2approbationNoun) the expression of approval or favorable opinion; praise; official approvalMy broad hint that I had paid for the lessons myself brought smiles of approbation from all the judges at the piano recital.
3assuageVerb) to make easier or milder, relieve; to quiet, calm; to put an end to, appease, satisfy, quenchThe flight attendant’s safety demonstration did little to assuage the fears of the first time flyer.
4coalitionNoun) a combination, union, or merger for some specific purposeThe workers formed a coalition and went on strike.
5decadenceNoun) decline, decay, or deterioration; a condition or period of decline or decay; excessive self indulgenceShe views her love of chocolate as decadence because she has to have some every day.
6elicitVerb) to draw forth, bring out from some source (such as another person)His attempt to elicit information over the phone was met with a barrage of irrelevant recordings.
7expostulateVerb) to attempt to dissuade someone from some course or decision by earnest reasoningJohn tried to expostulate with his partner not to leave their business.
8hackneyed Adj) used so often as to lack freshness or originality There are many “pick-up lines” that are considered hackneyed.
9hiatusNoun) a gap, opening, break (in the sense of having an element missing)The hiatus in the conversation was awkward.
10innuendoNoun) a hint, indirect suggestion, or reference (often in a derogatory sense)Her gossip is full of innuendo, with no proof to back her assertions.
11intercedeVerb) to please on behalf of someone else; to serve as a third party or go-between in a disagreementThe referee had to intervene during the match.
12jadedVerb) wearied, worn out, dulled (in the sense of being satiated by excessive indulgence)Jill was so jaded by her past failed blind dates that she had no confidence that this one would be any different.
13luridAdj) causing shock, horror, or revulsion; sensational; pale or sallow in color; terrible or passionate in intensity or lack of restraintHorror films often have lurid movie posters for advertising.
14meritorious Adj) worthy, deserving recognition and praise The meritorious soldier was honored by the President of the United States.
15petulant Adj) peevish, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset An overworked parent may be unlikely to indulge the complaints of a petulant child.
16prerogativeNoun) a special right or privilege; a special quality showing excellenceShe seems to feel that a snooze at her desk was not an annoying habit but the prerogative of a veteran employee.
17provincialAdj) pertaining to an outlying area; local; narrow in mind or outlook; countrified in the sense of being limited and backward; of a simple, plain design that originated in the countrysideThe provincial man came from a long line of farmers.
18simulateVerb) to make a pretense of, imitate, to show the outer signs ofPilots have to simulate many hours of flying before they actually leave the ground in a plane.
19transcend Verb) to rise above or beyond, exceed A great work of art may be said to transcend time and it is remembered for decades, or even centuries.
20umbrageNoun) shade cast by trees; foliage giving shade; an overshadowing influence or power; offense; resentment; a vague suspicionShe hesitated to give her opinion, fearing he would take umbrage at her criticism.
21unctuousAdj) excessively smooth or smug; trying too hard to give an impression of earnestness, sincerity or piety; fatty, oily; pliableOnce someone is famous, there is a chance he will become unctuous.