Flashcards in Vocab Words Deck (185):
Convincing, having the power to compel
Corrupt or capable of being bought
Effective as a means, capable of having the desired result or effect
To reduce in amount,degree or severity
Ex: as the hurricane's force ABATED, the winds dropped and the seas became calm
To leave secretly
EX: the patron absconded from the restaurant without paying his bill by sneaking out the back door.
To choose not to do something
EX: she abstained from choosing a mouthwatering dessert from the tray.
An extremely deep hole
EX: the submarine dove into the abyss to chart the previously unseen depths.
To make impure
EX: the restauranteur made his ketchup last longer by adulterating it with water.
To speak in favor of
EX: a vegetarian advocated a diet containing no meat
Concerning the appreciation of beauty
EX: followers of the aesthetic movement regarded the pursuit of beauty the only true purpose of art.
To increase in power, influence and reputation.
EX: the supervisor sought to aggrandize himself by claiming that the achievements of his staff were actually his own.
To make more bearable
EX: taking aspirin alleviates a headache.
To combine; to mix together
EX: giant industries amalgamated with mega products to form Giant-Mega Products Inc.
Doubtful or uncertain; able to be interpreted several different ways
EX: the directions he gave were so ambiguous that we disagreed on which way to turn.
To make better; to improve
EX: the doctor was able to ameliorate the patient's suffering using pain killers.
Something out of place in time
EX: the aged hippie used anachronistic phrases like "groovy" and "far out" that had not been popular for years.
Similar or alike in some way; equivalent to
EX: in a famous argument for the existence of God, the universe is analogous to a mechanical time piece, the creation of a divinely intelligent "clockmaker"
Deviation from what is normal
EX: albino animals may display too great an anomaly in their coloring to attract normally colored mates.
To annoy or provoke to anger
EX: the child discovered that he could antagonize the cat by pulling its tail.
EX: the antipathy between the French and the English regularly erupted into open warfare.
Lack of interest or emotion
EX: the apathy of voters is so great that less than half of the people who are eligible to vote actually bother to do so.
To judge a dispute between two opposing parties.
EX: since the couple could not come to an agreement, a judge was forced to arbitrate their divorce proceedings.
EX: her archaic commodore computer could not run the latest software.
Intense and passionate feeling
EX: bishop's ardor for landscape was evident when he passionately described the beauty of the scenic Hudson valley.
Able to speak clearly and expressively
EX: she is such an articulate defender if labor that unions are among her strongest supporters.
To make something unpleasant less severe
Serpens used aspirin to assuage her pounding headache.
To reduce in force or degree; to weaken
EX: the bill of right attenuated the traditional power of government to change laws at will.
Fearless and daring
EX: her audacious nature allowed her to fulfill her dream of sky diving
Sever or stern in appearance; undecorated
EX: the lack of decorations makes zen temples seem austere to the untrained eye.
Predictable, clichéd, boring
EX: He used banal phrases like "have a nice day" and "another day another dollar".
To support; to prop up
EX: the presents of giant footprints bolster the argument that Sasquatch was in the area.
Pompous in speech and manned
EX: the dictator's speeches were mostly bombastic; his boasting and outrageous claims had no basis in fact.
EX: the junior high orchestra created an almost unbearable cacophony as they tried to tune their instruments.
Impartial and honest in speech
EX: the observations of a child can be charming since they are candid and unpretentious.
Changing ones mind quickly and often
EX: queen Elizabeth I was quite capricious; her courtiers could never be sure which of their number would catch her fancy.
To punish or criticize harshly
EX: Americans are amazed at how harshly the authorities in Singapore castigate perpetrators of what would be considered minor crimes in the United States.
Something that brings about a change in something else
EX: the imposition of harsh taxes was the catalyst that finally brought on the resolution.
Biting in wit
EX: Dorothy Parker gained her reputation for caustic wit form her cutting, yet clever insults.
Great disorder or confusion
EX: in most religious traditions, god created an ordered universe from chaos.
Someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs
EX: the attitude that men are inherently superior to women and therefore must be obeyed is common among male chauvinists.
Depletion by means of craft or guile
EX: dishonest used car salesmen often use chicanery to sell their beat-up old cars.
Convincing and well reasoned
EX: swayed by the cogent and well reasoned argument of the defense, the jury had no choice but to acquit the defendant.
To overlook, pardon or disregard
EX: some theorists believe that failing to prosecute minor crimes is the same as condoning an air of lawlessness.
Intricate and complicated
EX: although many people bought " a brief history of time" few could follow it's convoluted ideas and theories.
To provide supporting evidence
EX: fingerprints corroborated the witness's testimony that he saw the defendant in the victim's apartment.
Too trusting; gullible
EX: although some four year olds believe in the Easter bunny, only the most credulous nine year olds also believe I'm him.
