Category Archives: Vocabulary

Nomenclature, (NO-men-klay-cherr), noun, A labeling or naming system used in a specialized field or industry.

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Placid, (PLAS-id), adjective, Marked by calm, quiet, serene.

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Livid, (LIHV-id), adjective, Enraged or extremely angry.

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Denigrate, (DEN-ih-grayt), adjective, Insulting, put down, demean, belittle.

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Berate, (bee-RATE), verb, To scold severely

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Hierarchy, (HIGH-uhr-ahr-key), noun, A pecking order or ranking according to status or level of authority.

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Sequester, (see-KWESS-ter), verb, To remove and isolate a portion from a larger whole.

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Parity, (PAH-rih-tee), noun, The condition of everyone being more or less equal.

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Herculean, (her-kyuh-LEE-uhn), adjective, Of extraordinary power or difficulty.

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Myriad, (MIR-ee-ud), noun, An abundance of possibilities, selections, choices, or options.

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Fauxpas, (FOH-pah), noun, A serious breach of social protocol or etiquette.

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Arrogant, (AIR-ah-gehnt), adjective, Overbearing and self-important; presumptuous and superior.

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Quintessential, (KWIN-tuh-sen-shul), adjective, The most perfect or typical example of its category or kind.

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Fruition, (froo-ISH-un), noun, The completion of a task; the achievement of a goal as the result of significant and persistent effort.

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Levity, (LEHV-ih-tee), noun, Lack of appropriate seriousness.

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Paradigm, (PAR-uh-dyme), An observation or discovery in conflict with known facts, beliefs, and theories.

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Titillate, (TIT-l-ate), verb, To excite in an agreeable way.

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Remiss, (rih-miss), adjective, Negligent or careless.

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Litany, (LIT-n-ee), noun, A prolonged and boring account.

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Fervent, (FUR-vuhnt), adjective, Showing great enthusiasm and intensity of spirit.

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Grievous, ( GREE-vuhss), adjective, Flagrant and outrageous; or, causing grief and great sorrow.

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Laudable, (LAW-duh-bull), adjective, Commendable, deserving of praise.

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Meticulous, (meh-TICK-yuh-luhss), adjective, Extremely precise; fussy.

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Contentious, (kon-TEN-shus), adjective, Controversy, rivalry, disagreement, competition.

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Oxymoron, (ok-see-MORE-on), noun, A phrase made by combining two words that are contradictory.

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Vindicate, (VIN-dih-kate), verb, To prove your opinion is correct, or your action justified, or that you are innocent of a misdeed you stand accused of, despite opinions and evidence to the contrary.

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Cognizant, (KOG-nih-sint), adjective, Aware of the realities of a situation.

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Salient, (SALE-yent), adjective, Relevant; germane; important; something that stands out and gets noticed.

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Euphemism, (YOU-feh-miz-im), noun, A synonym that is less offensive than the word it is used to replace.

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Visceral, (VIS-er-ul), adjective, An immediate and strong gut reaction; a quickly formed opinion, based mainly on instinct and usually negative in nature.

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Austere, (aw-STEER), adjective, Stern, grim and lacking humor or warmth; clean and unornamented; severe or strict in manner.

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Voracious, (vo-RAY-shuss), adjective, Possessing a huge and insatiable appetite, whether for food, knowledge, amusement, or something else.

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Plethora, (PLETH – uh-ruh), noun, An excessive amount of something.

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Circumspect, (SIR-kum-spekt), adjective, Prudent, cautious, well considered.

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Metaphor, ( MEH-tah-for), noun, A sentence or phrase in which a word ordinarily associated with one thing is applied to something else, to indicate that in some way they are similar.

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Indefatigable, (in-deh-fah-TEE-gah-bull), adjective, Capable of continuing along one’s current course of action without wavering, tiring, or faltering.

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Debacle, ( dih-BAH-kul), noun, A sudden downfall, collapse, or failure.

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Ostentatious, (ah-sten-TAY-shus), adjective, Pretentious; presented in a showy manner so as to impress others; visibly flaunting one’s wealth and success.

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Pugnacious, (pug-NAY-shus), adjective, Someone who always wants to argue and debate every last thing.

