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English Final Flashcards

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abject
most unfortunate or miserable
abridge
condense or shorten
accolade
a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction
admonish
to softly express disapproval sometimes issued as a warning
adversary
someone who offers opposition
affliction
a cause of great suffering and distress
aloof
remote in manner
anguish
extreme mental distress
annex
to add or attach
appraise
place a value on
apt
inclined or prone
arbitrate
to serve as an impartial person to judge a dispute btw 2 consenting parties
articulate
expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language
assail
to attack
assimilation
the social process of absorbing one cultural group into harmony with another
asunder
into parts or pieces
audacity
excessive boldness, rashness, daring
augment
enlarge or increase
avail
use to one's advantage
avenge
take revenge for a perceived wrong
avert
turn away or aside
baleful
threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
bane
fatal injury or ruin
bastion
a fortified place, stronghold
belligerent
someone who fights (or is fighting), characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight
bemuse
cause to be confused emotionally
beseech
ask for or request earnestly
bier
a stand to support a coffin for burial
bilge
lower point of inner hull of a ship
boisterous
loud & rowdy
boon
a gift or blessing
bore
a hole or passage made by a drill
braggart
someone who boasts or brags
brazen
daring in a rude offensive way
brace
a pair of like things
breach
act in disregard of laws and rules
bridle
to restrain
calamity
an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
censor
n. An official examiner of manuscripts empowered to prohibit their publication
chide
to scold lightly
clarion
loud and clear
circumspect
heedful of potential consequences
colossal
huge in size
commandeer
to seize for military or official use
commentary
a series of notes clarifying or explaining something
complacent
contented to a fault
complacent
self-satisfied
connote
express or state indirectly
consort
keep company
contempt
open disrespect for a person or thing
contend
maintain or assert
contort
twist and press out of shape
convey
make known
countenance
consent to, give permission
crestfallen
brought low in spirit
decisive
characterized by decision and firmness
defy
challenge
dejection
a state of melancholy depression
denote
indicate, signify, mean (as in meaning)
derogatory
insulting or intended to insult
descry
to see or discover by careful observation
desolate
without inhabitants or deserted
diffident
shy, timid, unconfident
dilute
reduced in strength or concentration or quality or purity
din
loud unpleasant noise
dirge
a funeral hymn
disarming
having the effect of removing hostilty or suspiscion or getting someone on your side
discern
to recognize or comprehend
discord
lack of order or unity
discourse
conversation, either written or spoken
disdain
reject with contempt
disparage
to speak of something or someone in a belittling or insulting way
dispatch
to promptly and/or efficiently complete, transact, dispose of, finish off, etc
disposition
someones mood
disrepute
disgrace, dishonor
divine
to fortell through signs
dogged
stubbornly persevering
domain
territory over which rule or control is exercised
effiminate
feminine in manner which is said of a male
embodiment
ideal symbol or representation
enmity
bitter hatred
ensign
a banner or flag
eradicate
kill in large numbers
evade
use cleverness or deceit to escape or avoid
exanimate
being or appearing lifeless
excise
remove by cutting
extricate
release from entanglement of difficulty
falter
to speak haltingly
fawn
to use exaggerated attempts to please
feign
to pretend or give false impression
ferment
a state of great excitement, agitation, or commotion
fickle
instable or changeable esp in emotions
flagrant
conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
flounce
to move in a lively or bouncy manner
forbear
a person from whom you are descended or not to do something
forlorn
sad and lonely; wretched; desolate
formidable
arousing fear or admiration
forsaken
abandoned
fortnight
a period of fourteen consecutive days
fugitive
someone who flees from an uncongenial situation
futile
useless
gallant
unflinching in battle or action
garish
loud and flashy
gingerly
very carefully or cautiously
gird
to encircle with a belt or a band or encircled in this way
graze
to touch lightly when passing by
guile
skillful deceit
hale
free from illness
heathen
unenlightened; without religion or morals
herald
one who gives sign or indication of something to come
illustrious
well known and distinguished
imperious
arrogantly domineering or overbearing
