English 61-90

Card Set Information

English 61-90
2011-01-09 22:49:51

Semester 1
Show Answers:

  1. emulate
    to try to equal or excel

    imitate with effort to equal or surpass
  2. enigmatic
    • puzzling
    • cryptic
    • Perplexing
  3. ennui
    • a feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest
    • boredom
  4. ephemeral
    • lasting a very short time
    • short-lived
    • transitory
  5. epicure
    • a person dedicated to sensual enjoyment
    • a person who cultivates a refined taste
    • connoisseur
  6. equivocate
    to use ambiguous or unclear expressions, usually to avoid commitment or in order to mislead
  7. erudition
    knowledge acquired by study, research
  8. esoteric
    understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest
  9. espouse
    • to make one's own
    • adopt or embrace
    • mary
  10. ethereal
    • extremely delicate or refined
    • heavenly or celestial
  11. extol
    to praise highly
  12. fatuous
    • unreal; illusory
    • foolish
  13. fecund
    producing or capable of producing offspring, fruit, vegetation, etc., in abundance
  14. felicity
    • the state of being happy
    • bliss
  15. fetid
    • having an offensive odor
    • stinking
  16. flippant
    disrespectful, shallow, or lacking in seriousness
  17. florid
    flowery; excessively ornate
  18. foible
    • a minor weakness or failing of character
    • slight flaw or defect
  19. furtive
    taken, done, used, by stealth; secret
  20. garish
    tastelessly colorful, showy, or elaborate, as clothes or decoration.
  21. garner
    • to get; acquire; earn
    • to gather, collect, or hoard
  22. guile
    cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception
  23. hedonism
    • devotion to pleasure as a way of life
    • devotion to pleasure as a way of life
  24. heretic
    anyone who does not conform to an established attitude, doctrine, or principle.
  25. hiatus
    a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action
  26. histrionic
    • deliberately affected or self-consciously emotional; overly dramatic, in behavior or speech
    • of or pertaining to actors or acting.
  27. hoary
    • ancient or venerable
    • gray or white with age
  28. iconoclasm
    attacking cherished beliefs, traditional institutions like religions
  29. immutable
    unchanging through time; unalterable; ageless
  30. impervious
    • impenetrable
    • incapable of being injured or being influenced