Valentine Vocab – Feb14 – Part 3


1. INTREPID – resolutely fearless; dauntless – FEARLESS

2. ABROGATE – repeal or do away with (a law, right, or formal agreement) –REPEAL

3. DEFERENCE – polite submission and respect – RESPECT

4. COVENANT – agree by lease, deed, or other legal contract – CONTRACT

5. OBNOXIOUS – extremely unpleasant – DISGUSTING

6. PROLIFERATE– increase rapidly in number; multiply / cause (cells, tissue, structures, etc.) to reproduce rapidly –REPRODUCE

7. PARADOX – a seemingly absurd or contradictory statement or proposition which when investigated may prove to be well founded or true – PUZZLE

8. COLOSSAL – extremely large or great –ENORMOUS

9. INCEPTION – the establishment or starting point of an institution or activity – ORIGIN

10. GRANDEUR – splendour and impressiveness, especially of appearance or style – MAGNIFIENCE

11. TRAMP – a person who travels from place to place on foot in search of work or as a vagrant or beggar – WANDERED

12. CONSIGNEE – the person or company to whom goods or documents are officially sent or delivered – NOMINEE

13. INFATUATION – an intense but short- lived passion or admiration for someone or something – PASSION

14. BEAUTIFUL – pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically – HANDSOME

15. MOMENTOUS – of great importance or significance, especially in having a bearing on future events –IMPORTANT

16. QUIVER – tremble or shake with a slight rapid motion / a slight trembling movement or sound, especially one caused by a sudden strong emotion –TREMBLE

17. ADULATION – excessive admiration or praise – FLATTERY

18. CONTEMPLATION – the action of looking thoughtfully at something for a long time – MEDITATION

19. DILIGENT – having or showing care and conscientiousness in one’s work or duties – INDUTRIOUS

20. CENSURE – express severe disapproval of (someone or something), especially in a formal statement – CRITICZE

21. FATAL – causing death – DEADLY

22. DOLEFUL – expressing sorrow; mournful – MOURNFUL

23. GRUFF – rough and low in pitch –ROUGH

24. FIDELITY – faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support –LOYALTY

25. INFRUCTUOUS – fruitless, unprofitable- FRUITLESS

26. GARNISH – decorate or embellish (something, especially food) – ADORN

27. MENTOR – an experienced and trusted adviser – GUIDE

28. SUPERSTITIOUS – having or showing a belief in superstitions (a widely held but irrational belief in supernatural influences, especially as leading to good or bad luck, or a practice based on such a belief) – IRRATIONAL

29. RAVAGE – cause severe and extensive damage to / the destructive effects of something –DEMOLISH

30. SUCCESSIVE – following one another or following others – CONSECUTIVE

31. ABROGATE – repeal or do away with (a law, right, or formal agreement) –ABOLISH

32. DELINEATE – describe or portray (something) precisely – EXPLAIN

33. MENACE – a person or thing that is likely to cause harm; a threat or danger. – THREAT

34. OCCULT – mystical, supernatural, or magical powers, practices, or phenomena. – SUPERNATURAL

35. VINDICATE – clear (someone) of blame or suspicion – JUSTIFY

36. BENEVOLENCE – the quality of being well meaning – KINDNESS

37. PANACEA – a solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases – CURE ALL

38. PRUDENT – acting with or showing care and thought for the future –CAUTIOUS

39. AMICABLE – characterized by friendliness and absence of discord –FRIENDLY

40. IRREVERENCE – a lack of respect for people or things that are generally taken seriously –DISRESPECT

41. CEREMONIAL – conferring or involving only nominal authority or power –FORMAL

42. PROPITIATE – win or regain the favour of (a god, spirit, or person) by doing something that pleases them –APPEASE

43. CAPITULATE – cease to resist an opponent or an unwelcome demand; yield. – SUREENDER

44. ESTRANGED – cause (someone) to be no longer on friendly terms with someone – SEPARATED


46. RESTIVE – unable to remain still, silent, or submissive, especially because of boredom or dissatisfaction – RESTLESS

47. NOMADIC – living the life of a nomad (a member of a community of people who live in different locations, moving from one place to another) –WANDERING

