Thursday, July 10, 2008

Analogies 96 - 100


(A) burlesque:play
(B) sketch:drawing
(C) operetta:symphony
(D) fable:narration
(E) limerick:sonnet


(A) menacing:ambition
(B) affable:permissiveness
(C) digressive:conciseness
(D) circuitous:rotation
(E) aboveboard:openness


(A) zealot:intense
(B) miser:prodigal
(C) atheist:devout
(D) dignitary:conceited
(E) celebrity:wealthy


(A) extortionist:intimidation
(B) champion:dispiritedness
(C) arsonist:retribution
(D) sociopath:nonconformity
(E) intellectual:speciousness


(A) patronize:alienate
(B) hedge:reveal
(C) equivocate:deceive
(D) presume:disprove
(E) upbraid:dislike


96). OA - A - Vulgar derisive form of Y is X

97). OA - C - X is tending to depart from Y or X lacks Y

98). OA - A - Y person is X (where X is a positive word)

99). OA - A - Y is a characteristic of X

100). OA - C -
X is done to Y

Friday, July 04, 2008

JULY - High frequency words

1. Recant - To make a formal retraction or disavowal of (a statement or belief to which one has previously committed oneself); make a formal retraction or disavowal of a previously held statement or belief; to disavow (something previously written or said) irrevocably and usually formally; take back something said; to take back formally an opinion or belief
Ameliorate - To make or become better; improve; relieve or reduce pain
Ephemeral - Lasting for a markedly brief time
Quandary - A state of uncertainty or perplexity; delicate situation; state of doubt or puzzlement; a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one; state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options
5. Luminary - An object, such as a celestial body, that gives light; person who is an inspiration to others; person who has achieved eminence in a specific field; celebrity; a famous person
6. Swarthy - Having a dark complexion or color; of a complexion tending toward brown or black; dark-complexioned
Trite - Lacking power to evoke interest through overuse or repetition; hackneyed; without freshness or appeal because of overuse;silly, commonplace
Obfuscate - To render indistinct or dim; darken; to make so confused or opaque as to be difficult to perceive or understand
Immutable - Not subject or susceptible to change; incapable of changing or being modified; unchangeable
Penchant - A definite liking; a strong inclination; fondness; strong liking for or bias in favor of something
Turncoat - A person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc; who traitorously switches allegiance; person who deserts one cause or party to join an opposing one
12. Meandering - rambling; winding
13. Redoubtable - Arousing fear or awe; formidable; worthy of respect or honor; formidable; causing fear
Paltry - Lacking in importance or worth; wretched or contemptible; very small and almost worthless; trifling; petty; very poor; worthless
15. Illustrious - Well known and very distinguished; eminent; shining brightly; famous, prominent; outstanding because of dignity, achievements, or actions
16. Abatement - Diminution in amount, degree, or intensity; moderation; amount lowered; a reduction; act of eliminating or annulling; subsiding; decreasing, lessening
17. Nadir - The lowest point
18. Dogged - Stubbornly persevering; tenacious; determined, persistent; to track or follow
19. Supplant - To usurp the place of, especially through intrigue or underhanded tactics; displace and substitute for (another); take the place or move into the position of
20. Pusillanimous - Lacking courage; cowardly; without spirit or bravery
Pulverize - To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust; to demolish; destroy
Stygian - Gloomy and dark; infernal; hellish
23. Boor -
A person with rude, clumsy manners and little refinement; a peasant; clod; a rude or ill-mannered person
24. Elicit - To bring or draw out (something latent); educe; arrive at (a truth, for example) by logic; call forth, draw out, or provoke (a reaction, for example); draw out
25. Puissant -
Having or able to exert great power; powerful
Finesse - Refinement and delicacy of performance, execution, or artisanship; know-how, maneuver; manipulate; skill in taking care of difficult or touchy problems; stratagem in which one appears to decline an advantage; method of leading up to a tenace, as in bridge, in order to prevent an opponent from winning the trick with an intermediate card
