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					                                AVID 9 Semester 1 Vocabulary Lists
   List 1 - Due 9/7/12                                                *** List 5 - Due 10/5/12

 1 Abstemious (adj) self-controlled                                     1 Pliable (adj) flexible, easily influenced
 2 Heed (v) to pay attention; to consider                               2 Pillage (v) to rob and steal on a grand scale
 3 Obstinate (adj) stubborn                                             3 Gait (n) a manner or rate of movement or progress
 4 Minuscule (adj) very small                                           4 Notorios (adj) having a bad reputation
 5 Flagrant (adj) extremely bad                                         5 Winsome (adj) agreeable; gracious; engaging
 6 Combustible (adj) capable of catching on fire; flammable             6 Voracious (adj) having a great appetite for something
 7 Theoretical (adj) hypothetical, existing only in principle           7 retort (v) – a mean response
 8 Recalcitrant (adj) resistive to authority                            8 Dotard (n) a senile, old person
 9 Meek (adj) quiet and obedient; spiritless                            9 Onerous (adj) burdensome, tedious, boring
10 rotund (adj) – round in shape; fat                                  10 Lucrative (adj) profitable

   List 2 - Due 9/14/12                                                     List 6 - Due 10/12/12

 1 Deride (v) to humiliate                                              1 Indoctrinate (v) to instruct or teach
 2 Bisect (v) to cut in half                                            2 Nepotism (n) favoritism (to a relative)
 3 Prevaricate (adj) to speak falsely or misleadingly; to lie           3 Decorous (adj) decent, correct, proper
 4 Candid (adj) outspoken, free from reservation                        4 Benevolent (adj) marked by or disposed to doing good
 5 Insolvent (adj) bankrupt                                             5 Resplendent (n) characterized by a glowing splendor
 6 Hardy (adj) sturdy; robust                                           6 Mortician (n)- a technician that handles corpses
 7 Abstract (adj) expressing a quality apart from an object (ie         7 Plausible (adj) seemingly true or credible
   poetry)
 8 Heresy (n) opinion contrary to popular belief                        8 Pragmatic (adj) practical, reasonable
 9 Ostentatious (adj) showy, in order to impress                        9 Haggle (v) to argue about prices
10 Monetary (adj)-of or relating to money                              10 Pacifist (n) one opposed to force; antimilitarist

   List 3 - Due 9/21/12                                                     List 7 - Due 10/19/12

 1 Metaphor (n) implied comparison                                      1 Juncture (n) mean a critical or crucial time or state of affairs
 2 Spontaneous (adj) without premeditation, on the spur of the          2 Emphasize (v) to give special emphasis; to stress the importance
   moment                                                                 of
 3 Finesse (n) refinement or delicacy of workmanship, structure, or     3 Methodical (adj) systematic
   texture
 4 Eloquent (and) well spoken                                           4 Travail (n) a great labor, a difficult task
 5 Charlatan (n) a fake or phony person                                 5 Indolent (adj) lazy
 6 ludicrous (adj) amusing through obvious exaggeration or              6 Feign (v) to give a false appearance of
   eccentricity
 7 Undermine (v) to weaken, to sap                                      7 Pundit (n) an authority who expresses his/her interests
 8 Pivotal (adj) crucial, key, vital                                    8 Deterrent (n) something that discourages
 9 Ominous (adj) threatening                                            9 Omnipotent (adj) all powerful
10 Secular (adj) relating to worldly, not religious, matters           10 Lucid (adj) easily understood, clear

   List 4 - Due 9/28/12                                                     List 8 - Due 10/26/12

