Meghan's Essential Vocabulary AQA GCSE English

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  1. aberration
    a state or condition markedly different from the norm
  2. abhor
    find repugnant
  3. acquiesce
    agree or express agreement
  4. alacrity
    liveliness and eagerness
  5. amiable
    diffusing warmth and friendliness
  6. appease
    make peace with
  7. arcane
    requiring secret or mysterious knowledge
  8. avarice
    reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth
  9. brazen
    unrestrained by convention or propriety
  10. brusque
    rudely abrupt or blunt in speech or manner
  11. cajole
    influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
  12. chide
    scold or reprimand severely or angrily
  13. circumspect
    careful to consider potential consequences and avoid risk
  14. clandestine
    conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
  15. coerce
    cause to do through pressure or necessity
  16. coherent
    marked by an orderly and consistent relation of parts
  17. complacency
    the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself
  18. confidant
    someone to whom private matters are told
  19. connive
    form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner
  20. cumulative
    increasing by successive addition
  21. cynical
    believing the worst of human nature and motives
  22. debase
    make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance
  23. decry
    express strong disapproval of
  24. deferential
    showing courteous regard for people's feelings
  25. demure
    shy or modest, often in a playful or provocative way
  26. deride
    treat or speak of with contempt
  27. despot
    a cruel and oppressive dictator
  28. diligent
    quietly and steadily persevering in detail or exactness
  29. elated
    exultantly proud and joyful; in high spirits
  30. eloquent
    expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
  31. embezzle
    appropriate fraudulently to one's own use
  32. empathy
    understanding and entering into another's feelings
  33. enmity
    a state of deep-seated ill-will
  34. erudite
    having or showing profound knowledge
  35. extol
    praise, glorify, or honor
  36. fabricate
    put together out of artificial or natural components
  37. feral
    wild and menacing
  38. forsake
    leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
  39. fractious
    easily irritated or annoyed
  40. furtive
    secret and sly
  41. gluttony
    habitual eating to excess
  42. gratuitous
    unnecessary and unwarranted
  43. haughty
    having or showing arrogant superiority
  44. hypocrisy
    pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not have
  45. impeccable
    without fault or error
  46. impertinent
    improperly forward or bold
  47. implacable
    incapable of being appeased or pacified
  48. implicit
    suggested though not directly expressed
  49. impudent
    improperly forward or bold
  50. incisive
    demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
  51. indolent
    disinclined to work or exertion
  52. inept
    generally incompetent and ineffectual
  53. infamy
    a state of extreme dishonor
  54. inhibit
    limit the range or extent of
  55. innate
    present at birth but not necessarily hereditary
  56. insatiable
    impossible to fulfill, appease, or gratify
  57. insular
    relating to or characteristic of or situated on an island
  58. intrepid
    invulnerable to fear or intimidation
  59. inveterate
  60. jubilant
    full of high-spirited delight
  61. lithe
    moving and bending with ease
  62. lurid
    glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism
  63. maverick
    someone who exhibits independence in thought and action
  64. maxim
    a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits
  65. meticulous
    marked by precise accordance with details
  66. modicum
    a small or moderate or token amount
  67. morose
    showing a brooding ill humor
  68. myriad
    a large indefinite number
  69. nadir
    the lowest point of anything
  70. nominal
    relating to or constituting or bearing or giving a name
  71. novice
    someone new to a field or activity
  72. nuance
    a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
  73. oblivious
    lacking conscious awareness of
  74. obsequious
    attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
  75. obtuse
    of an angle, between 90 and 180 degrees
  76. panacea
    hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases
  77. parody
    a composition that imitates or misrepresents a style
  78. penchant
    a strong liking or preference
  79. perusal
    the act of examining or reading carefully
  80. plethora
    extreme excess
  81. predilection
    a predisposition in favor of something
  82. quaint
    attractively old-fashioned
  83. rash
    imprudently incurring risk
  84. refurbish
    improve the appearance or functionality of
  85. repudiate
    refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid
  86. rife
    excessively abundant
  87. salient
    conspicuous, prominent, or important
  88. serendipity
    good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries
  89. staid
    characterized by dignity and propriety
  90. superfluous
    more than is needed, desired, or required
  91. sycophant
    a person who tries to please someone to gain an advantage
  92. taciturn
    habitually reserved and uncommunicative
  93. truculent
    defiantly aggressive
  94. umbrage
    a feeling of anger caused by being offended
  95. venerable
    profoundly honored
  96. vociferous
    conspicuously and offensively loud
  97. zenith
    the highest point of something
  98. alliteration
    use of the same consonant at the beginning of each word
  99. assonance
    the repetition of similar vowels in successive words
  100. cliche
    a trite or obvious remark
  101. colloquial
    characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation
  102. emotive
    characterized by feeling
  103. imperative
    requiring attention or action
  104. juxtapose
    place side by side
  105. list
    a database containing an ordered array of items
  106. metaphor
    a figure of speech that suggests a non-literal similarity
  107. narcissistic
    having an inflated idea of one's own importance
  108. onomatopoeia
    using words that imitate the sound they denote
  109. oxymoron
    conjoined contradictory terms
  110. repetition
    the act of doing or performing again
  111. rhetorical
    relating to using language effectively
  112. persona
    an image of oneself that one presents to the world
  113. personification
    attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas
  114. rhyme
    correspondence in the final sounds of two or more lines
  115. rhythm
    an interval during which a recurring sequence occurs
  116. simile
    a figure of speech expressing a resemblance between things
  117. irony
    incongruity between what might be expected and what occurs
  118. sarcastic
    expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds
  119. analogy
    drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity
  120. imagery
    the ability to form mental pictures of things or events
  121. hyperbole
    extravagant exaggeration
  122. argue
    have a disagreement about something
  123. conclude
    bring to a close
  124. explain
    make plain and comprehensible
  125. demonstrate
    give an exhibition of to an interested audience
  126. differentiate
    acquire a distinct character
  127. identify
    recognize as being
  128. critique
    appraise or judge in an analytical way
  129. deduce
    reason from the general to the particular
  130. evaluate
    estimate the nature, quality, ability or significance of
  131. prove
    establish the validity of something
  132. assess
    estimate the nature, quality, ability or significance of
  133. examine
    observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect
  134. distinguish
    mark as different
  135. predict
    tell in advance
  136. propose
    present for consideration, examination, or criticism
  137. integrate
    make into a whole or make part of a whole
  138. discuss
    to consider or examine in speech or writing
  139. illustrate
    depict with a visual representation
  140. outline
    the line that appears to bound an object
  141. apply
    employ for a particular purpose
  142. compose
    form the substance of
  143. state
    the way something is with respect to its main attributes
  144. separate
    standing apart; not attached to or supported by anything
  145. develop
    progress or evolve through a process of natural growth
  146. appraise
    consider in a comprehensive way
  147. select
    pick out or choose from a number of alternatives
  148. perform
    get done
  149. interpret
    make sense of; assign a meaning to
  150. paraphrase
    express the same message in different words
  151. report
    to give an account or representation of in words
  152. prepare
    make ready or suitable or equip in advance
  153. review
    look at again; examine again
  154. classify
    arrange or order by categories
  155. contrast
    the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared
  156. debate
    a discussion with reasons for and against some proposal
  157. relate
    give an account of
  158. assert
    declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
  159. justify
    show to be right by providing proof
  160. invent
    come up with after a mental effort
  161. construct
    make by combining materials and parts
  162. recall
    bring to mind
  163. recite
    repeat aloud from memory
Created on October 4, 2013 (updated October 4, 2013)

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