try

ABASE (uh BAYS)

to humble; disgrace

ABATE (uh BAYT)

to reduce in amount, degree, or severity

ABDICATE (AAB duh kayt)

to give up a position, right, or power

ABERRANT (uh BER unt)

deviating from what is normal or expected

ABEYANCE (uh BAY uhns)

temporary suppression or suspension

ABJURE (aab JUR)

to reject; abandon formally

ABSCOND (aab SKAHND)

to leave secretly

ABSTAIN (aab STAYN)

to choose not to do something

ABSTEMIOUS (aab STEE me uhs)

moderate in appetite

ABYSS (uh BIHS)

an extremely deep hole

ACCRETION (uh KREE shuhn)

a growth in size; an increase in amount

ACIDULOUS (uh SI juh luhs)

sour in taste or manner

ACME (AAK mee)

highest point; summit; the highest level or degree attainable

ADULTERATE (uh DUHL tuhr ayt)

to make impure

ADVOCATE (AAD vuh kayt)

to speak in favor of

AERIE (AYR ee)

a nest built high in the air; an elevated, often secluded, dwelling

AESTHETIC (ehs THEH tihk)

concerning the appreciation of beauty

AFFECTED (uh FEHK tihd)

phony; artificial

AGGRANDIZE (uh GRAAN diez)

to increase in power, influence, and reputation

ALACRITY (uh LAAK crih tee)

speed or quickness

ALLEVIATE (uh LEE vee ayt)

to make more bearable

AMALGAMATE (uh MAAL guh mayt)

to combine; to mix together

AMBIGUOUS (aam BIHG yoo uhs)

doubtful or uncertain; can be interpreted several ways

AMELIORATE (uh MEEL yuhr ayt)

to make better; to improve

AMORTIZE (AAM er tiez)

to diminish by installment payments

AMULET (AAM yoo liht)

ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits

ANACHRONISM (uh NAAK ruh nih suhm)

something out of place in time

ANALGESIA (aah nuhl JEE zhuh)

a lessening or pain without loss of consciousness

ANALOGOUS (uh NAAL uh guhs)

similar or alike in some way; equivalent to

ANODYNE (AAH nuh dien)

something that calms or soothes pain

ANOMALY (uh NAHM uh lee)

deviation from what is normal

ANTAGONIZE (aan TAA guh niez)

to annoy or provoke to anger

ANTIPATHY (aan TIH puh thee)

extreme dislike

APATHY (AA pah thee)

lack of interest or emotion

APOCRYPHAL (uh PAHK ruh fuhl)

of questionable authority or authenticity

APOSTATE (uh PAHS tayt)

one who renounces a religious faith

APPROBATION (aa pruh BAY shuhn)

approval and praise

ARBITRARY (AHR bih trayr ee)

determined by chance or impulse

ARBITRATE (AHR bih trayt)

to judge a dispute b/w two opposing parties

ARCHAIC (ahr KAY ihk)

ancient; old-fashioned

ARDOR (AHR duhr)

intense and passionate feeling

ARROGATE (AA ruh gayt)

to claim without justification; to claim for oneself without right

ARTICULATE (ahr TIH kyuh luht)

able to speak clearly and expressively

ASSAIL (uh SAYL)

to attack; assault

ASSUAGE (uh SWAYJ)

to make something unpleasant less severe

ATTENUATE (uh TEHN yoo ayt)

to reduce in force or degree; weaken

AUDACIOUS (aw DAY shuhs)

fearless and daring

AUGURY (AW guh ree)

prophecy; prediction of events

AUGUST (aw GUHST)

dignified; grandiose

AUSTERE (aw STEER)

severe or stern in appearance; undecorated

AXIOM (AAK see uhm)

premise; postulate; self-evident truth

BANAL (buh NAHL)

predictable; cliched; boring

BELFRY (BEHL free)

bell tower; room in which a bell is hung

BEVY (BEH vee)

group

BIFURCATE (BI fuhr kayt)

to divide into two parts

BILK (bihlk)

to cheat; defraud

BLIGHT (bliet)

to afflict; destroy

BLITHE (blieth)

joyful, cheerful, or without appropriate thought

BOLSTER (BOHL stuhr)

