Monday, February 02, 2009

February - High frequency words

1. 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
2. Elucidate - To make clear or plain, especially by explanation; clarify; give an explanation that serves to clarify; make clear or clearer; explain in detail; make the facts more clear; explain
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
4. Masonry - Stonework or brickwork; art of shaping, arranging, and uniting stone, brick, building blocks, etc., to form walls and other parts of a building
Laconic - Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise; short, to the point
Addendum - Something added or to be added, especially a supplement to a book; something included at a later date
7. Affront - To insult intentionally, especially openly; insult or involve in entanglement
Deference - Submission or courteous yielding to the opinion, wishes, or judgment of another; courteous respect; attention; homage; obedience, compliance; courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard; a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others; courteous regard for people's feelings
9. 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
10. Protract - To draw out or lengthen in time; prolong; draw to scale by means of a scale and protractor; plot; extend, draw out
11. 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
Desultory - Having no set plan; haphazard or random; moving or jumping from one thing to another; disconnected; without aim, purpose, or intent; marked by lack of definite plan or regularity or purpose; jumping from one thing to another
13. Mundane - Of, relating to, or typical of this world; secular; relating to, characteristic of, or concerned with commonplaces; ordinary; commonplace; person who is not in science fiction fandom; person who is not in the computer industry
14. Commotion - A condition of turbulent motion; clamor, uproar; noisy confusion; disorder
15. Teeter - To move or behave in an unsteady manner; wobble; wobble back and forth; walk unsteadily; move back and forth or from side to side, as if about to fall; vacillate
16. Downpour - A heavy fall of rain; abundant, usually overwhelming flow or fall, as of a river or rain:
alluvion, cataclysm; tremendous pouring of rain
17. Cacophonous - Having a harsh, unpleasant sound; discordant; characterized by unpleasant discordance of sound; harsh sounding
18. Paean - A song of joyful praise or exultation; fervent expression of joy or praise; ancient Greek hymn of thanksgiving or invocation, especially to Apollo; song of triumph, praise, or joy
Scant - Just sufficient; limit in quality or quantity; supply sparingly, with a meager allowance; work hastily or carelessly; deal with inadequately and superficially; less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so
20. 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
21. Riveting - Wholly absorbing or engrossing one's attention; fascinating; capable of arousing and holding the attention

22. Lode - The metalliferous ore that fills a fissure in a rock formation; vein of mineral ore deposited between clearly demarcated layers of rock; rich source or supply; a deposit of valuable ore occurring within definite boundaries separating it from surrounding rocks
23. Appease - To bring peace, quiet, or calm to; soothe; satisfy, pacify
24. Assailant -
A person who attacks another; murderer or attacker; one who starts a hostile action

25. Amicable - Characterized by or exhibiting friendliness or goodwill; friendly
Blasphemy - A contemptuous or profane act, utterance, or writing concerning God or a sacred entity; act of claiming for oneself the attributes and rights of God; irreverent or impious act, attitude, or utterance in regard to something considered inviolable or sacrosanct; irreverence; great disrespect shown towards sacred things
27. Meek - Showing patience and humility; gentle; very shy; compliant; humble and mild
28. Chord - The simultaneous sounding of two or more notes

29. Penitent - Feeling or expressing remorse for one's misdeeds or sins; person performing penance under the direction of a confessor; shamed, sorrowful; undergoing or awaiting punishment
30. Remorseful - Feeling or expressing regret for one's sins or misdeeds; guilty, ashamed
31. Apocryphal - Of questionable authorship or authenticity; erroneous; fictitious; questionable; fake; of questionable authenticity
Rancor - Bitter, long-lasting resentment; deep-seated ill will
Nugatory - Of little or no importance; trifling. having no force; invalid
Gargoyle - A roof spout in the form of a grotesque or fantastic creature projecting from a gutter to carry rainwater clear of the wall; a grotesque ornamental figure or projection; person of bizarre or grotesque appearance; decoration on a building in the form of a strange, imaginary creature
35. Trenchant - Forceful, effective, and vigorous; caustic; cutting; distinct; clear-cut; possessing or displaying perceptions of great accuracy and sensitivity; sarcastic, scathing; having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought, expression, or intellect
Spat - An oyster or similar bivalve mollusk in the larval stage, especially when it settles to the bottom and begins to develop a shell; spawn of an oyster or a similar mollusk; cloth or leather gaiter covering the shoe upper and the ankle and fastening under the shoe with a strap. Often used in the plural; brief quarrel; a slap or smack; spattering sound, as of raindrops; discussion, often heated, in which a difference of opinion is expressed; protective covering (usually stainless steel) at the bottom of a doorframe to prevent or minimize damage in this area; past tense of spit
37. Insipid - Lacking flavor or zest; not tasty; lacking qualities that excite, stimulate, or interest; dull

