English Words#

  • Trite - lacking orginality or freshness; overuse
  • sophism - clever but false argument used to deceive
  • demagogue - political leader who seeks to govern by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than rational argument
  • dispensation - exception to rule or usual requirement
  • consternation - anxiety and dismay at something unexpected
  • conceited - excessively proud of oneself
  • omniscient - knowing everything
  • auspicious - favourable, conducive to success
  • surreptitiously - in a way that attempts to avoid attention or notice
  • mnemonic - system such as a pattern of letters or associations to assist in remembering something
  • Altruism - disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others
  • Amortize - gradually write off / reduce / pay off the intial cost of an asset with regular payments (intangible asset)
  • dogmatic - inclined to lay down principles as undeniably true
  • chicanery - the use of deception and subterfuge to achieve one’s goal
  • nadir - the lowest or most unsuccessful point
  • parochialism - a limited or narrow outlook, focused on the local area
  • Laissez-faire - economic theory that opposes government involvement in business - a key part of freemarket capitalism.
  • pernicious - having a harmful effect in a subtle way
  • orthogonol - statisticly independent
  • repeal - revoke or annul
  • sophistry - clever but flase argument with the intent to deceive
  • ostensibly - appears or stated to be true, though not necessarily so
  • equanimity - calmness and composure
  • acquiescence - reluctant acceptance without protest <<<<<<< HEAD
  • adroitly - in a clever skillful way
  • fidelity - faithfulness, support and loyalty to a cause, person or belief
  • perfunctory - action carried out with no real interest
  • dour - relentlessly severe, gloomy
  • sanguine - optimistic / positive in a bad situation
  • precocious - having developed skills at an early age
  • conspicuous - clearly visible
  • ignominy - public shame or disgrace
  • surfeit - excessive amount of (food or drink)
  • toerag - comtemptable, worthless person
  • volition - the faculty or power of using one’s will
  • sanctimonious - making a show of being morally superior
  • predilection - a preference or special liking for something
  • disposition - a poersons quality of mind and character
  • recidivism - tendency of a convicted criminal to reoffend
  • imperious - arrogant, domineering
  • benevolent - well meaning and kindly
  • suffuse - gradually spread over
  • stoic - person who can endure pain and suffering without showing it
  • alacrity - brisk and ncheerful readiness
  • obliquely - in a slanted way, not direct
  • fastidious - concerned with accuracy and detail
  • indolence - laziness - avoidance of activity
  • chastised - reprimand severely
  • victuals - food or provisions
  • despot - a ruler holding absolute power - excercised in a cruel and oppressive way
  • glowered - scowl - have angry look
  • proclivities - inclination or predisposition towards doing something regularly
  • disquiet - a feeling of anxiety or worry
  • petulance - quality of being childishly sulky or bad tempered
  • beset - (of a problem) treatening peristently
  • vacillate - be indecisive - alternate between 2 decisions
  • consummate -complete or achieved
  • fop (dandy) - man who is concerned of his appearance excesively
  • ethereal - delicate and light
  • capricious - given to sudden changes of mood or behaviour
  • vignettes - brief evocative description or episode
  • recidivate - reoffend
  • levity - treatment of a serious matter with humour and a lack of respect
  • leering - look or gaze in unleaseant way (at nude painting)
  • carousing - drinking plenty of alcohol and making noise
  • succor - assistance and support in times of distress
  • acumen - ability to made good judgement and quick decisions
  • conveyance -
  • parochial - having a narrow outlook or scope
  • salubrious - pleasant place (not run down)
  • gregarious - fond of company, sociable
  • despoliation - destruction, ravaging
  • unobtrusive - inconspicuous - not attrating attention
  • effluent - liquid waste discharged into a river or sea
  • imbued - inspire or permeate (feeling or quality)
  • nebulous - in the form of a cloud - hazy
  • wan - pale - impression of illness or fatigue
  • lucre - money gained in a dishonourable way
  • carrion - decaying flesh of dead animals
  • paragon - perfect example of
  • unfettered - not restrained of conztricted
  • avaricious - having or showing extreme greed for money
  • lecerous - shwing excessive sexual desire
  • mollify - appease the anger of someone
  • phalanx - body of troops in close formation
  • convalescing - recover health and strength over a period of time
  • revile - Criticise and abuse in an angry manner
  • soothsayer - a person supposed to be able to see the future
  • diffident - modest or shy because of a lack of self confidence
  • surreptitiously - in a way that avoids notice
  • countenance - face or facial expression
  • rictus - fixed grimace or grin
  • acerbic - sharp and forthright
  • stolid - calm, dependable and showing little emotion or animation
  • querulous - complaining in a petulant and whiny manner
  • diffident - modest or shy because of a lack of self confidence
  • shauvinism - aggressive patriotism
  • acquisitive - obsessively voncerned with acquiring money or material things
  • ostentacious - showy
  • senescence - deterioration with age
  • vaccilation - inability to decide between two options or actions
  • surrepticious - kept secret due to unknown approval
  • munificence - quality of being extremely generous
  • apocryphal - a story of doubtful authenticity
  • farinaceous - consisting of of containing only starch
  • paramour - lover of a married person
  • parochial - limited or narrow outlook or scope
  • emancipated - free from emotional, political and legal restrictions
  • bellicosity - demonstrating aggression and willingnessto fight
  • incorrigable - not ableto be changed or reformed
  • interperance - lack of moderation and restraint
  • portents - sign or warning of momentous event or calamity
  • anachronism - old fashioned, a thing belonging in the particular period it exists
  • suffuse - gradually spread through or over
  • profane - secular - not relating to religion
  • preeminence - the fact of surpassing all others, superiority
  • vacillate - waver between different words