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An altercation broke out in the parking lot over an insult
An angry dispute; a heated argument
He walks to work for exercise because his job is so sedentary
Characterized by sitting or lack of activity; inactive
This sort of decision should be made by sevants, not by uneducated people
Scholars; learned persons
He has an anthology of Frost's poems
A collection of literary works
Some countries once governed by other have now become autonomous
Self governing; independent
Some things are priced by supply and demand, and some, like education, have a greater, intrinsic value
Inherent; part of the basic nature of; fundamental
He is fastidious in his housekeeping, overlooking nothing that can be cleaned or dusted
Overly concerned about detail; attentive to minor point; fussy
If my brakes fail on this declivity, we will roll down into the lake!
A downward slope
He was so overcome by lethargy that he could not accomplish anything
Indifference; apathy; inactivity; dullness
Since we placed the advertisement in the paper, we have been inundated by applications for the job
Overwhelmed by excess; flooded
If you get very badly sunburned, see a dermatologist
A physician who specializes in skin diseases
He praised the young man for the legibility of his hand writing
The state or quality of being easy to read
He was an upstanding citizen, but defamation by his opponent ruined his chances of election
An attack on good reputation; malicious and harmful talk; aspersion; calumny; slander
The cook used a colander to strain the vegetables
A bowl-shaped sieve with handles; a strainer
The filigree border added greatly to the beauty of the cover
Delicate ornamental work of intertwined wire; anything delicately fanciful and ornamental; to produce such works
What she lacked in understanding of business details, she made up for by her finesse in dealing with customers
The ability to perform with delicate skill and style; tactfulness and subtlety; artfulness
On a clear night we can see myriad stars in the heavens
Composed of a countless number; innumerable; a vast, countless number
She is so scrupulous in her work that you can trust it to be complete and correct in every detail
Painstakingly thorough and exact; carefully precise; reliable to do what is right; conscientious
A salient feature of his character is the ease with which he meets people
Jutting out; extending forward; most significant; prominent; conspicuous; a fortified angle or extension
Every large organization has it canons which describe its reasons for existence
An established rule, law, principle or criterion; a religious law or laws;
She has the physique of an amazon but the voice of a small child
A large and athletic or strong woman; a woman with masculine characteristics; a woman warrior
Art students practice making soft or vivid chromatic effects; and piano students practice similar chromatic scales
Pertaining to colors; pertaining to certain specific and colorful combinations of musical notes
The fields were left fallow for several years
He reads the obituary column every day to see if anyone he knows has died
A newspaper account of a death, usually including biographical information
Because of his probity the man was entrusted with a responsible position
Uprightness; reliability; integrity; strict honesty
He led the austere life of a monk, denying himself any of the pleasures of the world. He looks austere but he's really very kind
Severe; stern; grave; lacking luxury; very simple and without adornment
To fly an airplane, you must manipulate the controls. He doesn't hesitate to manipulate people to achieve his own goals
To handle skillfully; to manage, change or alter shrewdly
For the first time in several days he ate to the point of satiety
Fullness beyond normal; the state of being glutted or filled to excess
The dress code had been too restrictive and its amelioration was welcomed by the students
The act or state of changing for the better; improvement
We must work out a budget and allocate funds for each project
To assign as a portion or share; to set apart for; to distribute by allotment
Some standards can't be changed, but the ones you present are still moot
Not settled and open to discussion; debatable; arguable; hypothetical
She didn't try to mask her problems, but talked about them with remarkable candor
Lack of deceit; honesty; openness; frankness
The salubrious climate helped him to regain his strength
favorable to or promoting health
They are the ideal guests at a party - well-dressed, refined, and scintillating
To sparkle; to glitter; to be vibrantly personable; to be brilliant and witty in conversation
His plan is too idealistic; hers is more pragmatic
Pertaining or attentive to all-related causes and effects; practical or workable based on full study
Students often augment their allowance with the income from a job
To add to; to increase; to supplement
The senator's filibuster lasted for an amazing fourteen hours
The obstruction of passage of a legislative bill by the making of long speeches; to speak for such purpose
The operation showed that the cancer was malignant
Threatening to produce death; harmful
We should decry the bad behavior of those who upset the classroom
To denounce or condemn openly; to censure
She lavished money on her only niece and also gave her a lavish party
Extremely generous; extravagant; to give or bestow without restraint
The general delivered a speech excoriating the deserters
To criticize harshly; to censure; (literally: to tear off a strip of skin)
The research assignment was not merely difficult, but onerous to the young students
If you can't construe my directions, you may end up following the wrong route
To understand or explain the meaning of; to interpret or deduce
If he ever has a real and serious illness, perhaps he will stop being a hypochondriac
One who is unduly anxious over personal health; one who imagines illnesses
Respect is an obvious criterion for leadership
A standard for judging; a recognized requirement; a model or essential measure
The property of my next door neighbor is contiguous with my property
He knows very little about mathematics but he is conversant in many other fields of study
Able to discuss meaningfully; well acquainted; knowledgeable; familiar; informed
He was an indefatigable worker for any charitable cause
Not able to be fatigued; never tiring; unflagging
No one could console her after the tragedy in her family. The organist adjusted the stops on the console and then began the concert
To lessen sadness or disappointment; to comfort or cheer in distress; to solace; the keyboard of an organ, computer, etc; a cabinet
How could she possibly misunderstand such explicit directions?
Distinctly stated; specific; exact
The teacher was so credulous that he actually believed the student's vague excuses
Willing to believe too readily; trusting of scant evidence; gullible
Sometimes we doubt his wild stories, but this one contains facts to make it credible
Believable; trustworthy; reliable
We must win by the most expedient means and worry about the consequences later
Suitable or advisable at the moment; opportune or useful but not necessarily right; such an action or means
After the flood, the water finally subsided
To become less active; to decrease from violence or agitation to calmness; to sink or settle
Such an execrable performance will bring disgrace to the class
Detestable; revolting; abominable; deserving to be cursed
Before the Revolution, the French aristocracy contemned the peasants
Despised; scorned; treated with contempt
They are so contentious that we simply can't reason with them
Quarrelsome; argumentative; uncooperative
Your grade will be contingent upon the rest of your work this semester.
Dependent upon but uncertain; a group or delegation
Because he was not contrite, the judge gave him the maximum sentence
Deeply sorry for wrong doing; repentant; penitent
Everyone else obeys company rules and if you do not, you be fired for contumacy
Defiance of authority; rebelliousness; insubordination
Your wild story is so preposterous that it is insulting to expect me to believe it
Contrary to common sense; absurd; riduculous
No specific disease could be diagnosed, yet he suffered from general debility
Weakness; loss of strength; infirmity
Your problem is not urgent; it can wait until I attend to these exigencies
A problem or situation requiring immediate attention; a state of urgency
In a period of decadence, high ideals are scoffed at
A process, condition or time of cultural or moral decline; deterioration; decay
At one time the automobile was an innovation
Something new; a recent invention; the act or process of creating or introducing new things or ideas
No matter how brave he claims to be , he cowers every time he hears the sound of guns
Shrinks away from in fear; cringes
The covert activities of the CIA were revealed to the public through the press
Secret; hidden; undercover
He knew exactly what he wanted to say, but he could not couch his letter in the right words
To put into words; to express appropriately; to phrase; a piece of furniture- a sofa
John is rough and uncouth while, in contrast, Charles is debonair
Confident, stylish, and charming; Pleasant and gracious
We planned a complex project and now our dearth of some talents keeps us from completing it
Although the spider's bite was painful, it was innocuous
Harmless; without harmful effect or qualities
Her conduct is exemplary; I wish all my students were so well behaved
Setting an example; admirable; commendable
His crass behavior was partially due to lack of education
Unrefined; common; vulgar
The carefree spirit of youth is evanescent and seldom persists into adulthood
Tending to fade like vapor; vaporous; ephemeral
Choose another word for the sake of euphony
The quality of pleasantness in sound; pleasant sound
If I do not receive an increment to my salary, I shall have to find another job
An increase or addition; the amount of increase
The community had been decimated by a fearful epidemic and the mill had to close down
To destroy or kill a large number; literally; to kill one out of every ten
The evergreens don't shed, but the deciduous trees in my yard keep me busy in the fall
Shedding or falling off seasonally
They were careful to fill all the interstices
Narrow spaces between things; small gaps
The intransigent senator adhered to his original stand on the question
Refusing to come to terms; uncompromising; unyielding; one who acts in such a manner
The intrepid hero was given a great ovation when he came home
The police are afraid that the demonstration will foment violence
To arouse; to cause; to incite
He didn't plan on getting rich; it was a fortuitous occurence
Happening by chance; accidental
She is a gourmet who never buys cheap wine and never hurries through a good dinner
One who appreciates and is a good judge of fine food and drinks
A minister may often use an aphorism to summarize the essence of his sermon
A terse saying embodying truth; an adage; a maxim
If the speaker was nervous she didn't show it, facing the audience with aplomb
Self assurance; self confidence; self possession; poise
Instead of being a serious drama, the play was completely maudlin
Overly sentimental; emotionally silly
I think his story is apocryphal because I've never heard or read any proof concerning it
Of uncertain authenticity; suspect; spurious
He made sure that all of the appurtenances came with the boat
Things added to a more important thing; supplementary equipment; accessories
The table covering contained an attractive arabesque design
A gracefully elaborate design with interwoven lines; such a form in ballet or music
The head of a modern school should not have archaic ideas
Of an earlier or primitive time; ancient; no longer in popular use; outdated
Can you locate the Greek archipelago on the map?
A sea with many islands; such a group of islands
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address was simple and powerful, and anything but grandilioquent
Pompous in speech; bombastic; flamboyant
The earthquake wrecked many homes and sent hordes of people into pandemonium
Wild tumult; disorder on grand scale
He requested the honor of speaking the panegyric a his friend's funeral
Tribute; a speech of praise
Although the mission was fraught with danger he was willing to carry it out
Teeming with; laden; full of
The farmer must work hard to fructify his fields
To make fruitful; to make productive
The new arterial highway will connect several major cities
Related to the tubes carrying blood from the heart; serving as a major carrier, channel or thoroughfare
He called the wine the nectar of the gods
Any very pleasant-tasting drink; the drink of the gods in mythology; plant secretion used by bees to make honey
His failure to notice his opponent's strength proved to be his nemesis
Deserved punishment or it's source; anything or anyone that always seems certain to defeat or frustrate
We could hardly accuse him of nepotism: his nephew really is the best qualified candidate for the job
Favoritism shown to relatives, especially in job appointments.
He was niggardly in his contribution to the campaign for funds
Not generous; stingy
The decaying flowers give off a noisome odor
Harmful; offensive to smell; disgusting
It took a long time before the nomadic tribes settled down
Wandering from place to place: having no fixed location
He is only a nominal president; he does not have any real powers. Her fee is so nominal that she will never get rich from it
In name only, not in fact; relatively trifling or quite small in value
We were nonplussed by his actions because we had never seen him behave that way before
Baffled; confused; puzzled
The heliacal rising of Pleiades marked the beginning of summer in the old Julian calendar, which was introduced by Julius Caesar.
adj. Of or relating to the sun, especially rising and setting with the sun.
"The Fighting Irish can bumfuzzle any team"
confuse; perplex; fluster
Cattywampus (or Catawampus)
“If this is mean to be reassurance, it's cattywampus"
In disarray or disorder; askew.
"One never knew the moment when the warning cry 'Gardyloo'... might ring."
Used to warn passers-by of waste about to be thrown from a window into the street below
"'We haven't got time to listen to more taradiddles, I'm afraid, Dumbledore.'"
1 : a fib 2 : pretentious nonsense
"Modern billingsgate betrays puerile imbecility of pundits"
coarsely abusive language
“The snickersnee swings towards the vitals of Hollywood.”
1 archaic : to engage in cut-and-thrust fighting with knives 2 : a large knife
The coracle whirled round, clockwise, then widdershins
in a left-handed or contrary direction; counterclockwise
“I get the collywobbles just thinking about a hardback mixed in with a paperback!”
pain in the abdomen and especially in the stomach; a bellyache
“So how is it that he took out all the gubbins from the plane and rebuilt it?”
Assorted stuff, especially if of little value
“All nasty nouns should be replaced by the word "diphthong".”
two vowel sounds joined in one syllable to form one speech sound, e.g. the sounds of "ou" in out and of "oy" in boy
"The emphasis is on comedy, but there's an undercurrent of piquant social commentary."
1. agreeably stimulating to the palate: spicy; 2. engagingly provocative: having a lively arch charm
The rice had an ambrosial aroma
extremely pleasing to the senses, especially of taste or smell
Let's go get some grub
Mr. Vongerichten creates intense umami-tasting dishes, which he dubs umami "bombs," at his various restaurants
a taste sensation that is meaty or savory and is produced by several amino acids and nucleotides
On first seeing his beloved: "She was if the word gustatoryhad grown legs and got a dress"
related to or associated with eating or the sense of taste
He stuffed the cake in his piehole
"Are you preparing to serve wine to 96 guests? Then a Balthazar is just your ticket!"
an oversize wine bottle holding about 16 times the volume of a normal bottle
"The goat was a bit of an adventure, but delicious in its slightly gamy, tender way."
having the flavor of game; especially: having the flavor of game kept uncooked till near tainting
"[The album] Earth 2 plunges you into the belly of a mastodon after a huge feast, and the sound is like the ensuing borborygmus."
intestinal rumbling caused by moving gas
"Newly fortified, take a postprandial walk around Plaza San Francisco and call in on the magnificent church and monastery museum here."
occurring after a meal
"But compared with Matthew de Abaitua I am a complete dilettante. We camp perhaps once a year, and only in summer, and only in good weather (we cancel if it's wet)."
a person whose interest in an art or in an area of knowledge is not very deep or serious
“That was such a complete non sequitur that Keisha could only look stupidly at her.
a statement that doesn't logically follow from or is not clearly related to anything said before it (literally, 'it does not follow' in Latin)
"I thought you were trying to solve the conundrum of how, in spite of our expensive automatic sprinkling system, we still have brown patches in the yard."
a confusing, intricate, or difficult problem
He appeared at the ball in a grotesque costume
Distorted; strangely ugly; outlandish; bizarre
The faculty appeared at Commencement in full academic habiliments
Clothing; garb; attire
The habitat of the polar bear is the Arctic region
Natural place of living
He uses many hackneyed expressions in his writings
Commonplace; trite; overused
The smooth features of his youth had turned into the haggard face of a worn-out old man
Wasted or gaunt in appearance
You can get a panoramic view of the whole campus from this tower. Your panoramic book leaves out no detail of your subject
As seen or viewable from all directions; comprehensive as in review or coverage
To be both rational and passionate would seem to be a paradix
That which may be true but which seems to be contradictory, false or absurd; a self contradictory statement
Repeat the instructions verbatim to assure me you know what to do
Word for word; in the exact words
Your verbiage takes long to read and it hides your main ideas
Excess of words; verbosity
I hope I can find someone who speaks English in this polyglot neighborhood
Speaking or writing in several languages; multilingual; a mixture of languages
A speaker should be concise, not verbose
Using too many words
This is an exorbitant price to ask for that object
Beyond reasonable limits; excessive
He felt great frustration when he did not receive the answer he had hoped for
That which baffles or thwarts accomplishment; the state of being so affected
A verdant lawn or verdant college freshmen
1. Green with vegetation 2. inexperienced; unsophisticated
The aridity of the soil prevented the development of the crops
Dryness; barrenness; the state of being dull, without interest
Everyone expects at least a modicum of praise for his accomplishments
A small quantity or portion
In crossing the Rubicon, Julius Caesar made a momentous decision
Of great importance or consequence
The professor published a monograph on the working habits of bees
A scholarly or formal writing on a single subject
No other actor could express so many moods be merely modulating his voice
To change, adjust or regulate; to vary the pitch or tone of sound or the frequency of radio waves
Not even her apology could mollify the angry teacher
To calm or appease; to soothe; to make less severe
The walls of the cathedral were reinforced by buttresses
to give encouragement or support to (a person, plan, etc.).
The cacophony of a band not in tune hurts my ears
Unpleasant, harsh, or discordant sound
The sentry descried enemy troops moving over the top of the hill
Caught sight of; discerned; spied
They have been selling us these shoddy products long enough; from now on we go elsewhere
Of inferior material; lacking the quality claimed; sham
She is such a shrew that her husband simply left her
A scolding, brawling woman
The old man's conversation was so discursive that we could not follow it
Passing from one subject to another
We could detect the sound of his peculiar shuffle all the way down the hall
A walk characterized by scraping or sliding of the feet; to walk in such manner
The bashful child at last sidled up to her new aunt
Stepped or moved sideways in a shy or stealthy manner
In Burn's famous simile, he describes his love as "like a red, red rose."
A figure of speech likening one thing to another using "as", "like," etc.
With this training device, you can experience simulated flying. He is not attentive; his interest is merely simulated
Had the appearance but not the actuality of; imitated; pretended; feigned
He was so disheveled that he looked as though he had slept in his clothes
Disarranged; untidy; tousled; rumpled
We were surprised by her disparaging remarks about her roommate; they seemed to get along so well
Degrading; depreciating: "cutting down"; belittling
She is known to be so mendacious that I doubt anyone will believe her
Lying; dishonest; deceitful; false; untrue
He did that for our edification, not our amusement
Instruction for improvement; enlightenment; clarification
We were ecstatic the news but, as usual, she remained staid
Very reserved; sedate; sober; grave
Her ebullient spirits told us that she had won
Happily excited; exuberant; bubbling or boiling up
The squalid conditions in the tenement were reported to the city commission
Dirty; foul; wretched; low class
Several plays attributed to Shakespeare seem to be spurious
Not genuine; counterfeit
Because his studying was sporadic, there are many gaps in his knowledge
Isolated in occurrence; occasional; intermittent
Wordssmith defined poetry as the "spontaneous overflow of powerful feeling."
Unplanned; acting from a natural impulse; self-generated
Honesty and duplicity are impossible companions
Deception; deceitfulness; double-dealing
The dulcet tones of the organ were most pleasing
Melodious; pleasing to the ear; soothing; pleasant
Wire is made from ductile metal
Capable of being drawn thin or worked with without breaking
Vehicles intended for operator instruction are usually equipped with dual controls
Of two; having or composed of two parts; double; twofold
The dromedary can travel swiftly across the desert
Arabian or one-humped camel
Although he is not an atheist, he cannot accept the dogma of any particular religious group
A set of specific ideas or beliefs; a doctrine
Today, our focalization will be on chapter three
The act or action of focusing or concentrating; the location of concentrated attention
He was punished for flouting the authority of his teachers
To defy contemptuously; to scorn or scoff; such as act
That doleful look on his face aroused my sympathy
Sad; sorrowful; mournful
We really wanted to believe him but his reasoning was found to be specious
Apparently but not actually just, sound, correct, etc.; suspect; deceiving
He cannot be relied upon because he is too spasmodic in doing his work
Temporarily impulsive or violent; intermittent and intense; convulsive
The lullaby had a soporific effect upon the baby
Causing sleepiness; drowsy; sleepy
She is so sophisticated that she disdains football games and country picnics
Worldly-wise; not simple; refined; cultivated
You must promise not to divulge that secret
To make known; to reveal; to tell
When a somnambulist awakens, he often does not know where he is
One who walks and performs other actions during sleep
The mother was distraught by the absence of her daughter
Mentally agitated; emotionally upset; worried and bewildered
It was hard to dissuade him from doing what he planned
To persuade not to do something
Dissonance among friends an dissonance in music are both disturbing
Lack of harmony; lack of agreement; discord; incongruity
When everyone else agreed on the proposal, Mr. Brown was the lone dissenter
One who dissents, disagrees, differs in principle; one who refuses to assent to established doctrine
The information was disseminated over the radio
Scattered; spread widely; broadcast
The soiree at the fraternity house was the outstanding social function of the year
An evening party or celebration
Absolute sobriety is necessary when one is driving. He seldom laughs but maintains sobriety
The state of being sober, serious or temperate; abstinence from intoxicating substances
The skittish animal approached the stranger with caution
Nervous; easily frightened; "high strung."
He no longer was skeptical when he saw what they were talking about
He claimed that he was not afraid, but we knew that he was dissembling
To conceal or disguise; to show falsely; to dissimulate
A teacher's function is more than just the dispersion of information
A spreading or scattering or separating
He dedicated his life to combating the sinister forces in society
Tending toward disaster; threatening; foreboding; evil; wicked; (literally: left or left-hand)
The vice president has no sinecure, for she does a lot of important work
A paid position that requires little or no work or responsibility
Disparity in rank did not prevent the soldiers and the officers from enjoying party.
Unlikeness; inequality; difference
Suddenly the wind buffeted the little ship and scattered the buffet dinner
A sideboard; a meal set out on a sideboard rather than on a table; to knock about, push or force roughly
After the incident his thoughts were so turpid that he could not decide what to do
Cloudy; dense; stirred up; in a confused state
As a turgid stream overflows it's banks, his turgid speech flooded us with almost meaningless words
Swollen; distended; inflated or bombastic in expression
The student play was a mummery of school traditions and in very bad taste
An affected, pretentious or hypocritical performance; a performance using action and gestures but no dialogue; a pantomime
Some tourists make themselves understood abroad by pantomime.
Express or represent (something) by extravagant and exaggerated mime.
That was a brazen lie he told to get that job
Made of or resembling brass; impudent; bold; shameless; defiantly reckless; to act in such manner
When you are far from home and friends, it's easy to become nostalgic
Longing for something past or far away; homesick; pensive; causing such feelings
The weary travelers followed the sinuous path of the river although they feared that they were lost
Bending in and out; undulating; winding
Don't offend that truculent person or you may get physically hurt. Her truculent remarks made everybody feel insulted
Belligerent; fierce; hostile; ferocious; cruel; harsh; scathing
When you truncated the paragraph you left out important details
Cut off; shortened
The student's trenchant comments about the novel showed that he truly
Incisive; perceptive; to the point; keen; vigorous; forceful
He expected to be punished and approached the principal's office with trepidation
Fearfulness; alarm; agitation; trembling from such cause
He was born in a hamlet, many miles from the nearest city
A small village
The parochialism of the civic club made it distateful to many citizens
Pertaining to only one group; narrowness of interest
The teacher's derogatory remarks were resented by the students
Disparaging; defaming; belittling
She has published two books about her hometown, and is working on the final one in her trilogy
A series of three literary or dramatic works related by a common subject or theme
His failure to register precluded his attending classes
Made impossible or ineffective; kept from happening; prevented
They'll have to gouge those big rocks out of the ground with a bulldozer
To scoop, dig or force out; to overcharge; a woodworking tool for cutting holes or grooves; such a hole or groove
He swears that he saw an apparition near the cemetery last night
A strange or startling visual phenomenon; a ghost or phantom
The good old customs soon fell into desuetude with the new generation
State of disuse; uselessness
The Social Security system attempts to prevent destitution among the aged
State of being without means of subsistence; great poverty
He was such a despicable character that I refused to work with him
Deserving to be despised; contemptible; detestable
To visit every corner of the world was his driving desideratum
Something needed and wanted; something much desired
He reached the zenith of his career when he was elected president
Highest point; summit; peak
As I pressed the stick against the snake's neck, it writhed awhile and then lay still
To make twisting or turning movements; to squirm; to contort the body as in agony
Some groups consist of different things and some groupings are homogeneous
Of the same kind, quality or degree
She doesn't like rococo decorations; she prefers simple designs
Fancy style of ornamentation with curves and shell work
He maligned his opponent, hoping voters would believe the worst about him
To speak badly of; to defame; to slander
His comment was so ludicrous that we did not think he was serious
Ridiculously humorous; absurd
We never mistake her lucid instructions. He was struck hard on the head but remained lucid
Clear; shining; distinct; easily understood; mentally alert; rational
In her reverie, she appeared not to see me and did not respond to my question
A state of daydreaming, being lost in thought or musing; a daydream
He found no relief for his chronic ailment
Continuing for a long time; recurrent
Everything in the whole test was related, except for one anomaly
That which differs form what is commonly expected; a deviation from the rule; an irregularity or abnormality
He seemed especially animated by the good news
Given life, motion or inspiration; full of life; spirited; active; inspired
He was less concerned over the animadversions of his colleagues than over the jokes they made about his plan
An unfavorable remark; adverse criticism; blame
The old priest was revered by everyone in his parish because of his saintly life
Regarded with reverence or deep respect
The reverberations of the shot were loud and sharp
Echoes; reboundings; vibrations
We must either advance or retrograde; we can't stand still
Going backwards; worsening; declining; to recede; to grow worse; to degenerate
Toward the end of the operation the anethetist substituted ether for gas
A person trained to administer aneathetics
Because of his opposition to the Archbishops's edict, the King was declared anathema
A person or thing greatly detested, cursed or damned; person excommunicated; a curse
The fortune teller's oracular utterances all came true
Forecasting the future prophetic
The bishop could be clearly distinguished by his vesture
Apparel; clothes; (an archaic word not often in current use).
He is an omnivorous reader, enjoying any book any every subject available to him. Most dogs are omnivorous
Taking in or consuming everything; eating almost anything, esp. both vegetables and meat
His insults can be as venomous as the bite of a rattlesnake
Poisonous; deadly; spiteful; malicious
A polemical discussion ins't likely to change anybody's mind
Argumentative; controversial; disputatious; formally debatable; an argument or controversy; (polemic is used interchangeably)
Cheer up - stop thinking - get active - you've been pensive long enough!
Thoughtful, reflective - usually with a feeling of soberness or sadness
She was ecstatic at the idea of being accepted to Princeton
Overwhelmingly happy; intensely delighted; rapturious
When the mayor issues an edict, all citizens should respect it and comply with it
An authoritative order issued publicly; a decree
Our school's hallmark is the high grade average of all students, year after year
An actual mark on objects or a characteristic indicating high quality, excellence or genuineness
The astronomer is interested in interstellar space
Among the stars; between the stars
His lying in the past causes me to doubt his veracity now
Once before he had made the mistake of endorsing a candidate he did not know well enough
To give support or approval to; to sanction; to transfer or guarantee by signing
The mistake was easily eradicated on the word processor
Completely erased; wiped out
No one knows who set the blaze but the conflagration destroyed the building
A raging fire
The law requires all electric wires be placed in a conduit
A tube, pipe, channel, etc. through which something passes
His intentions were good but their bad results could not be condoned
Treated, overlooked or forgiven as though not committed or of no consequence
It is imperative to have work in on time to get a good grade
Compulsory; absolutely necessary; of greatest importance; a command
Succulent fruits were served as dessert
Juicy; full of juice
His phone message, although succinct, gave the hospital all significant details
Concise; brief but meaningful; terse
He reiterated his suggestion to make sure we understood
Said or done again; repeated
Without condiments, some foods are not very savory
A seasoning or relish for food, such as pepper, mustard, sauces, etc.
Polo, foxhunting, and steeplechasing are popular equestrian sports
Pertaining to horses or horsemanship; on horseback; one who rides or performs on horseback
She preserved her equanimity despite the slurring remarks made about her
Evenness of mind; calmness of temper; composure
The atomic bomb is an epoch-making discovery
A period or point in time marked by noteworthy developments, events or circumstances
Sir Galahad epitomizes knighthood, and his legend is too long for me to epitomize
To represent or typify a whole; to summarize concisely
He characterized the tone of the whole story with one amusing and appropriate epigram
A short, pithy, witty expression
The FBI devotes particular attention to groups that seem subversive
Undermining and destructive or corruptive; a person who so acts
The members of the jury concurred with the foreman's opinion
Reached the same conclusion; agreed; occurred at the same time
Use a concordance to locate and learn about ancient cities in the Bible
An index of the significant words and the phrases containing them in a book; agreement; concord
In her novel, the major events were concatenated with each other to support the conclusion
Linked together; united in chain or series
He wouldn't admit he was unprepared and used a subterfuge to get out of the competition
A baffling or devious method for avoiding difficulty or unpleasantness
Fortunately, the disease is in regression, and the patient should recover completely
A going back; a withdrawing or returning; (opposite of progression)
The frost on the ground was refulgent in the moonlight
Shining; radient; glowing
She had absolutely no compunction about lying to her mother. My compunction moves me to apologize for inconveniencing you
Uneasiness because of guilt; a slight sense of pity or regret
They comport themselves with admirable grace
To conduct or behave oneself; to be compatible or in agreement with
We cannot construct the model until we have received all it's components. This component gear helps make the machine operate
A part or element of a whole; serving as such a part
Inalienable rights are guaranteed by the Constitution
Not subject to being taken away; not transferable; fixed
Your study of calculus will complement the requirements for a degree in mathematics
That which fills up or adds to for completion; that which must be so added; to add to in such a manner
He published a compendium of all of Shakespeare's plays
A comprehensive and concise summary
I hope you will get a compatible roommate
Capable of existing together; easy to get along with; agreeable; congenial
The death sentence was commuted to life in prison
Changed to something less ever; substituted; travelled frequently between two points
To have a clean city demands a communal effort
Pertaining to or belonging to a community or group; public
He bought a commodious home for his large family
They are quite different; one is loquacious, while the other rarely says a word
Talkative; given to continual talking
The salary for his position will be commensurate with the applicant's experience
Equal in measure; properly proportionate
"Imagine how the parlor was created and decorated, and note the bright azalea color of the silk drapery with festoons lined in an apple green." — From an article by Carleton Varney in the Palm Beach Daily News, March 23, 2012
- 1: a decorative chain or strip hanging between two points
- 2: a carved, molded, or painted ornament representing a decorative chain
His willingness to sacrifice himself was commendatory
Reflecting praise or recommendation; worthy of praise
He ran the gamut of crime before he was caught
Entire range or extent of
The conspirators held a clandestine meeting to plot their actions
Secret; hidden; undercover; surreptitious; furtive
He showed no anger at their insults but, instead, remained magnanimous
Noble in spirit; without resentment or envy; generous in forgiving
The machination of unprincipled office seekers have cast an unfavorable light on upright politicians
A plot or scheme to do harm; such thinking or doing
A magisterial teacher demands obedience, while a good teacher earns respect
Pertaining to a master; pompously assured and commanding; authoritative; dictatorial
The destruction caused by the storm reached cataclysmic proportions
Sudden and violent on a large scale; disastrous or violently changing in effect
She has the experience to implement our plans, putting ideas to work. These regulations will be implements for quality control
To do or provide what is needed for completion or activation; to effect; to accomplish; something used for a specific purpose; a tool or instrument
All of the students were castigated by the headmaster for their improper behavior
Criticized severely; punished verbally; chastised or rebuked strongly
The vast crowd cascaded toward the exits
Fell as from a waterfall; poured over; rushed down or out
Love of one's fellow man is considered a cardinal virtue
Principal; most important; chief; an ecclesiastical official in the Roman Catholic Church; a red bird; scarlet
He was so drunk that he had to clamber up the steps
To crawl or climb in a clumsy manner
He was always circumspect before making a decision
Cautiously attentive to everything; watchful against error or impropriety; wary; (literally: looking around)
When he realized that defeat was imminent, he surrendered
About to happen; threatening to occur; impending
One person misunderstood the badinage and it turned into bitter accusations and insults
Playful talk or joking back and forth; good natured arguing and jesting; raillery; teasing
If you don't stop badgering me about your grade I shall lower it
To annoy persistently; to bother or tease; a small burrowing animal
The doctor's avocation was saving stamps
An interest or casual occupation in addition to one's vocation; a hobby; a diversion
You need to concentrate on articulation when you give your speech before an audience
Clear and precise pronunciation; enunciation; a joining together of parts
An imbroglio developed among the representatives of the nations because of an error in translation
A complicated disagreement; a misunderstanding with serious consequences
Since he has had no formal education, he is virtually illiterate
Unable to read or write
Omit what is not germane to the discussion
Pertinent or fitting to the issue; relevant
She works very rapidly, but her garrulous tongue distracts is from our studies
Talkative; chattering; loquacious
Garish clothes in church are inappropriate
Extremely bright; overly ornate; tastelessly overdone; showy; gaudy
She has no good reason to argue with us; she is simply being perverse
Obstinately contrary; deviating from convention; willfully nonconforming
The sweet odor of the roses seemed to pervade the whole house
To spread throughout; to permeate
The overthrowing of the king caused great perturbation of the country's social structure
To act or cause of disturbance in a usual condition; such a disturbance; agitation
We are talking about a party, so your remarks about a vacation are not pertinent
Related to the matter at hand; relevant
He was pertinacious in maintaining his position
Stubbornly persistent; tenacious of goals or purpose; not easily gotten rid of
The teacher resorted to circumlocution because he did not really understand the subject
Evasion of main point by indirect or roundabout speaking or writing; any such expression
You can go directly from here to there, or you can take a circuitous route
The monk used a simple piece of rope as a cincture for his robe
Anything that encircles; a belt or sash; to encircle with such an object
He could give us helpful advice but, instead, he's just being captious
Fault finding; disposed to criticize; argumentative
One cannot trust his judgement: he is too capricious
Characterized by impulsive or whimsical change; unpredictable; erratice
The construction of the Panama Canal was a prodigious undertaking which many thought could never be completed
Enormous; amazing; extraordinary
He was so prodigal in his youth that he has nothing left for his old age
Wasteful; recklessly extravagant
She is such a procrastinator that she will never finish her paper on time
One who delays or puts off
Until Lancelot betrayed Arthur, he was the king's minion
A submissive dependent or favorite; an official subordinate to another
She did not mince words in her forthright accusation. Minced ham makes good sandwiches
To express with primness or with little force; to cut into little pieces
Edgar Allan Poe was well known for his macabre stories
Gruesome; ghastly; horrible
In the days of prosperity mankind thinks the millennium has arrived
A period of 1,000 years; any long period of wellbeing; the thousand-year period after the second coming of Christ
He was a man of fine mettle during the entire war
Strength of spirit; stamina; dependability; ardor
An artist was chosen to blazon the hero's sheild
To richly adorn; to depict symbolically; such a depiction or it's description
The white limbs of the birch tree were luminous among it's darker leaves. Your luminous example clarifies the problem
Giving forth light; bright; shining; easily understood
The lugubrious expression on his face aroused our sympathy
Excessively dismal; mournful
It is mandatory that we go to this meeting, so we'd better do it
Authoritative required; obligatory
A little mistake may go unnoticed but a blatant error demands attention
Obvious; conspicuous, offensively loud
She blanched when she heard the bad news
The become or turn pale; to make white; to bleach; to scald edibles
Philosophers and students of religion are concerned with metaphysical matters
Pertaining to speculation about ultimate reality; beyond the physical world and traditional sciences; extremely abstract or subtle
In a famous metaphor, Shakespeare compares "all the world" to a stage
A figure of speech calling one thing something else to imply likeness (without using "like", "as", etc., which creates a simile)
The caterpillar undergoes a metamorphosis to become a butterfly
Change in structure or form; transformation or characteristics, circumstances, etc.
