Monday, September 08, 2008

September - High frequency Words

1. Adulation - Excessive flattery or admiration; excessive, ingratiating praise; overenthusiastic praise; servile flattery; exaggerated and hypocritical praise
Aberrant - Deviating from the proper or expected course; deviating from what is normal; untrue to type; not being normal
Exhortation - A speech or discourse that encourages, incites, or earnestly advises; urging; a communication intended to urge or persuade the recipients to take some action
4. Hush - To make silent or quiet; keep from public knowledge; suppress mention of

5. Avowal - A frank admission or acknowledgment; act of admitting to something; a statement asserting the existence or the truth of something
6. Jocund - Feeling cheerful or jolly; sprightly and lighthearted in disposition, character, or quality; full of or showing high-spirited merriment

7. Vilify - To make vicious and defamatory statements about; criticize very harshly
8. Diaphanous - So light and insubstantial as to resemble air or a thin film; fine, see-through
9. Exacerbate - To increase the severity, violence, or bitterness of; aggravate; infuriate; make more sharp, severe, or virulent
10. Fervid - Marked by great passion or zeal; extremely hot

11. Testy - Irritated, impatient, or exasperated; peevish; touchy; easily annoyed
12. Awe - A mixed emotion of reverence, respect, dread, and wonder inspired by authority, genius, great beauty, sublimity, or might; amazement; amaze; deep respect mixed with fear and wonder; impress strongly by what is unexpected or unusual
13. Admonish - To reprove gently but earnestly; counsel (another) against something to be avoided; caution; remind of something forgotten or disregarded, as an obligation or a responsibility; warn, strongly criticize

14. Obfuscate - To render indistinct or dim; darken; to make so confused or opaque as to be difficult to perceive or understand
Exculpate - To clear of guilt or blame; free from a charge or imputation of guilt; forgive
Pusillanimous - Lacking courage; cowardly; without spirit or bravery
Aplomb - Self-confident assurance; poise; assurance of manner or of action; a firm belief in one's own powers; stable, calm state of the emotions
Priggish - Marked by excessive concern for propriety and good form; exaggeratedly proper
19. Obloquy - Harsh, often insulting language; loss of or damage to one's reputation; vilification
20. Titillate - To stimulate by touching lightly; tickle; to excite (another) pleasurably, superficially or erotically
21. Exasperate -
To make very angry or impatient; annoy greatly; upset, provoke; make worse; irritate
22. Senility - Old age; mental and physical deterioration associated with aging; loss of faculties
Misdemeanor - A misdeed; breaking of the law that is less serious than a felony; minor crime, punishable by a fine or a light jail term
Mire - A usually low-lying area of soft waterlogged ground and standing water; viscous, usually offensively dirty substance; soil with mud; marsh or bog
Omnipotent - Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful; one having unlimited power or authority; all-powerful
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
27. Tepid - Moderately warm; lukewarm; lacking in emotional warmth or enthusiasm; halfhearted; neither hot nor cold
28. Lazing - To pass time without working or in avoiding work; relax; be lazy; loaf

29. Lacerate - To rip, cut, or tear; to cause deep emotional pain to; distress; torn, mangled; wounded; having jagged, deeply cut edges; irregularly slashed and jagged as if torn
30. Discommodious - Inconvenient; troublesome; incommodious

31. Hidebound - Stubbornly prejudiced, narrow-minded, or inflexible; having abnormally dry, stiff skin that adheres closely to the underlying flesh; not tolerant of the beliefs or opinions of others
32. Antiseptic - A substance that inhibits the growth and reproduction of disease-causing microorganisms
33. Disinfect - To cleanse so as to destroy or prevent the growth of disease-carrying microorganisms
34. Raving - Talking or behaving irrationally; wild; exciting admiration; delirious, irrational speech; talking or behaving irrationally
35. Byline - A line at the head of a newspaper or magazine article carrying the writer's name; a line giving the name of the writer of a story or article; an auxiliary activity
36. Tug - A sudden motion, such as a pull; quick pull; rope, chain, or strap used in hauling, especially a harness trace; land, air, or space vehicle that moves or tows other vehicles

37. Gag - Words or actions intended to excite laughter or amusement; surgical device for holding the mouth open
38. Supercilious - Overly convinced of one's own superiority and importance; arrogant, stuck-up
39. Exonerate - To free from blame; free from a responsibility, obligation, or task; excuse, clear of responsibility or blame
Reverent - Marked by, feeling, or expressing reverence; respectful; humble
Pedestrian - A person traveling on foot; a walker; lacking liveliness, charm, or surprise
Sober - Exercising moderation and self-restraint in appetites and behavior; having or indicating an awareness of things as they really are; full of or marked by dignity and seriousness; calm, peaceful; dull; not partaking of alcohol; having a serious attitude
Callow - Lacking adult maturity or experience; immature
44. Ravenous - Extremely hungry; voracious; rapacious; predatory; greedy for gratification; very hungry; desirous; greedy

