Flashcards in Word List 42 Deck (54):
someone or something used to lure or lead another into a trap
e.g. He had a decoy distract the guard.
to embezzle (funds with which one has been entrusted)
e.g. The officials were charged with defalcating government money.
e.g. The grant helped defray the expenses of the trip.
to set apart; distinguish
e.g. The plot of land is demarcated by a low brick wall.
demarcate teachers as mentor, master, and model teachers based on their level of education
the manner in which one conducts oneself; behavior
e.g. His stiff deportment matched his strict demeanor.
e.g. Superstitious thieves hang veils before the pictures of the room where they depredate.
a chemical substance that makes a body's systems less active.
e.g. Several officers were deputed to guard the building.
to appoint as deputy
to act as deputy
e.g. I deputize for the newspaper's editor on the weekends.
He deputized a local citizen to take charge.
something desired as essential
e.g. a list of political desiderata
a bold or violent criminal
to strip of belongings, possessions, or value; pillage
e.g. landscape despoiled by industrial development
discontinuance from use or exercise; disuse
e.g. Despite the long years of desuetude, the old manual typewriter seemed to work just fine.
to diminish (oft. used with from)
e.g. detract attention
small errors that do not seriously detract from the book
a noteworthy statement
an uncontrollable craving for alcoholic liquors
to deprive of a right; disenfranchise
to amuse oneself in light or lively fashion; frolic
e.g. disported themselves with silly games
a full-service resort where vacationers may disport at a variety of indoor and outdoor activities
a formal inquiry into or discussion of a subject; discourse
e.g. a lengthy disquisition on foreign policy
apprehensively divided or withdrawn in attention; distracted
e.g. He grew more and more distrait as hours passed without confirmation that where were survivors of the plane crash.
e.g. divagate into an account of his travels
to take away a part of; abridge; especially, to fine by deduction of wages
e.g. docked him for tardiness
a state or period of senile decay marked by decline of mental poise and alertness
e.g. He's now in that stage of his dotage where he has trouble remembering the simplest things.
not neat or becoming in appearance; shabby
lacking smartness or taste
e.g. a dowdy hat / a dowdy room
a dowdy institution
the money, goods, or estate that a woman brings to her husband in marriage
a gift of money or property by a man to or for his bride
a natural talent
e.g. Juice dribbled down his chin.
dribble wine on the carpet / dribble olive oil
e.g. The film's sophisticated drolleries elicit smiles and chuckles even upon repeated viewings.
Though generally serious, the novel about a seriously dysfunctional family is not without drollery.
a stupid or unimaginative person
a slow-witted or stupid person
the act of molting or shedding an outer cuticular layer
ostentatious display; publicity
dazzling effect; brilliance
brilliant or conspicuous success
e.g. The eclat of their reception, and the influence of the bribes, seemed to silence opposition to the scheme.
a pastoral poem, usually in dialogue form
worldwide or general in extent, influence, or application
interreligious or interdenominational
including or containing a mixture of diverse elements or style
e.g. an ecumenical marriage
an ecumenical meal of German, Italian, and Chinese dishes
a proclamation having the force of law
e.g. issue an edict banning public demonstrations
to deprive of strength, vigor, or spirit; weaken
e.g. a meek husband emasculated by his domineering wife
Critics charged that this change would emasculate the law.
a raised structure used especially to hold back water or to carry a roadway
to inscribe or adorn with or as if with heraldic bearings or devices
e.g. have his deeds emblazoned by a poet
the returns arising from office or employment usually in the form of compensation or perquisites
e.g. Tips are an emolument in addition to wages.
the highest heaven; the true and ultimate heavenly paradise
also - empyreal
e.g. ascended into the empyrean after a life filled with good deeds
envision the empyrean that winning the lottery would bring about
e.g. professional soldiers endued with an ironclad sense of duty and honor
endued with an unquenchable optimism
to take in or as if in a snare
e.g. The police successfully ensnared the burglar.
to place within or surround with a trench especially for defense
to place (oneself) in a strong defensive position
to establish solidly
e.g. entrenched themselves in the business
a father who entrenched in our minds the belief that hard work pays off
to view or regard in a certain way
to have a mental picture of especially in advance of realization
e.g. envisages the slum as a hotbed of crime
envisage an entirely new system of education
fond of or adapted to luxury or indulgence in sensual pleasures; having luxurious tastes or habits, especially in eating and drinking
of or relating to an epicure
e.g. a person of epicurean tastes
a water passage where the tide meets a river current; especially, an arm of the sea at the lower end of a river
e.g. the deep estuary where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean
being likely to cause objection; objectionable
e.g. As long as the language is not exceptionable, people can discuss any topic they want in the chat room.
treasury; especially, a national or royal treasury
pecuniary resources; funds
e.g. Their son would make beseeching requests for more money whenever his personal exchequer was getting low.
to think out; devise
e.g. a master at excogitating reasons not to do her assignments
to declare to be evil or detestable; denounce
to detest utterly
e.g. She came to execrate the hypocritical values of her upper-class upbringing.
execrate the terrorists responsible for the bomb blast
excessively scanty; inadequate
e.g. Computer equipment would be prohibitively expensive, given the rural school's exiguous resources.
to move about freely or at will; wander
to speak or write at length or in detail
e.g. expatiate upon the value of the fabric
to withdraw from residence in or allegiance to one's native country