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Tenet, (TEH-net), noun, A central philosophy; a core belief; a rule or principle one lives by.

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Implicit, (im-PLIH-set), adjective, Something that is understood or implied but not stated directly.

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Effervescent, (ef-ur-VES-ent), adjective, Bubbly; upbeat; cheerful; possessing a positive attitude and joyful personality.

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Opulent, (AHP-yoo-lent), adjective, Reflecting wealth and affluence.

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Anomaly, (an-AHM-ah-lee), noun, An exception to the norm; something different and unexpected that logically should not exist.

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Paradox, (PAIR-uh-doks), noun, A seemingly absurd and self-contradicting situation that seems impossible but may in fact be true.

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Sojourn, (SO-jern), noun, A temporary visit or stay.

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Unilateral, (you-nhi-LAT-ur-uhl), adjective, A decision that affects many people or states, but that is made independently by a single authority, without consulting those whom it affects.

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Neophyte, (NEE-uh-fight), noun, A beginner or novice

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Arcane, (are-CAYNE), adjective, Strange and mysterious; understood by only a few.

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Exacerbate, (egg-ZASS-err-bayt), verb, To take action that makes a situation worse or aggravates it further.

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Vacillate, (VAH-sill-ate), verb, To swing back and forth between two points.

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Superlative, (sue-PURR-lah-tiv), adjective, The quality of somethings being the best in its class or quality.

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Nemesis, (nem-UH-sis), noun, An opponent one is unable to defeat.

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Chagrin, (sha-GRIN), noun, verb, Lack of mental ease caused by disappointment, humiliation, or failure.

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Retort, (rih-TORT), verb, noun, To reply in a sharp, retaliatory manner.

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Ostentatious, (ah-sten-TAY-shus), adjective, Pretentious; presented in a showy manner so as to impress others; visibly flaunting one’s wealth or success.

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Fallible, (FAL-ih-bull), adjective, Capable of messing up, making errors, or being wrong.

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Implausible, (im-PLAWZ-ih-bull), adjective, Difficult to believe; highly unlikely to be true.

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Ardent, (AR-dent), adjective, Marked by a warmth of emotion; passionate.

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Dichotomy, (die-KOT-uh-me), noun, Division into two parts, especially into two seemingly contradictory parts.

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Repertoire, (REH-per-tware), noun, A library of works that a group knows and regularly performs.

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Quagmire, (KWAG-myer), noun, A thorny problem for which there is no ready solution; a messy situation from which there is no expeditious means to escape.

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Superfluous, (soo-PER-flew-us), adjective, Excessive and unnecessary.

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truculent, (TRUK-you-lent), adjective, Belligerent, argumentative, always ready for a fight.

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Sanctimonious, (sank-tih-MOAN-ee-us), adjective, Overbearingly self-righteous and smug in the belief that one’s opinion is correct; possessing an air of moral superiority about one’s opinion.

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Precarious, (prih-KAYR-ee-us), adjective, Tenuous, positioned so as to be in danger of failing; dependent on chance; uncertain.

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Surreal, (suh-REEL), adjective, Possessing a quality that makes something seem unreal; strange; bizarre; almost other worldly.

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Untenable, (uhn-TEN-uh-bull), adjective, Not possible to defend, as an argument or position.

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Gratuitous, (grah-TOO-ih-tuss), adjective, Unnecessary, inappropriately excessive, uncalled for act.

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Epiphany, (eh-PIH-fan-ee), noun, A sudden, unexpected insight that seems to come from nowhere and throws great illumination on a subject previously not well understood.

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Nuance, (NOO-ahnts), noun, A subtle difference in meaning, expression, or tone.

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Acrimonious, (ah-kri-MOAN-ee-us), adjective, Angry, bitter, disputed.

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Propensity, (pro-PEN-sih-tee), verb, To grow, breed, or cause to multiply and flourish.

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Harbinger, (HAR-bin-jer), noun, A forerunner or warning sign of a future event or sign.

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Ostracize, (OS-truh-size), verb, To exclude from society, friendships, community, etc.

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Conundrum, (kuh-NUN-drum), noun, A difficult problem or situation that is not easily resolved.