45. Galvanize - To stimulate or shock with an electric current; arouse to awareness or action; spur; coat (iron or steel) with rust-resistant zinc; inspire, stimulate
46. Hasten - To move or act swiftly; cause to hurry; speed up; accelerate
47. Veto - To forbid or prohibit authoritatively; refusal of permission
48. Mar - To inflict damage, especially disfiguring damage, on; impair the soundness, perfection, or integrity of; spoil; disfiguring mark; a blemish; hurt, damage

49. Penurious - Unwilling to spend money; stingy; yielding little; barren; poverty-stricken; destitute; mean; poor; ungenerously or pettily reluctant to spend money
50. Witticism - A witty remark; words or actions intended to excite laughter or amusement; a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter

51. Cynicism - An attitude of scornful or jaded negativity, especially a general distrust of the integrity or professed motives of others; scornfully or jadedly negative comment or act; skepticism, pessimism; cynical feeling of distrust
52. Miser - One who lives very meagerly in order to hoard money; greedy or avaricious person; person who loves wealth and spends little
53. Gill - The respiratory organ of most aquatic animals that breathe water to obtain oxygen, consisting of a filamentous structure of vascular membranes across which dissolved gases are exchanged; girl, often one's sweetheart; narrow stream, ravine; catch (fish) in a gill net; one of the thin, platelike structures on the underside of the cap of a mushroom or similar fungus
54. Harangue - A long pompous speech, especially one delivered before a gathering; speech or piece of writing characterized by strong feeling or expression; a tirade; long, violent, or blustering speech, usually of censure or denunciation; speak in a loud, pompous, or prolonged manner; lecture; long passionate speech
55. Flit - A sudden quick movement; (British) a secret move (to avoid paying debts); move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart; move quickly, lightly, and irregularly like a bird in flight

56. Tacit - Implied by or inferred from actions or statements; not spoken; not voiced or expressed; conveyed indirectly without words or speech; taken for granted; understood, implied
57. Maladroit - Marked by a lack of adroitness; inept person; awkward, clumsy; tactless; lacking dexterity and grace in physical movement

58. Laud - Praise; glorification; acclaim; hymn or song of praise
59. Gainsay - To declare false; deny; to oppose, especially by contradiction; refuse to admit the truth, reality, value, or worth of
60. Aggrandize - To increase the scope of; extend; make greater in power, influence, stature, or reputation; cause something to seem or be greater, bigger
61. Furtive - Characterized by stealth; surreptitious; expressive of hidden motives or purposes; shifty; slow, deliberate, and secret as to escape observation; trickily secret; sneaky, secretive; done on the sly or in a sneaky way
62. Prelude - A part that comes before or leads up to what follows; beginning of event; piece or movement that serves as an introduction to another section or composition and establishes the key, such as one that precedes a fugue, opens a suite, or precedes a church service; similar but independent composition for the piano
Exalt - To raise in rank, character, or status; elevate; glorify, praise, or honor; increase the effect or intensity of; heighten; fill with sublime emotion; elate; promote, praise
64. Inert - Unable to move or act; not moving; lifeless; not readily reactive with other elements; forming few or no chemical compounds; without the ability to act, move, change, or resist

65. Artless - Free from guile, cunning, or deceit; simple; lacking art, knowledge, or skill; uncultured and ignorant
66. Clairvoyant - Having the supposed power to see objects or events that cannot be perceived by the senses; person, such as a medium, possessing the supposed power of clairvoyance; person, commonly a woman, who has the power of seeing that which is invisible to her patron, namely, that he is a blockhead; person who has the power to see or know things that are not present to the senses; perceiving things beyond the natural range of the senses; foreseeing the future
Procrastinate - To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness; postpone or delay needlessly; delay, put off doing
68. Crumbled - To break into small fragments or particles; give way; collapse; baked dessert of fruit topped with a crumbly pastry mixture

69. Flashy - Cheap and showy; gaudy; giving a momentary or superficial impression of brilliance; flamboyant, in poor taste
70. Mumble - To speak or utter indistinctly, as by lowering the voice or partially closing the mouth; low, indistinct, and often continuous sound; say low and inarticulately

71. Egalitarian - Affirming, promoting, or characterized by belief in equal political, economic, social, and civil rights for all people
72. Covet - To feel blameworthy desire for (that which is another's); wish for longingly; feel immoderate desire for that which is another's; desire strongly; feel envy towards or for; Wish, long, or crave for (something, especially the property of another person)
73. Cloven - Split; divided; used of hooves

