100 Words Every College Student Should Know

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to cancel, destroy, revoke, or void

sharp, biting, or acid in temper, expression, or tone

bitter, harsh, or biting sharpness

quickness of perception or discernment (understanding)

to sketch, outline in a shadowy way

Ameliorate
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to make or grow better

a tensely phrased statement of a truth or opinion; an adage

Apocryphal
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of doubtful authority or authenticity

the representation of abstract ideas or principles by characters, figures, or events in narrative, dramatic, or pictorial form

understood by only a few

an excessive desire of gain; greediness

commonplace; trivial

to divide into two parts or branches

characterized by or consisting of two parts or components

having two opposite or contradictory ideas

a core or nucleus of trained or otherwise qualified personnel around which an organization is formed

Capricious
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whimsical; changeable

Carpe diem
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seize the moment

a warning or caution

the use of trickery to deceive

to utter, or express with, a snorting, exultant laugh or chuckle

an amendment to an existing will

characterized by or having authority vested equally among colleagues

Concatenation
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a chain; a succession

Consanguineous
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related by blood, descended from the same ancestor

a leader who tries to stir up people by appeals to emotion, prejudice, etc., in order to achieve power

the choice and use of words in speech or writing

conveying instruction; teaching some moral lesson

inclined to put off what ought to be done at once

Disingenuous
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not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating

made up of or combining elements from varying sources

exempli gratia (for example)

Egalitarian
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favoring social equality

Omission or suppression of parts of words or sentences with a mark or series of marks (... or *** for example)

short lived

Equivocate
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to be deliberately ambiguous or unclear

characterized by extensive reading or knowledge; well instructed; learned

characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; intangible

a mild or vague word or phrase replacing one considered harsh or offensively direct

extremely scanty (bare)

"tongue-in-cheek-advice" characterized by wit and pleasantry

Fait accompli
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an accomplished and presumably irreversible deed or fact

having bounds

Forbearance
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patience; good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence

Fortuitous
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happening by chance

peaceful, undisturbed, and happy

extravagant exaggeration

Iconoclast
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one who attacks and seeks to overthrow traditional or popular ideas of institutions

id est (that is)

without contents, empty; void of sense or intelligence; purposeless; pointless; useless

partially but not fully in existence or operation

avoiding labor and exertion; lazy

perception; understanding; knowledge

frivolity (not serious or sensible)

a stock of terms used in a particular profession, subject or style; a vocabulary

Limited liability companies
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(LLC) combine the liability protection of a corporation with the tax benefits and simplicity of a partnership

argument over the definition of words

Loquacious
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very talkative

a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them

environment; setting

lack of discernment or long-range perspective in thinking or planning

nota bene (Latin meaning note well); used to direct attention to something particularly important

wicked in the extreme

to prevent by interception

a person of refined upbringing, manners, and taste

relating to money

characterized by a narrow, often ostentatious concern for book learning and formal rules

Pejorative
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disparaging, belittling

Pernicious
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deadly

full; entire; complete

Prevaricate
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to depart from or evade the truth

honesty, uprightness

Proclivity
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a natural inclination; predisposition

displaying a lack of maturity

Pusillanimous
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lacking in courage and resolution

to go back on a promise or commitment

necessary; indispensable

Res Ipsa Loquitur
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the thing speaks for itself

inclined to keep quiet

noticeable; also, projecting; also, leaping

bitterly sarcastic

a minute amount; an iota or trace

a word or phrase by which anything is likened to something else; it's often introduced by "like" or "as"

Sine qua non
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an indispensable thing

a temporary stay; a brief period of residence

apparently right; superficially fair, just, or correct, but not so in reality; appearing well at first view; plausible

brief, concise

Supercilious
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lofty with pride

Superfluous
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more than is wanted or is sufficient

logic: a form of deductive reasoning consisting of a major premise, a minor premise, and a conclusion

a relationship of mutual benefit or dependence

the study of the rules whereby words or other elements of sentence structure are combined to form grammatical sentences

Tautological
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needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy

Ubiquitous
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being everywhere

Unilateral
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having only one side

energy and enthusiasm in the expression of ideas

to make vicious and defamatory statements about

course, base, instinctive

to make faulty or imperfect

Vociferous
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making a loud outcry


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