Terms in this set (55)
adj. having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something; equivocal; torn.
I feel ambivalent about Rita—I like her fun personality, but not the way she tends to steal things.
v. to cause (someone) to become angry; to annoy.
The new lower speed limit antagonized drivers in the small town.
adj. feeling opposition or hostility toward something
n. opposition or hostility
adj. having an exaggerated sense of one's own importance or abilities; conceited.
John's steadfast belief that he was the most popular kid in school led his friends to label him arrogant.
adj. related to the sense of hearing.
Georgia's auditory abilities were superhuman—she could hear sounds that no one else could hear.
adj. able to be heard
n. wonder; admiration; respect.
The crowd was in awe of Michael Jordan's extraordinary athletic abilities.
adj. amazed; astonished
(1) n. an agreement; a bargain; middle ground
(2) v. to settle a dispute.
The bickering sisters compromised by agreeing to take turns with the new toy.
(3) v. to weaken or put into danger; to undermine.
Too much cost cutting could compromise passenger safety.
(1) v. to express complete disapproval of; to criticize.
Harry's parents condemned his recent decision to quit his job at the bank to pursue a music career.
(2) v. to sentence (someone) to a particular punishment.
He was condemned to five years in prison.
v. to accept and allow bad behavior to continue.
The college will not condone any more wild parties in the dorms.
adj. making something likely or possible; favorable to.
This noisy restaurant is not conducive to studying.
v. to discourage (someone) from doing something, using doubt or fear.
The city officials put up warning signs to deter visitors from entering the contaminated site.
v. to leave the main subject temporarily in speech or writing; to deviate.
The mid-day school assembly forced the teacher to digress from his original lesson plan.
n. a large difference.
There are significant economic disparities between different regions of the country.
v. to make something more interesting by adding extra details; to exaggerate.
Uncle Jerry often embellishes his stories by making up details that never actually happened.
n. something that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to figure out.
The last level of the video game was an enigma: nobody could figure out how to get past it.
adj. understood by only a small number of people with specialized knowledge; obscure; complicated.
The philosophy textbook was filled with esoteric language that only a few professors could fully understand.
v. to cause (someone) to be no longer close or affectionate; to alienate.
Due to the complicated and messy breakup, Mike and Rachel have been estranged from each other for over a year.
n. a speech or piece of writing that praises someone highly, typically someone who has just died.
The eulogy that Katy gave at her grandfather's funeral caused every person in attendance to cry.
v. to praise highly in speech or writing
v. to invent, concoct, or make (something) up; to lie.
Everyone believes that Derek is a big liar because he fabricates details about seemingly everything in his life.
n. falsification; lie
adj. open; honest; direct.
His frank testimony provided the courtroom with a clear picture of the events that led up to the crime.
adj. based on illusion; not real.
The apparent drop in burglaries is illusory; people simply stopped reporting the crimes because the police were unable to do anything.
n. a false idea or belief; a mirage
n. a person who performs tricks that deceive the eye; a magician
v. to allow oneself to enjoy the pleasure of.
Once a week we indulge in some really good Mexican food.
adj. too generous; lenient; permissive.
The rowdy children took advantage of the indulgent babysitter and wrecked the house.
n. an unorthodox or independent-minded person; a nonconformist.
Yuri is a maverick; everything about her is different from the rest of society.
(1) adj. humble; unpretentious; shy.
The baseball star's modest refusal to answer questions about his recent award won him a lot of fans.
(2) adj. relatively moderate, limited, or small.
The modest size of the pizza left them all very hungry.
adj. important; significant.
The birth of the child was a momentous occasion for the family.
v. to be appropriate, related, or applicable.
Your question is off-topic—it doesn't pertain to the subject at hand.
adj. relevant; applicable
adj. clam and peaceful; not easily upset or excited.
Not even a vacuum cleaner will disturb our placid cat.
(1) n. a contagious bacterial disease
(2) n. a thing causing constant trouble or irritation
(3) v. to cause continual trouble or distress to.
The project was plagued by constant delays.
v. to repeat for emphasis or clarity.
