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GCSE Vocabulary

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  • comprehensive - including or dealing with all or nearly all elements or aspects of something
  • complacent - not bothering to try because of your past achievements
  • dexterity - skilled with tasks especially hands
  • implausible - (of an argument or statement) not seeming reasonable or probable; failing to convince
  • apathy - a great lack of interest, or enthusiasm
  • pedantic - over concerned with minor details
  • semantics - the study of the meanings of words and phrases in language
  • gregarious - fond of company; highly sociable
  • strife - a continued state of angry or bitter disagreement over issues
  • provocative - causing anger or another strong reaction, especially deliberately
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  • epiphany - a sudden moment of great revelation
  • besotted - strongly infatuated, completely in love with someone and always thinking of them
  • misnomer - a wrong or inaccurate name or use of a name
  • intrepid - fearless and adventurous, extremely brave and showing no fear of dangerous situations
  • invaluable - extremely useful; indispensable
  • transient - lasting for a short time
  • canard - an unfounded rumour or story
  • avuncular - kind and friendly towards a younger person
  • indefatigable - (of a person or their efforts) persisting tirelessly
  • miscreant - a person who has done something wrong or unlawful
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  • sympathy - 1. feelings of sorrow for someone else's misfortune
  • sympathy - 2. understanding between people; the sympathy between the boys was obvious
  • empathy - the ability to understand and share the feelings of another
  • xenophobia - dislike of or prejudice against people of other countries or groups
  • concur - to agree or have the same opinion
  • circumspect - wary and unwilling to take risks
  • insinuate - suggest or hint (something bad) in an indirect and unpleasant way
  • rendezvous- meeting at an agreed time & place
  • disparage - criticize in a way that shows you consider them of little or no worth
  • cynical - believing that people are motivated purely by self-interest
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  • ambivalent - having mixed feelings about something or someone
  • bald - wholly or partly lacking hair
  • bold - confident, courageous, and willing to take risks
  • diligent - hard working, taking great care and being thorough in one's work or duties
  • impertinent - rude and cheeky;
  • inevitable - certain to happen; unavoidable
  • eligible - meets the appropriate conditions
  • jubilant - feeling great happiness and triumph
  • notorious - famous for something bad
  • vet - make a careful and critical examination of
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  • subjective - based on opinion or emotion
  • consistent - 1. (of people or activities) done in the same way over time
  • consistent - 2. (of argument or ideas) not containing any logical contradictions
  • anecdote - a short account of an incident or event, often interesting or amusing
  • facetious - treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humour
  • objective - not based on opinion or emotion
  • flippant - not showing a serious or respectful attitude
  • juxtapose - put close together to contrast or compare
  • remote - far away from the main centres of population
  • bigotry - holding strong, unreasonable prejudices or opinions
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  • infer - to reason or deduce from evidence
  • surmise - to suppose with little to no evidence "he surmised that something must be wrong"
  • expedient - convenient or necessary but breaks a rule
  • trivial - of little value or importance
  • tedious - painfully long or boring
  • arbitrary - for no good reason
  • enigma - a mystery
  • procrastinate - to keep delaying
  • serendipity - chance or mistake that works out well
  • profound - deep or intense
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  • amiable - having or displaying a friendly and pleasant manner
  • cumulative - increasing or increased in quantity
  • abhor - regard with great disgust and deep hatred
  • fabricate - invent (something) in order to deceive
  • furtive - attempting to avoid notice or attention, typically because of guilt or a belief that discovery would lead to trouble; secretive; suggestive of guilty nervousness
  • inhibit - hinder, restrain, or prevent (an action or process)
  • morose - sullen and ill-tempered
  • colloquial - (of language) used in ordinary or familiar conversation; not formal or literary
  • insatiable - (of an appetite or desire) impossible to satisfy
  • paraphrase - a rewording of something written or spoken
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  • despot - a ruler or other person who holds absolute power, typically one who exercises it in a cruel or oppressive way
  • elated - extremely, extremely happy
  • eloquent - fluent and persuasive in speaking or writing
  • haughty - arrogantly superior and disdainful
  • implicit - suggested though not directly expressed
  • meticulous - showing great attention to detail; very careful and precise
  • novice - a person new to and inexperienced in a job or situation
  • nuance - a subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression, or sound
  • quaint - attractively unusual or old-fashioned
  • rash - acting or done without careful consideration of the possible consequences
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  • contrast - the state of being strikingly different from something else in juxtaposition or close association
  • assert - state a fact or belief confidently and forcefully
  • recite - repeat aloud or declaim (a poem or passage) from memory before an audience
  • distinguish - recognize or treat (someone or something) as different.
  • analogy - comparison between one thing and another, typically for the purpose of explanation or clarification
  • evaluate - form an idea of the amount, number, or value of; assess
  • irony - the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect
  • personification - the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something non-human, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form
  • onomatopoeia - the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named
  • oxymoron - a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction
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  • repugnant - extremely distasteful; unacceptable
  • alacrity - brisk and cheerful readiness
  • arcane - requiring secret or mysterious knowledge
  • truculent - defiantly aggressive
  • brazen - unrestrained by convention or propriety
  • brusque - marked by rude or peremptory shortness
  • cajole - influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
  • clandestine - conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
  • coerce - to cause to do through pressure or necessity
  • coherent - marked by an orderly and consistent relation of parts
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  • confidant - someone to whom private matters are told
  • connive - form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner
  • debase - make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance
  • decry - express strong disapproval of
  • demure - affectedly shy especially in a playful or provocative way
  • deride - treat or speak of with contempt
  • embezzle - appropriate fraudulently to one's own use
  • enmity - a state of deep-seated ill-will
  • feral - wild and menacing
  • forsake - leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
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  • fractious - easily irritated or annoyed
  • gluttony - habitual eating to excess
  • hypocrisy - pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not have
  • impudent - improperly forward or bold
  • incisive - demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
  • indolent - disinclined to work or exertion
  • inept - generally incompetent and ineffectual
  • infamy - a state of extreme dishonor
  • insular - relating to or characteristic of or situated on an island
  • umbrage - a feeling of anger caused by being offended
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  • habitual - done constantly or as a habit
  • lithe - moving and bending with ease
  • lurid - glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism
  • maverick - someone who exhibits independence in thought and action
  • maxim - a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits
  • modicum - a small or moderate or token amount
  • myriad - a large indefinite number
  • nadir - the lowest point of anything
  • inept - having or showing no skill; clumsy
  • panacea - hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases
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  • parody - a composition that imitates or misrepresents a style
  • penchant - a strong liking
  • perusal - reading carefully with intent to remember
  • plethora - extreme excess
  • refurbish - make brighter and prettier
  • repudiate - refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid
  • rife - excessively abundant
  • salient - conspicuous, prominent, or important
  • staid - characterized by dignity and propriety
  • impudent - not showing due respect for another person; impertinent
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  • superfluous - more than is needed, desired, or required
  • taciturn - habitually reserved and uncommunicative
  • venerable - profoundly honored
  • vociferous - conspicuously and offensively loud
  • alliteration - use of the same consonant at the beginning of each word
  • assonance - the repetition of similar vowels in successive words
  • cliche - a trite or obvious remark
  • imperative - requiring attention or action
  • narcissistic - having an inflated idea of one's own importance
  • persona - a personal facade that one presents to the world

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