Chapter 13 Flashcards Preview

English Vocab > Chapter 13 > Flashcards

Flashcards in Chapter 13 Deck (25):
1

sequester

v.
1. To remove or set apart; segregate or hide; isolate
2. To cause to withdraw into seclusion: students who sequester themselves in libraries.

2

upbraid

v.
To reprove sharply; reproach.

3

antediluvian

adj.
Extremely old or old-fashioned; outdated; prehistoric.

4

fastidious

adj.
1. Showing or acting with careful attention to detail: a fastidious scholar; fastidious research.
2. Difficult to please; exacting
3. Excessively scrupulous or sensitive, as in taste, propriety, or neatness; finicky.

5

indolence

n.
Habitual laziness; sloth.

6

prodigious

adj.
1. Impressively great in size, force, or extent; enormous: a prodigious storm.
2. Extraordinary; marvelous: a prodigious talent.

7

serendipity

n.
1. The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.
2. The fact or occurrence of such discoveries.
3. An instance of making such a discovery.

8

uproarious

adj.
1. Causing or accompanied by an uproar: an uproarious New Year's party.
2. Loud and full; boisterous: uproarious laughter.
3. Causing hearty laughter; hilarious: uproarious tales.

9

chicanery

n.
Deception by trickery or sophistry.

10

dilettante

n.
One who dabbles in an art or a field of knowledge without serious study.

11

fatuous

adj.
Foolish or silly, especially in a smug or self-satisfied way.

12

upshot

n.
1. The final result; the outcome.
2. The central idea or point; gist.

13

anthropocentric

adj.
1. Regarding humans as the central element of the universe.
2. Interpreting reality exclusively in terms of human values and experience.

14

chimerical

adj.
Highly improbable or illusory: "a chimerical quest for unlimited social mobility"

15

pariah

n.
A social outcast

16

urbane

adj.
Polite, refined, and often elegant in manner.

17

antiquated

adj.
1. Too old to be fashionable, suitable, or useful; outmoded.
2. Very old; aged.

18

choleric

adj.
1. Easily angered; bad-tempered.
2. Showing or expressing anger: choleric remarks.

19

diorama

n.
1. A three-dimensional miniature or life-size scene in which figures, stuffed wildlife, or other objects are arranged in a naturalistic setting against a painted background; a model of a scene.
2. A scene reproduced on cloth transparencies with various lights shining through the cloths to produce changes in effect, intended for viewing at a distance through an aperture.

20

fecund

adj.
1. Capable of producing offspring or vegetation; fruitful; fertile.
2. Characterized by intellectual productivity: a fecund mind.

21

inebriate

v.
1. To make drunk; intoxicate.
2. To exhilarate or stupefy.

22

marshal

v.
1. To arrange or place (e.g. troops) in line for a parade, maneuver, or review; to gather together
2. To arrange, place, or set in methodical order: marshal facts in preparation for an exam.
3. To enlist and organize: trying to marshal public support.
4. To guide ceremoniously; conduct or usher.

23

parity

n.
Equality, as in amount, status, or value.

24

servile

adj.
1. Abjectly submissive; slavish.
2.
a. Of or suitable to a slave or servant.
b. Of or relating to servitude or forced labor.

25

dirge

n.
1. Music
a. A funeral hymn or lament.
b. A slow, mournful musical composition.
2. A mournful or elegiac poem or other literary work.