 1 Insipid (adj) boring; dull                                           1 Austere (adj) simple
 2 Harbor (v) to provide a refuge for; to hide                          2 Intimidate (v) to frighten
 3 Alliance (n) a union or two or more groups                           3 Tyranny (n) oppression; cruel gov't
 4 Impair (v) injure,hurt                                               4 Pitfall (n) a hidden danger
 5 Whimsical (adj) capricious; fanciful; playful                        5 Hail (v) to greet someone
 6 Withstand (v) stand up against; successfully resist                  6 Pariah (n) a social outcast
 7 Frank (adj) being honest                                             7 Cryptic (adj) difficult to understand
 8 Mural (n)-a very large image, usually painted on a wall              8 Warranty (n) gaurantee; assurance by seller
 9 Verbose (adj) long or lengthy in words                               9 Mollify (v)- to calm in temper or feeling
10 Virulent (adj) actively poisonous; deadly                           10 Usurp (v) to seize another's power or rank

   Review and Test for Lists 1 - 4                                          Review and Test for Lists 5 - 8
                                            Test #1 on 10/8/10        ***                                         Test #2 on 11/16/10
*** Please note the due dates! They do not fall on the usual Fridays!

    List 9 - Due 11/2/12                                                *** List 13 - Due 11/30/12

  1 Mesmerize (v) to hyptonize                                            1 Inevitable (adj) unable to be avoided
  2 sacrosanct (adj) – beyond criticism; extremely sacred                 2 Endure (v) to put up with
  3 Erudite (n) a learned or wise person                                  3 Corpse (n) a dead body
  4 Egregious (adj) very noticeable                                       4 Illuminate (v) brighten, clear up or make understandanble
  5 Profane (v) to treat unworthily; to violate                           5 Unkempt (adj) disheveled, uncared for in appearance
  6 Commemorate (v) to honor the memory of                                6 Quiescent (adj) causing no trouble; inactive or motionless
  7 Lurid (adj) wild; graphic, gruesome                                   7 Misnomer (n) the wrong name
  8 Linger (v) to be slow in parting or in quitting something             8 Sobriquet (n) a nickname
  9 Acrid (adj) sharp and harsh or unpleasantly pungent in taste or       9 Lunge (v) a quick forward dive or reach
    odor
 10 Impartial (adj) not partial or biased : treating or affecting all    10 Luxuriant (adj) rich and splendid; abundant
    equally
*** List 10 - Due 11/9/12                                               *** List 14 - Due 12/7/13

  1 Arbiter (n) a judge who decides a dispted issue                       1 Dogged (adj) stubbornly persistent
  2 Integrity (n) trustworthiness                                         2 Choleric (adj) short tempered and angry
  3 Dilatory (ajd) lazy                                                   3 Misdemeanor (n) a minor crime
  4 Xenophobia (n) fear or hatred of foreigners                           4 Serene (adj) calm
  5 Novelty (n) something new                                             5 Laconic (adj) using few words; brief
  6 Withdrawn (adj) introverted; remote                                   6 Ignite (v) to set afire; to set in motion
  7 Perennial (n) something that is continuing or recurrent               7 Repudiate (adj) to reject with disapproval; denial
  8 Meticulous (adj) marked by extreme care in the consideration of       8 Colossal (adj) extraordinarily great in size; huge
    details
  9 salutation (n) – a greeting                                           9 Perpendicular (adj) meeting at a right angle, usu. lines
 10 Clamber (v) to scramble                                              10 Negate (v) cancel out; nullify; deny

    List 11 - Due 11/16/12                                                  List 15 - Due 1/14/13

  1 Opaque (adj) dark, not transparent                                    1 Affable (adj) friendly
  2 Malignant (adj) evil in nature or effect                              2 Immaculate (adj) clean, spotless
  3 Compel (v) to force                                                   3 Veracious (adj) truthful
  4 Illicit (adj) illegal                                                 4 Scintilla (n) a small amount of something
  5 Underscore (v) to emphasize                                           5 Mobile (adj) - able to move or be moved
  6 Predecessor (n) former occupant of a position                         6 Thwart (v) to prevent
  7 Impasse (n) deadlock, situation from which there is no escape         7 Miscontrue (v)-to mistake the meaning of, misinterpret
  8 Nemesis (n) someone seeking revenge                                   8 Malady (n) illness
  9 Debilitate (v) to weaken                                              9 Compact (n) firmly joined together; small in size
 10 Adept (n) a highly skilled or well-trained individual                10 Lustrous (adj) shiny

