Flashcards in SAT 6 Deck (58):
extremely irritable or easily angered; irascible: a choleric disposition. | Obsolete.
causing biliousness. | bad-tempered | bilious or causing biliousness
a scene, often in miniature, reproduced in three dimensions by placing objects, figures, etc., in front of a painted background. | a life-size display representing a scene from nature, a historical event, or the like, using stuffed wildlife, wax figures, real objects, etc., in front of a painted or photographed background. | a spectacular picture, partly translucent, for exhibition through an aperture, made more realistic by various illuminating devices. | a building or room, often circular, for exhibiting such a scene or picture, especially as a continuous unit along or against the walls. | a miniature three-dimensional scene, in which models of figures are seen against a background | a picture made up of illuminated translucent curtains, viewed through an aperture | a museum display, as of an animal, of a specimen in its natural setting | (films) a scene produced by the rearrangement of lighting effects
producing or capable of producing offspring, fruit, vegetation, etc., in abundance; prolific; fruitful: fecund parents; fecund farmland. | very productive or creative intellectually: the fecund years of the Italian Renaissance. | greatly productive; fertile | intellectually productive; prolific
slavishly submissive or obsequious; fawning: servile flatterers. | characteristic of, proper to, or customary for slaves; abject: servile obedience. | yielding slavishly; truckling (usually followed by to). | extremely imitative, especially in the arts; lacking in originality. | being in slavery; oppressed. | of, pertaining to, or involving slaves or servants. | of or pertaining to a condition of servitude or property ownership in which a person is held as a slave or as partially enslaved: medieval rebellions against servile laws. | obsequious or fawning in attitude or behaviour; submissive | of or suitable for a slave | existing in or relating to a state of slavery
a funeral song or tune, or one expressing mourning in commemoration of the dead. | any composition resembling such a song or tune in character, as a poem of lament for the dead or solemn, mournful music: Tennyson's dirge for the Duke of Wellington. | a mournful sound resembling a dirge: The autumn wind sang the dirge of summer. | Ecclesiastical. the office of the dead, or the funeral service as sung. | a chant of lamentation for the dead | the funeral service in its solemn or sung forms | any mourning song or melody
well-suited for the occasion, as an action, manner, or expression; apt; appropriate: The chairman's felicitous anecdote set everyone at ease. | having a special ability for suitable manner or expression, as a person. | well-chosen; apt | possessing an agreeable style | producing or marked by happiness
incapable of being expressed or described in words; inexpressible: ineffable joy. | not to be spoken because of its sacredness; unutterable: the ineffable name of the deity. | too great or intense to be expressed in words; unutterable | too sacred to be uttered | indescribable; indefinable
any viviparous, nonplacental mammal of the order Marsupialia, comprising the opossums, kangaroos, wombats, and bandicoots, the females of most species having a marsupium containing the mammary glands and serving as a receptacle for the young. | pertaining to, resembling, or having a marsupium. | of or pertaining to the marsupials. | any mammal of the order Marsupialia, in which the young are born in an immature state and continue development in the marsupium. The order occurs mainly in Australia and South and Central America and includes the opossums, bandicoots, koala, wombats, and kangaroos | of, relating to, or belonging to the Marsupialia | of or relating to a marsupium
of or pertaining to a parish or parishes. | of or pertaining to parochial schools or the education they provide. | very limited or narrow in scope or outlook; provincial: parochial views; a parochial mentality. | narrow in outlook or scope; provincial | of or relating to a parish or parishes
the quality or state of being profound; depth. | Usually, profundities. profound or deep matters. | a profoundly deep place; abyss.
pertaining to or consisting in utility. | having regard to utility or usefulness rather than beauty, ornamentation, etc. | of, pertaining to, or adhering to the doctrine of utilitarianism. | an adherent of utilitarianism. | of or relating to utilitarianism | designed for use rather than beauty | a person who believes in utilitarianism
roundabout; not direct: a circuitous route; a circuitous argument. | indirect and lengthy; roundabout: a circuitous route
disapproval; condemnation. | moral or social disapproval
a strict disciplinarian, especially a military one. | someone who stubbornly adheres to methods or rules. | a person who maintains strict discipline, esp in a military force
pertaining or belonging to the proletariat. | (in ancient Rome) belonging to the lowest or poorest class of the people. | a member of the proletariat. | of, relating, or belonging to the proletariat | a member of the proletariat
of doubtful authorship or authenticity. | Ecclesiastical.
(initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the Apocrypha.
of doubtful sanction; uncanonical. | false; spurious: He told an apocryphal story about the sword, but the truth was later revealed. | of questionable authenticity | (sometimes capital) of or like the Apocrypha | untrue; counterfeit
a roundabout or indirect way of speaking; the use of more words than necessary to express an idea. | a roundabout expression. | an indirect way of expressing something | an indirect expression
likely to change, especially due to caprice, irresolution, or instability; casually changeable: fickle weather. | not constant or loyal in affections: a fickle lover. | changeable in purpose, affections, etc; capricious
inertness, especially with regard to effort, motion, action, and the like; inactivity; sluggishness. | Physics.
the property of matter by which it retains its state of rest or its velocity along a straight line so long as it is not acted upon by an external force.
an analogous property of a force: electric inertia. | Medicine/Medical. lack of activity, especially as applied to a uterus during childbirth when its contractions have decreased or stopped. | the state of being inert; disinclination to move or act | (physics)
the tendency of a body to preserve its state of rest or uniform motion unless acted upon by an external force
an analogous property of other physical quantities that resist change: thermal inertia
to ward off (a thrust, stroke, weapon, etc.), as in fencing; avert. | to turn aside; evade or dodge: to parry an embarrassing question. | to parry a thrust, blow, etc. | an act or instance of parrying, as in fencing. | a defensive movement in fencing. | Milman, 1902–35, U.S. classical scholar and philologist. | William Edward, 1790–1855, English arctic explorer. | to ward off (an attack) by blocking or deflecting, as in fencing | (transitive) to evade (questions), esp adroitly | an act of parrying, esp (in fencing) using a stroke or circular motion of the blade
producing offspring, young, fruit, etc., abundantly; highly fruitful: a prolific pear tree. | producing in large quantities or with great frequency; highly productive: a prolific writer. | profusely productive or fruitful (often followed by in or of): a bequest prolific of litigations. | characterized by abundant production: a prolific year for tomatoes. | producing fruit, offspring, etc, in abundance | producing constant or successful results | often foll by in or of. rich or fruitful
a person who is habitually inactive or lazy. | lazy; sluggardly. | a person who is habitually indolent | lazy
to waver in mind or opinion; be indecisive or irresolute: His tendency to vacillate makes him a poor leader. | to sway unsteadily; waver; totter; stagger. | to oscillate or fluctuate. | to fluctuate in one's opinions; be indecisive | to sway from side to side physically; totter or waver
to draw a line around; encircle: to circumscribe a city on a map. | to enclose within bounds; limit or confine, especially narrowly: Her social activities are circumscribed by school regulations. | to mark off; define; delimit: to circumscribe the area of a science. | Geometry.
to draw (a figure) around another figure so as to touch as many points as possible.
(of a figure) to enclose (another figure) in this manner. | to restrict within limits | to mark or set the bounds of | to draw a geometric construction around (another construction) so that the two are in contact but do not intersect Compare inscribe (sense 4) | to draw a line round
characterized by or showing parsimony; frugal or stingy.
a person who puts forward a proposition or proposal. | a person who argues in favor of something; an advocate. | a personwho supports a cause or doctrine; adherent. | a person who propounds a legal instrument, such as a will for probate. | a person who argues in favour of something | (law) a person who seeks probate of a will
watchful and discreet; cautious; prudent: circumspect behavior. | well-considered: circumspect ambition. | cautious, prudent, or discreet
unyielding; unalterable: inexorable truth; inexorable justice. | not to be persuaded, moved, or affected by prayers or entreaties: an inexorable creditor. | not able to be moved by entreaty or persuasion | relentless
Southwestern U.S. an unbranded calf, cow, or steer, especially an unbranded calf that is separated from its mother. | a lone dissenter, as an intellectual, an artist, or a politician, who takes an independent stand apart from his or her associates: a modern-dance maverick.
