CHS Vocabulary List (2017-18)

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  1. earnest
    characterized by a firm, humorless belief in one's opinions
  2. ebullient
    joyously unrestrained
  3. eccentric
    conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual
  4. ecstatic
    feeling great rapture or delight
  5. edible
    suitable for use as food
  6. effective
    able to accomplish a purpose
  7. effectual
    producing or capable of producing an intended result
  8. effeminate
    having unsuitable feminine qualities
  9. effervescent
    marked by high spirits or excitement
  10. effete
    excessively self-indulgent, affected, or decadent
  11. efficient
    being effective without wasting time, effort, or expense
  12. effulgent
    radiating or as if radiating light
  13. egregious
    conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
  14. eligible
    qualified for or allowed or worthy of being chosen
  15. eloquent
    expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
  16. emergent
    coming into existence
  17. eminent
    standing above others in quality or position
  18. emphatic
    forceful and definite in expression or action
  19. endearing
    lovable especially in a childlike or naive way
  20. endemic
    native to or confined to a certain region
  21. enduring
    unceasing
  22. energetic
    possessing or displaying forceful exertion
  23. engrossed
    giving or marked by complete attention to
  24. enhanced
    increased or intensified in value or beauty or quality
  25. enigmatic
    not clear to the understanding
  26. enlightened
    having knowledge and spiritual insight
  27. enormous
    extraordinarily large in size or extent or degree
  28. enraged
    marked by extreme anger
  29. enthusiastic
    having or showing great excitement and interest
  30. entrenched
    established firmly and securely
  31. epic
    very imposing or impressive; surpassing the ordinary
  32. epicurean
    devoted to pleasure
  33. equestrian
    of or relating to or featuring horseback riding
  34. equitable
    fair to all parties as dictated by reason and conscience
  35. equivalent
    being essentially equal to something
  36. equivocal
    open to two or more interpretations
  37. erratic
    liable to sudden unpredictable change
  38. erroneous
    containing or characterized by error
  39. erudite
    having or showing profound knowledge
  40. essential
    absolutely necessary
  41. evasive
    deliberately vague or ambiguous
  42. eventual
    expected to follow in the indefinite future
  43. execrable
    unequivocally detestable
  44. exemplary
    worthy of imitation
  45. exempt
    freed from or not subject to an obligation or liability
  46. exhaustive
    performed comprehensively and completely
  47. exhilarating
    making lively and joyful
  48. exigent
    demanding immediate attention
  49. exorbitant
    greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
  50. exotic
    characteristic of another place or part of the world
  51. expansive
    able or tending to extend in one or more directions
  52. expedient
    appropriate to a purpose
  53. explicit
    precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable
  54. expository
    serving to expound or set forth
  55. expressive
    characterized by communicating beliefs or opinions
  56. extant
    still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost
  57. extemporaneous
    with little or no preparation or forethought
  58. extensive
    large in spatial extent or range or scope or quantity
  59. external
    coming from the outside
  60. extinct
    no longer in existence
  61. extraneous
    not belonging to that in which it is contained
  62. extraordinary
    highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable
  63. extravagant
    recklessly wasteful
  64. extreme
    of the greatest possible degree, extent, or intensity
  65. exuberant
    joyously unrestrained
  66. fabulous
    extremely pleasing
  67. facetious
    cleverly amusing in tone
  68. factious
    dissenting with the majority opinion
  69. fallacious
    containing or based on incorrect reasoning
  70. fallible
    likely to fail or make errors
  71. famished
    extremely hungry
  72. fanatical
    marked by excessive enthusiasm for a cause or idea
  73. fanciful
    indulging in or influenced by the imagination
  74. fastidious
    giving careful attention to detail
  75. fatuous
    devoid of intelligence
  76. feasible
    capable of being done with means at hand
  77. felicitous
    marked by good fortune
  78. ferocious
    marked by extreme and violent energy
  79. fervent
    characterized by intense emotion
  80. festive
    offering fun and gaiety
  81. fickle
    liable to sudden unpredictable change
  82. fictitious
    formed or conceived by the imagination
  83. finite
    bounded in magnitude or spatial or temporal extent
  84. fiscal
    involving financial matters
  85. fitful
    intermittently stopping and starting
  86. flagrant
    conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
  87. flamboyant
    elaborately or excessively ornamented
  88. flexible
    able to bend easily
  89. flimsy
    lacking substance or significance
  90. flippant
    showing inappropriate levity
  91. florid
    elaborately or excessively ornamented
  92. fluctuating
    having unpredictable ups and downs
  93. fluent
    expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
  94. foppish
    affecting extreme elegance in dress and manner
  95. forcible
    impelled by physical force especially against resistance
  96. foreign
    not deriving from the essential nature of something
  97. formidable
    extremely impressive in strength or excellence
  98. fortified
