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Frequently Occurring Vocabulary Words................Regents Exam, A.P., Exam, S.A.T. Exam, A.C.T. Exam

1. aberrant: Markedly different from an accepted norm.

2. aberration: Deviation from a right, customary, or prescribed course.

3. abet: To aid, promote, or encourage the commission of (an offense).

4. abeyance: A state of suspension or temporary inaction.

5. abjure: To recant, renounce, repudiate under oath.

6. ablution: A washing or cleansing, especially of the body.

7. abrogate: To abolish, repeal.

8. abscond: To depart suddenly and secretly, as for the purpose of escaping arrest.

9. abstemious: Characterized by self denial or abstinence, as in the use of drink, food.

10. abstruse: Dealing with matters difficult to be understood.

11. abut: To touch at the end or boundary line.

12. accede: To agree.

13. acquiesce: To comply; submit.

14. acrid: Harshly pungent or bitter.

15. acumen: Quickness of intellectual insight, or discernment; keenness of discrimination.

16. adage: An old saying.

17. adamant: Any substance of exceeding hardness or impenetrability.

18. admonition: Gentle reproof.

19. adumbrate: To represent beforehand in outline or by emblem.

20. affable: Easy to approach.

21. aggrandize: To cause to appear greatly.

22. aggravate: To make heavier, worse, or more burdensome.

23. agile: Able to move or act quickly, physically, or mentally.

24. agog: In eager desire.

25. alacrity: Cheerful willingness.

26. alcove: A covered recess connected with or at the side of a larger room.

27. alleviate: To make less burdensome or less hard to bear.

28. aloof: Not in sympathy with or desiring to associate with others.

29. amalgamate: To mix or blend together in a homogeneous body.

30. ambidextrous: Having the ability of using both hands with equal skill or ease.

31. ambiguous: Having a double meaning.

32. ameliorate: To relieve, as from pain or hardship

33. anathema: Anything forbidden, as by social usage.

34. animadversion: The utterance of criticism or censure.

35. animosity: Hatred.

36. antediluvian: Of or pertaining to the times, things, events before the great flood in the days of Noah.

37. antidote: Anything that will counteract or remove the effects of poison, disease, or the like.

38. aplomb: Confidence; coolness.

39. apocryphal : Of doubtful authority or authenticity.

40. apogee: The climax.

41. apostate: False.

42. apotheosis: Deification.

43. apparition: Ghost.

44. appease: To soothe by quieting anger or indignation.

45. apposite: Appropriate.

46. apprise: To give notice to; to inform.

47. approbation: Sanction.

48. arboreal: Of or pertaining to a tree or trees.

49. ardor: Intensity of passion or affection.

50. argot: A specialized vocabulary peculiar to a particular group.

51. arrant: Notoriously bad.

52. ascetic: Given to severe self-denial and practicing excessive abstinence and devotion.

53. ascribe: To assign as a quality or attribute.

54. asperity: Harshness or roughness of temper.

55. assiduous: Unceasing; persistent

56. assuage: To cause to be less harsh, violent, or severe, as excitement, appetite, pain, or disease.

57. astringent: Harsh in disposition or character.

58. astute: Keen in discernment.

59. atonement: Amends, reparation, or expiation made from wrong or injury.

60. audacious: Fearless.

61. augury: Omen

62. auspicious: Favorable omen

63. austere: Severely simple; unadorned.

64. autocrat: Any one who claims or wields unrestricted or undisputed authority or influence.

65. auxiliary: One who or that which aids or helps, especially when regarded as subsidiary or accessory.

66. avarice: Passion for getting and keeping riches.

67. aver: To avouch, justify or prove

68. aversion: A mental condition of fixed opposition to or dislike of some particular thing.

69. avow: To declare openly.

70. baleful: Malignant.

71. banal: Commonplace.

72. bask: To make warm by genial heat.

73. beatify: To make supremely happy.

74. bedaub: To smear over, as with something oily or sticky.

75. bellicose: Warlike.

76. belligerent: Manifesting a warlike spirit.

77. benefactor: A doer of kindly and charitable acts.

78. benevolence: Any act of kindness or well-doing.

79. benign: Good and kind of heart.

80. berate: To scold severely.

81. bewilder: To confuse the perceptions or judgment of.

82. blandishment: Flattery intended to persuade.

83. blatant: Noisily or offensively loud or clamorous.

84. blithe: Joyous.

85. boisterous: Unchecked merriment or animal spirits.

86. bolster: To support, as something wrong.

