Study your flashcards anywhere!

Download the official Cram app for free >

  • Shuffle
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off
  • Alphabetize
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off
  • Front First
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off
  • Both Sides
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off
  • Read
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off
Reading...
Front

How to study your flashcards.

Right/Left arrow keys: Navigate between flashcards.right arrow keyleft arrow key

Up/Down arrow keys: Flip the card between the front and back.down keyup key

H key: Show hint (3rd side).h key

A key: Read text to speech.a key

image

Play button

image

Play button

image

Progress

1/52

Click to flip

52 Cards in this Set

  • Front
  • Back
Alloy
v – to commingle; to debase by mixing with something inferior; unalloyed means pure
Appropriate
v – to take for one’s own use, confiscate
Arrest, arresting
v/adj – to suspend; to engage; holding one’s attention: as in arrested adolescence, an arresting portrait
August
adj – majestic, venerable
Bent
n – leaning, inclination, proclivity, tendency: He had a naturally artistic bent.
Broach
v – bring up, announce, begin to talk about
Brook
v – to tolerate, endure, countenance
Cardinal
adj – major, as in cardinal sin
Chauvinist
n – a blindly devoted patriot
Color
v – to change as if by dyeing, i.e., to distort, gloss or affect (usually the first): Yellow journalism colored the truth.
Consequential
adj – pompous, self-important (primary definitions are: logically following; important)
Damp
v – to diminish the intensity or check the vibration of a sound
Die
n – a tool used for shaping, as in a tool-and-die shop
Essay
v – to test or try; attempt, experiment: The newly born fawn essayed a few wobbly steps.
Exact
v – to demand, call for, require, take: Even a victorious war exacts a heavy price.
Fell
v – to cause to fall by striking; The lumberjacks arrived and felled many trees.
Fell
adj – inhumanly cruel; Fell beasts surrounded explorers.
Flag
v – to sag or droop, to become spiritless, to decline; Think of a flag on a windless day, as in her flagging spirits
Flip
adj – sarcastic, impertinent, as in flippant: a flip remark
Ford
v – to wade across the shallow part of a river or stream
Grouse
v – to complain or grumble
Guy
n/v – a rope, cord, or cable attached to something as a brace or guide; to steady or reinforce using a guy: Think guide.
Intimate
v – to im0ply, suggest, or insinuate: Are you intimating that I cannot be trusted?
List
v – to tilt or lean to one side: The ship’s broken mast listed helplessly in the wind.
Lumber
v – to move heavily and clumsily: Lumbering giants on land, walruses are actually graceful swimmers.
Meet
adj – fitting, proper: It is altogether meet that Jackie Robinson is in the baseball hall of fame.
Milk
v – to exploit, to squeeze every last ounce of: I milked the position for all it was worth.
Mince
v – pronounce or speak affectedly, euphemize, speak too carefully: Don’t mince words. Also, to take tiny steps, tiptoe
Nice
adj – exacting, fastidious, extremely precise: He made a nice distinction between the two cases.
Obtain
adj – to be established, accepted, or customary: Those standards no longer obtain.
Occult
adj – hidden, concealed, beyond comprehension
Pedestrian
adj – commonplace, trite, unremarkable, quotidian
Pied
adj – multicolored, usually in blotches: The Pied Piper of Hamlin was so called because of his multicolored coat.
Pine
v – to lose vigor (as through grief); to yearn
Plastic
adj – moldable, pliable, not rigid
Pluck
n – courage, spunk, fortitude: Churchill’s speeches inspired the pluck of his countrymen during the war.
Prize
v – to pry, to press or force with a lever; something taken by force, spoils: The information was prized from him.
Rail
v – to complain about bitterly: Early American progressives railed against the railroad barons.
Rent
v/n – torn, past of rend: He rent his garments; an opening or tear caused by such: a large rent in the fabric
Quail
v – to lose courage, turn frightened
Qualify
v – to limit: Let me qualify that statement.
Sap
v – to enervate or weaken the vitality of: That race sapped my strength.
Sap
n – a fool or nitwit: Don’t be a sap!
Scurvy
adj – contemptible, despicable: He was a scurvy old reprobate.
Singular
adj – exceptional, unusual, odd: He was singularly well-suited for the job.
Stand
n – a group of trees
Steep
v – to saturate or completely soak, as in to let a tea bag steep: She was steeped in esoteric knowledge.
Strut
n – the supporting structural cross-part of a wing
Table
v – to remove (as a parliamentary motion) from consideration: They tabled the motion and will consider it again later.
Tender
v – to proffer or offer: He tendered his resignation.
Waffle
v – to equivocate; to change one’s position: His detractors say that the President waffles too much: he can never make up his mind.
Wag
n – wit, joker: Groucho Marx was a well-known wag.