38. Inconspicuous - Not readily noticeable
Awry - In a position that is turned or twisted toward one side; askew; away from the correct course; amiss
Quisling - A traitor who serves as the puppet of the enemy occupying his or her country; someone who collaborates with an enemy occupying force
41. Exorbitant - Exceeding all bounds, as of custom or fairness; extravagant, excessive; going beyond usual and proper limits

42. Placate - To allay the anger of, especially by making concessions; appease; ease the anger or agitation of; soothe, pacify; calm down and make less hostile or angry
43. Egalitarian - Affirming, promoting, or characterized by belief in equal political, economic, social, and civil rights for all people
44. Morose - Sullenly melancholy; gloomy; very depressed, pessimistic; gloomy in attitude
Articulate - To speak clearly and distinctly; say clearly, coherently; connect; form a joint; be jointed; characterized by the use of clear, expressive language
Taciturn - Disinclined to speak. or inclined to silence; untalkative
Imbue - To inspire or influence thoroughly; pervade; to permeate or saturate; to stain or dye deeply; to cause to be filled, as with a particular mood or tone; infuse, saturate
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
49. 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
Saga - Epic tale, long story; a long detailed report
Priggish - Marked by excessive concern for propriety and good form; exaggeratedly proper; conceited; pragmatical
Avarice - Immoderate desire for wealth; cupidity; excessive desire for more than one needs or deserves; extreme greed; greed or passion for money or riches
Temerity - Foolhardy disregard of danger; recklessness; nerve, audacity; rash or presumptuous daring
Mulish - Stubborn and intractable; recalcitrant; unreasonably rigid in the face of argument or entreaty or attack
Glacier - A huge mass of ice slowly flowing over a land mass, formed from compacted snow in an area where snow accumulation exceeds melting and sublimation
Repudiate - To refuse to recognize or acknowledge; reject; turn one's back on; disown
Stoical - Indifference to pleasure or pain; impassiveness
Indelible - Impossible to remove, erase, or wash away; permanent; unable to be forgotten; memorable; indestructible; cannot be removed, washed away or erased
Succinct - Characterized by clear, precise expression in few words; concise and terse
Emulate - To take as a model or make conform to a model; to strive against (others) for victory; to imitate with intent to learn; strive to equal or excel, especially through imitation; compete with successfully; approach or attain equality with; ambitious; emulous
Ostentatious - Marked by outward, often extravagant display; flashy, showy; overly showy to attract attention; pretentious
62. Veer -
To change direction; turn aside sharply from a straight course; swerve; change the course of a ship by turning the stern to the wind while advancing to windward; wear ship; let out or release (a line or an anchor train)
63. Chronic - Of long duration; incessant, never-ending; going on for a long time or coming back again and again; subject to a disease or habit for a long time;
64. 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
Soporific - Inducing or tending to induce sleep; drowsy; drug or other substance that induces sleep; a hypnotic; sleepy; sleep-inducing
Imprudent - Unwise or indiscreet; not prudent; without much thought; foolish; not careful; rash or heedless
67. Agape - In a state of wonder or amazement, as with the mouth wide open; wide open; love as revealed in Jesus, seen as spiritual and selfless and a model for humanity

68. Laud - Praise; glorification; acclaim; hymn or song of praise
69. Canard - An unfounded or false, deliberately misleading story; short winglike control surface projecting from the fuselage of an aircraft, such as a space shuttle, mounted forward of the main wing and serving as a horizontal stabilizer; aircraft whose horizontal stabilizing surfaces are forward of the main wing; untrue declaration; a false or unfounded report or story

