Units 1-3

  1. Acquistive
    • (adj.) To claim or take without right
    • S: greedy, avaricious, retentive
    • A: altruistic
  2. Arrogate
    • (v.) to claim or take without right
    • S: expropriate, commandeer
    • A: renounce, abdicate, abandon
  3. banal
    • (adj.) hackneyed, trite, commonplace
    • S: stale, insipid
    • A: fresh, original, new
  4. Belabor
    • (v) to work on excessively; to thrash soundly
    • S: overwork
  5. Carping
    • (adj) tending to find fault, especially in a petty, nasty, or hairsplitting way
    • (N) petty, nagging criticism
    • S: nit-picking, caviling
    • A: approving, uncritical
  6. coherent
    • (adj) holding or sticking together; making a logical whole; comprehensible, meaningful
    • S: connected, unified, consistent, cohesive
    • A: muddled, chaotic, disjointed
  7. congeal
    • (v) to change form liquid to solid, thicken; to make inflexible or rigid
    • S: harden , jell, solidify
    • A: liquefy
  8. emulate
    • (V) to imitate with the intent of equaling or surpassing the model¬†
    • S: copy, mimic, rival, match, measure up to
  9. encomium
    • (N) a formal expression of praise, a lavish tribute
    • S: panegyric, eulogy
    • A: condemnation, castigation, criticism
  10. eschew
    • (V) avoid, shun, keep away from
    • S: abstain form, steer clear of, forgo
    • A: embrace, adopt
  11. germane
    • (ADJ) relevant, appropriate, apropos, fitting
    • S: pertinent
    • A: irrelevant, extraneous, inappropriate
  12. insatiable
    • (Adj) so great or demanding as not to be satisfied
    • S: unquenchable, ravenous
  13. intransigent
    • (adj) refusing to compromise, irreconcilable
    • S: uncompromising, unyielding, obdurate
    • A: lukewarm, halfhearted, yielding
  14. invidious
    • (adj) offensive, hateful; tending to cause bitterness and resentment
    • S: malicious, spiteful, prejudicial, pejorative
    • A: flattering, ameliorative
  15. largesse
    • (N) generosity in giving; lavish or bountiful contributions
    • S: liberality, bounty
    • A: stinginess, miserliness, niggardless
  16. reconnaissance
    • (n) a survey made for military purposes; any kind of preliminary inspection or examination
    • S: exploration
  17. substantiate
    • (V) to establish by evidence, prove; to give concrete or substantial form to
    • S: confirm, validate, authenticate
    • A: refute, disprove, invalidate
  18. taciturn
    • (adj) habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little
    • S: tight-lipped, uncommunicative, laconic
    • A: garrulous, loquacious, prolix, verbose
  19. temporize
    • (V) to stall or act evasively in order to gain time, avoid a confrontation, or postpone a decision; to compromise
    • S: dillydally, procrastinate
  20. Tenable
    • (adj) capable of being held or defended
    • S: defensible, justifiable, maintainable
    • A: indefensible, unjustifiable
  21. accost
    • (v) to approach and speak to first; to confront in a challenging or aggressive way
    • S: buttonhole, approach
    • A: praise, compliment
  22. animadversion
    • (N) a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval
    • S: rebuke, reproof
    • A: praise, compliment
  23. avid
    • (adj) desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager
    • S: keen, enthusiastic, grasping
    • A: reluctant, indifferent, unenthusiastic
  24. brackish
    • (adj) having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink
    • S: saline
    • A: clear, sweet
  25. celerity
    • (N) swiftness, rapidity of motion or action
    • S: promptness, speed
    • A: slowness, sluggishness, dilatoriness
  26. devious
    • (adj) straying or wandering from a straight or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way
    • S: roundabout, indirect, tricky, sly, artful
    • A: direct, straightforward, open, aboveboard
  27. gambit
    • (N) in chess, an opening move that involves risk or sacrifice of a minor piece in order to gain a later advantage
    • S: ploy, ruse, maneuver
  28. Halcyon
    • (N) a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher
    • (adj) of or relating to the halcyon; calm, peaceful; happy, golden
    • S: tranquil, placid, palmy
    • A: turbulent, tumultuous
  29. histrionic
    • (adj) pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial; melodramatic
    • S: affected, stagy
    • A: muted, untheatrical, subdued
  30. incendiary
    • (adj) deliberately setting or causing fires; designed to start fires; tending to stir up strife or rebellion
