96 terms

English Vocab Review

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brawl
a noisy fight in a crowd
flagrant
conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
fledgling
young bird that has just fledged or become capable of flying
paradox
(logic) a self-contradiction
perjury
lying under oath
proficient
skilled, expert, or capable in any field or activity
remnant
(n.) a small part remaining behind
simultaneous
occurring or operating at the same time
bystander
one who looks on or observes
casual
happening by chance or on an irregular basis; showing little concern; informal
downtrodden
treated unfairly and cruelly, oppressed
erode
to wear away gradually, eat away
flounder
to thrash about in a clumsy or ineffective way
gruesome
horrible, revolting, ghastly
botch
to ruin through clumsiness
clutter
(v.) to fill or cover in a disorderly way; (n.) a state of disorder, mess
farce
(n.) a play filled with ridiculous or absurd happenings; broad or far-fetched humor; a ridiculous sham
futile
hopeless
hospitable
offering friendly or generous treatment to guests; open to anything new or strange
adequate
Sufficient, enough
dialogue
conversation between two or more people
emblem
(n.) a symbol, sign, token
havoc
very great destruction, ruin; great confusion and disorder
hearth
the floor of a fireplace; the fireside as a symbol of the home and family
innumerable
too many to count
enchant
To please greatly; to charm, put under a magic spell
fluctuate
to rise and fall; to vary irregularly
foster
(v.) to bring up, give care to; to promote, encourage; (adj.) in the same family but not related by birth
handicraft
Work done by hand; a trade requiring hand skill
ignite
kindle; light; catch fire or set fire to
massive
Large and heavy; great in size or scope
maternal
relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent
pal
pale, a very close, intimate friend; comrade; chum.
reputable
Well thought of, having a good reputation
heed
to pay attention to
hoax
a practical joke; a trick
meditate
to think, reflect, intend, or plan
oppress
to govern or rule cruelly or unjustly; to weigh heavily upon
pedestrian
One who walks
transmit
to send on, pass along, send out
vanquish
to defeat utterly and completely; to overcome
wan
sickly pale
notable
striking, remarkable; a person who is well known, distinguished, or outstanding in some way
abnormal
not normal
flourish
to thrive, to grow well
nib
blunt point or tip
onslaught
a violent attack; a sudden rush of something
outstrip
(v.) to get ahead of, do better than, exceed
prudent
wise, careful, cautious
lavish
(adj.) overly generous, extravagant; abundant; (v.) to spend or give freely or without limit
notorious
having an exceedingly bad reputation
shirk
(v.) to avoid or get out of doing work, neglect a duty; to sneak, slink
implore
to beg earnestly for
stalemate
(n.) a situation in which further action by either of two opponents is impossible; (v.) to bring to a standstill
vindictive
seeking revenge
braggart
a boaster; boastful in a loud, annoying way
despondent
sad, without hope, discouraged
blurt
To say suddenly or without thinking
affliction
anything causing great suffering
akin
related by blood; having similar qualities or character
gala
(n.) a public entertainment marking a special event, a festive occasion; (adj.) festive, showy
impostor
one who deceives by using a false identity
authoritative
official, coming from a source that calls for obedience or belief, dictatorial
bankrupt
in a state of financial ruin; to ruin financially; one who has been ruined financially
clamor
loud noise or shouting
coincide
to happen at the same time
cynical
doubtful or distrustful of the goodness or sincerity of human motives
haggle
to argue in a petty way, especially about a price
vigilant
on the alert; watchful
wrath
forceful anger; fury
ordain
to establish by law; to order or command; to appoint as a priest or minister; to destine
pervade
to spread throughout
mull
to think about, ponder; to grind or mix; to heat and flavor with spices
narrative
The telling of a story or an account of an event or series of events.
piecemeal
one piece at a time; gradually
quest
a search, hunt; to search, seek, ask
random
by chance, not planned or prearranged; irregular
rant
to speak wildly and noisily; loud, violent talk
quench
To put out, extinguish, end
swerve
to turn aside sharply; a sharp or sudden turn
melancholy
a feeling of thoughtful sadness
persist
to continue steadily in a course of action, refuse to stop or be changed; to last, remain
puny
of less than normal strength or size; of no importance
regal
royal, kinglike; fit for a king
vital
small bottle containing medicine or other liquids, having life, living; necessary to life, essential; key, crucial
morbid
(adj.) in an unhealthy mental state, extremely gloomy; caused by or related to disease, unwholesome
surplus
A quantity much larger than is needed
lax
careless or negligent
overture
(n.) an opening move toward negotiation or action; a proposal or offer; an introductory section or part
lethargic
unnaturally drowsy; sluggish; dull
malady
a sickness, illness, disease, disorder
hoard
to store up, save; a hidden store or supply
legitimate
(adj.) lawful, rightful; reasonable, justifiable
patronize
to give one's business to regularly as a customer; to support, provide financial help; to treat someone as an inferior while making a show of being kind or gracious
sagacious
shrewd; wise
abound
to be plentiful, be filled