    List 12 - Due 11/23/12               Thanksgiving                       List 16 - Due 12/21/13                  Winter Break

  1 Novice (n) a beginner, new to a work place or situation               1 Discernible (adj) able to be recognized or identified as separate and
                                                                            distinct
  2 scoff (v) – to ridicule or make fun of                                2 Adapt (v) to make fit often by modification
  3 Inquisitive (adj) improperly curious about the affairs of others      3 Parsinomious (adj) stingy
  4 Garnish (v) to equip with accessories; accesorize                     4 Subside (v) settle down; grow quiet
  5 Stereotype (n) fixed and unvarying mental picture                     5 Perimeter (n) the distance around the figure
  6 Collaborate (v) to work together                                      6 Nefarious (adj) evil, very wicked
  7 Optimist (n) person who looks on the good side                        7 Bombastic (adj) conceited
  8 Mettle (n) courage; spirit                                            8 Incessant (adj) continuous
  9 Germinate (v) to begin to grow                                        9 Gauche (adj) lacking social experience or grace; not tactful
 10 Nonchalance (n) lack of concern; indifferent                         10 Glower (v) to glare

    Review and Test for Lists 9 - 12                                        Review and Test for Lists 13 - 16
                                             Test #3 on 12/16/10                                                        Test #4 on 1/21/11
                       SEMESTER 1 FINAL ON ALL WORDS ON 2/3/11
                                                 AVID 9 Semester 2 Vocabulary Lists
     List 17                                                                  List 20
 1 Equanimity (n) calmness, cool under fire                               1 Nondescript (adj) ordinary
 2 Fallacious (adj)                                                       2 Fickle (adj)
 3 Restrain (v)                                                           3 Fathom (v)
 4 Despondent (adj) depressed; dejected                                   4 Missive (n)- a written message, a letter
 5 Repose (n) state of being at rest, peace                               5 Soporific (adj) anything causing sleep
 6 Precocious (adj) being advanced at an early age                        6 Meager (adj) inadequate, a small amount
 7 Impartial (adj) not in favor of one side or the other; fair            7 Magnitude (n) greatness; extent
 8 Poignant (adj) very significant or important                           8 restitution (n) – payment for a loss or damages
 9 Labyrinth (n) a maze, usually made of rooms                            9 Concise (adj) brief but comprehensive
10 Gargantuan (adj)                                                      10 Premonition (n) a feeling of evil to come
11 Vagrant (n) a homeless wanderer                                       11 Prattle (v) to babble
12 Compress (v) to press together into less space                        12 Altruistic (adj) kind
13 Vent (v) to express or utter                                          13 Inconsequential (adj) unimportant
14 Satiate (v) – to satisfy or fulfill                                   14 Adulterate (v) to corrupt
15 Aesthetic (adj)                                                       15 Wrench (v) pull; strain; twist

