Vocabulary builder

As I have recently become the owner of a Kindle, I have been reading on a more regular basis, and have come across a number of words that are even new to myself. As a result, I felt compelled to create this post to assist others in widening their vocabulary.

  • Sycophancy: Self-seeking or servile flattery
  • Recidivist: A convicted criminal who re-offends repeatedly
  • Compunction: A feeling of guilt that follows the doing of something bad
  • Dichotomy: A division or contrast between two things represented as being entirely different or opposed
  • Admonition: A firm warning or reprimand
  • Deprecating: An expression of disapproval at something
  • Implicitly: Bring up something in a manner that isn’t expressed directly
  • Proffered: Put forward something for acceptance
  • Imbued: Inspired or permeate with a feeling or quality
  • Effusive: Express gratitude, pleasure or approval in a heartfelt manner
  • Leavened: Transform something for the better
  • Enmeshed: Involve someone in a difficult situation from which it’s difficult to escape
  • Approbation: Approval or praise
  • Supercilious: Behaving or looking as though one is superior to others
  • Felicity: Intense happiness
  • Imputed: Represent something, especially undesirable, as being attributed to someone else
  • Solicitude: Care or concern for someone or something
  • Indolent: Wanting to avoid activity or exertion
  • Abominable: Causing moral revulsion
  • Efficacy: The ability to produce a desired or intended result
  • Odious: Extremely unpleasant
  • Celerity: Swiftness of movement
  • Appertain: Appropriate or applicable
  • Alacrity: Brisk and cheerful readiness
  • Propitious: Indicating a good chance of success; favourable
  • Filial: Due to a son or daughter
  • Amiable: Having or displaying a friendly and pleasant manner
  • Asperity: Harshness of tone or manner
  • Importune: Persistently harass someone to do something
  • Affront: An action or remark that causes outrage
  • Veneration: Great respect
  • Cessation: The process of ending something or bringing it to an end
  • Deigned: To do something that one regards as being beneath one’s dignity
  • Disinclination: A reluctance or lack of enthusiasm
  • Taciturn: Reserved or uncommunicative in speech
  • Desirous: Having or characterised by desire
  • Imprudent: Not showing care for the consequences of one’s actions
  • Enumerating: Mention a number of things, one by one
  • Duplicity: Deceitfulness in speech or conduct
  • Controverted: Argue about something
  • Pecuniary: Relating to or consisting of money
  • Impelled: Urge someone to do something
  • Connivance: Willingness to allow or secretly be involved in an immoral act
  • Acede: Agree to a demand, request or treaty
  • Penitent: Feeling or showing sorrow and regret for having done wrong
  • Contrariety: Inconsistency between two things
  • Volubility: The quality of talking fluently, readily or incessantly
  • Perturbation: Anxiety; mental uneasiness
  • Diffidence: Modesty resulting from a lack of confidence
  • Impetuous: Acting quickly without thought or care
  • Superseded: Taking the place of a person or thing previously in authority or use
  • Acquiescence: The acceptance of something without protest
  • Cognizant: Having awareness
  • Malfeasance: Wrongdoing by a public official
  • Supplemental: Something added to complete a thing; making up for a deficiency.
  • Timorously: Showing or suffering from nervousness or a lack of confidence.
  • Prevaricate: Speak or act in an evasive manner.
  • Imperious: Arrogant and domineering.
  • Inscrutability: Incapable of being investigated, analysed or scrutinised.
  • Inimical: Tending to obstruct or harm.
  • Panegyric: A formal public speech delivered in high praise of a person or thing.
  • Obstinately: Firmly or stubbornly adhering to one’s purpose, opinion, etc.

This post will be updated on a regular basis.

 

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