Flashcards in Word List 50 Deck (80)
a critical and usually censorious remark - often used with on
e.g. make animadversions on someone's conduct
being notorious without moderation; extreme
e.g. We are arrant knaves, all; believe none of us
That statement is complete and arrant nonsense.
to make dull or stupid; especially, to muddle with drunkenness
to wait for (usually in bide one's time)
to continue in a state, condition, or place
e.g. How long are you going to bide in this unhappy marriage?
to talk foolishly at length (often used with on)
e.g. retire quietly and without all the blather of a send-off
very tired and unable to see clearly
poorly outlined or defined; dim
e.g. bleary eyes/travelers
marked by, tending to cause, or hopeful or rising prices (as in a stock market)
optimistic about something's or someone's prospects
e.g. bullish markets/policies/investors
bullish on/about company's future
to intimidate by bullying
to vex by teasing; badger
pleasantly sounding; melodious
insolently bold; impudent
to climb awkwardly (as by scrambling)
e.g. a restaurant with a countrified atmosphere
pilfer, steal; especially, plagiarize
e.g. She cribbed a line or two from her favorite poet.
to cause to become wavy, bent, or pinched
to be an inhibiting or restraining influence on; cramp
e.g. Sales had been crimped by credit controls.
to select from a group; choose
to hunt or kill (animals) as a means of population control
e.g. culled the best passages from the poet's work
to cease to proceed or act
e.g. Despite orders from the police, the protesters would not desist.
to act nervously or indecisively; vacillate
e.g. did not dither about what to do next
e.g. The state fair offers divers amusement for the whole family.
to beat severely; to defeat decisively
to berate critically
e.g. the dream of retiring to a tropical isle and enjoying a life of elysian ease
of or relating to prophecy
to obtain by indirect or involved means
to obtain by trickery
e.g. finagle a ride home
finagle a visit to the museum
pompously or portentously overblown
e.g. On election night TV's self-important pundits let loose a fusillade of flatulent pontifications.
e.g. The report is just a lot of corporate flimflam.
a flimflam to pique his romantic interest
e.g. an actor who's easily flummoxed by any changes in the script
e.g. Gracile as any pair of classically trained dancers, the bride and groom made their way around the dance floor.
yearn (often used with for or after)
e.g. hanker for a warm day
e.g. huffish wealthy people who expected to receive top priority in the ship's dining room
roused to indignation; irritated
easily offended; touchy
e.g. a huffy actress who loudly protests every perceived insult
to crouch, squat
to settle in or dig in for a sustained period (used with down)
e.g. hunker down for a good long wait
to vary by intermixture; intersperse, interlace
e.g. interlard one's speech with oaths
to move in an up-and-down manner; bounce
e.g. a rickety cart jouncing as it was being pulled over the cobblestoned streets
to augment or intersperse especially with something superfluous or excessive
e.g. a book larded with subplots
to dissolve out by the action of a percolating liquid
to draw out or remove by or as if by percolation
e.g. leach out alkali from ashes
Even a small amount of rain can leach the toxic material from the soil.
lacking physical or mental energy; sluggish
to wander slowly and idly
to speak indistinctly or disconnectedly
e.g. maundered all over town on his day off
to grind or mix thoroughly; pulverize
to consider at length; ponder (often used with over)
e.g. mull over an idea
resembling oil; oily
producing or containing oil
marked by an offensive ingratiating manner or quality
e.g. The office manager greeted the corporate bigwigs with an oleaginous welcome that should have embarrassed him.
timid; afraid; fearful; frightened
irritated or annoyed
e.g. a peckish tone of voice
of, relating to, or living or occurring in the open sea; oceanic
e.g. At one time pelagic whaling was the cornerstone of the island's economy.
suspended so as to swing freely
marked by vacillation, indecision, or uncertainty
e.g. branches hung with pendulous vines
of little value or account; small, trifling
deserving or causing feelings of sympathy or pity
to move or act aimlessly or idly
to work at random; tinker
changing quickly and often; mercurial
e.g. a quondam oil baron now living comfortably in retirement
to feed greedily
to prowl for food; prey
to devour greedily
e.g. The rat ravened the poisoned bait just as we had hoped.
Men raven the earth, destroying its resources.
one who refuses to accept or obey established authority
e.g. Its object is not the moral education of the recusant individuals.
impressively or ostentatiously fancy or stylish; fashionable, posh
impertinently bold and impudent
amusingly forward and flippant; irrepressible
e.g. irritate his fellow travelers with saucy questions and comments
irregular in form or growth
e.g. a scraggly beard
unkempt, slovenly, shaggy
e.g. The neighborhood is full of dilapidated houses with scruffy backyards.
in an irresolute, undecided, or hesitating manner
to plod (one's way) perseveringly especially against difficulty
e.g. slogged through the snow / through her work
to strike sharply or heavily
e.g. He vowed that he would smite his enemy.
smitten with her beauty
to stain or taint with smut
matter that soils or blackens
obscene language or matter
to run at the nose
to cry or whine with snuffling
elegantly maintained or designed
e.g. a soigne restaurant/black dress
marked by lofty or imposing dignity
impressive in size or proportions
e.g. The governor watched with stately aloofness as his wife charmed the party guests.
a stately dowager in an evening gown
to hem in; confine
to subject to distress, privation, or deficiency
e.g. in straitened circumstances
to bind, wrap, or swaddle with or as if with a bandage
e.g. a mountain swathed by clouds
marked by an aristocratic or high-toned manner or style
e.g. tony private schools
to defeat decisively
to give expression to; disclose, reveal
to disclose the thoughts or feelings of
e.g. unbosomed his fear of dying only to his closest friends
forbidden; especially, prohibited by dictate
e.g. a college campus on which any form of hate speech was strictly verboten
the general slope of a region
having knowledge or experience; conversant
to direct one's course; travel
to proceed on (one's way); direct
e.g. We wended (our way) through the narrow streets.
a trick or stratagem intended to ensnare or deceive; also, a beguiling or playful trick
skill in outwitting; trickery, guile
e.g. use all of her wiles to convince everyone to stay
intensely angry; highly incensed; wrathful
a strong desire or propensity; also, urge, craving
e.g. a yen for the sea / ice cream
e.g. a yowling cat outside the building
a slavish follower; toady
one who acts the buffoon to amuse others
very strange and silly
e.g. One of the challenges of hosting a radio call-in program is preventing the zanies from taking over the discussion.
a zany plane to drive cross-country on a motorized scooter