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Healy Vocab Emerson
Terms in this set (78)
-to warn or reprimand
-to advise, or counsel against something.
"she admonished her son for not taking a shower"
Adj. not accessible; unapproachable.
-a person's relatives/kin.
"the sisters read books on kindred subjects"
-of many kinds / numerous
-something having many different parts or features.
"take your test carefully; the opportunities to make silly mistakes are manifold"
Adj. that cannot be doubted; patently evident or certain; unquestionable.
-impossible to doubt
"the fact that wooly mammoths are extinct is indubitable"
V. to bring together or incorporate (parts) into a whole.
"the counselor made efforts to help integrate the transfer student into the new school"
N. dealings or communication between individuals, groups, countries, etc.
"the two groups intercoursed politely"
Adj. intrusive or presumptuous, as persons or their actions; insolently rude; uncivil
"she found the child's impertinent behavior infuriating"
Adj. not pertinent to a particular matter; irrelevant.
-lack of progress or activity
"their boots were muddy from trudging around in the slough"
Adj. lasting for an indefinitely long time; enduring
Adj. (of plants) having a life cycle lasting more than two years.
"flooding was a perennial problem for the villagers living next to the river"
N. a great misfortune or disaster, as a flood or serious injury
"the fire was the latest calamity to strike the village"
-casual or cheerful indifference
-happy or joyous
"He showed a blithe disregard for the camp rules"
N. excessive and objectionable reference to oneself in conversation or writing; conceit; boastfulness.
"the man's egotism made him very unlikeable"
Adj. incapable of being expressed or described in words; inexpressible
"the sunrise was ineffably beautiful"
N. lack of similarity or equality; inequality; difference
"there was a great disparity in living conditions between the commoners and the nobles"
N. an intricate combination of paths or passages in which it is difficult to find one's way or to reach the exit.
"the castle was like a labyrinth and was easy to get lost in"
V. to stop, as at an obstacle, and refuse to proceed or to do something specified (usually followed by at)
N. a check or hindrance; defeat; disappointment.
"their surprising defeat balked their hopes of winning the tournament"
N. relationship by descent from a common ancestor; kinship
"the brothers had been separated at birth and had no idea of their consanguinity"
N. a proposition, or set of propositions, set forth as an explanation for the occurrence of some specified group of phenomena, either asserted merely as a provisional conjecture to guide investigation (working hypothesis) or accepted as highly probable in the light of established facts.
"she hypothesized that the poor soil conditions were a result of the drought"
V. to give notice to; inform; advise (often followed by of)
"the messenger apprised the general of the current situation"
Adj. prohibiting violation; secure from destruction, violence, infringement, or desecration:
"the kind ruler had an inviolable moral code "
V. to fall below a normal or desirable level in physical, mental, or moral qualities; deteriorate:
N. having fallen below a normal or desirable level, especially in physical or moral qualities; deteriorated; degraded:
-an immoral or corrupt person
"the bandits were a group of degenerates who attacked innocent people"
Adj. based on testing or experience
"They collected plenty of empirical data from their experiments"
N. a person of profound or extensive learning; learned scholar.
"the man was a savant in the field of astronomy"
-a clever and funny remark
-a sudden attack in which a group of soldiers rush forward against an enemy
-a venture or excursion
"the family made a sally to the outskirts of the town to watch the sunset"
N. The inability to be wrong or make mistakes
"the coach came up with an infallible strategy to win the game"
Adj. not disputable or deniable; uncontestable
-not open to question; obviously true
"the murderer's guilt was indisputable"
N. the act or an instance of stating positively; maintaining to be true
"she affirmed that the man had stolen her purse"
Adj. contrived or arranged by agreement; planned or devised together
"they made a concerted effort to include the new members of the team"
V. to exercise absolute power or control, especially cruelly or oppressively (often followed by over).
"the cruel king tyrannized his people"
-one of usually many layers of a substance (such as rock)
-a level of society made up of people of the same rank or position
"the lower strata of society were hit particularly hard by the earthquake"
Adj. free from commotion or tumult; peaceful; quiet; calm:
"the lake was quiet and tranquil"
Adj. extremely small, as in size, amount, extent, or degree
"the difference was so minute that the man didn't notice"
Adj. tending to cure or relieve a disease or bodily disorder.
Adj. done to correct or improve something
"the organization has taken remedial actions to fix old and damaged bridges"
V. to pass into or through every part of
"the water permeated through the soil"
Adj. not variable; not changing or capable of being changed; static or constant.
