Flashcards in Essential Units 35-41 Deck (43):
Quarrelsome; unruly; rebellious
In an effort to unify their divided party, it's leaders decided to first placate the party's most fractious elements.
Placate (Transitive Verb)
to cause (someone) to feel less angry about something
A painting done on plaster
The Italian Renaissance was the greatest period of fresco painting, as seen in the work of artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael and Giotto.
Ornamental band on a wall
One of the best-known friezes, on the outer wall of the Parthenon in Athens, is a 525- foot depiction, of the panathenaic procession honoring Athena.
Stubbornly contrary; obstinately disobedient
The teacher had no choice but to send the froward child to the vice-principal for disciplining.
Not done or experienced before
Based on probability
Given grounds for reasonable belief
A loud quarrel; brawl
The police were called in to break up a fracas that had erupted in the bar.
Efficient spending; budgeting
In these days of credit card and installment plan buying. Frugality seems to have become a rarely practiced virtue.
To attack loudly; denounce
The senator fulminated against what he termed "foreign meddling in America's business."
So excessive as to be disgusting
The actor was embarrassed by the fulsome praise he received after winning the academy award for best actor.
A hydrogen bomb requires tremendous heat to trigger the fusion reaction, which is provided by the detonation of a fission bomb.
Ineffective; useless; fruitless
To some non-philosophers, the discipline seems frivolous and futile because it produces no tangible benefits.
: a situation or event that causes you to feel ashamed or embarrassed
to cause (a word, name, message, etc.) to be unclear or confusing
no longer active or effective : close to failure
: very sick : close to death
: no longer active or effective : close to failure
: very sick : close to death
To deny; dispute; oppose
No one can gainsay the fact that she put great effort into the project.
To frolic; leap playfully
The children gamboled on the lawn while their parents ate lunch.
Very talkative: wordy
The garrulous houseguest made it difficult for us to get much work done on the project.
Coarse and the uncouth: clumsy
What is considered gauche in one culture might not be considered gauche in another culture: for example, burping is considered rude in America but is acceptable in China.
Cheerfulness: kindness: sociability
Hosts of television talk shows are generally people who possess a great deal of geniality.
To divide an area into voting districts in a way that favors a political party.
An argument against the practice of gerrymandering is that it tends to make it difficult for the party that is out of power to regain power.
Fluent in an insincere way; offhand
Sharon's parents were not satisfied by her glib explanation of why she had not been able to study for the exam.
To prod; urge on
Goaded by his friends into trying out for the football team as a walk on. Jeff went on to become an all-American linebacker.
Sheer; light and delicate, like cobwebs
Some experts in NASA believe that what they call a gigantic "gossamer spacecraft" could be constructed in space with light weight material.
To tear out; scoop out; overcharge
Fanciful but graceful asymmetric ornamentation in art and architecture that originated in France.
Admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding; clearly defined
Relevant and appropriate
The orator abandoned grandiloquent phrases and instead uses simple and direct language.
A recent anthropological theory is that human beings are gregarious creatures that are comfortable living in groups of around 150 individuals.
Instead of grousing about the policy, do something about it: write to your congressional representative.
Free of cunning or deceit; artless
One of the charms of the novel is that the guileless hero manages to defeat the scheming villain.
Outward appearance; false appearance; pretense
In Greek mythology, the god Zeus often appeared with such guises as a animals.
Affecting the sense of taste
According to scientists, our gustatory senses depends to a large extent on our olfactory sense.
Calm and peaceful; happy; golden; prosperous
The movie evokes the halcyon years immediately after world war 2 when America was at peace and the economy was booming.
Long, pompous speech; tirade
The football team sat silently listening to their coaches half time hantavirus about poor tackling, dropped passes and lost opportunities to score.
Extremely distressing; terrifying
The journey "inward" to explore the unconscious mind has been described as more harrowing than the most dangerous voyage to explore the earth.
Relating to a herbivore, an animal that feeds mainly on plants