Synonyms: nonconformist, individualist; free thinker; loner, lone wolf.
a person pursuing rebellious, even potentially disruptive, policies or ideas: You can't muzzle a maverick.
Synonyms: rebel, cowboy; loose cannon. | Maverick, an electro-optically guided U.S. air-to-ground tactical missile for destroying tanks and other hardened targets at ranges up to 15 miles (24 km). | unorthodox, unconventional, nonconformist: a maverick fiscal conservative willing to raise taxes. | (in US and Canadian cattle-raising regions) an unbranded animal, esp a stray calf | a person of independent or unorthodox views
(as modifier): a maverick politician
extreme or excessive economy or frugality; stinginess; niggardliness. | extreme care or reluctance in spending; frugality; niggardliness
commonplace or dull; matter-of-fact or unimaginative: a prosaic mind. | of or having the character or form of prose rather than poetry. | lacking imagination | having the characteristics of prose
a person who wanders about idly and has no permanent home or employment; vagabond; tramp. | Law. an idle person without visible means of support, as a tramp or beggar. | a person who wanders from place to place; wanderer; rover. | wandering idly without a permanent home or employment; living in vagabondage: vagrant beggars. | of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a vagrant: the vagrant life. | wandering or roaming from place to place; nomadic. | (of plants) straggling in growth. | not fixed or settled, especially in course; moving hither and thither: a vagrant leaf blown by the wind. | a person of no settled abode, income, or job; tramp | a migratory animal that is off course
to go around or bypass: to circumvent the lake; to circumvent the real issues. | to avoid (defeat, failure, unpleasantness, etc.) by artfulness or deception; avoid by anticipating or outwitting: He circumvented capture by anticipating their movements. | to surround or encompass, as by stratagem; entrap: to circumvent a body of enemy troops. | to evade or go around | to outwit | to encircle (an enemy) so as to intercept or capture
the state or quality of being discrepant; difference; inconsistency. | an instance of difference or inconsistency: There are certain discrepancies between the two versions of the story. | a conflict or variation, as between facts, figures, or claims
shockingly noticeable or evident; obvious; glaring: a flagrant error. | notorious; scandalous: a flagrant crime; a flagrant offender. | Archaic. blazing, burning, or glowing. | openly outrageous | (obsolete) burning or blazing
not expedient; not suitable, judicious, or advisable. | not suitable, advisable, or judicious
an adherent or supporter of a person, group, party, or cause, especially a person who shows a biased, emotional allegiance. | Military. a member of a party of light or irregular troops engaged in harassing an enemy, especially a member of a guerrilla band engaged in fighting or sabotage against an occupying army. | of, pertaining to, or characteristic of partisans; partial to a specific party, person, etc.: partisan politics. | of, pertaining to, or carried on by military partisans or guerrillas. | a shafted weapon of the 16th and 17th centuries, having as a head a long spear blade with a pair of curved lobes at the base. | an adherent or devotee of a cause, party, etc | a member of an armed resistance group within occupied territory, esp in Italy or the Balkans in World War II
(as modifier): partisan forces | of, relating to, or characteristic of a partisan | relating to or excessively devoted to one party, faction, etc; one-sided: partisan control | a spear or pike with two opposing axe blades or spikes
to denounce or condemn (a thing) as dangerous or harmful; prohibit. | to put outside the protection of the law; outlaw. | to banish or exile. | to announce the name of (a person) as condemned to death and subject to confiscation of property. | to condemn or prohibit | to outlaw; banish; exile | (in ancient Rome) to outlaw (a citizen) by posting his name in public
comfort in sorrow, misfortune, or trouble; alleviation of distress or discomfort. | something that gives comfort, consolation, or relief: The minister's visit was the dying man's only solace. | to comfort, console, or cheer (a person, oneself, the heart, etc.). | to alleviate or relieve (sorrow, distress, etc.). | comfort in misery, disappointment, etc | something that gives comfort or consolation | to give comfort or cheer to (a person) in time of sorrow, distress, etc | to alleviate (sorrow, misery, etc)