His personality is so mercurial that one never knows what kind of response to expect
Lively; quick; changeable; volatile; fickle; pertaining to or having the qualities or mercury
The workers were inclined to protract the job because they were being paid by the hour
To draw out; to prolong; to extend
The prototype of this car was first suggested five years ago
The first of it's kind; the original model to which others must conform
The consultant's motives were purely mercenary; he didn't care about the success of the plan
Influenced by desire for money; acting only for pay; greedy; one who is hired, esp.: a soldier hired by a foreign government
The worth of goods and services in that country is based on bimetallism
A monetary standard based on fixed, related values of two metals, usually gold and silver
In two years our new chairman can run for another biennial term of office
Occurring every two years; lasting two years
a quadrennial festival
occurring every four years
A conscript army is usually not as dependable as a volunteer one
To compel or force into service; drafted or compelled to serve; one so compelled
Not even the ties of friendship are as strong as those of consanguinty
The word "country" connotes different things to different people
To suggest; to imply
He was a connoisseur of wine
An expert in distinguishing and judging values, especially in fine arts, fine foods, wines, etc.
The warder of the jail was most exact in the performance of his duty
A prison official; a keeper or guard
Connived (-ing, -ry)
No one knew what they were up to while they connived to rob the bank
Cooperated secretly; plotted; schemed
Their long conjugal association is a model for many younger married couples
Pertaining to marriage relationships; connubial
The strong wind caused the dead leaves to swirl
To move in a circular, whirling or writhing manner; a twist, curl, whirl or eddy
We listened to his story with incredulity, but he finally convinced is that it was true
Unwillingness to believe; disbelief; skepticism
Palm trees are indigenous to the soil of the tropics
Naturally occurring or existing in a specific place; native; natural
The evidence against the accused wasn't just hearsay; it was incontrovertible
Incapable of being disputed; not debatable; undeniable
That incessant noise will drive me mad
Continuing with no interruption; never ceasing; continuous
He always scoffs at religion and seems to be totally impious
Without piety; irreverent; blasphemous
Flowers soon fade and dry up, and their fragrance is ephemeral
Lasting only a short time; short lived; transitory
Enunciation is a very important quality in public speaking. She gave an enunciation of her political position
Clear pronunciation; articulation; a declaration
I will not permit him to impinge upon my rights
To infringe or encroach upon
He lacked the impetus to start the project
A moving or stimulating force; a stimulus to action; motivation
His supercilious attitude toward his subordinates discouraged them
Haughty; contemptuous; arrogant; disdainful
A sumptuous banquet was served on the occasion of the royal visit
Luxurious; lavish; magnificent
The student who cheats sullies his honor
Tarnishes; defiles or stains; tarnishments; defilements
He was impervious to all the criticism levied against him
Completely resistant to penetration; unaffected; unreceptive; immune
The air was redolent with the aromas of fall
Full of pleasant odor; smelling of; suggestive of
The phrase "small in size" is redundant
Unnecessary to meaning; already stated; repetitive; excessive
Her rectitude is such that no one can criticize her relationships with others
Unwavering honesty and right behavior; moral soundness; integrity
The recreant soldier was captured and court-martialed for desertion
Unfaithful; disloyal; cowardly; one who exhibits these qualities
The old man was such a recluse that no one knew when he had died
One who lives shut off from others; a hermit
The beauty of the scene enthralled him
Fascinated; enchanted; captivated
Success will usually entail a great amount of work
To involved necessarily; to require as a part of
It is easy to recognize the congruent themes in the two plays
Corresponding; matching; coinciding
He tried to confound us by telling different versions of his plan
To confuse, bewilder or amaze
In spite of the mob's threats, the sheriff remains imperturbable
Incapable of being upset or disturbed; calm; serene
The two countries have made a reciprocal trade agreement. Either this part or that will fit just as well: they are reciprocals
Done or given responsively or in return; affecting both parties; mutual; a counterpart
The thinness of the air seemed to enervate the mountain climbers
To deprive of strength; to devitalize; to weaken
There was a confluence of ideas at our conference. The water is rough at the confluence of rivers
A flowing together; a merging; the place or instance of merging
The poor relations were relegated to a back seat during the wedding ceremony
To put back or consign to an inferior condition; to banish; to pass for decision
The judge shoed clemency because the culprit was so young
Her attitude toward the rowdy class was as clement as the warm, sunny day
Lenient; compassionate; merciful; mild
Even though he has been criticized by his opponents, his public record is immaculate
Spotless clean; without stain or blemish
He is so mean and repulsive that some people call him a ghoul
One who takes pleasure in terrible things; one who is repugnant in character or appearance; a grave robber; a legendary creature that feeds on corpses
The experts called her a prodigy after she played a Mozart concerto at the age of seven
One who accomplishes extraordinary things at an early age; something extremely admirable or awe inspiring
We have two kinds of questions here that should be group in separate categories
A class; a classification; a division
The party will be a disaster unless the caterer arrives soon
One who provides food and services for parties, receptions, etc.
His caustic reply made her cry
Corrosive; destructive; sarcastic; biting
The physician cauterized the tissue around the wound
Scared with a hot iron or acid
We became baffled in our progress by unexpected problems. It is less noisy in here since they baffled the air conditioner
Confused; perplexed; foiled; frustrated; impeded; fixed to control the flow of air, sound, etc.
There are many balmy days in spring
Warm; refreshing; mild
His profligate spending of money soon made him a poor man
Recklessly extravagant or wasteful; not virtuous or decent; such a person
My bookshelves are full of the works of this prolific writer
Producing a great deal; reproducing rapidly
His speech was so prolix that his audience grew restless waiting for it to end
Wordy; long-winded; verbose
The results of the deliberation were promulgated throughout the nation
Put into effect officially and publicly; openly declared; proclaimed
We've told the police that he left quickly yesterday to abscond with our funds
To leave secretly and in haste, usually to escape the law
I supposed it is a cliche' to say that I felt exactly as you do when I was your age
An overused expression; a trite or hackneyed saying; anything overused or overly familiar
Let's see if we can get her to cheer up, be happy and stop being so melancholic
Excessively and unreasonably brooding; chronically depressed; despondent; causing or suggesting such feelings; (melancholy is used interchangeably)
It did not take long before he became addicted to smoking
Physiologically or psychologically dependent upon; completely self subjected to some habit, practice, etc.
Many students at boarding schools feel that they live in a cloister
A secluded or isolated place; a monastery or convent; a roofed walkway within a courtyard; to shut off from the world; to seclude or sequester
A new substance has been found which helps the blood to coagulate
To thicken; to clot; to gather together in a mass
His conversation is so banal that he lulls one to sleep
Lacking freshness or vigor; commonplace; trite
Shakespeare is called the immortal bard
If you're going to sue somebody, you need to hire a barrister
Loosely- an attorney or lawyer. (In England, a lawyer who pleads cases in courts...a solicitor advises and prepare cases)
His book lost it's seriousness by the recurrence of bathos
Excessive or trivial sentimentality; that which arouses insincere sorrow or pity; an unimportant anticlimax
The bellicose attitudes of the two countries will probably results in war
Hostile; warlike; aggressive
His beneficence as a citizen stood out in contrast to the meanness of others
The quality or display of goodness and kindness; a good deed or kindness; such actions collectively
He was prone to laziness because he never had to work
Naturally inclined or disposed; having a tendency; predisposed; lying face down
His misconduct is certainly an aberration; he is usually well behaved
A change or departure from the usual, normal, prescribed, etc.; a disorder of the mind
The child would brandish his stick when a dog approached
To shake, wave or flourish threateningly, defiantly or triumphantly
Be careful about saying anything that might propagate rumors
To spread information, etc. from one person to another; to disseminate; to reproduce or multiply; to cause such
Under a good leader, their various ideas may coalesce into one common purpose
To combine or come together in one body, purpose, etc.; to unite, to fuse; to blend
No one party could gain a majority, so a coalition government was formed from two parties
A union or joining together; a temporary alliance
The employers were charged with coercion in attempting to get the workers to accept their terms
A compelling or forcing; forced restraint or constraint; control or government by force
Good friends make us feel absolution for our human faults
The forgiving of sin; a freeing from guilt and penalty; forgiveness
A good athlete is abstemious in his habits
Sparing or moderate in eating and drinking; temperate
They jury had to decide whether the claims he adduced were true or false
Brought out or offered for consideration or proof; alleged
Until the case has been adjudicated, the defendant is presumed innocent
Determine in court; judged
She didn't realize how much he hated her until she heard his shocking malediction
An evil and damaging statement; a curse; calumny, slander; such speaking or writing; (opposite of benediction)
The chaotic condition of his room shows how careless he is
In a state of chaos; extremely mixed up; very confused or disorderly
Celibacy is obligatory for Roman Catholic priests
The state of refraining from marriage and sexual relations
His employer ignored John's many venial offenses, and then fired him when he broke a major rule
Excusable; forgivable; pardonable
Pictures in a photo album can be poignant reminders of happy times long gone
Sharply painful or saddening to the feelings; emotionally affective; piercing; sharp; cutting in effect
We worked in the fields for hours without respite
Brief and temporary relief; rest; postponement
She annoyed us by becoming vociferous when quiet talk would have served as well
Speaking out noisily; clamorous
The opulent sheik spent money recklessly and served his guests an opulent dinner
Tremendous wealthy; very rich or affluent; most abundant; luxuriously plentiful
Several discordant notes spoiled the concert. They have discordant opinions even about the time of day
Not harmonious; jarring to the ear; harsh; not in agreement; conflicting
Her husband is tall but she is diminutive. "Billy" is a diminutive for William
Little; small; diminished or diminishing; a word expressing smallness, familiarity, etc.
Although he spends a great deal of money on paintings, he is only a dilettante
One who is superficially interested; a dabbler; a lower of fine art without deep knowledge of it
The reporter was so dilatory in completing his assignment that he missed the deadline
Causing or characterized by delay; tardy; slow
Medicines are used to dilate the pupil of the eye
To open wide; to enlarge
As his bank account began to dwindle he knew he had to retrench on expenditures
To reduce; to curtail; to economize
He was willing to retract the statement he made yesterday
To draw back; to withdraw; to take back
Although he talks constantly to home, he is extremely reticent in class
No outspoken; uncommunicative; taciturn
He was so diffident in his request for a raise that he was denied it
Lack confidence; timid; shy
My mother's didactic advice on how to do everything better can get really irritating.
tending to give instruction or advice, even when it is neither welcome or necessary
The senator's diatribe against his opponent was unfair and also untrue
Abusive speech; harsh denunciation
She selected diaphanous material for the curtains
Allowing light to show through; transparent or transluscent
He is devoid of a sense of humor
Not containing or possessing; empty; without
Any deviation from the original plans will involve great expense
A turning away or departure from; a divergence
His scathing remarks about the organization showed how much he hated it
Harshly critical; extremely sever; caustic
The lifeguard could not resuscitate the drowned woman
To restore from apparent death; to bring back to consciousness; to revive
The sheen of the satin costumes added beauty to the pageant
Shine; luster; brightness
Most of the class found the precocious student annoying
Prematurely developed; matured earlier than is normal; mentally advanced beyond one's years
The sergeant's stentorian command was readily heard by all
The stark reality of the situation did not occur to him until later
No ornamented; bleak; plain; absolute; downright
My ring is extrinsic to the use of my hand
Not a natural or inherent part of; extraneous; nonessential; (opposite of intrinsic)
Lobsters and shrimps are crustaceans
A form of marine life having a crust-like shell
He became inextricable involved in the plot, never to be cleared of blame for it
So involved or entangled as not to be removed or extricated
The story he submitted was a figment of his imagination
Something invented in the mind; a whimsical or fanciful idea
The chaplain pronounced the invocation at the beginning of the program
An appeal or calling upon for help or inspirational an opening prayer for a ceremonious occasion
Their aesthetic taste was evident was evident in the fine design and exquisite furnishings of their home
Pertaining to beauty; sensitive to or appreciative of beauty in the arts, nature, etc.; (also spelled esthetic)
The precious ointment was placed in an alabaster jar
A whitish, translucent, workable mineral (gypsum or calcite)
Although he was angry, the teacher refrained from acrimony when he addressed the class
Harshness or bitterness of speech or manner; expression of great dislike or deep resentment
Her feelings were deeply hurt by his well-intended, but mordant, observations
Sarcastic; caustic; biting
We could easily see the bottom through the limpid water
Because defeat was sure, the general was wiling to capitulate
To surrender on certain terms; to give in; to acquiesce
A fatalist believes that man's destiny is inexorable
Unchanging; relentless; unalterable
He is so adept at political chicanery that no one can pin the dirty tricks on him
The meeting turned out to be a fiasco; no one could agree on anything
Complete or ridiculous failure
He is such an obnoxious person that everyone shuns him
The manager took the various opinions of the entire staff under advisement
His only interest in being elected was personal aggrandizement
That which makes richer or greater; the state or result of such
The seraphic countenances of the little children caused him great joy
She caught him making furtive glances at her, but he would never look her in the eye
Stealthy; secretive; sly; evasive
Everyone appreciates a compliment but fulsome praise is disgusting
Excessively flattering; distastefully insincere
We will cooperate to meet the imperious requirement without your being so lordly and imperious about it
Commanding; domineering; arrogant; imperative; urgent
Her inane suggestions simply wasted our time
Meaningless; pointless; asinine
The improvements enhance the value of the property
To make better; to heighten or increase in value, quality, etc.
The information she gave was useful but not relevant to the discussion topic
Relating to the matter at hand; pertinent; applicable
That song is particularly reminiscent of my college days
Reminding or suggestive of the past; remembering; dwelling on the past
Because he had so many problems on his mind, he was remiss in performing his duties
He committed a felony and was incarcerated for punishment
To imprison; to confine
The lake had receded several feet since I had seen it last
Moved back or downward; became more distant; fade away; withdrew
The doctor who claimed that he could cure your cold was obviously a charlatan
One who pretends to have knowledge that he does not have; an impostor; a quack
We need empirical evidence to judge this matter, not assumptions
Based on observation or direct experience only and not on theory, speculation, hearsay, etc.
If you emulate your parents' success and satisfaction, your own can certainly be no less
To strive to equal or surpass; to successfully rival
Because of their blameless life they are deserving of high encomium
Formal expression of praise
She owns the copyright on that book and if you copy it, she can sue you for encroaching
To trespass; to intrude upon another's property or rights
With two such hotheads holding opposite views, an eruption was inevitable
A bursting forth or out, as of lava from a volcano; a sudden outburst, as of emotion or social discontent; a breaking out in a rash; a rash
As he escorted her into ballroom, his mother thought of her own cotillion days
To accompany in order to protect or show honor or courtesy to; one who so acts
Young men hoping to meet the women of their dreams at the cotillion
a ballroom dance for couples that resembles the quadrille
Food passes down the esophagus into the stomach
The tube passing from the pharynx to the stomach; the gullet
It is difficult to understand his enigmatic statements
Like a riddle; puzzling; obscure
What she felt for her opponent was not mere dislike, but rancor
Hard feelings; ill will; spitefulness; bitter hatred; malice
We were so jaded by school work that vacation was a welcome relief
Worn out; exhausted; "burned out"; satiated
He was never satisfied with modest savings, but was rapacious in becoming rich
Grasping; seizing; ravenous; plundering; predatory
A lawyer probably would not understand all the jargon of doctors
The language or vocabulary of a particular group, profession, trade, etc.
He attempted to rationalize his behavior by claiming that the ends would justify his means
To justify one's actions or motives plausibly but not necessarily truthfully; to make reasonable or rational
You are in jeopardy of losing your scholarship if you do not bring your grades up
Danger; risk; exposure to harm
It took some days before the flaccid muscles became strong
Lacking firmness or force; not stiff; limp
The placid scene had a calming effect upon his jangled nerves
Calm; serene; peaceful
To lighten the plane, the crew was forced to jettison the cargo
To throw overboard; to discard
The protrusion of your personal affairs is a distraction from our work. She cut her foot on a sharp protrusion in the carpet
The state or act of thrusting forward or sticking out; that which sticks out or juts out
The archeologists were puzzled by a protuberance just below the surface of the earth
That which bulges, stick out or protrudes; a protrusion
His puerile behavior when he was thwarted was surprising in one who seemed so mature
Childish; immature; juvenile
The pulsation of the artery was very apparent
A beat or throb ; rhythmic vibration
In his punctilious housekeeping, everything must be in it's proper place
Exact in detail; precise; fastidious; scrupulous
The king hired several knavish types to do his "dirty work"
Mischievous; untrustworthy; deceitful
A pungent odor of burning leaves reminds us that autumn is here
Sharp or striking to the sense of smell; acrid piquant
He was very familiar with Faulkner, having read the entire spectrum of the novelist's work
The entire range of something; the colored bands of refracted light
Animals that are hibernating are in a quiescent state
Not agitated or anxious; at rest; inactive; quiet
A raucous voice is anything but pleasing
Disagreeably harsh and loud; strident
His idea was noble in it's intention, but it was too quixotic to be of practical use
Foolishly idealistic or romantic; well meaning but impractical; (literally: like Don Quixote)
It was fun to watch him try to find his way out of the labyrinth
A place full of intricate passageways; a complex and confusing situation or idea
He is so lackadaisical about betting things done that we decided not to depend on him
Listless; not interested; not animated
Her laconic speeches tell you important things in a very few words
Sparing of words; terse or concise
He was an amusing raconteur, with a story for almost every occasion
One who can tell stories well
Many poets and philosophers have stated that physical suffering is preferable to ennui
Vague discontent; listless dissatisfaction; weariness of life; oppressive boredom
He was sentence to flagellation in the public square
Ensconced in an easy chair, he enjoyed his pipe and book
Placed or settled snugly or securely
She has had enough of your raillery over her innocent mistake, so let's get back to serious business
Mild ridicule; good natured teasing
Since freedom was denied him, he was left to languish in prison
To lose strength, force, or animation; to experience physical and mental discomfort
A refractory boy is hard to handle
Unresponsive to discipline; resistant; stubborn; unmanageable
I like plain and simple styles, but she prefers flamboyant clothes that attract attention
Showy; fancy; resplendent; colorful; ornate; florid; flamelike
Before the diamond can be set in a ring, the lapidary must do his work
Pertaining to the cutting, engraving, polishing of gem stones; one who does such work
He was a ravenous appetite for science fiction novels
Extremely hungry; eagerly and intensely desirous; voracious
She had expected the usual discount but this generous rebate astonished her
A deduction or discount; a return of part of the amount paid; to allow such
He is so recalcitrant that none of the teachers will accept him in class
Resistant to control; stubborn; defiant, rebellious; such a person
The erosive power of the river changed the shape of his property
Tending or causing to wear away or disintegrate slowly
He had not considered the many ramifications of his simple refusal to abide by the rules
Branches; offshoots; subdivisions; results or consequences
To be reinstated he was obliged to recant his statement
To renounce formally; to disavow; to "take back" or withdraw
The winner continued to flaunt the money in their faces
To display proudly or defiantly; to wave or flourish arrogantly
After the victory the crowd rushed rampant through the streets shouting, "We're number one!"
Spreading unchecked; widespread and uncontrolled; wild or violent
The equipment did not encumber our efforts as much as we had feared
To burden; to load down; to hinder
Some authors just infer sexual activity, while others use erotic descriptions
Arousing sexual feelings; related to sexual arousal
Those classical references in the poem are too esoteric for most college students to understand
Meant for or understood by a select few; beyond normal comprehension; secret
Since I have graduated, my erstwhile professor has become my good friend
You must not give up, but must essay to complete an interesting essay
To make an effort; to try; to attempt; a trial; an attempt; a short written compostion
He purports to be a doctor, but his methods suggest that he is a charlatan
To give an impression of; to claim as true, to profess; meaning; intention
A pusillanimous person fears to undertake any action of importance
Cowardly; weak spirited; timid
Although he has never attended college, he is a very erudite person
Well-read; learned; scholarly
The music for the ballet was superb but the dancers stumbled through the choreography
Dancing, esp. ballet dancing; the art of devising or the specification for ballet dances
Whenever you're tempted to criticize, remember that everyone is fallible
Likely to fail or be in error; capable of making mistakes or being deceived
His beginning in the business was auspicious, but he turned out a dismal failure
Favorable; fortunate; of good omen; propitious
The magician claimed that he used necromancy when he told our fortunes
The foretelling of the future by supposed communication with the dead or with spirits; black magic; sorcery
He never praises anything w do but is always sardonic about our efforts
Bitterly scornful; mocking; cynical; derisive
I pleaded with my father to let me take the car, but he was adamant in his refusal
Determined; unyielding; uncompromising; immovable
"Peter Piper picked a peek of pickled peppers" is a nearly perfect alliteration
Repetition of beginning sounds in several words in a phrase or line
A generous portion of analgesic balm was applied to the bruise
Pain relieving; soothing
He is so choleric that he reacts violently to the most innocent joking
Hot-tempered; easily angered
Although his conclusion was sound, his reasoning was fallacious
The government has invalidated his passport until he pays his back taxes
Made no longer valid; nullified; cancelled; deprived of legal importance
On misty nights the moon is surrounded by an aureole
A surrounding radiance or fringe of light; a halo
Southern states seceded form the Union during the Civil War
Withdrew or broke away from; withdrawn; broken away
On his first visit to the cathedral the boy was frightened by the row of huge, grim sarcophagi
Stone coffin or tomb, especially one exposed to view
Despite the arrival of visitors, the man continued to loll in his chair
To sprawl or repose listlessly or lazily; to lounge or droop
As an excellent nurse, she was able to alleviate anxiety as well as pain
To ease, relieve or lighten; to mitigate
The senior class had worked hard to earn the headmaster's laud remarks
Expressing praise; commendatory
Not only is she a particularly comely girl, but she also has a delightful personality
Attractive or pleasing in person; pretty; handsome; fair
Your facetious remarks were not appropriate on such a solemn occasion
Not serious; flippantly humorous
He had to invent reasons to support the conclusions in his factitious argument
Not spontaneous; made up; affected; contrived
He wouldn't respond to an invitation, so we inveigled him into coming to the party
Enticed or induced by cunning or flattery; coaxed with insincerity; cajoled
He is such an avid fan that he has not missed a home game in twenty years
Very desirous of; eager; enthusiastic
He deserved to be criticized but not in such scurrilous language
Vulgarly abusive; coarse; indecent
A bird sanctuary has been added to the zoo
Refuge; safety; a place of refuge or safety
Swimmers have littered the whole littoral area with debris from their beach parties
Pertaining to the seashore or coastal region; shore and the area nearby
The conflict between good and evil is frequently treated in allegory
A story or play in which characters and events portray moral principles and abstract truths
Modest people in love avoid lascivious displays in public
Arousing sensual desires; lustful; lewd
When your ideas are not like mine, I can be deferential for the sake of harmony
Yielding or deferring to the wishes, ideas, etc. of another; respectful; courteous
Their months-long collusion resulted in their defrauding an association
Secret cooperation for a wrongful purpose
We must balance our company books and compute profit and loss at the end of our fiscal year
Pertaining to money matters; financial
By constant exposure he soon became inured to the hardships of cold weather
Tolerant of because of prior exposure; accustomed to; hardened to; unaffected by
The swimming match was held in the school natatorium
Indoor swimming pool
He scrutinized the face of the man but could not recognize him
Examined in detail; closely studied
The salutary result of their argument ultimately may be cooperation
Tending to promote good; beneficial; healthful
The graceful lineaments of her face attracted the artist
A distinctive facial contour or feature; a marked or distinguishing characteristic
He works at the hospital without pay, for altruistic reasons only
Motivated by or showing concern for others; unselfish; benevolent
An infinitesimal germ can cause serious illness
Very small; incalculably minute
She collated the pages before she stapled them
Collected and arranged in order; compared critically
A large fissure appeared in the hillside after the earthquake
A crack, crevice or narrow opening
She actually hates to see us and the happiness she shows is only a facade
An outwardly favorable appearance concealing the truth or something inferior; a false front; the face of a building
We thought that they were friends until we heard their invectives about each other
Violent denunciation or accusation; vituperation; abuse; abusive; condemning
He helped the accident victims, but seeing their injuries made him nauseous
Having the urge to vomit; queasy; causing nausea; disgusting; sickening
His explanation was too nebulous for the students to follow
Cloudy; vague; not clear
The students scurried to their seats when the teacher entered the room
Hurried briskly; scampered
He has such a sanguine temperament that he always makes me feel better. The cold wind had given him a sanguine complexion
Cheerful; hopeful; optimistic; of the color of blood; ruddy
The lithe body of the acrobat swung from ring to ring
Bending easily and gracefully; supple; flexible; limber
Two business firms may amalgamate for the best interest of both
To join or mix together; to unite; to combine
You commiserate with a friend who has suffered some loss
To sympathize or condole with; to feel or show pity or sorrow for
A loose ligature won't stop bleeding and fancy ligature may impede your reading
A binding or a bond; the sign for letters or musical notes to be tied together; a grouping of such noted or letters; to fasten with a ligature
The teacher tried to allay the student's fears about the test by assuring him that he would pass
To lessen in intensity; to remove or reduce fear or doubt; to calm; to pacify
His ineffable delight was caused by the unexpected arrival of his friend
Too over powering to be expressed in words; unutterable; indescribable
Let's hire her because her ability will be a valuable acquisition for our company
To act of gaining ot acquiring; anything gained or acquired
The wrong combination of these chemicals will produce a fetid odor
Offensive to sense of smell; stinking
The northern lights put on a display of iridescent beauty
Showing a play of colors like that of a rainbow
One wonders what the earth was like in the primeval period
From the first age; primitive; prehistoric
It is difficult to arouse the interest of an apathetic student
Indifferent; unconcerned; unemotional
The entire east end of the city was formed by the gradual agglomeration of tenement houses
The process of massing or clustering together; a jumbled mass or cluster
We will sequester the students taking the test so the others won't distract them
To set apart; to isolate; to segregate; to seclude
He has gone from bad to worse, from rude to licentious behavior
Without moral restraint; defiant of normal rules; lewd; dissolute
The governor denied the allegation that he had accepted bribes
An unproven accusation, assertion or charge of guilt
The pages of the book seemed to teem with new ideas
To be overflowing; to abound with; to be full of
This is a temporal problem that we can laugh about next month. Let's let the courts settle this temporal question and not involve the church
Limited by time; transitory; secular or civil rather than religious or spiritual
The professor refused to temporize in his literary tastes just for the sake of current fashion
To comply with the time and occasion; to yield to current opinion; to stall for time; to compromise
We have enough facts to make our theory tenable
Able to be maintained or held; defendable
His story-telling and the crooked road to his mountain home were equally tortuous
Twisting; winding; turning; not direct or straightforward
Artillery is directed by determining the trajectory of each shell fired
The arc which marks the path of an object that is hurled or fired but not otherwise propelled or guided
The pleasure of accomplishment transcends that of the work to achieve it
To go beyond or rise above in degree or excellence; to favorably exceed a limitation
It was difficult to determine a census count because of the transient population in the city
Moving from place to place; not permanent; brief; one or something that stays temporarily
Every religion has it tenets which members are supposed to believe and support
A major belief or idea; a recognized principle; a dogma
He sat at the piano and improvised some pleasing melodies
Made up without preparation; provided offhand; performed extemporaneously
Roasting marshmallows over an open fire is the quintessence of the camping experience.
the essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form; the most typical example or representative
The pastoral scene was painted by a noted landscape artist. The priest's pastoral duties kept him busy caring for his flock
Relating to rural life and the countryside, simple and peaceful; relating to shepherds; relating to pastors, the clergy
"Passed away" is a euphemism for "die"
A word or expression used to avoid the bluntness or offensiveness of one that is more accurate; the use of such words or expressions
The eulogy spoken at the senator's funeral was a fitting tribute to his greatness
High praise in speech or writing, great commendation- often for a deceased person
A blight destroyed the farmer's corn crop. Her uncooperativeness will blight our plans for success
A disease which destroys plants; anything destructive of growth, hopes, character, etc.; to cause such effects
Cheating in a competition is not ethical
Conforming to accepted or prescribed standards of conduct
The classical piano concerto was ethereal compared with the cacophony of some modern music
Light and airy; celestial; heavenly
Many forms and transitions of life are subsumed in the science of paleontology
To put into or include within a larger class or category
His good intentions do not mitigate his bad actions
To make or become milder, less painful, less sever, less blameworthy
Husbands and wives of different races think about family affairs and not the technicality of "miscegenation"
Intermixing of races by marriage or sexual relations
His bitter satires on human nature show him to be a misanthrope
One who hates or constantly distrusts mankind
Although he committed no actual crime, he was certainly guilty of moral turpitude
Moral corruption; baseness; vileness; depravity
He remained obdurate in spite of our encouraging him to join us
Stubborn; unyielding; obstinate; unmanageable
He is far too plebeian to be considered for membership in such an elite club
Pertaining to the common people; crude or low class; one of the common people
He received the plenitude of power with his new appointment
Abundance; fullness; plentiness; completeness
The doctor gave him some medicine to palliate his suffering
To relieve or ease without curing; to alleviate; to lessen seriousness; to extenuate; to excuse
His account of the game was so garbled that we did not know who won
Changed in such a way as to mislead; mixed up; confused; distorted
The front doors are blocked, so you'll have to use a postern entrance
A small rear gate or door; at the rear
His conclusions may be sound but they are postulated upon unproven theories
Assumed or claimed as true or self-evident; taken for granted
The rhyme about days in the month ("Thirty days hath September...") and naming music notes ("Every good boys does fine.") are forms of mnemonics
A system for memory improvement; devices for aiding memory
His bulk and his slowness made him seem bovine
Like a cow or ox; stolid; slow; patient; dull
When they drank the brackish water it made them rather ill and more thirsty than ever
The mendicants lined the path of the king, hoping for handouts
He showed a definite bias toward one party
A prejudice; a preference; a tendency; a diagonal line stitched or cut in cloth
The revolution proved to be abortive because the government troops had been alerted
Coming to nothing; unsuccessful; fruitless
The gangsters counted on the venal politician to vote as he paid to
Capable of being bought or bribed; mercenary; corrupt
His many years of loving understanding made the priest venerable to all of his parishioners
Worthy or respect or reverance because of advanced age, wisdom, dedication, etc.; revered
Saints and hardened criminals each have their distinctive auras of good or evil
A distinctive and characterizing quality or atmosphere surrounding something or someone
He is noted for his perspicacity in analyzing a problem
Keen judgment; ability to see into and understand; penetrating discernment
Our new principal is an iconoclast whose new rules are wiping out old school customs
One who attacks and defies established traditions, ideas or institutions; (literally: a breaker of images)
The robin is a traditional harbinger of spring
A carrier or indicators of the future; a forerunner; a presager
As he began to speak he was afflicted with a paroxysm of coughing
A sudden and violent physical or emotional outburst; a spasm; a convulsion; a fit
The advent of nuclear power occurred at the end of World War II
A beginning or coming into being; a first appearance or arrival of significance
The miser was parsimonious in dealing out gifts to the poor
Extremely frugal; stingy
The boar race was not on the open sea nor upriver, but in the estuary
The wide mouth of a river where it merges with an ocean or sea
They were once an affectionate family, but she and her parents have now been estranged for many years
Changed from a close and friendly relationship to a distant and hostile one; alienated; separated
Faith, hope and love constitute the essence of Christianity
The most essential and characterizing aspect; the deep and true character; a concentrated and stable substance; a perfume
He is careful that the aperture in the camera is properly set
It is not wise to trust a callow youth with such an important responsibility
The different languages, clothing and education of the workers made them a motley crew, indeed
Of many different colors or varied characteristics; heterogeneous
The hero's riding off into the sunset is a familiar motif in western movies
A dominant, recurrent, and characterizing theme, pattern, or feature
He didn't complain or hesitate, but obeyed with alacrity
Eager and cheerful willingness or readiness
Affluence makes some people misers and others generous
Great material abudance; wealth; opulence
The obsequious waiter got on his nerves after a short time
Excessively servile; overly obedient or attentive; fawning
When the grocer was not looking, the hunger boy was tempted to filch an apple
To steal slyly, usually something of little value
Adages often sound simple but have deep meaning when you think about them
An old saying of instructive value; a proverb
The F.B.I. finally captured one of the most infamous criminals on it's ten-most-wanted list
Famous for bad qualities; notorious; vile
Our school is peaceful now that the troublemakers have been extirpated
Eradicated; exterminated; erased; uprooted
This sticky problem is as much a morass as Farmer Jones' swamp!
