Friday, September 27, 2019

Most Important Words

Mostly Used Words


diabolical

showing cunning or ingenuity or wickedness

debacle

a sudden and complete disaster

dragnet

a conical fishnet dragged through the water at great depths

accomplice

a person who joins with another in carrying out some plan

abduct

take away to an undisclosed location against their will

masticate

bite and grind with the teeth

oar

an implement used to propel or steer a boat

ewe

female sheep

manifest

clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

motley

consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds

taxonomy

a classification of organisms based on similarities

entail

have as a logical consequence

empathise

be understanding of

ostentation

pretentious or showy or vulgar display

grubby

thickly covered with ingrained dirt

disingenuous

not straightforward or candid

iffy

subject to accident or chance or change

winch

a lifting device consisting of a cylinder turned by a crank

backtrack

retrace one's course

pique

a sudden outburst of anger

siphon

a tube used to move liquid from one vessel to another

edgy

being in a tense state

volte-face

a major change in attitude or principle or point of view

hokum

a message that seems to convey no meaning

onus

a burdensome or difficult concern

uppish

(used colloquially) overly conceited or arrogant

insidious

working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way

flaccid

drooping without elasticity

abject

of the most contemptible kind

bleak

unpleasantly cold and damp

chastise

censure severely

disdain

lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike

encumbrance

an onerous or difficult concern

flimsy

a thin strong lightweight translucent paper

grisly

shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

hapless

unfortunate and deserving pity

intrigue

a crafty and involved plot to achieve your ends

jaded

exhausted

keen

intense or sharp

dainty

something considered choice to eat

tarry

leave slowly and hesitantly

knuckle

a joint of a finger when the fist is closed

discrete

constituting a separate entity or part

efface

remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing

evident

clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

composure

steadiness of mind under stress

embargo

a government order imposing a trade barrier

interdict

command against

intrepid

invulnerable to fear or intimidation

importune

beg persistently and urgently

destitute

poor enough to need help from others

pauper

a person who is very poor

evacuation

the act of leaving a dangerous place in an orderly fashion

yuppie

a young upwardly mobile professional individual

silo

a cylindrical tower used for storing grain

demur

politely refuse or take exception to

acumen

shrewdness shown by keen insight

antebellum

belonging to a period before a war

bellicose

having or showing a ready disposition to fight

bowdlerize

edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate

abjure

formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief

circumlocution

an indirect way of expressing something

ameliorate

make better

accolade

a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

apprise

inform somebody of something

agile

moving quickly and lightly

clandestine

conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods

clemency

leniency and compassion shown toward offenders

conspicuous

obvious to the eye or mind

havoc

violent and needless disturbance

jeopardy

a source of danger

exorbitant

greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation

fiasco

a complete failure or collapse

sap

a watery solution in the vascular system of a plant

blend

mix together different elements

exultation

the utterance of sounds expressing great joy

forthwith

without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening

fortitude

strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity

jubilant

full of high-spirited delight

relinquish

turn away from; give up

redundant

more than is needed, desired, or required

sordid

foul and run-down and repulsive

sporadic

recurring in scattered or unpredictable instances

ruthless

without mercy or pity

heartfelt

earnest

amity

a state of friendship and cordiality

honorary

given as an award without the normal duties

excerpt

a passage selected from a larger work

amiable

diffusing warmth and friendliness

zenith

the point above the observer directly opposite the nadir

pinnacle

a slender upright spire at the top of a buttress of tower

dilemma

state of uncertainty in a choice between unfavorable options

paradox

a statement that contradicts itself

admonish

scold or reprimand; take to task

pilfer

make off with belongings of others

foe

an armed adversary

woe

misery resulting from affliction

mendicant

a pauper who lives by begging

importune

beg persistently and urgently

mull

reflect deeply on a subject

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