Beyond Hit Parade-More Killer Vocab Group 2

  1. Abjure (v)
    To renounce or reject solemnly; to recant; to avoid
  2. Adumbrate (v)
    To foreshadow vaguely or intimate; to suggest or outline sketchily; to obscure or overshadow
  3. Anathema (n)
    A solemn or ecclesiastical (religious) curse; accuresed or thoroughly loathed person or thing
  4. Anodyne (adj/n)
    Soothing; something that assuages or allays pain or comforts
  5. Apogee (n)
    Farthest or highest point; culmination; zenith
  6. Apostate (n)
    One who abandons long held religious or political convictions
  7. Apotheosis (n)
    Deification, glorification to godlikeness, an exhaulted example' a model of excellence or perfection
  8. Asperity (n)
    Severity, rigor; roughness, harshness; acrimony, irritability
  9. Asseverate (v)
    To aver, allege, assert
  10. Assidious (adj)
    Diligent, hard-working, sedulous
  11. Augury (n)
    Omen, portent
  12. Bellicose (adj)
    Belligerent, pugnacious, war-like
  13. Culminate (v)
    To slander, make a false accusation; calumny means slander, aspersion
  14. Captious (adj)
    Disposed to point out trivial faults, ccalculated to confuse or entrap in argument
  15. Cavil (v)
    To find fault without good reason
  16. Celerity (n)
    Speed, alacrity; think accelerate
  17. Chimera (n)
    An illusion; originally, an imaginary fire-breathing she-monster
  18. Contumacious (adj)
    Insubordinate, rebellious: contumely means insult, scorn, aspersion
  19. Debacle (n)
    Rout, fiasco, complete failure: My first attempt at a souffle was a total debacle.
  20. Denouement (n)
    An outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot
  21. Descry (v)
    To discriminate or discern
  22. Desuetude (n)
    Disuse: After years of desuetude, my French skills were finally put to use.
  23. Desultory (adj)
    Random; aimless; marked by a lack of plan or purpose: Her desultory performance impressed no one.
  24. Diaphanous (adj)
    Transparent, gauzy
  25. Diffident (adj)
    Reserved, shy, unassuming; lacking in self-confidence: Surprisingly, the CEO of the company had been a diffident youth.
  26. Dirge (n)
    A song of grief or lamentation: We listened to the slow, funereal dirge.
  27. Encomium (n)
    Glowing and enthusiastic praise; panegyric, tribute, eulogy
  28. Eschew (v)
    To shun or avoid: She chose to eschew the movie theatre, preferring to watch DVDs at home.
  29. Excoriate (v)
    To cesure scathingly, to upbraid
  30. Execrate (v)
    Denounce, feel loathing for, curse, declare to be evil
  31. Exigesis (n)
    Critical examination, explication
  32. Expiate (v)
    To atone or make amensd for: Pia Zadora has expiated her movie career by good works and charity.
  33. Extirpate (v)
    To destroy, exterminate, cut out, exscind
  34. Fatuous (adj)
    Silly, inanely foolish: I would ignore such a fatuous comment.
  35. Fractious (adj)
    Quarrelsome, rebellious, unruly, refractory, irritable
  36. Gainsay (v)
    To deny, dispute, contradict, oppose
  37. Heterodox (adj)
    unorthodox, heretical, iconoclastic
  38. Imbroglio (n)
    Difficult or embarrassing situation
  39. Indefatigable (adj)
    Not easily exhaustable; tireless, dogged
  40. Ineluctable (adj)
    Certain, inevitable
  41. Inimitable (adj)
    One of a kind, peerless
  42. Insouciant (adj)
    Unconcerned, carefree, heedles
  43. Inveterate (adj)
    Deep rooted, ingrained, habitual
  44. Jejune (adj)
    Vapid, uninteresting, nugatory, childish, immiture, puerile
  45. Lubricious (adj)
    Lewd wanton, greasy, slippery
  46. Mendicant (n)
    A beggar, supplicant
  47. Meretricious (adj)
    Cheap, gaudy, tawdry, flashy, showy, attracting by false show
  48. Minatory (adj)
    Menacing, threatening (reminds you of minotaur, a threatening creature indeed)
  49. Nadir (n)
    Low point, perigee
  50. Nonplussed (adj)
    Baffled, bewildered, at a loss for what to do or think
  51. Obstreperous (adj)
    noisily and stubbornly defiant, aggressively boisterous
  52. Ossified (adj)
    Tending to become more rigid, conventional, sterile, and reactionary with age; literally turned into bone
  53. Palliate (v)
    To make something seem less serious, to gloss over, to make less sever or intense
  54. Panegyric (n)
    Formal praise, eulogy, ecomium; panegyrical means expressing elaborate praise
  55. Parsimonious (adj)
    Cheap, miserly: A parsimonious person parses out their money with great difficulty.
  56. Pellucid (adj)
    Transparent, easy to understand, limpid
  57. Peroration (n)
    The concluding part of a speech; flowery, rhetorical speech
  58. Plangent (adj)
    Pounding, thundering, resounding
  59. Prolix (adj)
    Long-winded, verbose; Prolixity means verbosity: Mikhail Gorbachev is famous for his prolixity.
  60. Propitiate (v)
    To appease; to conciliate; propitious means auspicious, favorable
  61. Puerile (adj)
    Childish, immature, jejune, nugatory
  62. Puissance (n)
    Power, strength; puissant means powerful, strong: The senator delivered a puissant speech to the convention.
  63. Pusillanimous (adj)
    Cowardly, craven
  64. Remonstrate (v)
    To protest, object
  65. Sagacious (adj)
    having sound judgment; perceptive, wise, like a sage
  66. Salacious (adj)
    Lustful, lascivious, bawdy
  67. Salutary (adj)
    Remedial, wholesome, causing improvement
  68. Sanguine (adj)
    Cheerful, confident, optimistic
  69. Saturnine (adj)
    Gloomy, dark, sullen, morose
  70. Sententious (adj)
    Aphoristic or moralistic; epigrammatic; tending to moralize excessively
  71. Stentorian (adj)
    Extremely loud and powerful
  72. Stygian (adj)
    Gloomy, dark
  73. Sycophant (n)
    Toady, servile, self-seeking flatterer; parasite
  74. Tendentious (adj)
    Biased; showing marked tendencies
  75. Timorous (adj)
    Timid, fearful, diffident
  76. Tyro (n)
    Novice, greenhorn, rank amateur
  77. Vitiate (v)
    To corrupt, debase, spoil, make infective
  78. Voluble (adj)
    Fluent, verbal, having easy use of spoken language
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Beyond Hit Parade-More Killer Vocab Group 2
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