48. DEROGATORY – showing a critical or disrespectful attitude – DISPARAGING

49. PREMONITION – a strong feeling that something is about to happen, especially something unpleasant –FOREWARNING

50. ELUDE – escape from or avoid (a danger, enemy, or pursuer), typically in a skilful or cunning way – ESCAPE

51. FLUTTER – to move lightly or quickly -FLOAT

52. PRIORITY – the fact or condition of being regarded or treated as more important than others – PRECEDENCE

53. DUPLICATION – the action or process of duplicating something. – COPYING

54. DILATE – make or become wider, larger, or more open – WIDEN

55. OBSESSION – an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind – PRE-OCCUPATION

56. ITINERANT – a person who travels from place to place – TRAVELLINGFROM PLACE TO PLACE

57. CONVICT – declare (someone) to be guilty of a criminal offence by the verdict of a jury or the decision of a judge in a court of law – CRIMINAL

58. OSTENTATION – the pretentious or showy display of wealth and luxury, designed to impress – POMP

59. SELECTION – the action or fact of carefully choosing someone or something as being the best or most suitable – PREFERENCE

60. TORPID – mentally or physically inactive – INACTIVE

61. SURMOUNT – overcome (a difficulty or obstacle) – OVERCOME

62. ABLUTION – an act of washing oneself- WASHING

63. GNOME – a small ugly person –DWARF

64. COMMAND – give an authoritative or peremptory order – INSTRUCT

65. TRANSPARENT – (of a material or article) allowing light to pass through so that objects behind can be distinctly seen – LUCID

66. DEXTERITY – skill in performing tasks, especially with the hands –ADROITNESS

67. CAPRICIOUS – given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behaviour – WHIMSICAL

68. ASSERTIVE – having or showing a confident and forceful personality –DOMINEERING


70. LACONIC – using very few words –CONCISE

71. KNACK – an acquired or natural skill at doing something – DEXTERITY

72. ILLBRED – badly brought up or rude –UNCOUTH

73. DEMENTED – behaving irrationally due to anger, distress, or excitement –IDIOTIC

74. HAUGHTY – arrogantly superior and disdainful – CONCEITED

75. ENLIVEN – make (something) more entertaining, interesting, or appealing –CHEER

76. GENUINE – truly what something is said to be; authentic – ORIGINAL

77. BECKONED – summon (someone) –CALLED

78. ACCUSED – a person or group of people who are charged with or on trial for a crime – INDICTED

79. TRANSITION – the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another – CHANGE

80. DECREPITUDE – the state of being decrepit (worn out or ruined because of age or neglect) –FEEBLENESS

81. AUDACITY – a willingness to take bold risks – BOLDNESS

82. SUPERANNAUTED – outdated or obsolete through age or new developments – RETIRED

83. ACCEDE – agree to a demand, request, or treaty – CONSENT

84. ALERT – quick to notice any unusual and potentially dangerous or difficult circumstances – WATCHFUL

85. OBSTINATE – very difficult to change or overcome – STUBBORN

86. LITTLE – small in size, amount, or degree – TRIVIAL

87. YARDSTICK – a standard used for comparison – STANDARD

88. TOXIC – poisonous – POISONOUS

89. REGRESS – return to a former or less developed state – BACKSLIDE

90. SOMBRE – dark or dull in colour or tone – GLOOMY

91. RARE – not occurring very often –SCARCE

92. HURDLE – a problem or difficulty that must be overcome – OBSTACLE

93. DECIMATED – kill, destroy, or remove a large proportion of –DESTROYED

94. AUGUST – respected and impressive- MAJESTIC

95. AVARICE – extreme greed for wealth or material gain – GREED

96. SLITHER – move smoothly over a surface – SLIDE

97. FREELANCE – earning one’s living –SELFEMPLOYED

98. IMPIOUS – showing a lack of respect for God or religion – IRREVERENT

99. SCORN – a feeling and expression of contempt or disdain for someone or something – CONDEMN

100. APPOSITE – appropriate in the circumstances or in relation to something – APPROPRIATE