Vocabulary 2016

Prologue 2016 was the year of the US election. Reading the news articles, I realized there are quite a few words that I didn't know or quite understand, and that's when I decided to make lists of these words to improve my vocabulary. I've been using Wunderlist to keep track of them on a yearly basis. Check'em out!


See how many of these words you know by guessing their meaning and then expanding the section to reveal the definition.

Acrimonious (typically of speech or a debate) angry and bitter

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Amalgamation The action, process, or result of combining or uniting.

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Archaic Very old or old-fashioned.

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Churlish Rude in a mean-spirited and surly way.

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Circumspect Wary and unwilling to take risks.

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Conflate Combine (two or more texts, ideas, etc.) into one.

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Copacetic In excellent order

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Ebullient Cheerful and full of energy.

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Effusive Expressing feelings of gratitude, pleasure, or approval in an unrestrained or heartfelt manner

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Esoteric Intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest.

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Festoon Adorn (a place) with ribbons, garlands, or other decorations.

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Garland A wreath of flowers and leaves, worn on the head or hung as a decoration.

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Imbue Inspire or permeate with a feeling or quality

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Incorrigible (Of a person or their tendencies) not able to be corrected, improved, or reformed.

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Indignant Feeling or showing anger or annoyance at what is perceived as unfair treatment.

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Inimitable So good or unusual as to be impossible to copy; unique.

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Nonplussed (Of a person) surprised and confused so much that they are unsure how to react. "he would be completely nonplussed and embarrassed at the idea" (of a person) not disconcerted; unperturbed.

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Omotenashi The art of selfless hospitality, is a cornerstone of Japanese culture

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Ostensibly Apparently or purportedly, but perhaps not actually.

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Ostentatiously Characterized by vulgar or pretentious display; designed to impress or attract notice.

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Pariah An outcast

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Parochial Of or relating to a church parish.

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Philistine A person who is hostile or indifferent to culture and the arts, or who has no understanding of them.

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Precipice A very steep rock face or cliff, typically a tall one.

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Prescient Having or showing knowledge of events before they take place

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Privy Sharing in the knowledge of (something secret or private)

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Suffrage The right to vote in political election

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Supine 1) (of a person) lying face upward. 2) failing to act or protest as a result of moral weakness or indolence.

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Umbrage 1) Offense or annoyance. 2) Shade or shadow, especially as cast by trees.

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Vigilant Keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties.

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