Group 1


Abhor
hate
Bigot
narrow-minded, prejudiced person
Counterfeit
fake; false
Enfranchise
give voting rights
Hamper
hinder; obstruct
Kindle
to start a fire
Noxious
harmful; poisonous; lethal
Placid
calm; peaceful
Remuneration
payment for work done
Talisman
lucky charm

Group 2

Abrasive
rough; coarse; harsh
Bilk
cheat; defraud
Covert
hidden; undercover
Engender
cause
Hangar
storage area (like garage) for a plane
Knotty
complex; difficult to solve
Nuance
something subtle; a fine shade of meaning
Plagiarism
taking credit for someone else's writing or ideas
Renown
fame
Tangent
going off the main subject

Group 3

Abasement
humiliation; degradation
Billowing
swelling; fluttering; waving
Cower
recoil in fear or servility; shrink away from
Enhance
improve; make better or clearer
Harangue
noisy, attacking speech
Labyrinth
a maze
Nullify
to counter; make unimportant
Plaintiff
petitioner (in court of law)
Replete
full
Tangible
can be touched

Group 4

Abrogate
cancel; deny; repeal
Blasphemy
speech which offends religious sentiments
Credible
believable
Enigma
puzzle; mystery
Harbingers
indicators; bringers of warnings
Labyrinthine
complicated; highly convoluted
Nuzzle
cuddle; snuggle
Plaudit
statement giving strong praise
Reprehensible
shameful; very bad
Tardy
slow; late; overdue; delayed

Group 5

Absolution
forgiveness; pardon; release
Blatant
obvious
Creditable
praiseworthy
Ensconce
establish firmly in a position
Hasten
hurry; accelerate; rush
Laceration
a cut
Obdurate
stubborn
Plausible
can be believed; reasonable
Reprieve
a respite; postponement of a sentence
Tawdry
of little value; gaudy

Group 6

Abstain
desist; go without; withdraw
Blighted
damaged; destroyed; ruined
Credulous
gullible; ready to believe anything
Enshroud
cover
Haughtiness
arrogance; pride
Lachrymose
tearful; sad
Obfuscate
deliberately make something difficult to understand
Plethora
an excess
Repudiate
shun; eschew
Tedium
boredom

Group 7

Abstemious
self denying; refraining from indulging
Blithe
free-spirited; carefree
Crepuscular
active at dawn and dusk
Enunciation
clear pronunciation; accent; articulation
Headstrong
stubborn; willful
Lackluster
dull; monotonous; bland
Objective
unbiased; not subjective
Pliable
flexible; not stubborn
Rescind
retract; repeal
Temper
to moderate; soften

Group 8

Abstruse
difficult to understand; obscure
Blunderbuss
1. ancient weapon (type of gun); 2. a clumsy person
Cringe
recoil; flinch; shy away
Envenom
to cause bitterness and bad feeling
Hedonism
self indulgence; pleasure-seeking
Laconic
using few words; brief; to the point
Oblique
indirect; slanting
Plumage
feathers of a bird
Resignation
acceptance of fate
Tenacious
stubborn; resolute; holding firm to a purpose

Group 9

Accolade
tribute; honor; praise
Bolster
support; prop up
Cryptic
puzzling; enigmatic
Ephemeral
short-lived
Hedonist
a pleasure seeker
Lamentation
expression of regret or sorrow
Obliterate
destroy; demolish; eradicate
Plummet
fall suddenly and steeply
Resolution
determination
Tentative
not certain

Group 10

Acquiesce
to agree to; give in to
Bombast
arrogant, pompous language
Curtail
cut short
Epicure
someone who appreciates good food and drink
Heed
listen to
Lampoon
ridicule; spoof
Oblivious
totally unaware
Podium
raised platform
Resonant
echoing
Tenuous
flimsy; not solid

Group 11

Atheist
person who does not believe in God
Colloquial
local and informal (used of language)
Dotard
foolish old man
Furrow
groove
Instigator
troublemaker; person who entices others to do something
Misnomer
wrong name
Percipient
perceptive; insightful
Quaff
drink down quickly
Staunch
loyal; faithful; dependable
Vilification
blackening someone's name

Group 12

Atrophy
waste away from lack of use
Collusion
plotting and planning
Drawl
speak slowly with words running together
Furtive
hidden and secret
Insurgent
a rebel
Misogynist
hater of women
Perdition
damnation
Quagmire
marsh; bog
Stereotype
fixed image

Group 13

Attenuate
weaken
Commandeer
take possession of
Drivel
nonsense
Futile
useless; hopeless
Interminable
never-ending
Misrepresentation
deliberately deceiving
Peremptory
in a commanding manner
Quaint
picturesque
Stevedore
dockworker
Virtuoso
an accomplished musician

Group 14

Augment
increase; make bigger
Complacent
self-satisfied; smug
Droll
dryly amusing
Galleon
ancient type of sailing ship
Intermittent
sporadic; irregular
Mitigate
lessen; make less severe
Perfidy
treachery
Quandary
dilemma; puzzle
Stifle
suppress
Virulent
dangerous; harmful

Group 15

Auspicious
favorable; promising to turn out well
Compliant
easy to control; submissive
Drone
1. monotonous noise (n); 2. to speak with no emotion (v); 3.male bee
Gambol
frolic; leap; bound
Intransigence
stubbornness
Modicum
small amount
Perfunctory
superficial; cursory
Quarantine
isolation to prevent the spread of disease
Stoic
known for fortitude; indifferent to pleasure or pain
Vital
essential; alive; important

Group 16

Austere
severely plain
Concatenate
link together
Dubious
doubtful
Garble
distort; confuse; muddle
Intransigent
stubborn; unyielding
Momentous
very important
Peripatetic
nomadic; moving from place to place
Quarry
1. something that is hunted; 2. mine for stone
Stoke
add fuel to; strengthen
Vitriolic
corrosive; strongly attacking

Group 17

Aversion
a dislike of
Concatenation
linking into chains
Dupe
to fool someone
Garish
gaudy
Intrepid
brave
Monotonous
dull; unvarying
Peripheral
on the edge; not important
Querulous
always complaining
Stolid
impassive; dull; indifferent
Vivacity
liveliness; animation

Group 18

Balk
hinder and prevent; hesitate over
Conciliate
to bring together; end a dispute
Dynamic
lively; vibrant; energetic
Garner
gather; collect
Inveterate
habitual
Moratorium
temporary prohibition or halt to activity
Perjury
telling lies under oath
Quirk
oddity
Stratagem
plot; plan; trick
Vivify
enliven

Group 19

Banal
common; dull
Concise
stated in few words
Ebullient
very lively; cheerful; jovial; happy
Garrulous
talkative
Invidious
arousing envy
Moribund
on the point of death
Pernicious
destructive; harmful
Ramble
wander aimlessly
Strident
loud and harsh
Vociferous
noisy; loud in speech

Group 20

Banality
ordinariness; dullness
Condescend
talk down to
Eccentric
unusual; quirky; odd
Gaunt
emaciated; bony and angular
Inviolable
cannot be invaded
Morose
gloomy; bad tempered
Persnickety
fastidious; fussy
Ramifications
branches; subdivisions of a complex system; outcomes
Stringent
strict or severe
Volatile
dangerously unstable; evaporates easily