Flashcards in Adjectives II Deck (39):
* very enthusiastic (for people)
e.g. an avid reader / football fan / stamp collector
* very obvious, done without shame or embarrassment (used to describe bad things)
e.g. a blatant lie / foul
*** very beautiful, surprising or impressive
e.g. breathtaking view / scenery
For a child of his age, his knowledge of the subject was breathtaking.
*** very exciting; for films and books
e.g. It was a gripping tale of murder and intrigue.
*** shocking, making you feel very upset (not used to describe people)
e.g. a harrowing film / tale
*** not strict or not careful enough (for safety measures, security, morals, discipline, laws, etc)
*** not strict; used to describe people in a position to punish (parents, teachers, etc)
e.g. The judge was lenient and let him off with a fine.
*** very sudden and very quick (generally used with the noun rise)
e.g. He was unprepared for his meteoric rise to fame.
*** giving the wrong idea or impression
e.g. misleading information / advertisements / comments, etc
* loud and high-pitched (for noises)
e.g. She let out a piercing scream of terror.
*** producing a large number of works (for artists, composers and writers)
*** happening at irregular intervals
e.g. sporadic fighting / shots / violence / outbreaks
* vey loyal
e.g. staunch supporter / friend / ally / Democrat, etc
* (i) too general and therefore not valid (for statements and generalisations)
(ii) large and affecting everyone (for changes and reforms)
e.g. 'Women are bad drivers' is a sweeping generalisation that is all too common these days.
He proposed sweeping changes to the country's electoral system.
impossible to prove wrong or argue against
e.g. watertight arguments / court cast / alibi
*** boring and depressing
e.g. a dreary day / life / town
Her apartment was dreary and depressing.
*** boring, without life, excitement or colour
e.g. dull afternoon / people / colour / weather
*** ordinary, boring, giving little satisfaction; often used to describe jobs
e.g. He had a mundane job in a local bank.
*** boring, and often frustrating
e.g. tedious journey / task / job
*** extremely bad
e.g. atrocious film / mess / game, etc
*** very bad
e.g. dreadful weather / mistakes / acting
*** (informal) very bad
e.g. lousy day / hotel / teacher / singer
*** perfect, with no faults
e.g. flawless complexion / performance
*** perfect, faultless
e.g. impeccable appearance / reputation / taste in clothes
* sth that has not been spoilt or harmed
e.g. unblemished record / reputation / character
*** tiring and involving a lot of effort
e.g. arduous journey / task
*** tiring and lasting a long time
e.g. gruelling schedule /day / race
* needing a lot of physical effort
e.g. strenuous activity / trip / effort / objection
*** untidy, dirty and wet (for people)
e.g. The two bedraggled children trudged into the house.
e.g. dishevelled clothes / hair / appearance / man
*** untidy (for people / places); old and worn out (for clothes)
e.g. scruffy pair of jeans / flat / boy
*** clever at understanding people and situations
e.g. astute politician / decision
*** clever and good at using deception to achieve success
e.g. crafty man / plan / look
** clever and showing good judgement of other people and situations
e.g. shrewd businessman / investment / eyes
* clever, experienced at deceiving people and not easily deceived (for people / behaviour)
e.g. wily businessman / manoeuvring
*** ordinary, normal
e.g. conventional people / opinions / ideas
*** ordinary, conventional, neither strange nor extreme
e.g. mainstream beliefs / ideas / organisations / politics
*** ordinary, not extreme
e.g. middle-of-the-road ideas / beliefs / music, etc