Flashcards in Word List 2 Deck (66):
ill-mannered; The mountain boy is a boorish savage.
letter; The poet wrote a dedicatory epistle.
against orthodox opinion; That is heresy.
deeply moving; She painted a poignant portrait of the countryside.
a break; He took a respite from the outside world.
concise; She spoke in a terse manner.
difficult to understand; The directions were in an obscure language.
fear of heights; He can't go rock climbing due to his acrophobia.
middle class; The bourgeois citizens' opinions were conventional.
weakness; incapacity; The debility of a medical condition prevents him from learning.
concerned with letters; We had an epistolary friendship.
slow; His fatigue caused a languid manner.
hidden; The murkiness obscured the view.
glowing; The gems sparkled resplendently.
exposing false claims or myths; She debunked the ad campaign.
typified; He epitomizes the highest principles of morality.
rigid in opinions; The hidebound philosopher will not listen to anyone but himself.
decay; get weaker; His body languished in prison.
servile, submissive; She gave an obsequious bow.
controversial; They entered into a polemical argument.
an athletic competition with 10 events; He was a high jumper in the decathlon.
speak ambiguously; avoid telling the truth; The candidate equivocated in the debate.
theft; They committed grand larceny.
cowardly; The noise made them timorous.
skillful; He is an adroit debater.
dignified, correct behavior; Conduct yourselves with decorum.
generosity; The largess of the sponsors provided enough funds for the cause.
speak pompously or dogmatically; He spoke with pontification.
restrained; He spoke reticently about his recent divorce.
stream of verbal abuse; She offered a tirade against abortion.
servile admiration; The teen girls' adulation for the rock star was revolting.
to show irritation; The dog bristled when woken up.
theatrical; Calm down, there is no need for the histrionics.
praise; I laud your decision.
noisy and boisterous; The children's obstreperous conduct is unacceptable.
foretell; The clouds portend a storm.
giggle quietly; The children are tittering in the background.
hardship; She overcame great adversity.
start to discuss; He broached the topic carefully.
respect; Out of deference for our friendship, I will relent.
obscure; The song provides many esoteric allusions.
old; He told his grandchildren many hoary myths.
on a grand scale; wasteful; She spends lavishly.
mentally dull; Don't be obtuse.
a warning sign; This is a portent of things to come.
large book; That tome contains many stories.
blunt, abrupt; She was given only a brusque welcome.
cause leaves to fall off; The trees defoliate.
take up; support; I espouse the cause.
avoid; This obviates the risk of unnecessary injuries.
someone who puts on an act; High school is full of poseurs.
full of (usually full of holes); This story is riddled with errors.
inactive, stagnant; The creature is torpid and slow.
fortification; The dam serves as a bulwark against the lake.
no longer in existence; The tribe is defunct.
hateful; The odious leader sneered.
future generations; The posterity of this family depends on you.
common; Crime is rife in these areas.
sluggishness; She awakens from a long torpor.
friendly, social, easygoing; He is an affable and courteous gentleman.
poverty; debasement; The degradation of the ghetto is disheartening.
praise; He gave a eulogy.
in large numbers; The legion of soldiers stood still.
domineering, intrusive; She interrupted officiously.
thoroughness; The logical rigor of mathematics is not for everyone.