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Re: Useful RC words come across while practicing. [#permalink]
27 Jun 2011, 05:54
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Devolves - to delegate, degenerate; Overture - an introductory section; Skirmish - minor battle; Plebiscite - vote in which a population exercises the right of national self determination; Rhetoric - a style of speaking, writing; Restitution - return to previous state; Predisposition - tendency, inclination; Reconcile - to settle, to resolve; Hypothesis - tentative explanation for an observation; Rebuttal - act of refuting, offering contradictory contention; Substantiate - to solidify stand; Petulance - peevish, ill-tempered, choler; Obliterating - to wipe out completely; Conspicuously - easy to notice, prominent; Ostensibly - appearing represented; Laudable - praiseworthy; Pragmatic - practical; Ubiquitous - seeming to be everywhere at once; Stellar type - outstanding; Megalomaniac - obsession with grandiose or extravagant things; Diaspora - dispersion of people from original homeland; Dragooned - to compel by violent measures or threat, coerce; Palatable - agreeable, acceptable; Noxious - harmful; Moot - subject to argument, undecided; Audacity - fearless, intrepidity; Plagiarized - to use somebody else’s work into one's; Foraging - to wander in search of food; Smoulder - to burn with little smoke and no flame; Draconian - exceedingly harsh; Proselytize - to convert one's religion; Camaraderie - familiarity and trust between friends; Nuance - A subtle or slight degree of difference; Agnostic - One who believes that it is impossible to know whether there is god; Satirical - relating to, characterized by satire; Crooner - a soft singing or humming; Pernicious - destructive, causing great harm; Crass - dull, boorish; Perversely - persistent or obstinate in what is wrong; Benign - having a kindly disposition, gracious; Empathetic - feeling sympathy; Grappling - hand to hand combat; Polemics - art of dispute; Malefactors - evildoers; Elicited - to bring or draw out; Heedless - unmindful, thoughtless; Castigated - to criticize severely; Embittered - to make bitter in flavor; Supplant - to displace and substitute; Culmination - climax, to come to an end; Inscrutable - difficult to fathom or understand; Elucidated - to make clear or plain; Egalitarian - equal rights to all; Emanating - to come from a source; Invigorate - to refresh; Vicissitude - change in circumstances; Contentious - controversial; Myriad - innumerable; Exacerbate - to increase severity, violence; Oligarchy - power vested to few people; Euphemism - substituting a mild or vague term; Resurrecting - to rise from the dead; Vagaries - erratic action, wild idea; Emancipation - to free from bondage; Appropriated - to set apart, authorize; Renegade - traitor; Plethora - over abundance; Patriarchal - head of family, group etc; Alludes - indirect reference; Ethnocentrism - belief in the superiority of one's own ethnic group; Altruism - practice unselfish concern; Sycophants - to bribe authorities in order to gain advantage; Agrarian - agriculture; Preponderance - superiority in number, weight; Juxtaposing - close comparison; Buttressed - to support, encourage; Brazen - to face boldly, shamelessly; Repeal - reversal of law; Embargo - prohibit trade with a country; Reminiscent - remind; Champion - to defy; Disenfranchised - to deprive of a privilege right; Peripatetic - walking or traveling about; Allay - support; Neophyte - a beginner, novice; Aspersions - attack on somebody's reputation; Inexplicable - difficult to explain; Derision - ridicule; Purport - intention of doing; Stodgy - dull, unimaginative; Hyperbole - exaggeration; Gleaned - together, collect; Adulatory - to praise or admire excessively; Indignation - anger aroused by something wrong; Inchoate - infant idea; Perfunctory - superficial, hasty; Canonized - great, famous; Vehemence - intensity of emotion; Diffident - restraint, lacking confidence; Unassailable - undesirable; Discursive - aimlessly from one to another; Paraphernalia - equipment, apparatus; Revered - devoted; Octogenarian - person of the age between 80 and 90; Bawdiness - smuttiness, dirtiness in speech; Persiflage - light-hearted talk; Platitudinous - unoriginal, bromidic, dull; Ephemeral - lasting for only a short time, temporary; Evanescent - vanishing out, ephemeral; Indigent - a needy or destitute person; Opulent - rich, abundance; Equivocate/prevaricate - to dodge, to speak false deliberately;