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A Level Vocabulary

A Level Vocabulary

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  • propriety - the rules of behaviour conventionally considered to be correct
  • acquiesce - accept something reluctantly but without protest
  • chide - scold or rebuke
  • deferential - treat with respect
  • extol - praise enthusiastically; students extol Ken's genius
  • impeccable - in accordance with the highest standards; faultless
  • nominal - (of a price or charge) far below the real value or cost
  • nominal - (of a role or status) existing in name only
  • predilection - a preference or bias in favour of something
  • zenith - the time at which something is most powerful or successful
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  • sycophant - a person who acts obsequiously towards someone to gain advantage e.g. Nikhil at all times
  • prolix - (speech, writing) using too many words
  • laconic - (speech, writing) using very few words
  • wanton - (of violence) deliberate & unprovoked
  • ineluctable - unable to be resisted or avoided
  • incipient - beginning to happen or develop
  • bereft - deprived of or lacking (something)
  • bereft - (of a person) sad and lonely, especially through someone's death or departure
  • trope - a figurative or metaphorical use of a word or expression
  • dogmatic - inclined to lay down principles as undeniably true
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  • inveterate - having a particular habit, activity, or interest that is established & unlikely to change
  • disconcerted - unsettle or throw into confusion by something unexpected
  • discombobulated - bewildered & disorientated
  • augur - to be a sign of especially good or bad things in the future
  • duplicitous - deceitful as in double-dealing
  • misogyny - dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women
  • avarice- extreme greed for wealth or material gain
  • erudite - having or showing great knowledge or learning
  • congenital - having a particular trait from birth
  • incorrigible - (of a person or their behaviour) not able to be changed or reformed
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  • gratuitous-not called for or just for the sake of it
  • churlish - rude in a mean-spirited and surly way
  • innate - (of an ability) born with it, not learned
  • villify - speak or write about in an abusively disparaging manner
  • perfunctory - (of an action) carried out without real interest, feeling, or effort; in an uncaring, hasty and superficial way
  • prevaricate - speak or act in an evasive way
  • obsequious - attentive to an excessive degree
  • eponymous - named after a particular person or group
  • hypothetical - existing as an idea or concept, based on possible ideas rather than actual ones
  • gist - the general meaning of text or speech
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  • disingenuous - not candid or sincere, typically pretending one knows less than one really does
  • equivocation - the use of ambiguous language to conceal the truth
  • innocuous - not harmful or offensive
  • pejorative - expressing contempt or disapproval
  • hedonism - the pursuit of great pleasure especially physical
  • prescient - having or showing knowledge of events before they take place
  • vicarious - experienced through the feelings or actions of another person
  • placate - make (someone) less angry or hostile
  • appease - pacify by giving in to demands
  • pyrrhic - (of a victory) won at too great a cost to have been worthwhile for the victor
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  • implacable - unable to be appeased or placated
  • kibosh - put an end to usually decisively
  • affinity - a strong connection between people or things
  • sciolism - expressing opinions on something of which one has little real understanding i.e. Donald Trump
  • hiatus - a pause or break
  • sanguine - positive especially in difficult times
  • prosaic - ordinary to the point of being dull and boring;unimaginative
  • visceral - of deep inner feelings rather not intellect
  • ubiquitous - present or turning up everywhere
  • hyperbole - exaggerated often to make a point
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  • solipsism - the view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist; self-centered, selfish
  • parochial - having a limited or narrow outlook or scope; local
  • persuant - in accordance with
  • aberration - a departure from what is normal, usual, or expected, typically an unwelcome one
  • arcane - understood by few; obscure even mysterious knowledge
  • brusque - abrupt or offhand in speech or manner
  • homage - special honour or respect shown publicly
  • debase - reduce (something) in quality or value; degrade or bring down
  • demure - (of a woman or her behaviour) reserved, modest, and shy