A marsh or bog; a difficult place or situation to get out of
If we believed your opponent's calumny we would not trust you as we do
A false and injurious accusation or statement; slander; defamation
Ebb and Flow
The ebb and flow of battle; the ebbs and flows of business
a condition or rhythm of alternate forward and backward movement or of alternate decline and renewed advance
She is usually cheerful but her recent problems have made her morose
Gloomy; dejected; sullen; ill-humored
We've been hungry long enough; and now it's time to attend to alimentary needs
Pertaining to nourishment or food; nourishing
He assumed an attitude of insouciance, although he really was very much concerned
Lack of concern; the state of being light-hearted or carefree
He was so insidious that it took us a long time to find out he as an enemy
Progressing harmfully but hardly noticed; deceitful in a subtle way; wily; treacherous
The odor of the flowers will permeate the entire house
To pass into and penetrate throughout; to spread or diffuse into; to pervade
Not even her kind words could assuage her friend's grief
To lessen in severity or harshness; to mitigate; to alleviate; to calm or satisfy; to appease
The rhyme may not be perfect but the assonance makes the poem sound appealing
Resemblance of vowel sounds resulting in partial rhyme (lake-mate); rough likeness; approximation
If you tell me carefully, I can assimilate all the data. Manu different cultures have been assimilated into American culture
To absorb and make a part of; to take in and relate; to digest; to be or become like or absorbed
The radio has made that popular tune ubiquitous
Seeming to be everywhere at one; (omnipresent is sometimes used as a synonym)
She is an experienced, professional actress but her understudy is a tyro
A beginning or learner; a novice; an amateur
The admission price to the entertainment was a mere pittance
A very small amount; a barely sufficient portion or allowance
The gyration of ballerina made me dizzy
A revolving action around an axis; whirling or spinning motion
Truth means nothing to the prevaricator as long as he gets what he wants
One who evades the truth; a liar
Although he was very crude at home, he always acted with propriety when in public
The sense or quality of being appropriate or proper; conduct that matches generally accepted standards
He may propound many ideas, but he can't apply them unless the committee adopts them
To set forth for consideration; to suggest subject to approval
On this propitious occasion, we honor our successful athletes, confident that they will keep on winning
Accompanied by favorable circumstances and implications; auspicious
Sheep are, in general, gregarious animals
enjoying the company of other people; living in groups; socialable
I was just a bit piqued by her being late again, but she had an excuse that piqued my curiosity
Made resentful; irritated; vexed; provoked; stimulated or arroused
He was ostracized by polite society because of his scandalous behavior
Banished; excluded; shut out
He was given a long prison term for his nefarious crime
His speaking style is too stilted to appeal to a general audience
Stiffly formal; pompous
Those stereotyped characters in the book were boring
Following a pattern; unoriginal; conventional; trite; formalized
A good administrator is available but not officious
Forcing one's service or attention upon another; overly meddlesome or attentive
The sun moves from east to west in it's diurnal
Of the daytime; during the course of a day; daily
After his improper remark, his father looked at him askance
Disapproving; disdainfully; distrustfully; with a side glance
A course in etymology will help you to increase your vocabulary
The study of word origins, development and changes in accepted meaning; such a history of a word
The effulgence of the sun on Easter morning was especially symbolic
Radiance; splendor; brightness; shining
You lost several points because of egregious errors in spelling
Noticeably bad; flagrant
His long and heavy discourse elicited yawns and stifled groans from the audience
To draw forth or call forth; to evoke; to educe
The aerial camera revealed the topography of the river valley with amazing detail
The surface features of land; the art and science of representing such on a map
A hot summer day and a dull speech can equally produce torpor in me
Dullness; sluggishness; apathy; stupor
An amazing amount of torque was required to drive in those screws
A force that rotates and twists or wrenches
That statement is so vague that it calls for elucidation
Freshman English is a prerequisite to all advanced English courses
Required beforehand in conjunction with something to follow; anything so required
If you dally here much longer, you'll miss your appointment. Don't dally with Dolly- she's too serious for flirtation
To waste time; to loiter; to play or trifle with; to playfully show affection
None of us knew the meaning of the cryptic message
Difficult to understand; puzzling; mystifying; secret
It is difficult for people in close contact to live in perfect amity
Friendship; good will
His character was dastardly, quite the opposite of noble and brave
Mean; base; cowardly
Your parents aren't married, hence you are a bastard.
A child born with parents out of wedlock
The old and infirm must be evacuated first
Ill; feebly irresolute
When all the rest of us were completely baffled, he was ingenious enough to solve the problem
Inventive; resourceful; clever; made or done in such manner
The ability to inspire is an inherent quality of any good leader
Part of the essential character of; established within; inborn
She will never do it because her inhibition outweighs her desire
A self imposed inner restraint; that which blocks or restrains; a restraining or inhibiting
Our plans were thwarted by inimical forces
Like an enemy; hostile; unfriendly; opposing
Many writers have tried to copy him, but his style is inimitable
Not able to be imitated; unequaled; unparalleled; unique
He read an excerpt from Lewis's book
To select or take out from; to extract; a passage taken out of a book, article, etc.
An innate sense of duty prompted him to obey the law
Coming naturally from within; inborn; natural
A galaxy of movie stars appeared in one picture
A system of celestial bodies; a group of notable people
The tawdry decorations were an embarassment
Cheap looking; shoddy; vulgar
The inscrutable countenance of a good poker player helps him win the game
Incapable of being searched into and understood
Others may "watch the clock," but you can depend on her to be assiduous about her work
Persistent; unremitting; diligent; devotedly attentive
His complete command of the piano proved him to be a virtuoso
A master of a particular art, skill or technique; an expert
Macbeth's hallucination of the ghost of Banquo is the result of his guilty conscience
The seeing, feeling, experiencing of something mentally that seems real but is not; an imaginary perception
Insulation in the attic saves on fuel bills. His insulation of the attic is wise. Insulation from distraction helps her think better
Nonconducting material which prevents passage of electricity, heat, etc.; the act of insulating; the state of being separated or isolated from
He does not seem to have any friends; in fact, he seems to be a pariah among his fellow students
One who is rejected or shunned by nearly everybody; an outcast form society
I am inclined to accept your record of experience as feasible. With those talents you can do the job, but it's not feasible for me
Capable of being accomplished; practicable; workable; likely; probable
A student' advisor should function in a tutelary capacity, checking on the student's academic and social progress from time to time
Protecting; having guardianship; watching over; instructively caring
A city ordinance forbids parking on this street
An authoritative rule or regulation; a stature or law of a town or city
He made the window opaque by painting it black. Your explanation is unclear and the subject is still opaque to me
Not reflecting or admitting light; not transparent or translucent; difficult to understand; obscure
Her book is a potpourri of poems, essays and witticisms on at least fifty different subjects
A mixture of various things or subjects
The landscape, the seascape, and the portrait were labeled one, two, and three respectively
Each in order as named; as relating to each other
In spite of many misfortunes, he resilience has kept her a happy person
The capability or recovering shape after being bent or stretched; elasticity; the personal capability of recovering undamaged from stress or pressure
He is recognized as the most sagacious of the professors. Let's ask him
Characteristic of a sage; having good judgment; wise; knowing
There is subtle meaning in the story but her histrionic presentation ruined it
Related to acting to actors; theatrical; overly dramatic
The customer was so hirsute that the barber charge him extra
His historical composition was marred by a hiatus between two important dates
A space or gap where something is missing; an interruption in activity or progress
Burning the church was vandalism but using is first for a dance hall was sacrilege
Profanatory or irreverent treatment of holy things; desecration
The young pastor always put sacerdotal duties ahead of his continued interest in sports
Pertaining to priests or priesthood
As he became older he began to prefer the rustic life of the backwoods to the life of the city
Pertaining to the country; rural; not refined; simple; one who lives in the country; a simple or unrefined person
We had two business meetings but in the interim we went sightseeing
Time between; meantime
The misunderstanding between a student and a teacher was resolved by a friendly intercessor
One who acts between two parties, a mediator
He had so little education that he felt uncomfortable among the intelligentsia
The highly educated and cultured
Anthropology helps is to understand differences and similarities among human races
The study of mankind, including origins, development, characteristics, customs, etc.
They served many savory dishes at the banquet. If you associate with good people you reputation will become more savory
Pleasing to the taste or smell; appetizing; respectable; reputable
On Easter morning the stirring paean could be heard even outside the cathedral
A hymn or song of joy, triumph or praise
He requested that his remarks be expunged from the records
Removed completely; wiped out; erased; deleted
The raucous behavior of a few students can upset the decorum of a whole classroom
Conformity to accepted and appropriate standards and customs; propriety; seemliness
Although there was some bleeding, only a capillary had been damaged and not an artery or vein
A very small and slender tube; a tiny blood vessel
Please give constructive comments and don't be querulous in front of the class
Fault finding; complaining; argumentative; peevish
He unfairly exploited the work of another man to gain his own ends. She will wisely exploit the help of others in an exploit that will make them all famous
To use selfishly or to take advantage of; to put to full and practical use; a great and hold or daring deed
His speech was nothing but an ostentatious display of knowledge
Trees speak and think in the personification by that writer. She is a fine person, the personification of kindness
Giving human qualities to an inanimate object or idea; any example of such; an embodiment or personal showing of some quality
They threatened to cause trouble, but we were not influenced by their intimidation
Fear, restraint or discouragement caused by threat; the act of causing such
She solved the intricate problem by unraveling each of it's interwoven parts
Puzzlingly detailed; complicated, involved; complex
The boxer made a feint with his left and landed a solid right
A false or deceptive movement; a pretended attack meant to distract from a real one elsewhere; to act in such a manner
He is too indolent even to try for a passing grade
Slothful; lazy; idle
Perhaps an expurgated edition of the novel would be more appropriate for the less sophisticated students
With the objectionable parts taken out; removed as objectionable; censored; bowdlerized
Our hosts provided us with many amenities, as well as room and board
Considerate and courteous acts or expressions; pleasing features or conveniences; civilities
After the ordeal he had a cadaverous look, but he was will alive
Like a corpse; ghastly
His story, sententious essays say more than do many whole books
Expressing or expressive of much meaning in few words; pithy; axiomatic; pompously and often tritely moralizing
We don't expect the two groups ever to agree because their goals are antithetical
Exactly opposite; directly opposed; in strong contrast
The senator is so obsessed with power that he must suffer from megalomania
A mental disorder causing delusions of grandeur or power; a tendency to grossly exaggerate
It's a wonder he wasn't killed by the mayhem that did make him an invalid for life
The act or offense of causing severe bodily injury; maiming; mutilation; crippling; violent confusion and destruction.
The aborigines were driven from their original habitat by the colonists
Earliest known inhabitants of a country
Your idea of a world in which everyone is kind, thoughtful and completely happy is utopian
Fancifully or theoretically perfect; idealistic; one who pursues unachievable ideals; a visionary; an idealist
This is the first time you've been late for work, so this time I'll ignore the peccadillo
A petty fault; a minor offense
The king had his henchmen do his "dirty work" in order to keep his own name clear
Devoted and trusted followers, often considered unscrupulous
How could any human being have committed such a heinous crime?
Extremely bad; atrocious; despicable
Hedonism (-ic, -istic)
Since hedonism was his philosophy, he cared only about the immediate gratification of his desires
The belief that pleasure is the principle goal in life; self indulgence in pleasure seeking
Although they had been very close for many years, their love was purely platonic
Spiritual and not sexual or sensual. Platonic: idealistic; academic; theoretical
The engineers tested the viscosity of the oil
the extent to which a fluid resists a tendency to flow
Instead of being an original composition, his writing was nothing but plagiarism
The taking of expressions and ideas of another person and using them as if they were one's own; copying without credit to the author
Our plan was simple and utilitarian, without any expensive frills
Useful and without ornamentation or non-necessities; functional and nothing more; one who prizes utility
In a renaissance of concern, the voters approved a new school levy ten years after the last one
A rebirth; a revival; Renaissance: the time of greatly renewed learning in Europe after the Dark Ages, 14th-16th centuries
They did not fail to remunerate him generously for his work
To pay or to pay for; to compensate
The wizened old woman frightened the children, who thought she was a witch
Dried up; shriveled; withered
It took two men to crank the winch and lift the stone from the quarry
A machine with a cylinder which, when revolved, winds rope or cable about it to hoist attached objects; to hoist with such
The nurse said it wouldn't hurt, but the patient winced as the needle touched his arm
Reacted quickly with facial contortion as if in pain; flinched
The escaping prisoner was caught in a welter of violence, and then was made to welter in the sweat of close confinement
A commotion of confused action; a tumultuous tumbling; to surge and tumble; to wallow in; to be uncomfortably immersed in
The cruelty of the invaders was wanton, as they ignored all decency and human rights
Recklessly ignoring what is right; unprovoked and excessive; immoral; dissolute; such a person
Long ago, people considered capturing a gnome to be a "get rich quick" scheme
In folklore, an old, gnarled cave-dwelling dwarf who guards the earth's treasures
The lettering on the diploma was in calligraphy
Precise and decorative handwriting or hand-printing; handwriting in general; (also spelled: caligraphy)
An overwhelming feeling of lassitude prevented his completing the assignment
Lack of vigor or spirit; weariness; languor
The student tried extortion to gain a better grade, but the teacher would not be intimidated
The act or result of forcing payment by intimidation or violence; blackmail; the act or result of imposing a grossly unfair high price
It was his indomitable spirit to win that carried him on to success
Unable to be overcome, subdued or dominated; stubbornly resistant; persevering
Kitty is aptly named because of her feline grace
Like a cat; of the cat family; a cat
They sent felicitations to those who were celebrating their birthdays
Good wishes; congratulations
An indigent farmer was given help by his neighbors
Without means for subsistence; destitute; needy; poor; such a person
Sometimes trees seem almost sentient to the nature lover
Having sensation and feeling; aware; conscious
Her father is wealthy and can well afford his largesse to the school
Liberal giving; a generous gift; (also spelled: largess)
Once we had a solid organization, but now a schism has occurred
A division or separation of a group into opposing or differing groups; a rift
Maritime law regulates all the activities of navigation
Pertaining to the sea
The high team spirit today presages a victory tomorrow
Gives an indication of something in the future; portends; foreshadows; (presage, n: an omen or portent)
The judge's decision was irrevocable; he would not even consider changing it
Incapable of being withdrawn, revoked, repealed, called back, undone, etc.
In the fall itinerant workers travel from farm to farm looking for work
Going from place to place; homeless; such a person
The professor, and not the student, has the prerogative of deciding when the test will be given
An exclusive right or privilege, particularly of some specific group, class, position or rank
His huge novel has been abridged in a short article. It tells is to beware of abridged rights of citizenship
Shortened by using fewer words but keeping essential meaning; made concise; lessened; curtailed
His antipathy for our cause was demonstrated by his working against us. Because she opposed our principles so rudely, she was the antipathy of our group
A feeling of aversion or strong dislike; the opposite of sympathy; the object of such feeling
A surgeon must be expert with the scalpel
A small, light, straight knife with a very sharp blade, used in surgery and in anatomical dissections
He obtains good grades not because he is brilliant, but because he is a sedulous worker
Steadily busy or attentive; diligent; assiduous
Levity is not permitted in a solemn courtroom
Lack of seriousness; inappropriate lightheartedness; frivolity
We won't agree with anything that's illegal, but we're amenable to any other suggestion you may have
Responsible and responsive to what is right; willing to comply with; persuadable; submissive
Even at the age of ninety he showed no signs of decrepitude
Weakness because of advanced age or infirmity; feebleness; a state of being worn out or nearly useless
The tax collector couldn't explain the missing fund and was finally proven guilty of malfeasance
Misconduct or wrongful action, especially while in a position of trust
His parents will never be destitute because of his filial devolution
Pertaining to the relationship between children and their parents
His invidious proposal set one faction against the other and made everybody detest him
Arousing dislike or ill will; offensive because of discrimination
Everybody except the headmaster laughed at the student's parody of his lecture
A humorous and ridiculing imitation; a farce; a poor imitation; to act in such a manner
Let's replace the obsolescent work processor before it becomes completely outdated and useless
Becoming obsolete: growing useless, becoming unused, going out of fashion
Because she appears to live in a world of her own, she may be schizophrenic
Suffering from a mental disorder characterized by withdrawal from reality, often incorrectly defined as having a split personality; one with such a condition
Let's record the moribund mountain songs before they disappear entirely
Near death or termination; dying
Several candlesticks overcrowded the table, so we used candelabrum instead
One large candleholder with branches supporting several candles; (singular form of candelabra)
Shakespeare's reference to clocks in Julius Caesar is an anachronism: of course, there were no clocks in Caesar's time
Something out of place in time; such a representation
He did not discover his latent musical talent until he was in his thirties
Existing but not energized; capable of later full development; dormant
After receiving the unexpected award he gave a short, extemporary speech
Spoken or performed without prior practice or memorization; "off the top of one's head"; extemporaneous
You have implied your interest in this kind of work, and so I infer that you want the job
To conclude or derive from something assumed, known or implied; (imply: to suggest vaguely)
His legal cognomen is Smith, and his familiar cognomen is "Smitty"
The family name: surname; a name by which one is known: a nickname
Several filaments from the cloth were found on the floor
A thin, threadlike object
His obtrusive manner of involving himself in other people's business is his greatest fault
Pushing forward or outward; intruding or forcing in an unwarranted manner
His brazen, slurring remarks were an affront to the president's dignity
A challenging insult; an insolent confrontation; to offend by such
Her argument was too tenuous for us to take seriously
Very thin or fine; flimsy; insubstantial
Emaciate (-ed, ting)
The emaciated bodies of the prisoners of war were pitiful
Wasted away from lack of nourishment; extremely thin
During the past headmaster's tenure many changes were effected
A period of time during which something is held or kept; the right or the act or posessing
If the stringent dress code is adopted, the students can no longer wear anything they choose
Requiring very close compliance; strict; rigid; sever
He was suddenly aroused from his stupor and continued his conversation exactly where he had left off
A state of unawareness; intellectual or moral dullness or lack of feeling; a daze
His wife criticized him for acting in such a subservient manner toward his employer
In inferior capacity; acting as a servant to; submissive; servile
The discussion reached an impasses when the question of dividing the property came up
A condition or situation that stops progress, accomplishment or escape; a blockage, stalemate or deadlock
Although he was very loud vulgar, he was dressed with impeccable taste
Free form fault, blemish or error; flawless; unerring
I am rather impecunious right now; could you lend me a thousand dollars?
Having no money
When the company terminates it's manufacture of this product, my services with them will terminate as well
To cause or bring to an end; to conclude; to end
As a geologist he was more concerned with terrestrial problems than celestial ones
Of the land or the earth (as opposed to celestial: of the skies or stars)
Through the translucent glass we could distinguish only the outlines of people in the next room
Allowing light to pass through but obscuring clear vision
There was so much evidence of guilt that the verdict seemed a travesty of justice
A ridiculous, absurd or grotesque imitation
She wasted no words in her terse answer and we knew exactly what she meant
Concise; to the point; brief
The cowboy tethered his horse to the rail and went into the saloon for a drink
A rope, chain, etc., used to restrict movement; to tie up or confine with such an object
The treatment has had no therapeutic value as far as I can see; I am still in pain
Health inducing; healing; curing
The pewter dish didn't shine like the silver tray on which it sat
A dull silver-colored metal used for making dished, pans, etc.
Titanic machines were needed to build the huge structure
Of gigantic proportions or strength; enormous; huge; powerful
New teachers will be evaluated on pedagogical skills such as lesson planning and classroom management.
of, relating to, or befitting a teacher or education
She has real duties to perform, not just a titular position
In name only; having a title but no responsibilties
He wrote a learned treatise on the science of government
A long and formal written work on a non-fictional subject
The main office has opened several subsidiary offices all over town
Subsidized by or dependent upon; supplemental; subordinate; auxiliary; one or that in such a status
The rumors were substantiate by the report
To verify; to attest as true; to give substance to
I warn you: if you break the rule it will not be with impunity
Exemption or freedom from punishment or harm
Now that the food shortage is over, there is no need to stint on means. This stint of hard work will be over in one day
To limit; to be frugal or sparing; a limited or assigned task or period
The light and shadow effect in the drawing was produced entirely by stippling
An arrangement of dots or speckles; to use or produce an area or pattern of such
Her voice is so strident that it actually hurts my ears
Harsh sounding; grating; shrill
The physical laws of the universe are immutable, but it's features are constantly changing
As she glided through the room she seemed as impalpable as a dream
Not able to be felt; not able to be perceived easily
I can't change your grade so it's useless to importune me
To request urgently; to implore; to beg; to urge
The fortress was supposed to be impregnable, but it's walls were easily battered down
Not able to be penetrated by force; unyielding; unconquerable
He was so improvident in his youth that he was nothing left for his retirement
Not providing for the future; not thrifty
His answers are so superficial that it is clear he did not read the assignment
Lack true significance or importance; on the surface; shallow
Use commas as needed in your theme but eliminate those that are superfluous
More than is necessary; excessive; redundant
Although he was but a supernumerary he prided himself on being in the play
Exceeding the number needed; a person or thing available but not essential; an "extra"
Acrobats have supple bodies. He's so supple that he never refuses our requests. She is supple enough to appreciate our viewpoint
Easily bent; lithe; limber; easily manipulated; pliant; of adaptable mind; compliant
Hamlet said that his father was the paragon of kings, whose place could never be taken
The finest example; a model of excellence
Their planning was so surreptitious that everyone was taken by surprise
Secret; stealthy; clandestine
The attackers cut a swath through our army like a mower in a wheat field
A strip or path cleanly cut or mowed
Lincoln proclaimed the emancipation of all slaves
Act of setting free; a state of freedom; liberation
These oriental rugs certainly embellish the appearance of the room
To make more beautiful or valuable; to add to; to enhance
The head if Caesar was embossed on Roman coins
To push up or raise upon a surface; to produce a design in relief; to adorn
He tried very hard, but his efforts were not very efficacious
Effective; producing results
An effigy of the president was hanged in the town square
An image or statue; a figure made to represent someone who is disliked
He may be the most eminent lawyer in town, but he is not the most competent
Distinguished; renowned; outstanding; prominent; projecting; lofty
Out of kilter
Out of harmony or balance
He was the emissary chosen to represent his firm abroad
Someone who is sent as a representative
The geysers emit boiling water several times a day
To put out or give off light, heat, sound, etc.; to utter sounds, expression, etc.
Geysers rising as high as 75 feet
A hot spring in which water intermittently boils, sending a tall column of water and steam into the air.
Cold cream is an emollient for chapped hands
A softener; a soothing cream; relaxing; soothing; softening
The work was difficult, but the emolument was small
Payment; salary; remuneration
Synthetic rubber is frequently used instead of the natural product
Not natural; man-made; artificial
He did not actually say "yes" but he gave tacit permission for us to go
Understood without being openly stated; implied
He is so taciturn that one wonders if he understands the language
Not given to conversation; silent; reserved
The tactile quality of this fabric is so rough that I doubt anyone would wear it
Relating to the sense of touch; able to be touched
Irked by the freshman's palaver, the teacher finally yelled, "Silence!"
Excessive and idle talk; chatter; to talk in such manner
He expects to receive some tangible reward for his work, not just our thanks
Having physical existence; able to be perceived physically
His assisting the enemy is tantamount to treason
Equivalent in value, meaning or effect; the same as
The captain's craven actions on the battlefield were despised by his men
His nerves were so taut he thought they would snap
Tightly drawn; tense
She was chary in accepting the gift form a stranger. He was chary in handing out praise
Hesitant; cautious; wary; particular; fastidious; frugal; sparing
He knows good people everywhere but he's rather chauvinistic about fellow Virginians
Unreasonably devoted or loyal to one's own group, race, sex or status; implying unreasoned superiority to such
She has a propensity for quiet study and reading, but she must force herself to exercise
A natural tendency, disposition or inclination
Their marriage was not approved because of their close propinquity
Nearness or closeness; kinship; affinity; proximity
The ancients propitiated the gods with human sacrifice
Appeased; satisfied; gained favor; favorably disposed
She is so petulant about losing that no one wants to play with her
Pettily or childishly peevish; irritable; fretful; obstinate; impatient
We can learn much from a pedagogue if we ignore his fussiness about trivial things
A teacher; a pedantic scholar
Cows are herbivorous animals
Grass eating; living on plants
Vacillate (-ing, ion)
It is difficult to know what she really wants because she is always vacillates
Indecisive; wavering; fluctuating
The proposal was voted down because it would have set an undesirable precedent
An action that may justify or serve as a standard for future ones; a guiding principle; preceding; former
The repercussion of your doing that will be very serious indeed; you may even go to jail
A severe indirect or delayed reaction; aftereffect; reverberation; echo
The rest of the family disowned the reprobate because of his evil conduct
One whose conduct is reproachful, a scoundrel; unprincipled; depraved
She can be objective and forthright but she is also known for her amusing vagaries
Odd or eccentric ideas; impulsive or capricious actions
From my place of vantage, I could observe and understand all that was going on
A favorable or advantageous position; a condition permitting clear understanding, advantage or superiority
Not to be pedantic , but there appears to be a unit conversion error here.
1. ostentatious in one's learning. 2. overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, especially in teaching.
The rule was abrogated by the committee after it was clear that it would not be effective
Annulled; repealed; abolished; cancelled
Shelley referred to the skylark as a "blithe spirit" because his song sounded so happy
Joyous; joyful; cheerful; mirthful
In America there are rich people, poor people- and many of us are of the bourgeois
The middle class; a member of the middle class; pertaining to the middle class; commonplace or ordinary
His speech was so vapid that much of the audience fell asleep
Spiritless; insipid; dull
He had no proof but his explanation was plausible; so we accepted it
Seeming to be probable or likely; apparently trustworthy or believable
He questions most orthodox opinions until he finds personal reasons to accept them
Conforming with usual and generally accepted beliefs or doctrines; conventional; proper
A specialist in orthopedics was called in to treat her broken leg
The field of medicine dealing with skeletal system injuries or abnormalities
Her oscillation between the two choices was like the oscillation of a pendulum
A swinging back and forth; indecision or wavering
She experienced a vicarious joy in her son's success
Felt as one's own experience by imagining that of another; done or experienced in substitution
His ostensible motives concealed his real ones
Presented as real or genuine; avowed; seeming
That renegade is giving away our secrets!
