English Final Flashcards

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abject

most unfortunate or miserable

abridge

condense or shorten

accolade

a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

admonish

to softly express disapproval sometimes issued as a warning

adversary

someone who offers opposition

affliction

a cause of great suffering and distress

aloof

remote in manner

anguish

extreme mental distress

annex

to add or attach

appraise

place a value on

apt

inclined or prone

arbitrate

to serve as an impartial person to judge a dispute btw 2 consenting parties

articulate

expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language

assail

to attack

assimilation

the social process of absorbing one cultural group into harmony with another

asunder

into parts or pieces

audacity

excessive boldness, rashness, daring

augment

enlarge or increase

avail

use to one's advantage

avenge

take revenge for a perceived wrong

avert

turn away or aside

baleful

threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

bane

fatal injury or ruin

bastion

a fortified place, stronghold

belligerent

someone who fights (or is fighting), characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight

bemuse

cause to be confused emotionally

beseech

ask for or request earnestly

bier

a stand to support a coffin for burial

bilge

lower point of inner hull of a ship

boisterous

loud & rowdy

boon

a gift or blessing

bore

a hole or passage made by a drill

braggart

someone who boasts or brags

brazen

daring in a rude offensive way

brace

a pair of like things

breach

act in disregard of laws and rules

bridle

to restrain

calamity

an event resulting in great loss and misfortune

censor

n. An official examiner of manuscripts empowered to prohibit their publication

chide

to scold lightly

clarion

loud and clear

circumspect

heedful of potential consequences

colossal

huge in size

commandeer

to seize for military or official use

commentary

a series of notes clarifying or explaining something

complacent

contented to a fault

complacent

self-satisfied

connote

express or state indirectly

consort

keep company

contempt

open disrespect for a person or thing

contend

maintain or assert

contort

twist and press out of shape

convey

make known

countenance

consent to, give permission

crestfallen

brought low in spirit

decisive

characterized by decision and firmness

defy

challenge

dejection

a state of melancholy depression

denote

indicate, signify, mean (as in meaning)

derogatory

insulting or intended to insult

descry

to see or discover by careful observation

desolate

without inhabitants or deserted

diffident

shy, timid, unconfident

dilute

reduced in strength or concentration or quality or purity

din

loud unpleasant noise

dirge

a funeral hymn

disarming

having the effect of removing hostilty or suspiscion or getting someone on your side

discern

to recognize or comprehend

discord

lack of order or unity

discourse

conversation, either written or spoken

disdain

reject with contempt

disparage

to speak of something or someone in a belittling or insulting way

dispatch

to promptly and/or efficiently complete, transact, dispose of, finish off, etc

disposition

someones mood

disrepute

disgrace, dishonor

divine

to fortell through signs

dogged

stubbornly persevering

domain

territory over which rule or control is exercised

effiminate

feminine in manner which is said of a male

embodiment

ideal symbol or representation

enmity

bitter hatred

ensign

a banner or flag

eradicate

kill in large numbers

evade

use cleverness or deceit to escape or avoid

exanimate

being or appearing lifeless

excise

remove by cutting

extricate

release from entanglement of difficulty

falter

to speak haltingly

fawn

to use exaggerated attempts to please

feign

to pretend or give false impression

ferment

a state of great excitement, agitation, or commotion

fickle

instable or changeable esp in emotions

flagrant

conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

flounce

to move in a lively or bouncy manner

forbear

a person from whom you are descended or not to do something

forlorn

sad and lonely; wretched; desolate

formidable

arousing fear or admiration

forsaken

abandoned

fortnight

a period of fourteen consecutive days

fugitive

someone who flees from an uncongenial situation

futile

useless

gallant

unflinching in battle or action

garish

loud and flashy

gingerly

very carefully or cautiously

gird

to encircle with a belt or a band or encircled in this way

graze

to touch lightly when passing by

guile

skillful deceit

hale

free from illness

heathen

unenlightened; without religion or morals

herald

one who gives sign or indication of something to come

illustrious

well known and distinguished

imperious

arrogantly domineering or overbearing

impalpable

not perceptible to the touch

implicit

being without doubt or reserve

implore

to beg earnestly for

importune

beg persistently and urgently

impute

attribute or credit to

incredulous

not disposed or willing to believe

indict

to charge with a crime; accuse

indignation

a feeling of righteous anger

inequity

unfairness

inexorable

relentless or unstoppable

insolence

arrogance shown through actions or speech

intently

with strained or eager attention

inundate

fill or cover with water esp flood water or to overwhelm

jeer

to make fun of rudely or unkindly

liberation

a state of freedom reached after a struggle

lineage

the descendants of one individual

luminous

giving off light

mainstay

cheif support

malice

the quality of threatening evil

mantle

cloth or a cover

mar

to soil or to spoil; to detract from the perfection of something

maul

injure badly by beating

meloncholy

Sadness

mollify

make less rigid or softer

moor

secure with cables or ropes

mores

fixed customs or manners; moral attitudes

mottled

having spots or patches of color

nuance

a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

ominous

presaging ill-fortune

ordain

issue an order through ones superior authority like a dictator

pantomime

a performance using gestures and body movements without words

paramour

a lover esp in an affair

parley

a negotiation between enemies

peaked

pale and drawn in appearance

peevish

cranky and whiny

pell-mell

in a jumble, confused manner

penultimate

next to last

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