Flashcards in F Words Deck (18):
joking (often inappropriately); not seriously intended
Tolstoy criticized George Bernard Shaw for his facetious tone in his play Arms and the Man, saying that one should not speak jestingly about such a serious subject.
Paradoxically, fallacious reasoning does not always produce incorrect results; even though your logic may be flawed, the conclusion you reach may still be correct.
It is fatuous for publishers to believe that a few flashy quotes on a dust jacket cover will dazzle readers so much that they won't notice that the book itself isn't worth the paper it's printed on.
seeking favor from superiors by behaving abjectly
In Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Collins is the archetypal fawning clergyman, wholly dependent for his living on the goodwill of his patron, Lady Catherine, whom he flatters shamelessly.
very well suited or nicely expressed
Tyndale's greatest achievement as a translator was that he struck a felicitous balance between the demands of biblical scholarship and the need for simplicity of expression.
passionate intensity of feeling; earnestness of emotion
At the protest rally, the students cheered the strikers and booed the dean with equal fervor.
lose vigor, become feeble
The lecture was so boring that our attention began to flag.
fledgling (adj n)
The folk dance club organized an apprenticeship program to allow fledgling dance callers the opportunity to polish their skills.
flowery in style; reddish in color
He was an old-fashioned orator, known for his overblown rhetoric and his florid prose.
reject mockingly; show contempt for
The painter Julian Schnabel flouted the convention of high art by painting on velvet and linoleum, materials more commonly used by sidewalk artists than by creators of fine art.
Cynical even for a politician, he foments conflicts among his fellow committee members to consolidate his own position.
Be patient with Robert, and treat him with forbearance: he is bad tempered because he is still weak from his illness.
prevent by taking action in advance
By setting up a prenuptial agreement, the bride and groom hoped to forestall any potential arguments about money in the event of a divorce.
Though he pretended their encounter was fortuitous, he'd actually been hanging around her usual haunts for the past two weeks, hoping she'd turn up.
After hitting the submerged iceberg, the Titanic started taking in water rapidly and soon foundered.
tending to cause trouble
Bucking and kicking, the fractious horse unseated its rider.
As soon as they smelled smoke, the frenetic horses milled about in their stalls.