Flashcards in Verbal 2 Deck (43):
v. to make larger or greater
v. to make greater in power, wealth, rank or honor
One of the concerns of the framers of US was that one branch of govt would try to aggrandize itself at the expense of the others.
adj. amounting to a whole; total
The aggregate wealth of a country includes private as well as public resources and possesions.
v. to collect into a mass
Portals are Web sites designed to aggregate info and are used as a starting point on the Web.
n. cheerful willingness; eagerness; speed
The football coach was pleased to see the team get to work on the task of improving its tackling skills with alacrity.
We accepted the invitation with alacrity.
n. medival chemical philosophy based on changing metal into gold; seemingly magical power or process of transmutation
Alchemy was the forerunner of the moddern scieince of chemistry.
adj. capable of making fine distinctions
"a subtle mind"
making use of clever and indirect methods to achieve something
"he tried a more subtle approach"
delicate or faint and mysterious
"a subtle smile"
v. to lessen; ease; soothe
Improvements in antivirus software have allayed many people's fears of having their computers infected with virus.
v. diminish or put at rest (fear, suspicion, worry)
"the report attempted to educate the public and allay fears"
v. to relieve; improve partially (suffering)
he couldn't prevent her pain, only alleviate it
n. overcorwded urban street or district inhabited by very poor people
n. a combination; a mixture of two or more metals
scientists formulate alloys to create properties that are not possessed by natural metals or other substances
n. the power to entice by charm
v. to combine into a unified whole
In early 1999, six municipalities (town) were amalgamated into an enlarged city of Toronoto.
adj. unclear or doubtful in meaning
n. the state of having conflicting emotional attidues
John felt some ambivalence about getting married before finishing college
n. something delicious; the food of the gods
The combination of flavors in the Moroccan baked eggplant was pure ambrosia
v. to improve
the reform did much to ameliobrate living standards
adj. agreeable; cooperative; suited
The young writer is amenable to suggestions for improving her prose style to make it more interesting
n. something that increase comfort
The property is situated in a convenient location, close to all local amenities
n. ornament worn as a charm against all evil spirits
The early Christian Church forbade the use of amulets, which had become common in the Roman Empire at the time the Christian Church began to develop
v. past for forbid
n. something out of the proper time
some experts regard the retirement age of 65 as an anachronism at a time when peple in the developed world have much longer life expectancies than previously
n. medication that reduces or eliminates pain
Asprin is a powerful analgesic still
The phychology researcher's experiment postulates that the brain is analogous to a digital computer
v. suggest or assume the existence, fact or truth as basis for reasoning, discussion or belief
His theory postulated a rotatory movement for hurricanes
n. absence of government
adj. lacking order or control
n. something that calms or soothes pain
Some people use alcohol as an anodyne to numb their emotional pain.
adj. relaxing, or capable of soothing pain
adj. irregular; deviating from the norm
The psychologist discounted the anomalous behavior of the soldier, saying it was merely a short term effect of the stress of battle.
Anomaly = noun
n. something that comes before
some antecedents to the African novel might exist in Africa's oral traditions
Most of our knowledge of antediluvian times has been built up as a result of one of humanity's grandest collaborative endeavors-the gathering, identification, dating, and catergorization of fossils as they are discovered.
n. dislike; hostile
the protagonist feels great antipathy for the man who marries the woman he loves
n. indifference (lack of interest, enthusiasm or concern)
Apathy was high in the election because there was no major issue to arouse voter interest.
n. the point in an orbit most distant from the body being orbited; the highest point
The Ottoman Empire reached its apogee in the 17th centruy when it controlled a territory running from Budapest to N. Africa
n. a terse (sparing in the use of words), witty saying
n. concise (giving lot of info in few words) saying
ex of apophthegm: tomorrow is an another day
v. to calm, pacify (quell the anger); placate (make someone less angry)
amendments have been added to appease local pressure groups
around, on both sides
ambient = surrounding
ambidextrous = able to use both hands
ambivalent = having conflicting feelings
personality trait that combines introversion and extroversion
able to use both hands
AMPH / AMPHI
around, double, on both sides
amphibian = animal that can live on water and land
amphitheater = round structure with levels of seats rising upward from central area
life, breath, spirit
animation = enthusiasm; excitement
animism = belief that individual spirits inhabit natural phenomena
animosity = hostility; hatred
n. strong hostility
he no longer felt any animosity towards her
ANNU / ANNI / ENNI
annuity = yearly income payment
perennial = year to several years
yearly income payment