Flashcards in Chapter 5 Deck (25):
1. Unpleasantly sharp, pungent, or bitter to the taste or smell.
2. Caustic in language or tone: an acrid political campaign.
Resembling or characteristic of a boor; rude and clumsy in behaviour.
1. A letter, especially a formal one.
2. A literary composition in the form of a letter.
a. A controversial or unorthodox opinion or doctrine, as in politics, philosophy, or science.
b. Adherence to such controversial or unorthodox opinion.
A thrusting weapon with a long wooden shaft and a sharp metal head; spear, spike, javelin
Brief and to the point; effectively concise
An abnormal fear of high places.
The state of being weak or feeble; infirmity.
1. Of or associated with letters or the writing of letters.
2. Being in the form of a letter: epistolary exchanges.
3. Carried on by or composed of letters: an epistolary friendship.
a. Lacking energy or disinclined to exert effort; listless: feeling languid from a fever.
b. Slow-moving or weak in force: languid breezes.
2. Showing little or no vitality or animation: languid prose.
3. Characterized by or conducive to indolence or inactivity: a languid afternoon.
Splendid or dazzling in appearance; brilliant.
Acuteness of vision or perception; keenness.
One given to loud, empty boasting; a bragger.
To expose or ridicule the falseness, sham, or exaggerated claims of: debunk a supposed miracle drug.
1. Stubbornly prejudiced, narrow-minded, or inflexible.
2. Having abnormally dry, stiff skin that adheres closely to the underlying flesh. Used of domestic animals such as cattle.
3. Having the bark so contracted and unyielding as to hinder growth. Used of trees.
1. To be or become weak or feeble; lose strength or vigor: crops languishing from a lack of rain.
2. To exist or continue in miserable or disheartening conditions: languished away in prison.
3. To remain unattended or be neglected: legislation that continued to languish in committee.
4. To become downcast or pine away in longing: languish apart from friends and family; languish for a change from dull routine.
1. To use equivocal language in an attempt to mislead; to avoid telling the truth
2. To speak or write in an indecisive, ambiguous, or noncommittal manner
The unlawful taking and removing of another's personal property with the intent of permanently depriving the owner; theft.
a. Slow and labored because of great bulk or weight
b. Difficult to maneuver or control because of great bulk or weight: ponderous luggage.
c. Slow or difficult to manage, especially because of complexity: ponderous legal procedures.
3. Dull and lacking grace or fluency: a ponderous speech.
Full of apprehensiveness; timid.
Quick and skillful in body or mind; deft.
a. Liberality in bestowing gifts, especially in a lofty or condescending manner.
b. Money or gifts bestowed.
2. Generosity of spirit or attitude.
1. To express opinions or judgments in a dogmatic or pompous way.
2. To administer the office of a pontiff.