PrologueHere's the second in a series of posts where I list vocabulary I came across in the previous year. If you like this post, check out previous year's list.
See how many of these words you know by guessing their meaning and then expanding the section to reveal the definition.
AffableFriendly, good-natured, easy to talk to
CageyReluctant to give information owing to caution or suspicion
CapaciousHaving a lot of space inside; roomy.
CertitudeAbsolute certainty or conviction that something is the case.
ClandestineKept secret or done secretively, especially because illicit.
ConceitExcessive pride in oneself
DallianceA casual romantic or sexual relationship
DeftNeatly skillful and quick in one's movements.
DiffidentModest or shy because of a lack of self-confidence
ElephantineOf, resembling, or characteristic of an elephant or elephants, especially in being large, clumsy, or awkward.
ExtricateFree (someone or something) from a constraint or difficulty.
GermaneRelevant to a subject under consideration
GluttonAn excessively greedy eater
GubernatorialOf or relating to a state governor or the office of state governor
InvectiveInsulting, abusive, or highly critical language.
Non-repudiationThe assurance that someone cannot deny something
PerniciousHaving a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way.
PrognosticatorTo predict according to present indications or signs; foretell.
RecalcitrantHaving an obstinately uncooperative attitude toward authority or discipline.
TantalizeTorment or tease (someone) with the sight or promise of something that is unobtainable.
TruculentEager or quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant
VenerateRegard with great respect; revere
VisceralRelating to deep inward feelings rather than to the intellect
VocationalRelating to an occupation or employment.
ZeitgeistThe defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time.