87. bombast: Inflated or extravagant language, especially on unimportant subjects.

88. boorish: Rude.

89. breach: The violation of official duty, lawful right, or a legal obligation.

90. brittle: Fragile.

91. broach: To mention, for the first time.

92. bumptious: Full of offensive and aggressive self-conceit.

93. buoyant: Having the power or tendency to float or keep afloat.

94. burnish: To make brilliant or shining.

95. cabal: A number of persons secretly united for effecting by intrigue some private purpose.

96. cacophony: A disagreeable, harsh, or discordant sound or combination of sounds or tones.

97. cajole: To impose on or dupe by flattering speech.

98. callow: Without experience of the world.

99. calumny: Slander.

100. candid: Straightforward.

101. cant: To talk in a singsong, preaching tone with affected solemnity.

102. capacious: Roomy.

103. capitulate: To surrender or stipulate terms.

104. captious: Hypercritical.

105. castigate: To punish.

106. cataract: Opacity of the lens of the eye resulting in complete or partial blindness.

107. caustic: Sarcastic and severe.

108. censure: To criticize severely; also, an expression of disapproval.

109. centurion: A captain of a company of one hundred infantry in the ancient Roman army.

110. chagrin: Keen vexation, annoyance, or mortification, as at one's failures or errors.

111. chary: Careful; wary; cautious.

112. chicanery: The use of trickery to deceive.

113. circumlocution: Indirect or roundabout expression.

114. coddle: To treat as a baby or an invalid.

115. coerce: To force.

116. coeval: Existing during the same period of time; also, a contemporary.

117. cogent: Appealing strongly to the reason or conscience.

118. cogitate: Consider carefully and deeply; ponder.

119. cognizant: Taking notice.

120. colloquial: Pertaining or peculiar to common speech as distinguished from literary.

121. collusion: A secret agreement for a wrongful purpose.

122. comestible: Fit to be eaten.

123. commemorate: To serve as a remembrance of.

124. complaisance: Politeness.

125. complement: To make complete.

126. comport: To conduct or behave (oneself).

127. compunction: Remorseful feeling.

128. conceit: Self-flattering opinion.

129. conciliatory: Tending to reconcile.

130. concord: Harmony.

131. concur: To agree.

132. condense: To abridge.

133. conflagration: A great fire, as of many buildings, a forest, or the like.

134. confluence: The place where streams meet.

135. congeal: To coagulate.

136. conjoin: To unite.

137. connoisseur: A critical judge of art, especially one with thorough knowledge and sound judgment of art.

138. console: To comfort.

139. conspicuous: Clearly visible.

140. consternation: Panic.

141. constrict: To bind.

142. consummate: To bring to completion.

143. contiguous: Touching or joining at the edge or boundary.

144. contrite: Broken in spirit because of a sense of sin.

145. contumacious: Rebellious.

146. copious: Plenteous.

147. cornucopia: The horn of plenty, symbolizing peace and prosperity.

148. corporeal: Of a material nature; physical.

149. correlate: To put in some relation of connection or correspondence.

150. corroboration: Confirmation.

151. counterfeit: Made to resemble something else.

152. countervail: To offset.

153. covert: Concealed, especially for an evil purpose.

154. cower: To crouch down tremblingly, as through fear or shame.

155. crass: Coarse or thick in nature or structure, as opposed to thin or fine.

156. credulous: Easily deceived.

157. cupidity: Avarice.

158. cursory: Rapid and superficial.

159. curtail: To cut off or cut short.

160. cynosure: That to which general interest or attention is directed.

161. dearth: Scarcity, as of something customary, essential,or desirable.

162. defer: To delay or put off to some other time.

163. deign: To deem worthy of notice or account.

164. deleterious: Hurtful, morally or physically.

165. delineate: To represent by sketch or diagram.

166. deluge: To overwhelm with a flood of water.

167. demagogue: An unprincipled politician.

168. denizen: Inhabitant.

169. denouement: That part of a play or story in which the mystery is cleared up.

170. deplete: To reduce or lessen, as by use, exhaustion, or waste.

171. deposition: Testimony legally taken on interrogatories and reduced to writing, for use as evidence in court.

172. deprave: To render bad, especially morally bad.

173. deprecate: To express disapproval or regret for, with hope for the opposite.

174. deride: To ridicule.

175. derision: Ridicule.

176. derivative: Coming or acquired from some origin.

177. descry: To discern.

178. desiccant: Any remedy which, when applied externally, dries up or absorbs moisture, as that of wounds.