     List 18                                                                  List 21
 1 Illustrious (adj) famous                                               1 Hackneyed (adj) overused
 2 Unruly (adj) disobedient; lawless                                      2 Obstreperous (adj) troublesome
 3 Revile (v)                                                             3 Gavel (n)
 4 Generate (v)                                                           4 Feasible (adj)
 5 Noisome (adj) distasteful; smelling badly                              5 Sagacious (adj) – shrewd, wise
 6 Expedite (v) to hasten or quicken                                      6 Acquiesce (v) to agree
 7 Vehement (adj) forceful; intensely emotional                           7 Heterogeneous (adj) mixed, full of variety
 8 Jocular (adj)                                                          8 Pervasive (adj) spread throughout every part
 9 Obliterate (v) to destroy completely                                   9 Mock (v) to ridicule; imitate
10 Laconic (adj)                                                         10 Urgent (adj) calling for immediate attention
11 Idolatry (n)                                                          11 Paucity (n) scaracity
12 Robust (adj) – strong and healthy; hardy                              12 Malice (n) a feeling of need to see others suffer
13 Conciliatory (adj)                                                    13 Reticent (adj)
14 Admonish (v)                                                          14 Dolorous (adj) full of sorrow; sad
     Predator (n) a creature that seizes and devours another animal; a        Momentous (adj)-of utmost importance; of outstanding
15                                                                       15
     person who robs or exploits others                                       significance or consequence
     List 19                                                                  List 22
 1 Validate (v) to confirm; ratify                                        1 Impetus (n) motivation
 2 Precocious (adj) mature development or talent                          2 Docile (adj) obedient, following directions w/o complaint
 3 Chagrin (n) sadness                                                    3 Cherubic (adj) sweet and angelic
 4 Lampoon (v) to ridicule                                                4 Morose (adj) expressing gloom; glum
 5 Diligent (adj)                                                         5 Surreptitious (adj) done in a secretive way
 6 Zealot (n) a fanatic                                                   6 Premeditate (v) to plan in advance
 7 Heyday (n) time of greatest success; prime                             7 Prodigious (adj) enormous
 8 Pert (adj) bold; lively                                                8 Capricious (adj)
 9 Kleptomaniac (n)                                                       9 Lament (v)
10 Felon (n)                                                             10 Lethargy (n) state of being unenergetic
11 Muse (v)-a source of inspiration                                      11 Gall (n)
12 Versatile (adj) having many talents, uses, capabilities               12 Officious (adj) meddlesome; resisting authority
13 Penitent (adj) sorrowful                                              13 Craven (adj) cowardly
14 Malign (v) to bad-mouth or speak evil of                              14 Wanton (adj) reckless
15 Devious (adj)                                                  15 Squander (adj) to spend or use extravagantly; wasteful