The teacher had to reiterate the concepts from the lesson because the class was still confused.
adj. dark or dull in color or tone; gloomy.
The grey clouds and rain emphasized the somber grunge band that I was listening to on my iPod.
(1) adj. the result of a sudden impulse, without planning
(2) adj. (of a person) open, natural, and uninhibited.
Elaine is a very spontaneous person—you can never guess what she will do next.
(1) adj. severe or bare in appearance; austere.
The photograph showed the stark outline of a tree against a bleak winter sky.
(2) adj. complete; sheer; utter
n. a widely held but oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.
The stereotype of people from Wisconsin is that they all love cheese.
adj. not justified or authorized; unnecessary; inappropriate; undue.
My mom's decision to take away my Xbox was completely unwarranted because I did nothing wrong.
adj. assuming power or authority without justification; arrogant and domineering.
Robert's imperious requests forced his employees to work late into the evening.
(1) adj. not allowing fluid to pass through
(2) adj. unable to be affected by.
He worked without stopping, apparently impervious to the heat.
v. to read thoroughly and carefully.
Patty carefully perused her notes in preparation for the final exam.
v. to follow (someone or something); to seek to attain or accomplish (a goal).
After college, Dave started a band and pursued his dream of becoming a rock star.
(1) n. the action of following or pursuing something
(2) n. an activity of a specified kind, especially a recreational or athletic one.
The resort offers a whole range of leisure pursuits.
n. the people living in a particular country or area.
The Senator lost the last election because he badly misunderstood the desires of the populace.
n. a person who is concerned with the views or interests of ordinary people.
The latest work by the populist author focused on the history of unions in Philadelphia.
adj. having a large population; densely populated.
New York City is the most populous city in America.
adj. done or acting according to a fixed plan or system; methodical.
Her systematic homework routine allows Hanna to finish all of her work before dinner.
adj. related to the whole system, not just parts.
The problems with the island's government are systemic—there is corruption on every level.
(1) n. a person walking along a road
(2) adj. lacking inspiration or excitement; dull.
Laura's acting was pedestrian at best—she could barely remember her lines.
(1) v. to be entitled to a particular benefit or privilege by fulfilling a necessary condition
(2) v. to make (a statement or assertion) less absolute; to add reservations to; to modify, limit, or temper.
The new kid seems pretty flaky, but let me qualify that by saying I've only known him for a few days.
(1) adj. inexperienced; unfit; ineligible
(2) adj. unconditional; without reservation or limitation; total.
Because the fundraiser exceeded everyone's expectations, it was an unqualified success.
v. to give special importance to (something); to stress; to highlight.
Terry intentionally spoke louder to emphasize the importance of the moment.
adj. definite and clear; vehement; firm
n. special importance
(1) n. the use of language that seems to be the opposite of the intended meaning; sarcasm
(2) n. a situation that seems directly contrary to what is expected.
The irony of watching their coach failing to perform the basic drill was hard not to laugh at.
n. a harsh, discordant mixture of sounds.
The cacophony of loud voices and music made it hard to hold a conversation at the party.
adj. providing psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions.
Seeing a therapist is cathartic for my mother because it allows her to talk through her problems.
adj. lax in morals; licentious; decadent.
My strict parents often criticize the dissolute lifestyles featured in reality TV shows.
n. all the people who are entitled to vote in an election.
The electorate overwhelmingly supported the new candidate for president.
adj. too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words.
The ineffable beauty of the Colorado mountains left me speechless.
n. a published false statement that is damaging to a person's reputation.
The actor sued the tabloid magazine for libel, claiming that it had fabricated elements of the story.
adj. concerned (or overly concerned) with lawsuits or litigation.
Foreigners believe Americans are very litigious people who sue each other over every little problem.
adj. argumentative; confrontational; prone to fighting.
Sara's quarrelsome nature made it hard for her to keep friends—she was always getting into fights.
n. an angry argument or disagreement, typically between people who are usually on good terms
adj. making a show of being morally superior to other people; self-righteous.
Despite all his sanctimonious talk about putting family first, he rarely pays any attention to his children.