Common Words 2
Terms in this set (50)
an excessive supply; supply with an excess of
The internet offers such a ____ of news related stories that many find it difficult to know which story to read first.
relating to the pleasant aspects of the country
The noble families of England once owned vast expanses of beautiful _____ land.
give rise to
The restrictions of the Treaty of Versailles were so severe that they ______ deep hatred and resentment in the German people.
mysterious or vague, usually intentionally
Since Sarah did not want her husband to guess the Christmas present she had bought him, she only answered _______ when he would ask her questions about it.
an act of deliberate betrayal; a breach of a trust
Sure he was the best salesman in the company; but Michael had abused the trust of the firm, sharing product secrets with a competitor, and for such ______ he was terminated.
showing modest reserve; lacking self-confidence
As a young girl she was _____ and reserved, but now as an adult, she is confident and assertive.
The ______ old woman was beginning to wear down even the happier members of the staff with her ceaseless complaining.
deny or contradict; speak against or oppose
I can't _______ a single piece of evidence James has presented, but I still don't trust his conclusion.
criticize severely or angrily
Showing no patience, the manager utterly ______ the sales team that lost the big account.
improperly forward or bold
In an _____ move, the defendant spoke out of order to say terribly insulting things to the judge.
characterized by good taste in manners and conduct
Sally's parties are _______ affairs, and instead of the usual beer and music, there is tea and intellectual conversation.
the trait of being rude and impertinent
The speeding car had the _____ to switch five lanes at once, run through a red light, and then cut off a police car before finally coming to a stop in front of a sea of flashing red lights.
noun: feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
In an act of ______, Leah sent compromising photos of her ex-boyfriend to all his co-workers and professional contacts.
instructive (especially excessively)
Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich is a _______ novel, instructing the reader on how to live a good life.
marked by the extreme care in treatment of details
The Japanese noodle maker was _______ in making his noodles and never let another person take over the task.
concerned with the appreciation of beauty; a set of principles underlying and guiding the work of a particular artist or artistic movement
The director, not known for his _______ sensibilities, decided not to use costumes at all, and put on the play in everyday clothing.
acknowledge defeat; admit to a wrongdoing; give over, surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another
Spanish ________ physical territory
Olivia ________ to having broken the window
a strong liking
Monte had a ________ for the fine things in life: Cuban cigars, 200 dollar bottles of wine and trips to the French Riviera.
the power to foresee the future
Baxter's warnings about investing in technology stocks seemed like an act of ________ after the whole market declined significantly.
keep from happening or arising; make impossible
The manager specified that all other gates be locked, the ________ the possibility of persons without tickets entering the arena undetected.
willing to be bold in social situations or to take risks
As all of the other campers cowered in their tents, Bill, armed only with a flashlight, ________ tracked down the bear that had raided their food.
highly opinionated, not accepting that your belief may not be correct
Bryan is ________ in his belief that the earth is flat, claiming that all pictures of a spherical earth are computer generated.
the quality of talking or writing easily and continuously
The professor's ________ knows no bounds; he could talk through a hurricane and elaborate a point from one St. Patrick's Day to the next.
characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy
The ________ wings of a butterfly, which allow it to fly, are also a curse, so delicate that they are often damaged.
not serious in content or attitude or behavior
Compared to Juliet's passionate concern for human rights, Jake's non-stop concern about football seems somewhat ________
repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
The professor used such ________ expression that many students in the class either fell asleep from boredom or stayed awake to complete his sentences and humor friends.
disinclined to talk, not revealing one's thoughts
When asked about her father, Helen lost her outward enthusiasm and became rather ________.
relevant and appropriate
The professor wanted to tell the jury in detail about his new book, but the lawyer said it wasn't ________ to the charges in the case.
marked by a lack of interest
Mr. Thompson was so talented at teaching math that even normally ________ students took interest
to make unclear; known only by a few
On the Smith's drive through the Grand Canyon, Mr. Smith's big head ________ much of Mrs. Robinson's view, so that she only saw momentary patches of red rock. Many of the biggest movie stars were once ________ actors who got only bit roles in long forgotten films.
fixed firmly or securely
By the time we reach 60 years old, most of our habits are so ________ that it's difficult for us to change.
overly sentimental to the point that it is disgusting
The film was incredibly ________, introducing highly likable characters only to have them succumb to a devastating illness by the end of the movie.
characteristic of rural life; awkwardly simple and provincial
The vacation cabin had no electricity and no indoor plumbing, but despite these inconveniences, Nigel adored its ________ charm.
one who professes great sensitivity to the beauty of art and nature
A true ________, Marty would spend hours at the Guggenheim Museum, staring at the same Picasso.
If you ever have the chance to meet the president, stand up straight and be ________.
without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious
American basketball players are always ________ when they go abroad- not only are they American, but some are over seven feet tall.
conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry
In giving Marcia a particular ________ response, Paul caused people at every other table in the restaurant to turn around and look at them angrily.
Her sleeplessness ________ her cold-when she woke up the next day, her sinuses were completely blocked.
reach the higher or most decisive point
Beethoven's musical genius ________ in the 9th Symphony, which many consider his greatest work.
difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge
I found Ulysses ________ and never finished the book, waiting instead to read it with someone else so we could penetrate its meaning together.
a state of guilt
Since John had left his banana peel at the top of the stairwell, he accepted ________ for Martha's broken leg.
a trite or obvious remark
The professor argued that many statements regarded as wise in previous times, such as the Golden Rule, are now regarded as mere ________.
to chuckle, laugh merrily, often in a breathy, muffled way
Walking into the cafe, I could hear happy, ________ people and smell the rich aroma of roasted coffee beans.
serving no useful purpose; more than is needed, desired, or required
How can we hope to stay open if we don't eliminate all ________ spending, like catered meetings and free acupuncture Tuesday?
The third paragraph in your essay is _______ and can be deleted.
impossible to stop or prevent
The rise of the computer was an _______ shift in technology and culture.
expecting unquestioning obedience; characteristic of an absolute ruler
The coach was _______ in his approach: no players could ever argue or question his approach.
having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
The lawyer had an _______ mind, able in a flash to dissect a hopelessly tangled issue and isolate the essential laws at play.
occurring by happy chance; having no cause or apparent cause
Though Maria's neighbor Ernie "bumped into" her at the Farmer's Market, the encounter wasn't nearly as _______ as Maria was led to believe: Ernie desperately wanted to ask Maria out on a date and had been following her about town.
make less severe or harsh; lessen the severity of an offense
I can only spend so much time _______ your disagreements with your wife, and at certain point, you need to do it on your own. If it weren't for the ________ circumstances, he would have certainly lost his job.
inactivity resulting from lethargy and lack of vigor or energy
After work, I was expecting my colleagues to be enthusiastic about the outing, but I found them in a state of complete ____.
avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of
Politicians are the masters of ______ morals; academics are the masters of eschewing clarity.