vocab 13

  1. tame
    (of an animal) not dangerous or frightened of people; domesticated.
  2. faculty
    A faculty refers to any of your mental or physical abilities. If you lose your faculties, you are powerless.
  3. crackling
    the sharp sound of snapping noises
  4. pillar
    If someone describes you as a pillar of strength, he's saying you're reliable and supportive, much like a pillar or column of a building that helps hold the structure up.
  5. disciple
    A disciple is a follower or a fan of someone. You might consider yourself to be a disciple of your favorite science teacher.
  6. contretemps
    • an unexpected and unfortunate occurrence.
    • A mishap, perhaps caused by bad timing, is one kind of contretemps.
  7. acrimonious
    • (typically of speech or a debate) angry and bitter.
    • bitter, angry, rancorous
  8. loose cannon
    a person who is expected to perform a particular task but who is out of control and dangerous
  9. adoration
    Adoration is a feeling of deep love. Some people may say animals don't have emotions, but you know from the adoration in your dog's eyes that it's just not true.
  10. unbridle
    • remove the bridle from (a horse or mule)
    • release from restraint
  11. din
    • a loud, unpleasant, and prolonged noise.
    • the fans made an awful din
  12. docile
    ready to accept control or instruction; submissive, obedient
  13. flank
    A flank is the side of something, whether of beef or a military formation.
  14. birch
  15. piebald
    Use the adjective piebald to describe something that has different colored patches — especially black and white patches. If you own a piebald dog, you could name him Spot.
  16. propensity
    A propensity is a natural tendency to behave in a certain way. We all have propensities — things we tend to do. Dogs have a propensity to bark, and many people have a propensity for getting annoyed by it.
  17. delve
    The verb delve means to dig into or investigate. She delved into her family's history and discovered an inventor, a doctor, and a engineer in her ancestry.
  18. creep
    A beetle creeps along the ground. Moving slowly and silently, it creeps up on you. When you feel the touch of tiny insect legs on your skin, you shudder, because bugs give you the creeps.
  19. cub
    A cub is a baby animal. A mother fox sometimes carries her cub by the scruff of its neck.
  20. scruff
    the back side of the neck
  21. flout
    • openly disregard (a rule, law or convention).
    • defy, disobey
  22. exile
    the state of being barred from one's native country, typically for political or punitive reasons; banish
  23. thaw
    When things thaw, they're coming out of deep freeze and warming up. You can thaw a chicken, and a chilly friendship can thaw too
  24. dwindle
    diminish gradually in size, amount, or strength.
  25. hiss
    make a sharp hissing sound, as if to show disapproval; Ssssss...
  26. serendipitous
    Serendipitous is an adjective that describes accidentally being in the right place at the right time, like bumping into a good friend in some unusual location, or finding a hundred dollar bill on the ground.
  27. amalgamation
    • the action, process, or result of combining or uniting.
    • When you want to describe something as being made up of many previously separate parts, you can say it's an amalgamation.
  28. dormant
    • having normal physical functions suspended or slowed down for a period of time; in or as if in a deep sleep.
    • Volcanoes are described as dormant when they stay cool for a long time, without spewing hot lava and ash.
  29. recess
    Recess is a break from doing something, like work or school.
  30. crescent
  31. halt
    Whether it's used as a noun or a verb, the word halt means stop. You can remember this by remembering that when you step on the brake to halt your car (verb), it comes to a halt (noun).
  32. cramp
    When a muscle in your body tenses up painfully, it's a cramp. If you get a cramp in your leg when you're swimming, you have to stop and stretch out the muscle until the cramp goes away.
  33. engorge
    • 1. cause to swell with blood, water, or another fluid.
    • 2. eat to excess
  34. throb
    pulsate with abnormal force
  35. copulation
    Copulation is a word for sex: specifically, the penis going into the vagina kind of sex.
  36. viable
    • When something is viable, the adjective refers to something workable with the ability to grow and function properly.
    • feasible, workable, practicable
  37. divergence
    the act of moving away in different direction from a common point
  38. convergence
    the occurrence of two or more things coming together
  39. antagonistic
    • showing or feeling active opposition or hostility toward someone or something.
    • opposed to
  40. replenish
    To replenish something is to refill it. If you have a pet pooch, you’re probably obligated to replenish his food bowl to avoid being barked at incessantly.
  41. deter
    • 1. discourage (someone) from doing something, typically by instilling doubt or fear of the consequences; discourage,
    • 2. prevent the occurrence of
  42. concomitant
    Concomitant means accompanying. If you run into someone that you have a crush on you might feel nervousness with a concomitant forgetfulness.
  43. comprise
    • consist of; be made up of.
    • USA comprise fifty states
  44. wane
    • Things that wax and wane grow larger and smaller, like the moon. Things that wane simply grow smaller.
    • decline, diminish, decrease
  45. debauchery
    Debauchery is a noun meaning crazy partying and wild nights, usually accompanied by a lot of alcohol. So you probably don't want to engage in any kind of debauchery the night before an exam.
  46. intramural
    Something that's intramural takes place within a single institution or community. Your local recreational center might offer intramural table tennis to its members.
  47. synergic
    working together; cooperating
  48. tedium
    You can call the state of being really bored while doing something repetitive, tedium.
  49. mores
    Mores are the customs, norms, and behaviors that are acceptable to a society or social group. If your personal morals are in disagreement with local mores, you should be prepared to be annoyed every time you read the local Letters to the Editor.