impalpable
not perceptible to the touch
implicit
being without doubt or reserve
implore
to beg earnestly for
importune
beg persistently and urgently
impute
attribute or credit to
incredulous
not disposed or willing to believe
indict
to charge with a crime; accuse
indignation
a feeling of righteous anger
inequity
unfairness
inexorable
relentless or unstoppable
insolence
arrogance shown through actions or speech
intently
with strained or eager attention
inundate
fill or cover with water esp flood water or to overwhelm
jeer
to make fun of rudely or unkindly
liberation
a state of freedom reached after a struggle
lineage
the descendants of one individual
luminous
giving off light
mainstay
cheif support
malice
the quality of threatening evil
mantle
cloth or a cover
mar
to soil or to spoil; to detract from the perfection of something
maul
injure badly by beating
meloncholy
Sadness
mollify
make less rigid or softer
moor
secure with cables or ropes
mores
fixed customs or manners; moral attitudes
mottled
having spots or patches of color
nuance
a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
ominous
presaging ill-fortune
ordain
issue an order through ones superior authority like a dictator
pantomime
a performance using gestures and body movements without words
paramour
a lover esp in an affair
parley
a negotiation between enemies
peaked
pale and drawn in appearance
peevish
cranky and whiny
pell-mell
in a jumble, confused manner
penultimate
next to last
penury
extreme poverty
pernicious
deadly
peruse
to read or examine with care
pine
to feel a lingering desire
pique
a sudden outburst of anger
plaintive
expressing sorrow
ponderous
having great mass and weight and unwieldiness
portend
indicate by signs
portentous
of momentous or ominous significance
posterity
all future generations
presage
a sign of something about to happen
presently
in the near future
pretense
the act of giving a false appearance
prodigous
extrodinary in size
profound
deep
prone
lying face down
propagate
to increase
prostrate
to cast (oneself) face down on the ground in humility, submission, or adoration
providence
the guardianship and control exercised by a deity
provisions
a stock or supply of foods
pugnacious
combative
rapier
long, slender sword
rancor
anger
rear
to raise as in children
rebuff
reject outright and bluntly
rebuke
to scold sharply or a sharp scolding
recumbent
lying down
reel
to lose ones balance either figuratively or literally
relish
to take great pleasure or delight in
reprehensible
deserving blame or punishment
renowned
honored or famous
reprove
to voice or convey disapproval of or to critize something
reproof
an act or expression of criticism and censure
reserved
quiet and restrained in manner
resolve
firmness of purpose or strength in ones decisions or opinions
resonant
Having an effect; powerful
respective
corresponding
resurgence
revival
retard
to make slow or delay
revelry
boisterous festivity
revival
to bring back again
revulsion
a sudden, intense feeling of disgust
rogue
a dishonest person or someone separated from a group
rueful
regretful
ruminate
reflect deeply on a subject
sallow
yellowy and pale or unhealthy looking
scorn
open disrespect for a person or thing
scourage
devastation or suffering or punishment
scruples
morals
sepulcher
a burial vault
shroud
burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped
skitter
cause to skip over a surface
slander
to ruin someones reputation with false gossip
sobering
tending to make sober or more serious
solace
comfort or consolation
solemn
serious; grave
streamlined
made efficient by stripping off nonessentials
strife
bitter disagreement; fighting, struggle
subdue
to bring under control
subside
to settle down
sullen
gloomy
supine
lying on the back
supplicate
to beg earnestly and humbly
taut
pulled or drawn tight
tithe
pay a tenth of one's income, especially to the church
trace
mark left behind by something
unobtrusive
inconspicuous
unreserved
not holding back
usurer
someone who lends money at excessive rates of interest
vagabond
someone who doesnt have a permanent home
valor
bravery esp in battle
verge
the limit beyond which something happens or changes
victuals
a stock or supply of foods
vigilant
on the alert of watchful
vindicate
maintain, uphold, or defend
virulent
extremely poisonous or injurious
visceral
pertaining to the internal organs
vitiate
to corrupt
wanton
unrestrained in behavior
wayward
tending to disobey because of ones own inclinations
weary
tired
weather
to come through a challengle safely
welter
a confused multitude of things
wheel
to turn
wily
marked by skill in deception
woe
intense mournfulness
writhe
to twist
wry
humorously sarcastic or mocking
meager
deficient in quantity or quality
egregious
flagrant