Unit 5 Vocabulary
Terms in this set (22)
(n.) sharpness (particularly of the mind or senses)
The passing years lessened her physical vigor but in no way diminished the ___________ of her judgement.
(v.) to portray, sketch, or describe in accurate and vivid detail; to represent pictorially.
The artist's sketch not only _____________ the model's appearance accurately but also captured something of her personality.
(adj.) brought to a state of evil and corruption, devoid of moral principles
Beneath the man's cultivated manner and impeccable grooming there lurked the ____________ mind of a brutal sadist.
(v.) to correct; to alter to serve a new or different purpose
Her report is in general accurate and well written, but there are several respects in which I think it should be ______________.
(v.) to weaken, lessen the mental, moral, or physical vigor of, enfeeble, hamstring
I was so ____________ by the oppressive heat and humidity of that awful afternoon that I could barely move.
(adj.) intended for or understood by only a select few, private, secret
Most people I know are so busy dealing with the ordinary problems of life that they have no time for _________ philosophical speculation.
(adj.) fruitful in offspring or vegetation; intellectually productive
The photograph is one of the wonderful new devices that sprang from the ____________ mind of Thomas Edison, our most prolific inventor.
(n.) an arbitrary order or decree; a command or act of will or consciousness
During the eleven years of his "personal rule," King Charles I bypassed Parliament and ruled England by royal _________.
(n.) a fabrication of the mind; and arbitrary notion
"Your suspicion that I am constantly making fun of you behind your back is a mere __________ of your overheated brain," I replied.
(v.) to acquire as the result of effort; to gather and store away, as for future use
The marathon not only brought in huge sums of money for Africa's starving masses but also ___________ much sympathy for their plight.
(v.) to set apart as holy or sacred, sanctify, consecrate; to honor greatly, revere
The ground in which those soldiers are buried was __________ by the blood they shed on it.
(n.) a peculiarity that serves to distinguish or identify
His constant use of the word fabulous, even for quite ordinary subjects, is a(n) _____________ that I could do without.
(n.) shame and disgrace
He was a changed young man after he suffered the ______________ of expulsion from West Point for conduct in becoming a gentleman.
(n.) a curse, expression of hatred and condemnation
There he stood like some grim Old Testament prophet, impotently hurling ________________ at the rival who had so cleverly outfoxed him.
(adj.) earthly, worldly, relating to practical and material affairs; concerned with what is ordinary
May I interrupt this abstruse discussion and turn your attention to more ___________ matters-like what's for dinner?
(n.) a subtle or slight variation, delicate gradation or shade of difference
Music can often express a(n) ______________ of mood or feeling that would be difficult to put into words.
(adj.) conceited, presumptuous; excessive, immoderate
His ______________ sense of superiority dominates his personality in much the same way his beetling brow dominates his face.
(n.) a strong attraction or inclination
You have many good traits, but I do not admire your ___________ for borrowing things and failing to return them.
(adj.) according to reputation or general belief; having widespread acceptance and good reputation; (part.) alleged
The man is __________ to have mob connections, but so far no one has actually substantiated the allegations.
(n.) reasoning that seems plausible but is actually unsound; a fallacy
Analysis will show that his "brilliant exposition" of how we can handle the pollution problem without cost to anyone is the merest _____________.
(adj.) costly, rich. magnificent
There is quite a difference between the austere furnishings of my little apartment and the _______________ accommodations of a luxury hotel.
(adj.) present or existing everywhere
American-style fast-food shops have gained such popularity all over the world that they are now truly __________.