English Vocabulary Flash Cards: 66 Words Wise People Know

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acquiesce
  • to comply with or assent to passively, by one's lack of objection or opposition
alacrity
  • cheerful readiness or willingness
  • briskness or liveliness
anomaly
  • deviation from the norm
  • peculiar or unusual event or phenomenon
appease
  • to pacify or make content
  • to concede to a beligerant demand in order to bring about peace
ascetic
  • one who denies oneself life's material satisfactions and normal pleasures, usually as part of religious belief or discipline
banal
  • commonplace
  • insipid
  • trite
bane
  • any cause of ruin or destruction, lasting harm or injury, or woe
censure
  • severe criticism, scolding, or default-finding
chagrin
  • irritation marked by disappointment or humiliation
chicanery
  • trickery or deception, usually used to gain an advantage or to evade
choleric
  • irascible
  • hotheaded
  • termpermental
churlish
  • crude
  • vulgar
  • peasantlike or rustic
cipher
  • nothing, zero, or null
  • a worthless person or thing
  • a distinctive emblem, monogram, or colophon
circumspect
  • cautious
  • wary
  • leery
countervail
  • to use equal force against
credulous
  • gullible
  • ingenuous
  • believing easily
curmudgeon
  • a person with a rude, irascible attitude
demagogue
  • a political agitator and charismatic orator who appeals to emotions and prejudice
deprecate
  • to express disapproval of
dubious
  • questionable
  • of doubtful quality or properity
enigma
  • a mystery or puzzle
  • a perplexing or baffling situation, occurrence, or person
ephemeral
  • lasting only a short time
  • short-lived
epitaph
  • an inscription on a monument in memory of a dead person
erudite
  • scholarly
  • learned
eschew
  • to avoid or abstain from
expedient
  • practicable
  • suitable for a particular purpose
  • fitting for one's advantage or interest
extricate
  • to free or release from entanglement or engagement
facetious
  • funny
  • witty
  • frivolously comical
halcyon
  • calm
  • peaceful
  • serene
harangue
  • a lengthy speech, especially a vehement, bombastic or chastising one
harbinger
  • omen
  • anything that foreshaows a future event
hiatus
  • chasm
  • a pause or break in a sequence
  • opening, aperture or gap
hyperbole
  • an obvious exaggeration, intentionally used for emphasis and not to be taken literally
idyllic
  • charmingly simple and carefree (lifestyle)
impertinent
  • insolent
  • ill-mannered
  • inappropriate under the circumstances
indigent
  • poor
  • impoverished
  • destitute
inexorable
  • merciless
  • relentless
  • unyielding
interloper
  • intuder or trespasser
  • one who intrudes into the private affairs of others
irresolute
  • unable to decide
laudable
  • commendable
  • praiseworthy
loquacious
  • talkative
  • chatty
magnanimous
  • generous
  • noble or elevated in mind
misanthrope
  • a person who hates or distrusts humankind
mundane
  • of or pertaining to the world or to earthly concerns
nebulous
  • vague and indistinct, without definite form
  • cloudy or hazy
obfuscate
  • to confuse
  • to muddle
  • to bewilder
panacea
  • cure-all
  • a universal remedy for all ills
pander
  • to cater to the morally low desires of others
paradigm
  • example
  • pattern
  • a model or standard
pariah
  • outcast
  • a person or thing generally rejected or despised
patronize
  • to look down on
  • to treat condesendingly
  • to talk down to
phlegmatic
  • sluggish
  • indifferent, apathetic or unemotional
plethora
  • surplus
  • excess
  • overabundance
propensity
  • natural tendency, inclination, or bent
proselytize
  • to convert (or to attempt to convert) another to a belief system, ideology or sect
pundit
  • an expert or authority
quintessence
  • the pure and concentrated essence of a substance
recalcitrant
  • unruly
  • resistant of authority
  • disobedient, rebellious
renege
  • to go back on one's promise or word
  • to deny or renounce
salient
  • prominent or conspicuous
  • notable or significant
sanction
  • to officially approve, authorize, or support
  • an action by a nation to force another nation into compliance with an agreement
supercilious
  • disdainful in a haughty and arrogant way
superfluous
  • unnecessary
  • adding nothing necessary or important
  • excess, or surplus
umbrage
  • anger
  • resentment
  • sense of having been maligned or insulted
venerable
  • worthy of or commanding reverance, respect, or admiration, especially because of great age
wanton
  • reckless
  • unjustifiable
  • without regard for what is morally right