One who deserts a party, side, idea, etc. and joins the opposition; a traitor; traitorous
His interest in stamps began early and he became an avid philatelist
After many years of hard work he reached the pinnacle of success
Peak; summit; zenith; highest point of achievement
He is a master of the piquant mystery story. She is dull and lethargic but she has a piquant young friend
Stimulating to the mind; interesting; provocative; charmingly lively; spicy; tart
After much arguing he finally acquiesced to his parents' demands
Yielded; gave in; assented
He presented a cogent reason for not following the crowd
Convincing to the mind; compelling
They remained friends through the vicissitudes of 40 years.
successive, alternating, or changing phases or conditions, as of life or fortune; ups and downs:
Rip Van Winkle's wife was a virago from whom any man would try to escape
A loud-mouted, bad-tempered, over-bearing woman
His insulting remarks were as virulent as any poison
Extremely harmful, malignant or noxious; malicious; rancorous; acrimonious
He is cognizant of all the factors that enter the contract
Having knowledge; perceptive; aware; comprehending
Sympathy is empty unless empathy allows me to really share your concern
Understanding and identification with the mental state and emotions of another person
No matter how hard he tried, his efforts were futile
Without effect; ineffectual; useless
No matter how much I dislike him, I cannot gainsay his success
To deny; to contradict
Leave extraneous details out of your report and tell me only truly related facts
Coming from the outside; foreign; not pertinent; irrelevant
He had no rights to settle the matter alone, until the committee indued him with them
Endowed; invested; provided; equipped; (also spelled: endued)
He was found guilty of a felony and sent to the penitentiary
A major crime
Her accusations caused irreparable damage to his reputation
Beyond repair or correction; not capable of being remedied or made whole
The country's martial attitude will probably lead to a declaration of war
Having to do with the military; war-like
There is more here than can be read in a cursory glance
Not thorough; superficial; hasty
She assigned her rights in the legacy to charity, and is poor but happy in her abnegation
Willing self-sacrifice; self-denial; renunciation
He had to perform his daily ablution in cold water this morning
A washing or cleansing
He went berserk when he heard the news and had to be restrained by several men
Enraged to action; frenzied and destructive; violent and out of control
The coffin was placed in the mausoleum after the ceremony
A magnificent tomb
The High Priest's votaries would follow him anywhere and do all his bidding
Those bound by a vow; those devoted to a particular cause or belief; dedicated followers or students
His remarks on present conditions were indicative of a roseate future
Bright; optimistic; promising; rose-colored; rosy
He turned in all his assignments, but his work is so perfunctory that he failed the course
Without genuine concern or interest; without true meaning; superficial; routine
His rotund face resembles a full moon. His rotund voice filled the auditorium
Rounded; full; plump; deep and rich in sound
By the authority vested in him by law he could grant requests
Endowed with power or authority; fixed; settled; certain
A heterogeneous group would probably be more interesting at a party than a group with similar interests and lifestyles
Made up of unlike parts; differing in kind or quality; dissimilar
Hermetically sealed jars will preserve food for a long time
Made or treated so as to become airtight
His ribald stories are not appropriate in polite company
Verbally vulgar, coarse or offensive
Some women and a few children attended but there was a preponderance of men in the audience
Superiority in quantity or influence; the greater part of
A perfidious man will not keep your secrets and may turn against you
Treacherous; violating of faith or trust
She has a predilection for outdoor sports and is not interested in the debating team
A preference; a liking for; a leaning towards; a favorable bias
The Scriptures call St. John the Baptist the precursor of Christ
One or that which goes or occurs in advance and foretells the future; a forerunner; a predecessor
Good planning must be perennial and not just occasional
Continuing or existing through the year or for years; unceasing; a plant that lives and blooms for several years
The witness cast aspersion on the good name of the defendant
A discrediting, disrespectful or injurious remark or report; a slandering; calumny; defamation
Several plays ascribed to Shakespeare may not actually have been written by him
Allege to come from or belong to; attributed to; assigned to
Her answers were so peremptory that we gave up trying to get her to listen to reason
Not to be debated or denied; decisive; final; commanding; imperious; dogmatic
His pulse is barely perceptible, but I think he will survive
Capable of being perceived; noticeable; discernable
Monks should be men of ascetic tastes
Self denying; lacking all pleasure or comfort; austere; one who loves in such manner
Engravers and artisans known for the precision and quality of their work
One trained in a particular art or trade; a skilled craftsman
Sometimes his speeches made sense but sometimes his rhetoric just sounded convincing
Effective and convincing use of words, speech that sounds impressive but is rather meaningless
We're basically agreed; let's not quibble over semantics.
The study or science of meaning in language.
Instead of just asking for the assignment to be postponed, they used artifice to avoid it
Skill; cleverness; ingenuity; craftiness; an artful trick or stratagem
That he is a good person is evinced by his benign appearance. The growth proved to be benign and not cancerous
Of gentle disposition; kindly; not harmful; not malignant
Even though he was found innocent, he was subjected to bitter opprobrium
Disgrace; shame; reproach
The sequel to the story will appear in the next issue of the magazine
That which follows; a continuation
His multifarious activities included banking, horse racing, painting and politics
Having many parts or elements; of great variety; diverse
He has such a volatile personality that one never knows what kind of mood he will be in
Quickly evaporating; unstable; quickly changeable; influenced easily; fickle
Our suggestions are still pendent; it seems that they will never be acted upon
Suspended from above; hanging; in suspense; undecided
She is so vivacious that it is impossible to imagine her depressed
Full of life; high spirited; lively; animated
As he became more angry, his insulting remarks became more vitriolic
Caustic; bitter; cutting
His supposedly generous acts were vitiated by selfishness
Impaired in worth; invalidated; spoiled; contaminated; corrupted
He abjured his U.S. citizenship when he defected to Russia
Relinquished completely; renounced; disavowed; retracted; recanted
The committee held his question in abeyance until more important matters had been settled
Temporary inaction; suspension; deferral; (adjective form: abeyant)
The distinguished guests were seated by rank according to protocol, and the president read to them a new protocol on international trade
Established ceremonial form and etiquette, especially in government; a draft of a treaty or other governmental agreement
The judge berated the criminal for his evil deeds
Scolded severely; rebuked harshly
Dark clouds portend a storm
To present an omen; to warn of; to foretell; to presage
This is such a ponderous book that I shall never finish it
Difficult to deal with because of size, weight, scope or complexity; heavy; unwieldy; dull and labored
The committee's suggestion was only a panacea: it did nothing to solve the real problem
A glib or facetious remedy for anything and everything; a supposed universal cure; a cure-all
The speaker's platitudes about the meaning of life soon bored us
A statement that is commonplace, dull, insipid or trite; a common and self evident truth
His visage was normally placid but his mouth twisted and his eyes bulged when he was angry
The face, particularly with regard to expressions
It is well to ruminate over a subject before beginning to write about it
To think about carefully; to ponder over; to meditate
A simple disagreement soon degenerated into a ruction
A quarrel; a disturbance; an uproar; a riot
Do not take umbrage at my criticism; it is intended to be helpful
He kept his temper for a long time, and then exploded in unbridled wrath
Not held in check; unrestrained; uncontrolled
A virus is harder to identify than a living germ and either one can make you sick
A submicroscopic agent or substance which causes and transmits disease; any bad or corrupting influence
His ruddy complexion suggested that he had been exercising recently
A healthy reddish color
He was found guilty of perjury on the witness stand
Lying or willful withholding of facts in court; violation of an oath to be truthful
The king's councilor gave him only unctuous flattery, and no useful advice at all
Pretending earnestness; overly suave; smooth-talking; oily; greasy
The old roof was full of undulations, sagging and bulging like a tin ocean
A wave-like rising and falling or bending; a wave
Their unremitting dedication to the cause helped bring about it's success
Not stopping or relaxing or submitting; not changing in attitude; incessant; persistent
He has threatened to prosecute anyone who hunts on his property. We are dedicated to the task and will prosecute it to completion
To begin and conduct legal action against; to sue; to go on with or pursue; to carry on a business or trade
As the protagonist in uncovering city corruption, he stood out like the protagonist in a mystery novel
The leading or central character in a play or story; a person most concerned and active in resolving a situation
Christian denominations welcome voluntary members but few of them will actually proselytize
To persuade to change from one belief, party, religion, etc. to another; to seek to convert
She could see through our excuses and was too astute to be deceived by them
Having keen insight and good judgment in practical matters; shrewdly competent; perspicacious
Her husband is rather coarse in manner but, in contrast, she is urbane
Elegant in manner; well bred; refined; polite
I do not have time to listen to the entire speech. Can you give me just the gist of it?
Main point; basic idea; the substance or essence of
I had to glean the information I needed by long searching through many book
To collect facts; patiently and gradually, etc.; literally: to gather grain left by reapers
One of Rembrandt's paintings features the gnarled hands of an old man
Rough and weather worn; knotted; twisted
Without firing anyone, we will have fewer employees next year because of attrition
Process of rubbing or wearing down; gradual loss from normal causes or natural circumstances
His clumsiness on the fairway was atypical of a professional golfer
Unrepresentative; not typical
The congregation was not generous and the Sunday offering was paltry
Almost worthless; trifling; petty; insignificant
It is the largest house in town, but call it a castle is a hyperbole
Extreme exaggeration in expression; overstatement
The mutability of all living things is symbolized by the changing seasons
Tendency to change; alterability; inconsistency
The king gave munificent gifts to his knights
Excessively generous; very liberal; lavish
Now that my vacation is over, routine work seems mundane
Worldly; ordinary; uninspired or uninspiring
It is incumbent upon each of us to do his best. The incumbent is doing a better job than out last principal
Required as one's duty or obligation; one holding an office or position
Several exotic oriental dishes were served at the international banquet
Strangely enticing or fascinating; not native; foreign
The owners of the old castle have exorcised the demons supposed to have been haunting it
Freed from evil spirits by chanted words or other rites
The exiguous growth on the hillside was hardly enough to feed a herd of sheep
Scanty; small; insufficient
He tried to inculcate a sense of loyalty among his classmates
To teach or impress by frequent repetition; to instill
He suffered excruciating pain as a result of the accident
Extremely painful; agonizing
The hauteur of the supercilious waiter cost him many tips
Haughtiness; arrogance; scornful pride
He is averse to war even though he is an excellent soldier
Opposed or unwilling to; not favorable toward
The ideology of communism cannot be accepted in a democracy
The set of beliefs or doctrines that distinguish a person or group
The paucity of his vocabulary shows in his repetitious expressions
Smallness in quantity; insufficiency; fewness; scarcity
The ominous clouds on the horizon almost made them cancel the trip
Foreboding; threatening; menacing
His action was motivated by cupidity, not generosity
Extreme selfishness; avarice; greed
The potter begins his work with a piece of amorphous clay
Shapeless; with no special form
He is such a cynic that we could never persuade him to trust us
One who believes that all humans are insincere and selfish; a sneering and sarcastic person
Nothing seems to satisfy that hypercritical person
Overly critical; faultfinding; carping
She has a long time yet to study, so her prediction of failure is merely hypothetical
Based only on theory or supposition; assumed but not proved
The amnesia victim suddenly remembered her name
Loss of memory
Having grown weary of the former governor's fanfaronade and lack of concrete action, voters sent a clear message at the polls and elected his opponent by a landslide.
empty boasting : bluster
I'm sorry I'm late. I was buttonholed by a coworker just as I was leaving my office.
to detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of
Eager to prove that he was not merely a sequacious follower, Mario wrote a critical review of his former mentor's book.
Before the art auction, there will be a vernissage during which people can mingle with the artists and preview their work.
a private showing or preview of an art exhibition
Our next-door neighbor Michael, an engagé environmental activist, uses solar power to heat his home and drives a hybrid automobile.
committed to or supportive of a cause
That old miser won't give you a cent!
A person who hoards wealth and spends as little money as possible.
He was a kitbitzer when it came to this topic
A giver of uninvited or unwanted advice
"Let's not brabble over pennies"
argue over petty things
Don't be pusillanimous about the issue and confront it head on
Showing a lack of courage or determination; timid
The show's host is a notable provocateur who has made a career of creating controversy for its own sake.
one who incites or stimulates another to action
After eating three pieces of pie and one of cake at the potluck, Jamie's sweet tooth was finally satiated.
to satisfy (as a need or desire) fully or to excess
A region blessed with a plenitude of natural resources
An ample amount or quantity; an abundance
"an utterly insouciant financial policy"
Marked by blithe unconcern; nonchalant
Phenobarbital and pentobarbital are examples of barbiturates.
- 1. A salt or ester of barbituric acid.
- 2. Any of a group of barbituric acid derivatives that act as central nervous system depressants and are used as sedatives or hypnotics.
But he died prematurely of diphtheria, and Rosamond afterwards married an elderly and wealthy physician, who took kindly to her four children
An acute infectious disease caused by the bacillus Corynebacterium diphtheriae, characterized by the production of a systemic toxin and the formation of a false membrane on the lining of the mucous membrane of the throat and other respiratory passages, causing difficulty in breathing, high fever, and weakness. The toxin is particularly harmful to the tissues of the heart and central nervous system
his report was full of etceteras
additional unspecified odds and ends; more of the same
"a few pale streaks of mauve were all that remained of the sunset"
Of a pale purple color.
The running made him perspire
Give out sweat through the pores of the skin as the result of heat, physical exertion, or stress.
"a persnickety job"
excessive precision and attention to trivial details;
I trust that his opinion is coming from an intemerate
pure, undefiled, chaste.
Filha Da Puta (Spanish)
Tell that filha da puta to say it to my face
son of a bitch
meaning "time flees", more commonly translated as "time flies".
A person suffering from PTSD may have…hypervigilance, heightened startle responses and flashbacks
an enhanced state of sensory sensitivity accompanied by an exaggerated intensity of behaviors whose purpose is to detect threats
We won't use mudslinging to win this political debate
The use of insults and accusations, esp. unjust ones, with the aim of damaging the reputation of an opponent.
Port De Bras
The dancers had a certain port de bras to follow for their routine
the technique of moving the arms properly
Individual and nomothetic models of job stress:an examination of work hours, cohesion, andwell-being.
relating to, involving, or dealing with abstract, general, or universal statements or laws
Mentioning that he had nothing to do on Saturday night was an obvious gambit by Miles to get invited to Donna's party.
- 1: a chess opening in which a player risks minor pieces to gain an advantage
- 2: a remark intended to start a conversation
- 3: a calculated move
The company's board is accused of acting mala fide and with criminal intentions.
with or in bad faith
"The salesman started spewing computer jabberwocky at me like an auctioneer. I understood about every sixth word he uttered."
meaningless speech or writing
"The servants relieved their ennui with gambling and gossip about their masters"
Listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement
“I, for one, want my effing money back from these two faced jackanapes.”
A conceited or impudent person; A mischievous child.
"Let me give you some advice you whippersnapper"
A young and inexperienced person considered to be presumptuous or overconfident.
His knowledge of Spanish increased under private tutelage
the act of guarding, protecting, or guiding; office or function of a guardian; guardianship.
"It's time we made permanent decisions on policy that begin to amortize and reduce our debt over time...."
to pay off (as a mortgage) gradually usually by periodic payments of principal and interest or by payments to a sinking fund
He couldn't adapt to the new customs because he was atavistic toward his customs
of, pertaining to, or characterized by atavism; reverting to or suggesting the characteristics of a remote ancestor or primitive type; throwback
His caricature of the mayor in this morning's paper is the best he's ever drawn
a picture, description, etc., ludicrously exaggerating the peculiarities or defects of persons or things
Or consider the Etruscan habit of writing in "boustrophedon style
From right to left and from left to right in alternate lines
Thanks to their grandparents' largesse, both children were able to go to college.
liberal giving (as of money) to or as if to an inferior; also : something so given
a ganglion of the limbic system adjoining the temporal lobe of the brain and involved in emotions offear and aggression.
Initialism of away from the keyboard. (that is, away from one's computer)
Sheldon advises Penny that “just like Schrödinger's cat being alive and dead at the same time”, her date with Leonard currently has both “good and bad” probabilistic outcomes.
Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger used the cat in a thought experiment to demonstrate that it was ridiculous to apply a feature of quantum mechanics to everyday objects like a cat. That feature is that an object can be in two different states simultaneously. And while this may be possible at the quantum mechanical level, it is not with a cat, for example, which cannot be both dead and alive.
used to refer to anything that works without its inner workings being understood or accessible for understanding.
In science studies, the social process of blackboxing is based on the abstract notion of a black box. To cite Bruno Latour, blackboxing is "the way scientific and technical work is made invisible by its own success. When a machine runs efficiently, when a matter of fact is settled, one need focus only on its inputs and outputs and not on its internal complexity. Thus, paradoxically, the more science and technology succeed, the more opaque and obscure they become.
In contrast to a black box, is a subsystem whose internals can be viewed, but usually cannot be altered. Having access to the subsystem internals in general makes the subsystem easier to understand, but also easier to hack; if a programmer, for example, can examine source code, weaknesses in an algorithm are much easier to discover. This makes white box testing much more effective than black box testing, but considerably more difficult due to the sophistication needed on the part of the tester to understand the subsystem. Also known as glass box, clear box, or open box. In practice some white box systems are so complex that it might as well be a Black box.
a spherical fullerene molecule with the formula C60. It has a cage-like fused-ring structure (Truncated icosahedron) which resembles a soccer ball, made of twenty hexagons and twelve pentagons, with a carbon atom at each vertex of each polygon and a bond along each polygon edge.
A work of art (usually a panel painting) which is divided into three sections, or three carved panels which are hinged together and can be folded shut or displayed open.
Reductio Ad Absurdum (Latin: "reduction to absurdity")
Rocks have weight, otherwise we would see them floating in the air. Society must have laws, otherwise there would be chaos
A common form of argument which seeks to demonstrate that a statement is true by showing that a false, untenable, or absurd result follows from its denial, or vice versa
That premise is balderdash and needs further backing
Defensive backs are on defense because they can't catch like a receiver is an axiom
A premise or starting point of reasoning. As classically conceived, an axiom is a premise so evident it's to be accepted as true without controversy
Fowles captured the Victorian zeitgeist through his pastiche...
(spirit of the age or spirit of the time) is the intellectual fashion or dominant school of thought that typifies and influences the culture of a particular period in time.
Eurytopic groups are observed in a wide range of habitats.
tolerant of wide variation in one or more environmental factors
Jingo is neither a pejorative, which is to say derogatory or dyslogistic, nor is it a blasphemous term
conveying disapproval or censure; not complimentary or eulogistic.
An example of a syllogism is: “All men are human; all humans are mortal; therefore all men are mortal
a deductive scheme of a formal argument consisting of a major and a minor premise and a conclusion
"The room was cleared of boxes and other flotsam".
People or things that have been rejected and are regarded as worthless
Sangfroid [French sahn-frwa]
The lecturer's sangfroid never faltered, even in the face of some tough questions from the audience.
coolness of mind; calmness; composure
“Here is an instance where the waw with a perfect merely expresses "a digression or an epexegesis," as”
the addition of a word or words to explain a preceding word or sentence
"Using the facilities" instead of going to the bathroom
a language that deliberately disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words
Her being so multiloquent will make you want to end the conversation quick
use of many words; talkativeness
The bafflegab used in that speech was unbearable
to confusing or generally unintelligible jargon
minimal meaningful language unit; it cannot be divided into smaller meaningful units (dog)
Relating to the jaw section containing the tooth sockets: the alveolar ridge.
a variant form of a morpheme. The concept occurs when a unit of meaning can vary in sound without changing meaning
fear of long words
an obscure term ostensibly referring to a lung disease caused by silica dust
She's a very precocious child with lots of promise
(of a child) Having developed certain abilities or proclivities at an earlier age than usual.(of behavior or ability)
He had a proclivity towards math
- A tendency to choose or do something regularly; a strong inherent inclination toward something objectionable
'atoning for extreme and delicate beauty while still being highly educable'
Describes a mild desire, wish, or urge that is too slight to lead to action
Any of numerous plants of the genus Pedicularis, having clusters of irregular, variously colored flowers.
“I marvel thy master hath not eaten thee for a word; for thou art not so long by the head as honorificabilitudinitatibus: thou art easier swallowed than a flap-dragon.”
The state of being able to achieve honours
<sesquipedalian terms> <a sesquipedalian television commentator>
having many syllables; given to or characterized by the use of long words
The act or habit of describing or regarding something as unimportant
Although reverting to the colloquial is accepted when one wishes to avoid any confusion as to characterization
Characteristic of or appropriate to the spoken language or to writing that seeks the effect of speech
The editor is impressed by my work and says he willconsider my feuilleton, if I submit it this afternoon.
a part of a European newspaper devoted to light literature, fiction, criticism, etc.
After graduating from college, Jerry worked for several years as an office factotum.
1: a person having many diverse activities or responsibilities 2: a general servant
“Oaxaca's unique gastronomy is rich in unique herb - and spice-accented flavor combinations that are its hallmark.”
1. the art or science of good eating. 2. a style of cooking or eating
false hair for the female pudenda
division into two parts.
"She chided him for not replying".
To scold or rebuke
pernicious teachings; a pernicious lie.
causing serious harm
a nefarious plot
an ostentatious dresser.
characterized by or given to pretentious or conspicuous show in an attempt to impress others.
ostentatious in one's learning
a doctrinaire preacher
a person who tries to apply some doctrine or theory without sufficient regard for practical considerations; an impractical theorist.
I can't do a thing with that ornery mule
the austere quality of life in the convent
severe, as in manner
a docile horse
readily trained; submissive
First of all let me replace the work esoteric with eclectic.
chosen from various sources.
given to whimsy or fanciful notions; capricious
a lascivious, girl-chasing old man
inclined to lustfulness; wanton; lewd
always ready to fight.
an ignominious retreat
It offered facile answers to complex linguistic questions.
a cantankerous, argumentative man
skillful or adroit in the use of the hands or body.
to detest utterly
An extra personal name given to an ancient Roman citizen, functioning rather like a nickname and typically passed down from father to son; A name; a nickname.
Within a short time of Sonia's first piano lessons, it was clear to her parents that music was her métier.
1: vocation, trade 2: an area of activity in which one excels : forte
Styled in the manner of a Victorian mansion, the bed-and-breakfast featured so much froufrou that Darlene and Brian dared not touch a thing.
Fussy or showy dress or ornamentation
Glib (glib·ber, glib·best)
I was fascinated by his unfailingly glib conversation
1. Performed with a natural, offhand ease 2. Characterized by fluency of speech or writing that often suggests insincerity, superficiality, or a lack of concern.
Rendezvous [rahn-duh-voo, -dey-; French rahn-de-voo]
1.an agreement between two or more persons to meet at a certain time and place. 2.the meeting itself.
That subject is anathema to him.
1. a person or thing detested or loathed 2. a person or thing accursed or consigned to damnation or destruction.
Finance. the simultaneous purchase and sale of the same securities, commodities, or foreignexchange in different markets to profit from unequal prices.
the purging of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions, especially through certain kinds ofart, as tragedy or music
To be beguiled of money.
1. to influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude. 2. to take away from by cheating or deceiving (usually followed by of )
Gauche (-rie) [gohsh]
Their exquisite manners always make me feel gauche.
lacking social grace, sensitivity, or acuteness; awkward; crude; tactless
an irrefrangible rule of etiquette.
1.not to be broken or violated; inviolable 2.incapable of being refracted.
a member of an extremist or radical political group
"Remember to say 'thank you,'" the mother gently reproved her toddler.
1: to scold or correct usually gently or with kindly intent 2: to express disapproval of: censure 3: to express rebuke or reproof
The critic panned the book as a well-written but meretricious work with little substance beneath its veneer of forceful rhetoric and righteous indignation.
of or relating to a prostitute; tawdrily and falsely attractive
The studies were conducted under the aegis of the National Institutes of Health.
1: a shield or breastplate; 2. protection; controlling or conditioning influence
A huge birthday bash that promises to be a lollapalooza of a party
A person or thing that is particularly impressive or attractive
Beauty that is as evanescent as a rainbow
tending to vanish like vapor
1. archaic: gossip, chatterer 2: a light-minded or silly restless person; especially: a pert young woman with such qualities
"a Pyrrhic victory for Mr. Obama."
"achieved at excessive cost" or "costly to the point of negating or outweighing expected benefits."
Summed up the situation with his usual aplomb
complete confidence or assurance in oneself: self-possession, poise
The elegant pirouettes of the prima ballerina
a rapid whirling about of the body; especially: a full turn on the toe or ball of one foot in ballet
Today's angel investors play a different game. They invest their own money in startups in return for equity, and sometimes they also take a board seat
a wealthy person who invests a large amount of money in a new business
Technology has pushed the eugenic moment to the point of conception.
a science that deals with the improvement of hereditary qualities in a series of generations of a race or breed especially by social control of human mating and reproduction —compare euthenics, genetics
Whatever a woman has of intelligence and worth … is to be excised as a superfluous growth, a monstrosity
something showing deviation from the normal
Two congenial spirits, united … by mutual confidence and reciprocal virtues
having the same nature, disposition, or tastes: suited to one another: kindred
Sorry, but that sounds more like apophasis than explanation
the raising of an issue by claiming not to mention it (as in “we won’t discuss his past crimes”)
“Cool Britannia,” which goes back to Ben and Jerry'seponymous ice cream in Spring 1996, met its sell-by-date within weeks …
of, relating to, or being the person or thing for whom or which something is named: of, relating to, or being an eponym
A fancy, a chimera in my brain, troubles me in my prayer
- 1. a fire-breathing she-monster in Greek mythology having a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tails
- 2. an illusion or fabrication of the mind; especially: an unrealizable dream
- 1: A slender threadlike object or fiber, esp. one found in animal or plant structures.
- 2: A conducting wire or thread with a high melting point, forming part of an electric bulb or vacuum tube and heated or made incandescent...
Her recent book provides us with a new paradigm for modern biography
example, pattern; especially: an outstandingly clear or typical example or archetype
If other writers are impressed with his recipe they form a school, and perhaps issue a manifesto
a public declaration of intentions, motives, or views: a public statement of policy or opinion
Nights of riotous debauchery
excessive indulgence of sexual desire: orgies
Destined to pass his fortieth year before fame saluted him—albeit his was a special genius — Fashion Digest
even though; although
The car caromed off the guardrail into the ditch
1. A collision followed by a rebound. 2. A shot in billiards in which the cue ball successively strikes two other balls
any of various short-tailed furry-footed rodents of circumpolar distribution
A whistle with a rising and falling pitch, directed toward someone to express sexual attraction or admiration
Zoloft (or Sertraline)
a prescription drug that treats depression, OCD, PTSD, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), social anxiety disorder (SAD), and panic disorder.
Caught the thief, with the mainour, hey?
a stolen article found on the person of or near the thief
“While it's still police investigating police, and a whitewash is possible, this is clearly a positive development.”
To conceal or gloss over (wrongdoing, for example)
She wore a figured lawn, cut a little low in the back,that exposed a round, soft nuque with a few littleclinging circlets of soft, brown hair.
the back of the neck
Thou touchest my inmost centre, boy; thou art tied to me by cords woven of my heart-strings.
the deepest emotions or affections — usually used in plural
The journalist eventually apologized for her intemperate rant against the governor.
1: not moderate or mild:severe 2: lacking or showing lack of restraint 3: given to excessive use of alcoholic beverages
...their trunks were black and knobbly, whilst their branches buckled over as a roof to meet a brickplane and obnubilate a view of the stars.
to cloud over; becloud; obscure.
The new theory has been espoused by many leading physicists.
1: marry 2: to take up and support as a cause: become attached to
The manuscript's most tantalizing feature is a scribal paraph with the initials IB at the end of certain sonnets..
a flourish made after a signature, as in a document, originally as a precaution against forgery
Clamant students gathered outside the college president's office, protesting the denial of tenure for the popular professor.
1: clamorous, blatant 2: demanding attention: urgent
Very good; here is the money. Now make me out aquittance , signed.
1. recompense or requital 2. discharge from a debt or obligation 3. a document certifying discharge from debt or obligation, as a receipt.
Introduce semen into (a woman or a female animal) by natural or artificial means
In the circumstances, Mr Badby, I feel that I can offeryou a pension in return for your decision to recant.
1. to withdraw or disavow (a statement, opinion, etc.), especially formally; retract. 2. to withdraw or disavow a statement, opinion, etc., especially formally.
Did he pontificate about the responsibilities of a good citizen?
to speak in a pompous or dogmatic manner
To give credence to a claim.
belief as to the truth of something
An innocuous home remedy
1. not harmful or injurious; harmless 2. not likely to irritate or offend; inoffensive; an innocuous remark.
I govern this land for my brother, and as his satrap it is my duty to know much of the neighboring lands.
1. a subordinate ruler, often a despotic one 2. a governor of a province under the ancient Persian monarchy.
The town's white elephant is the run-down but historic theater, which has been closed for several years but still requires thousands of dollars in maintenance costs.
a property requiring much care and expense and yielding little profit
Their pacifist principles are about all they hadleft.
a person who believes in pacifism or is opposed to war or to violence of any kind.
a sweet, mint-flavored, after-dinner drink. A "Vodka" or "Flying" Grasshopper substitutes vodka for fresh cream, while a "Brown Grasshopper" additionally contains coffee.
Shoehorned irrelevant arguments into his essay
to force to be included or admitted
Carte Blanche [kahrt blanch]
We gave the decorator carte blanche to furnish the house.
full discretionary power
Claire's tensile features pull themselves tight with glee.
1. capable of being stretched or drawn out; ductile. 2. of or pertaining to tension
the principle or practice of referring measures proposed or passed by a legislative body to the vote of the electorate for approval or rejection.
“The trousseau is another feminine custom that has practically fallen into disuse.”
the personal possessions of a bride usually including clothes, accessories, and household linens and wares
1. A small grocery store, sometimes combined with a wineshop, in certain Hispanic communities. 2. A warehouse for the storage of wine.
A smidgen of jam for your toast
a very small amount
1. struck, as with a hard blow 2. grievously or disastrously stricken or afflicted 3. very much in love.
He and all his ilk.
family, class, or kind
Slides, records, and other ancillaries can be used with thebasic textbook.
1. subordinate; subsidiary 2. auxiliary; assisting 3. something that serves in an ancillary capacity
An item of additional material, typically omissions, added at the end of a book or other publication.
the constructed language spoken by the fictional Klingons in the Star Trek universe.
1. Difficult to handle because of weight or bulk. 2. Troublesome or onerous.
“You can of course store all kinds of books in there, but maybe a version of the ‘Kamasutra’ would go perfectly with all the sexiness in the air.”
A Sanskrit treatise setting forth rules for sensuous and sensual pleasure, love, and marriage in accordance with Hindu law.
Where's that cold draft coming from, it's givin' me chicken skin!
Ones skin resembles that of a plucked chicken, can be caused by drops in temperature or emotional excitement; syn. Goose Bumps
"A bowdlerized version of the story"
Remove material that is considered improper or offensive from (a text or account), esp. with the result that it becomes weaker or less...
"Sir," said Gouvernail, "see ye him not? I weenedthat ye had seen him, for yonder he hoveth under theumber of his ships, on horseback with his spear inhis hand and his shield upon his shoulder.
A member of a constituency.
Unwilling to spend money or use resources; stingy or frugal.
A snipe hunt (or Wild-Goose Chase)
A prank in which a gullible victim is sent off on a fruitless search for a nonexistent item.
Sandbagged the pool player by playing poorly in the first game when stakes were low
To downplay or misrepresent one's ability in a game or activity in order to deceive (someone), especially in gambling
"couples were lobotomized by the birth of their children"
Reduce the mental or emotional capacity or ability to function of
an ecclesiastic, ranking next below a bishop and having charge of the temporal and externaladministration of a diocese, with jurisdiction delegated from the bishop.
A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises;
A cacophonous mock serenade, typically performed by a group of people in derision of an unpopular person or in celebration of a marriage.