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Antithesis, (an-TIH-thess-iss), noun, The exact opposite; a thing that is completely different from another thing.

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Panacea, (pan-uh-SEE-uh), noun, A universal solution for all problems, diseases, or woes.

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repudiate, (reh-pew-dee-AYTE), verb, To dispute an idea, decision, or belief. To distance oneself and refuse to be associated with someone or something.

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Tenacious, (tuh-NAY-ahuss), adjective, Persistent, stubborn, obstinate.

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Unsavory, (un-SAYV-err-ee), adjective, Distasteful; unpleasant; disreputable; of dubious reputation.

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Vicariously, (vye-KARE-ee-uss-lee), adverb, To enjoy imagined feelings and experiences largely by observing or hearing about another person’s life or adventures.

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Fortuitous, (for-TOO-ih-tuss), adjective, A happy event taking place by accident or chance.

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Loquacious, (loh-KWAY-shus), adjective, Chatty, the habit of talking nonstop.

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Dauntless, (DAWNT-liss), adjective, Fearless, intrepid, and bold.

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Ambiguous, (am-BIG-yoo-us), adjective, Uncertainty; lacking clear definition.

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Innocuous, (ih-NAHK-yew-us), adjective, Not harmful or offensive, innocent, incidental, and hardly noticeable.

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Petulant, (PET-chew-lant), adjective, Describes someone who sulks, complains, or whines because he or she is acting immature.

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Sanguine, (SANG-gwihn), adjective, Accepting of circumstances with good cheer and a positive attitude.

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Tepid, ((TEHP-id), adjective, Characterized by a lack of enthusiasm.

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Stalwart, (STAL-wart), noun, adjective, A loyal, reliable member of an organization; a staunch supporter of a group or cause.

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Obstinate, (AHB-stih-nit), adjective, Inflexible in one’s opinions and attitudes; refusing to change to the wishes of others.

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enigmatic, (en-ig-MATT-ik), adjective, Mysterious, puzzling, and difficult to figure out.

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Aleatory, (AIL-ee-ah-tore-ee), adjective, An action that is unplanned, spontaneous, or spur of the moment rather than deliberately thought out and carefully considered.

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Magnanimous, (mag-NAN-ih-mus), adjective, A kind and generous act.

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Bucolic, (byoo-KOL-ick), adjective, A peaceful, serene, rural object, place, or environment.

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Fastidious, (fah-STID-ee-us), adjective, To be particular about things, particularly good housekeeping and personal hygiene; to place great importance on small details.

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Taciturn, (TAH-sih-turn), adjective, Reserved; uncommunicative; a person of few words.

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Vehement, (VEE-heh-ment), adjective, Insistent; unyielding in one’s opinion or decision; intense inflexibility about matters.

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Rumination, (ROO-muh-nay-shun), noun, The act of thinking about something in great detail, weighing the pros and cons over and over again in your mind.

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Amenable, (ah-MEE-nah-bull), adjective, One who readily and agreeably gives in to the wishes and desires of others.

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Gregarious, (greh-GARE-ee-us), An extrovert; an outgoing person; one who is friendly and cheerful in nature.

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Oscillate, (AHSS-uh-layt), To change one’s mind frequently about beliefs and opinions.

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Vivacious, (vy-VAY-shuss), Joyful; happy; possessing a positive attitude and enthusiasm for life.

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Pragmatic, (prag-MAT-ik), The use of practical means to solve problems.

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Dogmatic, (DAWG-matt-ick), adjective, A person who adheres rigidly to principles, rules, and beliefs, even when there is ample evidence that doing so may not be the best course of action.

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Pugnacious, (pug-NAY-shus), adjective, Someone who always wants to argue and debate every last thing.

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Effusive, (eh-FEW-siv), adjective, an unrestrained outpouring of feelings

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Profligate, (PROF-lih-gayt), adjective, Extravagant, indulgences beyond that which any reasonable person would desire, wasteful

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Recumbent – (rih-KUHM-bent), adjective, Inactive, idle, lying down

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Specious – (SPEE-shus), adjective, Something that appears correct on the surface, but is in fact wrong.

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abstruse – (ab-STROOS), adjective, Acrane, complex, difficult to understand and learn

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