Word List 12

  1. approbation
  2. disabuse
    to make someone aware of an error in thinking
  3. lugubrious
    sad; gloomy
  4. nonplussed

    (of a person) surprised and confused so much that they are unsure how to react
  5. slake
    quench; satisfy
  6. artless
    without effort; without trickery; simple
  7. doff
    take off (esp. a hat)
  8. suborn
    bribe; bribe or otherwise induce (someone) to commit an unlawful act such as perjury
  9. tendentious
    dogmatic; biased

    expressing or intending to promote a particular cause or point of view, esp. a controversial one
  10. tortuous
    indirect; winding

    excessively lengthy and complex
  11. verbiage
    excessive or meaningless wordiness
  12. paean
    praise, tribute (esp. in song)
  13. tutelary
    serving as a guardian
  14. abscission
    cutting; process causing leaves to fall off
  15. importune
    beg; solicit

    importunate (adj.)
  16. toady
    sychophant; flatterer
  17. veracious

    veracity (n.)
  18. asperity
    using a harsh or critical tone

    • also describes:
    • harsh qualities or conditions
    • a rough edge on a surface
  19. disingenuous

    not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does.
  20. labile
    changing rapidly; unstable
  21. malapropism
    use of similar-sounding but incorrect word
  22. heterodox
  23. sedulous
    persevering; eager and thorough
  24. vicissitude
    unexpected change in fortune or circumstances

    (typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant)
  25. caprices
    whimsies; fancies
  26. intractibility
    stubornness, resistance

    intractable (adj.): hard to control or deal with
  27. undergird
    support or strengthen

    secure or fasten from the underside, esp. by a rope or chain passed underneath.
  28. coterie
    clique; a small group with common interests
  29. gainsay
    to deny or contradict
  30. prolixity
  31. rebus
    puzzle in which pictures give clues
  32. sere
    withered; old
  33. vulpine
    like a fox
  34. perennial
  35. rent

    rend (v.)
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Word List 12
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