Flashcards in Vocabulary 19 Deck (15):
(n.) An assumption, theory, or hypothesis.
(n.) Anything abominable; anything greatly disliked or abhorred. Intense aversion or loathing; detestation: He regarded lying with abomination. A vile, shameful, or detestable action, condition, habit, etc.: Spitting in public is an abomination.
v.) To whiten by removing color; bleach. To make pale, as with sickness or fear.
(adj.) Intended to placate or reconcile. Intended to win or gain (goodwill, regard, or favor.)
(adj.) Morally ignoble or base; vile: sordid methods. Meanly selfish, self-seeking, or mercenary. Dirty or filthy. Squalid; wretchedly poor and run-down: sordid housing.
(n.) A small group ruling a country, especially immediately after a coup d'état and before a legally constituted government has been instituted. A council. A deliberative or administrative council, especially in Spain and Latin America
(v.) To influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude. To take away from by cheating or deceiving (usually followed by of): to be beguiled of money. To charm or divert. To pass (time) pleasantly: beguiling the long afternoon with a good book.
(v.) To show to be false; contradict: His trembling hands belied his calm voice. To misrepresent: The newspaper belied the facts. To act unworthily according to the standards of (a tradition, one's ancestry, one's faith, etc.)
(adj.) Extremely thin and bony; haggard and drawn, as from great hunger, weariness, or torture; emaciated. Bleak, desolate, or grim, as places or things: a gaunt, windswept landscape.
adj.) Causing insidious harm or ruin; ruinous; injurious; hurtful: pernicious teachings; a pernicious lie. Deadly; fatal: a pernicious disease.
(adj.) Free from violation, injury, desecration, or outrage. Undisturbed; untouched. Unbroken. Not infringed. (Don’t confuse with inviolable, which is similar, but not the same in meaning!)
(n.) A self-evident truth that requires no proof. A universally accepted principle or rule.
(v.) To encourage, support, help, aid, promote, assist in achieving a purpose. (Often used to mean assist in wrongdoing, such as the legal cliché: aid and abet a crime, but can be use to assist in something positive as well.)
v.) To adhere closely; stick; cling (usually followed by to). To remain faithful (usually followed by to ): to cleave to one's principles in spite of persecution. To split or divide as if by a cutting blow. To penetrate or pass through. To cut off; sever: to cleave a branch from a tree.