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Stack #198881

Barron's h4

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exploit brave and successful act; deed or action, particularly a brave deed; CF. crossing the Atlantic ocean
sibylline prophetic; oracular; N. sibyl: woman prophet (in the ancient world)
serrated having a sawtoothed edge; Ex. serrated leaf
cohere stick together
wistful sadly thoughtful (because of desires or memories); sadly pensive; vaguely longing
gamely in a spirited manner; with courage; Ex. fight gamely against a superior boxer; ADJ. game
spurn reject disdainfully; scorn; Ex. She spurned all offers of help.
conservatory(conservatoire) school of the fine arts (especially music or drama); glass-enclosed area; CF. conservancy
malcontent person dissatisfied with existing state of affairs; discontented person; ADJ: discontented
killjoy grouch; spoilsport; one who intentionally spoils the pleasure of others
discourse serious speech, writing, or conversation; formal discussion (either written or spoken); conversation; V.
bifurcated divided into two branches; forked
lucrative profitable; producing wealth
qualms uneasy feelings; misgivings; uneasy fears especially about matters of conscience; Ex. I have no qualms about giving this assignment to Helen.
fusion union; coalition; V. fuse
clarion shrill, trumpetlike sound; kind of trumpet used in former times
traverse go through or across
cherubic angelic; innocent-looking; N. cherub; CF. seraph: winged angel of the highest order
parasite animal or plant living on another; toady; sycophant; CF. para-: beside
decomposition decay; V. decompose: decay; break and separate into simple parts
industrious diligent; hard-working; N. industry
metallurgical pertaining to the art of removing metals from ores; N. metallurgy: science that deals with extracting metals from ores
dutiful(duteous) (of people or their behavior) respectful; obedient (filled with a sense of duty)
indices signs; indications; Ex. indices of a student's potential; CF. index: something that reveals or indicates; sign; Ex. cost-of-living index
disband dissolve; disperse; (of a group) break up and separate; Ex. The club has disbanded.
supposititious assumed; counterfeit; hypothetical
despot tyrant; harsh, authoritarian ruler; CF. despotism
topple become unsteady and fall down
apprise inform
tardy slow; sluggish; not on time; late; Ex. tardy arrival
sheer pure; thin and transparent; very steep
optician maker and seller of eyeglasses
deposition testimony under oath; deposing; dethroning
legend explanatory list of symbols on a map
aseptic preventing infection; having a cleansing effect
farce broad comedy; mockery; humorous play full of silly things happening; ADJ. farcical
acrid bitter (to the taste or smell); sharp; bitterly pungent
raconteur story-teller; one who tells stories with wit and skill
reduce diminish; bring to a weaker or more difficult condition; demote; lower in rank; separate into components by analysis; Ex. reduced to the ranks; Ex. reduce the house to rubble; N. reduction
dart move or throw suddenly and quickly
scholarly full of learning; erudite; like a scholar; Ex. scholarly journal
cohesion tendency to keep together
epoch period of time
canard unfounded false rumor; exaggerated false report
toss throw lightly; move or lift (the head) with a sudden motion; flip (a coin) to decide something
phalanx formation of infantry carrying overlapping shields and long spears; group of men packed together (for attack or defense)
bar railing in a courtroom; legal profession; vertical line dividing a staff into equal measures; Ex. prisoner at the bar; V: shut in or out with bars; forbid; exclude; CF. barrister
lineaments features especially of the face; distinctive shape or contour of the face; CF. line
validate make valid; confirm; ratify
compelling overpowering; irresistible in effect; holding one's attention; that compels one to do something; Ex. a compelling adventure story; V. compel
choreography art of representing dances in written symbols; arrangement of dances
furor frenzy; great anger and excitement; CF. fury
obituary death notice (esp. in a newspaper); ADJ.
dialectical relating to the art of debate; mutual or reciprocal; Ex. dialectical situation; N. dialectic: art of arriving at the truth by the exchange of logical arguments
oratorio dramatic poem set to music; long musical work with singing but without acting; CF. cantata
sloth slow moving tree-dwelling mammal; laziness; ADJ. slothful: lazy; indolent
simian monkeylike; N: ape or monkey
inter bury; N. interment
supersede replace; cause to be set aside; make obsolete; N. supersession
coroner public official who investigates any death thought to be of other than natural causes
perspicuity clearness of expression; freedom from ambiguity
succulent juicy; full of juice or sap; full of richness; N: succulent plant such as a cactus
ransack search thoroughly; pillage (going through a place); Ex. Enemy soldiers ransacked the town.
dorsal relating to the back of an animal; Ex. dorsal fin
protean able to take on many forms; versatile; CF. Proteus: sea god to change his shape at will
conscientious scrupulous; through and careful; Ex. conscientious worker
gape open widely; open the mouth wide; stare wonderingly with the mouth open; CF. agape
perverse purposely continuing to do something wrong; stubbornly wrongheaded; perverted; directed away from what is right; wicked and unacceptable; Ex. perverse satisfaction; Ex. Hannibal Lecter in a perverse mood; N. perversity
nexus connection
mercantile concerning trade or merchants
inestimable impossible to estimate; (apprec) invaluable; of immeasurable worth
quixotic idealistic but impractical; CF. Don Quixote
antipathy aversion; dislike or opposition
chaste morally pure; virginal; abstaining from illicit sexual acts; modest; simple (of a style of writing); not highly decorated; austere
incident event; event that causes a crisis
distraught upset; distracted by anxiety; very anxious and troubled almost to the point of madness; Ex. distraught with grief/worry
recreant disloyal; cowardly; N: disloyal and cowardly person
disport amuse; Ex. disport oneself; CF. divert
proxy authorized agent; authority to act for another
leave-taking farewell or departure
tender offer formally; extend; Ex. tender one's resignation/the exact fare; N: formal offer; money; Ex. legal tender; ADJ: young and vulnerable; sensitive to the touch; sore; soft; delicate; Ex. child of tender years; Ex. tender wound
brunt main impact or shock (of an attack or blow); Ex. brunt of the argument
junta group of persons joined in political intrigue; cabal; group of military officers ruling a country after seizing power (by force)
materialism preoccupation with physical comforts and things; excessive regard for worldly concerns (rather than spiritual matters)
analgesic causing insensitivity to pain; N.
jurisprudence science of law
dossier file of documents on a subject or person; file; CF. bundle of papers labeled on the back
transparent permitting light to pass through freely; easily detected; obvious; clear; Ex. transparent lie
virulent (of a disease or poison) extremely harmful or poisonous; (of a feeling) hostile; bitter; N. virulence; CF. virus; CF. venom
bluster blow in heavy gusts; threaten emptily; bully; speak in a noisy or bullying manner; CF. breeze, gust, gale
capacious spacious
conspiracy treacherous plot; secret plan against the law (by two or more people)
lectern reading desk or stand for a public speaker
aria operatic solo; a song sung by one person in an opera or oratorio
unique without an equal; single in kind
posterity descendants; future generations; Ex. go down to posterity; CF. posterior, anterior
pacifist one opposed to force; antimilitarist; ADJ. N. pacifism: opposition to war as a means of resolving disputes
Created by: akhalidi
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