179. desuetude: A state of disuse or inactivity.

180. desultory: Not connected with what precedes.

181. deter: To frighten away.

182. dexterity: Readiness, precision, efficiency, and ease in any physical activity or in any mechanical work.

183. diaphanous: Transparent.

184. diatribe: A bitter or malicious criticism.

185. didactic: Pertaining to teaching.

186. diffidence: Self-distrust.

187. diffident: Affected or possessed with self-distrust.

188. dilate: To enlarge in all directions.

189. dilatory: Tending to cause delay.

190. disallow: To withhold permission or sanction.

191. discomfit: To put to confusion.

192. disconcert: To disturb the composure of.

193. disconsolate : Hopelessly sad; also, saddening; cheerless.

194. discountenance: To look upon with disfavor.

195. discredit: To injure the reputation of.

196. discreet: Judicious.

197. disheveled: Disordered; disorderly; untidy.

198. dissemble: To hide by pretending something different.

199. disseminate: To sow or scatter abroad, as seed is sown.

200. dissent: Disagreement.

201. dissolution: A breaking up of a union of persons.

202. distraught: Bewildered.

203. divulge: To tell or make known, as something previously private or secret.

204. dogmatic: Making statements without argument or evidence.

205. dormant: Being in a state of or resembling sleep.

206. dubious: Doubtful.

207. duplicity: Double-dealing.

208. earthenware: Anything made of clay and baked in a kiln or dried in the sun.

209. ebullient: Showing enthusiasm or exhilaration of feeling.

210. edacious: Given to eating.

211. edible: Suitable to be eaten.

212. educe: To draw out.

213. effete: Exhausted, as having performed its functions.

214. efficacy: The power to produce an intended effect as shown in the production of it.

215. effrontery: Unblushing impudence.

216. effulgence: Splendor.

217. egregious: Extreme.

218. egress: Any place of exit.

219. elegy: A lyric poem lamenting the dead.

220. elicit: To educe or extract gradually or without violence.

221. elucidate: To bring out more clearly the facts concerning.

222. emaciate: To waste away in flesh.

223. embellish: To make beautiful or elegant by adding attractive or ornamental features.

224. embezzle: To misappropriate secretly.

225. emblazon: To set forth publicly or in glowing terms.

226. encomium: A formal or discriminating expression of praise.

227. encumbrance: A burdensome and troublesome load.

228. endemic: Peculiar to some specified country or people.

229. enervate: To render ineffective or inoperative.

230. engender: To produce.

231. engrave: To cut or carve in or upon some surface.

232. enigma: A riddle.

233. enmity: Hatred.

234. entangle: To involve in difficulties, confusion, or complications.

235. entreat: To ask for or request earnestly.

236. Epicurean: Indulging, ministering, or pertaining to daintiness of appetite.

237. epithet: Word used adjectivally to describe some quality or attribute of is objects, as in "Father Aeneas".

238. epitome: A simplified representation.

239. equable: Equal and uniform; also, serene.

240. equanimity: Evenness of mind or temper.

241. equanimity : Calmness; composure.

242. equilibrium: A state of balance.

243. equivocal: Ambiguous.

244. equivocate: To use words of double meaning.

245. eradicate: To destroy thoroughly.

246. errant: Roving or wandering, as in search of adventure or opportunity for gallant deeds.

247. erratic: Irregular.

248. erroneous: Incorrect.

249. erudite: Very-learned.

250. eschew: To keep clear of.

251. espy: To keep close watch.

252. eulogy: A spoken or written laudation of a person's life or character.

253. euphonious: Characterized by agreeableness of sound.

254. evanescent: Fleeting.

255. evince: To make manifest or evident.

256. evoke: To call or summon forth.

257. exacerbate: To make more sharp, severe, or virulent.

258. exculpate: To relieve of blame.

259. exhaustive: Thorough and complete in execution.

260. exigency: A critical period or condition.

261. exigency : State of requiring immediate action; also, an urgent situation; also, that which is required in a

262. exorbitant: Going beyond usual and proper limits.

263. expatiate: To speak or write at some length.

264. expedient: Contributing to personal advantage.

265. expiate: To make satisfaction or amends for.

266. explicate: To clear from involvement.

267. expostulate: To discuss.

268. expropriate: To deprive of possession; also, to transfer (another's property) to oneself.

269. extant: Still existing and known.

270. extempore: Without studied or special preparation.

271. extenuate: To diminish the gravity or importance of.

272. extinct: Being no longer in existence.

273. extinguish: To render extinct.

