Norman Schur's 1000 Most Important Words

This is Norman Schur's list of the 1,000 "most important" words. There are actually 1,019 here because of those that are similarly spelled, opposites of one another, etc. I've gone through and marked with asterisks the ones (*) that I'm somewhat uncomfortable with (177 of these), as in I'd be slightly apprehensive if you challenged me to pinpoint their meaning, and the ones (**) that I'm basically clueless about (26 of these). I feel roughly fluent with the rest.
  1. abashed
  2. *abate
  3. abdicate
  4. aberrant
  5. abominate
  6. abrasive
  7. abrogate
  8. abstemious
  9. abstinent
  10. abstruse
  11. accolade
  12. acerbic
  13. acme
  14. acolyte
  15. acquiesce
  16. acrimonious
  17. acronym
  18. adage
  19. admonitory
  20. adroit
  21. adulation
  22. adversity
  23. *aegis
  24. affable
  25. aficionado
  26. affinity
  27. aggrandize
  28. alacrity
  29. allay
  30. allegory
  31. alleviate
  32. alliteration
  33. *amanuensis
  34. ambience
  35. ambiguous
  36. ambivalent
  37. ambulatory
  38. ameliorate
  39. amenable
  40. amenity
  41. amorous
  42. amorphous
  43. anachronism
  44. anagram
  45. analogy
  46. anathema
  47. ancillary
  48. animus
  49. annals
  50. anomaly
  51. antecedents
  52. anthropology
  53. anthropomorphic
  54. antic
  55. antipathy
  56. antiquity
  57. antithesis
  58. aphorism
  59. aplomb
  60. apocalypse
  61. apocryphal
  62. apogee
  63. *apostate
  64. apotheosis
  65. appellation
  66. apposite
  67. apprehend
  68. appropriate
  69. apt
  70. arbiter
  71. arcane
  72. arch
  73. arduous
  74. argot
  75. arid
  76. Armageddon
  77. *arrant
  78. arrogate
  79. arsenal
  80. artful
  81. artless
  82. ascetic
  83. asperity
  84. aspersion
  85. assiduous
  86. assuage
  87. atavistic
  88. atrophy
  89. attenuate
  90. augment
  91. augur
  92. auspicious
  93. autonomous
  94. *avuncular
  95. awry
  96. axiom
  97. *badinage
  98. *bailiwick
  99. *baleful
  100. banal
  101. bastion
  102. *bathos
  103. behemoth
  104. beleaguer
  105. bellicose
  106. belligerent
  107. bemused
  108. bestow
  109. bibliophile
  110. bibulous
  111. *blandishment
  112. blatant
  113. bovine
  114. bravado
  115. *brickbat
  116. *bromide
  117. brook
  118. brouhaha
  119. brusque
  120. bucolic
  121. burgeon
  122. cabal
  123. cachet
  124. cacophony
  125. cadaverous
  126. *cadge
  127. cajole
  128. *callow
  129. *calumny
  130. canard
  131. candor
  132. canon
  133. *cant
  134. cantankerous
  135. capitulate
  136. capricious
  137. *captious
  138. carnal
  139. carnivorous
  140. *carp
  141. carrion
  142. castigate
  143. casuistry
  144. cataclysm
  145. catharsis
  146. *catholic
  147. caveat
  148. *cavil
  149. celibacy
  150. champion
  151. charlatan
  152. *chary
  153. chasm
  154. *chicanery
  155. chide
  156. chimera
  157. churlish
  158. cipher
  159. circuitous
  160. circumlocution
  161. circumspect
  162. clamorous
  163. clandestine
  164. claptrap
  165. cleave
  166. clemency
  167. *cloy
  168. cogent
  169. cognizant
  170. collation
  171. colloquy
  172. compendium
  173. complacent
  174. *complaisant
  175. complement
  176. compliant
  177. concomitant
  178. concrete
  179. conduit
  180. congenital
  181. consensus
  182. consortium
  183. consummate
  184. contentious
  185. context
  186. contiguous
