English Vocabulary Flash Cards: 33 Words that Look Deceptively Familiar

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abject
  • utterly hopeless
  • utterly despicable or servile
adventitious
  • casual
  • by chance
  • accidental
annular
  • ring-shaped
apposite
  • suitable
  • appropriate
  • fitting
beatific
  • blissful
  • bestowing or providing bliss or happiness
concomitant
  • connected
  • accompanying
  • associated with
condign
  • well-deserved, fitting or adequate (punishment)
dissemble
  • to hide, conceal or disguise
enervate
  • debilitate
  • to deprive of vitality
feint
  • a deceptive movement
fraught
  • filled
  • stored
  • laden
friable
  • easily crumbled
gambol
  • to skip or leap playfully
importunate
  • making persistent demands
inane
  • vacuous
  • silly or nonsensical
ingratiate
  • to gain favor with another
  • to become popular with
motif
  • a literary, artistic, or musical device that serves as the basis for suggestive expansion
  • a basic element repeated throughout
obeisance
  • a physical demonstration of respect (e.g. bowing or saluting)
obloquy
  • vituperation
  • condemnation or verbal abuse, or the disgrace resulting therefrom
obviate
  • make unnecessary
  • to avoid by preventive measures
ovoid
  • egg-shaped
preciosity
  • fastidiousness
  • overrefinement
  • foppishness
predilection
  • preference
  • partiality
protean
  • versatile
  • changeable
  • able to take many forms or perform many functions
querulous
  • complaining
  • whining
  • peevish
reproach
  • censure
  • blame
  • vituperate
  • to find fault with
reprobate
  • a depraved, unprincipled or wicked person
  • corrupt, depraved or amoral
  • to severely disapprove
succor
  • assistance
  • help
  • relief
tenebrous
  • dark
  • gloomy
  • morbid
traduce
  • defame
  • slander
  • to speak maliciously and falsely of
unrequited
  • not reciprocated
  • unilateral
unwonted
  • not customary
  • not habitual
  • unusual or rare
whet
  • intensify
  • to sharpen
  • make keen