Vocabulary

Most definitions on this page come from the New Oxford American Dictionary.

Instructions

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Abject

Definition

(of something bad) experienced or present to the maximum degree.

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Acquiesce

Definition

Accept something reluctantly but without protest.

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Alliteration

Definition

The occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.

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Anomalous

Definition

Deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected.

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Anthropomorphic

Definition

Human like, non-human possessing human traits, emotions, or intentions.

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Blasé

Definition

Unimpressed or indifferent to something because one has experienced or seen it so often before.

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Brazen

Definition

Bold and without shame.

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Callous

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Showing or having an insensitive and cruel disregard for others.

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Capitulate

Definition

Cease to resist an opponent or an unwelcome demand; surrender.

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Catalyst

Definition

An agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action.

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Chagrin, Chargined

Definition

Distress or embarrassment at having failed or been humiliated.

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Contemptible

Definition

Deserving contempt; despicable.

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Cornucopia

Definition

An abundant supply of good things of a specified kind.

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Crass

Definition

Lacking sensitivity, refinement, or intelligence.

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Deus Ex Machina

Definition

A person or thing (as in fiction or drama) that appears or is introduced suddenly and unexpectedly and provides a contrived solution to an apparently insoluble difficulty

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Disingenuous

Definition

Not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does.

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Distill

Definition

Extract the essential meaning or most important aspects of.

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Dogma

Definition

A principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true.

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Egregious

Definition

Outstandingly bad; shocking.

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Emasculate

Definition

  1. Deprive (a man) of his male role or identity.
  2. Make (a person, idea, or piece of legislation) weaker or less effective.

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Emphatic

Definition

Expressing something forcibly and clearly.

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Engender

Definition

Cause or give rise to (a feeling, situation, or condition).

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Ennui ("an-wee")

Definition

A feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement.

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Ephemeral

Definition

Lasting for a very short time.

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Eschew

Definition

Deliberately avoid using; abstain from.

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Estranged

Definition

(of a person) no longer close or affectionate to someone; alienated. (of a wife or husband) no longer living with their spouse.

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Ethereal

Definition

Extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world.

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Euphemism

Definition

A mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing. e.g. downsizing for cuts.

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Euphoria

Definition

A feeling or state of intense excitement and happiness.

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Extenuating

Definition

Partially excusing or justifying.

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Genial

Definition

Friendly and cheerful.

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Hegemony

Definition

Leadership or dominance, especially by one country or social group over others.

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Heuristic

Definition

A practical method, not guaranteed to be optimal, that's sufficient for an immediate goal; a shortcut.

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Hypoallergenic

Definition

Relatively unlikely to cause an allergic reaction.

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Idiosyncrasy, Idiosyncratic

Definition

Peculiar or individual.

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Indignant

Definition

Feeling or showing anger or annoyance at what is perceived as unfair treatment.

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Ineffable

Definition

Too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words.

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Inscrutable

Definition

Impossible to understand.

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Intrepid

Definition

Fearless; adventurous (often used for rhetorical or humorous effect).

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Irresolute

Definition

Showing or feeling hesitancy; uncertain.

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Irreverent

Definition

Showing a lack of respect for people or things that are generally taken seriously.

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Labile

Definition

Liable to change; easily altered.

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Maelstrom

Definition

  1. A large and violent whirlpool.
  2. (figuratively) Any violent or turbulent situation.

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Masochistic

Definition

Enjoying, or taking pleasure, in feeling pain.

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Misnomer

Definition

A wrong or inaccurate name or designation.

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Nascent

Definition

(especially of a process or organization) just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential.

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Nebulous

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(of a concept or idea) unclear, vague, or ill-defined.

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Nefarious

Definition

Wicked or criminal.

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Neophyte

Definition

A person who is new to a subject, skill, or belief.

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Nonchalant

Definition

(of a person or manner) feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety, interest, or enthusiasm.

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Nondescript

Definition

Lacking distinctive or interesting features or characteristics.

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Ostensibly

Definition

Apparently or purportedly, but perhaps not actually.

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Ostentatious

Definition

Characterized by vulgar or pretentious display; designed to impress or attract notice.

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Obstinate

Definition

Stubbornly refusing to change one's opinion or chosen course of action, despite attempts to persuade one to do so.

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Ostracize

Definition

Exclude (someone) from a society or group.

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Overtly

Definition

Without concealment or secrecy; openly.

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Pedant, Pedantic

Definition

Person who is excessively concerned with minor details and rules or with displaying academic learning.

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Pensive

Definition

Engaged in, involving, or reflecting deep or serious thought.

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Perturbed

Definition

Anxious or unsettled; upset.

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Placate

Definition

Make (someone) less angry or hostile.

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Pretext

Definition

A reason given in justification of a course of action that is not the real reason.

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Prima Facie

Definition

At first sight; appears true at first consideration.

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Protracted

Definition

Lasting for a long time or longer than expected or usual.

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Psychedelic

Definition

Relating to or denoting drugs (especially LSD) that produce hallucinations and apparent expansion of consciousness.

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Raconteur

Definition

A person who tells anecdotes in a skillful and amusing way.

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Reticent

Definition

Not revealing one's thoughts or feelings readily; reserved.

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Serendipitous

Definition

Occurring or discovered by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

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Socialite

Definition

A person who is well known in fashionable society and is fond of social activities and entertainment.

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Solicitous

Definition

Characterized by or showing interest or concern.

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Tacit

Definition

Understood or implied without being stated.

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Tautology

Definition

The saying of the same thing twice in different words, generally considered to be a fault of style.

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Ubiquitous

Definition

Present, appearing, or found everywhere.

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Venerable

Definition

Accorded a great deal of respect, especially because of age, wisdom, or character.

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Vindicate

Definition

  1. Clear (someone) of blame or suspicion.
  2. Show or prove to be right, reasonable, or justified.

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Vindictive

Definition

Having or showing a strong or unreasoning desire for revenge.

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Visceral

Definition

Relating to deep inward feelings rather than to the intellect.

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Voluble

Definition

(of a person) talking fluently, readily, or incessantly.