  187. contretemps
  188. contrite
  189. *contumacious
  190. conundrum
  191. co-opt
  192. copious
  193. corollary
  194. corporeal
  195. correlate
  196. *coruscate
  197. *cosset
  198. coterie
  199. craven
  200. *craw
  201. credible
  202. creditable
  203. credulous
  204. crestfallen
  205. culpable
  206. curmudgeon
  207. cursory
  208. curt
  209. *cynosure
  210. dalliance
  211. *daub
  212. dauntless
  213. dearth
  214. debacle
  215. debase
  216. debilitate
  217. debunk
  218. decimate
  219. declasse
  220. decorous
  221. decorum
  222. decry
  223. deduce
  224. deem
  225. deferential
  226. definitive
  227. delectation
  228. deleterious
  229. demonic
  230. denigrate
  231. denizen
  232. deprecate
  233. *deracinate
  234. derelict
  235. deride
  236. derisive
  237. derogatory
  238. *descry
  239. desecrate
  240. desiccate
  241. *desuetude
  242. desultory
  243. detrimental
  244. *detritus
  245. dexterous
  246. dextrous
  247. diaphanous
  248. diatribe
  249. dichotomy
  250. didactic
  251. *diffident
  252. digress
  253. dilettante
  254. diminution
  255. disaffection
  256. disconsolate
  257. discursive
  258. disdain
  259. disingenuous
  260. disparate
  261. dissemble
  262. dissertation
  263. *dissimulate
  264. dissolute
  265. distraught
  266. doff
  267. dogged
  268. *doggerel
  269. dogmatic
  270. *doleful
  271. dolt
  272. don
  273. dormant
  274. dossier
  275. *doughty
  276. *dour
  277. *doyen
  278. draconian
  279. droll
  280. dudgeon
  281. duplicity
  282. ebullient
  283. eclectic
  284. edify
  285. effective
  286. effectual
  287. effectuate
  288. efficacious
  289. efficient
  290. *effrontery
  291. effulgent
  292. egregious
  293. egress
  294. elegy
  295. elicit
  296. elide
  297. elucidate
  298. emblazon
  299. emend
  300. emeritus
  301. emote
  302. empirical
  303. emulate
  304. encomium
  305. endemic
  306. enervate
  307. enigmatic
  308. enmity
  309. ennui
  310. entity
  311. **enure
  312. envisage
  313. ephemeral
  314. epicure
  315. epigram
  316. epitaph
  317. epithet
  318. epitome
  319. equable
  320. equanimity
  321. equitable
  322. equivocal
  323. errant
  324. ersatz
  325. erudite
  326. eschew
  327. esoteric
  328. ethereal
  329. etymology
  330. eulogy
  331. euphemism
  332. euphonius
  333. euphoric
  334. exacerbate
  335. *excoriate
  336. excrement
  337. exculpate
  338. *execrable
  339. exegesis
  340. exemplary
  341. exhort
  342. exigency
  343. exonerate
  344. exorcise
  345. *expatiate
  346. *expiate
  347. expostulate
  348. expropriate
  349. expunge
  350. extempore
  351. extenuate
  352. *extirpate
  353. extrapolate
  354. exuberant
  355. facet
  356. facile
  357. facilitate
  358. fallacious
  359. *fallow
  360. falter
  361. *farrago
  362. fatuous
  363. feasible
  364. feckless
  365. fecund
  366. feisty
  367. felicitate
  368. felicitous
  369. felicity
  370. *feral
  371. ferret
  372. *festoon
  373. fetid
  374. foetid
  375. *fey
  376. fiasco
  377. fiat
  378. fiduciary
  379. figurative
  380. finite
  381. flaccid
  382. flagellate
  383. flamboyant
  384. flatulent
  385. flay
  386. fledgling
  387. flippant
  388. flout
  389. foible
  390. foment
  391. font
  392. foray
  393. *force majeure
  394. forensic
  395. formidable
  396. fortuitous
  397. founder
  398. *fractious