to support; prop up

BOMBASTIC (bahm BAAST ihk)

pompous in speech and manner

BONHOMIE (bah nuh MEE)

good-natured geniality; atmosphere of good cheer

BOOR (BOHR)

crude person, one lacking manners or taste

BURGEON (BUHR juhn)

to grow and flourish

BURNISH (BUHR nihsh)

to polish

CABAL (kuh BAHL)

a secret group seeking to overturn something

CACOPHONY (kuh KAH fuh nee)

harsh, jarring noise

CALUMNY (KAA luhm nee)

a false and malicious accusation; misrepresentation

CANARD (kuh NARD)

a lie

CANDID (KAAN did)

impartial and honest in speech

CAPRICIOUS (kuh PREE shuhs)

changing one's mind quickly and often

CARTOGRAPHY (kahr TAHG ruh fee)

science or art of making maps

CASTIGATE (KAA stih gayt)

to punish or criticize harshly

CATALYST (KAA tuh lihst)

something that brings about a change in something else

CATHOLIC (KAA thuh lihk)

universal; broad and comprehensive

CAUSTIC (KAW stihk)

biting in wit

CHAOS (KAY ahs)

great disorder or confused situation

CHAUVINIST (SHOH vuh nist)

someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he/she belongs

CHICANERY (shi KAY nuh ree)

deception by means of craft or guile

CIRCUMSPECT (SUHR kuhm spehkt)

cautious; aware of potential consequences

CLOYING (KLOY ing)

sickly sweet; excessive

COALESCE (koh uh LEHS)

to grow together to form a single whole

COFFER (KAH fuhr)

strongbox; large chest for money

COGENT (KOH juhnt)

convincing and well-reasoned

COLLUSION (kuh LOO zhuhn)

collaboration; complicity; conspiracy

CONDONE (kuhn DOHN)

to overlook, pardon, or disregard

CONNOISSEUR (kah nuh SUHR)

a person with expert knowledge or discriminating tastes

CONTRITE (kuhn TRIET)

deeply sorrowful or repentant for a wrong

CONTUMACIOUS (kahnn tuh MAY shuhs)

rebellious

CONVOLUTED (kahn vuh LOO tehd)

intricate and complicated

CORROBORATE (kuh RAHB uhr ayt)

to support with evidence

COSSET (KAH suht)

to pamper; treat with great care

COTERIE (KOH tuh ree)

an intimate group of persons with a similar purpose

CRAVEN (KRAY vuhn)

lacking courage

CREDULOUS (KREH juh luhs)

too trusting; gullible

CRESCENDO (kruh SHEHN doh)

steadily increasing in volume or force

CUPIDITY (kyoo PIH dih tee)

greed; strong desire

CURMUDGEON (kuhr MUH juhn)

cranky person, usually old

DEBUTANTE (DEHB yoo tahnt)

young woman making debut in high society

DECLIVITY (dih KLIH vih tee)

downward slope

DECOROUS (deh KOHR uhs)

proper; tasteful; socially correct

DECORUM (deh KOHR uhs)

appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety

DEFACE (dih FAYS)

to mar the appearance of; vandalize

DEFERENCE (DEH fuh ruhn(t)s)

respect; courtesy

DELETERIOUS (dehl ih TEER ee uhs)

subtly or unexpectedly harmful

DEMAGOGUE (DEH muh gahg)

a leader or rabble-rouser, usually appealing to emotion or prejudice

DEMUR (dih MUHR)

to express doubts or objection

DERIDE (dih RIED)

to speak of or treat with contempt; to mock

DESICCATE (DEH sih kayt)

to dry out thoroughly

DESULTORY (dehs UHL tohr ee)

jumping from one thing to another; disconnected

DIAPHANOUS (die AAF uh nuhs)

allowing light to show through; delicate

DIATRIBE (DIE uh trieb)

an abusive, condemnatory speech

DICTUM (DIHK tuhm)

authoritative statement

DIFFIDENT (DIH fih dint)

lacking self-confidence

DILATE (die LAYT)

to make larger; expand

DILATORY (DIHL uh tohr ee)

intended to delay

DILETTANTE (DIH luh tahnt)