70. Ephemeral - Lasting for a markedly brief time
Integrate - To make into a whole by joining a system of parts; mix, merge; combine and adapt in order to attain a particular effect; open to all people regardless of race
72. Obfuscate - To render indistinct or dim; darken; to make so confused or opaque as to be difficult to perceive or understand
Chagrin - A keen feeling of mental unease, as of annoyance or embarrassment, caused by failure, disappointment, or a disconcerting event; displeasure; cause displeasure
Refute - To prove to be false or erroneous; overthrow by argument or proof; to deny the accuracy or truth of; prove false; discredit
Intermittent - Stopping and starting at intervals; alternately containing and empty of water; irregular, sporadic; happening or appearing now and then
76. Sulky - Sullenly aloof or withdrawn; gloomy; dismal; light, open two-wheeled vehicle accommodating only the driver and drawn by one horse, used especially in harness racing; broodingly and sullenly unhappy

77. Proofread - To read (copy or proof) in order to find errors and mark correction; to read copy or proof for purposes of error detection and correction
78. Collaborate - To work together, especially in a joint intellectual effort; cooperate treasonably, as with an enemy occupation force in one's country; work together; labor or cooperate with another or others, especially in literary or scientific pursuits
79. Intriguing - To engage in secret or underhand schemes; plot; effect by secret scheming or plotting; arouse the interest or curiosity of; arouse curiosity; plot or scheme, usually complicated and secretive

80. Complaisance - Agreeableness; disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others
81. Prudent - Careful in a sensible way; wise, sensible in action and thought; wise in handling practical matters; exercising good judgment or common sense

82. Procrastinate - To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness; postpone or delay needlessly; delay, put off doing
Peremptory - Urgent; imperative; overbearing, authoritative; tending to dictate; offensively self-assured; dictatorial; having the nature of or expressing a command; urgent; not allowing contradiction or refusal; imperative; putting an end to all debate or action
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
85. Din - A jumble of loud, usually discordant sounds; stun with deafening noise; instill by wearying repetition; sounds or a sound, especially when loud, confused, or disagreeable; uproar
Exponent - One that speaks for, represents, or advocates; one that expounds or interprets; expository; explanatory; advocate
Wary - On guard; watchful; characterized by caution; vigilantly attentive; trying attentively to avoid danger, risk, or error; careful, cautious; openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
Infuriate - To make furious, enrage; make very angry
89. Qurush - 20 qurush equal 1 riyal in Saudi Arabia; a former coin and fractional monetary unit of several Middle Eastern and North African countries
90. Doggerel - Crudely or irregularly fashioned verse, often of a humorous or burlesque nature; crude and comic verse

91. Trite - Lacking power to evoke interest through overuse or repetition; hackneyed; without freshness or appeal because of overuse;silly, commonplace
92. 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
Concord - Harmonious mutual understanding; formal, usually written settlement between nations; pleasing agreement, as of musical sounds; agreement, treaty; unity, harmony
94. Vulnerable - That which can be hurt, destroyed or attacked; open to attack; susceptible to physical or emotional injury; assailable; liable to succumb, as to persuasion or temptation; open to attack and capture because of a lack of protection

95. 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
96. Paralyze - To deprive of the power to move or feel in a part of the body; make powerless and unable to function; cause to be paralyzed and immobile; impair the progress or functioning of; make inoperative or powerless
97. Indispensable - Not to be dispensed with; essential; obligatory; unavoidable; necessary

