Sunday, May 31, 2009

JUNE - High frequency words

1. Mollify - To calm in temper or feeling; soothe; lessen in intensity; temper; reduce the rigidity of; soften; ease the anger or agitation of; cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of; make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate
Aphorism - A brief statement of a principle; a tersely phrased statement of a truth or opinion; an adage
Pristine - Remaining in a pure state; uncorrupted by civilization. Remaining free from dirt or decay; clean
Blemish - To mar or impair by a flaw; imperfection that mars or impairs; a flaw or defect; spoil the soundness or perfection of; something that mars the appearance or causes inadequacy or failure; mark of discredit or disgrace; flaw, disfigure
Heinous - Grossly wicked or reprehensible; abominable: a heinous crime; horrifying, monstrous; very evil or wicked
6. 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
7. Insipid - Lacking flavor or zest; not tasty; lacking qualities that excite, stimulate, or interest; dull
Inconspicuous - Not readily noticeable
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
10. Stoical - Indifference to pleasure or pain; impassiveness
Jubilation - The act of rejoicing; condition or feeling of being jubilant; celebration or other expression of joy; feeling of extreme joy; joyful occasion for special festivities to mark some happy event; utterance of sounds expressing great joy

12. Serpentine - Of or resembling a serpent, as in form or movement; sinuous; repeatedly curving in alternate directions; subtly sly and tempting; any of a group of greenish, brownish, or spotted minerals, Mg
3Si2O5(OH)4, used as a source of magnesium and asbestos, and in architecture as a decorative stone
. Impugn - To attack as false or questionable; challenge in argument; criticize, challenge
Allegory - The representation of abstract ideas or principles by characters, figures, or events in narrative, dramatic, or pictorial form; a story, picture, or play employing such representation; a symbolic representation
Sumptuous - Of a size or splendor suggesting great expense; lavish; luxurious, splendid; rich and superior in quality
Bumptious - Crudely or loudly assertive; pushy; self-assertive offensively self-assertive
Myriad - Constituting a very large, indefinite number; innumerable; composed of numerous diverse elements or facets
Wax - Any of various natural, oily or greasy heat-sensitive substances, consisting of hydrocarbons or esters of fatty acids that are insoluble in water but soluble in nonpolar organic solvents; resinous mixture used by shoemakers to rub on thread; phonograph record; to increase gradually in size, number, strength, or intensity; to show a progressively larger illuminated area, as the moon does in passing from new to full; to grow or become as specified
Castigate - To inflict severe punishment on; to criticize severely
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 s
21. Euphoria - A feeling of great happiness or well-being; extreme happiness; high spirits

22. Heresy - A controversial or unorthodox opinion or doctrine, as in politics, philosophy, or science; adherence to such controversial or unorthodox opinion; unorthodoxy
Lethargic - Of, causing, or characterized by lethargy; lazy, sluggish; deficient in alertness or activity
Misanthrope - One who hates or mistrusts humankind; person who expects only the worst from people; person who hates others
25. Afflatus - A strong creative impulse, especially as a result of divine inspiration; divine guidance and motivation imparted directly; a creative impulse, an inspiration
26. Gibberish - Unintelligible or nonsensical talk or writing; nonsense talk
27. Hagiography - Biography of saints; worshipful or idealizing biography
Disconsolate - Seeming beyond consolation; extremely dejected; cheerless; gloomy; depressed, unhappy
Chimera - A fantastic, impracticable plan or desire; dream, fantasy
Yokel - An uneducated country person; clumsy, unsophisticated person; a rustic; a bumpkin
Countenance - Appearance, especially the expression of the face; face or facial features; look or expression indicative of encouragement or of moral support; give sanction or support to; tolerate or approve; disposition of the facial features that conveys meaning, feeling, or mood
32. Intermittent - Stopping and starting at intervals; alternately containing and empty of water; irregular, sporadic; happening or appearing now and then
33. Inkling - A slight hint or indication; a slight understanding or vague idea or notion; a subtle quality underlying or felt to underlie a situation, action, or person
Pulchritude - Great physical beauty and appeal; physical beauty (especially of a woman)
35. Gully - A deep ditch or channel cut in the earth by running water after a prolonged downpour; to wear a deep ditch or channel in; deep ditch cut by running water
36. Fustian - A coarse sturdy cloth made of cotton and flax; pretentious speech or writing; pompous language; pompous, bombastic, and ranting
Lubricant - A substance, such as grease or oil, that reduces friction when applied as a surface coating to moving parts; one that helps reduce difficulty or conflict; a substance capable of reducing friction by making surfaces smooth or slippery
38. Reify - To regard or treat (an abstraction) as if it had concrete or material existence; interpretation of an abstract idea or concept, such as the state, as real or concrete; consider an abstract concept to be real
39. Awry - In a position that is turned or twisted toward one side; askew; away from the correct course; amiss
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
41. Friction - A state of disagreement and disharmony; the resistance to movement as one object is moved across the other, usually creating heat; conflict or animosity caused by a clash of wills, temperaments, or opinions; the action of one surface or object rubbing against another
Prodigal - Rashly or wastefully extravagant; giving or given in abundance; lavish or profuse; wasteful; a recklessly extravagant consumer
Rescind - To make void; repeal or annul; declare void; take back or remove
Penurious - Unwilling to spend money; stingy; yielding little; barren; poverty-stricken; destitute; mean; poor; ungenerously or pettily reluctant to spend money
45. Altruism - Unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness; kindly, charitable interest in others; service to others without thinking of one's self
46. Spartan - Resolute in the face of pain or danger or adversity; unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment; practicing great self-denial; austere; laconic; simple
47. Fragile - Easily broken, damaged, or destroyed; frail; lacking physical or emotional strength; delicate; tenuous or flimsy; breakable, dainty
48. Impeccable - Having no flaws; perfect; incapable of sin or wrongdoing; above suspicion; flawless; supremely excellent in quality or nature
49. Exude - To ooze forth; to discharge or emit (a liquid or gas, for example) gradually; to exhibit in abundance; to flow or leak out or emit something slowly; display, emit
50. Profuse - Plentiful; copious; given freely and abundantly; extravagant; abundant, excessive; produced or growing in extreme abundance
51. Rib - One of a series of long curved bones occurring in 12 pairs in humans and extending from the spine to or toward the sternum; tease or mock good-humoredly; any of the curved transverse pieces of metal or timber in a ship, extending up from the keel and forming part of the framework of the hull
Loquacious - Talkative; garrulous
Ignominy - Great personal dishonor or humiliation; shameful or disgraceful action, conduct, or character; loss of or damage to one's reputation; shame
54. Detrimental - Causing damage or harm; injurious; damaging, disadvantageous

