Brad Smith (jesus_h_biscuit) wrote,
Brad Smith

Favorite $5 Words

113 right now, I'm sure I'll come up with more as I think of them.

  1. aberrant: markedly different from an accepted norm.

  2. abominate: to detest intensely.

  3. abscond: to depart secretly.

  4. acclimate: to accustom or become accustomed to a new climate, environment, or situation.

  5. acerbic: sharp, biting, or acid in temper, expression, or tone.

  6. acquiesce: to concur, but not heartily.

  7. adamant: not capable of being swayed.

  8. aggrandize: to make great.

  9. amalgam: an alloy of mercury with other metals; also, a mixture.

  10. ascribe: to attribute, as to a cause.

  11. acquiesce: to accept or consent passively or without objection.

  12. avarice: an excessive desire of gain; greediness.

  13. banal: commonplace; trivial.

  14. cabal: a group that seeks power usually through intrigue.

  15. capitulate: to surrender under agreed conditions.

  16. capricious: whimsical; changeable.

  17. caveat: a warning or caution.

  18. chichi: affectedly trendy.

  19. cogent: having the power to compel conviction.

  20. concupiscence: lust.

  21. congruent: corresponding; congruous.

  22. demagogue: a leader who tries to stir up people by appeals to emotion, prejudice, etc.

  23. deprecate: to disapprove of strongly.

  24. disconcert: to disturb the composure of.

  25. disconsolate: hopelessly sad; also, saddening; cheerless.

  26. discursive: digressive; rambling; also, marked by analytical reasoning.

  27. ebullient: joyously unrestrained.

  28. edify: to instruct and improve.

  29. egregious: outrageously bad.

  30. eldritch: unearthly; weird; eerie.

  31. ennui: a feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction.

  32. enunciate: to utter articulately; also, to state or set forth precisely or systematically.

  33. ephemeral: short-lived.

  34. errant: wandering; deviating from an appointed course, or from a direct path; roving.

  35. ersatz: being a substitute or imitation.

  36. erudite: characterized by extensive reading or knowledge.

  37. eschew: to shun; to avoid.

  38. exacerbate: to irritate; to make worse.

  39. expatiate: to speak or write at length.

  40. facetious: characterized by wit and pleasantry.

  41. factitious: artificial; sham; not natural.

  42. fecund: fruitful; prolific.

  43. fin de siecle: characteristic of the close of the century; sophisticated; world-weary.

  44. firmament: the sky or heavens.

  45. genuflect: to bend the knee, as in worship; also, to grovel.

  46. gregarious: seeking and enjoying the company of others.

  47. hubris: overbearing pride or presumption.

  48. hyperbole: extravagant exaggeration.

  49. impugn: to call in question; to make insinuations against.

  50. incontrovertible: indisputable; unquestionable.

  51. ineffable: incapable of being expressed in words.

  52. innocuous: harmless.

  53. insouciant: nonchalant.

  54. intransigent: not capable of being swayed or diverted from a course.

  55. intrepid: fearless; bold.

  56. introspection: the act or process of self-examination; reflection.

  57. juju: an object superstitiously believed to embody magical powers.

  58. juxtaposition: a placing or being placed in nearness or side by side.

  59. kvetch: to complain habitually.

  60. languid: lacking vigor or force.

  61. lascivious: wanton; lewd.

  62. libation: the act of pouring a liquid as a sacrifice; also, a beverage.

  63. malapropos: unseasonable or unseasonably; inappropriate or inappropriately.

  64. malfeasance: wrongdoing, misconduct, or misbehavior.

  65. megalomania: a mental disorder characterized by delusions of grandeur.

  66. miscreant: a villain, rascal.

  67. mordant: biting; caustic; sarcastic.

  68. mores: customs; habits; ways.

  69. myriad: consisting of a very great, but indefinite, number; also, a very great many.

  70. nescience: lack of knowledge.

  71. ostracize: To expel from a community or group.

  72. obsequious: servilely attentive; fawning.

  73. palindrome: a word, verse, phrase, or sentence that reads the same backward or forward.

  74. palpable: plain; distinct; obvious.

  75. permeate: to spread or diffuse through.

  76. placate: to appease; to pacify.

  77. pleonasm: the use of more words than are necessary to express an idea.

  78. precocious: characterized by or characteristic of exceptionally early development.

  79. proclivity: a natural inclination.

  80. profligate: dissipated; dissolute.

  81. proselytize: to convert (someone) to another religion, belief, etc.

  82. puerile: displaying a lack of maturity.

  83. pulchritude: beauty.

  84. quixotic: foolishly impractical; also, capricious; impulsive.

  85. recalcitrant: marked by stubborn resistance.

  86. redolent: having or exuding fragrance; also, evocative, reminiscent.

  87. reticent: inclined to keep silent.

  88. ribald: characterized by, or given to, vulgar humor.

  89. salient: noticeable; also, projecting; also, leaping.

  90. segue: to proceed without interruption.

  91. superfluous: more than is wanted or is sufficient.

  92. stoic: indifferent to pleasure or pain.

  93. subterfuge: a deceptive device or stratagem.

  94. surreptitious: done, made, or gotten by stealth; also, marked by stealth.

  95. sycophant: a parasite; a toady.

  96. tchotchke: a trinket; a knickknack.

  97. temerity: unreasonable contempt of danger.

  98. tenebrous: dark; gloomy.

  99. tenet: any opinion, principle, or doctrine held to be true.

  100. trepidation: quaking; quivering.

  101. truculent: fierce; savage; ferocious.

  102. tumult: the commotion or agitation of a crowd

  103. turgid: swollen; bloated; also, bombastic; pompous.

  104. turpitude: baseness; depravity.

  105. umbrage: suspicion of injury or wrong; offense.

  106. unctuous: marked by a false or smug earnestness or agreeableness.

  107. vapid: insipid; flat; dull.

  108. vehement: marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions.

  109. verbiage: the use of many words without necessity.

  110. verbose: wordy.

  111. vicissitude: a change in condition or fortune.

  112. vociferous: making a loud outcry.

  113. zeitgeist: the spirit of the time.

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