Flashcards in Word List 43 Deck (73)
to deprive of possession or proprietary rights
to transfer (the property of another) to one's own possession
e.g. Dissidents were shot, and their lands expropriated under his regime.
The state will have to expropriate scores of homeowners in order to build the new road.
to deliver up to extradition
to obtain the extradition of
e.g. He will be extradited from the U.S. to Canada to face criminal charges there.
an exact copy
e.g. The family resemblance is so strong that the boy is virtually a pint-size facsimile of his father.
produced by humans rather than by natural forces
produced by special effort; sham
e.g. creating a factitious demand by spreading rumors of shortage
incorporating some feature for automatically counteracting the effect of an anticipated possible source of failure
having no chance of failure; infallibly problem-free
e.g. the little black dress that has consistently been the fail-safe solution for night
a short and lively sounding of trumpets
a showy outward display
the fidelity of a vassal or feudal tenant to his lord
e.g. swear fealty to the king
As much as I wanted to back my friend up, my fealty to the truth was greater.
marked or caused by fever; feverish
having or showing a great deal of nervous excitement or energy
e.g. a febrile imagination
having or showing a lively aggressiveness; spunky
to consider happy or fortunate
to offer congratulations to
e.g. The other pianists rushed to felicitate the winner of the piano competition.
of or relating to a feast or festival; festive
a strong and unusual need or desire for something
an object that is believed to have magical
e.g. a fetish for secrecy
wear a fetish to ward off evil spirits
devil, demon; a person of great wickedness
a person extremely devoted to a pursuit or study; fanatic
e.g. a golf fiend / a dope fiend
a fiend at mathematics
to appropriate furtively or casually (something small or of little value)
e.g. filch a cookie/pack of gum
of or relating to a son or daughter; appropriate or assuming the relation of a child or offspring
e.g. filial obedience
a piece of burning wood
one that creates unrest or strife (as in aggressively promoting a cause); agitator
e.g. a firebrand who urged crowds to riot during the blackouts
capable of or prone to being split
capable of undergoing fission
e.g. fissile wood/crystals
having an erratic or intermittent character; irregular
e.g. have a few fitful hours of sleep
several fitful attempts at negotiation
lacking resilience or firmness; flaccid
weak and ineffective; feeble
a skill or instinctive ability to appreciate or make good use of something; talent
a uniquely attractive quality; style
e.g. a flair for making friends quickly
a restaurant with a European flair
to strip off the skin or surface of; skin
to criticize harshly; excoriate
to strike or beat with or as if with a whip; lash
e.g. Her husband flayed her constantly for her incessant shopping.
The wind whipped up to gale fury, flaying his face.
tending to flop; especially, being both soft and flexible
a state or period of flourishing
e.g. the florescence of Mayan art in the seventh century A.D.
to talk or act foolishly
to waste time; trifle, fool
e.g. spent the morning footling about
a man who is devoted to or vain about his appearance or dress; coxcomb, dandy
to make raid or brief invasion
a brief excursion or attempt especially outside one's accustomed sphere
e.g. forayed into enemy territory
a quick foray into town for some supplies
the novelist's foray into nonfiction
to shut out; preclude
to hold exclusively
to deal with or close in advance
a subject to foreclosure proceedings
e.g. They've been unable to make their mortgage payments, and the bank has threatened to foreclose.
belonging to, used in, or suitable to courts of judicature or to public discussion and debate
relating to or dealing with the application of scientific knowledge to legal problems
e.g. In his first forensic arguments his rapid utterance was as indistinct as if he had mush in his mouth.
to reject or renounce under oath
to renounce earnestly
to deny under oath
e.g. She forswore her allegiance to the old regime.
