Words Learned #250-?

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Section 6: #250-300

Question Answer
StaunchOf strong or firm construction
ColludeCome to a secret understanding for a harmful purpose; conspire
TriumvirateA group of three powerful or notable people or things existing in relation to each other
BereftLonely and abandoned
Scatological(Of behavior or especially language) Characterized by obscenity or indecency
MilquetoastA timid, submissive person
Flotsam The wreckage of a ship or its cargo found floating on or washed up by the sea
SpirantUttered with a continuous expulsion of breath
AmbivalentHaving mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone
Perfunctory(of an action or gesture) carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection
SycophanticBehaving or done in an obsequious way in order to gain advantage
ObsequiousObedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree
FurloughGrant a leave of absence
VenalShowing or motivated by susceptibility to bribery
TrenchantVigorous and incisive in expression or style
MalapropismsThe mistaken use of a word in place of a similar-sounding one, often with unintentionally amusing effect
PurportAppear or claim to be or do something, esp. falsely; profess
CavalcadeA formal procession or a series
ProclivityA tendency to choose or do something regularly
RiposteA quick, clever reply
ScupperSink a ship deliberately
CommissaryA restaurant in a movie studio, military base, prison, or other institution, or a deputy
NomenclatureThe devising or choosing of names for things
RestitutionThe restoration of something lost or stolen to its proper owner
LucidExpressed clearly; easy to understand, or showing ability to think clearly
AlacrityBrisk and cheerful readiness
CairnA mound of rough stones built as a memorial or landmark, typically on a hilltop or skyline
AskanceWith an attitude or look of suspicion or disapproval
SanguineOptimistic or positive in a bad or difficult situation
PurportedlyBelieved to be the case
VettingMake careful or critical examination
GleanExtract from various sources
VimEnergy or enthusiasm
AvariceExtreme greed for wealth or material gain
ChurlishRude in a mean-spirited and surly way
NuanceSubtle difference in shade, meaning, or sound
CopaceticIn excellent order, very satisfactory
AffluentHaving a great deal of money, wealthy
AssuageMake (something unpleasant) less severe
TantamountEquivalent in seriousness
DudgeonA feeling of offense or deep resentment
PeregrinationA long journey or period of wandering, especially on foot
AssignationAn appointment to meet someone, typically in secret
StalwartLoyal, reliable, and hardworking (adj) or loyal and hardworking team member (n)
RemonstrateTo say or plead in protest, objection, or disapproval.
AcerbicSharp and forthright, especially in style of speaking. Or Sour in taste
InsipidLacking flavor; Lacking vigor or interest
DiffidentModest or shy because of a lack of self-confidence
ProgenyA descendant or the descendants of a person, animal, or plant; offspring

Section 7: #300-350

Question Answer
TemerityExcessive confidence or boldness; audacity
EquanimityMental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation
ConnubialOf or relating to marriage or the relationship of a married couple; conjugal.
RecriminationAn accusation in response to one from someone else.
TangentialOf, relating to, or along a tangent.
FusiformSpindle-shaped, tapering at each end.
GallimaufryA confused jumble or medley of things, or a dish made of hash
GonfalonA banner or pennant, especially one with streamers hung from a crossbar
FiligreeOrnamental work of fine wire formed into tracery, delicate and fanciful
DoyenThe most respected or prominent person in a particular field
DepilationHair removal
SaturnineSlow and gloomy
Deputation A group of people appointed to undertake a mission or take part in a formal process on behalf of a larger group, or the act of appointing them
SouseSoak or drench with liquid
IntransigentCompletely unwilling to change, stubborn
D├ęcolletageA low neckline on a woman's dress or top
TurbotA species of flatfish
Brackish(of water) slightly salty
PortentouslyOminously significant, or of portent nature
PortentAn indication or omen of something to happen, usually significant
SpartanShowing the indifference to comfort or luxury traditionally associated with ancient Sparta- rigorously simple, frugal, or austere
PostprandialOccurring after a meal
TorporA state of physical or mental inactivity, lethargy
DeliquescentTending to melt or dissolve, or to branch out into numerous subdivisions
AsceticismThe practice of denial to normal pleasures and extreme abstinence, in replacement of an austerely simple life, like a monk
DisseminateSpread or disperse
DesultoryLacking a plan, purpose or enthusiasm
Laconic(laconically adv.) Using the minimum amount of words. Concise to the point of seeming rude or mysterious.
FreneticFast and energetic in rather wild and uncontrolled way
PrimordialExisting at or before the beginning of time; primeval, antediluvian
DiluvialRelating to a flood, especially the biblical flood
RedoubtableFormidable, especially as an opponent; fearsome
CacophonousInvolving or producing a harsh, discordant mixture of sounds
EgressTo go out and leave a place, or the action of doing so
CravenContemptibly lacking in courage; cowardly
SuperciliousBehaving as though one thinks one is superior to others
RecalcitrantHave an obstinately uncooperative attitude to authority or discipline
PanoplyA complete or impressive collection of things
AcumenThe ability to make good judgements and quick decisions
PrestidigitationMagic tricks performed as entertainment
PromontoryA point of high land that juts out into a large body of water; a headland
QuietudeA state of stillness, calmness, and quiet in a person or place
EffusionAn instance of giving off something such as a liquid, light, or smell, or An act of talking or writing in an unrestrained or heartfelt way
AblutionA ceremonial act of washing parts of the body or sacred containers
ForayA sudden attack or incursion into enemy territory, especially to obtain something; a raid
SomnolenceA state of strong desire for sleep, or sleeping for unusually long periods
AdroitClever or skillful in using the hands or mind
PurulentConsisting of, containing, or discharging pus
AnodyneNot likely to provoke dissent or offense; inoffensive, often deliberately so
DeclivityA downward slope

Section 8: #350-400


Question Answer
MorassAn area of muddy or boggy ground, or a complicated or confused situation
Corpulent(of a person) fat
EncomiumA speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly
MenhirA tall upright stone of a kind erected in prehistoric times in western Europe
LassitudeA state of physical or mental weariness; lack of energy
CastigationReprimand someone severely
DesultorilyLacking consistency, constancy; disconnected; random
MeretriciousApparently attractive, but really having no value on integrity
Mellifluous(of a voice or words) sweet or musical; pleasant to hear
PenuriousExtremely poor; poverty-stricken, or stingy with money
Chicanery(Shih-cane-urry) The use of trickery to achieve a political, financial, or legal purpose.
BeatificBlissfully happy, imparting holy bliss
IniquitousGrossly unfair and morally wrong
InculcateInstill (an attitude, idea, or habit) by persistent instruction