tortilla curtain "A" vocab
Terms in this set (20)
incapable of producing any useful result; pointless
syn: worthless, unproductive
ant: effective, useful
It was futile for Delaney to wish he had not had the accident; his thoughts would not change what had happened.
incapable of being injured or impaired
syn: immune, impassable
ant: vulnerable, susceptible
Because he was back in his car safe and sound, Delaney felt impervious to any danger
to shorten by cutting off a part
Syn: abbreviate, abridge
ant: expand, lengthen
In order to save time, the teacher truncated the chapter the class was reading.
To convey emotions, actions, or feelings by gestures without speech.
syn: act out, mime
Because they were in the library, the two girls pantomimed that they would call each other later.
A narrow, steep-sided valley commonly eroded by water
syn: canyon, gorge, arroyo
ant: plain, flatland
When hiking, it is not uncommon to come across a ravine that you did not expect.
an intervening time
syn: meantime, hiatus
ant: continuation, permanence
In the interim between first and third period, these fools ate food.
syn: greedy, voracious
ant: satisfied, full
The ravenous child declared he was so hungry he could eat a horse.
existing everywhere, widespread
syn: universal, omnipresent
ant: rare, scarce
It seems as though fast food restaurants, such as McDonald's are ubiquitous in large cities.
The state of lowering in quality or character
syn: deterioration, decline
ant: honor, increase
The degredatiom if his reputation was in part due to the rumors that people were spreading.
to chew; to reduce to a pulp
syn: crush, gnaw
The child masticate his food told to do so by his parents
obtained, done, made, etc., by stealth; secret or unauthorized
syn: sneaky, covert
ant: honest, open
The surreptitious gift of candy from Ms. Green to her nephew was not something that his mother would have approved.
Deserving blame or censure; blameworthy
syn: guilty, reprehensible
ant: irresponsible, blameless
Even though he didn't want to admit it, the hit was culpable for breaking the window.
A person or thing that is detested or loathed.
syn: abomination, enemy
Since my brother ate raisins everyday for snack in preschool, they are now anathema to him.
To deprive of force or strength
syn: to exhaust, to tire out
ant: energize, invigorate
All the papers she had to grade this weekend enervated Ms. Green.
a severe test or trial
syn: ordeal, adversity
ant: advantage, blessing
The argument between the friends became the crucible of their relationship.
tending to delay or procrastinate
syn: delaying, late, neglectful
ant: diligent, ready
The dilatory employee was warned twice before he lost his job
Tending to clear from a charge or fault
syn: defensible, justifiable
ant: unforgivable, blameable
The fact that my sister has a major sweet tooth was not exculpatory in the context of her stealing and eating an entire box of ice cream sandwiches.
To waver in mind or opinion
syn: hesitate, fluctuate
ant: remain, persist, hold
Because he was not sure of all the facts, the voter vacillated between the two sides of the issue
shameless or impudent
syn: blatant, gutsy, forward
ant: humble, meek, modest
The brazen way he spoke to the interviewer did not sit well.
Something that is regarded as worthless, trash, garbage
syn: debris, waste
ant: property, assets
The refuse that washed on shore from the ocean made the beach look unappealing to the tourists.