|Amnesia: Partial or total loss of memory
|Consumptions of drugs and alcohol can lead to amnesia.
|Anomaly: Deviation from the normal or common order or form or rule
|Anomalies are easy to find in the work of amateurs.
|Arbiter: Someone with the power to settle matters at will
|Sequins have often aroused the scorn of arbiters of taste.
|Emulate: Strive to equal or match, especially by imitating
|Sons are traditionally expected to emulate their fathers.
|Extraneous: Not pertinent to the matter under consideration
|Just give me the basic facts, with no extraneous details.
|Ferment: A state of agitation or turbulent change or development
|The country is in a state of political ferment.
|Menial: Used of unskilled work
|The name beef-eater was aimed at any well-fed menial.
|Paltry: Contemptibly small in amount
|He received a paltry wage for the ten hard days of labour he had put in.
|Trivial: Of little substance or significance
|I do not like to visit the doctor just for something trivial.
|Ambiguous: Having more than one possible meaning
|His remarks clarify an ambiguous statement given earlier this week.
|Archaic: So extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period
|These archaic practises are advocated by people of limited outlook.
|Concomitant: Following or accompanying as a consequence
|New methods had to be learnt, with the concomitant delays in production.
|Condone: Excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with
|He could not condone lying.
|Deleterious: Harmful to living things
|Fear of crime is having a deleterious effect on society.
|Dissent: A difference of opinion
|No-one dissents from the decision to unify.
|Incumbent: The official who holds an office
|The previous incumbent led the party for eleven years.
|Innocuous: Lacking intent or capacity to injure
|Both the cultivated and the wild mushrooms look innocuous, but in fact the wild can be deadly.
|Prodigious: So great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe
|The business generates cash in prodigious amounts.
|Propagate: Become distributed or widespread
|The easiest way to propagate vines is to take cuttings.
|Succinct: Briefly giving the gist of something
|Make sure your work is accurate, succinct and to the point.
|Usurp: Take the place of
|She tried to usurp her brother’s place in her mother’s heart.
|Alleviate: Provide physical relief, as from pain
|A great deal can be done to alleviate back pain.
|Attenuated: Reduced in strength
|Medicine attenuated the fever’s effect.
|Celerity: A rate that is rapid
|The horses responded with terrific celerity to the telepathic instructions of their riders.
|Efficacy: Capacity or power to produce a desired effect
|Recent medical studies confirm the efficacy of a healthier lifestyle.
|Expedite: Speed up the progress of; facilitate
|We will do all we can to expedite the procedure.
|Facetious: Cleverly amusing in tone
|It was difficult to listen to his facetious remarks.
|Fervid: Characterized by intense emotion
|He was a fervid patriot and for him, nothing mattered more than country.
|Heresy: Any opinions or doctrines at variance with the official or orthodox position
|It might be considered a heresy to suggest any notion that goes against the established norms of religion.
|Milieu: The environmental condition
|They stayed within their social milieu and choose not to interact with others.
|Ostensible: Appearing as such but not necessarily so
|Illness was the ostensible reason for his absence, but in fact he was just lazy.
|Profound: Of the greatest intensity; complete
|The overwhelming feeling is of profound shock and anger.
|Prudent: Careful and sensible
|He is taking a prudent and cautious approach to start his business.
|Rabid: Extremely enthusiastic
|The kids showed rabid emotions in the playground.
|Salubrious: Promoting health; healthful
|The climate in the mountains was salubrious.
|Savant: Learned person
|PHDs are generally savants in their field of interest.
|Spurious: Plausible but false
|He gathered a spurious framework for analysis.
|Strident: Being sharply insistent on being heard
|She tried to laugh, and the sound was harsh and strident.
|Surfeit: Indulge (one's appetite) to satiety
|Rationing had put an end to a surfeit of biscuits long ago.
|Venerable: Impressive by reason of age
|We met a venerable old man with white hair while walking.