    having something added to increase the strength
  99. fragile
    easily broken or damaged or destroyed
  100. frantic
    marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion
  101. fraternal
    like or characteristic of or befitting a brother
  102. fraudulent
    intended to deceive
  103. frequent
    often encountered
  104. frigid
    extremely cold
  105. frivolous
    not serious in content or attitude or behavior
  106. frolicsome
    given to merry play
  107. frugal
    avoiding waste
  108. fulsome
    unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating
  109. fundamental
    serving as an essential component
  110. furtive
    marked by quiet and caution and secrecy
  111. futile
    producing no result or effect
  112. gallant
    having or displaying great dignity or nobility
  113. garrulous
    full of trivial conversation
  114. generic
    applicable to an entire class or group
  115. generous
    willing to give and share unstintingly
  116. genial
    diffusing warmth and friendliness
  117. genteel
    marked by refinement in taste and manners
  118. germane
    relevant and appropriate
  119. ghastly
    shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
  120. giddy
    lacking seriousness; given to frivolity
  121. gigantic
    so exceedingly large or extensive as to suggest a giant
  122. glacial
    devoid of warmth and cordiality
  123. glorious
    having or deserving or conferring high honor
  124. gluttonous
    given to excess in consumption of especially food or drink
  125. graceful
    characterized by beauty of movement, style, or form
  126. grandiloquent
    lofty in style
  127. grandiose
    impressive because of unnecessary largeness or magnificence
  128. gratuitous
    unnecessary and unwarranted
  129. gregarious
    temperamentally seeking and enjoying the company of others
  130. grievous
    causing or marked by grief or anguish
  131. grisly
    shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
  132. grotesque
    distorted and unnatural in shape or size
  133. guileless
    free of deceit
  134. gullible
    naive and easily deceived or tricked
  135. habitual
    commonly used or practiced
  136. hackneyed
    repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
  137. haggard
    showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering
  138. halcyon
    marked by peace and prosperity
  139. harmonious
    existing together in agreement
  140. hazardous
    involving risk or danger
  141. heedless
    marked by or paying little attention
  142. heinous
    extremely wicked, deeply criminal
  143. hereditary
    inherited or inheritable by established rules of descent
  144. heretical
    departing from accepted beliefs or standards
  145. hesitant
    unable to act or decide quickly or firmly
  146. heterogeneous
    consisting of elements not of the same kind or nature
  147. hideous
    so extremely ugly as to be terrifying
  148. hilarious
    marked by boisterous merriment or convulsive laughter
  149. hirsute
    having or covered with hair
  150. hoarse
    deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness
  151. homogeneous
    all of the same or similar kind or nature
  152. homologous
    similar in position, structure, function, or characteristics
  153. hospitable
    disposed to treat guests and strangers with generosity
  154. hostile
    characterized by enmity or ill will
  155. humane
    marked by concern with the alleviation of suffering
  156. hydraulic
    moved or operated or effected by liquid
  157. hyperbolic
    enlarged beyond truth or reasonableness
  158. hypercritical
    inclined to judge too severely
  159. hypocritical
    professing feelings or virtues one does not have
  160. hysterical
    marked by excessive or uncontrollable emotion
  161. iconic
    relating to a symbolic figure
  162. iconoclastic
    characterized by attack on established beliefs
  163. idealistic
    of high moral or intellectual value
  164. idiosyncratic
    peculiar to the individual
  165. ignoble
    completely lacking nobility in character or purpose
  166. ignominious
    deserving or bringing disgrace or shame
  167. illegible
    unable to be read
  168. illegitimate
    contrary to or forbidden by law
  169. illicit
    contrary to accepted morality or convention
  170. illiterate
    not able to read or write
  171. illogical
    lacking in a correct relation of reason
  172. illusory
    having the nature of a deceptive trick
  173. immaculate
    free from stain or blemish
  174. immaterial
    of no importance or relevance especially to a law case
  175. immature
    not yet fully developed
  176. immense
    unusually great in size or amount or extent or scope
  177. imminent
    close in time; about to occur
  178. immoral
    deliberately violating principles of right and wrong
  179. immune
    of the condition in which an organism can resist disease
  180. immutable
    not subject or susceptible to change or variation
  181. impartial
    free from undue bias or preconceived opinions
  182. impatient
    restless or short-tempered under delay or opposition
  183. impeccable
    without fault or error
  184. imperative
    requiring attention or action
  185. imperceptible
    impossible or difficult to sense
  186. imperious
    having or showing arrogant superiority
  187. impersonal
    not relating to or responsive to individuals
  188. impervious
    not admitting of passage or capable of being affected
  189. impetuous
    characterized by undue haste and lack of thought
  190. impious
    lacking piety or reverence for a god
  191. implausible
    highly imaginative but unlikely
  192. implicit
    suggested though not directly expressed
  193. impregnable
    incapable of being attacked or tampered with
