CHS Vocabulary List (2016-17)

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  1. absurd
    inconsistent with reason or logic or common sense
  2. abundant
    present in great quantity
  3. abstemious
    marked by temperance in indulgence
  4. abrupt
    exceedingly sudden and unexpected
  5. aboriginal
    having existed from the beginning
  6. abnormal
    not typical or usual or regular
  7. abominable
    unequivocally detestable
  8. abject
    of the most contemptible kind
  9. abhorrent
    offensive to the mind
  10. accessible
    capable of being reached
  11. accusatory
    containing or expressing blame
  12. acoustic
    relating to the study of the physical properties of sound
  13. acrid
    strong and sharp, as a taste
  14. acrimonious
    marked by strong resentment or cynicism
  15. acute
    ending in a sharp point
  16. adroit
    quick or skillful or adept in action or thought
  17. adverse
    in an opposing direction
  18. affable
    diffusing warmth and friendliness
  19. affirmative
    giving assent
  20. agrarian
    relating to rural matters
  21. aghast
    struck with fear, dread, or consternation
  22. agile
    moving quickly and lightly
  23. akin
    related by blood
  24. ambiguous
    having more than one possible meaning
  25. ambitious
    having a strong desire for success or achievement
  26. amenable
    disposed or willing to comply
  27. amicable
    characterized by friendship and good will
  28. amorous
    inclined toward or displaying love
  29. amorphous
    having no definite form or distinct shape
  30. amphibious
    relating to vertebrates that live on land but breed in water
  31. analogous
    similar or equivalent in some respects
  32. anemic
    relating to or having a deficiency of red blood cells
  33. angelic
    relating to spiritual beings attendant upon God
  34. angular
    having the shape of intersecting lines or planes
  35. annual
    occurring every year
  36. anonymous
    having no known name or identity or known source
  37. anthropomorphic
    suggesting human features for animals or inanimate things
  38. antique
    made in or typical of earlier times and valued for its age
  39. anxious
    causing or fraught with or showing anxiety
  40. apostate
    not faithful to religion or party or cause
  41. apparent
    clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
  42. appreciable
    enough to be estimated or measured
  43. appropriate
    suitable for a particular person, place, or situation
  44. arbitrary
    based on or subject to individual discretion or preference
  45. arboreal
    of or relating to or formed by trees
  46. archaic
    so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period
  47. ardent
    characterized by intense emotion
  48. arid
    lacking sufficient water or rainfall
  49. arrogant
    having or showing feelings of unwarranted importance
  50. artless
    simple and natural; without cunning or deceit
  51. ascetic
    someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline
  52. ashen
    anemic looking from illness or emotion
  53. assiduous
    marked by care and persistent effort
  54. astringent
    tending to draw together or constrict soft organic tissue
  55. astute
    marked by practical hardheaded intelligence
  56. atrocious
    shockingly brutal or cruel
  57. audacious
    disposed to venture or take risks
  58. audible
    heard or perceptible by the ear
  59. austere
    of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor
  60. authentic
    not counterfeit or copied
  61. autonomous
    existing as an independent entity
  62. auxiliary
    furnishing added support
  63. averse
    strongly opposed
  64. awry
    turned or twisted to one side
  65. baleful
    threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
  66. banal
    repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
  67. bellicose
    having or showing a ready disposition to fight
  68. belligerent
    characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight
  69. beneficial
    promoting or enhancing well-being
  70. benevolent
    showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding
  71. benign
    kind in disposition or manner
  72. bestial
    resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility
  73. bibulous
    given to or marked by the consumption of alcohol
  74. bilateral
    having two sides or parts
  75. blase
    nonchalantly unconcerned
  76. blatant
    without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious
  77. bleak
    unpleasantly cold and damp
  78. blithe
    carefree and happy and lighthearted
  79. boisterous
    full of rough and exuberant animal spirits
  80. boorish
    ill-mannered and coarse in behavior or appearance
  81. bountiful
    producing in abundance
  82. brittle
    having little elasticity
  83. brusque
    marked by rude or peremptory shortness
  84. buoyant
    tending to float on a liquid or rise in air or gas
  85. cadaverous
    of or relating to a corpse
  86. callow
    young and inexperienced
  87. candid
    openly straightforward and direct without secretiveness
  88. capacious
    large in the amount that can be contained
  89. captious
    tending to find and call attention to faults
  90. cardinal
    a vivid red color
  91. carnal
    of or relating to the body or flesh
  92. caustic
    capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action
  93. censorious
    harshly critical or expressing censure
  94. choleric
    characterized by anger
  95. clamorous
    conspicuously and offensively loud
  96. clandestine
    conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
  97. coercive
    serving or intended to force
  98. cognate
    related by blood
  99. cognizant
    having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization
  100. cohesive
    well integrated
  101. coincident
    occurring or operating at the same time
  102. collective
    done by or characteristic of individuals acting together
  103. colloquial
    characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation
  104. comely
    according with custom or propriety
  105. comparable
