2 ADROIT Connotation: neutral Etymology:1650s, "dexterous," originally "rightly," from Fr. phrase à droit "according to right," from O.Fr. à "to" + droit "right,"
3 AMICABLE Connotation: positive Etymology: from Late Latin amīcābilis, from Latin amīcus friend; related to amāre to loveWord Structure: adjective suffix –able means “able, capable of”
4 AVERSE Connotation: negative Etymology: 1590s, "turned away in mind or feeling," from L. aversus, pp. of avertere (like avert). Originally and usually in Eng. in the mental sense, while avert is used in a physical sense.Word Structure: Latin root –vers- means “turn”
5 BELLIGERENT Connotation: negative Etymology: from Latin belliger , from bellum war + gerere to wageWord Structure: noun suffix –ent means “one who does something”
6 BENEVOLENT Connotation: positive Etymology: late 15c., "wishing to do good, kindly," from O.Fr. benevolent, from L. benevolentem "wishing (someone) well," related to benevolentia "good feeling"Word Structure: Latin prefix bene- means “good;” Latin root –vol- means “wish;” noun suffix –ent means “one who does something”
7 CURSORY Connotation: neutral Etymology:c.1600, from M.Fr. cursoire "rapid," from L.L. cursorius "of a race or running," from L. cursor "runner," from cursum, pp. of currere "to run"
8 DUPLICITY Connotation:negative Etymology:from L.L. duplicitatem "doubleness," in M.L. from duplex "twofold." The notion is of being "double" in one's conduct.Word Structure: Latin root-dupl- means “double”; nounsuffix –ity means “act of”
9 EXTOL Connotation: positive Etymology: late 15c., "to lift up," from L. extollere, from ex- "up" + tollere "to raise"
10 FEASIBLE Connotation: neutral Etymology: mid-15c., from Anglo-Fr. faisible, from O.Fr. faisible, from fais-, stem of faire "do, make," from L. facere "do, perform"Word Structure: adjective suffix –ible means “able, capable of”
11 GRIMACE Connotation: negative Etymology: French ≪ Frankish grima mask; of Germanic origin; related to Spanish grimazo caricature
12 HOLOCAUST Connotation: negative Etymology: from Late Latin holocaustum whole burnt offering, from Greek holokauston, from holo- whole + kaustos, from kaiein to burn]
13 IMPERVIOUS Connotation: neutral Etymology:1650, from L. impervius "that cannot be passed through," from in- "not" + pervius "letting things through," from per "through" + via "road."Word Structure: prefix im- means “not;” adjective suffix –ous means “marked by”
14 IMPETUS Connotation: neutral Etymology: from Latin: attack, from impetere to assail, from im- (in) + petere to make for, seek outWord Structure: prefix im- means “not;”
15 JEOPARDY Connotation: negative Etymology: from Old French jeu parti, literally: divided game, hence uncertain issue, from jeu game, from Latin jocus joke, game + partir to divide
16 METICULOUS Connotation: neutral Etymology:1530s, from L. meticulosus "fearful, timid," lit. "full of fear," from metus "fear". Sense of "fussy about details" is first recorded in English 1827.Word Structure: adjective suffix–ous means “marked by”
18 QUINTESSENCE Connotation: neutral Etymology: early 15c., in ancient and medieval philosophy, "pure essence, substance of which the heavenly bodies are composed," lit. "fifth essence," from M.Fr. quinte essence (14c.)
19 RETROGRESS Connotation: neutral Etymology: Latin retrōgressus past participle of retrōgradī to go back or backward, equivalent to retrō- + gred-, combining form of gradī to step, goWord Structure: prefix re- means “back, again”
20 SCRUTINIZE Connotation: neutral Etymology: 1670s, from scrutiny Word Structure: verb suffix –ize means “to cause, make”
21 TEPID Connotation: neutral Etymology: c.1400, from L. tepidus "lukewarm," from tepere "be warm"