Flashcards in I Deck (46)
rugged individualists, bold thinkers who don't give a hoot what tradition calls for
A behavioral attribute unique to a person
so wonderful it seems almost magical.
deserving or bringing disgrace or shame
Something that's Illustrious is well known or famous, leaving a trail of glory in its wake. An illustrious career, for example, is full of impressive achievements and celebrated contributions to society.
To absorb every detail of
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Imbroglio is a tangled situation or a messy complicated misunderstanding,
Not having money
having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
When you show impudence, you lack shame about your rude behavior.
Exemption from punishment
If you do it with impunity, you will not be punished for the deed. Students are not allowed to chew gum in school, but teachers do it with impunity. Not fair!
Devoid of intelligence.
To inaugurate means to start something, to give it a kick off. The opening day pep rally inaugurates the high school football season.
An incendiary device is a bomb. An incendiary statement is, "You're ugly, fat, and stupid." Both are likely to produce an explosion of one kind or another. A vocal rebel is incendiary
Inchoate means just beginning to form. You can have an inchoate idea, like the earliest flickers of images for your masterpiece, or it can be a feeling, like the inchoate sense of anger toward your new neighbor’s talking parrot.
Just like inchoate
Not entirely formed, in early stages
To cause to occur
Someone incorrigible seems to be beyond correcting or improving. When you talk about an incorrigible drunk, you're saying they're never going to stop drinking.
If you are incredulous that means you can't or won't believe something. If you tell people about those aliens you met the other night, they'll probably give you an incredulous look.
Official currently holding office
Absolutely necessary, imperative
Coverage for loss
Most often provided by insurance
An indigent person is extremely poor, lacking the basic resources of a normal life. Often the indigent lack not only money but homes.
Impossible to subdue
A weakness or disability, especially due to old age, is called an infirmity.
To ingratiate is to make obvious efforts to gain someone's favor, in other words — to kiss up to someone.
Not injuring to physical or mental health
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Unable to be satisfied
Difficult to interpret
If something is slowly and secretly causing harm, it's insidious — like the rumors no one seems to listen to until suddenly someone's reputation is ruined.
Describes an act coming from I'll will or prejudice
Marked by blithe unconcern
Seeming not to care what fans think it want
Narrowly restricting in scope of the world
(Isolated like an island)
Impossible to overcome
Takes up arms against authority
Insurrection is an uprising against a larger force that's in power. An insurrection can lead to revolution, but it is just as likely to be put down.
To forbid, veto
An interim is a period of time between one event and another, maybe the interim between the arrival of your party guests and the cleanup you have to do after they leave.
Use interminable to describe something that has or seems to have no end. Your math class. Your sister's violin recital. A babysitting job where five kids are going through your purse and the parents didn't leave a number.
The noun intimation means a hint or an indirect suggestion. Your teacher's intimation that there could be a quiz the next day might send you into a panic, while your friend sitting beside you might not even notice.
Intransigent means inflexible, stubborn, entrenched. Argue all you like with an intransigent three-year-old. He will never back down from the position that he wants the lollipop NOW.
Intrepid is just a fancy word for describing a person or action that is bold and brave. Super heroes are intrepid in their struggle for truth, justice and the American way.
Stand on a busy street corner handing out free cupcakes, and you'll be inundated with hungry customers. Inundated means "overwhelmed".