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100 Cards in this Set

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unconquerable; unyielding
n insensible
unconscious; unresponsive; insensitive; unaware; imperceptible; Ex. insensible of his danger/to pain; Ex. insensible change; CF. not the opposite of sensible
n bohemian
unconventional (in an artistic way)
n disengage
uncouple; separate; disconnect; stop fighting; OP. engage
underline; emphasize
n ethos
underlying character of a culture, group, etc.; character or ideas peculiar to a specific person, group, or culture; Ex. the company ethos
s hindsight
understanding the nature of an event after it has actually happened
n litotes
understatement for emphasis; Ex. ``not bad(=pretty good)''
understood (without actually being expressed); not put into words; Ex. tacit agreement
understood but not stated; implied; unquestioning and complete; Ex. implicit trust
n mortician
undertaker; CF. death
s torpedo
underwater explosive apparatus; V.
undeveloped; rudimentary; N. embryo: organism in the early stage of development
n nondescript
undistinctive; ordinary; ordinary-looking; Ex. nondescript fellow in a crowd
uneasiness; anxiety; V. disquiet: make anxious
n malaise
uneasiness; vague feeling of ill health (without any particular pain or appearance of disease)
n qualms
uneasy feelings; misgivings; uneasy fears especially about matters of conscience; Ex. I have no qualms about giving this assignment to Helen.
unerring; never making mistakes
n untoward
unexpected and adverse; unfortunate or unlucky; Ex. untoward encounter
unexplicable; impossible to account for; unreasonable or mysterious
unfairness; ADJ. inequitable
n mishap
unfortunate accident
n hapless
unfortunate; luckless
n canard
unfounded false rumor; exaggerated false report
unfriendliness; hatred; enmity; ADJ. hostile
ungrateful person (not expressing thanks)
n unscathed
unharmed; Ex. escape the accident unscathed
unification; process of becoming firmer or stronger; V. consolidate: merge; strengthen
unintelligible; muddled; unable to express one's thoughts in an orderly manner; illogical; lacking cohesion; not coherent
unintentionally; by oversight; carelessly
uninterrupted; unceasing
union; coalition; V. fuse
n lumen
unit of light energy (one candle's worth)
n carat(karat)
unit of weight for precious stones; measure of the purity of gold
n unison
unity of pitch (in musical performance); complete accord; Ex. The choir sang in unison.
universally present; ubiquitous
unjustified; having no justification; groundless; baseless; undeserved
unlikely (to be true); unbelievable; Ex. implausible alibi
n fluke
unlikely occurrence; stroke of fortune; accidental stroke of good luck; ADJ. fluky
n refractory
unmanageable; disobedient and stubborn; Ex. refractory horse
unmoved or unconcerned by; having no interest in; mediocre; neither good nor bad
n contrived
unnatural and forced; artificial; not spontaneous; Ex. The ending was rather contrived.
unnoticeable; impossible to perceive; undetectable
unoriginal; obtained from another source; Ex. derivative prose style; N.
s screech
unpleasant high sharp sound; shriek; V.
n stygian
unpleasantly dark; gloomy; hellish; deathly; CF. Styx: the chief river in the subterranean land of the dead
unpredictable; fickle
unprejudiced; free from bias and self-interest; objective
unreal reflection; optical illusion
unreasonable or capricious; random; tyrannical; Ex. arbitrary ruler
n earthy
unrefined; coarse; of earth; Ex. earthy remarks; OP. ethereal
unrepressed; free in behavior and feelings
n wanton
unrestrained; gratuitously cruel; willfully malicious; unchaste; sexually improper; promiscuous; Ex. wanton spending/killing; CF. having no just cause
unruly; difficult to manage; Ex. intractable problem/child
n fractious
unruly; peevish; cranky; bad-tempered; Ex. fractious horse
n mutinous
unruly; rebellious; Ex. mutinous teenagers; N. mutiny: open rebellion; CF. mutineer
n precarious
unsafe; lacking in stability; uncertain; risky; Ex. precarious living
unsatisfied; not soothed
n unconscionable
unscrupulous; not guided by conscience; excessive; beyond reason; Ex. unconscionable demand
unselfishly generous; concerned for others; N. altiruism: unselfish concern for the welfare of others; unselfishness; OP. egoism
unshakably calm; placid
n pristine
unspoiled; remaining in a pure state; characteristic of earlier times; primitive; Ex. an old book in pristine condition
unsuccessful; fruitless
unsuited; inappropriate; lacking skill; incompetent; CF. inapt: (of statements or ideas) inappropriate
n unsullied
untarnished; CF. sully
n dowdy
untidy (of a woman or clothes); slovenly; dressed in an unattractive way; shabby; CF. unattractive woman
n disheveled
untidy (of hair or clothing); V. dishevel
n slovenly
untidy; careless in work habits; slipshod; N. sloven: one who is habitually untidy or careless
untimely; inappropriate or ill-timed; poorly chosen
n knave
untrustworthy person; rogue; scoundrel; jack; N. knavery
n ineffable
unutterable; not to be uttered; taboo; that cannot be expressed in speech; indescribable; unspeakable; inexpressible; Ex. ineffable name/joy
n insalubrious
unwholesome; not healthful; Ex. insalubrious place
unwilling; reluctant; stingy(giving reluctantly)
n ignoble
unworthy; not noble; dishonorable; Ex. ignoble deed
s brim
uppermost edge of a cup; projecting rim (as on a hat); Ex. The glass was full to the brim; V: be full to the brim
uprightness; honesty; incorruptibility
n distraught
upset; distracted by anxiety; very anxious and troubled almost to the point of madness; Ex. distraught with grief/worry
s parvenu
upstart; newly rich person
n aloft
upward; high up in the air
n suavity
urbanity; polish; ADJ. suave: smooth and courteous
n exhort
urge (by strong argument or advice); Ex. The general exhorted his men to fight bravely; N. exhortation
urge on; drive with a goad; cause (someone) to do something by continued annoyance; Ex. They goaded him into doing it by saying he was a coward; N: sharp-pointed stick for driving cattle; stimulus; CF. annoy continually
urgent situation; ADJ. exigent
n importunate
urging; always demanding; troublesomely urgent or persistent
s dowse
use a divining rod to search for underground water or minerals
n equivocate
use equivocal language to deceive people; lie; mislead; attempt to conceal the truth; N. equivocation
use of force to get someone to object; compelling; V. coerce
n husband
use sparingly; conserve; save; Ex. husband one's energy; CF. house holder
used to prevent disease; N: something prophylactic; condom; N. prophylaxis: prevention of disease
useless; hopeless; ineffectual
using satire; mocking
n colander
utensil with perforated bottom used for straining
s mutter
utter (complaining words) indistinctly in low tones
s grunt
utter a deep guttural sound (as a pig does); N.
n blurt
utter impulsively from nervousness or excitement
vague statement; general statement which is not detailed; quality of being general; greater part; most; Ex. generality of people
n nebulous
vague; hazy; cloudy; of a nebula; Ex. nebulous proposal