Intended to teach
Excessively particular, critical, or demanding; hard to please
e.g. We should not burden our clients with what may be merely an outsider's fussy fastidiousness .
Attacking established principles
Deep respect toward
To spread wildly
e.g. The goal of a university is to produce and disseminate knowledge.
Rigid or severe demands
e.g. He was known as a demanding and exacting newsman and anchor.
Abundant in supply or quantity
Lack of self-confidence
Not liberal with money
to show to be false; contradict
e.g. But such simplicity belies a truth about the restaurant's cooking.
Not serious or sensible
e.g. Interviews are expected to have a small amount of frivolity .
Severity of manner
e.g. The paleness of his countenance bespoke the austerity of his life.
not easily controlled or directed; not docile or manageable; stubborn;
e.g. They are in fact powerful tools that can help people change bad behavior patterns, even those that seem intractable .
Done quickly without care
Reserved in communication
Clear in style or meaning
to meditate or muse; ponder.
e.g. Alas, the ocean's edge is not the place for such a rumination .
Action of achieving goal
Lack of significance through overusing
Mode of behaviour peculiar to an individual
Characteristic of a distant and foreign country
Regard worthy of disgrace or great diapproval
Treat as insignificant or peripheral
e.g. Until then, a third party candidate will have to choose between offering what the voters want and marginalization .
A sudden change in mood or behaviour
Raise doubts or objection
e.g. There was no reason for demur ; there was no law against it.
According to syntax (a set of rules)
Relating to tailoring, styles or dress
e.g. They even share a sartorial tie: the devout in both faiths wear special undergarments.
Not having serious purpose or value; Carefree or not serious
e.g. To deny it is to see in art only something frivolous and insincere.
Flamboyant confidence of style
Inelegant movement of posture
Exceedingly idealistic; unpractical and unrealistic
Openly disregard a convention
e.g. to flout the rules of propriety.
Wave something as a threat/anger/excitement
Weakening in force or intensity
e.g. In retrospect, its small pages and large type seem indicative of the attenuation of the story itself.
Not harmful or offensive
Overused; lacking originality or freshness
Essentially different; no base for comparison
Very vivid in colour
e.g. As a judge, he was too deferential to the government.
Not sufficiently strict or severe
Obedient to an excessive degree
Recklessly extravagant or wasteful of resources
e.g. The writer so wary of self-indulgence was profligate with ink and paper.
An intentional and controversial bias
e.g. a tendentious novel.
Prone to disobedience; lack of dicipline
e.g. a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness.
Directly opposed; mutually incompatible
Unchanging over time
A wrong or inaccurate use of a name
Deep insight; great depth of knowledge or thought
Tending to obstruct or harm; unfriendly; hostile
e.g. Participation is also a necessary component, as apathy and abstention are inimical to democracy.
Very virulent or infectious
To review by a brief summary; to sum up statements
To reject; to cast off or disown
e.g. It strikes me as odd that he attributes his success to what he learned in this college, but he repudiates the culture.
Not meant to be taken seriously or literally; humorous
e.g. It's a facetious point, but it's also a serious one.
To originate and establish as one's own
To smear with liquid; dedicated to the service of god
e.g. As leaders, they have involved the government and industry and look to the government to anoint the final set of standards.
State of being annoyed; irritated
e.g. vexation at missing the bus.
Existing everywhere at the same time; omnipresent
e.g. Corruption is ubiquitous , and the government has been accused of authoritarianism.
Doubtful; infirm of purpose
Using a few words; concise
Extremely liberal in giving; very generous
e.g. The rewards were immediate and munificent .
Untruthfulness; tendency to lie
e.g. Miller said, people could smell the corporate mendacity in the air.
The act of lying; deliberately misleading
e.g. His press conference in the spring featured more prevarication than it did truth telling.
Fanatical; mainly theoretical; impractical
To reduce in quality or value
e.g. News literacy won't change a debased media culture overnight.
Pertaining to a norm (a standard correctness)
Skin erection due to fear
Commonplace; lacking in imagination; dull
To throw off as an obstacle or burden; discard
e.g. And you have to learn to accept that critique, incorporate the good and jettison the bad.
Process of purification
e.g. The idea is to take the essence of what they do, and distill it to the hardcore, and work with that.
In current fashion; stylish
Cheerfully optimistic; hopeful; confident
e.g. Experience on a former occasion teaches us not to be too sanguine in such hopes.
Susceptible to double interpretation
e.g. There is nothing equivocal about her belief.
Causing insidious harm or ruin; ruinous; injurious
e.g. He resists any suggestion that his gambling addiction might be pernicious .
To confuse and deject; disconcert
e.g. to be discomfited by a question
Tending to promote some proposed or desired object; conducive to advantage or interest, as opposed to right.
e.g. He saw the light when it became politically expedient .
Likely to occur at any moment; impending
To correct one's skill in a specified field
e.g. Whoever wrote that should be forced to take remedial reading.
Showing lack of judgment; unwise
e.g. He becomes a sly thing of dark suspicions and fatally injudicious moves.
of, involving, or using calumny; slanderous; defamatory.
e.g. Virtue itself scapes not calumnious strokes.
To entice, lure by flattery or artful talk
e.g. to inveigle customers into spending more
Full of fear; fearful
e.g. The noise made them timorous.
To deal out; distribute
Not harmful or injurious; harmless
Creating sudden alarm, surprise, or wonder