27. Restive - Uneasily impatient under restriction, opposition, criticism, or delay; resisting control; difficult to control; impatient, nervous; being in a tense state; impatient especially under restriction or delay
28. Harry - To disturb or distress by or as if by repeated attacks; harass; to raid, as in war; sack or pillage; pester, annoy; torment; worry
Peerless - Being such as to have no match; incomparable; having no equal; superior
30. Callow - Lacking adult maturity or experience; immature
31. Perishables - Something, especially foodstuff, subject to decay or spoilage; subject to decay or death; mortal; liable to spoil, rot
Conscientious - Guided by or in accordance with the dictates of conscience; principled; thorough and assiduous; moral, upright; thorough, careful
Pastiche - A mixture of materials, forms, motifs, and/or styles; often incongruous; dramatic, literary, or musical piece openly imitating the previous works of other artists, often with satirical intent; an artistic effort that imitates or caricatures the work of another artist
Daguerreotype - An early photographic process with the image made on a light-sensitive silver-coated metallic plate
Puerile - Belonging to childhood; juvenile; immature; childish; showing a lack of maturity or good judgment
36. Lofty - Of imposing height; elevated in character; exalted; arrogant; haughty; affecting grandness; pompous; exceedingly dignified in form, tone, or style; of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style
Verse - A single metrical line in a poetic composition; one line of poetry; poem; familiarize by study or experience
38. Outtake - A section or scene, as of a movie, that is filmed but not used in the final version; complete version, as of a recording, that is dropped in favor of another version; opening for outward discharge; a vent; scene that is filmed but is not used in the final editing of the film
39. Hagiography - Biography of saints; worshipful or idealizing biography
40. Mendacious - Lying; untruthful; false; untrue; dishonest; given to or marked by deliberate concealment or misrepresentation of the truth
Panegyric - A formal eulogistic composition intended as a public compliment. Elaborate praise or laudation; an encomium
Myriad - Constituting a very large, indefinite number; innumerable; composed of numerous diverse elements or facets
Sylvan - Relating to or characteristic of woods or forest regions; abounding in trees; wooded
Stultify - To allege or prove insane and so not legally responsible; cause to appear foolish; deprive of strength or efficiency; make useless or worthless; cripple
Lugubrious - Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree
46. Sobriety -
Gravity in bearing, manner, or treatment; moderation in or abstinence from alcohol or drugs; abstaining from excess; the state of being sober
47. Reticent - Inclined to keep one's thoughts, feelings, and personal affairs to oneself; restrained or reserved in style; reluctant; unwilling; secretive, quiet; reserved; quiet; not saying much, especially about one's thoughts
Prodigal - Rashly or wastefully extravagant; giving or given in abundance; lavish or profuse; wasteful; a recklessly extravagant consumer
49. Obeisance -
A gesture or movement of the body, such as a curtsy, that expresses deference or homage; great respect or high public esteem accorded as a right or as due; salutation, curtsy
50. Tortuous - Full of plot twists
Affront - To insult intentionally, especially openly; insult or involve in entanglement
52. Glut - To fill beyond capacity, especially with food; satiate
Pelf - Wealth or riches, especially when dishonestly acquired
Paucity - Smallness of number; fewness; lack, scarcity; condition or fact of being deficient
55. Impecunious - Lacking money; penniless
Stricture - A restraint, limit, or restriction; adverse remark or criticism; censure; abnormal narrowing of a duct or passage; adverse criticism
57. Vivacity - The quality or condition of being vivacious; liveliness; lively, emphatic, eager quality or manner; characterized by high spirits and animation
58. Rile - To stir to anger; to stir up (liquid); roil; to trouble the nerves or peace of mind of, especially by repeated vexations; anger, upset; cause annoyance in; disturb, esp. by minor irritations; make turbid by stirring up the sediments of
59. Excision - The cutting out of a part; removal of a foreign body or growth from a part, organ, or tissue; act of cutting away or taking out; recombination involving removal of a genetic element

