Flashcards in Word List 47 Deck (68)
an establishment that provides therapy combined with a regimen for treatment or rehabilitation
an establishment for the treatment of the chronically ill
self-possession or imperturbability especially under strain
e.g. The professional gambler seemed to take both his wins and his losses with remarkable sangfroid.
a young tree
disdainfully or skeptically humorous; derisively mocking
e.g. a sardonic little jab that made her visitor quiet and subdued for the rest of the night
to cloy with overabundance; glut
to appease (as a thirst) by indulging to the full
e.g. sate the appetite of vampire-hungry fans
rough to touch
dealing with suggestive, indecent, or scandalous themes; salacious; also, squalid
e.g. a scabrous problem
a movie with scabrous humor
(informal) a great number or quantity
smallness of number; fewness
smallness of quantity; dearth
e.g. a paucity of useful answers to the problem of traffic congestion at rush hour
to run nimbly and usually playfully about
a line of cliffs produced by faulting or erosion
a low steep slope along a beach caused by wave erosion
to emit sparks; spark
to throw off as a spark or as sparkling flashes
e.g. star scintillating in the sky
a division or split in a group or union; schism
e.g. fears that the scission of the labor union will compromise the workers' bargaining power
to rub or scrub
to clean by purging; purge
to move about quickly especially in search
e.g. They scoured the grounds for the missing keys.
a lengthy discourse
e.g. In her screed against the recording industry, she blamed her producer for ruining her career.
delightful, excellent; especially, delicious
to move or run swiftly especially as if driven forward
loose vapory clouds driven swiftly by the wind
a slight sudden shower
a gust of wind
e.g. clouds scudding across the sky
A cold scud sent leaves skittering down from the trees.
the use of the sea for travel or transportation
to remove or separate from intercourse or outside influence; isolate
shut off, screen
e.g. seclude themselves from the turmoil of secular affairs
incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority
e.g. The leaders of the group have been arrested and charged with sedition.
e.g. Several dissidents were jailed for leading protests that the government branded as seditious.
of, relating to, exhibiting, or characteristic of old age; especially, exhibiting a loss of cognitive abilities associated with old age
given to or abounding in aphoristic expression
given to or abounding in excessive moralizing
terse, aphoristic, or moralistic in expression; pithy, epigrammatic
e.g. a smug and sententious writer
a sententious crank who has written countless letters to the editor about the decline in family values
intellectually servile; (of a person) lacking independence or originality of thought
e.g. The human race is gregarious and sequacious, rather than individual and adventurous.
an aftereffect of a disease, condition, or injury
a secondary result
the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for; also, an instance of this
e.g. They found each other by pure serendipity.
to compose or deliver a sermon
to speak didactically or dogmatically
e.g. a teacher who can talk to her students about serious subjects without sermonizing
a small crudely built dwelling or shelter usually of wood
a square or oblong usually fabric garment or wrapper used especially as a covering for the head or shoulders
a quantity of stalks and ears of a cereal grass or sometimes other plant material bound together
a large amount or number
e.g. contends that casino gambling would generate a sheaf of social problems for the state
a bright or shining condition; brightness
e.g. polished the metal until it had an even sheen
a word or saying used by adherents of a party, sect, or belief and usually regarded by others as empty of real meaning
a widely held belief; also, truism, platitude
a custom or usage regarded as distinct of a group
e.g. She repeated the old shibboleth that time heals all wounds.
Accent was a shibboleth of social class.
to work into or out of trickily
to act or speak in a shifty or evasive manner
e.g. shuffle out of the difficulty
to go or move with one side foremost especially in a furtive advance
to cause to move or turn sideways
e.g. sidle up to him and slip him a note
sidle through the narrow opening
of, relating to, or resembling monkeys or apes
lively or frisky in action; capricious
easily frightened; restive
coy, bashful; also, wary
e.g. a skittish horse
skittish about taking on such a large mortgage
underhanded or unscrupulous behavior; also, a devious device or trick
e.g. The company's apparently healthy bottom line was merely an illusion, the result of years of accounting skulduggery.
e.g. The investigation of the charges against the mayor was slapdash and not very thorough.
e.g. a dog slavering over a bone
suburbanites slavering over drop-dead models
lacking firmness of texture; flimsy
marked by low character or quality
e.g. a dancer in a sleazy outfit
a sleazy lothario who is always on the make
deceitful craftiness; also, stratagem
e.g. employ some sophisticated sleight to con that wary couple out of their money
a brilliant new theory that pays tribute to his remarkable sleight of mind
to indulge the feelings effusively and without restraint
driveling, sloppy, or incoherent utterance
e.g. The baby just slobbered on the blanket.
one habitually negligent of neatness or cleanliness especially in personal appearance
to turn about a fixed point
to cause to skid; veer
e.g. slew a car around a turn
to fall or sink suddenly
e.g. slumping sales
The economy has been in a slump since last year.
given to curt irritable speech
arising from annoyance or irascibility
inclined to bite
e.g. a snappish remark/dog
quickly made or done
marked by vigor or liveliness
e.g. a snappy decision
snappy dialogue / a snappy dresser
a temporary stay
e.g. The family enjoyed a two-week sojourn in the mountains.
inclined to or heavy with sleep; drowsy
e.g. a somnolent sermon
to plunge in liquid; immerse
to make drunk
a habitual drunkard; also, a drinking spree; binge
small glittering object or particle
to set or sprinkle with or as if with spangles
to glitter as if covered with spangled; sparkle
relating to or resembling a spasm especially in sudden violence
acting or proceeding fitfully; intermittent
e.g. a spasmodic jerk
spasmodic attempts to lose weight
a track by which the progress of someone or something may be followed
spirit, courage, and determination
e.g. had the spunk to overcome a severe physical disability
to tread sharply or heavily upon; trample
to reject with disdain or contempt; scorn
e.g. Fiercely independent, the elderly couple spurned all offers of financial help.
not favored by the stars; ill-fated
to bend down or over
to descend from a superior rank, dignity, or status
e.g. She stooped down to hug the child.
stooped to lying
to move along slowly, typically in a small irregular group, so as to remain some distance behind the person or people in front
to grow, spread, or be laid out in an irregular, untidy way; trail
an untidy or irregularly arranged mass or group of something
e.g. The trees straggle over the countryside.
a straggle of cottages
causing astonishment or wonder; awesome, marvelous
of amazing size or greatness; tremendous
e.g. a person with stupendous wealth
the stupendous engineering feats achieved by the ancient Romans
to pledge (a gift or contribution)
to assent to; support
to feel favorably disposed
e.g. unwilling to subscribe to the agreement
subscribe a large sum to the flood relief fund
I subscribe to your sentiments.
to have existence
to hold true
e.g. The author's right to royalties shall subsist for the term of the copyright.
an underlying support; foundation
e.g. drilled into the bedrock substratum
the provision of assistance or financial support
e.g. The committee receives an annual subvention from the foundation to run the museum.
to make soiled or tarnished; defile
e.g. sully a reputation
(all and sundry: everybody)
e.g. draw design inspirations from sundry cultures