   List 23                                                             List 26
 1 Complacent (adj)                                                1 Nurture (v) to nourish, educate
 2 Vendetta (n) a blood feud                                       2 Rife (adj) – widespread, prevalent; abundant
 3 Querulous (adj) full of complaints                              3 Conception (n) the act or power of forming
 4 Coquette (n) a flirty woman                                     4 Waylay (v) ambush, lie in wait
 5 Impede (v) to slow the progress of                              5 Stoic (adj) emotionless
 6 Distortion (n) a lack of proortionality in an image or sound    6 Boisterous (adj) very loud
 7 Badger (v) to annoy                                             7 Inane (adj) silly, senseless
 8 Indifferent (adj)                                               8 Fiasco (n)
 9 Obdurate (adj) stubborn                                         9 Fortuitous (adj) happening by luck
10 Lackadaisical (adj)                                            10 Mundane (adj)-of, relating to, or typical of this world
11 Haphazard (adj) random; by chance                              11 Unwarranted (adj) unjustified; groundless, underserved
12 Ogle (v) to make eyes at; to look at amorously                 12 Revitalize (v)
13 Stupefy (v) to amaze                                           13 Profound (adj) having depth or seriousness
14 Perfidious (adj) disloyal                                      14 Congruent (adj) having the same size and shape
15 Momento (n) a token or reminder                                15 Meander (v) to wind or or turn in its course
   List 24                                                             List 27
 1 Trepidation (n) fear                                            1 Lofty (adj)
 2 Composure (n) self-controlled state of mind; calm, tranquil     2 Ideology (n)
 3 Venerate (v) to respect a great deal                            3 Pertinent (adj)
 4 Retrospect (n)                                                  4 Curmudgeon (n) a cranky person
 5 Heckler (n) person who harasses others                          5 Wary (adj) very cautious
 6 Obsequious (adj) characterized by kissing up                    6 Turncoat (n) traitor
 7 Mandate (n) an order                                            7 Colloquial (adj) informal, conversational language
 8 Mentor (n) teacher                                              8 Opulent (adj) rich
 9 Ruthless (adj) showing no compassion                            9 Perpetuate (v) to make something last; preserve from extinction
10 Dogmatic (adj)                                                 10
11 Eccentric (adj)                                                11
12 Adamant (adj)                                                  12
13 Incorrigible (adj) not correctable                             13
14 Preposterous (adj) ridiculous, absurd                          14
15 Pious (adj) devout, religious                                  15
   List 25                                                             List 28
 1 Naïve (adj) gullible                                            1
 2 Vindicate (v) to free from blame                                2
 3 Inherent (adj) built in, in-born                                3
 4 Feral (adj)                                                     4
 5 Bleak (adj) cold or cheerless                                   5
 6 Implicate (v) to hint or suggest at something                   6
 7 Engage (v) to hold the attention of someone                     7
 8 Compile (v) to put together (like a list or book)               8
 9 Harrowing (adj) agonizing; traumatic                            9
10 Obscure (adj) hard to perceive; not clear or plain             10
11 Lugubrious (adj) overly tearful or depressed                   11
12 Impeccable (adj) faultless                                     12
13 Monumental (adj) massive                                       13
14 Superfluous (adj) unnecessary; excessive; overabundant         14
15 Plausible (adj)                                                15
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Abstemious (adj) self-controlled
Abstract (adj)
Acquiesce (v) to agree
Acrid (adj)
Adamant (adj)
Adapt (v)
Adept (adj)
Admonish (v)
Adulterate (v) to corrupt
Aesthetic (adj)
Affable (adj) friendly
Alliance (n) a union or two or more groups
Altruistic (adj) kind
Arbiter (n) a judge who decides a dispted issue
Austere (adj) simple
Badger (v) to annoy
Benevolent (adj)