60. Revulsion - A sudden strong change or reaction in feeling, especially a feeling of violent disgust or loathing; withdrawing or turning away from something; counter irritation used to reduce inflammation or increase the blood supply to the affected area; disgust, hatred
61. Curb - Anything that holds back; stone or concrete edging along a street; repress, restrict; restraining device; check; concrete border or row of joined stones forming part of a gutter along the edge of a street; chain or strap that passes under a horse's lower jaw and serves in conjunction with the bit to restrain the horse; market, originally on a street or sidewalk, for trading securities that are not listed on a stock exchange
62. Palatable - Acceptable to the taste; sufficiently agreeable in flavor to be eaten; acceptable or agreeable to the mind or sensibilities; delicious, agreeable; quality of a food that makes it acceptable or agreeable to one’s personal taste
63. Immanent - Existing or remaining within; inherent; restricted entirely to the mind; subjective; pervasive
64. Esteem - To regard with respect; prize; favorable regard; think highly of; have a high opinion of; recognize the worth, quality, importance, or magnitude of; feeling of deference, approval, and liking
65. Fling - To throw with violence; throw (oneself) into an activity with abandon and energy; usually brief attempt or effort; period of uncontrolled self-indulgence

66. Flock - A group of animals that live, travel, or feed together; group of people under the leadership of one person, especially the members of a church; large crowd or number; tuft, as of fiber or hair; waste wool or cotton used for stuffing furniture and mattresses; congregate
67. Nugatory - Of little or no importance; trifling. having no force; invalid
Inane - One that lacks sense or substance; stupid
Pitfall - An unapparent source of trouble or danger; a hidden hazard; concealed hole in the ground that serves as a trap; hazard, trap
70. Euphemism - The act or an example of substituting a mild, indirect, or vague term for one considered harsh, blunt, or offensive; use or an instance of equivocal language; polite term
71. Unbend - Release from mental strain, tension, or formality; become less tense, rest, or take one's ease; make less tight; free from flexure, as of a bow; unfasten, as a sail, from a spar or a stay; straighten up or out; make straight