98. 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
99. Mollify - To calm in temper or feeling; soothe; lessen in intensity; temper; reduce the rigidity of; soften; ease the anger or agitation of; ause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of; make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate
100. Encomium - Warm, glowing praise; formal expression of praise; a tribute
101. Impervious - Incapable of being penetrated; incapable of being affected; having the capacity to withstand; not allowing to pass through
102. Limpid - Admitting light so that objects beyond can be seen; characterized by transparent clearness; calm and untroubled; serene; clear; comprehensible
Commodious - Spacious; roomy; Archaic. suitable; handy
Charade - A readily perceived pretense; a travesty; presentation of something false as true; a game in which words or phrases are represented in pantomime, sometimes syllable by syllable, until they are guessed by the other players; episode in this game or a word or phrase so represented
105. 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
106. Teem - To be full of things; abound or swarm; to be or become pregnant; bear young; give birth to; be abundantly filled or richly supplied
107. Transient - Temporary, fleeting, or passing phenomenon. A transient condition is of brief duration; lasting or existing only for a short time; an individual awaiting orders, transport, etc., at a post or station to which he or she is not attached or assigned
108. Lexicographer - One who writes, compiles, or edits a dictionary; person who writes dictionaries; a compiler or writer of a dictionary; a student of the lexical component of language

109. Resilient - Marked by the ability to recover readily, as from misfortune; capable of returning to an original shape or position, as after having been compressed; bouncy, flexible; having the quality of springing back to a former position. Also: Able to recover quickly from sickness or difficulty; sturdy
Retrieve - To get back; regain; bring back again; revive or restore; rectify the unfavorable consequences of; remedy; recall to mind; remember

111. Musk - A greasy secretion with a powerful odor, produced in a glandular sac beneath the skin of the abdomen of the male musk deer and used in the manufacture of perfumes; the scent of musk
112. Antediluvian - Extremely old and antiquated; out-of-date; prehistoric; belonging to, existing, or occurring in times long past; of, existing, or occurring in a distant period; an antique; something of the time before the great flood in the Bible
113. Rotundity - Rounded in figure; plump; having a full, rich sound; sonorous; having or producing a full, deep, or rich sound; well-rounded and full in form
114. Murk - Partial or total darkness; gloom; thick, heavy atmospheric condition offering reduced visibility because of the presence of suspended particles; an atmosphere in which visibility is reduced because of a cloud of some substance; make dark, dim, or gloomy

115. 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
Pervasive - Having the quality or tendency to pervade or permeate; spreading throughout; extending; suffusing
Lackluster - Lacking brightness, luster, or vitality; dull; lacking brilliance or vitality
118. Vile - Very evil; unpleasant; so objectionable as to elicit despisal or deserve condemnation; heavily soiled; very dirty or unclean; extremely unpleasant to the senses or feelings; having or proceeding from low moral standards; offensive, horrible; loathsome; disgusting
119. Deplore - To feel or express strong disapproval of; feel or express sorrow for; regret; condemn
Gratuitous - Costing nothing; not required, necessary, or warranted by the circumstances of the case; not necessary; free
Ignominy - Great personal dishonor or humiliation; shameful or disgraceful action, conduct, or character; loss of or damage to one's reputation; shame
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
123. Encipher - To put (a message, for example) into cipher; convert plain text into unintelligible form by means of a cipher system
124. Candy - A rich sweet confection made with sugar and often flavored or combined with fruits or nuts; make superficially more acceptable or appealing; rich sweet made of flavored sugar and often combined with fruit or nuts; coat with something sweet, such as a hard sugar glaze

