1.) Unkempt (adj.)- Not combed, untidy, not properly maintained; unpolished rude
  • The businessman, with unkempt hair and tie askew, had obviously been in a hurry getting ready for work that morning.

2.) Benevolent (adj.)- Kindly, charitable
  • The benevolent old woman kindly greeted the grubby strangers and offered them a place to stay for the night.

3.) Malevolent (adj.)- Spiteful, showing ill will

  • The man slipped the butcher's knife into his jacket pocket, his mind flowing with malevolent thoughts as he entered the convenience store and casually greeted the clerk.

4.) Quintessence (n.)- The purest essence or form of something; the most typical example
  • Blueberries are, without a doubt, the quintessence of all fruits.

5.) Reprehensible (adj.)- Deserving blame or punishment

  • Drop-kicking a teacher is obviously a very reprehensible action. Well, most of the time anyway.

6.) Nonchalant (adj.)- Cool and confident, unconcerned
  • Melvin B. Hinkerdoob, the most popular guy in school, strolled nonchalantly down the hallway with a look of cool indifference on his face and his finger in his nose.

7.) Alienate (v.)- To turn away; to make indifferent or hostile; to transfer, convey

  • The drug addict hid in her room for days on end, slowly starting to alienate herself from her friends and family.

8.) Impetus (n.)- Moving force, impulse, stimulus

  • Invigorated by the prospect of possibly becoming valedictorian, I had suddenly recieved fresh impetus to buckle down and focus on my studies

9.) Dearth (n.)- A lack, scarcity; inadequate supply; a famine
  • No matter how much I begged and pleaded, my parents refused to assent to me going to the party, even though there would surely be a dearth of alcohol, drugs, and troublesome teens

10.) Vociferous (adj.)- Loud and noisy; compelling attention
  • The annoying, vociferous commercials on television always display loud spokespeople who try to get you to buy their useless product.

11.) Panacea (n.)- A remedy for all ills; a cure-all; an answer to all problems
  • You should know better than to think that money and fame will be the panacea of all your troubles.

12.) Grimace (v.)- To make a wry face
  • I grimaced as my drum stick came down upon the cymbal with an earsplitting crack, for I knew right then and there that I had broken my cymbal in half.

13.) Meticulous (adj.)- Extremely careful; particular about details
  • If my father wasn't so meticulous about keeping things spotless, I wouldn't have to spend two hours dusting off his antique rubber duckie collection

14.) Opulent (adj.)- Wealthy, luxurious; ample; grandiose

  • The king's opulent attire, including lavish robes and precious gems, often left the peasants in a state of extreme jealously.


15.) Augment (v.)- To make larger, increase

  • The chef sprinkled a plethora of different spices onto the food in order to augment the flavor of the dish and make it even more delectable and satisfying.

16.) Apathy (n.)- A lack of feeling, emotion, or interest
  • Because the girl displayed nothing but apathy whenever I tried to strike up a conversation with her, I decided that it would probably be best if I just left her alone.

17.) Decrepit (adj.)- Old and feeble; worn-out; ruined

  • At night, you could hear ghostly wailing coming from inside the walls of the decrepit old house as well as what sounded like foot steps going up and down the stairs.

18.) Recalcitrant (adj.)- Stubbornly disobediant, resisting authority
  • Since we got our pet chinchilla, Lulu, I have learned that chinchillas are extremely recalcitrant little animals that never wish to be caught and put back into the safety of their cages.

19.) Parsimonious (adj.)- Stingy, miserly; meager, poor, small
  • At one point in my life, my mom was such a parsimonious shopper that every piece of clothing that I owned was either second-hand or had been purchased at Goodwill.

20.) Quandary (adj.)- A state of perplexity or doubt
  • The problems I am presented with in my Algebra 2 Trigonometry class often leave me in such a quandary that I fear my head will surely explode.