English Vocabulary Flash Cards: Testworthy Words (A-C)

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abut
  • adjoin
  • to border upon
acuity
  • keenness
  • sharpness (as in perception)
addle
  • to confuse, muddle, or bewilder, so as to annoy or irritate
adept
  • skillful
  • competent
adherent
  • supporter
  • follower
  • believer
aegis
  • a shield or defense
allay
  • to calm or pacify
ancillary
  • pertaining or connected to something but not part of it
antagonistic
  • hostile
  • opposed to
aperture
  • an opening
  • a gap
aplomb
  • poise
  • composure
apothegm
  • a short, pithy, instructive saying
asylum
  • a refuge or sanctuary (especially for criminals or the insane)
avarice
  • greed
awry
  • twisted
  • gone wrong (as in plans)
balk
  • to stop short
  • refuse to continue
bate
  • to moderate or restrain
  • hold back (a breath)
bauble
  • trinket
behemoth
  • a huge creature
bereaved
  • the state of having lost something cherished or valuable (as in the death of a family member)
bilk
  • defraud
  • to deceive
blazon
  • to proclaim or announce publicly or conspicuously
bovine
  • cowlike
  • dull or inactive
brusque
  • abrupt or blunt in speech
bucolic
  • rustic
  • pastoral
bungle
  • to mishandle
  • botch up
  • make a bad mistake
caliber
  • degree of quality, competence, or merit
callous
  • insensitive
  • unfeeling
canard
  • a rumor or false report
cardinal
  • primary
  • chief
  • most important
cauterize
  • to burn with a hot iron or with fire, usually to cure or heal
cavil
  • to raise irritating and trivial objections
cloy
  • to weary by excess or overindulgence, especially of pleasure
comport
  • to behave
  • to conform oneself
cornucopia
  • abundance
  • plenty
coterie
  • a close-knit group of people with common interests
candid
  • sincere and forthright