______that, even when the store was slow, he always had a long line in front of him. LAZZZZZZZZZZZZZY.

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LOQUACIOUS

talkative

She was naturally ______, which was a problem in situations in which listening was more important than talking. The words is very..elegant... though.
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LUCID

clear and easily understood The explanations were written in a simple and ______ manner so that students were immediately able to apply what they learned. Clear water.

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LUMINOUS

bright, brilliant, glowing The park was bathed in ______ sunshine, which warmed the bodies and the souls of the visitors. Lumos maxima!

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MALINGER

to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill A common way to avoid the draft was by ______pretending to be mentally or physically ill so as to avoid being taken by the army. MOOOOOOM!!! I don't wanna go to school this morning! :P

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MALLEABLE

capable of being shaped Gold is the ______ of precious metals; it can easily be formed into almost any shape. Those easily influenced...

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METAPHOR

a figure of speech comparing two different things;

a symbol The ______ "a sea of troubles" suggests a lot of troubles by comparing their number to the vastness of the sea. Oh English Lit....
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METICULOUS

extremely careful about details To find all the clues at the crime scene, the investigators ______ examined every inch of the house.

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MISANTHROPE

a person who dislikes others The character Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol" is such a ______ that even the sight of children singing makes him angry. Not to be confused with a lycanthrope...

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MITIGATE

to soften; to lessen A judge may ______ a sentence if she decides that a person committed a crime out of need.

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MOLLIFY

to calm or make less severe Their argument was so intense that it was difficult to believe any compromise would ______ them.

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MONOTONY

lack of variation The ______ of the sound of the dripping faucet almost drove the research assistant crazy.

drip, drip, drip...drip
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NAIVE

lacking sophistication or experience Having never traveled before, the elementary school students were more ______ than their high school counterparts on the field trip.

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OBDURATE

hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion The president was completely ______ on the issue, and no amount of persuasion would change his mind. Bull-headed

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OBSEQUIOUS

overly submissive and eager to please The ______ new associate made sure to compliment her supervisor's tie and agree with him on every issue. Suck-up.

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OBSTINATE

stubborn, unyielding The ______ child could not be made to eat any food that he disliked.

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OBVIATE

to prevent; to make unnecessary The river was shallow enough to wade across at many points, which ______the need for a bridge.

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OCCLUDE

to stop up; to prevent the passage of

A shadow is thrown across the earth's surface during a solar eclipse, when the light from the sun is ______ by the moon. Beaver dam
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ONEROUS

troublesome and oppressive; burdensome The assignment was so extensive and difficult to manage that it proved ______ to the team in charge of it. All those research papers >.<

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OPAQUE

impossible to see through; preventing the passage of light The heavy buildup of dirt and grime on the windows almost made them ______. Sounds like you need a new maid....

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OPPROBRIUM

public disgrace After the scheme to embezzle the elderly was made public, the treasurer resigned in utter ______.

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OSTENTATION

excessive showiness The ______ of the Sun King's court is evident in the lavish decoration and luxuriousness of his palace at Versailles.

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PARADOX

a contradiction or dilemma It is a ______ that those most in need of medical

attention are often those least able to obtain it. Time warp continuum
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PARAGON

model of excellence or perfection She is the ______ of what a judge should be: honest, intelligent, hardworking, and just. An Olympian!

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PEDANT

someone who shows off learning The graduate instructor's tedious and excessive commentary on the subject soon gained her a reputation as a ______. Know-it-all

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PERFIDIOUS

willing to betray one's trust The actress's ______ companion revealed all of her intimate secrets to the gossip columnist. The traitor

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PERFUNCTORY

done in a routine way; indifferent The machienelike bank teller processed the transaction and gave the waiting customer a ______ smile. Cashiers

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PERMEATE

to penetrate This miraculous new cleaning fluid is able to ______ stains and dissolve them in minutes!

Mr. Clean, Mr. Clean!
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PHILANTHROPY

charity; a desire or effort to promote goodness New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art owes much of its collection to the ______ of private collectors who willed their estates to the museum.

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PLACATE

to soothe or pacify The burglar tried to ______ the snarling dog by saying, "Nice doggy," and offering a treat.

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PLASTIC

able to be molded, altered, or bent The new material was very ______ and could be formed into products of vastly different shapes.

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PLETHORA

excess Assuming that more was better, the defendant offered the judge a ______ of excuses. You know what happens when you ass-u-me! :P

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PRAGMATIC

practical as opposed to idealistic While daydreaming gamblers think they can get rich by frequenting casinos, ______ gamblers realize that the odds are heavily stacked against them.