    • (N) one who deliberately sets fires, arsonist; one who causes strife
    • S: (Adj) inflammatory, provocative,; (N) firebrand
    • A: (Adj) soothing, quieting; (N) peacemaker
  31. maelstrom
    • (N) a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction
    • S: chaos, turbulence, tumult
  32. myopic
    • (adj) nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment
    • S: shortsighted
    • A: farsighted
  33. overt
    • (adj) open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized
    • S: clear, obvious, manifest, patent
    • A: clandestine, covert, concealed
  34. pejorative
    • adj. tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belittling
    • A: complimentary, ameliorate
  35. propriety
    • (n) the state of being proper,appropriateness
    • (pl) standards of what is proper or socially acceptable
    • S: fitness, correctness
    • A: unseemliness, inappropriateness
  36. Sacrilege
    • (N) improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
    • S: desecration, profanation, defilement
  37. Summarily
    • (adv) without delay or formality; briefly, concisely
    • S: promptly, peremptorily
  38. suppliant
    • (adj) asking humbly and earnestly
    • (n) one who makes a request humbly and earnestly, a petitioner, suitor
  39. talisman
    (N) an object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers, an amulet, fetish
  40. undulate
    • (v) to move in waves or with a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form
    • S: fluctuate, rise and falll
  41. cavort
    • (v) to romp or prance around exuberantly; to make merry
    • S: gambol
  42. decry
    • (N) to condemn, express strong disapproval; to official depreciate
    • S:¬†denounce, censure, devalue
    • A: tout, commend, extol, laud, praise
  43. credence
    • (N) belief, mental acceptance
    • S: credit, trust, confidence
    • A: disbelief, skepticism, incredulity
  44. dissemble
    • (v) to disguise or conceal, deliberately give a false impression
    • S: dissimulate, mask, feign
  45. distraught
    • (adj) very much agitated or upset as a result of emotion or mental conflict
    • S: distracted
    • A: calm, collected
  46. eulogy
    • (n) a formal statement of commendation; high praise
    • S: panegyric, encomium, tribute
    • A: philippic, invective
  47. evince
    • (v) to display clearly, to make evident, to provoke
    • S: exhibit, manifest, occasion
  48. exhume
    • (v) to remove from a grave; to bring light
    • S: disinter, unearth, uncover
    • A: bury, inter
  49. feckless
    • (adj) lacking in spirit and strength; ineffective, weak; irresponsible, unreliable
    • S: feeble, incompetent, ineffectual,
    • A: competent, capable, effective
  50. murky
    • (adj) dark and gloomy, obscure; lacking in clarity and precision
    • S: dim, cloudy
    • A: clear, transparent, lucid, limpid
  51. nefarious
    • (adj) wicked, depraved, devoid of moral standards
    • S: iniquitous, reprehensible
    • A: virtuous, honorable, praiseworthy, meritorious
  52. piquant
    • (adj) stimulating to the taste or mind; spicy, pungent; appealingly provocative
    • S: zestful, tangy
    • A: bland, insipid, tasteless, mild
  53. primordial
    • (adj) developed or created at the very beginning; going back to the most ancient times or earliest stage; fundamental, basic
    • S: original, primal
  54. propinquity
    (n) nearness in place or time; kinship
  55. substantive
    • (adj) real, having a solid basis; considerable in number or amount; meaningful and on topic
    • S: firm, substantial, meaty
    • A: imaginary, unreal, meaningless
  56. unwonted
    • (adj) not usual or expected; not in character
    • S: unusual, uncommon, unexpected, atypical
    • A: usual, customary, typical
  57. utopian
    • (adj) founded upon or involving a visionary view of an ideal world; impractical
    • S: idealistic
    • A: realistic, pragmatic
  58. verbiage
    • (n) language that is too wordy or inflated in proportion to the sense or content, wordiness; a manner of expression
    • S: prolixity, diction, jargon
  59. verdant
    • (adj) green in tint or color; immature in experience or judgment
    • S: artless, naive
    • A: scorched, sere, barren
  60. viscous
    • (adj) having a gelatinous or gluey quality, lacking in easy movement or fluidity
    • S: sticky, thick
    • A: watery, aqueous
Card Set
Units 1-3
vocab units 1-3 in"vocabulary workshop" - level G