Flashcards in CrunchPrep Deck (73)
brief and to the point; effectively cut short
Jessica is so talkative that her sister thought the situation warranted conciseness, and her being laconic.
lacking taste or flavor
Too much sugar tends to make this otherwise delightful fruit pie insipid.
someone who attacks cherished beliefs or institutions
Irrespective of his actuating motives, his deeds as an iconoclast will be treated harshly and is answerable in court.
difficult to accomplish, hard to endure
James and Matthew are planning to leave next week for their Masters, following months of arduous GRE preparation.
recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources
The senate is particularly perturbed over our profligate use of natural resources such as forest, oil, water, land, and minerals.
commonplace; dull and lacking excitement; not challenging
The project was full of prosaic ideas, such as using sand and stone to raise natural walls around monument built in honor of the late president.
make, become better
Increase in penalties and effective awareness programs would ameliorate the growing pollution levels it may have generated.
obedient or attentive to an excessive degree
It was evident that the manager was flattering -- from his obsequious manner in receiving his boss.
given to sudden behavior change
The recent recession is yet another example of how making rules without forethought and acting without thinking the arbitrary and capricious effects these changes in policies have on our economy.
happening by accident or chance
The alignment timing proved to be scientifically fortuitous of planetary astronomers, who already have a orbital satellite stationed around the moon.
conforming to all the traditional beliefs and religious practices
Alice describes her childhood in a conservative Orthodox community in Iraq, which kept to traditional religious beliefs.
lively and cheerful readiness
After marriage, Jenny rushed off with excitement to visit her parents, but her father did not accept their marriage with equal alacrity.
The river water was so pellucid that Mary could see clearly that it swarmed with countless small fish and loaves.
confirm or give support to
The police officials said, allegations of misconduct by the officer have been corroborated by video from closed circuit cameras.
diligent, thorough, and extremely careful
The health inspector during his usual visit found pests in the restaurant's kitchen and hence ordered the owner to observe scrupulous hygiene to stop spreading illness or he would issue an immediate closure notice.
fruitful, present in large number
Ryan is furiously prolific, releasing albums on Maple, Mr. Siebel's label, as well as his own label.
inclined to lay down principles as incontrovertibly true; dictatorial, opinionated
Most Americans have less dogmatic, more open-ended views and would ignore such as request, but Mr. Johns did not hesitate, and removed his coat immediately.
make (someone) less angry or hostile
Sam started working at an unsustainable pace in order to placate the company investors and shareholders.
subject to sudden or unpredictable changes of mood; temperamental
The mercurial senator, who retained office for more than 25 years, has frequently gone back and forth on his resignation.
infuriate, make worse
Hummingbird declines have been connected to a lack of appropriate habitat, so increasing the number of Washington's hives could exacerbate the issue.
unoriginal and trite
Girls dreaming their way to a wonderland to marry a prince and live happily ever after was already a hackneyed notion by the time Snow White was written.
acting with or showing care and thought
When the food manufacturer discovered toxins in a product sample case of one of its containers, it made a prudent decision to destroy all the boxes from the shipment.
mysterious, obscure; intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest
A couple of months ago, Mr. Niobe submitted a thesis with his analysis and computations -- a fairly esoteric mathematical dissent about how best to gather rational generalizations on the origin of the universe theory.
a harsh, discordant mixture of sounds
The cacophony surrounding the multi-billion dollar buyout of leading messaging service by a social networking company shook the whole tech industry.
acting or done quickly without thought or care
Michael is methodical, barely the impetuous kind, and he has had ample time to come to a consolidated opinion of the university he wishes to apply for.
an odd habit or peculiar behavior; behavior or way of thought specific to an individual
Her worst idiosyncrasy involved repeating back every word that was said to her.
intended to teach, educational
Though more didactic, Rama's story of the triumph over evil and of a king's dharma and nobility is quite powerful and enchanting.
brief, to the point
The professor was not known for talking much, but what he did say was always pithy.
abundant in supply or quantity
Matthew insisted that Sophie track all her household expenditures, including every penny spent for hair clips, in copious account books.