274. extirpate: To root out; to eradicate.

275. extol: To praise in the highest terms.

276. extort: To obtain by violence, threats, compulsion, or the subjection of another to some necessity.

277. extraneous: Having no essential relation to a subject.

278. exuberance: Rich supply.

279. facetious: Amusing.

280. facile: Not difficult to do.

281. factious: Turbulent.

282. fallacious: Illogical.

283. fatuous: Idiotic

284. fawn: A young deer.

285. feint: Any sham, pretense, or deceptive movement.

286. felon: A criminal or depraved person.

287. ferocity: Savageness.

288. fervid: Intense.

289. fervor: Ardor or intensity of feeling.

290. fidelity: Loyalty.

291. finesse: Subtle contrivance used to gain a point.

292. flamboyant: Characterized by extravagance and in general by want of good taste.

293. flippant: Having a light, pert, trifling disposition.

294. florid: Flushed with red.

295. flout: To treat with contempt.

296. foible: A personal weakness or failing.

297. foment: To nurse to life or activity; to encourage.

298. foppish: Characteristic of one who is unduly devoted to dress and the niceties of manners.

299. forbearance: Patient endurance or toleration of offenses.

300. forfeit: To lose possession of through failure to fulfill some obligation.

301. forgery: Counterfeiting.

302. forswear: To renounce upon oath.

303. fragile: Easily broken.

304. frantic: Frenzied.

305. frugal: Economical.

306. fugacious: Fleeting.

307. fulminate: To cause to explode.

308. fulsome: Offensive from excess of praise or commendation.

309. gainsay: To contradict; to deny.

310. gamut: The whole range or sequence.

311. garrulous: Given to constant trivial talking.

312. germane: Relevant.

313. gesticulate: To make gestures or motions, as in speaking, or in place of speech.

314. glimmer: A faint, wavering, unsteady light.

315. gossamer: Flimsy.

316. gourmand: A connoisseur in the delicacies of the table.

317. grandiloquent: Speaking in or characterized by a pompous or bombastic style.

318. gregarious: Sociable, outgoing

319. grievous: Creating affliction.

320. guile: Duplicity.

321. gullible: Credulous.

322. halcyon: Calm.

323. harangue: A tirade.

324. harbinger: One who or that which foreruns and announces the coming of any person or thing.

325. head: Adv. Precipitately, as in diving.

326. heinous: Odiously sinful.

327. heresy: An opinion or doctrine subversive of settled beliefs or accepted principles.

328. heterogeneous: Consisting of dissimilar elements or ingredients of different kinds.

329. hirsute: Having a hairy covering.

330. hoodwink: To deceive.

331. hospitable: Disposed to treat strangers or guests with generous kindness.

332. hypocrisy: Extreme insincerity.

333. iconoclast: An image-breaker.

334. idiosyncrasy: A mental quality or habit peculiar to an individual.

335. ignoble: Low in character or purpose.

336. ignominious: Shameful.

337. illicit: Unlawful.

338. imbroglio: A misunderstanding attended by ill feeling, perplexity, or strife.

339. imbue : To dye; to instill profoundly.

340. immaculate: Without spot or blemish.

341. imminent: Dangerous and close at hand.

342. immutable: Unchangeable.

343. impair: To cause to become less or worse.

344. impassive: Unmoved by or not exhibiting feeling.

345. impecunious: Having no money.

346. impede: To be an obstacle or to place obstacles in the way of.

347. imperative: Obligatory.

348. imperious: Insisting on obedience.

349. imperturbable: Calm.

350. impervious: Impenetrable.

351. impetuous: Impulsive.

352. impiety: Irreverence toward God.

353. implacable: Incapable of being pacified.

354. implicate: To show or prove to be involved in or concerned

355. implicit: Implied.

356. importunate: Urgent in character, request, or demand.

357. importune: To harass with persistent demands or entreaties.

358. impromptu: Anything done or said on the impulse of the moment.

359. improvident: Lacking foresight or thrift.

360. impugn: To assail with arguments, insinuations, or accusations.

361. impute: To attribute.

362. inadvertent: Accidental.

363. inane: Silly.

364. incessant: Unceasing.

365. inchoate: Incipient.

366. incipient: Initial.

367. incite: To rouse to a particular action.

368. incongruous: Unsuitable for the time, place, or occasion.

369. inculcate: To teach by frequent repetitions.

370. indelible: That can not be blotted out, effaced, destroyed, or removed.

371. indigence: Poverty.

372. indigenous: Native.

373. indistinct: Vague.

