Flashcards in 2070 Deck (46):
D. to cover something (a knife or a sword) in a material, especially in order to protect it
E. sometimes shipbuilders sheathe a ship's bottom with copper for extra protection from barnacles and other threats
D. an old idea, principle or phrase that is no longer accepted; a custom, word, etc. that distinguishes one group of people from another
E. the crumbling of old political shibboleths / "Utility is our national shibboleth: the savior of the American businessman is fact and his uterine half-brother, statistics."
D. cheap; poorly made
E. shoddy goods / shoddy treatment
D. to turn aside
E. John was shunted sideways to a job in sales.
D. related to the stars that are far away, not the sun or planets
D. pertaining to the monkeys
E. a study of simian viruses
D. a word or phrase that compares something to something else, using the words like or as
E. “She's as fierce as a tiger” is a simile, but “She's a tiger when she's angry” is a metaphor.
D. to smile in a silly manner
E. He simpered and smirked while he talked to the boss.
D. to pretend or fake
D. a job that you are paid for even though it involves little or no work
D. threatening; evil
E. the movie relies too much on sinister background music to create the suspense that the plot sorely lacks
D. winding; devious
D. playful; jumpy; marked by extreme caution
E. a skittish horse / We've been skittish about taking on such a large mortgage.
D. to hide or move around secretly, especially when you are planning something bad
E. There was someone skulking behind the bushes. / I don't want reporters skulking around here.
D. to drink so that you no longer feel thirsty; to satisfy a desire
E. trying to slake his curiosity
D. dirty; untidy
E. a slatternly girl
D. dirty, unpleasant and not socially acceptable, especially because sex is involved; immoral and unpleasant
E. a sleazy neighbourhood / a sleazy reporter
D. a state of moral degradation or spiritual dejection; a place of deep mud or mire; to shed
D. careless and untidy
E. He grew lazy and slovenly in his habits.
D. a lazy person
E. tried to wake up the sluggards who were still sleeping at that late hour
D. soberness (not drunk, serious and sensible)
E. She was a model of sobriety and honesty. / the sobriety of the situation
D. a temporary stay in a place away from your home
E. Our family enjoyed a two-week sojourn in the mountains.
D. a mistake in the use of language in speech or writing; an example of bad manners or unacceptable behaviour
E. a social solecism / the solecism of asking one's hosts how much something in their house cost them
D. expressing care
E. a solicitous host / ‘Are you cold?’ he asked solicitously.
D. a talking to oneself (solus alone + loqui to speak)
E. Hamlet's famous soliloquy, ‘To be or not to be…’
D. either of the two times of the year at which the sun reaches its highest or lowest point in the sky at midday, marked by the longest and shortest days
E. the summer/winter solstice
D. a substance, especially a liquid, that can dissolve another substance; able to pay one's debts
E. industrial solvents for removing oil / He couldn't stay solvent after losing his business.
D. pertaining to the body
E. a somatic disorder that was once thought to be “all in the patient's head”
D. sleep-walking (somnus sleep + -ambulus walk, as in ambulant)
D. almost asleep; making you feel tired (somnus sleep)
E. a somnolent Sunday afternoon
D. rich and full (sound)
D. a person who is believed to be able to tell what will happen in the future
E. a soothsayer predicted that I would meet the man of my dreams online, assuming of course that I became a subscriber to the Web site's dating service
d. urbane; not native
D. immoral or dishonest; very dirty and unpleasant
E. It was a shock to discover the truth about his sordid past. / people living in sordid conditions
D. a trace or hint; a very small amount
E. There was a soupçon of malice in her remark.
D. happening suddenly for short periods of time; not regular or continuous; caused by your muscles becoming tight in a way that you cannot control
E. a spasmodic interest in politics / spasmodic movements
D. seeming right or true but actually wrong or false
E. a specious argument
D. a ghost; something that haunts or perturbs the mind (specere to look)
E. feeling so terrified that every shadow became a specter / the specter of hunger
D. like a ghost; connected with a ghostconnected with a spectrum
E. a spectral figure / the full spectral range
D. often bad-tempered and angry
E. the newspaper publisher's splenetic editorials often struck fear into local politicians
D. arising naturally
E. sporadic outbreaks of the disease / Fighting continued sporadically for two months.
E. a sportive pastor who began every sermon with a joke