1. frugality
    • d: thrifty, not wasteful
    • p: froo-gal-i-tee
    • s: the student had to learn habits of frugality to survive with enough money throughout the year
  2. probity
    • d: integrity, honesty
    • p: proh-bi-tee
  3. intransigent
    • d: refusing to agree or compromise, inflexible
    • p: in-trans-si-juh nt
    • s: the republican was intransigent in the abortion legislature
  4. exculpate
    • d: free from blame, vindicate
    • p: ek-skuhl-peyt
    • s: the father was exculpated from the murder when his alibi checked out
  5. rectify
    • d: to make right, correct
    • p: fek-tuh-fahy
  6. tractable
    d: docile, easily managed
  7. perjury
    • d: willful giving of false testimony under oath
    • p: per-juh-ree

    s: the court ruled that since the man lied, he would be subjected to the punishment of perjury
  8. recalcitrant
    • d: resisting authority, not compliant, hard to deal with
    • p: ri-kal-si-truh nt

    s: the dog was recalcitrant when brought in for a bath
  9. blithe
    • d: joyous, cheerful, carefree
    • p: blayth
    • s: the joker acted blithe to increase his tips
  10. burnish
    • d: to polish, to make smooth
    • p: bur-nish
    • s: the squire burnished all of the pots until the cook was happy
  11. secrete
    d: to discharge
  12. euphemism
    d: the substitution of a vulgar expression for one more polite, or mild expression
  13. rarefy
    • d: to make rare, to make more refined/spiritual
    • p: rair-uh-fahy
  14. tortuous
    • d: full of twists and turns, intricate, indirect
    • p: tawr-choo-uh s
    • s: a labyrinth is inherently tortuous both physically and intellectually
  15. beneficent
    • d: doing good
    • p: buh-nef-uh-suh nt
    • s: The beneficent priest worked to keep his children happy
  16. diatribe
    • d: sharply abusive criticism, harangue
    • p: dahy-uh-trahyb
  17. discomfit
    • d: to confuse and deject; to thwart or foil
    • p: dis-kuhm-fit
  18. elegy
    • d: a mournful, sad poem usually for the dead/funerals
    • p: el-i-jee
  19. disingenuous
    • d: insincere
    • p: dis-in-jen-yoo-uh s
  20. enumerate
    • d: to mention separately as if in counting
    • p: ih-noo-huh-reyt
    • s: let me enumerate the many flaws in your hypothesis
  21. disinterested
    • d: unbiased by personal interest, indifferent
    • p: dis-in-tuh-res-tid
    • s: a disinterested decision by the referee
  22. fatuous
    • d: foolish or inane, silly, unreal
    • p: fach-oo-uh s

    s: the fatuous questions that the audience members asked after the lecture suggested to the oceanographer that they had understood little
  23. fidelity
    • d: strict observance of promises; loyality; degree to which an electronic device reproduces its effect
    • p: fi-del-i-tee

    s: they have never wavered in their fidelity to the cause of freedom
  24. solicitous
    • d: anxious or concerned, eager
    • p: suh-lis-i-tuh s

    s: I appreciated his solicitous inquiry about by health
  25. equivocate
    • d: to use ambiguous or unclear expressions
    • p: ih-kwiv-uh-keyt

    s: The applicant seemed to be equivocating when we asked him about his last job.
  26. dissemble
    • d: to give a false/misleading appearance to, to conceal the real nature of
    • p: dih-sem-buh l

    s: he dissembled happiness at the news that his old girlfriend was getting married—to someone else
  27. exacerbate
    • d: to increase the severity of, aggravate
    • p: ig-zas-er-beyt

    s: The proposed factory shutdown would only exacerbate our unemployment problems.
  28. propagate
    • d: to reproduce itself, to spread
    • p: prop-uh-geyt

    s: He propagated the apple tree by grafting.
  29. surfeit
    • d: excess, uncomfortably full
    • p: sur-fit

    s: <ended up with a surfeit of volunteers who simply got in each other's way>
  30. mollify
    • d: to soften in feeling or temper, to reduce
    • p: mol-uh-fahy

    s: He tried to mollify his critics with an apology.
  31. furtive
    • d: taken, done, used by stealth; sly, shifty
    • p: fur-tiv

    s: We exchanged furtive smiles across the table.
  32. garrulous
    • d: excessively talkative, wordy
    • p: gar-uh-luh s

    s: He became more garrulous after drinking a couple of beers.
  33. diffident
    • d: lacking confidence in one's own ability, shy
    • p: diff-i-duh nt

    s: She was diffident about stating her opinion.
  34. denigrate
    • d: to speak damagingly of, criticize, defame
    • p: den-i-greyt

    s: Her story denigrates him as a person and as a teacher.
  35. pedantic
    • d: overly concerned with minute details
    • p: puh-dan-tik

    s: a pedantic attention to details.
  36. placate
    • d: to appease or pacify
    • p: pley-keyt

    s: The angry customer was not placated by the clerk's apology.
  37. derision
    • d: ridicule, mockery
    • p: dih-rizh-uh n

    s: One of the students laughed in derision at my error.
  38. disabuse
    • d: to free (a person) from deception or error, to set right
    • p: dis-uh-byooz

    s: <let me disabuse you of your foolish notions about married life>
  39. erudite
    • d: characterized by great knowledge;
    • p: er-yoo-dahyt

    s: <the most erudite people in medical research attended the conference>
  40. prodigious
    • d: extraordinary in size, degree, etc.; wonderful or marvelous
    • p: pruh-dij-uh s

    s: <stage magicians performing prodigious feats for rapt audiences>
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