374. indolence: Laziness.

375. indolent: Habitually inactive or idle.

376. indomitable: Unconquerable.

377. indulgent: Yielding to the desires or humor of oneself or those under one's care.

378. ineffable: Unutterable.

379. ineluctable: Impossible to avoid.

380. inept: Not fit or suitable.

381. inexorable: Unrelenting.

382. infuse: To instill, introduce, or inculcate, as principles or qualities.

383. ingenuous: Candid, frank, or open in character or quality.

384. inimical: Adverse.

385. innocuous: Harmless.

386. inscrutable: Impenetrably mysterious or profound.

387. insensible: Imperceptible.

388. insinuate: To imply.

389. insipid: Tasteless.

390. insouciant: Nonchalant.

391. insurrection: The state of being in active resistance to authority.

392. interdict: Authoritative act of prohibition.

393. interim: Time between acts or periods.

394. intransigent: Not capable of being swayed or diverted from a course.

395. intrepid: Fearless and bold.

396. introspection: The act of observing and analyzing one's own thoughts and feelings.

397. inundate: To fill with an overflowing abundance.

398. inure: To harden or toughen by use, exercise, or exposure.

399. invalid: One who is disabled by illness or injury.

400. invective: An utterance intended to cast censure, or reproach.

401. inveigh: To utter vehement censure or invective.

402. inveterate: Habitual.

403. invidious: Showing or feeling envy.

404. invincible: Not to be conquered, subdued, or overcome.

405. iota: A small or insignificant mark or part.

406. irascible: Prone to anger.

407. irate: Moved to anger.

408. ire: Wrath.

409. irksome: Wearisome.

410. itinerant: Wandering.

411. itinerate: To wander from place to place.

412. jocular: Inclined to joke.

413. jovial: Merry.

414. judicious: Prudent.

415. junta: A council or assembly that deliberates in secret upon the affairs of government.

416. lachrymose: Given to shedding tears.

417. lackadaisical: Listless.

418. languid: Relaxed.

419. lascivious: Lustful.

420. lassitude: Lack of vitality or energy.

421. latent: Dormant.

422. laudable: Praiseworthy.

423. laudatory: Pertaining to, expressing, or containing praise.

424. legacy: A bequest.

425. levee: An embankment beside a river or stream or an arm of the sea, to prevent overflow.

426. levity: Frivolity.

427. lexicon: A dictionary.

428. libel: Defamation.

429. licentious: Wanton.

430. lien: A legal claim or hold on property, as security for a debt or charge.

431. listless: Inattentive.

432. lithe: Supple.

433. loquacious: Talkative.

434. lugubrious: Indicating sorrow, often ridiculously.

435. luminary: One of the heavenly bodies as a source of light.

436. lustrous: Shining.

437. malaise: A condition of uneasiness or ill-being.

438. malcontent: One who is dissatisfied with the existing state of affairs.

439. malevolence: Ill will.

440. malign: To speak evil of, especially to do so falsely and severely.

441. malleable: Pliant.

442. massacre: The unnecessary and indiscriminate killing of human beings.

443. maudlin: Foolishly and tearfully affectionate.

444. mawkish: Sickening or insipid.

445. mellifluous: Sweetly or smoothly flowing.

446. mendacious: Untrue.

447. mendicant: A beggar.

448. meretricious: Alluring by false or gaudy show.

449. mesmerize: To hypnotize.

450. meticulous: Over-cautious.

451. mettle: Courage.

452. mettlesome: Having courage or spirit.

453. microcosm: The world or universe on a small scale.

454. mien: The external appearance or manner of a person.

455. mischievous: Fond of tricks.

456. miscreant: A villain.

457. miser: A person given to saving and hoarding unduly.

458. misnomer: A name wrongly or mistakenly applied.

459. moderation: Temperance.

460. modicum: A small or token amount.

461. mollify: To soothe.

462. molt: To cast off, as hair, feathers, etc.

463. monomania: The unreasonable pursuit of one idea.

464. morbid: Caused by or denoting a diseased or unsound condition of body or mind.

465. mordant: Biting.

466. moribund: On the point of dying.

467. morose: Gloomy.

468. multifarious: Having great diversity or variety.

469. mundane: Worldly, as opposed to spiritual or celestial.

470. munificent: Extraordinarily generous.

471. myriad: A vast indefinite number.

472. nadir: The lowest point.

473. nefarious: Wicked in the extreme.

474. negligent: Apt to omit what ought to be done.

475. neophyte: Having the character of a beginner.