someone with an amateurish or superficial interest in a topic

DIRGE (duhrj)

a funeral hymn or mournful speech

DISABUSE (dih suh BYUZE)

to set right; free from error

DISCERN (dihs UHRN)

to perceive or recognize

DISPARATE (di SPAR uht)

fundamentally different; entirely unalike

DISSEMBLE (dihs SEHM buhl)

to present a false appearance; to disguise one's real intentions or character

DISSONANCE (DIHS uh nuhns)

a harsh and disagreeable combination, especially of sounds

DISTAFF (DIS taf)

the female branch of a family

DISTEND (dih STEHND)

to swell, inflate, or bloat

DITHER (DIHTH uhr)

to act confusedly or without clear purpose

DIURNAL (die UHR nuhl)

existing during the day

DIVINE (dih VIEN)

to foretell or know by inspiration

DOCTRINAIRE (dahk truh NAYR)

rigidly devoted to theories without regard for practicality; dogmatic

DOGMA (DAWG muh)

a firmly held opinion, especially a religious belief

DOGMATIC (dawg MAAT ihk)

dictatorial in one's opinions

DROLL (drohl)

amusing in a wry, subtle way

DUPE (doop)

to deceive; a person who is easily deceived

DYSPEPTIC (dihs PEHP tihk)

suffering from indigestion; gloomy and irritable

EBULLIENT (ih BUHL yuhnt)

exhilarated; full of enthusiasm and high spirits

ECLECTIC (eh KLEHK tihk)

selecting from or made up from a variety of sources

EDIFY (EH duh fie)

to instruct morally and spiritually

EFFICACY (EH fih kuh see)

effectiveness

EFFIGY (EH fuh jee)

stuffed doll; likeness of a person

EFFRONTERY (eh FRUHNT uhr ee)

impudent boldness; audacity

ELEGY (EH luh jee)

a sorrowful poem or speech

ELOQUENT (EHL uh kwunt)

persuasive and moving, especially in speech

EMBELLISH (ehm BEHL ihsh)

to add ornamental or fictitious details

EMULATE (EHM yuh layt)

to copy; to try to equal or excel

ENCOMIUM (ehn KOH me uhm)

warm praise

ENDEMIC (ehn DEH mihk)

belonging to a particular area; inherent

ENERVATE (ehn UHR vayt)

to reduce in strength

ENGENDER (ehn GEHN duhr)

to produce, cause, or bring about

ENIGMA (ih NIG muh)

a puzzle; a mystery

ENUMERATE (ih NOO muhr ayt)

to count, list, or itemize

EPHEMERAL (ih FEHM uhr uhl)

lasting a short time

EPICURE (eh pih KYOOR)

person with refined taste in food and wine

EQUIVOCATE (ih KWIHV uh kayt)

to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead

ERRATIC (ih RAAT ihk)

wandering and unpredictable

ERSATZ (uhr SATS)

fake

ERUDITE (EHR yuh dite)

learned; scholarly; bookish

ESCHEW (ehs CHOO)

to shun; to avoid (as something wrong or distasteful)

ESOTERIC (eh suh TEHR ihk)

known or understood only by a few

ESTIMABLE (EH stuh muh buhl)

admirable

ETHOS (EE thohs)

beliefs or character of a group

EULOGY (YOO luh jee)

speech in praise of someone

EUPHEMISM (YOO fum ih zuhm)

use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one

EUPHONY (YOO fuh nee)

pleasant, harmonious sound

EXACERBATE (ihg ZAAS uhr bayt)

to make worse

EXCULPATE (EHK skuhl payt)

to clear from blame; prove innocent

EXIGENT (EHK suh juhnt)

urgent; requiring immediate action

EXONERATE (ihg ZAHN uh rayt)

to clear of blame

EXPLICIT (ehk SPLIH siht)

clearly stated or shown; forthright in expression

EXPONENT (EHK spoh nuhnt)

one who champions or advocates

EXPURGATE (EHK spuhr gayt)

to censor

FALLOW (FAA loh)

dormant; unused

FANATICAL (fuh NAH tih kuhl)

acting excessively enthusiastic; filled with extreme unquestioned devotion

FATUOUS (FAH choo uhs)