  50. perpetuate
    • preserve (something valued) from oblivion or extinction.
    • people build monuments to perpetuate something that want to remember for ever
  51. predecessor
    • a person who held a job or office before the current holder
    • The new president's foreign policy is very similar to that of his predecessor.
  52. predilection
    • a preference or special liking for something; a bias in favor of something
    • My predilection for beautiful and smart girls.
  53. premonition
    • feeling about future event
    • He had a premonition of imminent disaster.
  54. imminent
    • about to happen
    • He had a premonition of imminent disaster.
  55. prerogative
    • exclusive right or privilege
    • Family leadership is usually male prerogative.
  56. prodigal
    • wasteful; reckless of money
    • prodigal life ends in poverty.
  57. prodigious
    • remarkably or impressively great in extent, size, or degree
    • Hidden talent can be prodigious if encouraged.
  58. profane
    • to violate; desecrate 
    • Do not profane the holy ground of others.
  59. progeny
    • a descendant or the descendants of a person, animal, or plant; offspring
    • The progeny of mixed marriages.
  60. prolific
    • (of a plant, animal, or person) producing much fruit or foliage or many offspring
    • In captivity, tigers are prolific breeders.
  61. propriety
    • appropriateness of behavior
    • Spitting on the street is lack of propriety.
  62. proximity
  63. pugnacious
    • combative; belligerent 
    • Schoolyard bullies are pugnacious individuals.
  64. querulous
    • fretful; whining; complain in a feeble or petulant way
    • The old have many pains that make them querulous.
  65. petulant
    • childishly sulky or bad-tempered
    • He was moody and petulant.
  66. raze
    • to destroy completely 
    • In September 11, 2001 the World Trade Center in New York were razed to the ground.
  67. rebuff
    • reject (someone or something) in an abrupt or ungracious manner
    • I asked her to be my wife, and was rebuffed in no uncertain terms.
  68. recalcitrant
    • having an obstinately uncooperative attitude toward authority or discipline
    • A class of recalcitrant fifteen-year-olds.
  69. recapitulate
    • summarize and state again the main points of
    • He began to recapitulate his argument with care.
  70. recluse
    a person who lives a solitary life and tends to avoid other people; hermit, ascetic
  71. rectify
    • set right; correct
    • Some mistakes are easy to rectify; others not.
  72. renounce
    • declare that one will no longer engage in or support; refuse to recognize or abide by any longer
    • These agreements were renounced after the fall of the czarist regime.
  73. abide
    • accept or act in accordance with (a rule, decision, or recommendation)
    • I said I would abide by their decision
  74. renown
    the condition of being known or talked about by many people; fame
  75. reproach
    • to express disapproval; criticize
    • Critics of the administration reproached the president for his failure to tackle the deficiency.
  76. rescind
    • revoke, cancel, or repeal (a law, order, or agreement)
    • The government eventually rescinded the directive.
  77. resigned
    • having accepted something unpleasant that one cannot do anything about
    • They are now resigned to the necessity of adoption.
  78. resolution
    • a firm decision to do or not to do something
    • She kept her resolution not to see Anne any more.
  79. respite
    • interval for relief; time for rest
    • Sunday is day for respite for many workers.
  80. retract
    • to withdraw; to take back 
    • Say nothing that you would later care to retract.
  81. reverent
    • feeling or showing deep and solemn respect
    • It was reverent moment in the presence of the holy man.
  82. rigorous
    • extremely thorough, exhaustive, or accurate; painstaking
    • The rigorous testing of consumer products
  83. sagacious
    • perceptive; insightful; wise
    • They were sagacious enough to avoid any outright confrontation
  84. confrontation
    • conflict; a hostile or argumentative meeting
    • They were sagacious enough to avoid any outright confrontation
  85. salutary
    • favorable to health; design to improve 
    • A vacation can have salutary effects on stress.
  86. scanty
    • insufficient; meager 
    • Scanty wages.
  87. scrutinize
    • to examine closely and critically
    • Let's hope the IRS doesn't scrutinize your returns.
  88. serene
    • calm
    • Lake Placid is so named because of its serene surface.
  89. servile
    • submissive; servant-like
    • Stand tall, not bent us in servile attitude!
  90. somber
    • gloomy; depressing; dark 
    • The national mood was somber after 9-11
  91. soporific
    • drug that induces sleep
    • The most used soporific is the sleeping pill.
  92. spurious
    • not genuine; false 
    • Separating authentic and spurious claims.
  93. spurn
    • reject with disdain or contempt; scorn
    • He spoke gruffly, as if afraid that his invitation would be spurned.
  94. gruff
    • abrupt or taciturn in manner
    • He spoke gruffly, as if afraid that his invitation would be spurned.
  95. stagnant
    • motionless; stale; dull
    • The economic was stagnant for several years running.
  96. static
    • unchanging; lacking of development
    • Healthy people want more than static lifestyle.
  97. steadfast
    • loyal; unswerving in position
    • Our business has many steadfast costumers.
  98. stealthy
    • marked by quiet, caution and secrecy 
    • The hunting cat has a stealthy approach.
  99. evanescent
    • of short duration; vanishing
    • Dawn and twilight are evanescent stages of the day.
  100. exalt
    • to praise; raise in dignity or rank  
    • The party will continue to exalt its hero.
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