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Word List 3

Word List-3



Group 1
Alacrity eagerness; enthusiasm; quickness
Burgeon grow; flourish; put forth new shoots
Deleterious harmful
Euphemism a polite phrase to cover something unpleasant
Hypocritical insincere
Lethargic tired; without energy
Ogle stare at; observe in an obvious manner
Postulate hypothesize; propose
Robust strong; healthy; tough
Tractable obedient; dutiful; polite

Group 2
Alchemy medieval chemistry; attempt to change base metal into gold
Burnish polish
Deliberate to think over deeply
Euphony pleasant sounds
Iconoclast person who opposes orthodoxy
Levity flippancy; joking about serious matters
Olfactory concerned with the sense of smell
Potable suitable for drinking
Rotund round
Tranquil peaceful

Group 3
Alibi an excuse that shows someone was not at a crime scene
Buttress strengthen; support
Delineation demarcation; explanation; definition; outlining
Evacuate vacate; empty; abandon
Idiosyncrasy a personal peculiarity; something unique to an individual
Libertarian someone who opposes tyranny
Ominous threatening
Potent powerful; compelling; strong
Ruminate think over something; ponder
Transcribe copy

Group 4
Allay to lessen
Byline the line that tells you who wrote an article
Demur hesitate; refuse
Exacerbate make worse
Ignominious shameful
Liniment soothing lotion
Omnipotent all-powerful
Pragmatic practical
Ruse trick; stratagem
Transgress go astray; disobey; commit a sin

Group 5
Alleviate make less severe
Cacophony discordant loud noises
Denounce condemn; speak out against
Exasperated frustrated; annoyed
Ignominy shame [ignominious (a) = shameful]
Lithe flexible; supple
Omniscient all-knowing
Pragmatist practical person; one who is concerned with usefulness
Saccharin falsely sweet
Transient short-lived; ephemeral

Group 6
Aloof distant; detached; cold
Cajole coax
Deplete use up; lessen
Exceptionable very bad (something which we should object to)
Illuminate to light up or make clear
Livid very angry
Onerous burdensome; hard to undertake
Preamble introductory material
Sacrosanct very holy; inviolable
Traverse to move across

Group 7
Altruism putting others first; being self-sacrificing
Caldron huge cooking pot
Deplore regret
Exculpate free someone from blame; pardon; acquit
Illusory deceptive; false; misleading
Lobbyist person who tries to persuade someone to support a particular cause
Onus burden
Precarious unstable; risky
Sagacious wise
Trepidation fear

Group 8
Amass accumulate
Callow immature
Depravity moral corruption
Execrable very, very bad
Immoderate excessive; extreme
Lofty snooty; arrogant; haughty
Opaque does not let light through
Precedent a previous occurrence used as a guide
Sage a wise person
Trinket something of little value; knick-knack

Group 9
Ambiguity uncertainty; vagueness
Candid frank; honest
Deprecate criticize; denounce
Exegesis scholarly explanation or interpretation
Immutable unchanging; permanent
Longevity long life
Opulent wealthy; rich; magnificent
Precept guiding principle
Salacious lecherous; erotic
Trite unoriginal; dull

Group 10
Ambiguous unclear in meaning; can be interpreted in different ways
Candor frankness; openness
Deride ridicule; make fun of; mock
Exemplary outstandingly good; setting a fine example
Impartial unbiased; neutral
Loquacious talkative
Ordain 1. destine; 2. confer holy orders on a priest
Precinct district of a city
Sallow yellowish
Trivial unimportant