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

1/24

Click to flip

24 Cards in this Set

  • Front
  • Back
  • 3rd side (hint)
scatological
–noun
1. the study of or preoccupation with excrement or obscenity.

2. obscenity, esp. words or humor referring to excrement.

3. the study of fossil excrement.
Also called coprology.
temerity
–noun
reckless boldness; rashness.
bathos
–noun
1. a ludicrous descent from the exalted to the commonplace; anticlimax.

2. insincere pathos(); mawkishness(); maudlin()

3. banality; triteness
pathos -- noun -- pity

mawkishness: –adjective
1. effusively or insincerely emotional.

2. slightly nauseating; having a mildly sickening flavor;

maudlin: adj;
foolishly sentimental
intimation
noun
1: an indirect suggestion;
"not an intimation of scandal ever touched her"
[syn: hint, breath]

2: a slight suggestion or vague understanding;
"he had no intimation what was about to happen"
[syn: inkling, glimmering, glimmer]
firmament
–noun
the vault of heaven; sky.
sarcophagus
noun
a stone coffin, esp. one bearing sculpture, inscriptions, etc., often displayed as a monument.
emolument
noun
payment for employment; compensation for services

Tips are an emolument in addition to wages.
brooding
–adjective
1. preoccupied with depressing, morbid, or painful memories or thoughts:
a brooding frame of mind.

2. cast in subdued light so as to convey a somewhat threatening atmosphere:
Dusk fell on the brooding hills.
lugubrious
–adjective
excessively mournful, esp. in an affected manner

lugubrious songs of lost love
dispossess
verb

1. To deprive (another) of the possession or occupancy of something, such as real property; oust.

2. to abandon ownership of (a building), esp. as a bad investment:
Landlords have dispossessed many old tenement buildings.
diffident
–adjective
1. lacking confidence in one's own ability, worth, or fitness; timid; shy.

2. restrained or reserved in manner, conduct, etc.
august
adjective

inspiring awe or admiration; majestic; grand

the august presence of a monarch
an august performance
torpor
–noun
1. lethargic indifference; apathy.

2. A state of mental/ physical inactivity/insensibility.

3. dormancy, as of a hibernating animal.
maunder
verb

To talk/move aimlessly; wander.
coven
noun
an assembly of witches, esp. a group of thirteen.
ruminate
v.
verb (used with object)
1. to chew again or over and over.

2. to meditate on; ponder.
brusque
–adjective
abrupt in manner; blunt; rough:

A brusque welcome greeted his unexpected return.
amalgam
noun

1. an alloy of mercury with another metal or metals.

2. a mixture or combination:
His character is a strange amalgam of contradictory traits.
burble
verb (used without object)
1. to make a bubbling sound; bubble.

2. to speak in an excited manner; babble.
virile
–adjective
1. of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting a man; masculine; manly: a vigorous, masculine spirit:
virile strength

a virile literary style.

2. of, pertaining to, or capable of procreation.
patrician
–adjective
1. aristocratic; of high social rank or noble family.

2. resembling aristocracy in background, education, and refinement:
patrician tastes.

3. pertaining to the powerful families of ancient Rome.
plaintive
–adjective
expressing sorrow or melancholy; mournful:
a plaintive melody.
strafe
verb

1. to attack (ground troops or installations) by airplanes with machine-gun fire.

2. Slang. to reprimand viciously.
granary
noun

1. a storehouse or repository for grain, esp. after it has been threshed or husked.

2. a region that produces great quantities of grain.