Boisterous (adj) very loud
Bombastic (adj) conceited
Candid (adj) outspoken, free from reservation
Capricious (adj)
Chagrin (n) sadness
Charlatan (n) a fake or phony person
Cherubic (adj) sweet and angelic
Choleric (adj) short tempered and angry
Clamber (v) to scramble
Collaborate (v) to work together
Colloquial (adj) informal, conversational language
Colossal (adj) extraordinarily great in size; huge
Combustible (adj) capable of catching on fire; flammable
Commemorate (v) to honor the memory of
Compact (n) closely and firmly joined together; small in size
Compile (v) to put together (like a list or book)
Complacent (adj)
Composure (n) self-controlled state of mind; calm, tranquil
Compress (v) to press together into less space
Conception (n) the act or power of forming
Conciliatory (adj)
Concise (adj) brief but comprehensive
Coquette (n) a flirty woman
Corpse (n) a dead body
Craven (adj) cowardly
Cryptic (adj) difficult to understand
Curmudgeon (n) a cranky person
Debilitate (v) to weaken
Decorous (adj) decent, correct, proper
Deride (v) to humiliate
Despondent (adj) depressed; dejected
Devious (adj)
Dilatory (ajd) lazy
Diligent (adj)
Discernible (adj)
Distortion (n) a lack of proortionality in an image or sound
Docile (adj) obedient, following directions w/o complaint
Dogged (adj) stubbornly persistent
Dogmatic (adj)
Dolorous (adj) full of sorrow; sad
Dotard (n) a senile, old person
Eccentric (adj)
Egregious (adj) very noticeable
Eloquent (and) well spoken
Emphasize (v) to give special emphasis to; to stres the importance of
Endure (v) to put up with
Engage (v) to hold the attention of someone
Equanimity (n) calmness, cool under fire
Erudite (n) a learned or wise person
Fallacious (adj)
Fathom (v)
Feasible (adj)
Feign (v)
Felon (n)
Feral (adj)
Fiasco (n)
Fickle (adj)
Finesse (n)
Flagrant (adj) extremely bad
Fortuitous (adj) happening by luck
Frank (adj) being honest
Gait (n)
Gall (n)
Gargantuan (adj)
Garnish (v)
Gauche (adj)
Gavel (n)
Generate (v)
Germinate (v)
Glower (v) to glare
Hackneyed (adj) overused
Haggle (v) to argue about prices
Hail (v) to greet someone
Haphazard (adj) random; by chance
Harbor (v) to provide a refuge for; to hide
Hardy (adj) sturdy; robust
Harrowing (adj) agonizing; traumatic
Heckler (n) person who harasses others
Heed (v) to pay attention; to consider
Heresy (n) opinion contrary to popular belief
Heterogeneous (adj) mixed, full of variety
Heyday (n) time of greatest success; prime
Ideology (n)
Idolatry (n)
Ignite (v)
Illicit (adj) illegal
Illuminate (v) brighten, clear up or make understandanble
Illustrious (adj) famous
Immaculate (adj) clean, spotless
Impair (v) injure,hurt
Impartial (adj)
Impartial (adj) not in favor of one side or the other; fair
Impasse (n) deadlock, situation from which there is no excape
Impeccable (adj) faultless
Impede (v) to slow the progress of
Impetus (n) motivation
Incessant (adj) continuous
Inconsequential (adj) unimportant
Indifferent (adj)
Indoctrinate (v) to instruct or teach
Indolent (adj) lazy
Inevitable (adj) unable to be avoided
Inherent (adj) built in, in-born
Inquisitive (adj)
Insipid (adj) boring; dull
Integrity (n) trustworthiness
Jocular (adj)
Juncture (n)
Kleptomaniac (n)
Lackadaisical (adj)
Laconic (adj)
Laconic (adj) using few words; brief
Lament (v)
Laud (v)
Lethargy (n) state of being unenergetic
Linger (v)
Lofty (adj)
Lucid (adj) easily understood, clear
Lucrative (adj) profitable
Lugubrious (adj) overly tearful or depressed
Lunge (v) a quick forward dive or reach
Lurid (adj) wild; graphic, gruesome
Lustrous (adj) shiny
Luxuriant (adj) rich and splendid; abundant
Magnitude (n) greatness; extent
Malady (n) illness
Malign (v) to bad-mouth or speak evil of
Malignant (adj) evil in nature or effect
Mandate (n) an order
Meander (v) to wind or or turn in its course
Meek (adj) quiet and obedient; spiritless
Mentor (n) teacher
Mesmerize (v) to hyptonize
Metaphor (n) implied comparison
Methodical (adj) systematic
Meticulous (adj)
Mettle (n) courage; spirit
Minuscule (adj) very small
Miscontrue (v)-to mistake the meaning of, misinterpret
Misdemeanor (n) a minor crime
Missive (n)- a written message, a letter
Mobile (adj) - able to move or be moved
Mock (v) to ridicule; imitate
Mollify (v)- to calm in temper or feeling
Momento (n) a token or reminder
Momentous (adj)-of utmost importance; of outstanding significance or consequence
Monetary (adj)-of or relating to money
Monumental (adj) massive
Morose (adj) expressing gloom; glum
Mortician (n)- a technician that handles corpses
Mundane (adj)-of, relating to, or typical of this world