lacking or having lost life, sharpness, or flavor; insipid; flat: vapid tea. | without liveliness or spirit; dull or tedious: a vapid party; vapid conversation. | bereft of strength, sharpness, flavour, etc; flat | boring or dull; lifeless: vapid talk
subject to individual will or judgment without restriction; contingent solely upon one's discretion: an arbitrary decision. | decided by a judge or arbiter rather than by a law or statute. | having unlimited power; uncontrolled or unrestricted by law; despotic; tyrannical: an arbitrary government. | capricious; unreasonable; unsupported: an arbitrary demand for payment. | Mathematics. undetermined; not assigned a specific value: an arbitrary constant. | arbitraries, Printing. (in Britain) peculiar (def 9). | founded on or subject to personal whims, prejudices, etc; capricious | having only relative application or relevance; not absolute | (of a government, ruler, etc) despotic or dictatorial | (maths) not representing any specific value: an arbitrary constant
having or claiming to have the power of seeing objects or actions beyond the range of natural vision: Not being clairvoyant, I did not foresee the danger of ignoring her advice.
Synonyms: psychic, telepathic, prescient, second-sighted, visionary; intuitive, empathic; predictive, prophetic. | of, by, or pertaining to clairvoyance : Unlike more talented witches, I had to make do with love potions and occasional clairvoyant visions. | a clairvoyant person: A clever clairvoyant could make a fortune in the stock market.
Synonyms: psychic, telepath, empath; prophet, visionary; diviner, foreteller, foreseer, forecaster; fortuneteller, medium, seer. | of, possessing, or relating to clairvoyance | having great insight or second sight | a person claiming to have the power to foretell future events
strikingly bold or brilliant; showy: flamboyant colors. | conspicuously dashing and colorful: the flamboyant idol of international society. | florid; ornate; elaborately styled: flamboyant speeches. | Architecture.
having the form of an ogee, as a bar of tracery.
noting or pertaining to French Gothic architecture of the late 15th and early and middle 16th centuries, characterized by the use of flamboyant tracery, intricacy of detailing, virtuosity of workmanship, attenuation of parts, and frequent complication of interior space. | royal poinciana. | elaborate or extravagant; florid; showy | rich or brilliant in colour; resplendent | exuberant or ostentatious | of, denoting, or relating to the French Gothic style of architecture characterized by flamelike tracery and elaborate carving | another name for royal poinciana
absolutely trustworthy or sure: an infallible rule. | unfailing in effectiveness or operation; certain: an infallible remedy. | not fallible; exempt from liability to error, as persons, their judgment, or pronouncements: an infallible principle. | Roman Catholic Church. immune from fallacy or liability to error in expounding matters of faith or morals by virtue of the promise made by Christ to the Church. | an infallible person or thing. | not fallible; not liable to error | not liable to failure; certain; sure: an infallible cure | completely dependable or trustworthy | a person or thing that is incapable of error or failure |
the quality or power in an actual life experience or in literature, music, speech, or other forms of expression, of evoking a feeling of pity or compassion. | pity. | Obsolete, suffering. | the quality or power, esp in literature or speech, of arousing feelings of pity, sorrow, etc | a feeling of sympathy or pity: a stab of pathos
the science or study of poetic meters and versification. | a particular or distinctive system of metrics and versification: Milton's prosody. | Linguistics. the stress and intonation patterns of an utterance. | the study of poetic metre and of the art of versification, including rhyme, stanzaic forms, and the quantity and stress of syllables | a system of versification | the patterns of stress and intonation in a language
to seek for (something) by entreaty, earnest or respectful request, formal application, etc.: He solicited aid from the minister. | to entreat or petition (someone or some agency): to solicit the committee for funds. | to seek to influence or incite to action, especially unlawful or wrong action. | to offer to have sex with in exchange for money. | to make a petition or request, as for something desired. | to solicit orders or trade, as for a business: No soliciting allowed in this building. | to offer to have sex with someone in exchange for money. | when intr, foll by for. to make a request, application, or entreaty to (a person for business, support, etc) | to accost (a person) with an offer of sexual relations in return for money | to provoke or incite (a person) to do something wrong or illegal
