Verbal Ability 3
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Verbal Ability 3
appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety
The countess complained that the vulgar peasants lacked the decorum appropriate for a visit to the palace.
The respectful young law clerk treated the Supreme Court justuce with the utmost deference.
to speak of or treat with contempt, to mock
The awkward child was often derided by his cooler peers.
to dry out thoroughly
After a few weeks lying on the desert's baking sands the cow;s carcase became completely desiccated.
jumping from one thing to another; disconnected
Diane had a desultory academic redord; she had changed majors 12 times in 3 years.
Similar: aimless, haphazard,indiscriminate,erratic, objectless,random,unplanned
an abusive, condemnetory speech
The trucker bellowed a diatribe at the driver who had cut him off.
Similar: fulmination,jeremiad,harangue,invective,obloquy, tirade
Steve's diffidence during the job interview stemmed from his nervous nature and lack of experience in the feild.
Similar: Self-effacing, shy,coy,timid,retiring
to make larger, expand
When you enter a darkened room your eyes will dialate.
intended to delay
The congeressman used dilatory measures to delay the passage of the bill.
Someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
Jerry's freinds were such dilettantes they seemed to have new jobs and hobbies every week.
a funeral hymn or mournful speech
The dirge for the presidents funeral was very sad.
set right, free from error
Galileo's obervations disabuse scholars of the notion the Sun revolved around the Earth.
: correct ,undeceive
to percieve or recognize
It is easy to discern the difference between butter and butter-flavored topping.
fundamentally different; entirely unlike
Although the twins are physically identical, their personalities are disparate.
to present a false appearance, to disguise one's real intentions or character
The villian could dissemble to the police no longer- he admitted the deed and tore up the floor to reveal the body of the old man.
Similar: act, affect,assume,counterfeit,dissimulate,mask,pretend
a harsh and disagreeable combination, especially of sounds
Cognitive dissonance is the inner conflict produced when long-standing beleifs are contadicted by new evidence.
a firmly held opinion, esecially a religious belief
"Linus' central dogma was that children who believed in The Great Pumpkin would be rewarded.
dictorial in one's opinions
The dictator was dogmatic; claiming he and only he, was right.
to deceive or a person whos is easily deceived
Bugs Bunny was able to dupe Elmer Fudd by dressing up as a lady rabbit.
selecting from or made up from a variety of sources
Budapest's architecture is an electric mix of easter and wester styles.
The efficacy of penicillin was unsurpassed when it was first introduced, eliminating almost all bacterial infections.
Similar: dynamism,effectiveness,vigor,productiveness.strenght, proficiency
a sorrowful poem or speech
Though Thomas Gray's Eegy is about death and lossit urges its readers to endure life, and to trust in spirituality.
Similar: dirge lament
persuasive and moving, especially in speech
The Gettysburg Address is moving not only becuase of its lofty sentiments but becuase of its eloquent words.
to add ornamental or fictitious details
Britt embellished her resume, hoping to make the lowly posotions she had held seem more important.
to copy; to try to equal or excel
The graduate student sought to emulate his professor in ever way, copying not only how she taught, but also how she conducted herself outside of class.
to reduce in strength
The querrilas hoped that a series of surprise attacks would enervate the regular army.
Similar: debilitate, enfeeble,sap,weaken
to produce, cause or bring about
His fear and hatred of clowns was engendered when he witnessed the death of his father at the hands of a clown.
a puzzle, a mystery
Speaking in riddles and dressed in old robes, the artist gained a reputation as something of an enigma.
Similar: conundrum, perplexity
to count, list, itemize
Moses returned from the mountain with tablets on which the commendments were enumerated.
lasting a short time
The lives of mayflies seem ephemeral to us since the flies' average life span is a matter of hours.
to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead
When faced with criticism of his policies, the politician equivocated and left all parties thinking he agreed with them.
wandering and unpredictable
The plot seemed predictable until it suddenly took a series of erratic turns that surpised the audience.
The annual meeting of philosophy professors was a gathering of the most erudite, well-published individuals in the field.
known or understand only by a few
Only a handful of experts are knowledgeable about tthe esoteric world of particle physics.
Similar: abstruse, arcane,obscure
Most people consider it estimable that Mother Teresa spent her life helping the poor of India.
speech in praise of someone
His best friend gave the eulogy, outlining his many achievments and talents.
Similar: commend,extol, laud
use of an inoffensive word or phrase on place of more distastefull one.
The funeral director preferred to use the euphemism 'sleeping' instead of the word 'dead.'
to make worse
It is unwise to take asprin to try to relieve heartburn, since instead of providing relief, it will only exacerbated the problem.
to clear from blame, prove innocent
The legal system is intended to convict thosewho are guilty and exculpate those who are innocent.
urgent, requiring immediate action
The patient was losing blood so rapidly that it was exigent to stop the source of bleeding.
to clear of blame
The fugitive was exonerate when another criminal confessed to committing the crime.
Similar: absolve, acquit,clear,vindicate,exculpate
clearly sated or shown; forthright in expression
In Reading Comprehension, questions that ask directly about a detail in the passage are sometimes called Explcit Text questions.