Flashcards in 71. bungle - 80. Catholic Deck (10)
-to mismanage or make a mess of
Synonyms: (verbs) botch, butcher, mangle, mar, spoil, foul up, bollix up; (nouns) butcher, klutz; (adjectives) incompetent, inept; clumsy, awkward
The young man bungled the task on his first attempt.
- a complicated system of administrative agencies and officials; the officials themselves
The state is governed by an overbearing bureaucracy.
Noun & Verb
- a support or reinforcement
- to support or reinforce
Synonyms: (noun) prop, brace; mainstay, cornerstone, pillar; (verbs) prop up, brace, bolster, shore up, strengthen
The small building collapsed, since its walls were designed without a proper buttress.
-To persuade or obtain by flattery or deceit
Synonyms: (verbs) wheedle, inveigle, coax, beguile, induce, flatter
The mother cajoled her kids to sit quietly with cookies, as she talked on the phone.
-unfeeling or insensitive
Synonyms: (adjectives) indifferent, unresponsive, unsympathetic; thick-skinned, hard-hearted, hard-boiled, hard-nosed
The group of young adults became callous and cruel criminals.
A false statement deliberately made up to insure a person
Synonyms: (nouns) lie, falsehood; slander, libel; slur, aspersion
She wondered why he spoke calumny of her behind her back.
Fair or impartial, Frank or outspoken, informal or unposed
Synonyms: (adjectives) objected, disinterested, unbiased, unprejudiced, balanced; forthright, unreserved, straight-from-the-shoulder; spontaneous, impromptu
She took the candid photograph and kept it for memory.
Foul-tempered and quarrelsome
Synonyms: (adjectives) peevish, contrary, cross-grained, irritable, irascible, perverse, choleric, bearish, testy, crabby, grouchy, cranky; intractable, unamenable, ornery; (nouns) curmudgeon, grouch
The girl was never invited to birthday parties because of her cantankerous behavior.
Quick to find petty faults or raise trifling objectives; overly demanding or fussy; intended to trap, confuse, or show
Synonyms: (adjectives) hypercritical, caviling, carping, censorious; niggling, pettifogging, hairsplitting, picky, picayune, nit-picking; artful, tricky, loaded
The professor could never show praise without giving a captious remark.