Petersons Practice II
Terms in this set (36)
Widely existing, prevailing, or generally accepted.
Something ________ is common in a particular place at a particular time. ________ things are hard to avoid. When you see the word ________, think "It's everywhere!"
If you're talking about the most popular or common thing, call it ________. If the ________ feeling in a neighborhood is that pizza is the best food, the result might be pizzerias being the ________ type of restaurant there.
An ________ is someone who acts as a go-between or a mediator between two other people. Be careful when you're the ________ between two friends who are fighting, because they might both end up mad at you!
Holding on tightly; persistent.
Use ________ to mean "not easily letting go or giving up," like a clingy child who has a ________ grip on his mother's hand. Tris and Tobias.
When things are ________, they won't stop, won't give, or won't bend. That includes stubborn, ________ personalities and stiff, ________ mattresses.
Something ________ is relevant and on-point. If you give your best friend ________ advice, that means the advice is appropriate for the situation.
If you are ________, you don't show respect toward something, like your ________ singing of your school's alma mater in a funny voice.
Dictatorial or opinionated.
Someone who is ________ has arrogant attitudes based on unproved theories. If you ________ally assert that the moon is made of green cheese, you'll just get laughed at.
If something is ________, it has to do with cows or cattle, or it reminds you of the slow and seemingly unintelligent ways of cows and cattle. Someone's glacial pace and dull comments might contribute to his thoroughly ________ impression.
Not restrained by ideas of right and wrong
Use the adjective ________ to describe someone who behaves in a dishonest or unethical way.
Did you fall for that _____ door to door salesman's pitch? He must be very slick and tricky to have convinced you to buy a set of new tires, considering you don't have a car.
Something ________ is very obvious and offensive. Don't get caught in a ________ lie, because you won't be able to weasel your way out of it.
________ is a strong adjective for something that you couldn't do without. If you have asthma and you're packing for summer vacation, your inhaler is ________, unless you enjoy gasping on the beach.
________ is the act of physically escaping from something, like your ________ of your ex-girlfriend at the prom — you kept dancing. Now that's fancy footwork.
________ means the doctrine of belief in a religion or a political system.The literal meaning of ________ in ancient Greek was something that seems true. These days, in English, ________ is more absolute. If you believe in a certain religion or philosophy, you believe in its ________, or core assumptions. If you belong to a cult that believes that cupcake consumption is the only true path, then you follow the cupcake ________. ________, once adopted, is accepted without question. Go eat cupcakes!
If you want to surprise your mom with a sweatshirt, but don't know her size, it might take an act of ________, like going through her closet, to find it out. ________ is the use of tricky actions to hide, or get something.
When something is ________, it is undeniably, absolutely, 100 percent, completely true. That rain is wet is an ________ fact.
Twist, squirm, contort.
To ________ is to squirm and twist. Often you'll see the phrase "to writhe in agony." ________ when you've just ingested some stomach-wrenching poison, or perhaps in response to red ant stings.
Diminish. Let up.
Something that _______s becomes fewer or less intense. Your enthusiasm for skiing might _______ after falling off a ski lift and getting a mouthful of snow.
If you ________ something, you choose to give it up. If you ________ dessert after dinner, you are skipping dessert.
Attempt, or to try.
An ________ is an earnest effort to achieve some goal. As a verb, the word means "to try hard at something."
A ________ material lets light pass through, but objects on the other side can't be seen clearly. Think: Shrinky Dinks or stained glass.
Use the adjective ________ to describe something that is overly vivid, bright, showy, and in bad taste — like the DJ's ________ outfit that is a flashback to the disco era.
Someone who is ________ has become overly content — the junk-food-eating couch potato might be feeling ________ about his health.
The literal meaning of this word's Latin root is "very pleased," but even though ________ people may seem pleased with themselves, we are rarely pleased with them. They are unconcerned by things that should concern them, and they may neglect their duties. A ________ person might be heard saying, "Ehh, don't worry about it!" — when there really is something to worry about.
________ describes things that function separately or independently. Once you move out of your parents' house, and get your own job, you will be an ________ member of the family.
________ means "compliant," "obedient," "submissive," or having the qualities of a servant. Something that's ________ has been made useful, or put into the service of, something else.
If something is ________, it's reasonable or believable. Things that are ________ could easily happen. A woman becoming President is very ________. A giraffe becoming President is not.
When you ________, you try to help people work out their differences or achieve something, like when you ________ on your friend's behalf to encourage your boss to hire him, or when feuding friends ask you to ________, guiding them to sort out their differences.
________ is the term for the wind that carries heavy rains to southern Asia, and the rains themselves. During a ________, people wait indoors for it to stop.
Someone who is ________ spends considerable time examining his own thoughts and feelings. If you take to your diary after an unhappy break-up, you are being ________.
Anything ________ has to do with the surface of something. If you're judging a book by its cover, you're being ________. People who worry too much about their clothes and hair may also be considered ________.
There is a tone to the word ________ that sounds like what it is: lacking movement, stale, and inactive, especially with exaggerated pronunciation, "guuuuuurl."
The word ________ has religious roots, and can refer to a temple or church, but its use has broadened to include anywhere people go for peaceful tranquility or introspection. Your pickup truck might be your ________ if that's where you can clear your head.
Calling someone ________ means they're truly outstanding or better than everyone else — not in general, but in a specific field or specialty. Such as a ________ geologist.
Having ______s is kind of like having a conscience: your morals or ______s cause you to act in ways you think are right.
If after high school you choose to live in your parents' house, keep the same job, and spend time with the same friends, your mother might worry that you've decided to ________, or stop moving forward.