476. noisome: Very offensive, particularly to the sense of smell.

477. nostrum: Any scheme or recipe of a charlatan character.

478. noxious: Hurtful.

479. nugatory: Having no power or force.

480. obdurate: Impassive to feelings of humanity or pity.

481. obfuscate: To darken; to obscure.

482. oblique: Slanting; said of lines.

483. obsequious: Showing a servile readiness to fall in with the wishes or will of another.

484. obstreperous: Boisterous.

485. obtrude: To be pushed or to push oneself into undue prominence.

486. obtrusive: Tending to be pushed or to push oneself into undue prominence.

487. obviate: To clear away or provide for, as an objection or difficulty.

488. odious: Hateful.

489. odium: A feeling of extreme repugnance, or of dislike and disgust.

490. officious: Intermeddling with what is not one's concern.

491. ominous: Portentous.

492. onerous: Burdensome or oppressive.

493. onus: A burden or responsibility.

494. opprobrium: The state of being scornfully reproached or accused of evil.

495. ossify: To convert into bone.

496. ostentation: A display dictated by vanity and intended to invite applause or flattery.

497. ostracism: Exclusion from intercourse or favor, as in society or politics.

498. ostracize: To exclude from public or private favor.

499. palate: The roof of the mouth.

500. palatial: Magnificent.

501. palliate: To cause to appear less guilty.

502. palpable: Perceptible by feeling or touch.

503. panacea: A remedy or medicine proposed for or professing to cure all diseases.

504. panegyric: A formal and elaborate eulogy, written or spoken, of a person or of an act.

505. panoply: A full set of armor.

506. paragon: A model of excellence.

507. Pariah: A member of a degraded class; a social outcast.

508. paroxysm: A sudden outburst of any kind of activity.

509. parsimonious: Unduly sparing in the use or expenditure of money.

510. partisan: Characterized by or exhibiting undue or unreasoning devotion to a party.

511. pathos: The quality in any form of representation that rouses emotion or sympathy.

512. paucity: Fewness.

513. peccadillo: A small breach of propriety or principle.

514. pedestrian: One who journeys on foot.

515. pellucid: Translucent.

516. penchant: A bias in favor of something.

517. penurious: Excessively sparing in the use of money.

518. penury: Indigence.

519. peregrination: A wandering.

520. peremptory: Precluding question or appeal.

521. perfidy: Treachery.

522. perfunctory: Half-hearted.

523. peripatetic: Walking about.

524. perjury: A solemn assertion of a falsity.

525. permeate: To pervade.

526. pernicious: Tending to kill or hurt.

527. persiflage: Banter.

528. perspicacity: Acuteness or discernment.

529. perturbation: Mental excitement or confusion.

530. petrify: To convert into a substance of stony hardness and character.

531. petulant: Displaying impatience.

532. phlegmatic: Not easily roused to feeling or action.

533. physiognomy: The external appearance merely.

534. pious: Religious.

535. pique: To excite a slight degree of anger in.

536. placate: To bring from a state of angry or hostile feeling to one of patience or friendliness.

537. platitude: A written or spoken statement that is flat, dull, or commonplace.

538. plea: An argument to obtain some desired action.

539. plenary: Entire.

540. plethora: Excess; superabundance.

541. plumb: A weight suspended by a line to test the verticality of something.

542. plummet: A piece of lead for making soundings, adjusting walls to the vertical.

543. poignant: Severely painful or acute to the spirit.

544. polyglot: Speaking several tongues.

545. ponderous: Unusually weighty or forcible.

546. portend: To indicate as being about to happen, especially by previous signs.

547. portent: Anything that indicates what is to happen.

548. precarious: Perilous.

549. preclude: To prevent.

550. precocious: Having the mental faculties prematurely developed.

551. predominate: To be chief in importance, quantity, or degree.

552. premature: Coming too soon.

553. presage: To foretell.

554. prescience: Knowledge of events before they take place.

555. presumption: That which may be logically assumed to be true until disproved.

556. preternatural: Extraordinary.

557. prevalent: Of wide extent or frequent occurrence.

558. prevaricate: To use ambiguous or evasive language for the purpose of deceiving or diverting attention.

559. prim: Stiffly proper.

560. pristine: Primitive.

561. probity: Virtue or integrity tested and confirmed.

562. proclivity: A natural inclination.

563. procrastination: Delay.

564. prodigal: One wasteful or extravagant, especially in the use of money or property.

565. prodigious: Immense.

566. profligacy: Shameless viciousness.

