kon SIL ee uh tor ee
Appeasing; soothing; showing willingness to reconcile
After arguing endlessly with them for weeks, Connie switched to a more conciliatory tone with her parents once prom season arrived.
KRED uh bul
Capable of being believed; plausible
The shock but credible report of mice in the kitchen kept Eddie up all night.
eg ZON er ayt
To free from blame
Xena was exonerated of all charges.
in kahn truh VERT uh bul
Indisputable; not open to question
The videotape of the robbery provided incontrovertible evidence against the suspect - he was obviously guilty.
To officially charge with wrongdoing or a crime
President Nixon's aids were indicted during the Watergate scandal.
luh TIJ us
Prone to engage in lawsuits
Letitia was a litigious little girl; at one point, she tried to sue her dog.
PAR tiz un
Devoted to or biased in support of a party, group, or cause
Today's partisan politics are so antagonistic that it's difficult to reach a successful compromise on any issue.
PA ruh tee
Equality, as in amount, status, or value (antonym: disparity)
The judges at the Olympics must score each athlete's performance with parity; such impartial treatment is hard since one always wants to root for one's own country.
REK ti tood
Moral uprightness; righteousness
Thanks to his unerring sense of fairness and justice, Viktor was a model of moral rectitude; his hometown even erected a statue in his honor.
Lax in attending to duty; negligent
Cassie was remiss in fulfilling her Miss America duties; she didn't even come close to ending world hunger.
ree PYOO dee ayt
To reject the validity or authority of
I repudiated the teacher's arguments about Empress Wu Zetian's reputation by showing him that the reports of her cruelty were from unreliable sources.
sank ti MO nee us
Feigning piety or righteousness
The sanctimonious scholar had actually been plagiarizing other people's work for years.
SKROO pyoo lus
Principled, having a strong sense of right and wrong; conscientious and exacting
Evan's scrupulous behavior began to annoy his friends when he called the cops on them for toilet papering their teacher's house.
so LIS it us
The parents asked solicitous questions about the college admissions officer's family.
SAHF is tree
Plausible but misleading or fallacious argument
The professor's sophistry misled the sophomore into incorrect beliefs.
sub STAN shee ayt
To support with proof or evident; verify
The argument was substantiated by clear facts and hard evidence.
vuh RA si tee
Adherence to the truth; truthfulness
Since Vera was known for her veracity, it came as a complete shock when her family found out she'd lied on her application.
VIN dih kayt
To free from blame
Mrs. Layton was finally vindicated after her husband admitted to the crime.
To urge with repeated appeals, teasing, or flattery
The sweet-talking senior cajoled an impressionable junior into seeing The Lord of the Rings for the tenth time.
chik AY ner ee
The candidate accused his debate opponent of resorting to cheap chicanery to sway the electorate.
ob SEEK wee us
Fawning and servile
Kevin was so obsequious that even his teachers were embarrassed; as a result, his sucking up rarely led to better grades.
SIK uh fent
Insincere, obsequious flatterer
Siggie is such a sycophant; he slyly sucks up to his teachers, and reaps the rewards of his behavior.
AL troo iz im
Unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness
Alta, a model of altruism, gave her movie ticket to someone who needed it more.
EM uh nent
Emeril Lagasse is one of the most eminent chefs working today; every TV watcher knows how well-known and highly regarded he is.
em puh THEE
Identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives.
Emily is one of my most empathetic friends; she can always relate to my emotions.
To praise highly
Tollivan extolled the virtues of the troll while his teacher looked on amazed.
LAW duh tor ee
Full of praise
The principal's speech was laudatory, congratulating the students on their SAT scores.
mag NAN im us
Courageously or generously noble in mind and heart
The magnanimous prince cared deeply for his country and its people.
fil un THROP ik
Humanitarian; benevolent; relating to monetary generosity
Phil was a philanthropic soul, always catering to the needy and the underprivileged.
ree SIP ro kayt
To mutually take or give; to respond in kind
The chef reciprocated his rival's respect; they admired each other so much that they even traded recipes.
No longer existing or functioning
The theory that the world was flat became defunct when Magellan sailed to the West and didn't fall of the earth.
er RAD i kayt
To get rid of as if by tearing it up by the roots; abolish
Radcliffe did her best to eradicate the radishes from her farm.
ek spur GAYT
To remove objectionable content before publication or release
The Chinese government expurgates nearly all obscene matter form the nation's Internet.
ek stir PAYT
While the family was on vacation, the termites practically extirpated the house.
To put down forcibly; suppress
Nell quelled the fight over the quiches by throwing it out the window - she had long given up on reasoning with her sisters.
To level to the ground; demolish
It is difficult to raze a city building without demolishing other structures around it.
To crush as if by trampling; squash
Sam wanted to keep squash as pets, but Quentin squelched the idea.
To usurp the place of, especially through intrigue or underhand tactics.
The ants prepared to supplant the roaches as the dominant insect in the kitchen; their plan was to take the roaches by surprise and drive them out.
To thwart or stump
Stan was stymied by the Sudoku puzzle; he just couldn't solve it.
To lower in rank, prestige, or esteem
Bayard's withering restaurant review was an attempt to abase his former friend, the owner.
To mock contemptuously
Derrick was derided for wearing two different colored socks, but he couldn't help it - it was laundry day.
duh RAH guh tor ee
Insulting or intended to insult
The unethical politician didn't just attack his opponent's views; he also made derogatory remarks about the other candidate's family and personal hygiene.
dis PAR uj
To speak of negatively; to belittle
Wanda disparaged Glen by calling him a cheat and a liar.
eh FRON ter ee
Brazen boldness; presumptuousness
The attorney's effrontery in asking such personal question so shocked Esther that she immediately ran from the office.
IG nuh mi nee
Great personal dishonor or humiliation; disgraceful conduct
Ignacio felt great ignominy after the scandal broke.
To attack as false or questionable
Instead of taking the high road, the candidate impugned his opponent's character.
To damage; especially in a disfiguring way
The perfect day was marred by the arrival of storm clouds.
puh JOR uh tiv
Disparaging, belittling, insulting
Teachers should refrain from using pejorative terms such as numbskull and idiot to refer to other teachers.
To annoy or bother; to perplex
Bex's mom was vexed when Bex was very vague about for whereabouts for the evening.
vin DIK tiv
Disposed to seek revenge; revengeful; spiteful
Vincenzo was very vindictive; when someone hurt him, he responded by vigorously plotting revenge.