Flashcards in Important Words Deck (38):
abnormal - anomalous, aberrance, deviance, preternaturalness, aberration, deviation, abnormality, irregularity
undecided/trying to deceive - equivocal, equivocation, ambiguous, evasive, waffling
He was trying to equivocate the employer to ensure that he would be hired.
to make something unpleasant less severe - allay, comfort, lighten, pacify, propitiate, sweeten, alleviate, conciliate, mitigate, palliate, relieve, appease, ease, mollify, placate, sooth
She tried to assuage the baby, so that she could get some sleep.
a puzzle - conundrum, perplexity
scholarly - scholastic, learned, wise
The erudite professor gave a speech that was not surprisingly hard to understand.
passionate - fervor, burning, impassioned, vehement, zealous
She is a fervid enthusiast about swimming.
easily understood - lucidity, clear, coherent, explicit, intelligible, limpid
calm - placid, appease, conciliate, mollify
lacking deliberation - abrupt, hurried, impulsive, reckless, hasty, prompt, sudden, headlong, impetuous, rash
The precipitate marriage caused a lot of fighting between the couple.
wasteful - extravagant, lavish, profligate, spendthrift
The prodigal son spent all of his inheritance.
passion - ardency, fervor, fire
spoil - doctor
lack of interest or emotion - coolness, impassivity, lassitude, phlegm, unresponsiveness, disinterest, indifference, lethargy, stolidity, disregard, insensibility, listlesness, unconcern
dislike - animosity, aversion, repellence, animus, enmity, antagonism, hostility
to support - brace, buttress, prop, sustain, underpin, uphold
harsh, jarring noise - chaos, clamor, discord, disharmony, din, noise
unpredictable - arbitrary, chance, erratic, mercurial, willful, fickle, random, changeable, inconstant, whimsical
confirm - authenticate, back, buttress, validate, verify, substantiate
to mock - gibe, ridicule, taunt, jeer, scoff, sneer
harsh and disagreeable combination - clash, dissension, friction, contention, dissent, strife, discord, dissidence, variance
exhaust - debilitate, enfeeble, sap, weaken
Enervate the enemy.
create - beget, proliferate, generate, reproduce, procreate, spawn
fleeting - evanescent, transient, momentary
talkative - glib, loquacious, voluble
innocent - artless, guileless, naive, simple, unaffected
concise - curt, taciturn, terse, pithy
to praise - acclaim, applaud, commend, compliment, exalt, extol, hail
talkative - effusive, garrulous, verbose
cynic - egoist, hater, skeptic, doubter, egotist, loner, recluse
stubborn - inflexible, tenacious, intransigent, recalcitrant, unyielding
showiness - conspicuousness, flashiness, pretentiousness
someone who shows off learning
unselfish - altruism, humanitarianism
practical - rational, realistic
to deviate from the truth - equivocate, lie, perjure
to sway physically, to be indecisive - dither, falter, fluctuate, oscillate, waver
worship - adore, honor, idolize, revere