stupid; foolishly self-satisfied

FAWN (fahn)

to grovel

FECUND (FEE kuhnd)

fertile; fruitful; productive

FERVID (FUHR vihd)

intensely emotional; feverish

FETID (FEH tihd)

foul-smelling; putrid

FLAG (flaag)

to decline in vigor, strength, or interest

FLORID (FLOHR ihd)

excessively decorated or embellished

FOMENT (foh MEHNT)

to arouse or incite

FORD (fohrd)

to cross a body of water by wading

FORESTALL (fohr STAHL)

to prevent or delay; anticipate

FORTUITOUS (fohr TOO ih tuhs)

happening by chance; fortunate

FRACTIOUS (FRAAK shuhs)

unruly; rebellious

FRENETIC (fruh NEHT ihk)

frantic; frenzied

FRUGALITY (fru GAA luh tee)

tending to be thrifty or cheap

FURTIVE (FUHR tihv)

secret, stealthy

GAMBOL (GAAM buhl)

to dance or skip around playfully

GARNER (GAHR nuhr)

to gather and store

GARRULOUS (GAAR uh luhs)

tending to talk a lot

GESTATION (jeh STAY shuhn)

growth process from conception to birth

GLIB (glihb)

fluent in an insincere manner; offhand; casual

GLOWER (GLOW uhr)

to glare or stare angrily and intensely

GRADATION (gray DAY shuhn)

process occurring by regular degrees or stages; variation in color

GREGARIOUS (greh GAYR ee uhs)

outgoing; sociable

GRIEVOUS (GREE vuhs)

causing grief or sorrow; serious and distressing

GROVEL (GRAH vuhl)

to humble oneself in a demeaning way

GUILE (GIE uhl)

deceit; trickery

GULLIBLE (GUH luh buhl)

easily deceived

HAPLESS (HAAP luhs)

unfortunate; having bad luck

HEGEMONY (hih JEH muh nee)

the domination of one state or group over its allies

HERMETIC (huhr MEH tihk)

tightly sealed

HETEROGENEOUS (heh tuh ruh JEE nee uhs)

composed of unlike parts; different; diverse

HOARY (HOHr ee)

very old; whitish or gray from age

HOMOGENEOUS (huh MAH juhn uhs)

of a similar kind

HUSBAND (HUHZ buhnd)

to manage economically; to use sparingly

HYPERBOLE (hie PUHR boh lee)

purposeful exaggeration for effect

ICONOCLAST (ie KAHN uh klasst)

one who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions

IDIOSYNCRASY (ih dee uh SIHN kruh see)

peculiarity of temperament; eccentricity

IGNOBLE (ihg NOH buhl)

having low moral standards; not noble in character; mean

IMBUE (ihm BYOO)

to infuse, dye, wet, or moisten

IMPASSE (ihm PAAS)

blocked path; dilemma with no solution

IMPECUNIOUS (ihm pih KYOO nee uhs)

poor; having no money

IMPERTURBABLE (im puhr TUHR buh buhl)

not capable of being disturbed

IMPERVIOUS (ihm PUHR vee uhs)

impossible to penetrate

IMPETUOUS (ihm PEH choo uhs)

quick to act without thinking

IMPIOUS (ihm PIE uhs)

not devout in religion

IMPLACABLE (ihm PLAA kuh buhl)

unable to be calmed down or made peaceful

IMPRECATION (ihm prih KAY shuhn)

a curse

IMPUGN (ihm PYOON)

to call into question; to attack verbally

INCARNADINE (in CAR nuh deen)

blood-red in color

INCHOATE (ihn KOH uht)

not fully formed; disorganized

INCULCATE (ihn KUHL kayt)

to teach; impress in the mind

INDOLENT (IHN juh luhnt)

habitually lazy or idle

INEXORABLE (ihn EHK suhr uh buhl)

inflexible; unyielding

INGENUOUS (ihn JEHN yoo uhs)

showing innocence or childlike simplicity

INGRATE (IHN grayt)

ungrateful person

INGRATIATE (ihn GRAY shee ayt)

to gain favor with another by deliberate effort; to seek to please somebody so as to gain an advantage

