Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Vocab. List for Exam on 10/9/13 (alphabetical order)

accede: assent or agree to a demand, request, or treaty.
accomplice: A person who helps another commit a crime
accumulate: gather together or acquire an increasing number or quantity of
adolescent: of a young person, in the process of developing from a child into an adult
adroit: clever or skillful in using the hands or mind
affect: have an effect on; make a difference to.
amicable:  having a spirit of friendliness; without serious disagreement or rancor.
 annihilate: To destroy utterly and or obliterate
 arbitrary: Based on a random choice or  personal whim rather than any reason or system
avarice: extreme greed for wealth or material gain.
averse: having a strong dislike of or opposition to something.
belligerent: hostile and aggressive.
benevolent: well meaning and kindly.
bereavement: mourning,state of sorrow over the death or departure of a loved one
brandish: wave or flourish (something, esp. a weapon) as a threat or in anger or excitement.
brazen: Bold and without shame
cache: a collection of items of the same type stored in a hidden or inaccessible place.
calamity: an event causing great and often sudden damage or distress; a disaster.
cardiovascular: of or relating to the heart and blood vessels.
catalyst: A substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without itself undergoing chemical change
comprise: consist of; be made up of.
consummation: the point at which something is complete or finalized.
contumely: insolent or insulting language or treatment.
cursory: hasty and therefore not thorough or detailed.
deft: neatly skillful and quick in one's movements.
destitute: without the basic necessities of life
devoutly: in a devout and pious manner
diet:the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats
disease: an abnormal condition that affects the body of an organism.
duplicity: deceitfulness; double-dealing.
effect: a change that is a result or consequence of an action or other cause.
erratic: not even or regular in pattern or movement; unpredictable.
excessive: more than is necessary, normal, or desirable; immoderate.
exodus: A mass departure of people
explicit: stated clearly and in detail, leaving no room for confusion or doubt.
extirpate: root out and destroy completely
extol: praise enthusiastically.
facilitate: To make an action/process easier
feasible: possible to do easily or conveniently.
fortify: strengthen (a place) with defensive works so as to protect it against attack.
fortitude: courage in pain or adversity.
grimace: an ugly, twisted expression on a person's face, typically expressing disgust, pain, or wry amusement.
holocaust: destruction or slaughter on a mass scale, esp. caused by fire or nuclear war.
impervious: not allowing fluid to pass through.
impetus: the force or energy with which a body moves.
incorrigible: Not able to be corrected, improved or reformed
inopportune: occurring at an inconvenient or inappropriate time.
ironic: using or characterized by irony
jeopardy: danger of loss, harm, or failure.
latent: of a quality or state existing but not yet developed or manifested; hidden; concealed
mass: a body of coherent matter, usually of indefinite shape and often of considerable size
mechanism: a system of parts working together in a machine; a piece of machinery.
metacognition: awareness and understanding of one's own thought processes.
meticulous: showing great attention to detail; very careful and precise.
militant: combative and aggressive in support of a political or social cause, and typically favoring extreme, violent, or confrontational methods
misappropriate: (of a person) dishonestly or unfairly take (something, esp. money, belonging to another) for one's own use.
morose: Sullen and ill tempered
musty: having a stail or moldy smell
nonchalant: (of a person or manner) feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety, interest, or enthusiasm.
nostalgia: a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.
obesity:  is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health
officious: assertive of authority in an annoying way
ominous: giving the impression that something bad or unpleasant is going to happen
opaque: Not able to be seen through; not transparent
paramount: More important than anything else, supreme
pinnacle: a high pointed piece of rock
pragmatic: dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations.
 prattle: Talk at length in a foolish or inconsequential way
predispose: make someone liable or inclined to a specified attitude, action, or condition.
premeditated: thinking of a plan before hand
prevalence: the fact or condition of being prevalent; commonness
prevent(able): keep (something) from happening or arising.
quintessence: the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class.
rampant: flourishing or spreading unchecked.
 rebut: claim or prove that evidence or an accusation is false
 reprimand: A rebuke, esp. an official one
retrogress: go back to an earlier state, typically a worse one.
scrutinize: examine or inspect closely and thoroughly.
sedentary: (of a person) tending to spend much time seated; somewhat inactive.
 servitude: The state of being a slave or completely subject to someone more powerful.
slapdash: done too hurriedly and carelessly
solace: comfort or consolation in a time of distress or sadness.
 stagnant: of a body of water or the atmosphere of a confined space having no current or flow and often having an unpleasant smell as a consequence
stately: having a dignified, unhurried, and grand manner; majestic in manner and appearance.
stigma: a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person
 succumb: fail to resist such as pressure, temptation, or some other negative force
supple: bending and moving easily and gracefully; flexible.       
suppress: to hold in and or push down
syndrome:  group of symptoms that consistently occur together or a condition characterized by a set of associated
tepid: showing little enthusiasm.
ubiquitous: present, appearing, or found everywhere.

venal: showing or motivated by susceptibility to bribery