Flashcards in Chapter 23 Deck (25):
1. Grudging and petty in giving or spending.
2. Meanly small; scanty or meagre: left the waiter a niggardly tip.
Characterized by, arising from, or subject to caprice; impulsive or unpredictable: capricious decisions; capricious weather.
1. Feeling regret and sorrow for one's sins or offences; penitent.
2. Arising from or expressing contrition: contrite words.
1. To free from bondage, oppression, or restraint; liberate.
2. Law: To release (a child) from the control of parents or a guardian.
1. A member of a people, perhaps of Aegean origin, who settled ancient Philistia around the 12th century BC.
2. A person who is smugly indifferent or hostile to art and culture; uncultured person
1. Having or emitting an odor or fragrance; aromatic
2. Suggestive; reminiscent: a campaign redolent of machine politics.
Obtained, done, or made by clandestine or stealthy means; sneaky; secret.
1. Said or done on purpose; deliberate: wilful disregard of the rules.
2. Obstinately bent on having one's own way; stubborn: exasperated by his wilful child.
Extreme nationalism characterized especially by a belligerent foreign policy; chauvinistic patriotism.
1. Of or relating to phlegm; phlegmy.
2. Having or suggesting a calm, sluggish temperament; unemotional or apathetic imperturbable.
1. To set right (an undesirable situation, for example); remedy or rectify.
2. To make amends to: felt he should be redressed for the loss.
a. Having little or no detrimental effect; harmless: a benign chemical; benign indifference.
b. Of no danger to health; not malignant or disease-causing: a benign tumour.
2. Tending to exert a beneficial influence; favourable: a policy with benign consequences for the economy.
a. Gentle or kind
b. Showing gentleness or kindness: a benign smile.
Obstinately disobedient or rebellious; insubordinate.
1. To involve in argument, contention, or hostile actions.
2. To throw into confusion or disorder; entangle.
Free of guile; artless; frank; straightforward; honest.
1. Characterized by joking.
2. Given to joking.
1. To rob of goods by force, especially in time of war; plunder.
2. To take as spoils.
1. The quality or condition of being kind and gentle.
2. A kindly or gracious act.
An injury in which the skin is not broken; a bruise.
Convivial merriment or celebration.
1. A person regarded as being of no importance or significance.
3. Something that does not exist or that exists only in the imagination.
1. Law: To leave or give (personal property) by will.
2. To pass (something) on to another; hand down: bequeathed to their children a respect for hard work.
1. A riddle in which a fanciful question is answered by a pun.
2. A paradoxical, insoluble, or difficult problem; a dilemma.
a. Earnestly compliant in the observance of religion; reverent or devout; very religious: a pious nun.
b. Showing or characterized by religious devotion: pious observance.
c. Expressive of or used in religious devotion; devotional: pious readings.
a. Done for the benefit of others or with the intention of encouraging good: practicers of the noble lie and the pious fraud.
b. Sincere but wishful or far-fetched: a pious hope that the new method will work.
3. Self-righteous or sanctimonious: pious denunciations of sexual harassment.