1984 Vocab Book 2 and 3
Terms in this set (50)
1. an optical instrument in which bits of glass, held loosely at the end of a rotating tube, are shown in continually changing symmetrical forms by reflection in two or more mirrors set at angles to each other.
2. a continually changing pattern of shapes and colors.
3. a continually shifting pattern, scene, or the like
1. foolish or inane, especially in an unconscious, complacent manner; silly.
2. unreal; illusory
1. to twist the body about, or squirm, as in pain, violent effort, etc.
2. to shrink mentally, as in acute discomfort
1. a twisting of the body, as in pain
1. to distress with mental or bodily pain; trouble greatly or grievously
2. to overthrow; defeat
3. to humble
1. not satiable; incapable of being satisfied or appeased
1. general external appearance; aspect; semblance
2. assumed appearance or mere semblance
3. style of dress
4. manner; mode
1. to dress
1. to overcome with fear; intimidate
2. to lessen the courage of; dishearten
1. a movement of the body expressing deep respect or deferential courtesy, as before a superior; a bow, curtsy, or other similar gesture.
2. deference or homage
1. to reduce to utter ruin or nonexistence; destroy utterly
2. to destroy the collective existence or main body of; wipe out
3. to annul; make void
4. to cancel the effect of; nullify.
5. to defeat completely; vanquish
1. an agreement between two or more persons to meet at a certain time and place.
2. the meeting itself.
3. a place designated for a meeting or assembling, especially of troops or ships.
4. a meeting of two or more spacecraft in outer space.
5. a favorite or popular gathering place
1. to assemble at an agreed time and place
1. given, done, bestowed, or obtained without charge or payment; free; voluntary.
2. being without apparent reason, cause, or justification:
"a gratuitous insult."
3. Law. given without receiving any return value
1. a representation or image, especially sculptured, as on a monument.
2. a crude representation of someone disliked, used for purposes of ridicule
1. sharp of biting to the taste or smell; bitterly pungent; irritating to the eyes, nose, etc.
2. extremely or sharply stinging or bitter; exceedingly caustic
1. pertaining or belonging to the proletariat
2. belonging to the lowest or poorest class of the people
3. a member of the proletariat
1. the class of wage earners, especially those who earn their living by manual labor or who are dependent for support on daily or casual employment; the working class
1. admitting or capable of some specified treatment
2. accessible or especially liable or subject to some influence, mood, agency, etc.
3. capable of being affected emotionally; impressionable
1. a deep, immeasurable space, gulf, or cavity; vast chasm
2. anything profound, unfathomable, or infinite
1. being more than sufficient or required; excessive
2. unnecessary or needless
1. of or relating to an ape or monkey
2. characteristic of apes or monkeys
1. the quality or power in an actual life experience or in literature, music, speech, or other forms of expression, of evoking a feeling of pity, or of sympathetic and kindly sorrow or compassion
1. to steal, especially in small quantities
1. not effectual; without satisfactory or decisive effect
2. unavailing; futile
3. powerless; impotent
1. to make objection, especially on the grounds of scruples; take exception; object
1. characterized by assumption of dignity or importance, especially when exaggerated or undeserved
2. making an exaggerated outward show; ostentatious
an elementary book containing a summary of the principles of the Christian religion, especially as maintained by a particular church, in the form of questions and answers.
b. the contents of such a book
2. a similar book of instruction in other subjects
3. a series of formal questions put, as to political candidates, to bring out their views
1. to scatter or spread widely, as though sowing seed; promulgate extensively; broadcast; disperse
1. moderately warm; lukewarm
2. characterized by a lack of force or enthusiasm
1. the quality of being fecund; capacity, especially in female animals, of producing young in great numbers.
2. fruitfulness or fertility, as of the earth.
3. the capacity of abundant production
1. reduced to or fallen into partial ruin or decay, as from age, wear, or neglect
1. severe in manner or appearance; uncompromising; strict; forbidding
2. rigorously self-disciplined and severely moral; ascetic; abstinent
3. grave; sober; solemn; serious
4. without excess, luxury, or ease; simple; limited; severe
5. severely simple; without ornament
6. lacking softness; hard
7. rough to the taste; sour or harsh in flavor.
1. understood without being openly expressed; implied
2. silent; saying nothing
3. unvoiced or unspoken
1. adverse in tendency or effect; unfavorable; harmful
2. unfriendly; hostile
1. a body so suspended from a fixed point as to move to and fro by the action of gravity and acquired momentum.
2. Horology. a swinging lever, weighted at the lower end, for regulating the speed of a clock mechanism.
3. something that tends to move from one position, condition, etc., to the opposite extreme and then back again
1. characterized by avarice; greedy, covetous
1. to take possession of, especially for public use by the right of eminent domain, thus divesting the title of the private owner:
2. to dispossess (a person) of ownership:
3. to take (something) from another's possession for one's own use
1. present but not visible, apparent, or actualized; existing as potential
2. Pathology. (of an infectious agent or disease) remaining in an inactive or hidden phase; dormant.
3. Psychology. existing in unconscious or dormant form but potentially able to achieve expression
4. Botany. (of buds that are not externally manifest) dormant or undeveloped
1. almighty or infinite in power, as God
2. having very great or unlimited authority or power
1. an omnipotent being
2. the Omnipotent, God
1. a mode or system of rule or government
2. a ruling or prevailing system
3. a government in power
4. the period during which a particular government or ruling system is in power
5. a regimen
1. hardened like or into bone
2. Slang: drunk
1. to endeavor to influence (a person) by smooth, flattering, or beguiling words or acts
2. to persuade (a person) by such words or acts
3. to obtain (something) by artful persuasions
1. to disturb or disquiet greatly in mind; agitate.
2. to throw into great disorder; derange
1. making a hypocritical show of religious devotion, piety, righteousness, etc.
2. holy; sacred
1. intended to entrap or beguile
2. stealthily treacherous or deceitful
3. operating or proceeding in an inconspicuous or seemingly harmless way but actually with grave effect
1. the rule of a despot; the exercise of absolute authority.
2. absolute power or control; tyranny.
3. an absolute or autocratic government.
4. a country ruled by a despot
1. a short, heavy club with one end weighted, or thicker and heavier than the other
1. To strike or knock down with a bludgeon
2. to force into something; coerce;
1. the act of digressing.
2. a passage or section that deviates from the central theme in speech or writing
1. to deviate or wander away from the main topic or purpose in speaking or writing; depart from the principal line of argument, plot, study, etc.
2. to turn aside
1. capable of being extended or shaped by hammering or by pressure from rollers.
2. adaptable or tractable
1. inactive or sluggish.
2. slow; dull; apathetic; lethargic.
3. dormant, as a hibernating or estivating animal
1. the quality or state of being frivolous
2. a frivolous act or thing
1. characterized by lack of seriousness or sense
2. self-indulgently carefree; unconcerned about or lacking any serious purpose.
3. (of a person) given to trifling or undue levity
4. of little or no weight, worth, or importance; not worthy of serious notice
1. a mixture, especially of heterogeneous elements; hodgepodge; jumble.
2. a piece of music combining tunes or passages from various sources
1. mixed; mingled
1. hard to understand; recondite; esoteric
2. secret; hidden