NLN-PAX Vocabulary from Study Guide

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callous

made hard

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explicit

fully and clearly expressed

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partisan

biased, emotional allegiance

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limbo

an intermediate, transitional

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succumbing

to give way to superior force; yield

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malingering

to pretend illness, to avoid work, etc

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avarice

insatiable greed for riches

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admonition

counsel, advice, or caution

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veneration

the act of treating with profound respect

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animosity

strong dislike

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menial

lowly / degrading

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nominal

not real; too small to be considered or taken seriously

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cynical

distrusting the motives of others

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candid

completely honest, straightforward

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eloquent

fluent, forceful, and appropriate speech

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continuum

a continuous extent, series, or whole

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symposium

a meeting or conference for the discussion of some subject

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presumptuous

bold of forward; going beyond that which is proper

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vacillated

indecisive or irresolute

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transgressed

go beyond (a limit, boundary, etc.)

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ascetic

self-denying

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agitated

to move or force into violent, irregular action; shake

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incongruous

out of place; inappropriate; unbecoming;

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dissident

disagreeing

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adamant

unyielding; persistent

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nondescript

of no particular type or kind;uninteresting; dull

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lope

to move or run with bounding steps

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canter

an easy gallop

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saunter

to walk with a leisurely gait; stroll

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falter

to hesitate; to move unsteadily

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pretentious

done for show, striving to make a big impression; ambitious

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taciturn

reserved in speech; reluctant to join in conversation

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garrulous

excessively talkative in a rambling, especially about trivial matters

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voluble

glib; talkative

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culpable

deserving blame

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mundane

common; ordinary,

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melancholy

a gloomy state of mind

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scrupulous

a moral or ethical standard that inhibits certain actions

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mercenary

working or acting merely for money or other reward

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disdainful

treat with contempt; despise; scornful

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laudable

deserving praise (Oh, lawd!)

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stagnant

stale from standing

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depraved

corrupt, wicked, or perverted

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squalid

foul and repulsive, as from lack of care or cleanliness; neglected and filthy; miserable

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dogged

persistent in effort; stubbornly tenacious

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aloof

reserved; disinterested

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solicitous

anxious or concerned

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supercilious

arrogant, scornful

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unscrupulous

lacking moral restraint; conscienceless

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vociferous

loud and noisy

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obfuscate

obscure; confuse

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lurid

causing shock, horror, or revulsion; sensational

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lucrative

bringing in money; profitable

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pusillanimous

cowardly

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quiescent

inactive; at rest; motionless

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melodrama

A literary form in which events are exaggerated in order to create an extreme emotional response.

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pathos

evoking a feeling of pity or compassion; pity

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illicit

illegal; not permitted

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elicit

bring out from some source (such as another person)

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tacit

quiet, inclined to talk very little

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calamity

an event that causes great misfortune; a disaster

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conversion

being converted; turning us away from sin and toward God.

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impassioned

filled with intense feeling / passion

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impertinent

rude; disrespectful

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impetuous

acting suddenly without thought

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martyr

a person who willingly suffers death rather than renounce his or her religion

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interloper

one who moves in where he or she is not wanted/intruder

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indomitable

unconquerable

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reproved

to criticize or correct; disapprove of strongly

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conversant

familiar by use or study

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gamut

an entire range or series

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guile

sly/cunning, deceit

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naiveté/callow

lack of sophistication; simplicity

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apex

the highest point, tip

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pseudonym

a pen name, name assumed by a writer

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acronym

a word formed from the first letter of each word in a series

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synonym

a word that means the same as another word

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antonym

a word that means the opposite of another word

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stupefied

stunned; astonished

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incredulous

disbelieving, skeptical

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furtive

done slyly, sneaky ; stolen

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impotent

powerless; lacking strength

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inconsolable

sad beyond comforting

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stoical

self-controlled, not showing feeling in response to pleasure or pain

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bedlam

a state or scene of uproar and confusion

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scurrilous

coarsely abusive

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convivial

festive, sociable

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sedulous

persistent, determination

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florid

highly colored, reddish

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irrepressible

incapable of being controlled

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indelible

not able to be erased; memorable

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inalienable

not able to be taken or given away.

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vicissitudes

the unexpected changes and shifts often encountered in one's life

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enticements

to lead on by exciting hope or desire; especially to evil

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infractions

breaking of a law or rule

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pensive

dreamily or wistfully thoughtful

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veracity

truthfulness; honesty

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indolent

habitually lazy or idle

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biennial

occurring every two years

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increment

an enlargement, increase, addition

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