Common Words 1
Terms in this set (50)
to give a false representation to; misrepresent
The smile on her face _____ the pain she must feel after the death of her husband.
to reprimand harshly
Though _____ for eating the snacks for the party, Lawrence shrugged off his mother's harsh words, and continued to plow through the jars of cookies and boxes of donuts.
a deviation from what is normal or expected
_______ in climate have become the norm; rarely a week goes by without some meteorological phenomenon making headlines.
to respect deeply
The professor, despite his sleep-inducing lectures, was _________ amongst his colleagues, publishing more papers yearly than all his peers combined.
to reproach, to scold, to find fault with, censure
Bob took a risk walking into the "Students Barbershop" - in the end he had to _______ the apparently drunk barber for giving him an uneven bowl cut.
The scientist _____ that the extinction of dinosaurs was most likely brought about by a drastic change in the climate.
bitterness and ill will
The _______ between the president and vice-president sent a clear signal to voters: the health of the current administration was imperiled.
While we elect our leaders in the hope that every word they speak will be _______, history has shown that such a hope is naive.
The crowd grew _________ as the comedian's opening jokes fell flat.
a mixture of multiple things
The band's music was an ________ of hip-hop, flamenco and jazz, blending the three styles with surprising results.
standing out in a negative way; shockingly bad
The dictator's abuse of human rights was so __________ that many world leaders demanded that he be tried in an international court for genocide.
using very few words (person, speech or style of writing); brief, succinct, precise
While Martha always swooned over the hunky, ______ types in romantic comedies, her boyfriends inevitably were very talkative - and not very hunky.
confusing or ambiguous
The findings of the study were ________ - the two researchers had different opinions on what the results signified.
mixed or conflicting emotions about something
Sam was ________ about studying for the exam because doing so ate up a lot of his time, yet he was able to improve his analytical skills.
spending resources recklessly or wastefully
The composer Wagner, while living on a limited salary, was so ________ as to line all the walls of his apartment with pure silk.
someone who wants to spend resources recklessly or wastefully
Most lottery winners go from being conservative, frugal types to outright ______ who blow millions on fast cars, lavish homes, and giant yachts.
to reveal or make known something, usually unintentionally
With the gold medal at stake, the gymnast awaited his turn, his quivering lip ________ his intense emotions.
to suggest something subtly
At first Manfred's teachers ________ to his parents that he was not suited to skip a grade; when his parents protested, teachers explicitly told them that, notwithstanding the boy's precocity, he was simply to immature to jump the sixth grade.
to sap energy from
John preferred to avoid equatorial countries; the intense sun would always leave him _________ after he'd spent the day sightseeing.
to speak in an evasive way, beat around the bush, equivocate
The cynic quipped, "There is not much variance in politicians; they all seem to ________."
to excite or inspire (someone) to action
At mile 23 of his first marathon, Kyle had all but given up, until he noticed his friends and family holding a banner that read, "Go Kyle"; __________, he broke into a gallop, finishing the last three miles in less than 20 minutes.
to be in proportion or corresponding in degree or amount
The convicted felon's life sentence was __________ with the heinousness of his crime.
exhibiting artistic skill
clever in a cunning way
open to more than one interpretation
The coach told his team, "Move towards that side of the field"; because he did not point, his directions were _________, and the team had no idea to which side he was referring.
still in existence (usually refers to documents)
Despite many bookstores closing, experts predict that some form of book dealing will still be ________ generations from now.
not spending much money (but spending wisely)
Monte was no miser, but was simply _______, wisely spending the little that her earned.
Even though she did not like the outdoors, Shirley was generally _________ and so her brother was able to persuade her to go camping.
The potential juror knew the defendant, and therefore could not serve on the jury, which must consist of only ___________ members.
His study plan for the GRE was at best ________; he would do questions from random pages of any one of seven test prep books.
favorable, the opposite of sinister
Despite an __________ beginning, Mike's road trop became a series of mishaps, and he was soon stranded and penniless, leaning against his wrecked automobile.
to object or show reluctance
Wallace disliked the cold, so he __________ when he friends suggested they go skiing in the Alps
making a false statement meant to injure a person's reputation
With the presidential primaries well under way, the air is thick with _________, and the mud already waist-high.
(of a person) prone to unexpected and unpredictable changes in mood
The fact that Ella's moods were as __________ as the weather was problematic for her relationships -- it didn't help that she lived in Chicago.
narrowly restricted in scope or outlook
Jasmine was sad to admit it, but her fledgling relationship with Jacob did not work out because his culinary tastes were simply too ___________, "After all," she quipped on her blog, "he considered Chef Boyardee ethnic food."
the condition of being susceptible to bribes or corruption
Even some of the most sacred sporting events are not immune to _________, as many of the officials have received substantial bribes to make biased calls.
to clear of accusation, blame, suspicion or doubt with supporting arguments or proof
Even seven Tour de France wins cannot __________ Lance Armstrong in the eyes of the public -- that the athlete used performance enhancing drugs invalidates all those wins.
to reprimand harshly
Drill sergeants are known to ___________ new recruits so mercilessly that the latter often break down during their first week in training.
to be likely to socialize with others
Often we think that the great leaders are those are are ________, always in the middle of a large group of people; yet, as Mahatma Gandhi and many others have shown us, leaders can also be introverted.
She did not think her vocabulary was _________, het there was so many words that inevitably she found a few she didn't know.
According to those who do not believe in climate change, the extreme weather over the last five years is simply ________ -- daily temperatures should return to their old averages, they believe.
rashly or wastefully extravagant
Successful professional athletes who do not fall prey to _________ seem to be the exception--most live decadent lives.
somebody who attacks cherished beliefs or institutions
Lady Gaga, in challenging what it means to be clothed, is an ________ for wearing a meat dress to a prominent awards show.
to make less severe; to limit (a statement)
Chris ________ his love for San Francisco, adding he didn't like the weather there as much as he liked the weather in Los Angeles.
to weaken (usually paired with an abstract term)
The student _________ the teacher's authority by questioning the teacher's judgement on numerous occasions.
harmless and doesn't produce any ill effects
Everyone found Nancy's banter ________--except for Mike, who felt like she was intentionally picking on him.
a long pompous speech; a tirade
Dinner at Billy's was more a punishment than a reward, since anyone who sat at the dinner table would have to listen to Billy's father's interminable ___________ against the government.
to deliver a long pompous speech or tirade
Tired of his parents ________ him about his laziness and lack of initiative, Tyler finally moved out of home at the age of thirty-five.
to express strong disapproval, to criticize in a harsh manner
After being caught in bed with a mistress, the mayor was quickly _________ by the city council.
complicated and difficult to comprehend
The physics lecture became so ___________ that the undergraduate's eyes glazed over.
being disrespectful; improperly forward or bold
Dexter, distraught over losing his pet dachshund, Madeline, found the police officer's questions _________ -- after all, he thought, did she have to pry into such details as to what Madeline's favorite snack was?
to be naive and innocent
Two-years in Manhattan had changed Jenna from an _________ girl from the suburbs to a jaded urbanite, unlikely to fall for any ruse, regardless of how elaborate.
extremely frugal, miserly
Kate is so ___________ that she only buys a pair of socks if all her other socks have holes in them.