Flashcards in Word List 35 Deck (46)
carefully considered or prepared; thoughtful
produced or marked by conscious design or premeditation; calculated
e.g. a studied response
to cause to appear or be stupid, foolish, or absurdly illogical
to impair, invalidate, or make ineffective; negate
e.g. Menial work can stultify the mind.
to hinder the normal growth, development, or progress of
a check in growth
an unusual or difficult feat requiring great skill or daring
e.g. Brutal treatment in childhood stunted his personality.
a condition of greatly dulled or completely suspended sense or sensibility
a state of extreme apathy or torpor resulting often from stress or shock; daze
e.g. a drunk stupor
in a stupor of fatigue
extremely dark, gloomy, or forbidding
e.g. lost in the stygian reaches of the deep forest
an instrument for writing, marking, or incising
to present an obstacle to; stand in the way of
e.g. stymied by red tape
to bring under control and governance as a subject; conquer
to make submissive; subdue
e.g. Fashion can summon the strange, can subjugate the body and render it alien just as readily as it can highlight every curve.
inadequate to produce a sensation or a perception
existing or functioning below the threshold of consciousness
e.g. The studio denied the existence of subliminal messages in the movie.
to induce secretly to do an unlawful thing
to induce to commit perjury; also, to obtain perjured from a witness
e.g. suborn the press and blind the eyes of the people
furnishing aid or support; auxiliary
of secondary importance
of, relating to, or constituting a subsidy
e.g. subsidiary details
a subsidiary payment to an ally
to give substance or form to; embody
to establish by proof or competent evidence; verify
e.g. substantiate a charge
being a totally independent entity
real rather than apparent; firm
e.g. These charges are more symbolic than substantive.
made substantive progress / substantive discussion among the world leaders
to include or place within something larger or more comprehensive; encompass as a subordinate or component element
e.g. Red, green, and yellow are subsumed under the term "color".
deception by artifice or stratagem in order to conceal, escape, or evade
a deceptive device or stratagem
e.g. Delving into why this slaughter never happened uncovers a story of spy-craft, subterfuge and tightly-kept secrets.
relief, aid, help
to go to the aid of; relieve
e.g. give succor to those in need
Love is always mighty to succor the weak-hearted.
to meet or satisfy a need; be sufficient (oft. used with an impersonal it)
to be competent or capable
e.g. A brief note will suffice (them).
Suffice it to say that they are dedicated and serious.
to spread over or through in the manner of fluid or light; flush, fill
e.g. The northern horizon was suffused with a deep red glow.
angry or upset
gloomily or resentful silent or repressed
e.g. a sullen crowd / countenance / morning
a sullen river
extremely costly, rich, luxurious, or magnificent
e.g. sumptuous banquets
to break apart in two; separate by or as if by violence or by intervening time or space
e.g. a family sundered by scandal
coolly and patronizingly haughty
e.g reacted to their breach of etiquette with a supercilious smile
exceeding what is sufficient or necessary; extra
not needed; unnecessary
e.g. clear off all the superfluous stuff to make room
to have or exercise the charge and oversight of; direct
to cause to be set aside
to take the place or position of
e.g. Sport does have this incredible power to supersede current affairs and politics.
lying on the back or with the face upward
exhibiting indolent or apathetic inertia or passivity; especially, mentally or morally slack
e.g. a supine legislature that is afraid to take action
to supersede (another) especially by force or treachery
e.g. waiting in the shadows to shank and supplant their revelry-addled elders
humbly imploring; entreating
e.g. the suppliant thief pleaded for a second chance
to make a humble entreaty
e.g. But not from them will I supplicate that which is mine by right.
supplicate for acceptance
an overabundant supply; excess
an intemperate or immoderate indulgence in something
e.g. a surfeit of volunteers
surfeited ourselves on raw oysters
to form a notion of from scanty evidence; imagine, infer
e.g. surmise that...
to prevail over; overcome
e.g. surmount an obstacle
done, made, or acquired by stealth; clandestine
acting or doing something clandestinely; stealthy
e.g. a surreptitious relationship
a surreptitious glance
e.g. a svelte figure
to drink great drafts of; guzzle
e.g. swill the floor with buckets of water
e.g. It is the Spartan, not the Sybarite, who is capable of heroic deeds.
a servile self-seeking flatterer
e.g. When her career was riding high, the self-deluded actress often mistook sycophants for true friends.
happening, existing, or arising at precisely the same time
working together; cooperating
e.g. synergic muscles
a condensed statement or outline; abstract
e.g. a synopsis of the movie
expressed or carried on without words or speech
implied or indicated but not actually expressed
e.g. a tacit answer
tacit consent / tacit admission of guilt
temperamentally disinclined to talk
e.g. a taciturn man, never initiating a conversation
somewhat sticky to the touch; adhesive
not having or exhibiting good taste
e.g. tacky varnish
a tacky town whose citrus groves were blighted by smoke
a tacky publicity stunt / a tacky outfit