INIMICAL (ih NIHM ih kuhl)

hostile; unfriendly

INIQUITY (ih NIHK wih tee)

sin; evil act

INNOCUOUS (ih NAHK yoo uhs)

harmless

INQUEST (IHN kwehst)

an investigation; an inquiry

INSIPID (in SIH pid)

lacking interest or flavor

INSURRECTION (ihn suh REHK shuhn)

rebellion

INTER (ihn TUHR)

to bury

INTERREGNUM (in tuh REG nuhm)

period between reigns

INTRACTABLE (ihn TRAAK tuh buhl)

not easily managed or manipulated

INTRANSIGENT (ihn TRAAN suh juhnt)

uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled

INTREPID (ihn TREH pihd)

fearless; resolutely courageous

INUNDATE (IH nuhn dayt)

to overwhelm; to cover with water

INURE (ih NYOOR)

to harden; accustom become used to

INVECTIVE (ihn VEK tihv)

abusive language

INVESTITURE (in VES tuh chur)

ceremony conferring authority

INVIDIOUS (ihn VIHD ee uhs)

envious, obnoxious, or offensive; likely to promote ill-will

IRASCIBLE (ih RAH suh buhl)

easily made angry

ITINERANT (ie TIHN uhr uhnt)

wandering from place to place; unsettled

JARGON (JAHR guhn)

nonsensical talk; specialized language

JETTISON (JEHT ih zuhn)

to discard; get rid of as unnecessary or encumbering

JINGOISM (JING goh ihz uhm)

belligerent support of one's country

JOCULAR (JAHK yuh luhr)

playful; humorous

JUDICIOUS (joo DIH shuhs)

sensible; showing good judgement

JUNCTURE (JUHNK chuhr)

point of time, especially where two things are joined

KEEN (keen)

having a sharp edge; intellectually sharp; perceptive

KINDLE (KIHN duhl)

to set fire to or ignite; excite or inspire

KINETIC (kih NEH tihk)

relating to motion; characterized by movement

KNELL (nehl)

sound of a funeral bell; omen of death or failure

KUDOS (KOO dohs)

fame, glory, or honor

LACHRYMOSE (LAAK ruh mohs)

tearful

LACONIC (luh KAH nihk)

using few words

LAMENT (luh MEHNT)

to express sorrow; to grieve

LAMPOON (laam POON)

to ridicule with satire

LANGUID (LAANG gwihd)

lacking energy; indifferent; slow

LAPIDARY (LAA puh der ee)

relating to precious stones or the art of cutting them

LARCENY (LAAR suh nee)

theft of property

LARGESS (laar JEHS)

generous giving (as of money) to others who may seem inferior

LASSITUDE (LASS ih tood)

a state of diminished energy

LATENT (LAY tehnt)

potential that is not readily apparent

LAUD (lawd)

to give praise; to glorify

LAVISH (LAA vish)

extremely generous or extravagant; giving unsparingly

LEERY (LIHR ree)

suspicious

LEGERDEMAIN (lehj uhr duh MAYN)

trickery

LETHARGIC (luh THAR jik)

acting in an indifferent or slow, sluggish manner

LEVITY (LEH vih tee)

an inappropriate lack of seriousness; overly casual

LIBERAL (LIHB uh ruhl)

tolerant or broad-minded; generous or lavish

LIBERTINE (LIHB uhr teen)

a free thinker, usually used disparagingly; one without moral restraint

LICENTIOUS (lie SEHN shuhs)

immoral; unrestrained by society

LIMPID (LIM pihd)

clear; transparent

LIONIZE (LIE uhn iez)

to treat as a celebrity

LISSOME (LIHS uhm)

easily flexed; limber; agile

LISTLESS (LIHST lihs)

lacking energy and enthusiasm

LIVID (LIH vihd)

discolored from a bruise; reddened with anger

LOQUACIOUS (loh KWAY shuhs)

talkative

LUCID (LOO sihd)

clear and easily understood

LUGUBRIOUS (loo GOO bree uhs)

sorrowful; mournful; dismal

LUMBER (LUHM buhr)

to move slowly and awkwardly

LUMINOUS (LOO muhn uhs)

bright; brilliant; glowing

MACHINATION (mahk uh NAY shuhn)

plot or scheme

MAELSTROM (MAYL struhm)