varied in appearance or color; marked with patches or spots of different colors. | varied; diversified; diverse. | to make varied in appearance, as by adding different colors. | to give variety to; diversify. | displaying differently coloured spots, patches, streaks, etc | (of foliage or flowers) having pale patches, usually as a result of mutation, infection, etc | to alter the appearance of, esp by adding different colours | to impart variety to
passing aimlessly from one subject to another; digressive; rambling. | proceeding by reasoning or argument rather than intuition. | passing from one topic to another, usually in an unmethodical way; digressive | (philosophy) of or relating to knowledge obtained by reason and argument rather than intuition Compare dianoetic
soft, sweet, and full-flavored from ripeness, as fruit. | well-matured, as wines. | soft and rich, as sound, tones, color, or light. | made gentle and compassionate by age or maturity; softened. | friable or loamy, as soil. | mildly and pleasantly intoxicated or high. | pleasantly agreeable; free from tension, discord, etc.: a mellow neighborhood. | affably relaxed; easygoing; genial: a mellow teacher who is very popular with her students. | to make or become mellow. | Slang. a state, atmosphere, or mood of ease and gentle relaxation.
a person who is a customer, client, or paying guest, especially a regular one, of a store, hotel, or the like. | a person who supports with money, gifts, efforts, or endorsement an artist, writer, museum, cause, charity, institution, special event, or the like: a patron of the arts; patrons of the annual Democratic dance. | a person whose support or protection is solicited or acknowledged by the dedication of a book or other work. | patron saint. | Roman History. the protector of a dependent or client, often the former master of a freedman still retaining certain rights over him. | Ecclesiastical. a person who has the right of presenting a member of the clergy to a benefice. | (in Mexico and the southwestern U.S.) a boss; employer. | a person, esp a man, who sponsors or aids artists, charities, etc; protector or benefactor | a customer of a shop, hotel, etc, esp a regular one | See patron saint
the act of prostrating. | the state of being prostrated. | extreme mental or emotional depression or dejection: nervous prostration. | extreme physical weakness or exhaustion: heat prostration.
sleepwalking. | a condition that is characterized by walking while asleep or in a hypnotic trance Also called noctambulism
the quality of being vehement; ardor; fervor. | vigorous impetuosity; fury: the vehemence of his attack.
marked by the characteristics of an earlier period; antiquated: an archaic manner; an archaic notion. | (of a linguistic form) commonly used in an earlier time but rare in present-day usage except to suggest the older time, as in religious rituals or historical novels. Examples: thou; wast; methinks; forsooth. | forming the earliest stage; prior to full development: the archaic period of psychoanalytic research. | (often initial capital letter) pertaining to or designating the style of the fine arts, especially painting and sculpture, developed in Greece from the middle 7th to the early 5th century b.c., chiefly characterized by an increased emphasis on the human figure in action, naturalistic proportions and anatomical structure, simplicity of volumes, forms, or design, and the evolution of a definitive style for the narrative treatment of subject matter. Compare classical (def 6), Hellenistic (def 5). | primitive; ancient; old: an archaic form of animal life. | belonging to or characteristic of a much earlier period; ancient | out of date; antiquated: an archaic prison system | (of idiom, vocabulary, etc) characteristic of an earlier period of a language and not in ordinary use
characterized by, done in, or executed with secrecy or concealment, especially for purposes of subversion or deception; private or surreptitious: Their clandestine meetings went undiscovered for two years. | secret and concealed, often for illicit reasons; furtive
a collection of wild or unusual animals, especially for exhibition. | a place where they are kept or exhibited. | an unusual and varied group of people. | a collection of wild animals kept for exhibition | the place where such animals are housed