567. profligate: Recklessly wasteful

568. profuse: Produced or displayed in overabundance.

569. prolix: Verbose.

570. propinquity: Nearness.

571. propitious: Kindly disposed.

572. prosaic: Unimaginative.

573. proscribe: To reject, as a teaching or a practice, with condemnation or denunciation.

574. protuberant: Bulging.

575. provident: Anticipating and making ready for future wants or emergencies.

576. prudence: Caution.

577. puerile: Childish.

578. pugnacious: Quarrelsome.

579. punctilious: Strictly observant of the rules or forms prescribed by law or custom.

580. pungency: The quality of affecting the sense of smell.

581. pusillanimous: Without spirit or bravery.

582. pyre: A heap of combustibles arranged for burning a dead body.

583. qualm: A fit of nausea.

584. quandary: A puzzling predicament.

585. quibble: An utterly trivial distinction or objection.

586. quiescence: Being quiet, still, or at rest; inactive

587. quiescent: Being in a state of repose or inaction.

588. Quixotic: Chivalrous or romantic to a ridiculous or extravagant degree.

589. quotidian: Of an everyday character; ordinary.

590. raconteur: A person skilled in telling stories.

591. ramify: To divide or subdivide into branches or subdivisions.

592. rapacious: Sieze by force, avaricious

593. raucous: Harsh.

594. reactionary: Pertaining to, of the nature of, causing, or favoring reaction.

595. rebuff: A peremptory or unexpected rejection of advances or approaches.

596. recalcitrant: Marked by stubborn resistance.

597. recant: To withdraw formally one's belief (in something previously believed or maintained).

598. reciprocity: Equal mutual rights and benefits granted and enjoyed.

599. recluse: One who lives in retirement or seclusion.

600. recondite: Incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding.

601. recrudescent: Becoming raw or sore again.

602. recuperate: To recover.

603. redoubtable: Formidable.

604. redress: To set right, as a wrong by compensation or the punishment of the wrong-doer.

605. refractory: Not amenable to control.

606. regale: To give unusual pleasure.

607. regicide: The killing of a king or sovereign.

608. reiterate: To say or do again and again.

609. relapse: To suffer a return of a disease after partial recovery.

610. remonstrate: To present a verbal or written protest to those who have power to right or prevent a wrong.

611. renovate: To restore after deterioration, as a building.

612. repast: A meal; figuratively, any refreshment.

613. repel: To force or keep back in a manner, physically or mentally.

614. repine: To indulge in fretfulness and faultfinding.

615. reprobate: One abandoned to depravity and sin.

616. repudiate: To refuse to have anything to do with.

617. repulsive: Grossly offensive.

618. requisite: Necessary.

619. requite: To repay either good or evil to, as to a person.

620. rescind: To make void, as an act, by the enacting authority or a superior authority.

621. resilience: The power of springing back to a former position

622. resonance: Able to reinforce sound by sympathetic vibrations.

623. respite: Interval of rest.

624. restive: Resisting control.

625. retinue: The group of people who accompany an important person during travels.

626. revere: To regard with worshipful veneration.

627. reverent: Humble.

628. ribald: Indulging in or manifesting coarse indecency or obscenity.

629. risible: Capable of exciting laughter.

630. rotund: Round from fullness or plumpness.

631. ruffian: A lawless or recklessly brutal fellow.

632. ruminate: To chew over again, as food previously swallowed and regurgitated.

633. sagacious: Able to discern and distinguish with wise perception.

634. salacious: Having strong sexual desires.

635. salient: Standing out prominently.

636. salubrious: Healthful; promoting health.

637. salutary: Beneficial.

638. sanction: To approve authoritatively.

639. sanguine: Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

640. sardonic: Scornfully or bitterly sarcastic.

641. satiate: To satisfy fully the appetite or desire of.

642. satyr: A very lascivious person.

643. savor: To perceive by taste or smell.

644. scabbard: The sheath of a sword or similar bladed weapon.

645. scintilla: The faintest ray.

646. scribble: Hasty, careless writing.

647. sedulous: Persevering in effort or endeavor.

648. sequence: The order in which a number or persons, things, or events follow one another in space or time.

649. severance: Separation.

650. shrewd: Characterized by skill at understanding and profiting by circumstances.

651. sinecure: Any position having emoluments with few or no duties.

652. sinuous: Curving in and out.

653. skiff: Usually, a small light boat propelled by oars.

654. sluggard: A person habitually lazy or idle.

655. solace: Comfort in grief, trouble, or calamity.