Steadily increasing volume or force
EX: the crescendo of tension became unbearable as Evel Knievel prepared to jump his motorcycle over the school buses.
Appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety
EX: the countess complained that the vulgar peasants lacked the decorum appropriate for a visit to the palace.
The respectful young law clerk treated the Supreme Court justice with the utmost deference.
To speak of or treat with contempt; to mock
EX: the awkward child was often derided by his cooler peers.
To dry out thoroughly
EX: after a few weeks of lying on the deserts baking sands, the cows carcass became completely desiccate.
Jumping from one thing to another; disconnected
EX: Diane had a desultory academic record; she had changed majors 12 times in three years
An abusive condemnatory speech
EX: the trucker bellowed a diatribe at the driver who cut him off.
Lacking self confidence
EX: Steve's diffident manner during the job interview stemmed from his nervous nature and lack of experience I'm the field.
To make larger; to expand
EX: when you enter a darkened room , the pupils of your eyes dilate to let in more lite.
Intended to delay
EX: the congressman used dilatory measures to delay the passage of the bill.
Someone with an amateurish and superficial interest In a topic
EX: Jerry's friends were such dilettantes that they seemed to have new jobs and new hobbies every week.
A funeral Hymn or mournful speech
EX: Melville wrote the poem "a dirge for James McPherson" for the funeral of a union general who was killed in 1864.
To set right; to free from error
EX: galileo's observations disabused scholars of the notion that the sun revolved around the earth
To perceive, to recognize
EX: it's easy to discern the difference between butter and butter flavored topping.
Fundamentally different; entirely
EX: although the twins appear to be identical physically, their personalities are disparate.
To present a false appearance; to guise ones real intentions or character
A harsh disagreeable combination, often of sounds.
A firmly held opinion, often a religious belief
Dictatorial in ones opinions
To deceive; a person who is easily deceived
Selections from or made up from a variety of sources
A sorrowful poem or speech
Persuasive and moving, especially in speech
to copy; to try to equal or excel
To reduce in strength
To produce, cause or bring about
A puzzle; a mystery
To count, list or itemize
Lasting a short time
To use expressions of double meaning in order to misslead
Wandering and unpredictable
Learned, scholarly, bookish
Known or understood by only a few
A speech in praise of someone
Use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one.
To make worse
To clear from blame; prove innocent
Urgent; requiring immediate action
To clear of blame
Clearly stated or shown; forthright in expression
Acting excessively enthusiastic; filled with extreme unquestioned devotion
Intensely emotional; feverish
Excessively decorated or embellished
To arouse or incite
A tendency to be thrifty or cheap
Tending to talk a lot
Deceit or trickery
Of a similar kind
One who opposes established believes, customs, and institutions
Not capable of being disturbed
Impossible to penetrate; incapable of being affected
Quick to act without thinking
Unable to be calmed down or made peaceful
Not fully formed; disorganized
Showing innocence or childlike simplicity
Lacking in interest or flavor
Uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled
To overwhelm; to cover with water
Easily made angry
Using few words
To express sorrow, to grieve
To give praise; to glorify
(V): to give unsparingly
(Adj): extremely generous or extravagant
Acting in an indifferent or slow, sluggish manner
Clear and easily understood
Bright, brilliant, glowing
To evade responsibility by pretending to be ill
Capable of being shaped
A figure of speech comparing two different things; a symbol
Extremely careful about details
A person who dislikes others
To soften, to lessen
To calm or make less severe
Lack of variation
Lacking in sophistication or experience
Hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion
Overly submissive and eager to please
To prevent; to make unessisary
To stop up; to prevent the passage of
Troublesome and oppressive; burdensome
Impossible to see through; preventing the passage of light
A contradiction or dilemma
Model of excellence or perfection
Someone who shows off learning
Willing to betray ones trust
Done in a routine way; indifferent
Charity; a desire or effort to promote goodness
To sooth or pacify
Able to be molded, altered, or bent
Practical or opposed to idealistic
To throw violently or bring a lout abruptly; lacking deliberation
To lie or deviate from the truth
Fresh and clean; uncorrupted
To increase in number quickly
To conciliate; to appease
Correct behavior; obedience to rules and customs
Wisdom, caution, or restraint
Short and irritating to the sense
To make thinner or sparser
To reject the validity of
Effective writing or speaking
to satisfy fully or overindulge
Causing sleep or lethargy
Deceptively attractive; seeming plausible but fallacious
A mark of shame or discredit
Unemotional; lacking sensitivity
Lofty or grand
Done without using words
Silent, not talkative
Long harsh speech or verbal attack
Extreme mental and physical sluggishness
Temporary, lasting a brief time
To sway physically; to be indecisive
To respect deeply
Filled with truth and accuracy
Easily aroused or changeable; lively or explosive
To fluctuate between choices
Acting in a fanciful or capricious manner, unpredictable