55. Proscribe - To denounce or condemn; to prohibit; forbid; banish or outlaw (a person); exclude
56. Trespass - Unlawful entry or possession of property; invasion, offense; infringe, offend; enter forcibly or illegally: break in; violate a moral or divine law
57. Lamentation - The passionate and demonstrative activity of expressing grief; a cry of sorrow and grief
Rapacious - Taking by force; plundering; greedy; ravenous; subsisting on live prey; grasping; having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit
59. Tranquil - Free from disturbance or agitation; quiet, peaceful

60. Buoyant - Having the ability to float; light in weight; lighthearted; gay
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
Exonerate - To free from blame; free from a responsibility, obligation, or task; excuse, clear of responsibility or blame
Preeminent - Superior to or notable above all others; outstanding; far beyond what is usual, normal, or customary; greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement
64. Digression - The act of digressing; deviation; straying
65. Tendentious - Marked by a strong implicit point of view; partisan; having or marked by a strong tendency especially a controversial one; bias
66. Plethora - A superabundance; an excess; excess of blood in the circulatory system or in one organ or area; condition of going or being beyond what is needed, desired, or appropriate
Roil - To make (a liquid) muddy or cloudy by stirring up sediment; displease or disturb; vex; be in a state of turbulence or agitation; make turbid by stirring up the sediments of
Digress- To turn aside, especially from the main subject in writing or speaking; stray
Heretical - Of or relating to heresy or heretics; characterized by, revealing, or approaching departure from established beliefs or standards; unorthodox; characterized by departure from accepted beliefs or standards
70. Meld - To declare or display (a card or combination of cards in a hand) for inclusion in one's score in various card games, such as pinochle; a form of rummy using two decks and four jokers; jokers and deuces are wild; the object is to meld groups of seven of the same rank; announce for a score; of cards in a card game; lose its distinct outline or shape; blend gradually;mix together different elements; cause to merge; bring or come together into a united whole;
71. Fretwork - Ornamental work consisting of three-dimensional frets; geometric openwork; design of short bars or lines fitted together
Panegyric - A formal eulogistic composition intended as a public compliment. Elaborate praise or laudation; an encomium
Beguile - To deceive by guile; delude; take away from by or as if by guile; cheat; distract the attention of; divert; pass (time) pleasantly; amuse or charm; delight; charm; deceive; draw notice or interest by charm
74. Obloquy - Harsh, often insulting language; loss of or damage to one's reputation; vilification
75. Veneer - A thin surface layer, as of finely grained wood, glued to a base of inferior material; thin layer of costly material put over a common material; deceptive outward appearance; give a deceptively attractive appearance to; pretence, front; cover, overlay

76. Pertinacious - Holding tenaciously to a purpose, belief, opinion, or course of action; stubbornly or perversely persistent; determined; stubbornly unyielding or tenacious in purpose; persevering; difficult to alleviate or cure
Dabbler - One who engages in an activity superficially or without serious intent; one lacking professional skill and ease in a particular pursuit; amateur; an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge; any of numerous shallow-water ducks that feed by upending and dabbling
78. Extant - Still in existence; not destroyed, lost, or extinct; standing out; projecting; in existence; occurring or existing in act or fact: actual