General Vocab For Above Average Learners

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  1. acerbic
    sour or bitter in taste
  2. catamaran
    a sailboat with two parallel hulls held together by a deck
  3. nepotism
    favoritism shown to relatives or friends by those in power
  4. allegory
    a short moral story
  5. collegiate
    of or resembling or typical of a university
  6. antibiosis
    an association between organisms that is harmful to one of them or between organisms and a metabolic product of another
  7. berate
    censure severely or angrily
  8. delegate
    a person appointed or elected to represent others
  9. priory
    religious residence in a monastery governed by a prior or a convent governed by a prioress
  10. monastic
    of communal life sequestered under religious vows
  11. cataclysmic
    severely destructive
  12. Aptenodytes
    large penguins
  13. sauropod
    very large herbivorous dinosaur of the Jurassic and Cretaceous having a small head a long neck and tail and five-toed limbs; largest known land animal
    i.e. sauroposeidon
  14. ecclesiastical
    of or associated with a church
  15. pyrrhotite
    a brownish iron sulfide mineral (FeS) having weak magnetic properties
  16. censure
    harsh criticism or disapproval
  17. paradigm
    a standard or typical example
  18. peckish
    somewhat hungry
  19. pallor
    unnatural lack of color
  20. saline
    containing salt
  21. altruistic
    showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others
  22. carbonado
    an inferior dark diamond used in industry for drilling and polishing
  23. sepulchre
    a chamber that is used as a grave
  24. polemic
    a verbal or written attack, especially of a belief or dogma
  25. dogmatism
    arrogant or stubborn insistence that one's views are correct
  26. enigmatic
    not clear to the understanding
  27. martyr
    one who voluntarily suffers death
  28. magnanimous
    noble and generous in spirit
  29. antediluvian
    of or relating to the period before the biblical flood
  30. cartouche
    a cartridge (usually with paper casing)
  31. cliche
    a trite or obvious remark
  32. trite
    repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
  33. gregarious
    temperamentally seeking and enjoying the company of others
  34. retrieval
    the act of regaining or saving something lost
  35. narcissism
    an exceptional interest in and admiration for yourself
  36. poignant
    keenly distressing to the mind or feelings
  37. Calypso
    the sea nymph who detained Odysseus for seven years
  38. mostaccioli
    pasta somewhat resembling little moustaches
  39. mithraistic
    of or relating to Mithraism or its god
  40. malice
    the desire to see others suffer
  41. cacophony
    loud confusing disagreeable sounds
  42. sen
    a fractional monetary unit of Japan and Indonesia and Cambodia; equal to one hundredth of a yen or rupiah or riel
  43. fortuitous
    lucky; occurring by happy chance
  44. allusion
    passing reference or indirect mention
  45. sanctimonious
    excessively or hypocritically pious
  46. prone
    having a tendency
  47. cavalier
    showing a lack of concern or seriousness
  48. natal
    relating to or accompanying birth
  49. enigmatic
    not clear to the understanding
  50. paradox
    a statement that contradicts itself
Created on March 28, 2012

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