  194. improvident
    not supplying something useful for the future
  195. imprudent
    not wise
  196. impudent
    improperly forward or bold
  197. impulsive
    without forethought
  198. inaccessible
    capable of being reached with great difficulty or not at all
  199. inaccurate
    not exact
  200. inadequate
    lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task
  201. inadvertent
    happening by chance or unexpectedly or unintentionally
  202. inane
    devoid of intelligence
  203. inanimate
    not endowed with life
  204. incandescent
    emitting light as a result of being heated
  205. incessant
    uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing
  206. incoherent
    without logical or meaningful connection
  207. incomparable
    such that comparison is impossible
  208. incompatible
    not in harmonious or agreeable combination
  209. incompetent
    not qualified or suited for a purpose
  210. incomprehensible
    difficult to understand
  211. inconceivable
    totally unlikely
  212. incongruous
    lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness
  213. inconsequential
    lacking worth or importance
  214. inconsistent
    displaying a lack of regularity
  215. incontrovertible
    impossible to deny or disprove
  216. inconvenient
    not well timed
  217. indefatigable
    showing sustained enthusiasm with unflagging vitality
  218. indefinite
    vague or not clearly defined or stated
  219. indelible
    cannot be removed or erased
  220. indigent
    poor enough to need help from others
  221. indignant
    angered at something unjust or wrong
  222. indiscriminate
    failing to make or recognize distinctions
  223. indispensable
    essential
  224. indistinct
    not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand
  225. indolent
    disinclined to work or exertion
  226. indomitable
    impossible to subdue
  227. indulgent
    given to yielding to the wishes of someone
  228. ineffable
    defying expression or description
  229. inept
    generally incompetent and ineffectual
  230. inert
    unable to move or resist motion
  231. inestimable
    beyond calculation or measure
  232. inevitable
    incapable of being avoided or prevented
  233. inexorable
    not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty
  234. inexplicable
    incapable of being explained or accounted for
  235. infallible
    incapable of failure or error
  236. infamous
    known widely and usually unfavorably
  237. infernal
    characteristic of or resembling Hell
  238. infinite
    having no limits or boundaries in time or space
  239. infirm
    lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality
  240. influential
    having or exercising power
  241. ingenious
    showing inventiveness and skill
  242. ingratiating
    capable of winning favor
  243. inherent
    existing as an essential constituent or characteristic
  244. inhibited
    held back or restrained or prevented
  245. inimical
    not friendly
  246. innocuous
    not injurious to physical or mental health
  247. innovative
    being like nothing done or experienced or created before
  248. innumerable
    too numerous to be counted
  249. inopportune
    not suitable for a purpose
  250. inquisitive
    given to questioning
  251. insatiable
    impossible to satisfy
  252. inscrutable
    of an obscure nature
  253. insecure
    lacking in safety
  254. insidious
    working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way
  255. insightful
    exhibiting clear and deep perception
  256. insipid
    lacking interest or significance or impact
  257. insistent
    demanding attention
  258. insolent
    marked by casual disrespect
  259. instantaneous
    occurring with no delay
  260. instructive
    serving to enlighten or inform
  261. intellectual
    of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind
  262. intelligible
    capable of being apprehended or understood
  263. intense
    possessing a distinctive feature to a heightened degree
  264. intermediate
    lying between two extremes in time, space, or state
  265. interminable
    tiresomely long; seemingly without end
  266. intermittent
    stopping and starting at irregular intervals
  267. intimate
    marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity
  268. intrepid
    invulnerable to fear or intimidation
  269. intricate
    having many complexly arranged elements; elaborate
  270. intriguing
    capable of arousing interest or curiosity
  271. intrinsic
    belonging to a thing by its very nature
  272. introspective
    given to examining own sensory and perceptual experiences
  273. invalid
    no longer legally acceptable
  274. invaluable
    having incalculable monetary or intellectual worth
  275. invasive
    gradually intrusive without right or permission
  276. inventive
    marked by independence and creativity in thought or action
  277. inverse
    turned backward in order or nature or effect
  278. invigorating
    imparting strength and vitality
  279. invincible
    incapable of being overcome or subdued
  280. involuntary
    not subject to the control of the will
  281. irascible
    quickly aroused to anger
  282. irate
    feeling or showing extreme anger
  283. iridescent
    varying in color when seen in different lights
  284. irksome
    tedious or irritating
  285. ironic
    displaying incongruity between what is expected and what is
  286. irrational
    not consistent with or using reason
  287. irrelevant
    having no bearing on or connection with the subject at issue
  288. irresistible
    impossible to resist; overpowering
  289. irritable
    easily annoyed
  290. itinerant
    traveling from place to place to work

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