"A" vocabulary words
Terms in this set (99)
A person whose behavior departs substantially from the standards for behavior in his group.
Deviation from the truth or a moral standard, from the natural state, or from a normal type.
From the beginning.
To disclaim formally or disclaim upon oath.
The washing of one's body or part of it.
To loathe; detest.
A drug or any agent that induces abortion.
To rescind; abolish by official action.
Made absolute; converted to an absolute.
Difficult to understand, to penetrate the meaning of.
The capacity to speed up; potential for quickening.
Something added, as to a collection or formal group.
Something that has been added that doesn't necessarily belong.
Sharply or bitingly ironic.
Biting, caustic, harsh.
Acuteness of mind; keenness of perception; discernment or discrimination.
Bringing forward as an example, reason, proof, for consideration in a discussion, analysis, or contention; offering, presenting, citing.
Marked by an attack on an opponent's character rather than by answer to his contention.
A formal ruling by a tribunal.
In accordance with one's wishes; ad lib.
Pertinent to the matter or person at issue; directed at the specific thing.
One who praises effusively and slavishly, flatters excessively, fawns upon.
To foreshadow, symbolize, or prefigure in a not altogether conclusive or not immediately evident way; to give a sketchy representation of; to outline broadly, omitting details.
Coming from another source; added or appended extrinsically and not sharing original, essential, or intrinsic nature.
The direction, control, supervision.
Conveying an innocent meaning to an outsider but a concealed meaning to an informed member of a conspiracy or underground movement.
To pretend; to give the impression of; to feign.
A manner of speech or behavior not natural to one's actual personality or capabilities.
A creative impulse; a divine warrant or inspiration.
All the more convincingly; with greater reason; with still more convincing force.
An indiscriminately formed mass.
To unite or combine into a group or mass.
To make great or greater, as in power, honor, or wealth.
The doctrine that the existence or nature of any ultimate reality is unknown and probably unknowable or that any knowledge about matters of ultimate concern is impossible or improbable.
Becoming white, i.e., shining out more conspicuously.
Something that attracts or entices.
Pertaining to a disinterested consideration of, regard for, or devotion to others' interests.
Surrounding on all sides; encompassing, enveloping.
To improve; make better.
Social courtesies; pleasantries; civilities.
Without clearly drawn limits; not precisely indicated or established; without definite nature or character; not allowing clear classification or analysis.
Charm often inscribed with a spell, magic incantation, or symbol and believed to protect the wearer against evil.
Something similar; another version of the same thing.
Tending toward anarchy; lawless, rebellious.
A vigorous denunciation.
A particularly unreasoned admiration of or partiality for England or English ways.
Full of twists and turns; winding; tortuous.
A kind of perpetual, even neurotic state of anxiety.
An unfriendly reference, statement, criticism.
To remark of comment critically, usually with strong disapproval or censure.
Ill will, antagonism, or hostility, usually controlled, but deep-seated and sometimes virulent.
To strengthen; toughen.
Unusual in context; abnormal.
Deviation from the normal or common order, form, or rule; abnormality.
A state of rootlessness in which normative standards of conduct and belief have weakened or disappeared; a similar condition in an individual, commonly characterized by personal disorientation, anxiety, and social isolation.
To attribute a human form or personality to forces or things greater than human.
A cover thrown over the backs or arms of chairs to protect them from Macassar hair oil or other soilage; thus, tidily, fussily old-fashioned
Opposed to, defiant of, or rejecting moral law.
Opposed; widely different.
Of or belonging to the antiquities, the study of antiquities, or old times.
A brief glimpse or immediate impression; especially an intuitive insight.
Characterized by concise, artful, quotable statements or principles; terse and often ingenious formulations of truth or sentiment.
Expressing necessary truth; with absolute certainty.
The farthest of highest point.
Defection from one's faith, political or religious.
Arriving at a principled conclusion as a result of an examination of the facts; reasoning from the particular to the generality.
An accessory embellishing note or notes preceding an essential melodic note or tone.
Reasoning from principles to particulars; thus, if free speech is right, the person who exercises it is right.
The person who rules on matters of fashion, protocol, taste.
Secret or mysterious knowledge or information known only to the initiate.
Very unusual; the kind of thing generally known only to scholars.
To claim or seize without right; appropriate to oneself arrogantly; ascribe or attribute without reason.
Of or designating a route of transportation carrying a main flow with many branches.
A usually simple object showing human workmanship or modification, as distinguished from a natural object.
A wily or artful stratagem; guile.
Disposed to do without luxuries; austere.
Rigorous self-discipline, severe abstinence, austerity.
Roughness of manner or temper.
The act of calumniating; defamation.
One who is ambitious of advancement or attainment.
An assertion made in very positive form; a solemn assertion.
With positive or emphatic affirmation.
Marked by constant, unremitting attention or by persistent, energetic application.
Marked by resemblance of sound in words or syllables; resemblance.
Getting closer and closer to a goal, but never quite reaching it.
The reappearance, after a considerable interval, of an organism or cultural habit.
Across; from one side to another; against, in opposition to.
An object or concept viewed as particles of the whole.
To stretch out; prolong.
Athenian in its classical simplicity, elegance.
Nothing; zero; cipher.
To predict or foretell, especially from signs or omens.
The umbrella under which you operate; the patronage.
The ritual accompanying the execution of a heretic, used especially in connection with the Inquisition.
A high priest; a semi-god; an incarnate authority.
The kind of thing you'd expect of an uncle; benevolent.