  • indolent - wanting to avoid activity or exertion; slow, lazy and apathetic;
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  • rigmarole - a lengthy and complicated procedure
  • venal - willing to behave in a way that is not honest or moral in exchange for money
  • idyllic - extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque
  • privation - a state in which food and other essentials for well-being are lacking
  • venerable - accorded a great deal of respect, especially because of age, wisdom, or character
  • umbrage - (to take) offence or annoyance
  • superfluous - more than is needed or wanted; more than enough
  • salient - the salient facts about something or qualities of something are the most important and relevant things about them
  • plethora - a large or excessive amount of something
  • insalubrious - (of a place) seedy and run-down; unwholesome
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  • paradigm - an example that serves as a pattern or model
  • censure - express severe disapproval of (someone or something), especially in a formal statement
  • impecunious - having little or no money
  • obtuse - difficult to understand, especially deliberately so
  • vicissitude - a change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant
  • repudiate - to reject, refuse to accept
  • alacrity - brisk and cheerful readiness
  • brazen - bold and without shame
  • vociferous - expressing or characterized by vehement opinions; loud and forceful
  • myriad - a countless or extremely great number of people or things
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  • reprehensible - deserving censure or condemnation
  • candour - the quality of being open and honest; frankness
  • callous - showing or having an insensitive and cruel disregard for others
  • flabbergasted - surprise (someone) greatly; astonish
  • perusal - the action of reading or examining something
  • panacea - a solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases
  • enmity - a state or feeling of active opposition or hostility
  • oblivious - not aware of or concerned about what is happening around one
  • loquacious - tending to talk a great deal; talkative
  • despondent - in low spirits from loss of hope or courage
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  • disparate - essentially different in kind; not able to be compared
  • abate - to decrease; reduce; (of something unpleasant or severe) become less intense or widespread
  • amalgamate - to combine into a unified whole
  • apprise - inform or tell (someone)
  • austere - unadorned; severe or strict in manner or attitude
  • burnish - to polish; enhance or improve
  • commensurate - corresponding in size or degree; in proportion
  • dupe - to deceive; trick
  • contrite - feeling or expressing sincere sorrow at the recognition that one has done wrong
  • denigrate - to slur someone's reputation; criticize unfairly; disparage
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  • pristine - untouched; uncorrupted
  • pungent - strong, sharp in smell or taste; penetrating; caustic to the point
  • quibble - to argue or insignificant and irrelevant details
  • repudiate - to reject as having no authority
  • sage - wise
  • soporific - sleep producing
  • verbose - wordy
  • plummet - to fall; plunge
  • precipitate - to cause to happen; throw down from a height
  • coherent - (of an argument, theory, or policy) logical and consistent.
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  • abeyance - temporary suppression or suspension
  • antipathy - dislike; hostility
  • trite -
  • bombastic - pompous; using inflated language
  • caustic - burning; sarcastically biting
  • contentious - quarrelsome; causing quarrels
  • disseminate - spread; scatter; disperse
  • euphemism - use of agreeable or inoffensive language in place of unpleasant or offensive language
  • harangue - long pompous speech; tirade
  • impede - hinder; block
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  • aesthetic - relating to beauty or art
  • arduous - extremely difficult; laborious
  • banal - commonplace; trite
  • fickle -
  • chicanery - trickery ; fraud
  • diatribe - bitter verbal attack
  • eclectic - selecting from various sources
  • garrulous - very talkative; wordy
  • impervious - impossible to penetrate; incapable of being effected
  • inundate - to cover with water; overwhelm
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  • audacious - daring; bold
  • pompous -
  • capricious - fickle
  • confound - to baffle; perplex; mix up
  • discerning - perceptive; Exhibiting keen insight and good judgment
  • emulate - imitate; copy
  • homogeneous - composed of identical parts; uniform in compositions
  • implicit - implied; understood but not stated
  • irascible - irritable; easily angered
  • digression - act of straying away from the main point

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