Cacophony (-ous, -nies)
"as cacophonous as a henyard"
an unpleasant sound; harsh or discordant sound 2. harshness in the sound of words or phrases
The antics of the defense attorneys turned the trial into a burlesque of justice.
A literary or dramatic work that ridicules a subject either by presenting a solemn subject in an undignified style or an inconsequential subject in a dignified style
a complimentary vocal or instrumental performance; especially one given outdoors at night for a woman being courted
a colorless, water-soluble acid, C 6 H 12 O 7 , obtained by the oxidation of glucose, used commercially ina 50-percent solution for cleaning metals.
a bad-tempered, spiteful, woman; shrew.
life in an environment containing oxygen or air
A small writing desk with drawers and compartments
cosmetic ointment used to give the skin a tanned look.
a rope made of three or more yarns or strands plaited together.
to reject or challenge (a judge or juror) as disqualified to act, especially because of interest or bias.
to divide into three forks or branches.
I went up to New York last weekend; apropos, have you seen your New York cousins lately?
1. at an opportune time 2. by way of interjection or further comment : with regard to the present topic
a Latin phrase that translates into English as "my mistake" or "my fault".
an energetic, hardworking, forceful person.
It's outrageous that he's trying to litigate insecret.
1. to make the subject of a lawsuit; contest at law 2. to dispute (a point, assertion, etc.) 3. to carry on a lawsuit.
To mitigate a punishment.
to make less severe
Instead, we've got a varied catalogue of interest-piquing miscellany on our hands.
a miscellaneous collection or group of various or somewhat unrelated items.
miscellaneous items, especially a miscellany of literary works
any song of praise, joy, or triumph.
This is usually a prestigious diocese with an important place in local church history
an ecclesiastical district under the jurisdiction of a bishop.
They are expected to perform their ecclesiastical duties on top of career...
of or pertaining to the church or the clergy; churchly; clerical; not secular.
In many movies, piety is for wimps, and theclergy are depicted as oafs and ...
the group or body of ordained persons in a religion, as distinguished from the laity.
"Do hurry and proclaim the concordat. Then castrate yourselves to keep from sinning."
an agreement or compact, especially an official one.
Time to castrate such pseudo scientists and lookthe truth straight in the eyes.
to remove the testes of; emasculate; geld.
an outgrowth; process; projection or protuberance.
any substance or cell introduced into the body in order to generate an immune response.
1. fraudulently substituted or pretended; spurious; not genuine.
She might not be a kingmaker but she carries alot of influence.
a person who has great power and influence in the choice of a ruler, candidate for public office, businessleader, or the like.
Whether the low oxygen in the brain is fromstroke, and the memory loss is from multi- infarct dementia is irrelevant.
a localized area of tissue, as in the heart or kidney, that is dying or dead, having been deprived of itsblood supply because of an obstruction by embolism or thrombosis.
Surprisingly, the changes signed last month establishing the tuition cap failed to include a grandfather clause.
any legal provision that exempts a business, class of persons, etc., from a new government regulation that would affect prior rights and privileges.
“Valhar was growing old now but was far from in his dotard.”
a person, especially an old person, exhibiting a decline in mental faculties; a weak-minded or foolish old person.
Demonstrate how to create different values by using a drawing pencil or a piece of charcoal and a tortillon .
a stump made of paper twisted to a point, used in drawing.
an inguinal hernia, especially one in which the protrusion of the intestine is limited to the region of the groin.
Situs of an inflammation
the place where something exists or originates; specifically: the place where something (as a right) is held to be located in law
The pain has recently proceeded down my back to the lower back and sciatic pain.
of, pertaining to, situated near, or affecting the ischium or back of the hip.
a small, dark-brown, badgerlike mammal, having a white stripe down the back, and ejecting a foul-smelling secretion when alarmed
resembling bone; bonelike.
For promotion and tenure, mentoring is essential,but the dyad need not always be a senior scholartutoring a junior one.
a group of two; couple; pair.
destruction of cells
final position in a word, esp. as a conditioning environment in sound change.
Cancel (so's) Christmas
If he keeps bugging me, I'm gonna cancel his Christmas.
to kill someone; to destroy someone.
Wage earners were whipsawed by inflation and high taxes
to beset or victimize in two opposite ways at once, by a two-phase operation, or by the collusive action of two opponents
1. A piece of dried feces caught in the hair around the anus 2. An incompetent, foolish, or stupid person
In sports, someone who prefers to take only easy shots.
Pay the Piper
You can put off paying your debts only so long. Eventually you'll have to pay the piper. You can't get away with that forever. You'll have to pay the piper someday
to face the results of one's actions; to receive punishment for something.
A xeric habitat
characterized by, relating to, or requiring only a small amount of moisture
His collection of figurines includes toy soldiers from every war that America has fought
a small carved or molded figure: statuette
Won a gold-plated statuette as the prize
a small statue: figurine
a priest or priestess who uses magic for the purpose of curing the sick, divining the hidden, and controlling events
Sally is just a blonde gidget without a care in the world.
a silly-acting female; a ditzy dame
Cajole (-ed, -ing) [kuh-johl]
to persuade by flattery or promises
A soft-soaper specializing in rich, elderly women.
a person who flatters or cajoles, especially for reasons of self-interest or personal advantage
There has to be a grand palaver before anything serious is attempted.
a conference or discussion
Such miracles, in this day and age, bespeak ahokum beyond the reach of art.
Pure bunkum aimed mainly at their currentbelievers so they can feel credible.
insincere speechmaking by a politician intended merely to please local constituents
His speeches seem erudite but analysis reveals them to be mere claptrap.
pretentious but insincere or empty language
To blame the weir for environmental destruction which has already occurred is political humbug.
1. something intended to delude or deceive 2. the quality of falseness or deception.
(Poker) A series of events in a game of chance, all with a positive outcome for the player and occurring within a concise time frame.
The doctor came to conclusion that her disease was idiopathic
1: arising spontaneously or from an obscure or unknown cause 2: peculiar to the individual
A robust debate
having or exhibiting strength or vigorous health
They traded quips over a beer.
a witty or funny observation or response usually made on the spur of the moment
He spent the entire evening quibbling about the historical inaccuracies in the television series on World War II
to evade the point of an argument by caviling about words
Cavil (-er) (ka-vəl)
A customer caviled about the price.
to raise trivial and frivolous objection
The plight of poor children
Plight his troth
Noun-A dangerous, difficult, or otherwise unfortunate situation. Verb-Pledge or promise solemnly.
Long fascinated by the art and science of pugilism, Shane has collected biographies of noted boxers such as Muhammad Ali, Jack Dempsey, and Sonny Liston.
86 the dressing on the salad
refusing service or getting rid of something.
A soft launch (soft opening)
the release of a website, hotel, or other product or service to a limited audience.
An archeology professor takes a semester off to go on a dig.
a time period in which a person does not report to his regular job but who remains employed with that company.
Coarse textured soils have lower field capacity since the yare high in large pores subject to free drainage.
quick; agile; lively.
A large and boisterous crowd attended the concert.
Noisy, energetic, and cheerful; rowdy
Rite of Passage
Suddenly, the disagreements and teenage tantrums are forgotten as families support the next generation through this right of passage
A ritual or ceremony signifying an event in a person's life indicative of a transition from one stage to another, as from adolescence to adulthood.
The symptoms include headache, malaise, and fatigue.
an indefinite feeling of debility or lack of health often indicative of or accompanying the onset of an illness
prepared with onions
1. A stately, marchlike Polish dance, primarily a promenade by couples. 2. A woman's dress of the 18th century
They went for a promenade around town.
a leisurely walk or ride especially in a public place for pleasure or display
The only power that has actually used these iniquitous weapons is determined to preserve its hegemony by them
injustice or wickedness; wicked; sinful.
Acceptance or rejection of his ideas is dependent on his readers' a priori subjective beliefs.
known to be true independently of or in advance of experience of the subject matter; requiring no evidence for its validation or support
An a posteriori argument that derives the theory from the evidence.
from particular instances to a general principle or law; based upon actual observation or upon experimental data
Western hegemony was one of the great asymmetries of world history.
leadership or predominant influence exercised by one nation over others, as in a confederation.
Zephyr (-ean) [zef-er]
a gentle, mild breeze.
Upon returning home from his trip to Maine, Jerry ceremoniously placed his new ceramic lobster next to the other tchotchkes on his mantelpiece.
The bowl is made of porcelain.
A hard, white, translucent ceramic made by firing a pure clay and then glazing it with variously colored fusible materials; china.
A variety of pretty porcelain knickknacks adorned the mantel
a small trivial article usually intended for ornament
The top of his desk was littered with trinkets that were collected as souvenirs from various vacations
1: a small ornament (as a jewel or ring) 2: a small article of equipment 3: a thing of little value : trifle
Mantel (or Mantelpiece)
An ornamental facing around a fireplace.
An emeritus professor
one retired from professional life but permitted to retain as an honorary title the rank of the last office held
Parlayed some small investments into a large fortune.n.
the fresh risking of an original stake together with its winnings
A bona fide offer to buy a farm
made in good faith without fraud or deceit
There is great camaraderie among the teammates.
a spirit of friendly good-fellowship
"Holistic theory has been applied to ecology and language and mental states"
the theory that the parts of any whole cannot exist and cannot be understood except in their relation to the whole; "holism holds that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts";
The reviewer used the pejorative word “versifier” to refer to the writer, whose poems had struck a responsive chord with the general public
having negative connotations; especially: tending to disparage or belittle
a legally authorized period of delay in the performance of a legal obligation or the payment of a debt
The estate is owned by a wealthy dowager.
a widow holding property or a title from her deceased husband 2: a dignified elderly woman
The eternal struggle of the human race to grok its place in the grand scheme of the universe
to understand profoundly and intuitively
The coroner examined the body but found no evidence of foul play.
a usually elected public officer whose principal duty is to inquire by an inquest into the cause of any death which there is reason to suppose is not due to natural causes
The Plantagenet kings
of or relating to a royal house ruling England from 1154 to 1485
An infernal nuisance
of or relating to hell
Early instances of army fascism and brutality — J. W. Aldridge
a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control
A milquetoast who's afraid to ask for a raise.
a timid, meek, or unassertive person
a glamorously attractive person
The social structure of our summer world was as fixed and hard of climbing as a ziggurat.
A temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, having the form ofterraced pyramid of successively receding stories.
a free shot sometimes given a golfer in informal play when the previous shot was poorly played; a do-over
A flap of cartilage at the root of the tongue, which is depressed during swallowing to cover the opening of the windpipe.
<erroneous assumptions> <gave anerroneous impression>.
containing or characterized by error: mistaken
We moved to the leeward side of the ship so that we wouldn't have the wind in our faces
being in or facing the direction toward which the wind is blowing; being the side opposite the windward
There are two helicopters available for reconnaissance.
a preliminary survey to gain information; especially: an exploratory military survey of enemy territory
The company made some systemic changes to the way it operated.
relating to, or common to a system: affecting the body generally
He was tantalized by the possibility of earning a lot of money quickly.
to tease or torment by or as if by presenting something desirable to the view but continually keeping it out of reach intransitive verb
The members of the committee are in unison on this point
in perfect agreement; at the same time
An expedition reconnoitered the coast to find out the exact location of enemy forces.
(verb) to make a reconnaissance of: to engage in reconnaissance
The ancient Greeks were known to time political speeches with aclepsydra; when the water was gone, the oration was over.
an instrument designed to measure time by the fall or flow of a quantity of water : water clock
...and I want mazuma , gelt, coin, rocks, or whathave you!
Why jeopardize yourcareer in such a wanton way?
1. done, shown, used, etc., maliciously or unjustifiably .2. deliberate and without motive or provocation; uncalled-for; headstrong; willful:
The appraiser looked closely at the painting and then reluctantly told us that we had been thimblerigged into buying a worthless copy.
to cheat by trickery
The memorial is a curving colonnade , flanked atthe ends by a chapel and a map
a series of regularly spaced columns supporting an entablature and usually one side of a roof.
Although some use the application to facilitate casual hook-ups, no lewd language or photos are allowed.
inclined to, characterized by, or inciting to lust or lechery; lascivious.
En·tab·la·ture [en-tab-luh-cher, -choor]
The entablature runs around the four sides of thebuilding.
the entire construction of a classical temple or the like between the columns and the eaves, usually composed of an architrave, a frieze, and a cornice.
She didn't want to do anything as if she had panophobia
a fear of everything
Fear nothing but fear itself it's seems like phobophobia
a fear of phobias
He didn't want to hold hands in public as if he had chirophobia
a fear of hands
Always remember to take your umbrella if you're ombrophobic
a fear of rain or of being rained upon
I don't have ecophobia. I just want to go out for the night
the fear of one's home
She buys furniture like she has kenophobia
has everything to do with voids or empty spaces
The make up on her face makes her come off as a victim of cacophobia
a fear of ugliness
The catagelophobia she is showing will probably wear off as she gets older
the fear of being ridiculed
We can hardly go anywhere because of his agoraphobia
an irrational and often disabling fear of being out in public.
Her dating life would suggest she has androphobia
an abnormal and irrational fear of men
He told us to keep the doors close like he had ancraophobia
the fear of wind/afraid of the wind and fear of drafts
The way teenagers are nowadays, when my girl turn 12, I'll start to develop triskaidekaphobia
An abnormal fear of the number 13.
He plays the field so much you'd think he has gamophobia
fear of marriage
His shyness around women suggests he has gynophobia
fear of women
She does so much attention seeking actions that she must have athazagoraphobia
the fear of being forgotten or ignored
Caligynephobia (or Venustraphobia)
The girl he likes gives him caligynephobia
Fear of beautiful women
Her C grade is an anomaly, as she's never made anything except A's and B's before
deviation from the common rule
The silhouettes of buildings against the sky
Outline image or design in a single solid, flat colour, giving the appearance of a shadow cast by a solid figure
The crowd waved bon voyage as the ship left the dock.
Used to express good wishes to someone about to go on a journey.
He wasn't above using chicanery to win votes.
deception by artful subterfuge or sophistry: trickery
A chasm in the ocean floor
a deep cleft in the surface of a planet (as the earth)
A light meal of cheese, pickled onions (or pickle), and a bread roll; especially one served in a pub at lunchtime.
A panoptic stain used in microscopy; a panoptic aerial photograph of an enemy missile base.
permitting the viewing of all parts or elements
“So when they came to label the pigeonhole in the mailroom where letters are placed for the newest member of the Obama family, they settled on the word "Dog".”
To classify mentally; categorize
But to accomplish this work, which we may also calldiabolic, isn't an androgynous genius necessary?”
Showing wickedness typical of a devil.
Summers’ cognitive dissidence is too much cognitive dissonance for Obama fans to deal with so they’re just trying to not remember it.
Disagreement, as of opinion or belief; dissent.
I accept this Lucullan offering as a true compliment, and am not repelled by my host's proud description, but these reactions are contradictory.
For these proton transfers to have been intramolecular, they would both have come from the same face of the enediol intermediates
Being or occurring within a molecule.
When those selected Tweets can then be cross-referenced with other sets of data from outside Twitter - that's when the word fecund starts feeling inadequate.
Capable of producing offspring or vegetation; fruitful.
Nor is it motion that impels us toward the past in quest of the elusive origin "connate" with poetry
Existing at birth or from the beginning; inborn or inherent.
Small, nipple-like tufts sown to brassiere cups to give the outer garment the impression of bulging nipples.
To cross or pass the Rubicon
Our entry into the war made us cross the Rubicon and abandon isolationism forever.
to take a decisive, irrevocable step
Practically every horizontal surface in the Victorian parlor was blanketed with fussy little bibelots
a small object of curiosity, beauty, or rarity: trinket
It's so cold out we may need a balaclava
a close-fitting, knitted cap that covers the head, neck, and tops of the shoulders, worn especially by mountain climbers, soldiers, skiers
Cherchez la femme (sher-shā-lä-fȧm)
a French phrase which literally means "look for the woman." The implication is that a man behaves out of character or in an otherwise inexplicable manner because he is trying to cover up an affair with a woman, or trying to impress or gain favor with a woman.
A serpentine road
1. winding or turning one way and another 2. a mineral or rock having a dull green color and often a mottled appearance
Pre·cep·tor [pri-sep-ter, pree-sep-]
They were my preceptor and guide into some altered consciousness of reality, some different republic, some liberated republic.
an instructor; teacher; tutor.
a punctuation mark ‽ designed for use especially at the end of an exclamatory rhetorical question
a slip of the tongue or pen, forgetfulness, misplacement of objects, or other error thought to reveal unconscious wishes or attitudes.
To lament his absence
to feel or express sorrow or regret for
These performances consist of vaudeville-style entertainment.
theatrical entertainment consisting of a number of individual performances, acts, or mixed numbers, as by comedians, singers, dancers, acrobats, and magicians.
August is a time of doldrums for many enterprises.
a state of inactivity or stagnation, as in business or art
The troglodytes who believed that women had no place in the military, except perhaps as nurses
a person characterized by reclusive habits or outmoded or reactionary attitudes; live in a cave
He meant to say “I'm glad you're here,” but what came out was a Freudian slip: “I'm mad you're here.”
a slip of the tongue that is motivated by and reveals some unconscious aspect of the mind
a ball of swallowed foreign material (usually hair or fiber) that collects in the stomach and fails to pass through the intestines
a device (as a band of rubber) that checks bleeding or blood flow by compressing blood vessels
a dark strip (as of wallboard) to shield a motion-picture or television camera from light
an arrangement of five things in a square or rectangle with one at each corner and one in the middle
He's too much of a ninnyhammer to talk sense into
a foolish person; a simpleton.
The soup kitchen serve slumguillion
a meat stew
Screw in the doohickey at the top of the lamp shade
an object or device whose name you do not know or have forgotten
having a heavy rounded body build often with a marked tendency to become overweight
having a husky muscular body build
having a light body build
The book's frequent literary allusions and high-flown turns of phrase made its narrative difficult to follow.
an implied or indirect reference especially in literature
Didn't see any passengers waiting for the ferry, so the captain sailed past the jetty
a structure extended into a sea, lake, or river to influence the current or tide or to protect a harborb
Ver·nac·u·lar [ver-nak-yuh-ler, vuh-nak-]
A vernacular poem.
using a language or dialect native to a region or country rather than a literary, cultured, or foreign language
He has a superlative use of syntax
the study of the rules for the formation of grammatical sentences in a language.
The present is the past traveling under a pseudonym.
a fictitious name used by an author to conceal his or her identity; pen name
to think or meditate in silence, as on some subject.
I think we've been hornswoggled by that carnival barker.
to confuse, frustrate, or throw off thoroughly or completely; bamboozle
Fletcherize your food so you don't choke
to chew (food) slowly and thoroughly.
a woman of distinguished courage or ability, admired for her brave deeds and noble qualities.
the original pattern or model from which all things of the same kind are copied or on which they are based; a model or first form; prototype
The antithesis of right and wrong
“Richard the Lion-Hearted” is an epithet of Richard I.
any word or phrase applied to a person or thing to describe an actual or attributed quality
His elegy on Oakes reaches a length of over fourhundred lines
a mournful, melancholy, or plaintive poem, especially a funeral song or a lament for the dead.
If you are not sold on this farce, you must go to aretraining camp.
a light, humorous play in which the plot depends upon a skillfully exploited situation rather thanupon the development of character.
Am·bi·gu·i·ty (-ous) [am-bi-gyoo-i-tee]
Around me, they feel no need to cower in cornersfaced with the ambiguity,...
doubtfulness or uncertainty of meaning or intention
Some people have a resistance to innuendo andto rumor, and some people have...
an indirect intimation about a person or thing, especially of a disparaging or a derogatory nature.
Cleveland won by six runs (meaning “Cleveland's baseball team”)
a figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole or the whole for a part
having keen mental perception and understanding
self-possessed, calm, or composed
very funny, as a person or situation
To consider; to deliberate.
To foreshadow; prefigure.
Misuse or strained use of words, as in a mixed metaphor, occurring either in error or for rhetorical effect
a novel in the form of a long usually easygoing chronicle of a social group (as a family or a community); a saga
To protest strongly or attack vehemently with words; rail (usually followed by against).
A figure of speech in which an appeal is made to one's listeners or opponents for their opinion or judgment as to the subject under discussion
“I confine to this page the volume of his treacheries and debaucheries”
a passing over with brief mention in order to emphasize rhetorically the suggestiveness of what is omitted
A collection of miscellaneous information about a particular subject or thing, or an item in such a collection, as an anecdote, a memorable saying, etc
Scanty; meager; small.
Savor the fugacious pleasures of life as intensely as the more enduring ones
lasting a short time
High-flown or pretentious
Needless repetition of an idea, especially in words other than those of the immediate context, without imparting additional force or clearness
an artist (as a musician or writer) whose style and practice are distinctive
1. to compose or write, as a poem 2. to dictate.
A millstone around one's neck
any heavy mental or emotional burden
a person may justifiably use force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of an unlawful threat, without an obligation to retreat first.
Is it mere coincidence that the most representative Parisian dance is called the cancan
An exuberant dance that originated in France, performed by women and marked by high kicking.
He was ushered by Benoit, the elderly body-servant, rather grandiloquently called the seneschal, into the ground-floor room known traditionally as the library
An official in a medieval noble household in charge of domestic arrangements and the administration of servants; a steward or major-domo.
a fragrant edible mushroom (Cantharellus cibarius) usually having a yellow to orange color
a descendant of Ishmael; outcast
An early form of badminton played with a flat wooden paddle and a shuttlecock.
Wisdom of the Crowd
the process of taking into account the collective opinion of a group of individuals rather than a single expert to answer a question
His love affair with “Catty, Katsch, mon admirable Kathi” had about it an artificial, almost a literary, quality; even his Bacchanalia was a masquerade
1. The ancient Roman festival in honor of Bacchus. 2. A riotous, boisterous, or drunken festivity; a revel.
Reveled in the quiet after everyone had gone
to take intense pleasure or satisfaction
The Old West custom of heading to the saloon at night for an all-out carouse and some poker playing
- (Verb) Drink plentiful amounts of alcohol and enjoy oneself with others in a noisy, lively way
- (Noun) A noisy, lively drinking party.
A paper money and monetary unit of North and South Korea.
Gourde (goord, goo?rd)
A paper money and monetary unit of Haiti.
Rupee (roo-pee, roo-pee)
A cupronickel coin and monetary unit of India, Nepal, and Pakistan
A coin and monetary unit of England.
An aluminum coin and monetary unit of Poland.
A paper money and monetary unit of Thailand.
A cupronickel coin and monetary unit of Denmark and Norway.
An aluminum coin and monetary unit of the Maldives.
Euro (yoo?r-oh, yur-)
The official common currency of 12 European Union nations.
The monetary unit of Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda.
A coin and monetary unit of Romania.
An aluminum coin and monetary unit of Japan.
Dirham (dir-ham, dih-ram, dir-uh?m)
A money of account of Iraq
Riel (reel, ree-el)
A paper money and monetary unit of Cambodia.
Any of various former coins of the Near East, esp. gold coins issued by Islamic governments.
Peso (pey-soh, pe-saw)
A coin and monetary unit of Chile, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Mexico, and the Philippines.
A silver or copper-alloy coin and monetary unit of Russia and its successor states.
Yuan (yoo-ahn, yyahn)
A copper coin of the Republic of China.
Dong (dawng, dong)
The basic monetary unit of Vietnam; replaced the southern piaster and the northern dong in 1978
An arrangement of machines or sequence of human operations involved with a single manufacturing operation or production process.
The integration within one company of individual businesses working separately in related phases of the production and sale of a product
The production or manufacture of goods in large quantities, especially by machinery.
The cost of a specified unit of a product or service. Mass production lowered the unit cost of goods
To introduce machinery into (an industry, enterprise, etc.), especially in order to replace manual labor.
U.S. automobile manufacturer; popularizes mass production at his auto plant.
An automobile with a 2.9-liter, 4-cylinder engine, produced by the Ford Motor Company from 1909 through 1927, considered to be the first motor vehicle successfully mass-produced on an assembly line
Having the power of producing; generative; creative.
The making of goods or wares by manual labor or by machinery, especially on a large scale.
Excessive production production in excess of need or stipulated amount.
A building or group of buildings with facilities for the manufacture of goods.
An arrangement of machines, tools, and workers in which a product is assembled by having each perform a specific, successive operation on an incomplete unit as it passes by in a series of stages organized in a direct line
Ford River Rouge
A Ford Motor Company automobile factory complex located in Dearborn, Michigan, along the Rouge River, built with the idea of making the company's own iron and steel in the same factory as parts and car assembly.
The basic, underlying framework or features of a system or organization.
An endless belt or chain, set of rollers, etc., for carrying materials or objects short distances, as from one part of a building to another
The putting together of complex machinery, as airplanes, from interchangeable parts of standard dimensions
The concept that an ever-expanding consumption of goods is advantageous to the economy; the fact or practice of an increasing consumption of goods.
a thin, often greenish, serous fluid that is discharged from ulcers, wounds, etc.
a set of characters including letters, numbers, and special characters such as punctuation marks
self-contained and able to operate without other hardware or software
a program code unrelated to the hardware of a computer and requiring conversion to the code used by the computer before the program can be used
a blank space, comma, or other character or symbol that indicates the beginning or end of a character string, word, or data item
a person who operates a computer bulletin board; a system operator
a rule of thumb stating that when faulty data are fed into a computer, the information that emerges will also be faulty: garbage in, garbage out
a storage and retrieval technique, used mainly for data, in which the first item stored is also the first item retrieved
a rigid, slotted board upon which other boards that contain the basic circuitry of a computer or of a computer component can be mounted
a bot that searches the Internet for e-mail addresses in order to send spam
a large computer, often the hub of a system serving many users
Local Area Network (LAN)
a system for linking a number of terminals with each other or a mainframe computer in order to share data, etc., usually confined to one office
a product or software, that is promoted or marketed while it is still in development and that may never be produced
a person, group, or force that opposes or attacks; opponent; enemy; foe.
a person who does a lot of bragging.
causing gloom or dejection; gloomy; dreary; cheerless; melancholy.
unprincipled, untrustworthy, or dishonest person
a person who does menial, distasteful, dull, or hard work
a dishonest, knavish person; scoundrel
a disreputable person: rascal
uncivilized; wild; savage; crude
having a stale smell; moldy; musty.
to cheat, deceive, or trick
causing feelings of disgust; revolting; repulsive.
weakened by old age; feeble; infirm
a person who is morally unrestrained, especially a dissolute man; a profligate; rake.
Promiscuous and unprincipled in sexual matters.
a tough, lawless person; roughneck; bully.
producing or tending to produce infectious or contagious, often epidemic, disease.
to regard with extreme repugnance or aversion; detest utterly; loathe; abominate.
Extremely distasteful; unacceptable.
a thick-headed or stupid person; blockhead
rottenness; anything vile
A vain and conceited man; a dandy
Mrs. Goodman received the town's Meritorious Service Award for her untiring efforts to keep the library open
worthy of reward, gratitude, honor, or esteem
the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc
characterized by bitter or scornful derision; mocking; cynical; sneering
the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning.
irony that is inherent in speeches or a situation of a drama and is understood by the audience but not grasped by the characters in the play.
satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else's misfortune.
delicacy or nicety of character or meaning.
He ingratiated himself with all the guests.
to establish (oneself) in the favor or good graces of others, especially by deliberate effort (usually followed by with)
to enchant; charm; fascinate
congenial or like-minded; likable
He keeps meticulous count of all the books he's read.
taking or showing extreme care about minute details; precise; thorough
When she saw the gossamer, her fear of spider started to kick in.
A fine, filmy substance consisting of cobwebs spun by small spiders, which is seen esp. in autumn
A recondite treatise.
dealing with very profound or difficult subject matter
The proposal has faced vehement opposition from many teachers
The collection is a gallimaufry of poems, essays, and short stories that have no apparent unifying theme
A confused jumble or medley of things.
A mutton stew with mixed vegetables.
A confused mixture.
Nictitate (or Nictate)
She nictitated at him
The act of winking
And faster than you can say “You've got mail!” he fell hard for his unseen paramour.
an illicit lover
Go to the rialto for some milk
His folly in thinking that he would not be noticed
lack of good sense or normal prudence and foresight
a representation of the Virgin Mary mourning over the dead body of Christ
But at the moment, there is no final resting place for these "vitrified" wastes
Converted into glass; hence, by extension, partially converted into glass, as having the exterior converted into a glaze, or having the substance hard aud glassy from exposure to heat: as, vitrified tiles.
The cellarer was a stout man, vulgar in appearance but jolly, white-haired but still strong, small but quick
A person, as in a monastic community, who is responsible for maintaining the supply of food and drink.
A style of jazz that the vanguard quickly recognized as new and exciting
the troops moving at the head of an army
However, Victorian scientists did think there was something called the luminiferous ether
Generating, yielding, or transmitting light.
He retired on his Social Security to fish and golf in Florida and enrolled in rumba classes where he took up with a Cuban divorcée twenty years his junior
A dance of Cuban origin, combining complex footwork with a pronounced movement of the hips
The word seraph would better express their heavenly attributes
A six-winged angel; the highest choir or order of angels in Christian angelology, ranked above cherubim, and below God
an angel of the second order whose gift is knowledge; usually portrayed as a chubby winged child
A political waterloo
a decisive or final defeat or setback
Many of the judge's confreres on the Fifth Circuit bench don't feel as she does on the issue
A fellow member of a fraternity or profession; a colleague.
Made me laugh and micturate all over my expensive cuban heeled wincklepicker boots
To pass urine; urinate
Maclean's is the kind of litigant with the resources to go all the way to the Supreme Court
A party suing or being sued in a lawsuit, or otherwise calling upon the judicial process to determine the outcome of a suit.
Thaddeus, the only thing messing with your kismet is your denial of what you truly want.
While it might be utile to commute, say, via light rail to work say, within a 30 min. radius, the car allows you to drive a lot further to work
You have done your devoir right well
An act or expression of respect or courtesy; civility
Don't bedaub the spill, it'll only make it bigger
To smear; soil
The album "Black Tears" was a kind of intermezzo featuring familiar songs next to a few previously unreleased songs
a brief show (music or dance etc) inserted between the sections of a longer performance
A piece of collop in a frying-pan left on the table, and dirty crockery in the sink
a small piece or slice especially of meat
And the value of my chastity is one level on which men cannot compete with me
The condition or quality of being pure or chaste; Virginity
To see if I could do with less, I decided to empty my bag and pannier, to see exactly what clutter was weighing me down
A basket carried on a person's back
The tertiary stage of the disease
Third in order or level
an officer in charge of managing a household.
(derived from "bursa", Latin for purse) is a senior professional financial administrator in a school or university
The demigods of jazz
a person so outstanding as to seem to approach the divine
a distress signal device appearing in the various interpretations of the Batman mythos. It is a specially modified Klieg searchlight with a stylized symbol of a bat attached to the light so that it projects a large Bat emblem on the sky or buildings of Gotham City.
Totum Pro Parte
Houston will be in New York this weekend is an example of totum pro parte
is Latin for "the whole for a part"; it refers to a kind of synecdoche. When used in a context of language it means that something is named after something of which it is only a part (or only a limited characteristic, in itself not necessarily representative for the whole)
Propaganda you imbibed in your youth
(Verb) 1. Drink (alcohol) 2. Absorb or assimilate (ideas or knowledge)
I wrote this clerihew about a week ago, but hesitated in posting it
a light verse form, usually consisting of two couplets, with lines of uneven length and irregular meter, thefirst line usually containing the name of a well-known person
Pars Pro Toto
"Wheels" for automobile is an example of pars pro toto
Latin for "a part (taken) for the whole", a figure of speech where the name of a portion of an object or concept represents the entire object or concept.
