Brave New World Vocabulary

Master vocab list from BNW.
definitions & notes only words
  1. hedonistic
    devoted to pleasure
  2. cognate word
    a word is cognate with another if both derive from the same word in an ancestral language
  3. pneumatic
    relating to or using air or a similar gas
  4. disobliging
    intentionally unaccommodating
  5. fission
    reproduction of a unicellular organism by cell division
  6. paradoxically
    in a paradoxical manner
  7. ennui
    the feeling of being bored by something tedious
  8. didactic
    instructive, especially excessively
  9. annihilating
    wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction
  10. ghastly
    shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
  11. prole
    a member of the working class (not necessarily employed)
  12. prescience
    the power to foresee the future
  13. anomie
    lack of moral standards in a society
  14. prognostication
    a sign of something about to happen
  15. pedagogue
    someone who educates young people
  16. denunciation
    a public act of denouncing
  17. fretsaw
    fine-toothed power saw with a narrow blade
  18. proliferate
    grow rapidly
  19. viviparous
    producing living young and not eggs
  20. vivacious
    vigorous and animated
  21. peritoneum
    a transparent membrane that lines the abdominal cavity in mammals and covers most of the viscera
  22. interminable
    tiresomely long; seemingly without end
  23. pituitary
    of or relating to the pituitary gland
  24. centrifugal
    tending to move away from a center
  25. benefaction
    an act intending or showing kindness and good will
  26. superfluous
    more than is needed, desired, or required
  27. sententiously
    in a pithy sententious manner
  28. posthumous
    occurring or coming into existence after a person's death
  29. indefatigably
    with indefatigable energy
  30. indefatigable
    showing sustained enthusiasm with unflagging vitality
  31. insoluble
    incapable of being dissolved
  32. asafoetida
    the brownish gum resin of various plants
  33. insinuating
    calculated to please or gain favor
  34. soliloquize
    talk to oneself
  35. rudimentary
    being in the earliest stages of development
  36. surreptitious
    marked by quiet and caution and secrecy
  37. contemptuous
    expressing extreme scorn
  38. axiomatic
    evident without proof or argument
  39. consummation
    the act of bringing to completion or fruition
  40. bemoan
    regret strongly
  41. insurmountable
    not capable of being overcome
  42. conscription
    compulsory military service
  43. homely
    lacking in physical beauty or proportion
  44. unmalicious
    not malicious or spiteful
  45. imperiously
    in a manner showing arrogant superiority
  46. imperious
    having or showing arrogant superiority to
  47. hasten
    move fast
  48. cordiality
    a cordial disposition
  49. afflicted
    mentally or physically unfit
  50. incandescence
    light emission by a body as its temperature is raised
  51. furtive
    secret and sly or sordid
  52. furtively
    in a secretive manner
  53. virtuous
    morally excellent
  54. corporeal
    having material or physical form or substance
  55. bestial
    resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility
  56. derision
    the act of treating with contempt
  57. lustrous
    reflecting light
  58. agile
    moving quickly and lightly
  59. forcible
    impelled by physical force especially against resistance
  60. piercingly
    extremely and sharply
  61. plaintive
    expressing sorrow
  62. ambergris
    waxy substance secreted by the sperm whale and found floating at sea or washed ashore; used in perfume
  63. tremulous
    quivering as from weakness or fear
  64. diminuendo
    (music) a gradual decrease in loudness
  65. perennially
    in a perennial manner; repeatedly
  66. inconspicuously
    in a manner intended to avoid attracting attention
  67. inconspicuous
    not prominent or readily noticeable
  68. annihilation
    destruction by obliterating something
  69. plangent
    loud and resounding
  70. benevolence
    disposition to do good
  71. imminent
    close in time; about to occur
  72. galvanic
    pertaining to electric current by chemical action
  73. yearning
    prolonged unfulfilled desire or need
  74. delirium
    a usually brief state of excitement and mental confusion
  75. atonement
    the act of making amends for sin or wrongdoing
  76. disintegration
    separation into component parts
  77. prone
    having a tendency
  78. supine
    lying face upward
  79. disquieting
    causing mental discomfort
  80. proffer
    present for acceptance or rejection
  81. tremolo
    a tremulous effect produced by repetition of a single tone
  82. derisively
    in a disrespectful and mocking manner
  83. blasphemy
    profane language
  84. meditatively
    in a meditative manner
  85. meditative
    deeply or seriously thoughtful
  86. cajolery
    flattery intended to persuade
  87. archness
    inappropriate playfulness
  88. solecism
    a socially awkward or tactless act
  89. indecorous
    lacking propriety and good taste in manners and conduct
  90. trivial
    (informal) small and of little importance
  91. infantile
    of or relating to babies
  92. exulting
    joyful and proud especially because of triumph or success
  93. undismayed
    unshaken in purpose
  94. deplorable
    of very poor quality or condition
  95. brachycephalic
    having a short broad head with a cephalic index of over 80
  96. countersign
    add one's signature to after another's to attest authenticity
  97. leering
    (of a glance) sidelong and slyly lascivious
  98. dejected
    affected or marked by low spirits
  99. stoically
    without emotion; in a stoic manner
  100. stoicism
    an indifference to pleasure or pain
  101. fulminate
    cause to explode violently and with loud noise
  102. precipice
    a very steep cliff
  103. impending
    close in time; about to occur
  104. obsidian
    glass formed by the cooling of lava without crystallization
  105. emaciated
