Flashcards in A Deck (43):
Deprive of self-esteem, confidence.
Dennis felt ABASED after his parents told him they liked his brother better.
Denial of an indulgence or appetite.
While in training for the marathon, Elsa's coach insists on ABSTINENCE from sugary soft drinks.
Apart from actual, specific, concrete ideas or events.
The essay would be persuasive if it were less ABSTRACT and more specific.
Hard to understand.
The assigned text was so ABSTRUSE I have no idea how I'll pass the test.
Easy to approach or enter.
We built a ramp to make the house wheelchair ACCESSIBLE.
Enthusiastic approval or welcome.
The play received race reviews and nationwide ACCLAIM.
To submit without protest.
Aaron rarely stands up to his wife; he ACQUIESCES to her every whim.
My mom is ADEPT at making a delicious meal from random ingredients.
Strict ADHERENCE to every rule is something boring.
Expert, skilled, or nimble.
Lane is an ADROIT skier and snowboarder; he makes us all look like beginners.
Excessive adoration or admiration.
Justine was the subject of nonstop ADULATION on her wedding day.
To speak or write in favor of.
A group of teachers joined together to ADVOCATE literacy in the community.
Related to beauty.
The AESTHETIC changes made the room more welcoming.
Easy to approach or talk to.
Allen's AFFABLE personality makes him the perfect customer service representative.
Abundance of wealth.
Oprah's AFFLUENCE allows her to support numerous charities.
My grandmother climbed the hill with surprising ALACRITY.
An assertion/accusation made with little or no proof.
The ALLEGATIONS of bribery turned out to be false.
To make easier to endure.
Many people believe a steak will ALLEVIATE the swelling on a black eye.
To refer casually or indirectly.
Let's not ALLUDE to my poor grades in math last year.
Unselfish concern for others.
Motivated by ALTRUISM, the lottery winner donated his winnings to charity.
Open to several meanings or interpretations.
Will's AMBIGUOUS response left us wondering what he actually did last night.
Uncertainty or fluctuation, mixed feelings.
Gretchen was AMBIVALENT about going to the beach on a windy day.
Showing pleasant or good natured qualities.
John's AMIABLE nature helps him make friends easily.
Something out of place in historical time.
If a movie character living in the 1950s were listening to an MP3 player, that would be an ANACHRONISM.
A short, amusing story.
Aaron loves to tell the ANECDOTE about how he drove a car at age five.
Full of life or spirit.
Jim's ANIMATED facial expressions are both weird and hilarious.
A feeling of strong dislike.
Joanne has a lot of ANIMOSITY toward her roommate, who steals clothes and money.
Acting in opposition to another.
Shane has an ANTAGONISTIC streak; he's always picking on someone.
Having or showing little emotion, uncaring.
It's hard to go see a movie with Ian because he's APATHETIC about everything I suggest.
Uneasy or fearful, nervous.
Ned always feels APPREHENSIVE before a big test.
To take possession of.
The detective APPROPRIATED my car to chase bad guys down the freeway.
Having intense or passionate feeling, enthusiastic.
Mike is such an ARDENT fan, he has a copy of every song the Beatles ever recorded.
The defeated team was tired of listening to the ARROGANT boasting of the winners.
Using language easily or clearly, eloquent.
Tim's ARTICULATE speech made his crazy ideas seem logical.
A part, feature, or phase, facet.
Organization is one ASPECT of a well-written essay.
A statement or declaration, often without reasoning or support.
Ted's most common ASSERTION during trivia games was "I knew that already."
To made milder or less severe.
To ASSUAGE his guilt about forgetting her birthday, Bob bought his girlfriend a lot of flowers.
Having practical intelligence, shrewd.
The detective's ASTUTE observations helped solve the crime.
Not typical, not conforming to type, unusual.
Joe's love of reading is ATYPICAL of the kids in his family.
To make larger.
We need to AUGMENT the curriculum to include more art classes.
Severe in manner or appearance, strict.
Ms. Kenney's AUSTERE nature made her students fearful.
The quality of being authentic or genuine, validity.
Convenience store clerks usually check large bills for AUTHENTICITY.