All terms in this list:
abjure: To renounce upon oath; to forswear; to disavow.
abrogate: Repeal or do away with (a law, right, or formal agreement)
abstemious: Not self-indulgent, esp. when eating and drinking
acumen: quickness of perception or discernment; penetration of mind; the faculty of nice discrimination
antebellum: Of the time period prior to a war.
auspicious: Of good omen; indicating future success.
belie: To give a false representation of something.
bellicose: Warlike in nature; aggressive; hostile.
bowdlerize: To remove those parts of a text considered offensive, vulgar, or otherwise unseemly.
chicanery: Deception by use of trickery, quibbling, or subterfuge.
chromosome: A structure in the cell nucleus that contains DNA, histone protein, and other structural proteins.
churlish: Of or pertaining to a serf, peasant, or rustic.
circumlocution: A roundabout or indirect way of speaking; the use of more words than necessary to express an idea.
circumnavigate: To travel completely around somewhere or something, especially by sail.
deciduous: Describing a part that falls of, or is shed, at a particular time or stage of development.
deleterious: harmful or hurtful, to physical, mental or moral health.
diffident: Modest or shy because of a lack of self-confidence
enervate: Lacking in energy or vitality
enfranchise: Give the right to vote to
epiphany: A manifestation or appearance of a divine or superhuman being.
equinox: The intersection of the ecliptic (apparent path of the sun) with the celestial equator.
euro: The currency unit of the European Monetary Union. Symbol: €
evanescent: vanishing, disappearing, fleeting
expurgate: Remove matter thought to be objectionable or unsuitable from (a book or account)
facetious: Treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant.
fatuous: Obnoxiously stupid, vacantly silly, content in one's foolishness.
feckless: Lacking purpose.
fiduciary: One who holds a thing in trust for another; a trustee.
filibuster: Act in an obstructive manner in a legislature, esp. by speaking at inordinate length
gamete: A reproductive cell (male (sperm) or female (egg)) that has only half the usual number of chromosomes.
gauche: Awkward or lacking in social graces; bumbling.
gerrymander: To divide a geographic area into voting districts in such a way as to give an unfair advantage to one party in an election.
hegemony: Domination, influence, or authority over another, especially by one political group over a society or by one nation over others
hemoglobin: The iron-containing substance in red blood cells that transports oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body;
homogeneous: similar, or the same as something else
hubris: Excessive pride, presumption or arrogance (originally toward the gods).
hypotenuse: The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.
impeach: Call into question the integrity or validity of (a practice)
incognito: Without being known; in disguise; in an assumed character, or under an assumed title
incontrovertible: Not capable of being denied, challenged, or disputed; closed to questioning.
inculcate: To teach by repeated instruction.
infrastructure: An underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system
interpolate: To estimate the value of a function between two points between which it is tabulated.
irony: A statement that, when taken in context, may actually mean something different than, or the opposite of what is written literally;
jejune: Lacking matter; empty; devoid of substance.
kinetic: Of or relating to motion
kowtow: To kneel and bow low enough to touch one’s forehead to the ground.
laissez faire: A policy of governmental non-interference in economic affairs.
lexicon: The vocabulary of a person, language, or branch of knowledge
loquacious: Talkative or chatty, especially of persons given to excess conversation.
lugubrious: gloomy, mournful or dismal, especially to an exaggerated degree.
metamorphosis: A transformation, such as that of magic or by sorcery
mitosis: The division of a cell nucleus in which the genome is copied and separated into two identical halves. It is normally followed by cell division.
moiety: Half; Each of two parts into which a thing is or can be divided
nanotechnology: the science and technology of creating nanoparticles and of manufacturing machines which have sizes within the range of .1 to 100 nanometres
nihilism: Extreme skepticism, maintaining that nothing has a real existence.
nomenclature: A name.
nonsectarian: Not involving or relating to a specific religious sect or political group
notarize: Have (a document) legalized by a notary
obsequious: Obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree
oligarchy: A government run by only a few, often the wealthy.
omnipotent: Having unlimited power, force or authority.
orthography: The study of correct spelling according to established usage.
oxidize: Combine or become combined chemically with oxygen
parabola: A symmetrical open plane curve formed by the intersection of a cone with a plane parallel to its side
paradigm: An example serving as a model or pattern.
parameter: A variable kept constant during an experiment, calculation or similar.
pecuniary: Of, or relating to, money; monetary.
photosynthesis: The process by which plants and other photoautotrophs generate carbohydrates and oxygen from carbon dioxide, water, and light energy in chloroplasts.
plagiarize: To use, and pass off as one's own, someone else's writing/speech.
plasma: A state of matter consisting of partially ionized gas
polymer: A long or larger molecule consisting of a chain or network of many repeating units, formed by chemically bonding together many identical or similar small molecules called monomers.
precipitous: Steep, like a precipice; as, a precipitous cliff or mountain.
quasar: An extragalactic object, starlike in appearance, that is among the most luminous and thought to be the most distant objects in the universe.
quotidian: daily; occurring or recurring every day.
recapitulate: to summarize or repeat in concise form
reciprocal: Of an action, feeling, etc, done, felt, etc, by each of two people to, on or towards the other.
reparation: A payment of time, effort or money to undo past transgression(s).
respiration: The process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing, breath.
sanguine: Having the colour of blood; red.
soliloquy: The act of a character speaking to himself so as to reveal his thoughts to the audience.
subjugate: To forcibly impose obedience or servitude.
suffragist: A person who promotes suffrage.
supercilious: showing contemptuous indifference; haughty.
tautology: The saying of the same thing twice in different words, generally considered to be a fault of style (e.g., they arrived one after the other in succession)
taxonomy: The science of finding, describing, classifying and naming organisms.
tectonic: Of or relating to the structure of the earth's crust and the large-scale processes that take place within it
tempestuous: stormy, tumultuous.
thermodynamics: The science of the conversions between heat and other forms of energy.
totalitarian: Of or relating to a system of government that is centralized and dictatorial and requires complete subservience to the state
unctuous: Oily or greasy.
usurp: To seize power from another, usually by illegitimate means.
vacuous: Showing a lack of thought or intelligence; vacant
vehement: Showing strong feelings; passionate; forceful or intense.
vortex: A whirlwind, whirlpool, or similarly moving matter in the form of a spiral or column.
winnow: Reduce the number in a set of (people or things) gradually until only the best ones are left
wrought: Having been worked or prepared somehow.
xenophobe: One who fears people who are different from oneself, especially in the case of foreign people
yeoman: An official providing honorable service in a royal or high noble household, ranking between a squire and a page.
ziggurat: A temple tower of the ancient Mesopotamian valley, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.