Magoosh – 124 Words

profligate

unrestrained by convention or morality

Naturally slow of speech, he grew still more reserved and taciturn.Maclean, John
aplomb

great coolness and composure under strain

He never replied to the fellow student’s last text message, asking if he wanted to talk about dysphoric mania.New York Times (Aug 26, 2012)
abstruse

difficult to penetrate

Good harvests make men prodigal, bad ones provident.Preston, Thomas
obdurate

stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing

The Roman historian Tacitus claimed that Germanic tribes held their important councils while drunk, as they thought it made effective lying harder.
munificent

very generous

impertinent

improperly forward or bold

persnickety

characterized by excessive attention to trivial details

precocious

characterized by exceptionally early development

retiring

of a person who has held and relinquished a position

longitudinally

with respect to longitude

heretic

a person whose religious beliefs conflict with church dogma

inquisitor

a questioner who is excessively harsh

humdrum

tediously repetitious or lacking in variety

banal

repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

carping

persistent petty and unjustified criticism

cavil

raise trivial objections

inimical

not friendly

apotheosis

model of excellence or perfection of a kind

vicissitude

a variation in circumstances or fortune

taken with

marked by foolish or unreasoning fondness

apogee

the farthest point in an orbit around the Earth

nadir

the lowest point of anything

zenith

the point above the observer directly opposite the nadir

perigee

the nearest point in an orbit around the Earth

precocity

intelligence achieved far ahead of normal development

sublimated

passing or having passed from the solid to the gaseous state (or vice versa) without becoming liquid

untoward

not in keeping with accepted standards of what is proper

propitious

presenting favorable circumstances

inclement

severe, of weather

fastidious

giving careful attention to detail

trenchant

having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought

poignant

keenly distressing to the mind or feelings

sycophant

a person who tries to please someone to gain an advantage

ingratiate

gain favor with somebody by deliberate efforts

thoroughgoing

performed comprehensively and completely

sanguine

confidently optimistic and cheerful

saturnine

bitter or scornful

ebullient

joyously unrestrained

nettlesome

causing irritation or annoyance

ameliorate

make better

ebb

the outward flow of the tide

taciturn

habitually reserved and uncommunicative

dysphoric

generalized feeling of distress

stalwart

having rugged physical strength

unflappable

not easily perturbed, excited, or upset

proscription

rejection by means of an act of banishing or proscribing someone

truculence

obstreperous and defiant aggressiveness

obstreperous

noisily and stubbornly defiant

braggadocio

vain and empty boasting

provocation

a means of arousing or stirring to action

meteoric

of extraterrestrial bodies that hit the earth’s atmosphere

self-effacing

reluctant to draw attention to yourself

churlish

having a bad disposition; surly

erudite

having or showing profound knowledge

erudition

profound scholarly knowledge

culpability

a state of guilt

intrepid

invulnerable to fear or intimidation

affluent

having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value

ineffable

defying expression or description

quotidian

found in the ordinary course of events

prosaic

lacking wit or imagination

obtuse

slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity

benighted

overtaken by night or darkness

arcane

requiring secret or mysterious knowledge

illicit

contrary to accepted morality or convention

iconoclast

someone who attacks cherished ideas or institutions

iconoclastic

characterized by attack on established beliefs

abstruse

difficult to penetrate

tenable

based on sound reasoning or evidence

stultify

deprive of strength or efficiency; make useless or worthless

enervate

weaken mentally or morally

auspicious

auguring favorable circumstances and good luck

herald

a person who announces important news

provident

giving something useful for the future

provident

careful in regard to your own interests

prodigal

recklessly wasteful

prescience

the power to foresee the future

conflate

mix together different elements

Tacitus

Roman historian who wrote major works on the history of the Roman Empire (56-120)

amenable

disposed or willing to comply

artifice

a deceptive maneuver, especially to avoid capture

faint

lacking clarity, brightness, or loudness

calumny

a false accusation of an offense

espionage

the systematic use of spies to obtain secrets

quixotic

not sensible about practical matters

diatribe

thunderous verbal attack

illusory

having the nature of a deceptive trick

misanthrope

someone who dislikes people in general

sociopath

a person with an antisocial personality disorder

aberrant

markedly different from an accepted norm

operant

having influence or producing an effect

aberrate

diverge or deviate from the straight path

abacinate

blind by holding a red-hot metal plate before someone’s eyes

puckish

naughtily or annoyingly playful

uxorious

foolishly fond of or submissive to your wife

exhort

spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts

enjoin

give instructions to or direct somebody to do something

charlatan

a flamboyant deceiver

cuspidate

having cusps or points

chauvinist

a person with a prejudiced belief in his own superiority

pathological

relating to the study of diseases

antecedent

a preceding occurrence or cause or event

corpulent

excessively fat

vernal

suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh

sartorial

of or relating to tailoring or clothing

inchoate

only partly in existence; imperfectly formed

nascent

being born or beginning

scrupulous

characterized by extreme care and great effort

modicum

a small or moderate or token amount

supercilious

having or showing arrogant disdain or haughtiness

consummate

having or revealing supreme mastery or skill

semblance

an outward appearance that is deliberately misleading

chum

a close friend

repute

the state of being held in high esteem and honor

perfidy

an act of deliberate betrayal

parsimony

extreme stinginess

chimera

a grotesque product of the imagination

apothegm

a short pithy instructive saying

epigrammatic

terse and witty and like a maxim

dispatch

the act of sending off something

mercurial

liable to sudden unpredictable change

milieu

the environmental condition

inimical

not friendly

periapsis

the point in an orbit closest to the body being orbited
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