  399. fruition
  400. *fulminate
  401. *fulsome
  402. *furtive
  403. *fusillade
  404. *gadfly
  405. garrulous
  406. gauche
  407. generic
  408. genesis
  409. genre
  410. *gentry
  411. germane
  412. googol
  413. *gormandize
  414. *gossamer
  415. grandiloquence
  416. gratuitous
  417. gratuity
  418. **gravamen
  419. gregarious
  420. guise
  421. habituate
  422. hackneyed
  423. halcyon
  424. harbinger
  425. **harridan
  426. hedonist
  427. hegemony
  428. **hegira
  429. heinous
  430. herbivorous
  431. hermaphrodite
  432. heterogeneous
  433. heuristic
  434. hiatus
  435. **hie
  436. *homily
  437. homogeneous
  438. honorarium
  439. hubris
  440. hyperbole
  441. hypothesis
  442. iconoclast
  443. idyllic
  444. ignominy
  445. illicit
  446. illusory
  447. imbibe
  448. *imbroglio
  449. immemorial
  450. immutable
  451. impassive
  452. impecunious
  453. impede
  454. *imperious
  455. imperturbable
  456. implacable
  457. implement
  458. implicate
  459. implicit
  460. imponderable
  461. importunate
  462. importune
  463. impugn
  464. impute
  465. inauspicious
  466. incarnate
  467. inchoate
  468. *incipient
  469. inclement
  470. incognito
  471. incongruous
  472. increment
  473. incredulous
  474. *incubus
  475. inculcate
  476. incumbent
  477. indecorous
  478. indigenous
  479. indigent
  480. indolent
  481. ineffable
  482. ineluctable
  483. ineptitude
  484. ingenue
  485. ingenuous
  486. innate
  487. innocuous
  488. innuendo
  489. inordinate
  490. *inscrutable
  491. *insouciant
  492. insular
  493. intangible
  494. integument
  495. *interdict
  496. interlocutor
  497. interpolate
  498. intractable
  499. intransigent
  500. intransigeant
  501. intrepid
  502. intuit
  503. inundate
  504. *inure
  505. invective
  506. inviolable
  507. inviolate
  508. *irascible
  509. issue
  510. iterate
  511. *jejune
  512. jettison
  513. jingoism
  514. jocular
  515. *journeyman
  516. juxtapose
  517. karma
  518. keen
  519. ken
  520. kinetic
  521. kite
  522. *kitsch
  523. *knell
  524. kowtow
  525. kudos
  526. **lachrymose
  527. laconic
  528. lacuna
  529. *lagniappe
  530. *lambent
  531. lament
  532. languish
  533. lascivious
  534. lassitude
  535. latent
  536. laudatory
  537. lax
  538. lay
  539. lethargic
  540. leviathan
  541. lexicon
  542. *licentious
  543. *limn
  544. linchpin
  545. limpid
  546. **lissome
  547. **lissom
  548. litany
  549. *lithe
  550. litigious
  551. logy
  552. loquacious
  553. **lothario
  554. lugubrious
  555. lurid
  556. macrocosm
  557. maladroit
  558. malaise
  559. malapropism
  560. malfeasance
  561. malign
  562. malleable
  563. *manque
  564. *martinet
  565. *masticate
  566. matriculate
  567. *maw
  568. *mawkish
  569. megalomania
  570. *melange
  571. mellifluous
  572. mendacious
  573. mendicant
  574. *mercurial
  575. meretricious
  576. messianic
  577. metamorphosis
  578. metaphor
  579. metaphysics
  580. mete
  581. miasma
  582. microcosm
  583. *mien
  584. milieu
  585. militate
  586. minutiae
  587. misanthrope
  588. misapprehension
  589. misappropriate
  590. miscreant
  591. misnomer
  592. misogyny
  593. mitigate
  594. mnemonic
  595. modicum
  596. molt
  597. morass
  598. *mordant
  599. *moribund
  600. motif
  601. *mottled
  602. *mountebank
  603. **mulct
  604. mundane