72. Plummet - To decline suddenly and steeply; to fall straight down; plunge; fall hard and fast
Marbled - Made of or covered with marble; having a mix of fat and lean; patterned with veins or streaks or color resembling marble
74. Exonerate - To free from blame; free from a responsibility, obligation, or task; excuse, clear of responsibility or blame
Blueprint - A contact print of a drawing or other image rendered as white lines on a blue background, especially such a print of an architectural plan or technical drawing; mechanical drawing produced by any of various similar photographic processes, such as one that creates blue or black lines on a white background; detailed plan of action; model or prototype
76. Deleterious - Having a harmful effect; injurious
Eschew - To avoid; shun; have nothing to do with
78. Peck - Act or an instance of kissing; scold or find fault with constantly: carp at, fuss at; indeterminately great amount or number; great deal; timber, decay resulting from fungus in isolated spots
79. Phlegmatic - Without emotion or interest; having or suggesting a calm, sluggish temperament; unemotional
80. Sonnet -
A 14-line verse form usually having one of several conventional rhyme schemes
81. Bumptious - Crudely or loudly assertive; pushy; self-important, conceited; offensively self-assertive
Sycophant - A servile self-seeker who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people; one who flatters another excessively
Rickety - Not physically steady or firm; unsound, broken-down; shaky; likely to fall apart
Charisma - The power or quality of attracting
Bore - One that is wearingly dull, repetitive, or tedious; to make a hole in or through, with or as if with a drill; proceed or advance steadily or laboriously; high, often dangerous wave caused by the surge of a flood tide upstream in a narrowing estuary or by colliding tidal currents; unpleasant, tiresome person; hollow out (a gun barrel or other tube)
86. Scalawag - A reprobate; a rascal; white Southerner working for or supporting the federal government during Reconstruction
87. Subterranean - Situated or operating beneath the earth's surface; underground; hidden; secret
88. Arboreal - Relating to or resembling a tree; living in trees; pertaining to trees; of or relating to or formed by trees; inhabiting or frequenting trees; resembling a tree in form and branching structure
Fluvial - Of, relating to, or inhabiting a river or stream. Produced by the action of a river or stream
Rhabdomancy - Divination by means of a wand or rod, especially for discovering underground water or ores
91. Deferential - Marked by or exhibiting deference; marked by courteous submission or respect; respectful, considerate
Stolid - Having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; impassive; apathetic, stupid; without emotion or interest
Transience - The state or quality of being transient; temporariness; an impermanence that suggests the inevitability of ending or dying; the attribute of being brief or fleeting
94. Itinerant - Traveling from place to place, especially to perform work or a duty; one who travels from place to place; roaming
95. Zither - A musical instrument composed of a flat sound box with about 30 to 40 strings stretched over it and played horizontally with the fingertips, a plectrum, or a bow, or set into vibration by the wind, as in the Aeolian harp 96. Quibble - To evade the truth or importance of an issue by raising trivial distinctions and objections; find fault or criticize for petty reasons; cavil; petty distinction or an irrelevant objection; objection, complaint; beat around the bush; engage in a quarrel
97. Succinct - Characterized by clear, precise expression in few words; concise and terse
Enervate - To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality; deprived of strength; debilitated; lessen or deplete the nerve, energy, or strength of; lack of nervous energy
Puny - Of inferior size, strength, or significance; weak; small, insignificant
100. Vindictive -
Disposed to seek revenge; revengeful; marked by or resulting from a desire to hurt; spiteful; hateful, revengeful 101. Barbiturate - Any of a group of barbituric acid derivatives that act as central nervous system depressants and are used as sedatives or hypnotics 102. Obeisance - An act of greeting with friendly words and gestures like bowing or lifting the hat; A formal military gesture of respect; formal token of appreciation and admiration for a person's high achievements; approach for the purpose of speech 103. Tenable - Capable of being maintained in argument; capable of being held against assault; defensible; reasonable 104. Carouse - To engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking; drink excessively; make merry, often with liquor 105. Flippant - Marked by disrespectful levity or casualness; pert; talkative; voluble; irreverent; having a light, pert, trifling disposition 106. Modicum - A small, moderate, or token amount
Cardsharp - A professional card player who makes a living by cheating at card games; expert in cheating at cards 108. Masonry - Stonework or brickwork; art of shaping, arranging, and uniting stone, brick, building blocks, etc., to form walls and other parts of a building 109. Pernickety - Overparticular about trivial details; fastidious; snobbish; pretentious; requiring strict attention to detail; fussy, particular 110. Rococo - A style of art, especially architecture and decorative art, that originated in France in the early 18th century and is marked by elaborate ornamentation, as with a profusion of scrolls, foliage, and animal forms; very ornate style of speech or writing; ornate; immoderately elaborate or complicated
Conniving - To cooperate secretly in an illegal or wrongful action; collude; scheme; plot; feign ignorance of or fail to take measures against a wrong, thus implying tacit encouragement or consent; be blissfully ignorant; to be tolerant of wrong-doing
112. Tenterhook - A hooked nail for securing cloth on a tenter; one of a series of hooks used to hold cloth on a tenter

113. Flagrant - Conspicuously bad, offensive, or reprehensible; flaunting, blatant; without shame; extremely obvious or conspicuous

114. Camouflage -
To use protective coloring or garments for concealment; disguise, cover; conceal by the use of disguise or by protective coloring or garments that blend in with the surrounding environment
115. Protract - To draw out or lengthen in time; prolong; draw to scale by means of a scale and protractor; plot; extend, draw out
116. Silhouette - A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color; outline that appears dark against a light background; outline
117. Labyrinthine - Difficult to understand because of intricacy; of, relating to, resembling, or constituting a labyrinth; complicated
118. Servile - The state of one bound in servitude as the property of a slaveholder or household; bondage; state of subjugation to an owner or master