Fall Vocabulary List #11
Terms in this set (50)
hard to understand; recondite; esoteric; secret; hidden
The riddle was very ___________, with many confusing phrases and seemingly irrelevant objects.
of or relating to a person's life; pertaining to or containing biography
The short film was both entertaining and _______________, containing many details about the man's life.
a fortress that commands a city and is used in the control of the inhabitants and in defense during attack or siege; any strongly fortified place; stronghold; a heavily armored structure on a warship, for protecting the engines, magazines, etc.
When the war began, the country used their __________ to command their forces and protect in case of siege.
without means of subsistence; lacking food, clothing, and shelter; deprived of, devoid of, or lacking (often followed by of); to leave destitute
The charity cared for ____________ children, giving them clothing, shelter, and food.
to form a circle about; encircle; surround; to enclose; envelop; to include comprehensively
During the mission the soldiers ______________ the building where they believed the madman to be.
having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm, etc.; ardent; hot; burning; glowing
The __________ fans screamed and shouted when their favorite player came onto the field.
to gather slowly and laboriously, bit by bit; to gather (grain or the like) after the reapers or regular gatherers; to learn, discover, or find out, usually little by little or slowly
The slaves worked laboriously on the plantation to ________ all the crops by winter.
a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action, etc.; a missing part; gap or lacuna; any gap or opening
The stressed banker found relaxation on a Caribbean beach as he took a personal ________.
a disposition or bent especially of the mind or will; a liking or preference; something to which one is inclined; the act of inclining; state of being inclined
The boy's ______________ to go trick or treating on Halloween faded with age.
without interest, vigor, or determination; listless; lethargic; lazy; indolent
He was extremely ________________ and began to doze off in English.
lowly and sometimes degrading; servile; submissive; pertaining to or suitable for domestic servants; humble; a domestic servant; a servile person
The master quickly dismissed his _________ servants.
worthy of note or notice; noteworthy; prominent, important, or distinguished; capable, thrifty, and industrious; a prominent, distinguished, ,or important person
Colleges look for applicants with ___________ qualities and unique experience.
burdensome, unjustly harsh, or tyrannical; causing discomfort by being excessive, intense, elaborate, etc.; distressing or grievous
The king was extremely _____________ to his subjects and punished them frequently.
a punishment undergone in token of penitence for sin; a penitential discipline imposed by church authority; a sacrament, as in the Roman Catholic Church, consisting in a confession of sin, made with sorrow and with the intention of amendment, followed by the forgiveness of the sin
The church issued the man a __________ for committing adultery.
a state of perplexity or uncertainty, especially as to what to do; dilemma
The confused boys were in a state of ____________ when they couldn't find their parents.
the point on the celestial sphere vertically above a given position or observer; a highest point or state; culmination
The moon was at its _________ as it shined directly over the lake.
a deep, immeasurable space, gulf, or cavity; vast chasm; anything profound, unfathomable, or infinite; the primal chaos before Creation; the infernal regions; hell; a subterranean ocean
The scientists were studying the Marianas Trench, a great ________ in the ocean.
abundance of money, property, and other material goods; riches; wealth; an abundant supply, as of thoughts or words; profusion; a flowing to or toward; afflux
The nephew gained ____________ after he inherited his uncle's fortune.
having or showing pleasant, good-natured personal qualities; affable; friendly; sociable; agreeable; willing to accept the wishes, decisions, or suggestions of another or other; lovable or lovely
The kind flight attendant was _________, making conversation throughout the aisle as he passed.
a distinctive and pervasive quality or character; air; atmosphere; a subtly pervasive quality or atmosphere seen as emanating from a person, place, or thing; a sensation, as of lights or a current of warm or cold air, preceding an attack of migraine or epilepsy
The man had a strange _______, giving off a feeling of bitterness and hatred.
austere quality; severity of manner, life, etc.; sternness; usually, austerities, ascetic practices; strict economy
The ____________ of monastery life appealed very much to the young boy.
to declare frankly or openly; own; acknowledge; confess; admit
Morgan Le Fay tried to trick La Beale Isoud into __________ she was an adulteress.
something, as an action or speech, that tends to flatter, coax, entice, etc.
The snobbish courtier accosted the king with ________________ in an attempt to raise his own status.
a pretentious, swaggering display of courage
The princess raced to slay the dragon, her __________ shocking the towns people.
the state or quality of being frank, open, and sincere in speech or expression; candidness; freedom from bias; fairness; impartiality; kindliness; purity
The judge considered the controversial issue with surprising _________.