November Word List 2016

It's the end of the month again! Time for another word list.


troglodyte - a person who is regarded as being deliberately ignorant or old-fashioned.
logistics - the detailed coordination of a complex operation involving many people, facilities, or supplies.
magnanimous - very generous or forgiving, especially toward a rival or someone less powerful than oneself.
pseudo - not genuine
hypodermic - of or relating to the region immediately beneath the skin.
basenji - a small hunting dog of a central African breed, which growls and yelps but does not bark.
cognition - the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses, perception.
rapture - a feeling of intense pleasure or joy.
euphoric - characterized by or feeling intense excitement and happiness.
inquisition - a period of prolonged and intensive questioning or investigation
gaudiness - vulgarly or cheaply showy
acumen - the ability to make good judgments and quick decisions, typically in a particular domain.
adumbrate - foreshadow or symbolize.
socialist - a person who advocates socialism/liberalism. Leftist.
vendetta - a blood feud in which the family of a murdered person seeks vengeance on the murderer or the murderer's family; a prolonged bitter quarrel with or campaign against someone.
scythe - a tool used for cutting crops such as grass or wheat, with a long curved blade at the end of a long pole attached to which are one or two short handles.
extortion - he practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats.
preternaturally - beyond what is normal or natural.
sycophant - a person who acts obsequiously toward someone important in order to gain advantage.
vie - compete eagerly with someone in order to do or achieve something.
pariah - an outcast
incredulous - unwilling or unable to believe something.
agoraphobia - extreme or irrational fear of crowded spaces or enclosed public places
savant - a learned person, especially a distinguished scientist; intellectual.
ample - enough or more than enough; plentiful.
privy - sharing in the knowledge of (something secret or private)
libations - a drink poured out as an offering to a deity.
evangelicals - a member of the tradition in the Christian Church.
arduous - involving or requiring strenuous effort, difficult.
subjugate - bring under domination or control, especially by conquest; conquer or vanquish.
throes - intense or violent pain and struggle, especially accompanying birth, death, or great change.
ardent - enthusiastic or passionate.
carnage - the killing of a large number of people; a massacre.
gadfly - a fly that bites livestock, especially a horsefly, warble fly, or botfly; or an annoying person, especially one who provokes others into action by criticism.
reprehensible - deserving censure or condemnation.
barracks - a building or group of buildings used to house soldiers.
vernacular - the language or dialect spoken by the ordinary people in a particular country or region.
enviable - arousing or likely to arouse envy.
penultimate - last but one in a series of things; second to the last.
vigil - the eve of a festival or holy day as an occasion of religious observance.
depraved - morally corrupt; wicked
irreverent - showing a lack of respect for people or things that are generally taken seriously.
obsequiously - obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree.
deity - the creator and supreme being (in a monotheistic religion such as Christianity); or a god or goddess (in a polytheistic religion)
oleaginous - rich in, covered with, or producing oil; oily or greasy.
ingratiating - intended to gain approval or favor; sycophantic.
vigilante - a member of a self-appointed group of citizens who undertake law enforcement in their community without legal authority, typically because the legal agencies are thought to be inadequate.
rogue - a dishonest or unprincipled man.
virtuous - having or showing high moral standards.
insidious - proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with harmful effects
consensues - general agreement.
astute - showing keen intelligence and a shrewd ability to protect one's interests or avoid being deceived
monikers - a name
vitrolic - filled with bitter criticism or malice.
depravity - moral corruption; wickedness.
preamble - a preliminary or preparatory statement, introduction
convoluted - extremely complex and difficult to follow.

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