Terms in this set (50)
Overly vocal; loudly expressive
The protestors were vociferous as they screamed outside of the government building.
To remove from difficulty
If the magician does not extricate himself from the water tank in the next forty-five seconds, he will die.
indifferent to pain or pleasure
My stoic uncle showed no emotion at his wife's funeral.
It is not prudent to go swimming during a hurricane.
The stalwart dog refused to leave his owner's grave.
based on observation rather than theory
Our data is based on empirical evidence collected in numerous studies.
A leader who manipulates people's fears & prejudices
Todd wrote an excellent paper describing Hitler as a demagogue.
To tear down completely
The commercial builder has plans to raze the buildings and develop the area into a series of strip malls.
S-shaped, curvy, winding
According to the treasure map, the cave is located at the end of the sinuous path that winds up the mountain.
To strengthen by exposure to extremes
The hot sunny days were tempered by a light breeze.
To give in, surrender
The administration decided to acquiesce and let the students have a dance.
She was adamant that people should know what they are consuming.
Difficult to understand
Younger children will find it hard to understand the cryptic directions that go along with the chemistry set.
To cloud or confuse
The loan contract was filled with legal words meant to obfuscate trusting borrowers.
We originally thought that John was going to pull nefarious April Fool's Day pranks—but surprisingly, nothing bad happened.
to decorate or add untrue but interesting details
Grandma likes to embellish her knitting by hiding secret messages in the pattern.
Willing; open to the ideas of others
My husband never complains about anything and is amenable to all my vacation suggestions.
Because of his capricious nature, Jeremy found it hard to keep a steady job.
A dull or unoriginal statement; a cliché
The politician ended his speech with a platitude about every man's right to vote.
An abundance, plentitude, profusion
I don't see why my mother wants more shoes when she already has a plethora of them.
Thorough, complete, comprehensive
Despite an exhaustive search of the apartment, I could not find my car keys.
He was an able, strong-willed man, and crushed what was tantamount to a rebellion in Spain.
To reject (n. A rejection)
Because the position does not pay well, Kelly decided to rebuff her supervisor's offer of a promotion.
based on loyalty to a particular group (n. One)
Because of your partisan views, you are unwilling to look at other options.
To get rid of, discard, eject
In order to conserve fuel, the pilot was forced to jettison some of his passengers' suitcases.
To speak ill of (adj. Derogatory)
The critic didn't mean to derogate the author, only his poorly written novel.
Of doubtful authenticity; of unknown origin
The old man often shared apocryphal ghost stories with anyone who would listen.
To give a false impression
Jason tried to belie the fact he was a lousy worker by showing up early at the office.
Students struggled to stay awake during the ponderous lecture.
While Angelina is a prolific actress who makes at least four movies a year, she always has time for her family.
Overly explicit in describing unpleasant details,
Because the testimony in the courtroom was lurid, the judge asked the defendant's small children to remain outside in the hallway.
Attraction toward or liking for something (someone)
My natural affinity for the arts has led me to museums located all over the world.
Something that leads to a later development or idea
My itching is the precursor of the severe allergic reaction I will soon experience.
One who spends money foolishly
Because the lottery winner was a spendthrift, he spent his winnings in less than a year.
To bring or restrain (n. Chains ... )
Whenever the man took his dog outside, he would place a fetter around the animal's neck and tie it to a tree.
The author wrote a contentious novel which caused a great deal of unrest.
The wealthy man used his money and guile to get into politics.
Famous in a bad way
Because the back roads are infamous for ice patches in the winter, I suggest you stick to the highways on your trip.
Overly sentimental; sappy
Sarah is such a drama queen that she behaves in a maudlin way to even the smallest incident.
If you want to be more approachable, show a gregarious smile.
To limit or define the outer boundaries of something
A tall electric fence was constructed outside the prison to circumscribe prison escapes.
To banish from the company of others
Only a cruel teacher would ostracize a special needs child and not allow him to interact with other students.
Mistreat or disrespect something that is holy, desecrate
When the coach heard the referee's call against his team, he began to yell profane words.
Practical or advantageous in the short term
Given the fact the police will be looking for us soon, it is expedient we leave this apartment quickly!
To unite, to come together in a single group
Local high school principals have agreed to coalesce around new approaches for college preparation.
The judge found the man culpable of the crime and sentenced him to life in prison.
Dull, unoriginal, over-used; hackneyed
I did not finish the novel because the story's plot was trite and uninspiring.
Harmful in a way that is likely to go unnoticed
The car dealership used attractive insidious models to lure in buyers.
To shorten by cutting
Jill had to truncate her presentation so it would not exceed five minutes.
One who avoids physical pleasures
Jacob chose to live an ascetic life because of his strict religious beliefs.