Verbal Ability 2
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Verbal Ability 2
His conversations consisted of banal phrases liek 'Have a nice day'.
support, prop up
The presence of giant footprints bolstered the arguement that bigfoot was in the area.
Similar: sustain,unerprinting,crutch, support,uphole
pompous in speech and manner
Mussolini's speechs were mostly bombastic; his boasting and outrageous claims had no basis in fact.
Similar: bloated, declamatory, grandiose, fustian
to grow and flourish
Faulkner neither confirmed nor denied stories about himself, allowing rumor to burgeon where it would.
He burnished the silver coffee pot until it shone brightly.
Similar: buff, polish, luster,scour
harsh, jarring noise
The junior high orchestra created an almost unbearable cacophony as ther tried to tune their instruments.
impartial and honest in speech
The observations of a child can be charming since they are candid and unpretentious.
Similar: direct, open, honest, straighforward, sincere
changing one's mind quickly and often
Queen's Elizabeth I was quite capricious; her courtiers could never be sure which one would catch her fancy.
Similar: arbitrary, chance, fickle,changeable,inconstant
to punish or criticize harshly
Americans are amazed at how harshly the authorities in Singapore castigate perpetrators of what would be only minor crimes in the United States.
Similar: admonish, scold, reproach, tax, reproach
something that brings about a change in something else
The imposition of harsh taxes was the catalyst that finally brought on the revolution.
biting in wit
Dorothy Parker gained her caustic reputation from her cutting, yet witty, insults.
great disorder or confused situation
In the most religious traditions, God created an ordered univiers from a chaotic void.
Similar: clutter, disorder,jumble,disorderness,disarrangement, mess,snarl,turmoil
someone prejudiced in favor of a group that he or she belongs
The attitude that men mus be obeyed since they are inherently superior to women is commone amount male chauvinists.
Similar: biased, partial,prepossessed,partisan,one-sided
deception by means of raft or guile
Dishonest used-car salesmen often use chicanery to sell their beat-up old cars.
cautious, aware of potential consequences
She was very circumspect in her language and behavior when first introduced to her fiancee's parents.
Similar: alert, cautious,heedful,solicitous,wary,prudent
to grow together to form a single whole
The sun and planets eventually coalesced out of vast cloud of gas and dust.
Similar: blend, amalgamate, consolidate, fuse, unite
convincing and well-reasoned
Swayed by the cogent argument of the defense the jury had no choice but to acquit the defendant.
Similar: convincing, persuasive,solid,valid,tellin
to overlook, pardone or disregard
The prisoner was condoned due to newly discovered evidence.
a person with expert knowledge or discriminaing tastes
I am a connoisseur of beer; only loving miller lite.
intricated and complicated
My AP class was convoluted by my teacher.
Fingerprints provided corroboration for the witness's testimony that he saw the defendant in the victim's apartment.
Similar: buttress,confirm,verify,substantiate, bear out, authenticate
too trusting; gullible
Although some 4 year-olds believe in the Easter Bunny, only the most credulous 9 year olds also believe in him.
Stedily incresing in volume or force
The crescendo of tension built in the movie as the killer was sneaking into the house.