PCAT Vocabulary

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


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