74. Toil - To labor continuously; exhausting labor or effort; something that binds, snares, or entangles one; an entrapment; hard work; walk heavily, slowly, and with difficulty; to exert one's mental or physical powers, usually under difficulty and to the point of exhaustion
Lurk - To lie in wait, as in ambush; move furtively; sneak; exist unobserved or unsuspected; read but not contribute to the discussion in a newsgroup, chatroom, or other online forum; hide; move stealthily; to hide in order to attack
76. Failsafe - Guaranteed not to fail; eliminating danger by compensating automatically for a failure or malfunction; acting to discontinue a military attack on the occurrence of any of various predetermined conditions

77. Enigmatic - Difficult to explain or understand; resembling an oracle in obscurity of thought; puzzling
78. Pout - To be sullenly aloof or withdrawn, as in silent resentment or protest; make a sad face; be sad; exhibit displeasure or disappointment; sulk; any of various freshwater or marine fishes, especially an eelpout or hornpout
79. Embezzle - To take (money, for example) for one's own use in violation of a trust; steal money, often from employer
Gratuitous - Costing nothing; not required, necessary, or warranted by the circumstances of the case; not necessary; free
Stygian - Gloomy and dark; infernal; hellish
Askew - To one side; awry; crooked(ly); crooked; out of alignment
Dulcet - Pleasing to the ear; melodious; having a soothing, agreeable quality; archaic; sweet to the taste
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
Contemplative - Of, characterized by, or disposed to thought; deep in thought.
86. Immutable - Not subject or susceptible to change; incapable of changing or being modified; unchangeable
Perspicacity - Acuteness of perception, discernment, or understanding
Apparel - Clothes considered as a group; wearing apparel; covering
89. Reproach - To express disapproval of, criticism of, or disappointment in (someone); bring shame upon; disgrace; rebuke; strong criticism; dishonor; find fault with
90. Bane - Fatal injury or ruin; cause of misery; source of persistent annoyance or exasperation; deadly poison
91. Providential - Happening as if through divine intervention; opportune; of or resulting from divine providence; characterized by luck or good fortune; opportune; unexpectedly and conspicuously beneficial to the person so describing it
92. Perpetual - Existing or occurring without interruption or end; continual, lasting; continuing or lasting for an indefinitely long time

93. Cogent - Appealing to the intellect or powers of reasoning; convincing; effectiveness
94. Meek - Showing patience and humility; gentle; very shy; compliant; humble and mild
95. Havoc - Widespread destruction; devastation; disorder or chaos; chaotic situation; great damage or destruction; rob of goods by force, especially in time of war
96. Alibi - The statement of being somewhere else when a crime was committed; make an excuse for (another); make an excuse for oneself; an explanation offered to avoid blame or justify action; an excuse
97. Chagrin - A keen feeling of mental unease, as of annoyance or embarrassment, caused by failure, disappointment, or a disconcerting event; displeasure; cause displeasure
98. Tendentious - Marked by a strong implicit point of view; partisan; having or marked by a strong tendency especially a controversial one; bias
99. Ponderous - Having great weight; unwieldy from weight or bulk; lacking grace or fluency; labored and dull; dreary, tedious; heavy, cumbersome
100. Flinch - To start or wince involuntarily, as from surprise or pain; recoil, as from something unpleasant or difficult; shrink; act or instance of starting, wincing, or recoiling; shy away, wince; draw away involuntarily, usually out of fear or disgust

101. Filmstrip - A length of film containing a series of photographs, diagrams, or other graphic matter prepared for still projection
102. Quaff - To drink (a beverage) heartily; to swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught
103. Precipitous - So sharply inclined as to be almost perpendicular; steep, falling sharply; extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate
104. Somnambulist - A person who is subject to somnambulism; one who walks in his sleep; a sleepwalker; a noctambulist; one who sleepwalks
105. Zesty - Affecting the organs of taste or smell with a strong and often harsh sensation; having an agreeably pungent taste; marked by spirited enjoyment
106. Slouch - To sit, stand, or walk with an awkward, drooping, excessively relaxed posture; slump over; an incompetent person; usually used in negative constructions; walk slovenly
107. Nuance - A subtle or slight degree of difference, as in meaning, feeling, or tone; a gradation; expression or appreciation of subtle shades of meaning, feeling, or tone; slight difference; shading; slight variation between nearly identical entities
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
Indolent - Disinclined to exert oneself; habitually lazy; causing little or no pain; slow to heal, grow, or develop; inactive
Variegated - Having streaks, marks, or patches of a different color or colors; varicolored; distinguished or characterized by variety; diversified; multicolored
111. Quell - To put down forcibly; suppress; pacify; quiet; bring to an end forcibly as if by imposing a heavy weight: choke off; alleviate, calm; defeat, suppress
112. Compotes - Fruit stewed or cooked in syrup; long-stemmed dish used for holding fruit, nuts, or candy
113. Spurious - Lacking authenticity or validity in essence or origin; not genuine; false; of illegitimate birth; similar in appearance but unlike in structure or function; counterfeit, fake; fraudulently or deceptively imitative
114. Apocalyptic - Portending future disaster; prophetic of devastation or ultimate doom; of or relating to an apocalypse