  605. *munificent
  606. nadir
  607. nascent
  608. nebulous
  609. nefarious
  610. nemesis
  611. neophyte
  612. nether
  613. *niggardly
  614. *niggling
  615. nihilism
  616. nirvana
  617. nomenclature
  618. non sequitur
  619. *nostrum
  620. noxious
  621. nuance
  622. nubile
  623. **nugatory
  624. obdurate
  625. obeisance
  626. obfuscate
  627. oblivion
  628. obloquy
  629. obscurantism
  630. *obsequies
  631. obsequious
  632. *obstreperous
  633. obtrude
  634. obtrusive
  635. obtuse
  636. obviate
  637. occlude
  638. odious
  639. *offal
  640. Olympian
  641. *ombudsman
  642. omniscient
  643. omnivorous
  644. onerous
  645. onomatopoetic
  646. *opprobrium
  647. ordure
  648. ostensible
  649. ostentatious
  650. ostracize
  651. otiose
  652. *paean
  653. palliative
  654. pallid
  655. palpable
  656. panacea
  657. panache
  658. *panegyric
  659. panoply
  660. pantheon
  661. paradox
  662. paragon
  663. parameter
  664. *pariah
  665. *parlous
  666. parochial
  667. paroxysm
  668. parsimonious
  669. *parvenu
  670. pastiche
  671. pastoral
  672. patent
  673. pathological
  674. pathos
  675. patrician
  676. paucity
  677. peccadillo
  678. pecuniary
  679. pedagogue
  680. pedant
  681. pedestrian
  682. pejorative
  683. penchant
  684. penultimate
  685. *penurious
  686. **peregrination
  687. *peremptory
  688. *perfidious
  689. perfunctory
  690. peripatetic
  691. peripheral
  692. pernicious
  693. *peroration
  694. perquisite
  695. *persiflage
  696. persona
  697. perspicacious
  698. peruse
  699. pervasive
  700. petulant
  701. philistine
  702. phlegmatic
  703. *piquant
  704. pithy
  705. placate
  706. placebo
  707. placid
  708. plaintive
  709. *plangent
  710. platitude
  711. *plaudits
  712. plethora
  713. poignant
  714. polemic
  715. polyglot
  716. ponderous
  717. pontificate
  718. portend
  719. portmanteau
  720. postulate
  721. potpourri
  722. *potter
  723. pragmatic
  724. **prate
  725. *prattle
  726. precipitate
  727. precipitous
  728. precursor
  729. predilection
  730. *preen
  731. prehensile
  732. presage
  733. prescience
  734. presentiment
  735. *prestidigitator
  736. **prevaricate
  737. *priapic
  738. *primogeniture
  739. primordial
  740. privation
  741. privy
  742. *probity
  743. proclivity
  744. procreate
  745. prodigal
  746. prodigious
  747. prodigy
  748. profane
  749. profligate
  750. prognosis
  751. prognosticate
  752. proliferate
  753. prolific
  754. *prolix
  755. prone
  756. propensity
  757. prophylactic
  758. *propinquity
  759. *propitiate
  760. *propitious
  761. proprietary
  762. prosaic
  763. proselytize
  764. *protean
  765. protracted
  766. proviso
  767. prowess
  768. prurient
  769. *puckish
  770. puerile
  771. pugnacious
  772. **pulchritude
  773. *pummel
  774. *punctilious
  775. pundit
  776. **purgative
  777. *purloin
  778. *pusillanimous
  779. putative
  780. quaff
  781. quagmire
  782. quail
  783. qualm
  784. quandary
  785. *quarry
  786. quash
  787. **quaver
  788. **quay
  789. *quell
  790. *querulous
  791. query
  792. queue
  793. quiescent
  794. quintessence
  795. quixotic
  796. quizzical
  797. *raconteur
  798. **raffish
  799. *rake
  800. rambunctious
  801. *rancor
  802. rankle
  803. rapacious
  804. rapt
  805. recalcitrant
  806. recant
  807. recapitulate