    able to be described as similar
  106. comparative
    relating to or based on or involving comparison
  107. competent
    properly or sufficiently qualified, capable, or efficient
  108. competitive
    involving rivalry over something
  109. complacent
    contented to a fault with oneself or one's actions
  110. complex
    complicated in structure
  111. compliant
    disposed to act in accordance with someone's wishes
  112. comprehensive
    including all or everything
  113. compulsory
    required by rule
  114. conciliatory
    making or willing to make concessions
  115. conclusive
    forming an end or termination
  116. concurrent
    occurring or operating at the same time
  117. conducive
    tending to bring about; being partly responsible for
  118. confident
    having or marked by assurance
  119. conformable
    disposed or willing to comply
  120. congenial
    suitable to your needs
  121. conjugal
    relating to the relationship between a wife and husband
  122. conscientious
    characterized by extreme care and great effort
  123. conscious
    having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts
  124. consecutive
    one after the other
  125. conservative
    resistant to change
  126. conspicuous
    obvious to the eye or mind
  127. contagious
    capable of being transmitted by infection
  128. contemporary
    occurring in the same period of time
  129. contemptuous
    expressing extreme scorn
  130. contiguous
    having a common boundary or edge
  131. contingent
    determined by conditions or circumstances that follow
  132. continuous
    moving in time or space without interruption
  133. contradictory
    not able to be true at the same time
  134. contrite
    feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
  135. convalescent
    returning to health after illness or debility
  136. conversant
    well informed about or knowing thoroughly
  137. convertible
    designed to be changed from one use or form to another
  138. convex
    curving or bulging outward
  139. convivial
    occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company
  140. copious
    large in number or quantity
  141. corporal
    affecting the body as opposed to the mind or spirit
  142. corpulent
    excessively fat
  143. cosmic
    pertaining to or characteristic of the universe
  144. cosmopolitan
    composed of people from many parts of the world
  145. counterfeit
    not genuine; imitating something superior
  146. courageous
    able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching
  147. covert
    secret or hidden
  148. crass
    so unrefined as to be lacking in discrimination
  149. credible
    capable of being believed
  150. culinary
    of or relating to or used in cooking
  151. culpable
    deserving blame or censure as being wrong or injurious
  152. cursory
    hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough
  153. curt
    brief and to the point
  154. cynical
    believing the worst of human nature and motives
  155. dauntless
    invulnerable to fear or intimidation
  156. debatable
    open to doubt or argument
  157. debonair
    having a sophisticated charm
  158. deceitful
    marked by deliberate deceptiveness
  159. decent
    socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous
  160. decorous
    characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste
  161. decrepit
    worn and broken down by hard use
  162. deficient
    inadequate in amount or degree
  163. definite
    precise; explicit and clearly defined
  164. delectable
    extremely pleasing to the sense of taste
  165. deleterious
    harmful to living things
  166. delirious
    experiencing hallucinations
  167. demented
    affected with madness or insanity
  168. demonstrable
    capable of being proved
  169. demonstrative
    a pronoun that points out an intended referent
  170. deplorable
    of very poor quality or condition
  171. derelict
    a person without a home, job, or property
  172. desperate
    a person who is frightened and in need of help
  173. despicable
    morally reprehensible
  174. despondent
    without or almost without hope
  175. destitute
    poor enough to need help from others
  176. desultory
    marked by lack of definite plan or regularity or purpose
  177. determinate
    supplying or being a final or conclusive settlement
  178. devious
    deviating from a straight course
  179. devout
    deeply religious
  180. diabolical
    showing cunning or ingenuity or wickedness
  181. diaphanous
    so thin as to transmit light
  182. didactic
    instructive, especially excessively
  183. diffident
    showing modest reserve
  184. dilapidated
    in a state of decay, ruin, or deterioration
  185. dilatory
    wasting time
  186. diplomatic
    relating to negotiation between nations
  187. discernible
    perceptible by the senses or intellect
  188. disconsolate
    sad beyond comforting; incapable of being consoled
  189. discreet
    marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint
  190. discursive
    tending to cover a wide range of subjects
  191. dissimilar
    not alike
  192. dissolute
    unrestrained by convention or morality
  193. dissonant
    harmonically unresolved
  194. distraught
    deeply agitated especially from emotion
  195. diurnal
    having a daily cycle or occurring every day
  196. divergent
    tending to move apart in different directions
  197. diverse
    distinctly dissimilar or unlike
  198. docile
    easily handled or managed
  199. dogmatic
    pertaining to a code of beliefs accepted as authoritative
  200. doleful
    filled with or evoking sadness
  201. dominant
    most frequent or common
  202. dormant
    inactive but capable of becoming active
  203. doubly
    twice the degree
  204. drastic
    forceful and extreme and rigorous
  205. drowsy
    half asleep
  206. dubious
    fraught with uncertainty or doubt
  207. ductile
    capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out
  208. duplicitous
    marked by deliberate deceptiveness
  209. dutiful
    willingly obedient out of a sense of respect

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