    very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
  106. unimpaired
    not damaged or diminished in any respect
  107. unprecedented
    novel
  108. indignation
    a feeling of righteous anger
  109. masonry
    the craft of a mason
  110. affirmation
    the act of asserting or stating something
  111. semblance
    an outward appearance that is deliberately misleading
  112. inexorably
    in a manner impervious to change or persuasion
  113. inexorable
    not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty
  114. multitudinous
    too numerous to be counted
  115. incarnadine
    make flesh-colored
  116. resonance
    having the character of a loud deep sound
  117. infectious
    relating to the invasion of germs that cause disease
  118. inconceivable
    totally unlikely
  119. treacherous
    dangerously unstable and unpredictable
  120. lecherous
    given to excessive indulgence in sexual activity
  121. fruitless
    unproductive of success
  122. detestable
    unequivocally offensive
  123. portentously
    in a portentous manner
  124. subverter
    a radical supporter of political or social revolution
  125. ignominy
    a state of dishonor
  126. undulation
    wavelike motion
  127. obliquity
    the quality of being deceptive
  128. scatological
    dealing pruriently with excrement and excretory functions
  129. impropriety
    the condition of being unsuitable
  130. intrinsically
    with respect to its inherent nature
  131. demurrer
    (law) a formal objection to an opponent's pleadings
  132. sonorous
    full and loud and deep
  133. senility
    the state of being infirm with age
  134. mirth
    great merriment
  135. malice
    feeling a need to see others suffer
  136. laurel
    a small aromatic tree with shiny dark green leaves
  137. selenium
    a toxic nonmetallic element related to sulfur and tellurium
  138. tactually
    by touch
  139. titillation
    a tingling feeling of excitement
  140. ignoble
    completely lacking nobility in character or purpose
  141. taut
    pulled or drawn tight
  142. affliction
    a cause of great suffering and distress
  143. heretical
    departing from accepted beliefs or standards
  144. unwonted
    out of the ordinary
  145. exultation
    the utterance of sounds expressing great joy
  146. subversive
    in opposition to a civil authority or government
  147. intensification
    action that makes something stronger or more extreme
  148. sportively
    in a merry sportive manner
  149. unprecedentedly
    in an unprecedented manner
  150. perversely
    deliberately deviant
  151. discomfited
    people who are defeated
  152. magnanimity
    liberality in bestowing gifts
  153. latent
    potentially existing but not presently evident or realized
  154. odious
    unequivocally detestable
  155. adage
    a condensed but memorable saying embodying an important fact
  156. sententious
    concise and full of meaning
  157. rakishly
    in a rakish manner
  158. rakish
    marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners
  159. reproachfully
    in a reproving or reproachful manner
  160. reproachful
    expressing reproof especially as a corrective
  161. emblem
    special design representing a quality, type, or group
  162. impudent
    improperly forward or bold
  163. strumpet
    a woman adulterer
  164. ingratiating
    capable of winning favor
  165. prevailing
    most frequent or common
  166. imbecile
    a person of subnormal intelligence
  167. truculently
    in a defiantly truculent manner
  168. imminence
    the state of being liable to happen soon
  169. ordure
    solid excretory product evacuated from the bowels
  170. imploring
    begging
  171. irresolute
    uncertain how to act or proceed
  172. menial
    used of unskilled work, especially domestic work
  173. vestibule
    a large entrance or reception room or area
  174. reparation
    something done or paid in expiation of a wrong
  175. ardour
    feelings of great warmth and intensity
  176. carapace
    hard outer covering or case of certain organisms
  177. wanton
    lewd or lascivious woman
  178. sacrilege
    blasphemous behavior
  179. reproach
    express criticism towards
  180. deprecating
    tending to diminish or disparage
  181. impunity
    exemption from punishment or loss
  182. inexhaustibly
    with indefatigable energy
  183. matriarch
    a female head of a family or tribe
  184. dysgenics
    the study of the operation of factors causing degeneration in the type of offspring produced
  185. pharmacology
    the science or study of drugs: their preparation and properties and uses and effects
  186. propagate
    multiply sexually or asexually
  187. multiplicity
    the property of having more than one part or entity
  188. choleric
    characterized by anger
  189. stoical
    seeming unaffected by pleasure or pain; impassive
  190. lethargy
    inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy
  191. anachronism
    something located at a time when it could not have existed
  192. suggestible
    susceptible or responsive to suggestion
  193. ineradicable
    not able to be destroyed or rooted out
  194. suggestibility
    susceptibility or responsiveness to suggestion
  195. pernicious
    exceedingly harmful
  196. ignominious
    deserving or bringing disgrace or shame
  197. neolithic
    of or relating to the most recent period of the Stone Age
  198. inebriate
    make drunk (with alcoholic drinks)
  199. superimposed
    placed on or over something else
  200. arbitrarily
    in a random manner
  201. rostrum
    a platform raised above the surrounding level
  202. prophetic
    foretelling events as if by supernatural intervention
  203. incrust
    cover or coat with a crust
  204. formidable
    extremely impressive in strength or excellence
  205. unequivocally
    in an unambiguous manner
  206. appendectomy
    surgical removal of the vermiform appendix
  207. accouchement
    the parturition process in human beings
  208. actuarial
    relating to statistics to calculate insurance premiums