115. Devout - Devoted to religion or to the fulfillment of religious obligations; displaying reverence or piety; sincere; earnest; sincerely believing; devoted
116. Deprave - To debase, especially morally; corrupt; corrupt, lead astray; corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality; ruin utterly in character or quality
117. Zoning - Dividing an area into zones or sections reserved for different purposes such as residence and business and manufacturing etc
118. Grammar - A system of rules for speaking and writing a particular language; study of structural relationships in language or in a language, sometimes including pronunciation, meaning, and linguistic history; basic principles of an area of knowledge; book dealing with such principles
119. Venerate - To regard with respect, reverence, or heartfelt deference
Attenuate - To make thin or weaken; make slender, fine, or small; lessen the density of; rarefy
121. Taint - To affect with or as if with a disease; contamination, corruption; dirty, contaminate; ruin; touch or affect slightly with something bad; mark of discredit or disgrace
122. Noisome - Offensive to the point of arousing disgust; foul; immoral, bad, offensive; noxious, unwholesome; offensive to the senses; harmful or dangerous
123. Sangfroid - A stable, calm state of the emotions
Effete - No longer possessing a unique quality; spoiled, exhausted; unproductive; infertile
125. Recalcitrant - Marked by stubborn resistance to and defiance of authority or guidance; disobedient, uncontrollable; stubbornly defiant of authority; unruly
126. Dissuade - To deter (a person) from a course of action or a purpose by persuasion or exhortation; persuade (a person) not to do something; talk out of

127. Polly - A woman's name; also, a popular name for a parrot
128. Amish - An orthodox Anabaptist sect that separated from the Mennonites in the late 17th century and exists today primarily in Ohio and southeast Pennsylvania; relating to this sect or its members
129. Afflatus - A strong creative impulse, especially as a result of divine inspiration; divine guidance and motivation imparted directly; a creative impulse, an inspiration
130. Comport - To conduct or behave (oneself) in a particular manner; agree, correspond, or harmonize; behave or conduct oneself
131. Brusque - Abrupt and curt in manner or speech; discourteously blunt; rudely unceremonious; curt, surly
132. Cessation - A bringing or coming to an end; discontinuance of an action or motion
133. Archipelago - A large group of islands; sea, such as the Aegean, containing a large number of scattered islands; group of islands near one another
134. Adulterate - To make impure by adding extraneous, improper, or inferior ingredients; make impure or inferior by deceptively adding foreign substances; debased or dirty; alter or debase, often, for profit

135. Ruminative - Inclined to, or engaged in, rumination or meditation; persistently or morbidly thoughtful
136. Squall - To scream or cry loudly and harshly; brief sudden violent windstorm, often accompanied by rain or snow; short, violent storm
137. Moxie - The quality of mind enabling one to face danger or hardship resolutely; (informal) fortitude and determination; ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage; aggressive energy; initiative; skill; know-how
138. Gilt - A coating of gold or of something that looks like gold; superficial brilliance or gloss; young sow that has not farrowed
139. Tumultuous - Marked by unrest or disturbance; confused; in an uproar; characterized by tumult; noisy and disorderly
140. Irrepressible - Difficult or impossible to control or restrain; effervescent, vivacious; impossible to repress or control
141. Conundrum - A riddle in which a fanciful question is answered by a pun; paradoxical, insoluble, or difficult problem; a dilemma; anything that arouses curiosity or perplexes because it is unexplained, inexplicable, or secret
142. Hangdog - Shamefaced or guilty; downcast; intimidated; sneaky or despicable person; frightened into submission or compliance;

143. Unctuous - Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness; slippery; greasy; affectedly and self-servingly earnest; too polite in speech or manner
144. Addendum - Something added or to be added, especially a supplement to a book; something included at a later date
145. Impertinent - Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold; not pertinent; irrelevant; bold, disrespectful
146. Quisling - A traitor who serves as the puppet of the enemy occupying his or her country; someone who collaborates with an enemy occupying force
147. Circumlocution - The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language; roundabout expression; evasion in speech or writing; redundancy
148. Gibberish - Unintelligible or nonsensical talk or writing; nonsense talk

149. Husk - The outer membranous or green envelope of some fruits or seeds, as that of a walnut or an ear of corn; framework serving as a support; covering, case