whirlpool; turmoil; agitated state of mind

MAGNATE (MAAG nayt)

powerful or influential person

MALEDICTION (maal ih DIHK shun)

a curse; a wish of evil upon another

MALINGER (muh LING guhr)

to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill

MALLEABLE (MAH luh buhl)

capable of being shaped

MANNERED (MAAN uhrd)

artificial or stilted in character

MAR (mahr)

to damage or deface; spoil

MARTINET (mahr tihn EHT)

strict disciplinarian; one who rigidly follows rules

MAUDLIN (MAWD lihn)

overly sentimental

MENDACIOUS (mehn DAY shuhs)

dishonest

MENDICANT (MEHN dih kuhnt)

beggar

MERCURIAL (muhr KYOOR ee uhl)

quick, shrewd, and unpredictable

MERETRICIOUS (mehr ih TRIHSH uhs)

gaudy; falsely attractive

METAPHOR (MEHT uh fohr)

figure of speech comparing two different things

METICULOUS (mih TIHK yuh luhs)

extremely careful; fastidious; painstaking

MILITATE (MIHL ih tayt)

to operate against; work against

MIRTH (MUHRTH)

frivolity; gaiety; laughter

MISANTHROPE (MIHS ahn throhp)

a person who dislikes others

MISSIVE (MIHS ihv)

a written note or letter

MITIGATE (MIHT ih gayt)

to soften; to lessen

MOLLIFY (MAHL uh fie)

to calm or make less severe

MOLT (muhlt)

to shed hair, skin, or an outer layer periodically

MONASTIC (muh NAAS tihk)

extremely plain or secluded

MONOTONY (muh NAHT nee)

no variation; tediously the same

MORES (MAWR ayz)

fixed customs or manners; moral attitudes

MULTIFARIOUS (muhl tuh FAAR eeuhs)

diverse

MYOPIC (mie AHP ihk)

lacking foresight; having a narrow view or lang-range perspective

NADIR (NAY dihr)

lowest point

NAÏVE (nah EEV)

lacking sophistication or experience

NASCENT (NAY sehnt)

starting to develop; coming into existence

NEOLOGISM (nee AH luh ji zuhm)

new word or expression

NEOPHYTE (NEE oh fiet)

novice; beginner

NETTLE (NEH tuhl)

to irritate

NOISOME (NOY suhm)

stinking; putrid

NOMINAL (NAH mihn uhl)

existing in name only; negligible

NUANCE (NOO ahns)

a subtle expression of meaning or quality

NUMISMATICS (nu miz MAA tiks)

coin collecting

OBDURATE (AHB duhr uht)

hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion

OBLIQUE (oh BLEEK)

indirect or evasive; misleading or devious

OBSEQUIOUS (uhb SEE kwee uhs)

overly submissive and eager to please

OBSTINATE (AHB stih nuht)

stubborn; unyielding

OBVIATE (AHB vee ayt)

to prevent; to make unnecessary

OCCLUDE (uh KLOOD)

to stop up; prevent the passage of

OFFICIOUS (uh FIHSH uhs)

too helpful; meddlesome

ONEROUS (OH neh ruhs)

troublesome and oppressive; burdensome

OPAQUE (oh PAYK)

impossible to see through; preventing the passage of light

OPINE (oh PIEN)

to express an opinion

OPPROBRIUM (uh PRO bree uhm)

public disgrace

OROTUND (OR uh tuhnd)

pompous

OSSIFY (AH sih fie)

to change into bone; to become hardened or set in a rigidly conventional pattern

OSTENSIBLE (ah STEHN sih buhl)

apparent

OSTENTATION (ah stehn TAY shuhn)

excessive showiness

OVERWROUGHT (oh vuhr RAWT)

agitated; overdone

PALATIAL (puh LAY shuhl)

relating to a palace; magnificent

PALLIATE (PAA lee ayt)

to make less serious; ease

PALLID (PAA lihd)

lacking color or liveliness

PANACHE (puh NAHSH)

flamboyance or dash in style and action; verve

PANEGYRIC (paan uh JEER ihk)

elaborate praise; formal hymn of praise

PANOPLY (PAA nuh plee)