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PRECIPITATE

to throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation

Upon learning that the couple married after knowing each other only two months, friends and family members expected such a ______ marriage to end in divorce. And here I thought we were talking about chemistry....
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PREVARICATE

to lie or deviate from the truth Rather than admit that he had overslept again, the employee ______ and claimed that heavy traffic had prevented him from arriving at work on time. Big kid word for "fibbing!"

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PRISTINE

fresh and clean; uncorrupted Since concerted measuures had been taken to prevent looting, the archaeological site was still ______ when researchers arrived. Raise your hand if you thought of water!

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PRODIGAL

lavish, wasteful The PRODIGAL son quickly wasted all of his inheritance on a lavish lifestyle devoted to pleasure. Not to be confused with Prodigy...

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PROLIFERATE

to increase in number quickly Although she only kept two guinea pigs initially, they ______ to such an extent that she soon had dozens.

...like rabbits they are
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PROPITIATE

to conciliate; to appease The management ______ the irate union by agreeing to raise wages for its members. "To make nice"

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PROPRIETY

correct behavior; obedience to rules and customs The aristocracy maintained a high level of ______, adhering to even the most minor social rules. Medieval politics, manners, & titles

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PRUDENCE

wisdom, caution, or restraint The college student exhibited ______ by obtaining practical experience along with her studies, which greatly strengthened her resume. But the real question is, "Did she get a job in her field?"

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PUNGENT

sharp and irritating to the senses The smoke from the burning tires was extremely ______ Rotten fish

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QUIESCENT

motionless Many animals are ______ over the winter months, minimizing activity in order to conserve energy.

Bears in torpor.
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RAREFY

to make thinner or sparser Since the atmosphere ______ as altitudes increase, the air at the top of very tall mountains is too thin to breathe. Threatened => Endangered species

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REPUDIATE

to reject the validity of The old woman's claim that she was Russian royalty was ______ when DNA tests showed she was of no relation to them. Rejected.

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RETICENT

silent, reserved Physically small and ______ in her speech, Joan Didion often went unnoticed by those upon whom she was reporting. Alison Z!

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RHETORIC

effective writing or speaking Lincoln's talent for ______ was evident in his beautifully expressed Gettysburg Address.

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SATIATE

to satisfy fully or overindulge His desire for power was so great that nothing less than complete control of the country could ______ it.

too.much.food.
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SOPORIFIC

causing sleep or lethargy The movie proved to be so ______ that soon loud snores were heard throughout the theater. Lectures by Mick W!

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SPECIOUS

deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious The student's ______ excuse for being late sounded legitimate but was proved otherwise when her teacher called her home. Half-truths

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STIGMA

a mark of shame or discredit In "The Scarlet Letter," Hester Prynne was required to wear the letter "A" on her clothes as a public ______ for her adultery. Easy A!

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STOLID

unemotional;lacking sensitivity The prisoner appeared ______ and unaffected by the judge's harsh sentence.

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SUBLIME

lofty or grand The music was so ______ that it transformed the rude surroundings into a special place.

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TACIT

done without using words Although not a word had been said, everyone in the room knew that a ______ agreement had been made about which course of action to take. That moment when you look at someone and have a conversation with your eyes.

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TACITURN

silent, not talkative The clerk's ______ nature earned him the nickname "Silent Bob." Can we fix it!? Yes we can! Bob the Builder....

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TIRADE

long harsh speech or verbal attack Observers were shocked at the manager's ______ over such a minor mistake. Angry attack!

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TORPOR

extreme mental and physical sluggishness After surgery, the patient experienced ______ until the anesthesia wore off. Bears!!

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TRANSITORY

temporary, lasting a brief time The reporter lived a ______ life, staying in one place only long enough to cover the current story. My current job....

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VACILLATE

to sway physically; to be indecisive

The customer held up the line as he ______ between ordering chocolate chip or rocky road ice cream.
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VENERATE

to respect deeply In a traditional Confucian society, the young ______their elders, deferring to the elders' wisdom and experience.

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VERACITY

filled with truth and accuracy She had a reputation for ______, so everyone trusted her description of events.

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VERBOSE

wordy The professor's answer was so ______ that his student forgot what the original question had been. BEEN THERE!

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VEX

to annoy The old man who loved his peace and quiet was ______ by his neighbor's loud music.

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VOLATILE

easily aroused or changeable; lively or explosive His ______ personality mad it difficult to predict his reaction to anything. TRINITROTOLUENE!

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WAVER

to fluctuate between choices If you ______ too long before making a decision about which testing site to register for, you may not get your first choice.

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WHIMSICAL

acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable The ballet was ______, delighting the children with its imaginative characters and unpredictable sets. Tinker Bell :P

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ZEAL

passion, excitement She brought her typical ______ to the project, sparking enthusiasm in the other team members. DONE! :D

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