I pay no attention to hearsay.
unverified, unofficial information gained or acquired from another and not part of one's direct knowledge
The original Japanese editions have gnomic little phrases on their obi strips instead
Expressed in or of the nature of aphorisms (a concise statement of a principle)
They brought us a plate full of cush-cush.
A dish of cooked cornmeal mush cereal (served with milk or syrup); native to New Orleans
The bucket of water was set on the ground, with the upside-down calabash placed on top
a hard shelled gourd that grows on trees in the tropical region of the earth. It can be used as a container
His earlier building designs were pastiches based on classical forms.
An artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period
Him buying that company is a real power move
impulsive decision designed to put oneself into more beneficial position. Most often associated with or related to relationships or financial matters
What a sheisty thing to do! Can't trust anybody!
unscrupulous in the manner of a shyster (a person who gets along by petty, sharp practices)
To quote a passage, book or author, especially as an authority
He complied with my request and made a lengthy harangue to his village.
A scolding or a long or intense verbal attack; diatribe.
To abstain or keep away from; shun; avoid
Excessive piousness or moralistic fervor, especially in an affected manner; excessively smooth, suave, or smug
Resisting control or restraint in a difficult manner; unruly.
To wither; shrivel; dry up
The more lachrymose mourners at the funeral required a steady supply of tissues
(Adjective) Suggestive of or tending to cause tears; mournful.
a device (as a band of rubber) that checks bleeding or blood flow by compressing blood vessels
Let me just spare you the agitprop and summarize it this way...
propaganda; especially: political propaganda promulgated chiefly in literature, drama, music, or art
Economic autarky would bring about higher interest rates, too, which could impact on the growing national debt across the atlantic
self-sufficiency, independence; specifically: national economic self-sufficiency and independence
They discussed the national government's hegemony over their tribal community
the social, cultural, ideological, or economic influence exerted by a dominant group
The doctor kept him in overnight because of noticing bigeminy tendencies in the patient
the state of having a pulse characterized by two beats close together with a pause following each pair of beats
“She has, in other words evolved that intricate and gynarchy known as professional society, the punishment and the despair of naturally anti-social American man.”
Government by a woman or by women; the rule of women.
Kahlil started in again on his epic, the hegira that had brought him from Lebanon to Egypt and Italy and Spain via the ports and the jails
a journey especially when undertaken to escape from a dangerous or undesirable situation
If elections do not take place, the resulting void might scupper future loans, which must be ratified by parliament
a drain at the edge of a deck exposed to the weather, for allowing accumulated water to drain away into the sea or into the bilges.
The subject of her essay has chosen to live as a hermit , separated from the public
any person living in seclusion
De Rigueur (duh-ree-GUR)
Although the teen was wearing a dinner jacket and a tie, his jeans and sneakers were hardly de rigueur for the formal occasion.
prescribed or required by fashion, etiquette, or custom: proper
It is certainly too important to be dismissed in a flippant way.
frivolously disrespectful or lacking in seriousness.
The monarchy wasthe linchpin of the nation's traditions and society.
something that holds the various elements of a complicated structure together
One minute he is noisy and arrogant, the next he is obsequious and sly.
characterized by or showing servile complaisance or deference
To deny it is to see in art only something frivolous and insincere.
characterized by lack of seriousness or sense
A brilliant woman with whom he became enamored
to fill or inflame with love; to charm or captivate.
He was conspicuous by his booming laughter.
easily seen or noticed; readily visible or observable
A tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged
A palpable lie; palpable absurdity.
readily or plainly seen, heard, perceived, etc.; obvious; evident
Remarkable acumen in business matters.
keen insight; shrewdness:
Yet a small but vociferous number of scientists remain undeterred.
crying out noisily; clamorous.
Er·ro·ne·ous [uh-roh-nee-uhs, e-roh-]
An erroneous answer.
containing error; mistaken; incorrect; wrong:
To find one's niche in the business world.
a place or position suitable or appropriate for a person or thing
continued from, resembling, or adhering to the past; old-fashioned
A work of consummate skill
being of the highest or most extreme degree
An ardent vow; ardent love.
having, expressive of, or characterized by intense feeling; passionate; fervent
An audacious explorer
extremely bold or daring; recklessly brave; fearless
We effectively live in a plutocracy that only answers to avarice and to the benefit of our oligarchs.
insatiable greed for riches
A cantankerous, argumentative man.
disagreeable to deal with; contentious; peevish
People want to cast this as some horrible calamity and that's not true
a great misfortune or disaster, as a flood or serious injury.
A maudlin story of a little orphan and her lost dog.
tearfully or weakly emotional; foolishly sentimental
Copious amounts of food.
large in quantity or number; abundant; plentiful
Id·i·o·syn·cra·sy [id-ee-uh-sing-kruh-see, -sin-]
On the page her idiosyncrasies can be less attractive.
a characteristic, habit, mannerism, or the like, that is peculiar to an individual.
Ab·ject [ab-jekt, ab-jekt]
utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched
Con·clave [kon-kleyv, kong-]
A conclave ofpolitical leaders.
a private or secret meeting.
Ta·boo [tuh-boo, ta-]
Taboo language is usually bleeped on TV
proscribed by society as improper or unacceptable
Tu·mul·tu·ous [too-muhl-choo-uhs, tyoo-]
A tumultuous celebration
full of tumult or riotousness; marked by disturbance and uproar
Apparently he's very good at discus
the sport of throwing this disk for distance.
Flay notes that his version omits the traditional pork.
to strip off the skin or outer covering of.
Many plant workers have been forced to go on furlough.
a usually temporary layoff from work
Some professors are very hierarchal, others tryto be more egalitarian
asserting, resulting from, or characterized by belief in the equality of all people, especially inpolitical, economic, or social life.
A bumptious young upstart
A repugnant smell.
distasteful, objectionable, or offensive
This rare plant is a relict of a once abundant genus.
a surviving species of an otherwise extinct group of organisms; something left unchanged
a greenish-blue color —used in photography and color printing of one of the primary colors
A hen and her brood of chicks OR He brooded over his mistake.
1. (noun) the young of an animal or a family of young 2. (verb) to dwell gloomily on a subject
Even by the standards of Washington, he's an adept at political intrigue and power politics
a highly skilled or well-trained individual
an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives
A psychobiography that purports to be the definitive exegesis of the late president's character
exposition, explanation; especially: an explanation or critical interpretation of a text
a greenish-blue color —used in photography and color printing of one of the primary colors
Hen and her brood of chicks
the young of an animal or a family of young
Even by the standards of Washington, he's an adept at political intrigue and power politics
a highly skilled or well-trained individual: expert
Ended up with a surfeit of volunteers who simply got in each other's way
an overabundant supply: excess
A plethora of books have been written on the subject.
The fact that he'd been unable to attend the funeral was a source of chagrin for Ted.
disquietude or distress of mind caused by humiliation, disappointment, or failure
When I went to the Super Bowl, I kept my ticket stub as asouvenir.
something that serves as a reminder
He predicted their response with amazing prescience
foreknowledge of events
They galvanized into action
to react as if stimulated by an electric shock
a viewpoint that traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless and useless
Parishioners ardently beseeched the local bishop not to close their beloved church
to beg for urgently or anxiously
Her nascent singing career
oming or having recently come into existence
Her father's successful job interview was seen as a harbinger of better times to come
one that pioneers in or initiates a major change
They're in cahoots
His charitable works have earned him the epithet “Mr. Philanthropy.”
a characterizing word or phrase accompanying or occurring in place of the name of a person or thing
A facsimile of the world's first computer was exhibited in the museum
an exact copy
A film about teenage angst
a feeling of anxiety, apprehension, or insecurity
A sweet scent emanating from the blossoms
to come out from a source
The question of who will pick up the coffee is a mere bagatelle in the overall planning of the conference
A thing of little importance; a very easy task.
a dealer in men's clothing and accessories
Sinners condemned to eternal perdition
utter destruction; hell
Stop with the shilly-shally and give me an answer
in an irresolute, undecided, or hesitating manner; to procrastinate or vacillate
"Would you like some butter on your bed?" Take the margarine off the quilt! This is an example of a parapraxis
a slip of the tongue or pen, forgetfulness, misplacement of objects, or other error thought to reveal unconscious wishes or attitudes.
"And in the final round, the boxer knocked out his opponent with a blushing crow!" This is an example of Spoonerism.
the transposition of initial or other sounds of words, usually by accident,
Solecism [sol-uh-siz-uhm, soh-luh-]
"I'll never change, I is what I is!" This is an example of solecism
a nonstandard or ungrammatical usage
"The pine-apple of politeness" (pinnacle) and never "a negative affluence" (influence). This is an example of malapropism
an act or habit of misusing words ridiculously, especially by the confusion of words that are similar in sound
"Grandma thinks every man with a mustache is hiding something!" This is an example of a mumpsimus
adherence to or persistence in an erroneous use of language, memorization, practice, belief, etc., out of habit or obstinacy
People with disabilities are people, subject to all the human idiosyncrasies and faux pas you see around you every day.
a slip or blunder in etiquette, manners, or conduct; an embarrassing social blunder or indiscretion.
Ca·col·o·gy [ka-kol-uh-jee, kuh-]
The cacology in her argument made iit hard to take her seriously
defectively produced speech; socially unacceptable diction
That touchdown was the sockdolager of the game
a "decisive blow or remark,"
He is surprised that she asks him to sing a version of the doxology.
a hymn or form of words containing an ascription of praise to God.
The one clear parallel shining through all this foofaraw is the tyranny that democracy confers on minorities
a great fuss or disturbance about something very insignificant.
This math problem has me discombobulate
to confuse or upset
Syzygy in the sun-earth-moon system occurs at the time of full moon and new moon.
an alignment of three celestial objects, as the sun, the earth, and either the moon or a planet
"What-so-ever" inserted in the middle of "whatever." This is an example of tmesis
the insertion of one or more words between the words that make up a compound phrase.
A mild sedative and minor tranquilizer used in the treatment of psychological neuroses; used in the treatment of allergy, nausea, and anxiety.
A queue at the theatre
a file or line, especially of people waiting their turn
His speech was filled with familiar platitudes about the value of hard work and dedication
the quality or state of being dull or insipid
(of a person or their manner) Slow and gloomy: "a saturnine temperament". (of a person or their features) Dark in coloring and moody or mysterious: "his saturnine face and dark, watchful eyes".
They've asked the judge to expedite the lawsuits
to execute promptly
used to wish good health especially to one who has just sneezed
when nose picking becomes a body-focused repetitive behavior or obsessive–compulsive disorder
"Words, words, words..".This is an example of epizeuxis
A figure by which a word is repeated with vehemence or emphasis, as in the following lines
Did you have an epistaxis? I noticed your pillow case had blood on it.
Kiesselbach's Area (also Kiesselbach's triangle, or Little's area)
An area on the anterior portion of the nasal septum rich in capillaries and often the site of nosebleeds.
a rare inherited disorder that progressively destroys nerve cells (neurons) in the brain and spinal cord.
She reached the apex of fame, only to find it wasn't what she expected
the highest or culminating point
The court found that the company had the requisite scienter for securities fraud
a mental state in which one has knowledge that one’s action, statement, etc., is wrong, deceptive, or illegal: often used as a standard of guilt:
The requisite skills of an engineer.
required or necessary for a particular purpose, position, etc.; indispensable:
Pet·ti·fog (-ger, -gery) [pet-ee-fog]
(verb) to bicker or quibble over trifles or unimportant matters
A qualitative change in the curriculum
Describing the quality of something in size, appearance, value, etc
The early flowers are heralds of spring.
1. an official crier or messenger 2. Be a sign that (something) is about to happen
I can't believe I was married to that Neanderthal for three years
one who suggests a caveman in appearance, mentality, or behavior
He is a trusted confidant of the president.
one to whom secrets are entrusted; especially: intimate
Capacitance causes current to flow even when no load is connected to the cable.
The ability of a system to store an electric charge.
a baby's basketlike bed (as of wickerwork or plastic) often with a hood over one end
A cunning plotter
dexterous or crafty in the use of special resources (as skill or knowledge) or in attaining an end
A disorder characterized by sudden and uncontrollable, though often brief, attacks of deep sleep, sometimes accompanied by paralysis and hallucinations.
Nar·ce·ine [nahr-see-een, -in]
a narcotic alkaloid, occurring in opium and acting as a mild relaxant on smooth muscle
a place of torment for the spirits of the wicked.
Nar·ghi·le [nahr-guh-lee, -ley]
a Middle Eastern tobacco pipe in which the smoke is drawn through water before reaching the lips; hookah.
One type of common sunset clause provides that the prenuptial agreement between the parties will expire in x number of years. So once you hit that magical year, it immediately goes away.
The town has voted against letting the retail behemoth build a store on the proposed site.
something of monstrous size, power, or appearance
Pat·ois [pat-wah, pah-twah]
The patois is so thick that it is easy to miss some of the dialogue
jargon; cant; argot
A Restoration play rich in thieves' argot.
a specialized idiomatic vocabulary peculiar to a particular class or group of people, especially that of an underworld group, devised for private communication and identification
That's marketing lingo for what's essentially noise cancellation
the language and speech, especially the jargon, slang, or argot, of a particular field, group, or individual
Lib·er·tine [lib-er-teen, -tin]
They belonged to a well-established libertine tradition.
a person who is morally or sexually unrestrained, especially a dissolute man
Mullet are so profuse they will literally jump into a fisherman's boat
spending or giving freely and in large amount, often to excess; extravagant (often followed by in )
And the engineer turned and looked to me with a chortle
to express with a gleeful chuckle
People just go about their business, but that doesn't make one a misanthrope
a hater of humankind.
Politicians fulminate about double standards and anti-Semitism.
1. to explode with a loud noise; detonate 2. to issue denunciations or the like (usually followed by against)
The eager and ardent pledge to satisfy an impetuous desire was not his method
of, pertaining to, or characterized by sudden or rash action, emotion, etc.
A beveled mirror
Reduce (a square edge on an object) to a sloping edge
An increasing number of truants
one who shirks duty; especially: one who stays out of school without permission
They reached an amicable agreement.
characterized by friendly goodwill: peaceable
He went out to sea, and never saw his kindred again.
a group of related individuals
Let's invite all our kinfolk for the holidays
The baroque prose of the novel's more lurid passages.
extravagantly ornate, florid, and convoluted in character or style
They bought an ornate Louis XIV sofa.
elaborately or sumptuously adorned, often excessively or showily so
Meanwhile, they are bending over backwards to avoid seeming extravagant
spending much more than is necessary or wise; wasteful
A cornucopia of employment opportunities.
An overflowing store; an abundance
"Mr Schrader is not selling the Golconda," Dietle snapped, his face flushed with anger.
A source of wealth, advantages, or happiness; a rich mine; broadly : a source of great wealth
Argosy offers short day trips rather than week-long excursions.
1. a large merchant ship, especially one with a rich cargo. 2. a fleet of such ships. 3. an opulent supply.
A wealthy man who can easily afford bespoke suits
The assembly was convoked for a special session.
to call together to a meeting
We convened at the hotel for a seminar.
to come together in a body
a plant with large red, pink, or white leaves that look like petals
Her visceral reaction was to curse at the other driver.
felt in or as if in the internal organs of the body; dealing with crude or elemental emotions
an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture
Hunker down for a good long wait
to settle in or dig in for a sustained period —used with down
Binders Full of Women
During the second U.S. presidential debate of 2012, Mitt Romney used the phrase "binders full of women" in response to a question about pay equity, referring to binders with resumes of women submitted to him as Governor of Massachusetts. This prompted the phrase's use for political attacks on Romney's positions on women's issues, as well as the development of an Internet meme.
He thinks everything politicians say is just a bunch of malarkey.
insincere or foolish talk; bunkum
A moral question that has puzzled the pundits throughout the ages
a person who gives opinions in an authoritative manner usually through the mass media
Films that pander to the basest emotions
to provide gratification for others' desires
a woman who is an aviator
a particle (as a photon or meson) whose spin is zero or an integral number
a particle (as an electron, proton, or neutron) whose spin quantum number is an odd multiple of 1⁄2
Ro·man à clef [raw-mah na kle]
a novel in which real persons or actual events figure under disguise
the ceremony for pronouncing judgment by the Inquisition which was followed by the execution of sentence by secular authorities; broadly: the burning of a heretic
The church regards them as heretics.
one who dissents from an accepted belief or doctrine; nonconformist
1: a light 2-wheeled one-horse carriage with a folding leather hood, a large apron, and upward-curving shafts 2: a convertible coupe
Throughout, his playing is distinguished by its immaculate clarity, singing cantabile lines and joyous spontaneity.
in a singing manner —often used as a direction in music
A gown trimmed with diamanté
a sequin, rhinestone, or other glittery ornamentation on a garment
Ca·fé au lait (ka-ˈfā-ō-ˈlā)
coffee with usually hot milk in about equal parts
Corps de bal·let (kȯr-də-(ˌ)ba-ˈlā)
the ensemble of a ballet company
Dé·col·le·té (dā-ˌkäl-ˈtā) or [Dé·col·le·tage (dā-ˌkä-lə-ˈtäzh)]
wearing a strapless or low-necked dress; having a low-cut neckline
a person of low rank; plebeian
Syncope has been reported in a small percentage of patients taking the drug
1. loss of consciousness resulting from insufficient blood flow to the brain; faint 2. (-ate) the loss of one or more sounds or letters in the interior of a word (as in "suppose" to "s'pose")
a singer in a choir; specifically : choirboy
An instrumental part that is integral to a piece of music and should not be omitted in performance
1. ad lib: without advance preparation 2. omissible according to a performer's wishes —used as a direction in music
When this slippage happens abruptly, presto, you've got an earthquake.
(esp. as a direction) In a quick tempo; quickly, rapidly, or immediately.
Madrigal gave a picture presentation of theproperty.
a secular part song without instrumental accompaniment, usually for four to six voices, makingabundant use of contrapuntal imitation, popular especially in the 16th and 17th centuries
Some unnecessary verbiage will need to be elided, but otherwise the article is publishable
1. to omit (a vowel, consonant, or syllable) in pronunciation. 2. to suppress; omit; ignore; pass over.
These stretching exercises can help elongate your leg muscles
to extend the length of
"A far cry from something"
Playing in a comedy is a far cry from playing a criminal in a mystery
very different from something
Voracious (-ty) (vaw-RAY-shus)
Cemal is a voracious reader who whips through three or four books each week.
1. having a huge appetite: ravenous 2. excessively eager: insatiable
a tendency to give greater value to rewards as they move away from their temporal horizons and towards the "now". For instance, a nicotine deprived smoker may highly value a cigarette available any time in the next 6 hours but assign little or no value to a cigarette available in 6 months.
A madcap scheme
Crazy or reckless
A time of great joy and merriment
lighthearted gaiety or fun-making
The technique uses a timer to break down periods of work into 25-minute intervals called 'Pomodori' (from the Italian word for 'tomatoes') separated by breaks. The method is based on the idea that frequent breaks can improve mental agility.
any productivity trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method to increase productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life; in other words, anything that solves an everyday problem in a clever or non-obvious way might be called a life hack.
a dream in which one is aware that one is dreaming.
Given two similar rewards, humans show a preference for one that arrives sooner rather than later. Humans are said to discount the value of the later reward, by a factor that increases with the length of the delay.
What princox have we here, that dares me to assail?
a self-confident young fellow; coxcomb
The furl dampers are linear functions of the furl rate and start at the specified up-stop and down-stop angles
to gather into a compact roll and bind securely, as a sail against a spar or a flag against its staff.
No man ever paid a bribe for the handling of the public money, but to peculate from it
to steal or take dishonestly (money, especially public funds, or property entrusted to one's care); embezzle
"Big Brother is watching you"
the head of a totalitarian regime that keeps its citizens under close surveillance.
There is a word in there that you might want toadd to your lexicon
the vocabulary of a particular language, field, social class, person, etc.
a type of broad, physical comedy involving exaggerated, boisterous actions (e.g. a pie in the face), farce, violence and activities which may exceed the boundaries of common sense
1. a light dramatic composition marked by broadly satirical comedy and improbable plot 2. an empty or patently ridiculous act, proceeding, or situation <the trial became a farce>
Fennel is a carminative herb that helps alleviate gas after a spicy meal.
expelling gas from the stomach or intestines so as to relieve flatulence or abdominal pain or distension
Bertillon System (bur-tl-on)
a system of identifying persons, especially criminals, by a record of individual physical measurements and peculiarities.
the anticipation of possible objections in order to answer them in advance.
Cataracts develop following use of anti-fat nostrum
a scheme, theory, device, etc., especially one to remedy social or political ills; panacea.
A quack psychologist who complicates everyone's problems.
a person who pretends, professionally or publicly, to skill, knowledge, or qualifications he or shedoes not possess; a charlatan.
Not being clairvoyant, I did not foresee the danger of ignoring her advice
A person who claims to have a supernatural ability to perceive events in the future or beyond normal sensory contact
to mediate communication between spirits of the dead and other human beings
a small, usually heart-shaped flat piece of wood equipped with two wheeled castors and a pencil-holding aperture, used to facilitate automatic writing. The use of planchettes to produce mysterious written messages gave rise to the belief that the devices foster communication with spirits as a form of mediumship
As to dead languages, to my knowledge, only aséance claims to speak and hear them.
1. a meeting in which a spiritualist attempts to communicate with the spirits of the dead. 2. a session or sitting, as of a class or organization.
Dirksen's oratory became, in the end, something of a mountebank performance.
a person who sells quack medicines, as from a platform in public places, attracting and influencing an audience by tricks, storytelling, etc.
an American comedian, and actor, known for the catchphrase "I don't get no respect!,"
An eellike aquatic jawless vertebrate that has a sucker mouth with horny teeth and a rasping tongue. The adult is often parasitic, attaching itself to other fish and sucking their blood
Let me enumerate the many flaws in your hypothesis.
to mention separately as if in counting; name one by one; specify, as in a list
We heard the whole litany of their complaints.
a prolonged or tedious account
And then there are instances in which lines of songs closely resemble musical phrases in the liturgy .
a form of public worship; ritual.
Circadian Clock (sur-key-dee-uhn)
A daily cycle of biological activity based on a 24-hour period and influenced by regular variations in the environment, such as the alternation of night and day.
- Abnormality of movement and behavior arising from a disturbed mental state (typically schizophrenia). It may involve repetitive or purposeless overactivity, or catalepsy, resistance to passive movement, and negativism
As the argument grew more heated, his gesticulations got bigger and wilder
1: the act of making gestures 2: gesture; especially : an expressive gesture made in showing strong feeling or in enforcing an argument
He's been gallivanting around the country when he ought to be looking for a job
to travel, roam, or move about for pleasure
"Madam" or "Nurses Run" are examples of palindrome.
A word, phrase, or sequence that reads the same backward as forward
The whole is placed on a little palanquin that is borne on the shoulders of four small boys
a passenger conveyance, usually for one person, consisting of a covered or boxlike litter carried by means of poles resting on the shoulders of several men
The morning after the wedding, Pamela woke up with a blinding katzenjammer.
Uti Possidetis [yoo-tahy pos-i-dee-tis]
the principle that vests in either of the belligerents at the end of a war all territory actually occupied and controlled by them.
a waxy substance produced by the decomposition of dead animal bodies in moist burial places or underwater.
a Latin expression deriving from Roman law meaning "land belonging to no one", which is used in international law to describe territory which has never been subject to the sovereignty of any state, or over which any prior sovereign has expressly or implicitly relinquished sovereignty. Sovereignty over territory which is terra nullius may be acquired through occupation, though in some cases doing so would violate an international law or treaty
U·ti·le dul·ci [oo-ti-le dool-kee]
the useful with the pleasurable.
Get a certified copy of the divorce or annulment decree, including foreign...
the act of annulling (to make void or null; abolish; cancel;), especially the formal declaration that annuls a marriage.
A ballot snafu in the election led to a recount.
a badly confused or ridiculously muddled situation
"The theory of structure on which later chemistry was predicated"
Found or base something on
Don't get your dander up over such a trifle
A saccharine smile; a saccharine song of undying love.
exaggeratedly sweet or sentimental
Je ne sais quoi [zhuh nuh se kwa]
She has a certain je ne sais quoi that charms everybody.
an indefinable, elusive quality, especially a pleasing one
Svelte [svelt, sfelt]
And it's not quite skinny or svelte enough to qualify as a thin and light
slender, especially gracefully slender in figure; lithe
Rummaging around in the kitchen cabinet for forks and knives
to search thoroughly or actively through (a place, receptacle, etc.), especially by moving around, turning over, or looking through contents.
an undignified or unprincipled acquisition of a large sum of money with little effort
His small flask of absinthe was lost in the fall, and no matter how he tried, he could not think past the pain.
a green, aromatic liqueur that is 68 percent alcohol, is made with wormwood and other herbs, and has a bitter, licorice flavor: now banned in most Western countries.
Fa·er·ie [fey-uh-ree, fair-ee]
the imaginary land of the fairies; fairyland
one of the original or earliest known inhabitants of a country or region.
Being nomads, the Bedouin struggle to provide proof of abode
a place in which a person resides; residence; dwelling; habitation; home.
The herders are now the herded, nomads with nowhere to go.
a member of a people or tribe that has no permanent abode but moves about from place to place, usually seasonally and often following a traditional route or circuit according to the state of the pasturage or food supply.
a drink made from fermented mare's or other milk, drunk by certain Asian tribes, esp in Russia or used for dietetic and medicinal purposes
And the unctuousness of its expression will take care of a lot of vagrant hopes.
a person who wanders about idly and has no permanent home or employment; vagabond; tramp
A vagabond tribe
wandering from place to place without any settled home; nomadic
a rogue, vagabond, thief, or brigand
a bandit, especially one of a band of robbers in mountain or forest regions
Winner and travel companion must travel on same itinerary .
a detailed plan for a journey, especially a list of places to visit; plan of travel.
the road to conversion or rehabilitation, as for a sinner or criminal
However, here I wonder how errant he is being in this analogy
deviating from the regular or proper course; erring; straying.
To omit a name from a list
to leave out; fail to include or mention:
The heavy bombing almost annihilated the city
to reduce to utter ruin or nonexistence; destroy utterly
Amphibious ships are multi-capable, agile, and responsive to the dynamic nature of the security era.
living or able to live both on land and in water; belonging to both land and water
Her big pale face had a softly frightened look, and in her hand she carried her neatly kept breviary
Roman Catholic Church. a book containing all the daily psalms, hymns, prayers, lessons, etc., necessary for reciting the office.
Heb·dom·a·d (-al) [heb-dom-uh-dl]
Hebdomadal meetings; hebdomadal groups; hebdomadal journals.
taking place, coming together, or published once every seven days; weekly:
Freebooters were marauding all across the territory.
to roam or go around in quest of plunder; make a raid for booty
And yet track stars don't garner the sort of attention they once did.
to gather or deposit in or as if in a granary or other storage place.
Illness bereaved them of their mother.
to deprive and make desolate, especially by death (usually followed by of )
For·ay [fawr-ey, for-ey]
Vikings made a foray on the port
a quick raid, usually for the purpose of taking plunder
1. a lanky, loose-jointed person. 2. wandering beggar; vagabond; vagrant.
Uncertainty — which investors abhor — is in greater abundance.
to regard with extreme repugnance or aversion; detest utterly; loathe; abominate
utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched
Qualm [kwahm, kwawm]
He has no qualms about lying.
an uneasy feeling or pang of conscience as to conduct; compunction
He had a vague premonition of danger.
a feeling of anticipation of or anxiety over a future event; presentiment
It is, therefore, important that datum does not change.
a single piece of information, as a fact, statistic, or code; an item of data.
The bully gave him a painful clout on the head. A wealthy campaign contributor withclout at city hall.
1. Noun a blow, especially with the hand; cuff: 2. Informal. pull; strong influence; muscle, especially political power
Our family traditions may seem silly to outsiders, but to us they are sacrosanct.
1: most sacred or holy: inviolable 2: treated as if holy: immune from criticism or violation
He won't renew his passport as if he's xenophobic.
fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign
The trophy was bestowed upon the winner.
to present as a gift; give; confer (usually followed by on or upon)
a freestanding front-loading fireplace or oven with a bulbous body and usually a vertical smoke vent or chimney.
The established practice of a borrower pledging an asset as collateral for a loan, while retaining ownership of the assets and enjoying the benefits therefrom. With hypothecation, the lender has the right to seize the asset if the borrower cannot service the loan as stipulated by the terms in the loan agreement.
Some basketball players, because of their height and a certain hauteur, seem to demand genuflection.
the act of bending the knees in worship or reverence
But his hauteur offered a new and even witty dimension.
haughty manner or spirit; arrogance.
The grandeur of the Rocky Mountains.
the quality or state of being impressive or awesome
(Legal) Free from confinement, control, or restraint
having no spines or thorns.
unbecomingly bold or saucy
Co·sa Nos·tra (koh-zuh nohs-truh)
a secret association engaged in organized crime in the U.S., modeled after and affiliated with the Mafia.
Who shot J.R.?
an advertising catchphrase that American network CBS created in 1980 to promote the television series Dallas.
It never hurts to underline our overwhelming commonality.
a sharing of features or characteristics in common; possession or manifestation of common attributes.
Then they argued over whether it would become problematic .
of the nature of a problem; doubtful; uncertain; questionable.
a person who stresses or practices scrupulous adherence to a strict standard especially of religious observance or morality
Not from earthly riches but from the milk of human kindness comes true beatitude
a state of utmost bliss
of, relating to, or resembling paradise
A galactic sum of money
1: of or relating to a galaxy and especially the Milky Way galaxy 2: huge
A humorous, frequently bawdy, verse of three long and two short lines rhyming aabba, popularized by Edward Lear
a poem, properly expressive of a single, complete thought, idea, or sentiment, of 14 lines,usually in iambic pentameter, with rhymes arranged according to one of certain definite schemes,being in the strict or Italian form divided into a major group of 8 lines (the octave) followed by aminor group of 6 lines (the sestet), and in a common English form into 3 quatrains followed by acouplet.
1. Western U.S. a horse, especially an Indian pony. 2. Also called cayuse wind. Northwestern U.S. a cold wind blowing from the east.
A meager salary; meager fare; a meager harvest.
deficient in quantity or quality; lacking fullness or richness; scanty; inadequate:
a person or thing that establishes or strongly influences what is considered to be stylish, acceptable, or worthwhile in a given sphere of interest, as the arts.
incapable of being expressed in words: indescribable
Having or indicating a readiness or overreadiness to be generous to or lenient with someone
The yammer of rivet guns and the hiss of arc welders fills the air as new steel frames rise
to whine or complain
The latest installment in the movie series earned plaudits from critics and fans alike.
1: an act or round of applause 2: enthusiastic approval
an individual that has borne only one offspring
To daub a canvas with paint; to daub stonewalls with mud.
to cover or coat with soft, adhesive matter, as plaster or mud
an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), capable of remote controlled or autonomous flight operations, developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) for use by theUnited States Air Force, the United States Navy, the CIA, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Royal Air Force, and the Italian Air Force. The MQ-9 and other UAVs are referred to as Remotely Piloted Vehicles/Aircraft (RPV/RPA) by the U.S. Air Force to indicate their human ground controllers. The MQ-9 is the first hunter-killer UAV designed for long-endurance, high-altitude surveillance.