a usually disorderly or protracted fight, struggle, or dispute
to wear by or as if by rubbing; fret
to leap, skip, or dance in a lively or playful way; gambol
to search (a person) for something
e.g. carefree kids laughing and frisking about in their backyard
to spend or waste bit by bit, on trifles, or without commensurate return (oft. used with away)
e.g. fritter away one's money / an afternoon
watch one's fortune fritter away
having a slovenly or uncared-for appearance
e.g. a frowzy smell of stale beer and stale smoke
The abandoned house was dank and frowzy and barely fit for human habitation.
to bear fruit
e.g. No partnership can fructify without candor on both sides.
a strong cotton and linen fabric
high-flown or affected writing or speech; broadly, anything high-flown or affected in style
e.g. a speech awash in old-fashioned fustian and bereft of all substance
to talk in a rapid or thoughtless manner; chatter
to talk fast or foolishly; jabber
to utter inarticulate or animal sounds
a structure on which a criminal who has been sentenced to death is killed by being hanged
the whole series of recognized musical notes
an entire range or series
e.g. experience the full gamut of human emotions
The actress's work runs the gamut from goofy comedies to serious historical dramas.
an adult male goose
(slang) look, glance
awkwardly tall and spindly; lank and loosely built
local death of soft tissues due to loss of blood supply
pervasive decay or corruption; rot
e.g. moral gangrene
a circular or spiral arrangement of intertwined material
e.g. a garland of flowers
lacking social experience or grace; also, not tactful; crude
crudely made or done
e.g. His loud talking at the opera marked him as gauche and uncultured.
a gauche turn of phrase
excessively thin and angular
e.g. a long gaunt face
a gaunt factory on the edge of town
to bend the knee (especially in worship)
to be servilely obedient or respectful
e.g. his essential instinct to genuflect to the ultra-rich
to carry in the uterus during pregnancy
to conceive and gradually develop in the mind
e.g. a research trip he made while gestating his new book
to make gestures especially when speaking
to move around; circle
e.g. girdled the world
a transient appearance of subdued or partly obscured light
a brief or faint appearance
e.g. the gleam of dawn in the east / a gleam in his eyes
a gleam of hope
e.g. With the gloaming came the familiar chirping of the whip-poor-will.
characterized by aphorism
e.g. a gnomic utterance about death
to eat gluttonously or ravenously
to eat greedily; devour
e.g. hungry hockey players who will gormandize whatever they happen to find in the fridge
to stare with wide or protuberant eyes
e.g. He goggled in amazement at the elaborate costumes.
a young goose
a foolish or callow person
a storehouse for threshed grain
a region producing grain in abundance
a chief source or storehouse
without charge or recompose; free
e.g. The food was supplied gratis.
an inexperienced or naive person
a newcomer (as to a country) unacquainted with local manners and customs
e.g. He's not the most sophisticated businessman you'll ever meet, but he's no greenhorn.
rough, brusque, or stern in manner, speech, or aspect
being deep and harsh; hoarse
e.g. a gruff reply / a gruff voice
a deep or precipitous cleft; ravine; especially, one occupied by a torrent
e.g. The gulch floods in the spring with a runoff from the mountains, so wait until later in the summer to hike it.
a usually gray and white aquatic bird
to take advantage of; deceive
a gullible person; dupe
e.g. We were gulled into believing that...
an individual or special taste
enthusiastic and vigorous enjoyment or appreciation
e.g. have the gusto to go on a strenuous hike
to eat ravenously
government by women
the handle of a weapon or tool
having a worn or emaciated appearance; gaunt
to cut roughly or clumsily; hack
e.g. haggling over the price
a tendon/muscle at the back of a person's knee / upper leg
to make ineffective or powerless; cripple
e.g. a company hamstrung by government regulations
seasoned or steeled by difficult experience; tough
e.g. They were a hard-bitten lot, burned to a brick red by the untempered sun.
inured to fatigue or hardships; robust
a heated often protracted argument; wrangle
a violent skirmish; fight
a state of confusion; turmoil
an annoying or troublesome concern
e.g. deal with flight delays and all of the other hassles
got into a hassle with his landlord