impressive array

PARADOX (PAR uh doks)

a contradiction or dilemma

PARAGON (PAR uh gohn)

model of excellence or perfection

PARE (payr)

to trim off excess; reduce

PARIAH (puh RIE uh)

an outcast

PARLEY (PAR lee)

discussion, usually b/w enemies

PARRY (PAAR ree)

to ward off or deflect, especially by a quick-witted answer

PASTICHE (pah STEESH)

piece of literature or music imitating other works

PATHOGENIC (paa thoh JEHN ihk)

causing disease

PECCADILLO (pehk uh DIH loh)

minor sin or offense

PEDANT (PEH daant)

someone who shows off learning

PEJORATIVE (PEH jaw ruh tihv)

having bad connotations; disparaging

PENURY (PEHN yuh ree)

an oppressive lack of resource (as money); severe poverty

PEREGRINATE (PEH ruh gruh nayt)

to wander from place to place; to travel, especially on foot

PERFIDIOUS (puh FIH dee uhs)

willing to betray one's trust

PERFUNCTORY (pur FUHNK tuhr ee)

done in a routine way; indifferent

PERIPATETIC (peh ruh puh TEH tihk)

wandering from place to place, especially on foot

PERMEATE (PUHR mee ayt)

to penetrate

PERSPICACIOUS (puh spuh KAY shuhs)

shrewd, astute, or keen-witted

PERVADE (puhr VAYD)

to be present throughout; to permeate

PHALANX (FAY laanks)

a compact or close-knit body of people, animals, or things

PHILANTHROPY (fihl AAN throh pee)

charity; a desire or effort to promote goodness

PHILISTINE (FIHL uh steen)

a person who is guided by materialism and is disdainful of intellectual or artistic values

PHLEGMATIC (flehg MAA tihk)

calm and unemotional in temperament

PITHY (PIH thee)

profound or substantial yet concise succinct, and to the point

PLACATE (PLAY cayt)

to soothe or pacify

PLASTIC (PLAA stihk)

able to be molded, altered, or bent

PLEBEIAN (plee BEE uhn)

crude or coarse; characteristic of commoners

PLETHORA (PLEH thor uh)

excess

PLUCKY (PLUH kee)

courageous; spunky

POLEMIC (puh LEH mihk)

controversy; argument; verbal attack

POLITIC (PAH lih tihk)

shrewd and practical in managing or dealing with things; diplomatic

POLYGLOT (PAH lee glaht)

a speaker of many languages

POSIT (PAH siht)

to assume as real or conceded; propose as an explanation

POTENTATE (POH tehn tayt)

monarch or ruler with great power

PRAGMATIC (praag MAA tihk)

practical, as opposed to idealistic

PRATTLE (PRAA tuhl)

meaningless; foolish talk

PRECIPITATE (preh SIH puh tayt)

to throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation

PRECIS (PRAY see)

short summary of facts

PRESCIENT (PREH shuhnt)

having foresight

PREVARICATE (prih VAAR uh cayt)

to lie or deviate from the truth

PRISTINE (prih STEEN)

fresh and clean; uncorrupted

PROBITY (PROH bih tee)

complete honesty and integriity

PROCLIVITY (proh CLIH vuh tee)

a natural inclination or predisposition

PRODIGAL (PRAH dih guhl)

lavish; wasteful

PROFLIGATE (PRAH flih guht)

corrupt; degenerate

PROLIFERATE(proh LIH fuhr ayt)

to increase in number quickly

PROPITIATE (proh PIH shee ayt)

to conciliate; to appease

PROPRIETY (pruh PRIE uh tee)

the quality of behaving in a proper manner; obeying rules and customs

PRUDENCE (PROO dehns)

wisdom, caution, restraint

PUERILE (PYOO ruhl)

childish, immature, or silly

PUGILISM (PYOO juhl ih suhm)

boxing

PULCHRITUDE (PUHL kruh tood)

beauty

PUNGENT (PUHN juhnt)

sharp and irritating to the senses

PUSILLANIMOUS (pyoo suh LAA nih muhs)

cowardly; without courage

QUERULOUS (KWEHR yoo luhs)

inclined to complain; irritable

QUIESCENT (kwie EH sihnt)