Primaveral longings to sail around the world.
of, in, or pertaining to the early springtime
1. Idle chatter 2. Used to refer to a pitched ball that passes very close to the batter's chin- "Clemens delivered some wicked chin music to Hernandez"
Thus once such a levy is enacted, capital flight is likely to ensue
an imposing or collecting, as of a tax, by authority or force.
But she is maddeningly cheerful at the idea of having to live in a garret .
an attic, usually a small, wretched one.
Chile-Bells- a vine, Lapageria rosea, native to Chile, having leathery evergreen leaves and showy reddish flowers: the national flower of Chile.
An ample supply of water; ample time to finish.
fully sufficient or more than adequate for the purpose or needs; plentiful; enough
“Masur takes far too long a pause between the third and fourth movements, ignoring Beethoven's attacca instructions completely.”
attack at once —used as a direction in music at the end of a movement to begin the next without pause
He chose to drive a econobox for the good gas efficiency.
A car that is small and economical rather than luxurious or stylish
“To add to my mumbling complaint, (for, you must know, I have been quite a dentiloquist,) I have an only sister on a visit to me, who has been alarmingly ill for some time.”
One who speaks through the teeth, that is, with the teeth closed.
The gastric juice has probably no action on farinaceous substances
1. consisting or made of flour or meal, as food. 2. containing or yielding starch, as seeds; starchy.
When he has nothing else he eats the farina , as it is called, by the handful.
flour or meal made from cereal grains and cooked as cereal, used in puddings, soups, etc.
The calamity of war.
a great misfortune or disaster, as a flood or serious injury
breed of sled dog developed in Alaska
Of course they will skedaddle if they figure the jig is up
to run away hurriedly; flee.
To rarefy a gas.
to make rare or rarer; make less dense
coat with a substance that will prevent corrosion
Decorate a small pot with paint or decoupage, and put a houseplant in it.
The decoration of the surface of an object with paper cut-outs
a durable silk or acetate fabric having alternating stripes of satin and moiré, for drapery and upholstery.
(Verb- Scot. and North England) to bark; yelp.
The old prospector absquatulated with our picks and shovel.
to flee; abscond
His two elderly spinster sisters watched warily in the background.
a woman still unmarried beyond the usual age of marrying.
The lobby has red lacquer walls and fulsome carvings in ivory and jade.
a protective coating consisting of a resin, cellulose ester, or both, dissolved in a volatile solvent, sometimes with pigment added.
Around the dark fluid was a bright white line, the pericardium
the membranous sac enclosing the heart.
Tiffany Speight's Despina was the best performer of the night, proving this is no soubrette role.
a comedy character who is vain and girlish, mischievous, lighthearted, coquettish and gossipy—often a chambermaid or confidante of the ingenue, she often displays a flirtatious or even sexually aggressive nature
They succeeded, partly by design and partly by happenstance .
a chance happening or event.
Co·quet (-ry) [koh-ket]
It's not serious interest she has for him, she's just coquetting with him.
to try to attract the attention and admiration of men for mere self-gratification; flirt.
The coquette of the insect species, it seems, winks a light every two seconds when in a romantic swoon.
a woman who flirts lightheartedly with men to win their admiration and affection; flirt.
The under surface is covered by peritoneum, which is reflected on to it from the surface of the liver.
the serous membrane lining the abdominal cavity and investing its viscera.
swelling that occurs just beneath the surface of the skin or mucous membranes.
The chair recognizes the gentlewoman from Maine.
a civilized, educated, sensitive, or well-mannered woman; lady.
The company has the financial heft to be an acquirer, and is nearly always mentioned as a potential buyer when analyst peculate about deals
to steal or take dishonestly (money, especially public funds, or property entrusted to one's care); embezzle
Removing her brassiere is a necessary skill you must learn if you are ever to get intimate with a woman
a woman's undergarment for supporting the breasts.
To bandy blows; to bandy words.
to pass from one to another or back and forth; give and take; trade; exchange
Well he is a bardy young man
Scot. bold; audacious; defiant
The butte was a holy place; men came there seeking visions
an isolated hill or mountain rising abruptly above the surrounding land.
This way they can still collect all the booty from the big banks to line their pockets
A valuable prize, award, or gain.
light and sweet sponge cakes roughly shaped like a large finger.
Char·lotte Russe (ro͞os)
A dessert consisting of custard enclosed in sponge cake or a casing of ladyfingers.
The style of her art work is intentionally demotic, aimed at ordinary people rather than the elite of the art world.
Adjective Denoting or relating to the kind of language used by ordinary people; popular or colloquial: "a demotic idiom".Noun Ordinary colloquial speech.
an electronic device used to determine a person's identity by detecting and matching the person's physical features, such as fingerprints or the eyes, to a database; also called biometrical reader
a vivid reddish or pink color named after the flower of the fuchsia plant, itself named after the German scientist Leonhart Fuchs.
His notes are neither languid nor forced, but remarkably varied and spontaneous.
lacking energy; indifferent; slow.
The word is a neologism combining the tank of tank top with the end of the word bikini.
a new word, meaning, usage, or phrase.
He is a monad, no need to sell him the group rate
- A single unit; the number one
Overwrought on the night of her wedding, a vision appeared to her.
His six-foot frame shook with mirth
Amusement, esp. as expressed in laughter
The gaiety of children's laughter
The state or quality of being lighthearted or cheerful
The mayor's recent actions have nettled some members of the community.
Such an ignoble act is completely unworthy of a military officer
having low moral standards; not noble in character; mean.
The inference from the frequency of these that of the mendicant orders
begging; practicing begging; living on alms.
The hands of the beggars were outstretched for alms.
(used with a singular or plural verb) money, food, or other donations given to the poor or needy; anything given as charity
Lambent tongues of flame
running or moving lightly over a surface
He's a neophyte at chess.
a beginner or novice
These findings are not meant to impugn your character.
to call into question; to attack verbally.
Each missive was tied with a lover's knot of different colored ribbons and...
a written note or letter
The knell of parting day
sound of a funeral bell; omen of death or failure.
A tawdry attempt to smear his opponent
Showy but cheap and of poor quality
The auditors will make orotund proclamations that they are merely providing a valuable service to their clients.
(of the voice or speech) characterized by strength, fullness, richness, and clearness.
His trial for larceny was scheduled for the summer after graduation.
theft of property
Little chips kindle the fire and big logs sustain it.
to set fire to or ignite; to excite or inspire.
There's logic to promoting natural gas at this juncture .
a point of time, especially one where two things are joined.
A still inchoate democracy
Just begun and so not fully formed or developed; rudimentary
Long-winded after-dinner speakers
talking or writing at tedious length
That will be to their detriment
loss, damage, disadvantage, or injury
Another pause, and he broke out again like one demented.
crazy; insane; mad.
At the start of the study, none of the participants showed signs of dementia.
severe impairment or loss of intellectual capacity and personality integration, due to the loss of or damage to neurons in the brain.
1. partial motor paralysis. 2. a late manifestation of syphilis, characterized by progressive dementia and paralysis.
a degenerative disease of the nervous system, restricted to certain tribes in New Guinea, marked by loss of muscular control and thought to be caused by a slow virus
They debased the value of the dollar
to reduce in quality or value; adulterate
Adulterated cocaine is often a white, offwhite or pinkish powder.
to debase or make impure by adding inferior materials or elements; use cheaper, inferior, or less desirable goods in the production of (any professedly genuine article)
Dishonest employees defrauded the firm of millions of dollars
to deprive of a right, money, or property by fraud
Every day the director has to first deal with a smorgasbord of problems before he can begin filming
a luncheon or supper buffet offering a variety of foods and dishes (as hors d'oeuvres, hot and cold meats, smoked and pickled fish, cheeses, salads, and relishes)
Hors d'oeu·vre [awr durv]
a small bit of appetizing food, as spicy meat, fish, cheese, or a preparation of chopped or creamed foods, often served on crackers or small pieces of toast, for eating at cocktail parties or other gatherings where drinks are served with no other food.
John grifted much of his income by carrying out elaborate cons against unsuspecting tourists.
a group of methods for obtaining money falsely through the use of swindles, frauds, dishonest gambling, etc.
“And the griffon is a proud beast He's the master of the sky.”
A dog of any of several terrierlike breeds originating in northwestern Europe
The 'landlubber' might apply to other natives; but I fear they could hardly be called
A person unfamiliar with the sea or seamanship.
“It was also where the darkest of thaumaturgy often found a home, which was why Tranq had sent her.”
the working of wonders or miracles; magic
Sleight of Hand
But with expert sleight of hand, he is able to find artistic benefits as well.
skill in feats requiring quick and clever movements of the hands, especially for entertainment ordeception, as jugglery, card or coin magic, etc.; legerdemain.
Nor was such acoustic legerdemain the evening's only astonishment.
(Noun) 1. sleight of hand. 2. trickery; deception. 3. any artful trick.
Therms of gas per annum
A unit of heat equivalent to 100,000 British thermal units or 1.055 × 10(^8) joules.
a mature sexual reproductive cell, as a sperm or egg, that unites with another cell to form a new organism.
one of a pair of conjugating gametes, exhibiting no differences in form, size, structure, or sex.
the tendency of a fluid, usually water, to pass through a semipermeable membrane into a solution where the solvent concentration is higher, thus equalizing the concentrations of materials on either side of the membrane.
A conjuration for divine guidance during a time of national crisis
The performance of something supernatural by means of a magic incantation or spell.
Neither infatuation with complexity nor statistical incantation makes an...
the chanting or uttering of words purporting to have magical power.
to cause to lose tribal allegiances and customs, chiefly through contact with another culture.
Eccentric conduct; an eccentric person.
deviating from the recognized or customary character, practice, etc.; irregular; erratic; peculiar; odd
Residents on the Georgia side also aren't sure they want to annex the town.
to attach, append, or add, especially to something larger or more important.
Basal cell carcinoma is a slow-growing form of skin cancer.
a malignant and invasive epithelial tumor that spreads by metastasis and often recurs after excision; cancer.
pertaining to leave-taking or departing; valedictory
A valedictory speech.
bidding good-bye; saying farewell
The evidence for an anthropogenic cause is nearly absent.
caused or produced by humans
a manuscript, parchment, or book having writing on only one side of the leaves
I'm very glad to see someone working to help ameliorate that situation.
to make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory
In private conversations, there is ambivalence and uncertainty.
uncertainty or fluctuation, especially when caused by inability to make a choice or by a simultaneous desire to say or do two opposite or conflicting things.
warding off poisoning or infection; antidotal; prophylactic.
preventing or reducing perspiration
If she ultimately lacks their individuality, she comes off as an enthusiastic acolyte .
1. A person assisting the celebrant in a religious service or procession. 2. An assistant or follower.
The music evokes the gamelan, or incandescent under sea creatures suddenly
Emitting light as a result of being heated.
Cur·mudg·eon (-ly) [ker-muhj-uhn]
The praise of more curmudgeonly fellows should not be overlooked.
a bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous person.
So my answer to you is that is not for me something desideratum .
something wanted or needed
things wanted or needed; the plural of desideratum
The inept performance elicited derision from the audience
The revolution ended in a debacle.
a general breakup or dispersion; sudden downfall or rout
A formidable opponent.
causing fear, apprehension, or dread
An arrogant and cavalier attitude toward others. (OR) Then as soon as you can, continue doing things with your cavalier that you
1. (noun) one having the spirit or bearing of a knight; a courtly gentleman; gallant. 2. (adjective) haughty, disdainful, or supercilious
1a Spanish gentleman 2. Southwestern U.S. a. a horseman. b. a woman's escort or admirer; cavalier.
The composer's final opus was performed posthumously to great acclaim
a musical composition or set of compositions usually numbered in the order of its issue
It gets large amounts of money for such purposes from pious businessmen.
having or showing a dutiful spirit of reverence for God or an earnest wish to fulfill religious obligations
a predetermination to commit an unlawful act without just cause or provocation (applied chiefly to cases of first-degree murder).
Plantar Fascitis [fash-ee-ahy-tis]
Quentin is recovering from plantar fasciitis in his left foot
A partial or complete tear in the fascia (fibrous connective tissue) of the bottom of the foot. It is characterized by pain just under the heel bone.
An impromptu address to the unexpected crowds
made or done without previous preparation
It's futile to expect airports to have impermeable security.
not permeable; impassable
to invoke or call down (evil or curses), as upon a person.
Their impending marriage.
about to happen; imminent
He decathected from her in order to cope with her impending death.
(used with object) to withdraw one's feelings of attachment from (a person, idea, or object), as in anticipation of a future loss
The vacuum flask imploded
to collapse or cause to collapse inwards in a violent manner as a result of external pressure
The lifelong friends always greeted each other the same way: John would point out Gary's thinning hair, then Gary would come back with a riposte about John's golf game.
1: a fencer's quick return thrust following a parry 2: a retaliatory verbal sally: retort 3: a retaliatory maneuver or measure
Rather that just being a high-concept boffin, dazzling the world with limited-edition objects, he's a serious and expansive thinker with a vision toward moving his profession into the future—and democratizing it at the same time
a scientist or technical expert
“Beckham's sons prove that having a himbo for a daddy can be just as mortifying as having a supposed bimbo for a mummy.”
A physically attractive man who lacks intelligence
a person or thing without equal; paragon.
I·dol·a·try (-trous) [ahy-dol-uh-tree]
In any case, my early idolatry of them could never have been sustained.
1. the religious worship of idols. 2. excessive or blind adoration, reverence, devotion, etc.
The measure is simply put on hold until the next cloture vote.
a method of closing a debate and causing an immediate vote to be taken on the question.
The sensuous qualities of music.
perceived by or affecting the senses
Not every alien will manage to break out of its beachhead .
the area that is the first objective of a military force landing on an enemy shore
They could do jelly ethology, which no one had ever done.
the study of animal behavior with emphasis on the behavioral patterns that occur in natural environments.
They may never have eaten wild strawberries straight from the ground or sucked the juice from a honeysuckle .
any upright or climbing shrub of the genus Diervilla, especially D. lonicera, cultivated for its fragrant white, yellow, or red tubular flowers
The anterior surface of the patella is subcutaneous.
(Anatomy) the flat, movable bone at the front of the knee; kneecap
The crash left him with a fractured skull, clavicle, ribs and hip.
(Anatomy) 1. a bone of the pectoral arch. 2. (in humans) either of two slender bones, each articulating with the sternum and a scapula and forming the anterior part of a shoulder; collarbone
Stretching from rib cage to pelvis , the spleen filled half his abdomen.
the large funnel-shaped structure at the lower end of the trunk of most vertebrates: in man it is formed by the hipbones and sacrum
On board, a phalanx of scientists started probing the breath of the forest.
1: A compact or close-knit body of people 2: (Anatomy) A bone of a finger or toe.
If the avatar he had been watching was a cuboid, that was easy.
1. resembling a cube in form. 2. (Anatomy) noting or pertaining to the outermost bone of the distal row of tarsal bones
1. shaped like a boat 2. (Anatomy) a small boat-shaped bone of the wrist or foot
They are medium-size sharks, with thick, stout bodies and long pectoral fins.
of, in, on, or pertaining to the chest or breast; thoracic
the long bone in the arm of humans extending from the shoulder to the elbow
(Anatomy) a bone in the wrist that articulates with the metacarpal bone of the thumb
(Anatomy) the part of a foot or hind limb, especially its bony structure, included between the tarsus and the toes or phalanges.
The fifth runs between the adjacent margins of the triangular and pisiform bones.
(Anatomy) a technical name for the hipbone or hip joint
The veins end in the left innominate vein, and in the thyroid veins.
having no name; nameless; anonymous
A cuneiform inscription
Denoting or relating to the wedge-shaped characters used in the ancient writing systems of Mesopotamia, Persia, and Ugarit, surviving mainly impressed on clay tablets
But, it was natural cavity they said, so it wasn't my fault.
any hollow place; hollow
Tho·rax [thawr-aks, thohr-]
Anatomy the part of the trunk in humans and higher vertebrates between the neck and the abdomen, containing the cavity, enclosed by the ribs, sternum, and certain vertebrae, in which the heart, lungs, etc., are situated; chest.
Res·pi·ra·tion (-tory) [res-puh-rey-shuhn]
It is the normal by-product of human respiration and the burning of fossil
the act of respiring; inhalation and exhalation of air; breathing
The study of rocks, with particular emphasis on their description and classification.
He concealed the gun under his coat.
to hide; withdraw or remove from observation; cover or keep from sight
“In all honesty – Really think this tidbit is a waste of space.”
1. a delicate bit or morsel of food. 2. a choice or pleasing bit of anything, as news or gossip.
We get them morsel by morsel, and the brisk dicing between them can catch the viewer unprepared.
A small piece or amount of food; a mouthful
Place clear plastic over the tilled garden area in the spring until mid- summer.
1. (Adjective) to labor, as by plowing or harrowing, upon (land) for the raising of crops; to plow 2. (Noun) A cash register or drawer for money in a store, bank, or restaurant
Halve dough and form each half into a disk, then wrap in wax paper.
to divide into two equal parts
We should go to Annie Sez later today
Female clothing store
The court ultimately dismissed on grounds of laches.
( used with a singular verb ) Law. failure to do something at the proper time, especially such delay as will bar a party from bringing a legal proceeding.
Command platoon there are four commando squads in every platoon.
military unit consisting of two or more squads or sections and a headquarters; a company or group of persons
At best he is a distastefully cynical demagogue.
a person, especially an orator or political leader, who gains power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people.
He had no innate sense of tragedy or preterition or complex binds or any of the things that made humanbeings' misfortunes significant to one another.
the act of passing by or over; omission; disregard.
Pickets marched in front of the company headquarters.
1: a pointed or sharpened stake, post, or pale 2: a person posted by a labor organization at a place of work affected by a strike
1. A male fallow deer in its second year, having straight, unbranched horns. 2. A spike for holding a candle.
Ni·hil·ism (-ist) [nahy-uh-liz-uhm]
The story is far from being a journey toward nihilism.
total rejection of established laws and institutions.
The key demarcation points in that relationship are the equinoxes and solstices.
the determining and marking off of the boundaries of something.
Du Jour [duh zhoor]
The soup du jour is split pea OR Environmentalism and other issues du jour.
1. as prepared on the particular day; of the kind being served today 2. fashionable; current
The controversy has polarized voters into proabortion and antiabortion groups.
to divide into sharply opposing factions, political groups, etc.
A canorous chorus of birdsong filled the morning air.
1. (Judaism) to pray 2. 2. To sway or rock lightly.
We seated ourselves on the davenport while we waited for him to get ready
a large sofa, often one convertible into a bed
Its pedestal was propped on the arm of the divan, and it was slanted downward to rest on the carpeted floor.
a sofa or couch, usually without arms or back, often usable as a bed.
a landing and takeoff place for a helicopter
News of his criminal past has disconcerted even his admirers.
to throw into confusion
a sometimes backless couch with a high curved headrest and low footrest
1: a private conversation between two persons 2: a short piece of furniture (as a sofa) intended to seat two persons especially facing each other
There was a little parapet behind which I found space to lie down.
a defensive wall or elevation, as of earth or stone, in a fortification.
One of the two dining rooms is light and airy, with a banquette covered in champagne tones.
1. An upholstered bench along a wall, esp. in a restaurant or bar. 2. A raised step behind a rampart.
Mod·al (-ity) [mohd-l]
The harmonic language is an uncomplicated mix of the diatonic and the modal.
of or pertaining to mode, manner, or form.
Instead, the military opted for a more economic alternative by building several barbette batteries.
(within a fortification) a platform or mound of earth from which guns may be fired over the parapetinstead of through embrasures
A baguette diamond
A gem, esp. a diamond, cut in a long rectangular shape
The cap is trimmed with satin ribbon or velvet loops arranged in aigrette style.
1. a plume or tuft of feathers, especially the back plume of any of various herons, arranged as a head ornament. 2. a jeweled ornament depicting or suggesting this, usually worn in the hair or on a hat.
It's delicious with a creamy blanquette of veal, delicately poached fish, or chicken braised with fennel and garlic.
a ragout of lamb, veal, or chicken, prepared in a velouté sauce, usually garnished with croutons or smallonions and mushrooms.
Bob waxes enthusiastic about the double-sided chesterfield.
1: a single-breasted or double-breasted semifitted overcoat with velvet collar 2: a davenport usually with upright armrests
Seating types: armchair two seat settee, three seat sofa, and accessory tables.
1: a long seat with a back 2: a medium-sized sofa with arms and a back
To repudiate a claim OR to repudiate a son
1. to reject as having no authority or binding force 2. to cast off or disown
(Spanish) a word.
a Greek militiaman in the Greek war for independence against the Turks 1821–28.
A slowness or loss of normal motor function resulting in impaired muscle movement.
Involuntary repetition of movements.
1. a poem in which the poet retracts something said in an earlier poem. 2. a recantation.
It shall be one of my cherished objects to remove this incubus of our prosperity.
1. A male demon believed to have sexual intercourse with sleeping women 2. A cause of distress or anxiety; nightmare
1. to shake up; shake. 2. (Medicine/Medical) to shake (a patient) in order to determine if a fluid is present in the thorax orelsewhere.
To succumb to despair.
to give way to superior force; yield
the act of seeking out affectionate care and social support.
His helpless subjection to a charmless and quickly tedious succubus makes him quickly tedious as well.
a demon in female form, said to have sexual intercourse with men in their sleep
To croon to a baby
to sing or hum in a soft, soothing voice
1. (Offensive) a black person. 2. a rustic or undignified person
She took her habitual place at the table.
commonly used, followed, observed, etc., as by a particular person; customary
She has a cohort of admirers.
a group or company
Friend of a friend (FOAF)
a phrase used to refer to someone that one does not know well, literally, a friend of a friend. In some social sciences, the phrase is used as a half-joking shorthand for the fact that much of the information on which people act comes from distant sources (as in "It happened to a friend of a friend of mine") and cannot be confirmed.
Bunny Man Bridge
The Bunny Man rumored to be the Easter Bunny is an urban legend that probably originated from two incidents in Fairfax County, Virginia, in 1970, but has been spread throughout the Washington D.C. area. There are many variations to the legend, but most involve a man wearing a rabbit costume who attacks people with an axe.
Six Degrees of Separation
the theory that anyone on the planet can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries.
“Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate.”
"Work is an overrated activity.”
Afterwards, agencies scrambled to shirk responsibility.
to evade (work, duty, responsibility, etc.)
Fantastic rock formations; fantastic designs.
conceived or appearing as if conceived by an unrestrained imagination; odd and remarkable;bizarre; grotesque
Who becomes royal and who a drudge depends on who gets fed with a fantabulous substance called royal jelly.
extremely fine or desirable; excellent; wonderful
a floating temporary marker buoy (as one used on fishing grounds or in minesweeping and antisubmarine-warfare operations)
in the style of Dante; characterized by impressive elevation of style with deep solemnity or sombernessof feeling.
A somber passageway
gloomily dark; shadowy; dimly lighted
An earnest worker
serious in intention, purpose, or effort; sincerely zealous
Dantesca Chair [dan-tes-kuh]
a chair of the Renaissance having two transverse pairs of curved legs crossing beneath the seat and rising to support the arms and back.
a chair of the Renaissance having a number of transverse pairs of curved legs, crossing beneath the seatand rising to support the arms and back.
Saute alligator meat in a small amount of olive oil until tender, and set aside.
cooked or browned in a pan containing a small quantity of butter, oil, or other fat.
It would also put more onus on developing countries to become more attractive...
a difficult or disagreeable obligation, task, burden, etc.
The art is to delegate this task to people who are actually motivated to do it.
a person designated to act for or represent another or others; deputy; representative, as in a political convention.
The whitewash coating is easily damaged and rubs off on clothing.
a composition, as of lime and water or of whiting, size, and water, used for whitening walls, woodwork, etc.
A feverish distemper.
a deranged condition of mind or body; a disorder or disease
His private and public lives are distinct.
distinguished as not being the same; not identical; separate (sometimes followed by from)
All relative particulate motion occurs as jumps in relative position between...
(Adjective) of, pertaining to, or composed of distinct particles. (Noun) a separate and distinct particle.
Calcite and aragonite are the two crystal forms of calcium carbonate, a property of minerals geologists call dimorphism .
(Zoology) the occurrence of two forms distinct in structure, coloration, etc., among animals of the same species. Compare sexual dimorphism.
There is less disillusion here than continuing rage.
to free from or deprive of illusion, belief, idealism, etc.; disenchant.
Disregard the footnotes.
to pay no attention to; leave out of consideration; ignore
They show lankily seductive, somewhat dissolute-looking urban adolescents.
indifferent to moral restraints; given to immoral or improper conduct; licentious; dissipated.
A treeless, desolate landscape
barren or laid waste; devastated
They form, then dissipate quickly.
to scatter in various directions; disperse; dispel
A barren woman
not producing or incapable of producing offspring; sterile
not producing fruit; sterile; barren.
He was afterward, by a solemn deputation of the nobility, called to the crown.
the act of appointing a person or persons to represent or act for another or others
We asked her permission, and she consented.
to permit, approve, or agree; comply or yield
To accede to a request
to give consent, approval, or adherence; agree; assent;
After a brief discussion with the barista, the patron opens the box.
a person who is specially trained in the making and serving of coffee drinks, as in a coffee bar
to sever; separate
The theories disagree in their basic premises
to fail to agree; differ
Anyone who approaches his imagistic, disjunctive tales as puzzles to be solved is bound to be thwarted.
serving or tending to disjoin; separating; dividing; distinguishing.
The nascent republic
beginning to exist or develop
Under the auspices of the Department of Education.
Usually, auspices. patronage; support; sponsorship
That does not augur well for retail prospects.
1. one of a group of ancient Roman officials charged with observing and interpreting omens forguidance in public affairs. 2. soothsayer; prophet.
His aura earned him vast hosts of fans and the role of high priest and soothsayer that he always believed was his birthright.
a person who professes to foretell events.
an augur of ancient Rome
"They auspicated the trip with a bottle of champagne"
commence in a manner calculated to bring good luck
As usual, sports writer wants to prognosticate based on statistics.
to forecast or predict (something future) from present indications or signs; prophesy
calm; peaceful; tranquil
1. a third-magnitude star in the constellation Taurus: brightest star in the Pleiades. 2. Also, Halcyon, Halcyone. Classical Mythology . a daughter of Aeolus who, with her husband, Ceyx,was transformed into a kingfisher.
It is not difficult to unite these two apparently discrepant cases.
(usually of two or more objects, accounts, findings etc.) differing; disagreeing; inconsistent: discrepant accounts
Each makes some attempt to exculpate the other.
to clear from a charge of guilt or fault; free from blame; vindicate
The court absolved her of guilt in his death.
to free from guilt or blame or their consequences
Im·pute (-able) [im-pyoot]
The children imputed magical powers to the old woman.
to attribute or ascribe
A fervent admirer; a fervent plea.
having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm, etc.; ardent
Work with the bacillus itself must be confined to aseptic safety cabinets.
free from the living germs of disease, fermentation, or putrefaction.
Much of it remains under water, stewing in aputrid mix of chemicals and corpses.
in a state of foul decay or decomposition, as animal or vegetable matter; rotten
The wind ruffled the sand.
to destroy the smoothness or evenness of
A veracious witness.
habitually speaking the truth; truthful; honest
bitter, rankling resentment or ill will; hatred; malice.
Fortunate Isles or (Islands of the Blessed)
here is where heroes and other favored mortals in Greek mythology and Celtic mythology were received by the gods into a winterless blissful paradise. According to Greek mythology, the islands were reserved for those who had chosen to be reincarnated thrice, and managed to be judged as especially pure enough to gain entrance to the Elysian Fields all three times.
Twice have drowned, thrice let knives rake mynitty-gritty.
three times, as in succession; on three occasions or in three ways
In fact people were willing to engage in civil disobedience to get through
lack of obedience or refusal to comply; disregard or transgression
The dispossess can cross in the mail with your rent payment.
to put (a person) out of possession, especially of real property; oust
The bouncer ousted the drunk; to oust the Prime Minister in the next election.
to expel or remove from a place or position occupied
She has many good, imitable qualities.
capable or worthy of being imitated
To imitate an author's style; to imitate an older brother.
to follow or endeavor to follow as a model or example
She suggested a more elaborate approach: pairwise comparison.
worked out with great care and nicety of detail; executed with great minuteness: elaborate preparations; elaborate care.
The former statesman cannot be called either acynic or hypocrite.
a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.
His trembling hands belied his calm voice.
to show to be false; contradict
Earnest and intelligent discourse.
communication of thought by words; talk; conversation
Primitive forms of life
being the first or earliest of the kind or in existence, especially in an early age of the world
Working and planning from a place of fear and distrust can be debilitating.
to regard with doubt or suspicion; have no trust in
No one in my family could disabuse me of that belief.
to free (a person) from deception or error.
Dupe [doop, dyoop]
The first dupe of the accomplished hypocrite is always himself.
a person who is easily deceived or fooled; gull.
Some may deride baseball for being too slow in such modern times.
to laugh at in scorn or contempt; scoff or jeer at; mock
Total uniformity is not required, and in fact can be boring and soporific .
causing or tending to cause sleep
And there's a hefty bonus for an exacta --if your pick for first or second or third, etc, matches the tournament rankings
a type of bet, especially on horse races, in which the bettor must select the first- and second-place finishers in exact order.
The ground was excavated for a foundation.
to make hollow by removing the inner part; make a hole or cavity in; form into a hollow, as by digging
To evacuate the inhabitants of towns in the path of a flood.
to remove (persons or things) from a place, as a dangerous place or disaster area, for reasons ofsafety or protection
Uniform spelling; a uniform building code.
identical or consistent, as from example to example, place to place, or moment to moment
a period in the history of humankind, following the Stone Age and preceding the Iron Age, during which bronze weapons and implements were used.
a daughter of Minos and Pasiphaë who gave Theseus the thread by which heescaped from the labyrinth: deserted by Theseus on Naxos, she became the bride of Dionysus.
Blood from the basilic and femoral veins was also sowed.
the greatest Greek warrior in the Trojan War and hero of Homer's Iliad. He killed Hector and was killed when Paris wounded him in the heel, his one vulnerable spot, with an arrow.
A creature who was half man and half bull
1. (Classical Mythology) . the wife of Minos, mother of Ariadne, and mother of the Minotaur by the Cretanbull. 2. (Astronomy) a small moon of the planet Jupiter.
(Classical Mythology) king of Ithaca; son of Laertes; one of the heroes of the Iliad and protagonist of the Odyssey: shrewdest ofthe Greek leaders in the Trojan War.
Silica gel is a desiccant, and the purpose of a desiccant is to absorb or adsorb gaseous water vapor.
desiccating or drying, as a medicine
The trickle-down was more of a deluge up the income distribution ladder.
a great flood of water; inundation; flood
The catastrophe of war
a sudden and widespread disaster
Both pinion gears being engaged, the air released from the uncovered port in the upper motor.
