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Flashcards in Word List 2 Deck (66):
1

boorish

ill-mannered; The mountain boy is a boorish savage.

2

epistle

letter; The poet wrote a dedicatory epistle.

3

heresy

against orthodox opinion; That is heresy.

4

poignant

deeply moving; She painted a poignant portrait of the countryside.

5

respite

a break; He took a respite from the outside world.

6

terse

concise; She spoke in a terse manner.

7

obscure

difficult to understand; The directions were in an obscure language.

8

acrophobia

fear of heights; He can't go rock climbing due to his acrophobia.

9

bourgeois

middle class; The bourgeois citizens' opinions were conventional.

10

debility

weakness; incapacity; The debility of a medical condition prevents him from learning.

11

epistolary

concerned with letters; We had an epistolary friendship.

12

languid

slow; His fatigue caused a languid manner.

13

obscured

hidden; The murkiness obscured the view.

14

resplendent

glowing; The gems sparkled resplendently.

15

debunking

exposing false claims or myths; She debunked the ad campaign.

16

epitomized

typified; He epitomizes the highest principles of morality.

17

hidebound

rigid in opinions; The hidebound philosopher will not listen to anyone but himself.

18

languish

decay; get weaker; His body languished in prison.

19

obsequious

servile, submissive; She gave an obsequious bow.

20

polemical

controversial; They entered into a polemical argument.

21

decathlon

an athletic competition with 10 events; He was a high jumper in the decathlon.

22

equivocate

speak ambiguously; avoid telling the truth; The candidate equivocated in the debate.

23

larceny

theft; They committed grand larceny.

24

timorous

cowardly; The noise made them timorous.

25

adroit

skillful; He is an adroit debater.

26

decorum

dignified, correct behavior; Conduct yourselves with decorum.

27

largess

generosity; The largess of the sponsors provided enough funds for the cause.

28

pontificate

speak pompously or dogmatically; He spoke with pontification.

29

reticent

restrained; He spoke reticently about his recent divorce.

30

tirade

stream of verbal abuse; She offered a tirade against abortion.

31

adulation

servile admiration; The teen girls' adulation for the rock star was revolting.

32

bristle

to show irritation; The dog bristled when woken up.

33

histrionic

theatrical; Calm down, there is no need for the histrionics.

34

laud

praise; I laud your decision.

35

obstreperous

noisy and boisterous; The children's obstreperous conduct is unacceptable.

36

portend

foretell; The clouds portend a storm.

37

titter

giggle quietly; The children are tittering in the background.

38

adversity

hardship; She overcame great adversity.

39

broach

start to discuss; He broached the topic carefully.

40

deference

respect; Out of deference for our friendship, I will relent.

41

esoteric

obscure; The song provides many esoteric allusions.

42

hoary

old; He told his grandchildren many hoary myths.

43

lavish

on a grand scale; wasteful; She spends lavishly.

44

obtuse

mentally dull; Don't be obtuse.

45

portent

a warning sign; This is a portent of things to come.

46

tome

large book; That tome contains many stories.

47

brusque

blunt, abrupt; She was given only a brusque welcome.

48

defoliate

cause leaves to fall off; The trees defoliate.

49

espouse

take up; support; I espouse the cause.

50

obviate

avoid; This obviates the risk of unnecessary injuries.

51

poseur

someone who puts on an act; High school is full of poseurs.

52

riddled

full of (usually full of holes); This story is riddled with errors.

53

torpid

inactive, stagnant; The creature is torpid and slow.

54

bulwark

fortification; The dam serves as a bulwark against the lake.

55

defunct

no longer in existence; The tribe is defunct.

56

odious

hateful; The odious leader sneered.

57

posterity

future generations; The posterity of this family depends on you.

58

rife

common; Crime is rife in these areas.

59

torpor

sluggishness; She awakens from a long torpor.

60

affable

friendly, social, easygoing; He is an affable and courteous gentleman.

61

degradation

poverty; debasement; The degradation of the ghetto is disheartening.

62

eulogy

praise; He gave a eulogy.

63

legion

in large numbers; The legion of soldiers stood still.

64

officious

domineering, intrusive; She interrupted officiously.

65

rigor

thoroughness; The logical rigor of mathematics is not for everyone.

66

totter

walk unsteadily; The baby tottered to his parents.