motionless

QUIXOTIC (kwihk SAH tihk)

overly idealistic; impractical

QUOTIDIAN (kwo TIH dee uhn)

occurring daily; commonplace

RACONTEUR (raa cahn TUHR)

witty, skillful storyteller

RAREFY (RAYR uh fie)

to make thinner or sparser

REDRESS (RIH drehs)

relief from wrong or injury

REJOINDER (rih JOYN duhr)

response

REPAST (RIH passt)

meal or mealtime

REPLETE (rih PLEET)

abundantly supplied; complete

REPOSE (rih POHZ)

relaxation; leisure

REPUDIATE (ree PYOOdee ayt)

to reject the validity of

REQUITE (rih KWIET)

to return or repay

RESTIVE (REH stihv)

impatient, uneasy, or restless

RETICENT (REH tih suhnt)

silent; reserved

RHETORIC (REH tuhr ihk)

effective writing or speaking

RIBALD (RIH buhld)

humorous in a vulgar way

ROCOCO (ruh koh KOH)

very highly ornamented

RUSTIC (RUH stihk)

rural

SACROSANCT (SAA kroh saankt)

extremely sacred; beyond criticism

SAGACIOUS (suh GAY shuhs)

shrewd; wise

SALIENT (SAY lee uhnt)

prominent; of notable significance

SALUBRIOUS (suh LOO bree uhs)

healthful

SANGUINE (SAAN gwuhn)

ruddy; cheerfully optimistic

SARDONIC (sahr DAH nihk)

cynical; scornfully mocking

SATIATE (SAY shee ayt)

to satisfy fully or overindulge

SCINTILLA (sihn TIHL uh)

trace amount

SEDITION (sih DIH shuhn)

behavior that promotes rebellion or civil disorder against the state

SENTIENT (SEHN shuhnt)

aware; conscious; able to perceive

SERAPHIC (she RAH fihk)

angelic; sweet

SINECURE (SIEN ih kyoor)

a well-paying job or office that requires little or no work

SLAKE (slayk)

to calm down or moderate

SOBRIQUET (SOH brih keht)

nickname

SOLECISM (SAH lih sihz uhm)

grammatical mistake; blunder in speech

SOPORIFIC (sahp uhr IHF ihk)

causing sleep or lethargy

SPARTAN (SPAHR tihn)

highly self-disciplined; frugal; austere

SPECIOUS (SPEE shuhs)

deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious

SPORTIVE (SPOHR tihv)

frolicsome; playful

STASIS (STAY sihs)

a state of static balance or equilibrium; stagnation

STENTORIAN (stehn TOHR ee yehn)

extremely loud

STIGMA (STIHG mah)

a mark of shame or discredit

STOLID (STAH lihd)

unemotional; lacking sensitivity

STRATAGEM (STRAA tuh juhm)

trick designed to deceive an enemy

SUBLIME (suh BLIEM)

lofty or grand

SULLY (SUH lee)

to tarnish; taint

SUPPLANT (suh PLAANT)

to replace (another) by force; to take the place of

SURFEIT (SUHR fiht)

excessive amount

SURLY (SUHR lee)

rude and bad-tempered

SYBARITE (SIH buh riet)

a person devoted to pleasure and luxury

SYCOPHANT (SIH kuh fuhnt)

a self-serving flatterer; yes-man

SYMBIOSIS (sihm bee OH sihs)

cooperation; mutual helpfulness

SYNCOPATION (sihn cuh PAY shun)

temporary irregularity in musical rhythm

TACIT (TAA siht)

done without using words

TACITURN (TAA sih tuhrn)

silent; not talkative

TALON (TAA luhn)

claw of an animal, especially a bird of prey

TANGENTIAL (taan JEHN shuhl)

digressing; diverting

TAWDRY (TAW dree)

gaudy, cheap, or showy

TERRESTRIAL (tuh REH stree uhl)

earthly; down-to-earth; commonplace

TIRADE (TIE rayd)

long, harsh speech or verbal attack

TOADY (TOH dee)

one who flatters in the hope of gaining favors

TOME (tohm)

book, usually large and academic

TORPOR (TOHR puhr)

extreme mental and physical sluggishness