Flashcards in Word List 40 Deck (64)
to lower in rank, office, prestige, or esteem
e.g. unwilling to abase himself by pleading guilty to a crime that he did not commit
denial; especially, self-denial
e.g. abnegation of political lawmaking power
people capable of abnegation and unselfishness
imperfectly formed or developed
tending to cut short
e.g. an abortive attempt to recover the sunken pirate ship
to be present in large numbers or in great quantity; be prevalent
to be copiously supplied (used with in or with)
e.g. They live in a region where oil abounds.
life abounded in mysteries
a city that abounds with art museums
not producing fruits; sterile, barren
to put into mechanical action or motion
to move to action
e.g. a pump actuated by windmills
actuated by selfish motives
(of an egg) rotten
e.g. My brain grew more and more addle as I made my way through the tax instructions.
brains addled with fear
to offer as example, reason, or proof in discussion or analysis
e.g. adduce many instances to corroborate this assertion
to settle judicially
to act as judge
e.g. The board will adjudicate claims made against them.
to deliver spontaneously
e.g. Throughout the play, he had to ad-lib (his lines) constantly.
ad-lib remarks to hecklers
to turn the mind or attention (used with to)
e.g. adverted to the speaker
adverted to foreign-language sources
wide open; gaping
being in a state of wonder
e.g. with mouth agape
e.g. wild and woolly; threatening throngs
something (as money or food) given freely to relieve the poor
extremely pleasing to taste or smell
e.g a progressive disease that compromises a patient's ability to ambulate
in the wrong way
e.g. I hope that my suggestion that you might be more comfortable in a larger chair was not taken amiss.
something going amiss
lying outside the sphere to which moral judgments apply
lacking moral sensibility
being outside or beyond the moral order or a particular code of morals
e.g. science as which is completely amoral
serving to alleviate pain
not likely to offend or arouse tensions; innocuous
e.g. The otherwise anodyne comments sounded quite inflammatory when taken out of context.
a short, pithy, and instructive saying or formulation; aphorism
elevation to divine status; deification
the highest point in the development of something; culmination or climax
e.g. the apotheosis of the picaresque novel
curving like an eagle's beak
of, relating to, or resembling an eagle
e.g. an aquiline nose
the kind of animal that has eight legs and a body formed of two parts (like spiders, scorpions, etc.)
to call (a defendant) before a court to answer to an indictment; charge
to accuse of wrong, inadequacy, or imperfection
e.g. arraign him on the score of heartlessness
extremely or utterly foolish
of, relating to, or resembling an ass
e.g. an asinine excuse
with a side-glance; obliquely
with disapproval or distrust; scornfully
e.g. We looked askance at the dealer's assertion that the car had never been in an accident.
showing incapacity for observation or discrimination
e.g. an astigmatic fanaticism, a disregard for the facts
wearing or grinding down by friction
weakening or exhausting by constant harassment, abuse, or attack
a reduction in numbers usually as a result of resignation, retirement, or death
e.g. Attrition led to the main mechanism's breaking.
a war of attrition
a company with a high rate of attrtion
a sharp tool used chiefly for making holes
a radiant light around the head or body of a representation of a sacred personage
understood or recognized by the sense of hearing
of, relating to, or using the ear or the sense of hearing
e.g. an auricular confession
Birds' beginning chirping is the auricular proof that the sun was up.
of or relating to an uncle
suggestive of an uncle especially in kindliness or geniality
e.g. a man known for his avuncular charm
excessive indulgence in something especially to satisfy an inordinate appetite or craving
to lapse morally or in the practice of religion
to revert to a worse condition; retrogress
e.g. Smokers who quit often backslide within a year.
water backed up in its course by an obstruction, an opposing current, or the tide
an isolated or backward place or region
an unpopular or unimportant field (as of study or business)
e.g. The once sleepy backwater is now a thriving city.
A distant backwater that didn't even have electricity at that time.
refusing or likely to refuse to proceed, act, or function as directed or expected
e.g. a balky mule/machine
to deceive by underhanded methods; dupe, hoodwink
to confuse, frustrate, or throw off thoroughly or completely
e.g. bamboozled by con men into buying worthless land in the desert
bamboozled by the latest changes
to bat (as a tennis ball) to and fro
exchange; especially, to exchange (words) argumentatively
to discuss lightly or banteringly
to use in a glib or offhand manner (oft. used with about)
e.g. to bandy blows / to bandy gossip
bandy these statistics about with considerable bravado
a lawyer in Britain who has the right to argue in higher courts of law
a large musical instrument that is shaped like a tube, makes low sounds, and is played by blowing into a small, thin tube in its side
e.g. picked up some cheap baubles at the fair
to cry out loudly and unrestrainedly
to cry loudly; wail
e.g. He bawled for days after his dog died.
of, possessing, or imparting bliss
having a blissful appearance
e.g. a beatific smile
to summon or signal typically with a wave or nod
to appear inviting; attract
e.g. She was beckoning them to come.
The frontier beckons.
to dress or adorn gaudily
e.g. the elderly actress bedizening herself with makeup and jewelry
soiled and stained by or as if by trailing in mud
left wet and limp by or as if by rain
e.g. bedraggled after its bath
to muddle or stupefy with or as if with drink
e.g. Most of the applicants were befuddled by the wording of one of the questions on the driving test.
to procreate as the father; sire
to produce especially as an effect or outgrowth
e.g. died without begetting an heir
a belief that power begets power
to make confused; puzzle, bewilder
to occupy the attention of; distract, absorb
e.g. a public that seemed more bemused by the shenanigans of celebrities than by a war being waged half a world away
A stage mishap momentarily bemused the actress.
to typify beforehand; presage
to give evidence of; show
e.g. The humor in his writing is never cruel, and betokens a warm and compassionate heart.
fond of alcoholic beverages
of, relating to, or marked by the consumption of alcoholic beverages
e.g. special drying cloths that are so bibulous that they can absorb 10 times their weight in water
a campaign to make the bibulous fraternity brother a collegiate archetype of the past
of or relating to bile
of or indicative of a peevish ill-natured disposition
e.g. a bilious old dog who snaps at everyone
with clapboards painted red and bilious yellow
to vote against
to exclude socially; ostracize
e.g. The club secretly blackballs applicants who belong to that religion.
apathetic to pleasure or excitement as a result of excessive indulgence or enjoyment; world-weary
e.g. People get blase about their hometown.
to indicate by signs; presage
e.g. Her natural gift for reading boded well for her future in school.
good-natured easy friendliness
e.g. the bonhomie of strangers singing together around a campfire
a branch of a tree; especially, a main branch
to expurgate (as a book) by omitting or modifying parts considered vulgar
to modify by abridging, simplifying, or distorting in style or content
e.g. bowdlerize a classic novel by removing offensive language
an attractive dwelling or retreat
a shelter (as in a garden) made with tree boughs or vines twined together; arbor
e.g. Bowered by a canopy of grapevines, we enjoyed a serene and very private picnic.
not appealing to the taste; repulsive
to utter or play loudly harshly
having obscure dark streaks or flecks on a usually gray or tawny ground