Mural (n)-a very large image, usually painted on a wall
Muse (v)-a source of inspiration
Naïve (adj) gullible
Nefarious (adj) evil, very wicked
Negate (v) cancel out; nullify; deny
Nemesis (n) someone seeking revenge
Nepotism (n) favoritism (to a relative)
Noisome (adj) distasteful; smelling badly
Nonchalance (n) lack of concern; indifferent
Nondescript (adj) ordinary
Notorios (adj) having a bad reputation
Novelty (n) something new
Novice (n) a beginner, new to a work place or situation
Nurture (v) to nourish, educate
Obdurate (adj) stubborn
Obliterate (v) to destroy completely
Obscure (adj) hard to perceive; not clear or plain
Obsequious (adj) characterized by kissing up
Obstinate (adj) stubborn
Obstreperous (adj) troublesome
Officious (adj) meddlesome; resisting authority
Ogle (v) to make eyes at; to look at amorously
Ominous (adj) threatening
Onerous (dj) burdensome, tedious, boring
Opaque (adj) dark, not transparent
Optimist (n) person who looks on the good side
Opulent (adj) rich
Ostentatious (adj) showy, in order to impress
Pacifist (n) one opposed to force; antimilitarist
Pariah (n) a social outcast
Parsinomious (adj) stingy
Paucity (n) scaracity
Penitent (adj) sorrowful
Perennial (n) something that is continuing or recurrent
Perfidious (adj) disloyal
Pert (adj) bold; lively
Pertinent (adj)
Pervasive (adj) spread throughout every part
Pillage (v) to rob and steal on a grand scale
Pious (adj) devout, religious
Pivotal (adj) crucial, key, vital
Plausible (adj)
Plausible (adj) seemingly true or credible
Pliable (adj) flexible, easily influenced
Poignant (adj) very significant or important
Prattle (v) to babble
Precocious (adj) being advanced at an early age
Precocious (adj) mature development or talent
Premeditate (v) to plan in advance
Premonition (n) a feeling of evil to come
Preposterous (adj) ridiculous, absurd
Prevaricate (adj) to speak falsely or misleadingly; to lie
Prodigious (adj) enormous
Querulous (adj) full of complaints
Quiescent (adj) causing no trouble; inactive or motionless
Recalcitrant (adj) resistive to authority
Repose (n) state of being at rest, peace
Repudiate (adj) to reject with disapproval; denial
Resplendent (n)
restitution (n) – payment for a loss or damages
Restrain (v)
Reticent (adj)
retort (v) – a mean response
Retrospect (n)
Revile (v)
Revitalize (v)
Rife (adj) – widespread, prevalent; abundant
robust (adj) – strong and healthy; hardy
rotund (adj) – round in shape; fat
Ruthless (adj) showing no compassion
sacrosanct (adj) – beyond criticism; extremely sacred
sagacious (adj) – shrewd, wise
salutation (n) – a greeting
satiate (v) – to satisfy or fulfill
Scintilla (n) a small amount of something
scoff (v) – to ridicule or make fun of
Secular (adj) relating to worldly, not religious, matters
Serene (adj) calm
Sobriquet (n) a nickname
Soporific (adj) anything causing sleep
Spontaneous (adj) without premeditation, on the spur of the moment
Squander (adj) to spend or use extravagantly; wasteful
Stereotype (n) fixed and unvarying mental picture
Stoic (adj) emotionless
Stupefy (v) to amaze
Subside (v) settle down; grow quiet
Superfluous (adj) unnecessary; excessive; overabundant
Surreptitious (adj) done in a secretive way
Theoretical (adj) hypothetical, existing only in principle
Thwart (v) to prevent
Travail (n) a great labor, a difficult task
Trepidation (n) fear
Turncoat (n) traitor
Tyranny (n) oppression; cruel gov't
Undermine (v) to weaken, to sap
Underscore (v) to emphasize
Unkempt (adj) disheveled, uncared for in appearance
Unruly (adj) disobedient; lawless
Unwarranted (adj) unjustified; groundless, underserved
Urgent (adj) calling for immediate attention
Usurp (v) to seize another's power or rank
Vagrant (n) a homeless wanderer
Validate (v) to confirm; ratify
Vehement (adj) forceful; intensely emotional
Vendetta (n) a blood feud
Vent (v) to express or utter
Veracious (adj) truthful
Verbose (adj) long or lengthy in words
Versatile (adj) having many talents, uses, capabilities
Vindicate (v) to free from blame
Virulent (adj) actively poisonous; deadly
Voracious (adj) having a great appetite for something
Wanton (adj) reckless
Warranty (n) gaurantee; assurance by seller
Wary (adj) very cautious
Waylay (v) ambush, lie in wait
Whimsical (adj) capricious; fanciful; playful
Winsome (adj) agreeable; gracious; engaging
Withdrawn (adj) introverted; remote
Withstand (v) stand up against; successfully resist
Wrench (v) pull; strain; twist
Xenophobia (n) fear or hatred of foreigners
Zealot (n) a fanatic

				
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