"gravity is an invariable force"
Adj. evaporating rapidly; passing off readily in the form of vapor
-likely to change suddenly
"the stock market can be volatile at times"
prominent, distinguished; respected
"the eminent general was respected for his bravery"
V. to infuse slowly or gradually into the mind or feelings; insinuate; inject:
"the general's speech instilled a feeling of hope in the army"
Adj. present but not visible, apparent, or actualized; existing as potential
"he recently discovered his latent musical talent"
N. the vault of heaven; sky.
"she looked at the night sky and saw meteors flashing across the firmament"
N. (formerly) a person who composed and recited epic or heroic poems, often while playing the harp, lyre, or the like.
"the bard sang a song for the king's enjoyment"
N. a profoundly wise person; a person famed for wisdom.
"the wise sage acted as a counselor to the king"
Adj. moving or exciting the feelings or emotions.
"the play contained a particularly affecting scene which caused several audience members to cry"
Adj. coming or resulting from a natural impulse or tendency; without effort or premeditation; natural and unconstrained; unplanned:
"the couple spontaneously decided to get married"
-to make something known to someone
"the spices imparted a distinct taste to the stew"
-Adj. going beyond ordinary limits; surpassing; exceeding.
-far better or greater than what is usual
"the athlete's transcendent performance helped his team win the game"
-ancient greek thing
-a shrine where people went to ask oracles stuff
-a person giving wise or authoritative decisions or opinions
-an authoritative or wise expression or answer
"the king went to the oracle for advice"
Adj. disturbed, as in one's composure or self-possession; perturbed; ruffled:
"he was disconcerted by her disregard of his personal space"
- having a pleasant, spicy taste
-interesting and exciting
"the curry was quite piquant"
Adj. characterized by the psychological identification with the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of others:
"his time spent researching prison live gave him greater empathy toward convicts"
V. to look upon or treat with contempt; despise; scorn.
N. a feeling of contempt for anything regarded as unworthy; haughty contempt; scorn.
"the noble treated those below him disdainfully"
V. to hinder; hamper.
"the travelers were cumbered by their heavy wagons"
-brilliance of success, reputation, etc.
-showy or elaborate display
"the dancers gave a performance of great eclat"
Adj. causing fear, apprehension, or dread
Adj. of discouraging or awesome strength, size, difficulty, etc.; intimidating:
"the knight felt a twinge of fear as he stared down his formidable opponent"
N. a strong feeling of dislike, opposition, repugnance, or antipathy (usually followed by to):
"she had a strong aversion to broccoli"
N. the right to vote, especially in a political election.
N. Ecclesiastical. a prayer, especially a short intercessory prayer or petition.
"the organization fights for women's suffrage in developing countries"
V. to press or beset with solicitations; demand with urgency or persistence.
"he found the girl's importune questioning annoying"
Adj. lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory:
"silly bands are an example of an ephemeral fashion-they were more of a fad than anything else"
V. to surrender unconditionally or on stipulated terms.
-the losing army capitulated to their opponents
-to make less serious:
"he tried to extenuate his friend's misbehavior but only succeeded in making matter's worse"
Adj. requiring great exertion; laborious; difficult:
"the arduous task required great effort"
V. to seize and hold (a position, office, power, etc.) by force or without legal right:
"the councilman usurped the throne from the rightful king"
-having or showing careful good judgment
"the wise leader made prudent choices"
N. The quality of being generous in forgiving insults or injuries; being free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness
"her magnanimous nature made her very forgiving"
N. an article or thing of very little value.
"the billionaire thought of his expensive car as a mere trifle"
N. the branch of philosophy that is concerned with the basic causes and nature of things
"he tried to explain the world through metaphysics"
N. something causing superstitious fear; a bogy (evil spirit)
Adj. caused by or showing sincere remorse.
"though he apologized for the trouble he caused, they could tell he was not truly contrite"
Adj. characterized by or exhibiting symmetry; well-proportioned, as a body or whole; regular in form or arrangement of corresponding parts.
N. an ancestral line; line of descent; lineage; ancestry.
"she traced her family pedigree back to her great-great-great grandmother"
Adj. foul and repulsive, as from lack of care or cleanliness; neglected and filthy.
-immoral or dishonest
"the poor family lived in squalid conditions"
N. a person who interferes or meddles in the affairs of others:
"though he wanted to help out, they regarded his as an interloper"
Adj. characterized by or showing servile complaisance or deference; fawning:
"the queen was followed by obsequious suitors who clearly just wanted the throne"
"the monk gave up his life of riches to live as a mendicant"
- a person who praises powerful people in order to get their approval
"the king surrounded himself with sycophants to boost his ego"
Adj. pleasing in appearance; attractive; fair:
"her comely appearance earned her many stares"
Adj. relating to one of the original or earliest known inhabitants of a country or region.
"the aboriginal inhabitants were driven out of the land by migrants"