Flashcards in Chapter 4 Deck (25):
1. Disposed to believe too readily; gullible.
2. Arising from or characterized by credulity.
1. Weeping or inclined to weep; tearful.
2. Causing or tending to cause tears.
1. To make so confused or opaque as to be difficult to perceive or understand
2. To render indistinct or dim; darken: The fog obfuscated the shore.
An abundance or excess of something
To shun, eschew
1. To reject the validity or authority of
2. To reject emphatically as unfounded, untrue, or unjust: repudiated the accusation.
3. To refuse to recognize or pay: repudiate a debt.
a. To disown (e.g. a child).
b. To refuse to have any dealings with.
The quality or condition of being tedious; tediousness or boredom.
1. Eating and drinking in moderation.
2. Characterized by abstinence or moderation: an abstemious way of life.
1. Carefree and lighthearted.
2. Lacking or showing a lack of due concern; casual: spoke with blithe ignorance of the true situation.
1. Of or like twilight; dim
2a. Active primarily at dawn or dusk or both. Used of animals.
b. Occurring at dawn or dusk or both: crepuscular foraging; a crepuscular stroll through the park.
1. Easily bent or shaped
2. Capable of being changed or adjusted to meet particular or varied needs: a pliable policy.
3. Easily influenced, persuaded, or controlled
To make void; repeal or annul.
1. To moderate
2. To bring to a desired consistency, texture, hardness, or other physical condition by blending, mixing, or kneading: temper clay; paints that had been tempered with oil.
3. To harden or strengthen (metal or glass) by application of heat or by heating and cooling.
4. To strengthen through experience or hardship; toughen: soldiers who had been tempered by combat.
5. Music: To adjust (the pitch of an instrument) to a temperament.
Difficult to understand; obscure
1. A short musket of wide bore and flaring muzzle, formerly used to scatter shot at close range.
2. A person regarded as clumsy and stupid.
1. To make poisonous or noxious.
2. To embitter.
Pursuit of or devotion to pleasure, especially to the pleasures of the senses.
Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.
1. The covering of feathers on a bird.
2. Feathers used ornamentally.
3. Elaborate dress; finery.
a. An expression of approval; praise.
b. A special acknowledgment; an award.
2. A ceremonial embrace, as of greeting or salutation.
3. Ceremonial bestowal of knighthood.
1. Lasting for a markedly brief time
2. Having a short lifespan or a short annual period of aboveground growth. Used especially of plants.
To consent or comply passively or without protest
1. Grandiloquent, pompous speech or writing.
2. Grandiose or overpowering expression, as in music or painting.
1. A person with refined taste, especially in food and wine.
2. A person devoted to sensuous pleasure and luxurious living.
A written attack ridiculing a person, group, or institution.