Flashcards in New Words Deck (50):
to influence or try to persuade (a person), esp. by charming or flattering him or her, in order to gain (something):
trying to wheedle her into lending me the car; He tried to wheedle some more money from her
anxious or concerned:
She was solicitous about my health.
a chamber or room that serves as a waiting room and entrance to a larger room or an apartment;
just beginning to exist or appear:
a child's inchoate social awareness
having little or no money;
characterized by or showing servile complaisance or deference;
an obsequious bow.
servilely compliant or deferential:
dutiful. The waiter gave an obsequious bow to the duchess.
in exactly the same words;
word for word:
He quoted the president's speech verbatim.
miserable, as in condition or appearance:
a forlorn little cabin in the mountains.
a bitter, complicated disagreement:
embroiled in an imbroglio.
a complicated and perplexing state of affairs.
to refuse or neglect to oblige;
act contrary to the desire or convenience of;
fail to accommodate.
to give offense to;
to be disobliged by a tactless remark.
to cause inconvenience to;
to be disobliged by an uninvited guest.
to support by giving proof; confirm:
corroborated my account of the accident.
to request or beg for something deeply and humbly (from someone):
[no object]the thousands supplicating for a chance at jobs.
[~ + object]to supplicate the authorities.
of doubtful authenticity:
an apocryphal account of his relationship with the president
a person of prehistoric times who lived in a cave.
a person of primitive or brutal character.
an extremely old-fashioned or conservative person.
to plan with great cleverness;
They managed to contrive a means of escape.
[~ + to + verb] to bring about by a plan, scheme, etc.;
find a way to do something, esp. by scheming:
He contrived to gain their votes.
hard to understand;
not able to feel things:
without emotional sensitivity;
a harsh, insensate boss.
a string or chain of flowers, leaves, ribbon, etc., hung in a curve between two points.
v. [~ + object]
to adorn or decorate with or as if with festoons:
to festoon a hall.
a threadlike stem of climbing plants that twines round another body, so as to support the plant.
something thin and curly like smoke rising upward:
thin tendrils of smoke rising from his pipe.
the learning of lessons heard during sleep
to convert or be converted into glass or a glassy substance
glowing or white with heat:
an incandescent lamp bulb.
a tiny insect that sucks the sap from the stems and leaves of various plants.
showing or expressing contempt;
v. [~ + object]
to give careful attention to:
to heed a warning.
Take heed my warnings.
diligent in application or attention;
persistently or carefully maintained:
easy to approach and to talk to; friendly:
courteous and affable neighbors.
showing warmth and friendliness;
an affable smile.
They worked with increased pizazz.
Informal Termsattractive style;
She brought some pizazz to the drab office.
to recover to health
needy, poor, impoverished
to make repayment
urgent or persistent in solicitation, sometimes annoyingly so.
pertinacious, as solicitations or demands.
importunate demands from the children for attention.
the quality or power in life or art of causing a feeling of pity or compassion.
strictly required, as by etiquette, usage, or fashion
pretentious, pompous e.g. highfalutin jargon
firmly or stubbornly unwilling to change one's purpose, opinion, or course of action:
Our neighbors were so obstinate they refused to evacuate their house even during the flood.
the mistress of a castle.
the mistress of an elegant or fashionable household.
a hooklike clasp or a chain for suspending keys, trinkets, scissors, a watch, etc., worn at the waist by women.
a woman's lapel ornament resembling this.
overly particular, critical, or demanding;
hard to please:
a fastidious eater.
requiring or having excessive care or delicacy:
fastidious attention to detail.
a deductive inference consisting of two premises and a conclusion, all of which are categorial proposition
a person who has recently or suddenly acquired wealth, importance, position, or the like, but has not yet developed the conventionally appropriate manners, dress, surroundings, etc.
disgrace or reproach brought on by shameful conduct.
the cause of such disgrace or reproach.
abandonment of one's religious faith or of something that one was once loyal to, as a political party.