PCAT Vocabulary

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cavalier
 
like a knight; proud or careless.
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chimerical
 
mythical beast; unreal.
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juggernaut
 
massive relentless force/object that crushes everything in its path.
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maudlin
 
weakly and effusively sentimental.
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meretricious
 
in showy bad taste; prostitute.
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ostracism
 
to exclude from a group by common consent.
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laconic, spartan
 
saying much in few words; brief.
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sybaritic
 
a lover of luxury.
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choleric
 
irritated, angry.
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melancholy
 
depression of spirits
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phlegmatic
 
apathy or sluggishness
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sanguine
 
cheerful, hopeful.
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serendipity
 
the gift of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for.
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aridity
 
dryness
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barrenness
 
unproductive of results
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filibuster
 
the use of delaying tactics, like long speeches, especially in a legislative assembly.
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obverse
 
something opposite to another thing.
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vitriol
 
feelings of ill will.
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diligence
 
steady earnest effort
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adulation
 
to flatter/admire excessively.
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cynicism
 
selfish motives
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naivete
 
naive(artless, ingenuous) remark or action.
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enlighten
 
instruct, inform; to give spiritual insight to.
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chastened
 
to correct through punishment/suffering; discipline; purify.
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revered
 
greatly honored.
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apocryphal
 
not canonical (accepted principle esp in church).
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behemoth
 
a huge powerful animal; something monstrous in size or power.
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cherubic
 
an angel of the 2nd highest rank.
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hackneyed
 
lacking in freshness or originality.
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masochist
 
sexual perversion characterized by pleasure in being subjected to pain or humiliation.
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pariah
 
outcast
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posh
 
fashionable.
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quixotic
 
foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals.
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seraphic
 
highest order of angels
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stoic
 
one who suffers without complaining.
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agnostic
 
of or relating to the belief that the existence of any ultimate reality (ie God) is unknown...
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belligerent
 
exhibiting aggression.
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bellicose
 
warlike (BELL- usually refers to war, but not always)
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antebellum
 
before the war
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belladonna
 
medicinal extract.
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demagogue
 
person who appeals to the emotions and prejudice of people esp. in order to gain political...
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perfidy
 
violation of faith or loyalty
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perambulate
 
travel over esp. on foot
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inanimate
 
not having life.
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cogent
 
having power; convincing

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hangar
 
house/repair airplanes
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trite
 
stale; having lost its force by repetition.
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lucidity
 
clear to apprehension/conception.
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lethargy
 
dullness of body & spirit; abnormal drowsiness.
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foal 
 
young horse
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bewildering 
 
perplex, confusing
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drawl
 
speak slowly
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lope
 
an easy bounding gate(manner of moving the foot)
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invidious
 
tending to cause discontent, animosity, or envy.
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evanescent
 
tending to vanish like vapor.
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panegyric 
 
a public expression of approval or praise.
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polemic 
 
art/practice of disputation.
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succinct
 
brief and concise.


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