Vocabulary Set #2

  1. Droll
    (adjective) comical in an odd or whimsical manner.
  2. Vehement (adj)
    • 1. characterized by great force or energy.
    • 2. marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently; fervid
  3. imposition
    an uncalled-for burden
  4. contravene (verb)
    • 1. go against, as of rules and laws.
    • 2. deny the truth of.
  5. impotent (adj)
    1. lacking power or ability
  6. caprice (noun)
    a sudden desire
  7. compunction (noun)
    a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
  8. trifling (noun)
    • 1. the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working.
    • 2. not worth considering.
  9. expound (verb)
    add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing.
  10. contempt (noun)
    • 1. lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike.
    • 2. open disrespect for a person or thing.
  11. cocksure (adj)
    marked by excessive confidence.
  12. console (verb)
    give moral or emotional strength to.
  13. goad (verb)
    give heart or courage to (to urge).
  14. comely (adj)
    • 1. according with custom or propriety.
    • 2. very pleasing to the eye.
  15. degenerate (noun)
    a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior.
  16. arduous (adj)
    difficult to accomplish; demanding considerable mental effort and skill.
  17. curtailment (noun)
    the temporal property of being cut short.
  18. insuperable (adj)
    1. impossible to surmount/excel
  19. laborious (adj)
    characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort.
  20. repudiate (verb)
    refuse to recognize or pay
  21. desist (verb)
    choose not to consume.
  22. ostentatious (adj)
    intended to attract notice and impress others.
  23. mete (noun)
    a line that indicates a boundary.
  24. refractory (adj)
    stubbornly resistant to authority or control.
  25. aeitology (noun)
    the cause of a disease.
  26. absolve (verb)
    let off the hook
  27. arbitrary (adj)
    based on or subject to individual discretion or preference or sometimes impulse or caprice.
  28. lurch (noun)
    the act of moving forward suddenly.
  29. dissipate (verb)
    to cause to separate and go in different directions.
  30. dissimulate (verb)
    hide (feelings) from other people.
  31. reproach (noun)
    • 1. mild rebuke or criticism.
    • 2. disgrace or shame.
  32. prostrate (verb)
    get into a prostrate position, as in submission.
  33. credence (noun)
    the mental attitude that something is believable and should be accepted as true.
  34. malice (noun)
    feeling a need to see others suffer.
  35. intrigue
    • 1. (noun) a clandestine love affair.
    • 2. (verb) cause to be interested or curious.
  36. clandestine (adj)
    conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods.
  37. embitter (verb)
    cause to be bitter or resentful.
  38. superfluous (adj)
    more than is needed, desired, or required / no useful purpose.
  39. queue (noun)
    a line of people or vehicles waiting for something.
  40. latter (noun)
    the second of two or the second mentioned of the two.
  41. rabble (noun)
    a disorderly crowd of people.
  42. frank (adj)
    characterized by directness in manner or speech; without evasion.
  43. colloquialism (noun)
    a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech.
  44. err (verb)
    to make a mistake or to be incorrect.
  45. sophist (noun)
    someone whose reasoning is subtle and often specious.
  46. strife (noun)
    lack of agreement or harmony; bitter conflict.
  47. benevolent (adj)
    intending or showing kindness.
  48. adjudicate (verb)
    put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of; settle conclusively.
  49. infallible (adj)
    incapable of failure or error.
  50. aesthetic (adj)
    concering or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste.
  51. averse (adj)
    strongly opposed.
  52. furtive (adj)
    marked by quite and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed.
  53. discrepancy (noun)
    a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions.
  54. contrition (noun)
    sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation.
  55. bandy (verb)
    toss or strike a ball back and forth.
  56. filial (adj)
    relating to or characteristic of or befitting an offspring.
  57. lethargy (noun)
    weakness characterized by a lack of vitality or energy.
  58. sloven (noun)
    a coarse obnoxious person.
  59. salacious (adj)
    suggestive of or tending to moral looseness.
  60. visceral (adj)
    obtained through intuition rather than from reasoning or observation.
  61. perpetual (adj)
    continuing forever
  62. esoteric (adj)
    confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle.
  63. proprietor (noun)
    someone who owns a business.
  64. valise (noun)
    a small overnight bag for short trips.
  65. gaunt (adj)
    very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold.
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Vocabulary Set #2
Advanced English Vocabulary