Vocabulary 2017

Prologue Here'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.

Affable Friendly, good-natured, easy to talk to

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Cagey Reluctant to give information owing to caution or suspicion

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Capacious Having a lot of space inside; roomy.

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Certitude Absolute certainty or conviction that something is the case.

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Clandestine Kept secret or done secretively, especially because illicit.

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Conceit Excessive pride in oneself

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Dalliance A casual romantic or sexual relationship

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Deft Neatly skillful and quick in one's movements.

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Diffident Modest or shy because of a lack of self-confidence

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Elephantine Of, resembling, or characteristic of an elephant or elephants, especially in being large, clumsy, or awkward.

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Extricate Free (someone or something) from a constraint or difficulty.

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Germane Relevant to a subject under consideration

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Glutton An excessively greedy eater

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Gubernatorial Of or relating to a state governor or the office of state governor

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Invective Insulting, abusive, or highly critical language.

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Non-repudiation The assurance that someone cannot deny something

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Pernicious Having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way.

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Prognosticator To predict according to present indications or signs; foretell.

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Recalcitrant Having an obstinately uncooperative attitude toward authority or discipline.

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Tantalize Torment or tease (someone) with the sight or promise of something that is unobtainable.

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Truculent Eager or quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant

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Venerate Regard with great respect; revere

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Visceral Relating to deep inward feelings rather than to the intellect

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Vocational Relating to an occupation or employment.

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Zeitgeist The defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time.

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