Advertisement Upgrade to remove ads

Abominate

(v.) To have an intense dislike or hatred for
I _____ cruelty yet do not always notice when I have said something cruel.

Acculturation

(n.) The modification of the social patterns, traits, or structures of one group or society by contact with those of another; the resultant blend
Every immigrant group newly arrived in another country goes through a slow process of ____.

Adventitious

(adj.) Resulting from chance rather than from an inherent cause or character; accidental, not essential; (medicine) acquired, not congenital
It was no____ meeting that led to their writing songs together, for in fact they were cousins.

Ascribe

(v.) To assign or refer to (as a cause or source), attribute
You may____ these holes to gophers or elves, but I blame the dog from next door.

Circuitous

(adj.) Roundabout, not direct
I followed a____path through the woods, not because I feared pursuit, but because I was lost.

Commiserate

(v.) To sympathize with, have pity or sorrow for, share a feeling of distress
The family____ with her after the loss of her old and faithful dog.

Enjoin

(v.) To direct or order; to prescribe a course of action in an authoritative way; to prohibit; to urge someone
I____ them to stop spending much money or to face the consequences.

Expedite

(v.) To make easy, cause to progress faster, speed up
They seemed more willing to ____my work but instead, distracted me.

Expiate

(v.) to make amends, make up for; to avert
They seemed more than willing to____their guilt by whatever means necessary.

Ferment

(n.) A state of great excitement, agitation, or turbulence; (v.) to be in or work into such a state; to produce alcohol by chemical action
Caught in the___of revolution, the young men enlisted with the local militias.

Inadvertent

(adj.) Resulting from or marked by lack of attention; unintentional, accidental
The poor fellow was stronger than he realized, and the damage he did was ____.

Nominal

(adj.) Existing in name only, not real; too small to be considered or taken seriously
Because so many of its patients were having financial trouble the health clinic charged only ____.

Noncommittal

(adj.) Not decisive or definite; unwilling to take a clear position or to say yes or no
We questioned her quietly, carefully, and at length, but her answers remained _____.

peculate

(v.) to steal something that has been given into one's trust; to take improperly for one's own use
Investigators discovered that the clerk came up witha scheme to ____ from the company.

Proclivity

(n.) A natural or habitual inclination or tendency (especially of human character or behavior)
Curious, patient, and fond of long walks, she soon displayed a ____ for nature study.

Sangfroid

(n.) Composure or coolness, especially in trying circumstances
An experienced actor can perform with what seems like limitless ____, even when he forgets a line.

Seditious

(adj.) Resistant to lawful authority; having the purpose of overthrowing an established government
Dictators usually begin their reigns by searching out and silencing____ opinion.

Tenuous

(adj.) Thin, slender, not dense; lacking clarity or sharpness; of slight importance or significance; lacking a sound basis, poorly supported
My grasp of trigonometry was ____until I attended the extra-help sessions.

Vitriolic

(adj.) bitter, sarcastic; highly caustic or biting (like a strong acid)
Though hurt by his _____ language, I had to admit that some of his points were valid.

Wheedle

(v.) To use coaxing or flattery to gain some desired end

The spy used charm and flattery in order to ____ the information from the diplomat.

Please allow access to your computer’s microphone to use Voice Recording.

Having trouble? Click here for help.

We can’t access your microphone!

Click the icon above to update your browser permissions above and try again

Example:

Reload the page to try again!

Reload

Press Cmd-0 to reset your zoom

Press Ctrl-0 to reset your zoom

It looks like your browser might be zoomed in or out. Your browser needs to be zoomed to a normal size to record audio.

Please upgrade Flash or install Chrome
to use Voice Recording.

For more help, see our troubleshooting page.

Your microphone is muted

For help fixing this issue, see this FAQ.

Star this term

You can study starred terms together

NEW! Voice Recording

Create Set