Set One




factious

causing disagreement


ignoble

dishonorable; shameful


boor

a rude or impolite person


aegis

a shield; protection


perspicacity

keenness of judgment


fervent

eager; earnest


rectify

to correct; to make right


enervate

to weaken


besiege

to overwhelm; to surround and attack


ephemeral

lasting only a brief time; short-lived


philanthropy
the act of donating money or work to those in need


carrion

decaying flesh


amorphous

shapeless, formless; vague

opulent

rich, luxurious; wealthy



Set Two



extenuate

to lessen seriousness by providing partial excuses


maelstrom

a whirlpool; turbulence; an agitated state of mind


emendation

a correction


impale

to pierce with a sharp stake through the body


bauble

a showy but useless thing


diaphanous

very sheer and light


labyrinth

a complicated network of winding passages; a maze


gloat

to look at or think about with great satisfaction


impediment

a barrier; an obstruction


bestial

savage; brutal


effete

worn out; barren


shard

a fragment


bland

mild; tasteless; dull


Set Three

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fortuitous

happening by chance or accident


recapitulate

to summarize; to repeat briefly


perfunctory

done without care; in a routine fashion


baroque

overly decorated


hedonism

the pursuit of pleasure, especially of the senses


obloquy

strong disapproval; a bad reputation resulting from public criticism


debacle

a complete failure; a total collapse


quasi-

resembling; seeming; half


besmirch

to make dirty; to stain


imperative

extremely necessary; vitally important


sacrosanct

extremely holy


sadistic

deriving pleasure from inflicting pain on others


demeanor

behavior; the manner of conducting oneself


facetious

comical; jocular; flippant


Set Four




fop

an excessively fashion-conscious man


imprecation

a curse


non sequitur

something that does not logically follow


sanguine

cheerful; optimistic


bowdlerize

to remove offensive passages of a play, novel, etc.


impair

to weaken; to cause to become worse


panegyric

an expression of praise


quandary

a puzzling situation; a dilemma


ebullient

enthusiastic


deference

respect; consideration


carnal

relating to physical appetite, especially sexual


nebulous

hazy; vague; uncertain


rakish

dashingly stylish and confident


elegy

a sad or mournful poem


pedantic

tending to show off one's learning

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Set Five





antipathy

an intense dislike


elucidate

to make clear


imminent

likely to happen; threatening


banal

common, ordinary


obdurate

stubborn; hardhearted


peruse

to read carefully; scrutinize


bedlam

a noisy uproar; a scene of wild confusion


affluence

wealth; richness


scurrilous

coarsely abusive; vulgar


parody

a work which imitates another in a ridiculous manner


sedulous

hard working; diligent


onerous

burdensome; heavy; hard to endure


amoral
lacking a sense of right and wrong

eschew
to keep away from; to avoid; to shun




Set Seven(skip set six)




adroit

skillful; clever


macroscopic

visible to the naked eye


fatuous

foolish; inane


bovine

pertaining to cows or cattle


ferret

to search or drive out


affectation

a phony attitude; pose


knell

a sound made by a bell, often rung slowly for a death or funeral


dichotomy

a division into two parts


callow

young and inexperienced


laconic

using few words; short; concise


quiddity

an essential quality


patent

evident or obvious


peccadillo

a minor offense; a misdeed


sagacious

wise; having keen perception and sound judgment


rationalize

to make an excuse for


Set Eight





harbinger

an omen or a sign


censure

to criticize sharply


gambol

to frolic; to romp about playfully


immolate

to kill someone as a sacrificial victim, usually by fire


recondite

difficult to understand; profound


martinet

a strict disciplinarian; taskmaster


quagmire

a swamp; a difficult or inextricable situation


gibe

to scoff; to ridicule


agape

open-mouthed; surprised; agog


carcinogen

causing cancer


olfactory

pertaining to smell


imperious

domineering; haughty


grotesque

absurd; distorted


neologism

a new word or expression

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hackneyed

commonplace; overused

Set Nine




machination

an evil design or plan


pejorative

having a negative effect; insulting


deride

to ridicule; mock


nubile

suitable for marriage in age and physical development, referring to a female


sapient

wise; full of knowledge


chimerical

imaginary; fantastic


masochist

one who enjoys his or her own pain and suffering


finesse

diplomacy; tact; artful management


heterogeneous

different; dissimilar


eclectic

choosing from various sources


grandiose

impressive; showy; magnificent


raiment

clothing; garments


blanch

to whiten; to make pale


hybrid

anything of mixed origin

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idiosyncrasy

a peculiar personality trait


Set Ten





idolatry

excessive or blind adoration; the worship of an object


adulterate

to make impure; to contaminate


emanate

to come forth; to send forth


garish

tastelessly gaudy


immutable

unchangeable; fixed


diadem

a crown


bucolic

pertaining to the countryside; rural; rustic


redolent

having a pleasant odor; suggestive or evocative


impecunious

without money; penniless


sedition

rebellion or resistance against the government


delineate

to describe, to depict


gratuitous

unnecessary or uncalled for


onus

a burden; a responsibility


impious

disrespectful towards God


caveat

a warning