Terms in this set (52)
(of a person or process) diligent, thorough, and extremely attentive to details.
the research has been carried out with scrupulous attention to detail.
humble submission and respect.
cheerful and friendly.
She was in a jovial mood after winning first place.
denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful.
The halcyon days of the mid-1980s, when profits were soaring
(of a person) having or showing refined taste or good judgment.
he became a discriminating collector and patron of the arts
appease the anger or anxiety of (someone).
a person who dislikes humankind and avoids human society.
He became a misanthrope and never left his house ever since his wife died.
having or showing a dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries.
a person suffering from pyromania.
The ten-year-old pyromaniac even set fire to his bed.
the recurrent failure to resist urges to steal items that you generally don't really need and that usually have little value.
a person who is obsessed with their own power.
Their CEO has an arrogance that borders on megalomania.
of or relating to a church parish.
showing a rude and arrogant lack of respect.
she hated the insolent tone of his voice.
cheerful and full of energy.
she sounded ebullient and happy when she found out she'd be going to NY.
a feeling or state of intense excitement and happiness.
The euphoria of success will fuel your desire to continue training.
associate or form a friendship with someone, especially when one is not supposed to.
she ignored Elisabeth's warning glare against fraternizing with the enemy.
talk at length in a foolish or inconsequential way.
she began to prattle on about her visit to the dentist.
of great weight; heavy; massive.
physical strength in contrast to intelligence.
commando work required as much brain as brawn.
the form, size, and development of a person's body.
exaggerate or feign illness in order to escape duty or work.
spending money or resources freely and recklessly; wastefully extravagant.
prodigal habits are not good ones to have while trying to save money.
in the form of a cloud or haze; hazy.
a giant nebulous glowed from the sky.
without a clearly defined shape or form.
amorphous blue forms and straight black lines
make (something) clear; explain.
work such as theirs will help to elucidate this matter
(especially of something written or spoken) briefly and clearly expressed.
use short, succinct sentences
giving a lot of information clearly and in a few words; brief but comprehensive.
a concise account of the country's history
relating to or denoting the writing of letters or literary works in the form of letters.
an epistolary novel
lack of harmony among musical notes.
She wore an unusual degree of dissonance for such choral styles
conforming to accepted notions of propriety or good taste; decorous.
"I felt it was not seemly to observe too closely"
(of behavior or actions) not proper or appropriate.
an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference.
I had an allusion to Shakespeare"
(of a person) not easily disturbed or angered; calm and even-tempered.
fair and impartial.
a thing that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted by the senses.
a polite expression of praise or admiration.
she paid me an enormous compliment.
a thing that completes or brings to perfection.
the libretto proved a perfect complement to the music
suggest or call attention to indirectly; hint at.
"she had a way of alluding Jean shite never saying her name"
evade or escape from (a danger, enemy, or pursuer), typically in a skillful or cunning way.
"he managed to elude his pursuers by escaping into an alley
(of an action) convenient and practical, although possibly improper or immoral.
either side could break the agreement if it were expedient to do so
done with speed and efficiency.
the cop was assigned an expeditious investigation
a separate composition or set of compositions by a particular composer, usually ordered by date of publication.
The Gambler was his sixth opera, despite its early opus number
(of a voice or words) sweet or musical; pleasant to hear.
his the voice was mellifluous and smooth during the speech
a poet, traditionally one reciting epics and associated with a particular oral tradition.
disperse or scatter.
"the cloud of smoke dissipated"
(especially of an animal) in a wild state, especially after escape from captivity or domestication.
The feral cat wandered in my backyard.
a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand.
difficult to interpret or understand; mysterious.
"he took the money with an enigmatic smile"
a very typical example of a certain person or thing.
very typical of a certain kind of person or thing.
a person who behaves badly or in a way that breaks the law.
"the South Street playground has been taken over by a pack of drug-dealing miscreants"
tending to obstruct or harm.
"actions inimical to our interests"
intellectuals or highly educated people as a group, especially when regarded as possessing culture and political influence.
annoyingly insensitive or slow to understand.
stubbornly refusing to change one's opinion or course of action.
He is known for his obdurate determination.
(of an action or gesture) carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection.
"he gave a perfunctory nod"
of or relating to a city or town or its governing body.
"national and municipal elections"
a city or town that has corporate status and local government.
"the municipality of Springfield"
increase the power, status, or wealth of.
"an action intended to aggrandize the Frankish dynasty"