Terms in this set (25)
Noun- strictness, severity, or harshness, as in dealing with people.
Verb- to spend or use (money, time, etc.) extravagantly or wastefully (often followed by away).
verb- reduce in extent or quantity; impose a restriction on.
"civil liberties were further curtailed"
verb- leave the main subject temporarily in speech or writing.
"I have digressed a little from my original plan"
verb- fail to resist (pressure, temptation, or some other negative force).
"he has become the latest to succumb to the strain"
adj- belonging naturally; essential.
"access to the arts is intrinsic to a high quality of life"
verb- make (suffering, deficiency, or a problem) less severe.
"he couldn't prevent her pain, only alleviate it"
adj- (of a man) having strength, energy, and a strong sex drive.
noun- a person who believes that people are motivated purely by self-interest rather than acting for honorable or unselfish reasons.
"some cynics thought that the controversy was all a publicity stunt"
adj- well known for some bad quality or deed.
"an infamous war criminal"
adj- not openly acknowledged or displayed.
"covert operations against the dictatorship"
noun- a sense of disgust and loathing.
"news of the attack will be met with sorrow and revulsion"
noun- a person who gives money or other help to a person or cause.
noun- a person's death.
"Mr. Grisenthwaite's tragic demise"
verb- hold or express opinions that are at variance with those previously, commonly, or officially expressed.
"two members dissented from the majority"
adj- evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret.
"a poignant reminder of the passing of time"
adj- widespread in a particular area at a particular time.
"the social ills prevalent in society today"
verb- struggle to surmount (a difficulty or danger).
"she had to contend with his uncertain temper"
noun- a long or arduous search for something.
"the quest for a reliable vaccine has intensified"
adj- likely to or liable to suffer from, do, or experience something, typically something regrettable or unwelcome.
"years of logging had left the mountains prone to mudslides"
adj- (of a person) pleasant because of a personality, qualities, or interests that are similar to one's own.
"his need for some congenial company"
adj-not showing a serious or respectful attitude.
"a flippant remark"
noun- a close and harmonious relationship in which the people or groups concerned understand each other's feelings or ideas and communicate well.
"she was able to establish a good rapport with the children"
noun- a situation in which no progress is possible, especially because of disagreement; a deadlock.
"the current political impasse"
noun- an act of retaliation.
"three youths died in the reprisals that followed"