125. Schism - A separation or division into factions; disunion; discord; state of disagreement and disharmony; condition of being divided, as in opinion; interruption in friendly relations
126. Fretwork - Ornamental work consisting of three-dimensional frets; geometric openwork; design of short bars or lines fitted together
Mirth - Gladness and gaiety, especially when expressed by laughter; state of joyful exuberance; great joy; joyfulness with laughter
128. Equivocation - Intentionally vague or ambiguous; falsification by means of vague or ambiguous language; a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth; expression or term liable to more than one interpretation; use or an instance of equivocal language
Flounder - To make clumsy attempts to move or regain one's balance
Impecunious - Lacking money; penniless
Revere - To regard with reverence, or profound respect and affection, mingled with awe orfear; to venerate; to reverence; to honor in estimation; a lapel on a woman''s garment; turned back to show the reverse side; love unquestioningly and uncritically or to excess; venerate as an idol; regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of
132. Gainsay - To declare false; deny; to oppose, especially by contradiction; refuse to admit the truth, reality, value, or worth of
133. Bestow - To present as a gift or honor; give, allot; to store or house; to provide with often temporary lodging; give formally or officially
Legerdemain - A show of skill or deceitful cleverness; the use of skillful tricks and deceptions to produce entertainingly baffling effects
135. Expatiate - To speak or write at length; wander freely; express at greater length or in greater detail; speak or write in great detail
136. Caulk -
To make watertight or airtight by filling or sealing; make (a boat) watertight by packing seams with a waterproof material, such as oakum or pitch; to fill in (cracks) with paste or some other material ; a kind of sealing material that is used to form a hard coating on a porous surface (as a coat of paint or varnish used to size a surface); make tight; secure against leakage
137. Puissant - Having or able to exert great power; powerful
Panegyric - A formal eulogistic composition intended as a public compliment. Elaborate praise or laudation; an encomium
Forthright - Direct and without evasion; straightforward; directly and frankly; manifesting honesty and directness, especially speech
Scurrilous - Given to the use of vulgar, coarse, or abusive language; foul-mouthed; expressed in vulgar, coarse, and abusive language; untrue or unfair, insulting, and designed to damage a person's reputation; expressing offensive reproach
141. Timid - Lacking self-confidence; shy; fearful and hesitant; easily frightened; nervous
142. Skimp - To deal with hastily, carelessly, or with poor material; be stingy or very thrifty; scanty; be cheap or frugal about; give barely enough or not enough attention, funds or effort
Pittance - A meager monetary allowance, wage, or remuneration; very small amount; a very small amount of money
144. Irrepressible - Difficult or impossible to control or restrain; effervescent, vivacious; impossible to repress or control
Hapless - Luckless; unfortunate; involving or undergoing chance misfortune
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
Annul - To make or declare void or invalid, as a marriage or a law; nullify; obliterate the effect or existence of; void an agreement; put an end to, especially formally and with authority; remove or invalidate by or as if by running a line through or wiping clean
148. Contumacious - Obstinately disobedient or rebellious; insubordinate; headstrong, obstinate; wilfully obstinate; stubbornly disobedient; rebellious
149. Salubrious - Conducive or favorable to health or well-being; promoting good health; health-giving
150. Ruminative - Inclined to, or engaged in, rumination or meditation; persistently or morbidly thoughtful
Camaraderie - Goodwill and lighthearted rapport between or among friends; comradeship; quality of easy familiarity and sociability
152. Bilious - Bitterness of temper; ill humor; irascibility; bitter, alkaline, brownish-yellow or greenish-yellow fluid that is secreted by the liver, stored in the gallbladder, and discharged into the duodenum and aids in the emulsification, digestion, and absorption of fats; Either of two bodily humors, black bile or yellow bile, in ancient and medieval physiology
Grouch - A habitually complaining or irritable person; a grumbling or sulky mood; complaint; a grudge
Pedant - One who pays undue attention to book learning and formal rules; who exhibits one's learning or scholarship ostentatiously; schoolmaster; a person who pays more attention to formal rules and book learning than they merit
155. Inept - Unskillful; or not fit or suitable; clumsy, unskilled; incompetent; not suitable; improper
Whet - To sharpen (a knife, for example); hone; make more keen; stimulate; sharpen; arouse; excite
Debacle - A sudden, disastrous collapse, downfall, or defeat; a rout; total, often ludicrous failure; breaking up of ice in a river; violent flood; catastrophe; a sudden and violent collapse; flooding caused by a tumultuous breakup of ice in a river during the spring or summer; a sound defeat; abrupt disastrous failure
158. Cacophony - Jarring, discordant sound; dissonance; use of harsh or discordant sounds in literary composition, as for poetic effect
159. Rebuff - A blunt or abrupt repulse or refusal, as to an offer; check or an abrupt setback to progress or action; unkind refusal or rejection; snub; turning away; ignoring
Lull - To make or become calm; pause, calm; ease off; to cause to sleep or rest
Excoriate - To tear or wear off the skin of; abrade; censure strongly; denounce; make (the skin) raw by or as if by friction; criticize harshly and devastatingly; criticize very severely
Rescind - To make void; repeal or annul; declare void; take back or remove
Tantalizing - Enticingly in sight, yet often out of reach; arousing desire or expectation for something unattainable or mockingly out of reach; very pleasantly inviting