656. solvent: Having sufficient funds to pay all debts.

657. somniferous: Tending to produce sleep.

658. somnolent: Sleepy.

659. sonorous: Resonant.

660. sophistry: Reasoning sound in appearance only, especially when designedly deceptive.

661. soporific: Causing sleep; also, something that causes sleep.

662. sordid: Filthy, morally degraded

663. specious: Plausible.

664. spurious: Not genuine.

665. squalid: Having a dirty, mean, poverty-stricken appearance.

666. stanch: To stop the flowing of; to check.

667. stigma: A mark of infamy or token of disgrace attaching to a person as the result of evil-doing.

668. stingy: Cheap, unwilling to spend money.

669. stolid: Expressing no power of feeling or perceiving.

670. submerge: To place or plunge under water.

671. subterfuge: Evasion.

672. succinct: Concise.

673. sumptuous: Rich and costly.

674. supercilious: Exhibiting haughty and careless contempt.

675. superfluous: Being more than is needed.

676. supernumerary: Superfluous.

677. supersede: To displace.

678. supine: Lying on the back.

679. supplicate: To beg.

680. suppress: To prevent from being disclosed or punished.

681. surcharge: An additional amount charged.

682. surfeit: To feed to fullness or to satiety.

683. susceptibility: A specific capability of feeling or emotion.

684. sybarite: A luxurious person.

685. sycophant: A servile flatterer, especially of those in authority or influence.

686. synopsis: A syllabus or summary.

687. taciturn: Disinclined to conversation.

688. taut: Stretched tight.

689. temerity: Foolhardy disregard of danger; recklessness.

690. terse: Pithy.

691. timorous: Lacking courage.

692. torpid: Dull; sluggish; inactive.

693. torrid: Excessively hot.

694. tortuous: Abounding in irregular bends or turns.

695. tractable: Easily led or controlled.

696. transgress: To break a law.

697. transient: One who or that which is only of temporary existence.

698. transitory: Existing for a short time only.

699. travail: Hard or agonizing labor.

700. travesty: A grotesque imitation.

701. trenchant: Cutting deeply and quickly.

702. trepidation: Nervous uncertainty of feeling.

703. trite: Made commonplace by frequent repetition.

704. truculence: Ferocity.

705. truculent: Having the character or the spirit of a savage.

706. turbid: In a state of turmoil; muddled

707. turgid: Swollen.

708. turpitude: Depravity.

709. tutelage: The act of training or the state of being under instruction.

710. tyro: One slightly skilled in or acquainted with any trade or profession.

711. ubiquitous: Being present everywhere.

712. ulterior: Not so pertinent as something else to the matter spoken of.

713. umbrage: A sense of injury.

714. unctuous: Oily.

715. undermine: To subvert in an underhand way.

716. undulate: To move like a wave or in waves.

717. untoward: Causing annoyance or hindrance.

718. upbraid: To reproach as deserving blame.

719. vagary: A sudden desire or action

720. vainglory: Excessive, pretentious, and demonstrative vanity.

721. valorous: Courageous.

722. vapid: Having lost sparkling quality and flavor.

723. variegated: Having marks or patches of different colors; also, varied.

724. vehement: Very eager or urgent.

725. venal: Mercenary, corrupt.

726. veneer: Outside show or elegance.

727. venial: That may be pardoned or forgiven, a forgivable sin.

728. veracious: Habitually disposed to speak the truth.

729. veracity: Truthfulness.

730. verbiage: Use of many words without necessity.

731. verbose: Wordy.

732. verdant: Green with vegetation.

733. veritable: Real; true; genuine.

734. vestige: A visible trace, mark, or impression, of something absent, lost, or gone.

735. vicissitude: A change, especially a complete change, of condition or circumstances, as of fortune.

736. vigilance: Alert and intent mental watchfulness in guarding against danger.

737. vigilant: Being on the alert to discover and ward off danger or insure safety.

738. virago: Loud talkative women, strong statured women

739. virtu: Rare, curious, or beautiful quality.

740. visage: The face, countenance, or look of a person.

741. vitiate: To contaminate.

742. vituperate: To overwhelm with wordy abuse.

743. vivify: To endue with life.

744. vociferous: Making a loud outcry.

745. volatile: Changeable.

746. voluble: Having great fluency in speaking.

747. wean: To transfer (the young) from dependence on mother's milk to another form of nourishment.

748. whimsical: Capricious.

749. winsome: Attractive.

750. Zeitgeist: The intellectual and moral tendencies that characterize any age or epoch.