  808. recidivism
  809. reclusive
  810. recondite
  811. reconnoiter
  812. rectify
  813. rectitude
  814. redolent
  815. redoubtable
  816. redress
  817. *refractory
  818. *refulgent
  819. *regale
  820. rejoinder
  821. remand
  822. *remonstrate
  823. renegade
  824. renege
  825. repartee
  826. repertoire
  827. replete
  828. reprehensible
  829. reprobate
  830. reprove
  831. resolute
  832. reticent
  833. retrograde
  834. retrogress
  835. retrospective
  836. rhetoric
  837. ribald
  838. rife
  839. rigors
  840. *riposte
  841. *risible
  842. **roue
  843. **rubicund
  844. *rue
  845. ruminate
  846. sacrosanct
  847. sagacity
  848. salacious
  849. salient
  850. salubrious
  851. salutary
  852. salvo
  853. sanctify
  854. sanctimonious
  855. sang-froid
  856. sanguine
  857. *sapient
  858. sardonic
  859. sartorial
  860. **saturnine
  861. savoir-faire
  862. savor
  863. saw
  864. *scabrous
  865. schism
  866. **scion
  867. score
  868. scourge
  869. scurrilous
  870. *scuttle
  871. *seamy
  872. secular
  873. seminal
  874. sententious
  875. sentient
  876. septic
  877. sequel
  878. sequester
  879. serendipity
  880. *serpentine
  881. servile
  882. shibboleth
  883. *sibilant
  884. simile
  885. simulate
  886. *sinecure
  887. *sinuous
  888. skeptic
  889. sceptic
  890. skittish
  891. slake
  892. slew
  893. *slue
  894. smug
  895. *sobriquet
  896. sodden
  897. solecism
  898. soliloquy
  899. solipsism
  900. sop
  901. *sophism
  902. sophomore
  903. soporific
  904. *soupcon
  905. spate
  906. spleen
  907. sporadic
  908. spurious
  909. squalid
  910. **stentorian
  911. stolid
  912. strident
  913. stultify
  914. sublimate
  915. *sub rosa
  916. succor
  917. succubus
  918. succulent
  919. succumb
  920. sully
  921. supercilious
  922. supine
  923. supplicate
  924. surfeit
  925. surmise
  926. surreptitious
  927. *sybarite
  928. sycophant
  929. **sylph
  930. symbiosis
  931. syntax
  932. synthesis
  933. tacit
  934. taciturn
  935. tactile
  936. tangential
  937. tangible
  938. tautology
  939. tawdry
  940. tedious
  941. *temerity
  942. temporal
  943. tendentious
  944. tenet
  945. tenuous
  946. terse
  947. testy
  948. *timorous
  949. *titular
  950. *toady
  951. torpid
  952. tortuous
  953. traduce
  954. transcend
  955. travesty
  956. *tremulous
  957. *trenchant
  958. trepidation
  959. *truculent
  960. truism
  961. truncate
  962. turgid
  963. *tyro
  964. ubiquitous
  965. *umbrage
  966. unconscionable
  967. *unctuous
  968. unfathomable
  969. unflagging
  970. unmitigated
  971. *unpropitious
  972. unseemly
  973. unsullied
  974. untenable
  975. *untrammeled
  976. *uxorious
  977. vacillate
  978. vacuous
  979. vagary
  980. vapid
  981. variegated
  982. vehement
  983. *venal
  984. veneer
  985. venerate
  986. venial
  987. veracious
  988. verisimilitude
  989. veritable
  990. vertigo
  991. vicissitude
  992. vignette
  993. vilify
  994. **virago
  995. virtuoso
  996. virulent
  997. visage
  998. visceral
  999. vitriolic
  1000. vituperative
  1001. vociferous
  1002. voluble
  1003. voracious
  1004. votary
  1005. votive
  1006. waft
  1007. wag
  1008. wanton
  1009. waspish
  1010. *welter
  1011. winnow
  1012. winsome
  1013. wizened
  1014. *wont
  1015. wry
  1016. xenophobia
  1017. *yen
  1018. zealot
  1019. zenith