1. The outer part of a bird's wing including the flight feathers. 2. A small gear or spindle engaging with a large gear.
This situation is an abomination and should beroundly condemned.
anything abominable; anything greatly disliked or abhorred
The advantages that inhere in a democratic system.
to exist permanently and inseparably in, as a quality, attribute, or element; belong intrinsically; be inherent
He was exonerated from the accusation of cheating.
to clear, as of an accusation; free from guilt or blame; exculpate
To vindicate someone's honor
to clear, as from an accusation, imputation, suspicion, or the like
The idea of a currency war is that nations depreciate their currencies with the
to reduce the purchasing value of (money)
To bespeak the importance of small parks is not to deprecate the importance of...
to express earnest disapproval of
He was exalted to the position ofpresident.
to raise in rank, honor, power, character, quality, etc.; elevate
To live in exile
expulsion from one's native land by authoritative decree.
Close your mouth, hold your nose and try to exhale slowly.
to emit breath or vapor; breathe out
Barring accidents, I'll be there.
excepting; except for
The erodent power of wind.
Congress may amend the proposed tax bill
to alter, modify, rephrase, or add to or subtract from (a motion, bill, constitution, etc.) by formal procedure
- A single-celled animal that catches food and moves about by extending fingerlike projections of protoplasm. Amebas are either free-living in damp environments or parasitic
The company hand-labels the bottles and cuts the sugarcane by machete in order...
a large heavy knife used especially in Latin-American countries in cutting sugarcane and clearingunderbrush and as a weapon
a cytokinin occurring in corn, spinach, and peas.
any of a class of plant hormones, produced by the roots and traveling upward through the xylem, thatpromote tissue growth and budding and, on application, retard plant senescence.
Zeal (-otry) [zeel]
They tend to lose their reformist zeal and see their growth fizzle.
fervor for a person, cause, or object; eager desire or endeavor; enthusiastic diligence; ardor
1. a person who shows zeal. 2. an excessively zealous person; fanatic.
She spoke persuasively and with ardor.
great warmth of feeling; fervor; passion
Wash the skin with large amounts of lukewarm water and soap. OR He received lukewarm applause.
1. moderately warm; tepid. 2. having or showing little ardor, zeal, or enthusiasm; indifferent
But not nearly enough to explain the whole decadal trend.
of or pertaining to a decade
a silver coin of ancient Greece equal to 10 drachmas.
The diagonals of heptagon, nonagon, and decagon should be drawn directly onto the worksheet.
a polygon having ten angles and ten sides.
The diagonals of heptagon, nonagon, and decagon should be drawn directly onto theworksheet.
a polygon having nine angles and nine sides.
The diagonals of heptagon, nonagon, and decagon should be drawn directly onto the worksheet.
a polygon having seven angles and seven sides.
Accessing the balcony are narrow wood stairs with ornately carved foliate wood newel posts
covered with or having leaves; shaped like a leaf
If you go down to see them, you will find some with the gneiss attached to the quartz.
a metamorphic rock, generally made up of bands that differ in color and composition, some bands beingrich in feldspar and quartz, others rich in hornblende or mica.
In this case the mica, not a conscious being, is the object that transforms what might happen into what does happen.
any member of a group of minerals, hydrous silicates of aluminum with other bases, chiefly potassium, magnesium, iron, and lithium, that separate readily into thin, tough, often transparent, and usually elastic laminae; isinglass.
a pure, transparent or translucent form of gelatin, obtained from the air bladders of certain fish,especially the sturgeon: used in glue and jellies and as a clarifying agent.
The skininess is an indicator of tabes
a gradually progressive emaciation
One little worm can shoot a harpoon out of its head to stab its prey.
a barbed, spearlike missile attached to a rope, and thrown by hand or shot from a gun, used for killing and capturing whales and large fish.
Only a small section of the grandstand is open to the public.
1. (Noun) The main seating area, usually roofed, commanding the best view for spectators at racetracks or sports stadiums. 2. (Verb) (used without object) to conduct oneself or perform showily or ostentatiously in an attempt to impress onlookers
Skin of marmoreal smoothness.
of or like marble
The expression in his eyes was baleful, aloof, and slightly suspicious.
full of menacing or malign influences; pernicious.
Gambling was the bane of his existence.
a person or thing that ruins or spoils.
He bedizened for the party.
to dress or adorn in a showy, gaudy, or tasteless manner.
brilliantly or excessively showy
Moreover, such a reading would render the substantial factor test nugatory .
of no real value; trifling; worthless
That billboard mars the view. The holiday was marred by bad weather
to damage or spoil to a certain extent; render less perfect, attractive, useful, etc.; impair or spoil
To traduce someone's character.
to speak maliciously and falsely of; slander; defame
The words have become a weird talisman and are applied way, way out of context.
An object, typically an inscribed ring or stone, thought to have magic powers and to bring good luck
Soon, customers would ask her to mount a newly bought amulet to wear.
a small object worn to ward off evil, harm, or illness or to bring good fortune; protecting charm.
Your logic is lacking, one key thing, you do not in anyway refute their claim.
to prove to be false or erroneous, as an opinion or charge.
Thus a steep temperature gradient is present within the material itself.
the degree of inclination, or the rate of ascent or descent, in a highway, railroad, etc.
It is entirely within my discretion whether I will go or stay.
the power or right to decide or act according to one's own judgment; freedom of judgment or choice
Incommodious hotel accommodations.
inconvenient, as not affording sufficient space or room; uncomfortable:
E·quiv·o·cate (-cal) [ih-kwiv-uh-keyt]
When asked directly for his position on disarmament, the candidate only equivocated
to use ambiguous or unclear expressions, usually to avoid commitment or in order to mislead; prevaricate or hedge:
He responded "negatory" to his question
marked by negation; denying; negative.
A bent stick OR A bent for painting
1. (Adjective) curved; crooked 2. (Noun) direction taken, as by one's interests; inclination
They blandished the guard into letting them through the gate.
to coax or influence by gentle flattery; cajole
Officials have been considering ways to help bolster the area's seal population.
a long, often cylindrical, cushion or pillow for a bed, sofa, etc
In their place rise vast bombastic structures, architects' and politicians'...
high-sounding; high-flown; inflated; pretentious
The town burgeoned into a city. He burgeoned into a fine actor.
to grow or develop quickly; flourish.
On the one hand, their involvement lets them burnish their brands in a...
to polish (a surface) by friction
To supplement these pie-and-beer meals, he tried to cadge food at court.
to obtain by imposing on another's generosity or friendship.
The deviant behavior acts as a catalyst for the first interaction. OR His imprisonment by the government served as the catalyst that helped transform social unrest into revolution.
1. a substance that causes or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected. 2. a person or thing that precipitates an event or change
As a coda, a nightcap also shouldn't stray too far from the movements that preceded it.
a more or less independent passage, at the end of a composition, introduced to bring it to a satisfactory close.
Pas de deux [French pahduh dœ]
1. a dance by two persons. 2. (in classical ballet) a set dance for a ballerina and a danseur noble, consisting typically of an entrée, an adagio, a variation for each dancer, and a coda
The voters are too complacent to change the government.
pleased, especially with oneself or one's merits, advantages, situation, etc., often without awareness of some potential danger or defect; self-satisfied.
A convoluted way of describing a simple device.
to coil up; form into a twisted shape
He corroborated my account of the accident.
to make more certain; confirm
A sad countenance
appearance, especially the look or expression of the face
Cal's senior management is either incompetent or culpable.
a deserving blame or censure; blameworthy
A bilateral agreement; bilateral sponsorship.
pertaining to, involving, or affecting two or both sides, factions, parties, or the like
Solicitous about a person's health.
anxious or concerned (usually followed by about, for, etc., or a clause)
To appease an angry king.
to bring to a state of peace, quiet, ease, calm, or contentment; pacify; soothe
He was obviously a pretty stubborn old codger himself.
an eccentric man, especially one who is old
Divers will find a kedge anchor, pin rail, wheel and tiller.
to warp or pull (a ship) along by hauling on the cable of an anchor carried out from the ship and dropped
The gradual accretion of knowledge is the way to go.
an increase by natural growth or by gradual external addition; growth in size or extent.
Rampart self interest has led to our current economic condition.
A defensive wall of a castle or walled city, having a broad top with a walkway and typically a stone parapet.
Penchant for outdoor sports.
a strong inclination, taste, or liking for something
Pendant can be worn with either side of the coin displayed.
a hanging ornament, as an earring or the main piece suspended from a necklace
Dis·trib·ute (-tion) [dih-strib-yoot]
Distribute the worksheet and have students research globalization.
to divide and give out in shares; deal out; allot.
The malefactor failed to pay the amounts charged to those accounts and thus the accounts became delinquent.
1. a person who violates the law; criminal. 2. a person who does harm or evil, especially toward another
A prosaic mind
commonplace or dull; matter-of-fact or unimaginative
An insipid personality.
without distinctive, interesting, or stimulating qualities; vapid
The police arrested the burglar
to seize (a person) by legal authority or warrant; take into custody
to use or address with harsh or abusive language; revile
A perfume of cloying sweetness
causing or tending to cause disgust or aversion through excess
To obtrude one's opinions upon others
to thrust (something) forward or upon a person, especially without warrant or invitation
Counsel should admonish their clients and witnesses to avoid such behavior.
to caution, advise, or counsel against something
He has reneged on his promise
1. Cards. to play a card that is not of the suit led when one can follow suit; break a rule of play. 2. to go back on one's word
Juju says that working on art projects makes her feel peaceful and calm.
1. an object venerated superstitiously and used as a fetish or amulet by tribal peoples of West Africa. 2. the magical power attributed to such an object.
The tests with expander, reducer and diameter step do not apply to gas meters menat to be used in residential areas.
an amulet worn by certain Egyptians in ancient times to secure divine protection and to ensure fertility
Secondary spontaneous pneumothorax can be caused by lung diseases that produce the bulla , such as emphysema or asthma.
a seal attached to an official document, as a papal bull
an amulet (a small object worn to ward off evil, harm, or illness or to bring good fortune; protecting charm.)
an African charm, amulet, or fetish
Phi·lan·thro·py (-ic) [fi-lan-thruh-pee]
To devote one's later years to philanthropy.
the activity of donating to such persons or purposes in this way
They anoint the tips of their arrows with poison
1. Smear or rub with oil, typically as part of a religious ceremony. 2. Smear or rub something with (any other substance)
A pied horse.
having patches of two or more colors, as various birds and other animals
It's also a moment for national unity, not partisan advantage.
an adherent or supporter of a person, group, party, or cause, especially a person who shows a biased, emotional allegiance
There just isn't enough outside approbation.
Tem·per·ate [tem-per-it, tem-prit]
A temperate response to an insulting challenge.
moderate or self-restrained; not extreme in opinion, statement, etc
To flag a taxi; To flag down a passing car.
to signal or warn (a person, automobile, etc.) with or as if with a flag (sometimes followed by down)
harmful or injurious to health or physical well-being
These days, though, more and more adults are rediscovering the joys of arboreal hideaways.
of or pertaining to trees; treelike
The cause of her anger did not warrant such asperity.
harshness or sharpness of tone, temper, or manner; severity; acrimony
Dereliction of duty.
deliberate or conscious neglect
reduction or subsidence of swelling
to free from a burden
Strong crypto, in their view, was an answer of almost magical efficacy.
capacity for producing a desired result
The danger here is that it must be interesting effluvia .
(noun) slight or invisible exhalation or vapor
The sheer effrontery of the thing took my breath away.
shameless or impudent boldness
But a question is empirical only if you can imagine physical evidence that...
derived from or guided by experience or experiment
An encomium by the President greeted the returning hero
formal expression of high praise
To expatiate upon a theme
to enlarge in discourse or writing; be copious in description or discussion
Their propinquity is a corroborating point, as is the quotation from the trial transcript.
nearness in place
Concertgoers praised the proximity between stages, relaxed environment and...
nearness in place, time, order, occurrence, or relation.
In slowing recidivism, they turned prisoners from tax burdens into taxpaying
repeated or habitual relapse, as into crime
The director of a consumer group says he's sleazy and sophomoric .
intellectually pretentious, overconfident, or conceited, but also immature
It helps that he is by nature a desultory, recessive fellow.
jumping from one thing to another; disconnected
To cogitate about a problem.
to think hard; ponder; meditate
An executive with a good track record.
a record of achievements or performance
We need to cut spending to make our fiscal future more reasonable, more viable.
capable of living
Little wonder that many faculty members detest department meetings.
to feel abhorrence of; hate; dislike intensely
Those with cash and connections can clean up arap sheet quickly.
a record kept by law-enforcement authorities of a person's arrests and convictions.
Until the fuzzy letdowns of the final act, the movie is a sizzling intellectual apache dance.
a Parisian gangster, rowdy, or ruffian.
1. a member of an Athabaskan people of the southwestern U.S. 2. (Military) a two-man U.S. Army helicopter designed to attack enemy armor with rockets or a 30mmgun and equipped for use in bad weather and in darkness.
To raze a row of old buildings.
to tear down; demolish; level to the ground
The purpose of this notice is not to chastise anyone defendant's counsel.
to discipline, especially by corporal punishment
He was also the patriarch and patron of a largecity-based family.
the male head of a family or tribal line.
Green food dye sinks into the top three or four layers of the epidermis.
the outer, nonvascular, nonsensitive layer of the skin, covering the true skin or corium
slavishly submissive or obsequious; fawning
to charge, bind, or command earnestly and solemnly, often under oath or the threat of a penalty
Joseph has long been the apple of his father's eye, making his brothers seethe...
to surge or foam as if boiling
"A nasty leg wound which still niggled at him" OR "He loved to niggle and criticize people".
1. (Verb) Cause slight but persistent annoyance, discomfort, or anxiety 2. (Verb) Find fault with (someone) in a petty way
The stream meandered through the valley.
to proceed by or take a winding or indirect course
Full-time employees accrue annual leave based on years of employment.
to happen or result as a natural growth, addition, etc.
conveying or expressing opprobrium, as language or a speaker
The bread selection consists of dinner rolls, a rich pumpernickel, and pretzel bread.
a coarse, dark, slightly sour bread made of unbolted rye.
A stratum of ancient foundations.
a layer of material, naturally or artificially formed, often one of a number of parallel layers one upon another
In modern birds pigments in feathers come in small granules, and the granule for each color has a different shape.
a little grain
A convivial atmosphere.
Adipose tissue, familiarly known as fat, is the organ specialized for that task.
loose connective tissue in which fat cells accumulate.
He often slept in a squalid homeless shelter, if not under a bridge.
foul and repulsive, as from lack of care or cleanliness; neglected and filthy
morally ignoble or base; vile
Whet [hwet, wet]
Another swallower works underwater, in what may be a futile attempt to whet the blade.
1. to sharpen (a knife, tool, etc.) by grinding or friction. 2. to make keen or eager; stimulate: to whet the appetite; to whet the curiosity
The web has yet to meet a serious idea it couldn't lampoon .
a sharp, often virulent satire directed against an individual or institution
relating to land, land tenure, or the division of landed property
Judicious use of one's money.
using or showing judgment as to action or practical expediency; discreet, prudent, or politic
To carp at minor errors.
to find fault or complain querulously or unreasonably; be niggling in criticizing; cavil
To acclaim the conquering heroes.
to welcome or salute with shouts or sounds of joy and approval; applaud
Gaines is neither a my-way-or-the-highway autocrat nor a rah-rah motivator.
an absolute ruler, especially a monarch who holds and exercises the powers of government as by inherent right, not subject to restrictions.
To waive one's right
to refrain from claiming or insisting on; give up; forgo
One is to lambaste those that don't see it as you do.
to beat or whip severely.
A flagrant error.
shockingly noticeable or evident; obvious; glaring
A bowl of great antiquity.
the quality of being ancient; ancientness; old
She had returned to anarchist activism, but it was taking its toll on her.
a person who seeks to overturn by violence all constituted forms and institutions of society and government, with no purpose of establishing any other system of order in the place of that destroyed.
Best of all is hot tea, poured generously, and a welcome quaff on a cold
to drink a beverage, especially an intoxicating one, copiously and with hearty enjoyment.
The crudest attacks come with the culprit's electronic fingerprints.
a person or other agent guilty of or responsible for an offense or fault
Shi Shi Nee (shey shey nee)
(Chinese) Thank you
Guidelines on the government's future policy
any guide or indication of a future course of action
Abysmal ignorance; abysmal poverty.
extremely or hopelessly bad or severe
I could forgive him for what he did if he showed some remorse.
a gnawing distress arising from a sense of guilt for past wrongs
A word in the abessive case.
Of, relating to, or being the grammatical case indicating absence, as Finnish puhumatta "without speaking."
Please remove the ornaments, tinsel, lights and tree stand.
a glittering metallic substance, as copper or brass, in thinsheets, used in pieces, strips, threads, etc., to produce a sparkling effect cheaply.
We now live in a plutocracy that only answers to avarice and benefits the oligarchs.
the rule or power of wealth or of the wealthy
There are no stores in the vicinity of our house.
the area or region near or about a place; surrounding district;neighborhood
capable of being split or divided; cleavable.
She managed to wrest true understanding from each of us with the simplest means.
(Verb) Forcibly pull (something) from a person's grasp. (Noun) A key for tuning a harp or piano.
An industrial city in central England; pop. 292,600.
They were married in a pavilion filled with flowers.
a light, usually open building used for shelter, concerts, exhibits, etc., as in a park or fair.
A bleak plain.
bare, desolate, and often windswept
To siphon a secret bank account.
(Verb) to convey, draw, or pass through or as if through a siphon
the origin of the gods
The book describes his descent into a deep depression after the death of his wife
the act, process, or fact of moving from a higher to a lower position.
Once the quota is filled, a higher tariff is applied on additional imports.
an official list or table showing the duties or customs imposedby a government on imports or exports.
There are some excellent photo opportunities from the upper terrace.
a raised level with a vertical or sloping front or sides faced with masonry, turf, or the like, especially one of a series of levels rising one above another.
Meanwhile he took the mutton off the gridiron, and gravely handed it round.
1. a football field. 2. a utensil consisting of parallel metal bars on which to broilmeat or other food. 3. a structure above the stage of a theater, from which hung scenery and the like are manipulated.
a small, marine isopod crustacean of the genus Limnoria that destroys submerged timber by boring into it.
1. a grotesque or absurd chief character in a puppet show of Italian origin: the prototype of Punch. 2. any similarly grotesque or absurd person or thing.
being or appearing vigorously effective; forceful.
Puncheon that is slightly elevated is termed surface puncheon.
1. a large cask of varying capacity, but usually 80 gallons (304liters). 2. the volume of such a cask, used as a measure.
(among Chinese living in the U.S.) a fraternal or secretsociety, often associated with criminal activities.
Wearing heat-proof gloves and tongs , remove the boat containing the mixed
any of various implements consisting of two arms hinged, pivoted, orotherwise fastened together, for seizing, holding, or lifting something(usually used with pair of).
(Surgery) to cut off the nerve supply from (an organ or body part) by surgery or anesthetic block.
To denigrate someone's character.
to speak damagingly of; criticize in a derogatory manner; sully; defame
1. European Recovery Program. 2. Informal. any comprehensive program for federally supportedeconomic assistance, as for urban renewal.
Foreign affairs used to be the business of the pro-detente foreign ministry.
activities of a nation in its relationships with other nations; international relations.
This increased soviet fears that nato was planning an attack.
an organization formed in Washington, D.C. (1949), comprising the12 nations of the Atlantic Pact together with Greece, Turkey, and the Federal Republic of Germany, for the purpose of collective defense against aggression.
1. a member of a small tribe of nomadic North American Indians now living in Arizona. 2. the Yuman language of the Havasupai.
a semisoft Danish cheese made of cow's milk
1. (Spanish Habana) a seaport in and the capital of Cuba, on the NW coast. 2. a cigar made in Cuba or of Cuban tobacco.
1. Minor Prophet of the 7th century b.c. 2. book of the Bible bearing his name
Her father was a bankrupt haberdasher, and her parents may not have been married.
a retail dealer in men's furnishings, as shirts, ties, gloves,socks, and hats
Ul·ti·ma Thu·le [uhl-tuh-muh thoo-lee]
A distant unknown region; the extreme limit of travel and discovery.
the last syllable of a word.
Ul·ti·ma Ra·ti·o Re·gum [uhl-tuh-muh rey-shee-oh ree-guhm]
the final argument of kings (a resort to arms): motto engraved onthe cannon of Louis XIV.
Ul·ti·ma Ra·tio [uhl-tuh-muh rey-shee-oh]
the final argument; also: the last resort (as force)
1. the state or quality of being ultimate. 2. a basic or fundamental quality: to question the ultimacies of one's religious beliefs.
Ideally this ultimatum alone would suffice to prompt the government to release its prisoners.
a final, uncompromising demand or set of terms issued by aparty to a dispute, the rejection of which may lead to aseverance of relations or to the use of force.
(law) an offense involving intent to defraud and false representation and obtaining property as a result of that misrepresentation
The vet explained to the children that what appeared to be a display of anger in the cat was actually a behavior called flehmen.
a mammalian behavior (as of horses or cats) in which the animal inhales with the mouth open and upper lip curled to facilitate exposure of the vomeronasal organ to a scent or pheromone
We’ve hired the first tranche of researchers.
any part, division, or installment
I will do the work insofar as I am able.
to such an extent (usually followed by as)
He insinuated that they were lying.
to suggest or hint slyly
An incendiary extravaganza of music and dance.
tending to inflame the senses
The Kinsey Scale
A classification system for gauging sexual orientation, designed by Alfred Kinsey, and ranging from 0 (exclusively heterosexual) to 6 (exclusively homosexual).
It is thought that a zwitterion is formed between the phenolic hydroxyl and the free amine.
(Physical Chemistry) an ion with both a positive and a negative charge.
Parents, faculty, and members of the community commended the students for their laudable efforts at cleaning up the park and renovating its play structures.
worthy of praise: commendable
According to the latest census, the racial makeup of the town has changed dramatically in the last 50 years.
1. a usually complete enumeration of a population; specifically: a periodic governmental enumeration of population 2. count, tally
To converse in elliptical sentences.
(of speech or writing) expressed with extreme or excessive economy; relieved of irrelevant matter
He achieved a small economy by walking to work instead of taking a bus
an act or means of thrifty saving; a saving
any of numerous bloodsucking flies of the family Tabanidae, comprising the deer flies and horse flies.
He wore a tabard to the event
1. A sleeveless jerkin consisting only of front and back pieces with a hole for the head. 2. A coarse garment of this kind as the outer dress of medieval peasants and clerics, or worn as a surcoat over armor.
He envied every days man and drover in the tavern their manly speech.
1. a place where liquors are sold to be consumed on the premises. 2. a public house for travelers and others; inn.
A simple tab of leather is commonly used, as is as skeleton glove.
1. a small flap, strap, loop, or similar appendage, as on a garment, used for pulling, hanging, or decoration. 2. Informal. a bill, as for a meal in a restaurant; check.
They decorated the room with a tabaret
a durable silk or acetate fabric having alternating stripes ofsatin and moiré, for drapery and upholstery.
We're buying lettuce in plastic packages and potato salad, tabbouleh , and hummus in deli containers.
a salad of fine-ground bulgur, parsley, tomatoes, green onions, mint, olive oil, and lemon juice.
They're by no means implying a causal relationship between the two.
1. of, constituting, or implying a cause. 2. (Grammar) . expressing a cause, as the conjunctions because andsince.
The monthly departmental causeries did much to foster a sense of community
1. an informal talk or chat. 2. a short, informal essay, article, etc.
Frosted window glass is translucent but not transparent.
permitting light to pass through but diffusing it so that persons, objects, etc., on the opposite side are not clearly visible
Eu·tha·na·sia (-ize) [yoo-thuh-ney-zhuh]
Some groups fear this trend could lead to widespread euthanasia.
Also called mercy killing. the act of putting to death allowing to die, as by withholding extreme medical measures, a person or animal suffering from an incurable, especially a painful, disease or condition.
An abrupt departure.
sudden or unexpected
(Philosophy) belief in, or reliance upon, a priori reasoning, arguments, or principles.
The doctor said his stiff movements may be because apraxia
(Pathology) a disorder of the nervous system, characterized by an inability to perform purposeful movements, but not accompanied by a loss of sensory function or paralysis.
A brusque welcome greeted his unexpected return.
abrupt in manner; blunt; rough
A pithy observation.
brief, forceful, and meaningful in expression; full of vigor, substance, or meaning; terse; forcible
Previously, officials limited themselves to terse announcements of such deaths.
neatly or effectively concise; brief and pithy, as language
A construction project of pharaonic proportions.
impressively or overwhelmingly large, luxurious, etc.
Par A·vion [pa ra-vyawn]
The mail was transferred via par avion
by plane (used especially as a designation on matter to be sent by airmail).
The proof of baseball's parity is on the playing field.
equality, as in amount, status, or character
Firefly was excellent because it extrapolated a reasonable future.
to infer (an unknown) from something that is known; conjecture
However it must not be based on mere conjecture or speculation.
the formation or expression of an opinion or theory without sufficient evidence for proof.
To engage in speculation on humanity's ultimate destiny.
the contemplation or consideration of some subject
To contemplate the stars.
to look at or view with continued attention; observe or study thoughtfully
A thorough search.
executed without negligence or omissions
Firstly, there is a market for boutique high-end laptops and desktops.
a small shop or a small specialty department within a largerstore, especially one that sells fashionable clothes and accessories or a special selection of other merchandise.
They embolden extremists and fuel sectarian tensions.
to make bold or bolder; hearten; encourage
It is a dogleg stair with two steps rising to a shallow landing, then...
a route, way, or course that turns at a sharp angle
He has so many boats that he must be fluent with piscatology.
the art or science of fishing
Strophidon (or The slender giant moray or gangetic moray)
the longest member of the family of moray eels. Specimens as large as 4 m have been recorded. This species is characterized by an elongated body, as well as brownish-grey dorsal coloration which pales towards the venter.
(Pathology) an acute illness of unknown cause, occurring primarily in children, characterized by high fever, swollen lymph glands, rash, redness inmouth and throat, and joint pain.
“For there rose in his pomp Sir Peter Tapsell, the Father of the House, and a panjandrum who makes the average double-breasted MP look like Norman Wisdom on a bad day.”
a self-important or pretentious official.
It helps that he is by nature a desultory, recessive fellow.
lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful
“Mother-of-pearl brooches, hair ornaments, and breloques surrounded with diamonds are just beginning to be the rage in Paris.”
a charm or trinket, especially one attached to a watch chain.
Knowledge and skill to use plastic bead welders and to vulcanize plastic or synthetic materials.
to treat (rubber) with sulfur and heat, thereby imparting strength, greater elasticity, durability, etc.
The organisms excrete the fuel, which can then be collected using conventional ...
to separate and eliminate from an organic body; separate and expel from the blood or tissues, as waste or harmful matter.
Stow the luggage aft.
at, close to, or toward the stern or tail
The fife rail abaft the mainmast.
to the rear of; aft of
An obedient son
obeying or willing to obey; complying with or submissive to authority
self-indulgent sexual desire (personified as one of the deadly sins) [syn: lust]
"Forests of dark, luxuriant foliage"
Rich and profuse in growth; lush
“It's like a musical symphony, with an andante, allegro and all the rest," he said Thursday.”
moderately slow and even
It slides effortlessly from allegro to adagio, the pace quickening and slowing with each turn.
brisk or rapid in tempo
“I love Mahler but the adagio from the 5th symphony is used ad nauseum and sentimentally, almost in a Max Steiner Warner.”
in a leisurely manner; slowly
Allegro non troppo the first movement is in the concerto variant of sonata form.
too much; excessively
The concerto alternated between evocative dreaminess and bright good humor.
a composition for one or more principal instruments, with orchestral accompaniment, now usually in symphonic form.
the coming to an end of a term interest or annuity
In English law, formerly, one who neglected for two years to perform the service by which he held lands, so that he incurred the danger of the writ of cessavit.
A writ given by statute to recover lands when the tenant has for two years failed to perform the conditions of his tenure.
An enclosing membrane or layer of tissue.
a woman's upper garment, either loose or close-fitting and extending over the skirt to the hips or below.
Of or relating to the body fluids, esp. with regard to immune responses involving antibodies in body fluids as distinct from cells (see cell-mediated)
I have read an account of people going crazy, in these outbreaks of so called bubonic plagues
In pathology, pertaining to or of the nature of a bubo (an inflammatory swelling of a lymphatic gland, especially in the groin or armpit)
The metal is obtained from alumina by its electrolysis in molten cryolite .
a mineral, sodium aluminum fluoride, Na 3 AlF 6, occurring in whitemasses, used as a flux in the electrolytic production of aluminum.
So·journ (-er) [soh-jurn]
To sojourn on the Riviera for two months
to stay for a time in a place; live temporarily
Theo's journalism professor encouraged him to eschew fuliginous prose in favor of simple, straightforward language.
1: sooty; obscure, murky 2: having a dark or dusky color
To coddle children when they're sick.
to treat tenderly; nurse or tend indulgently; pamper
It was not that he wasn't worthy of such an indictment.
(Law) a formal accusation initiating a criminal case, presented by a grand jury and usually required for felonies and other serious crimes.
Real contrition rests on awareness and regret, not political expediency.
sincere penitence or remorse
Jabba the Hutt
Jabba's role in Star Wars is primarily antagonistic. He is about 600 years old, a Hutt crime lord and gangster who employs a retinue of criminals, bounty hunters, smugglers, assassins and bodyguards to operate his criminal empire. In his palace on the desert planet Tatooine, he keeps a host of entertainers at his disposal: slaves, droids and alien creatures. Jabba has a grim sense of humour, an insatiable appetite, and affinities for gambling, slave girls and torture.
Many of them view politics through a military prism.
(Optics) a transparent solid body, often having triangular bases, used for dispersing light into a spectrum or for reflecting rays of light.
I was in such a swivet that I could hardly speak.
a state of nervous excitement, haste, or anxiety; flutter
the supreme deity of the ancient Greeks, a son of Cronus and Rhea, the god of the heavens
goddess of agriculture and the protector of marriage and the social order, identified by the Romans with Ceres.
the god ruling the underworld; Pluto
the queen of heaven, a daughter of Cronus and Rhea and the wife and sister of Zeus.
the ancient Greek goddess of the hearth.
the ancient Greek god of the sea; identified by the Romans with Neptune
goddess of wisdom, fertility, the useful arts, and prudent warfare
the god of fertility, wine, and drama; Bacchus
the ancient Greek herald and messenger of the gods and the god of roads, commerce, invention, cunning, and theft.
Greek and Roman god of light, healing, music, poetry, prophecy, and manly beauty; the son of Leto and brother of Artemis
goddess associated with the moon, virginity, and hunting, she is the sister of Apollo.
god of war, a son of Zeus and Hera, identified by the Romans with Mars.
deity of love and beauty, identified by the Romans with Venus.
the ancient Greek god of fire, metalworking, and handicrafts, identified by the Romans with Vulcan
a daughter of Zeus and Demeter, abducted by Pluto to be queen of Hades, but allowed to return to the surface of the earth for part of the year.
the ancient Greek god of forests, pastures, and shepherds, represented with the head, chest, and arms of a man and the legs, horns and ears of a goat
the ancient Greek god of love, identified by the Romans with Cupid.
The handicraft market has begun to expand into export markets for a range of products...
1. manual skill. 2. an art, craft, or trade in which the skilled use of one's hands is required.
Greed is the lust for money that causes one to do immoral things to get it.
uncontrolled or illicit sexual desire or appetite; lecherousness.
What they were seeing was not lechery in action but science.
unrestrained or excessive indulgence of sexual desire