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

1/112

Click to flip

112 Cards in this Set

  • Front
  • Back
Diffident
(DIH-fih-dint)
lacking self-confidence
Chicanery
(shih-KAYN-ree)(shi-KAY-nuh-ree)
trickery; deception by means of craft or guile
Fetid
(FEH-tihd)
foul-smelling; putrid
Inure
(ih-NYOOR)
to harden; accustom; become used to
Largess
(laar-JEHS)
generous giving (as of money) to others who may seem inferior
Meretricious
(mehr-ih-TRIHSH-uhs)
guady; falsely attractive
Encomium
(ehn-KOH-me-uhm)
warm praise
Penury
(PEHN-yuh-ree)
an oppressive lack of resources (as money); severe poverty
Malinger
(muh-LING-guhr)
to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill
Ingratiate
(ihn-GRAY-shee-ayt)
to gain favor with another by deliberate effort; to seek to please somebody so as to gain an advantage
Intractable
(ihn-TRAAK-tuh-buhl)
not easily managed or manipulated
Lugubrious
(loo-GOO-bree-uhs)
sorrowful; mournful; dismal
Obdurate
(AHB-duhr-uht)
hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion
Surfeit
(SUHR-fiht)
excessive amount
Torpor
(TOHR-puhr)
extreme mental and physical sluggishness
Sybarite
(SIH-buh-riet)
a person devoted to pleasure and luxury
Dither
(DIHTH-uhr)
to act confusedly or without clear purpose
Obsequious
(uhb-SEE-kwee-uhs)
overly submissive and eager to please
Maudlin
(MAWD-lihn)
overly sentimental
Orotund
(OR-uh-tuhnd)(AH-ruh-tuhnd)
pompous
Impecunious
(ihm-pih-KYOO-nyuhs)
(ihm-pih-KYOO-nee-uhs)
poor; having no money
Inimical
(ih-NIHM-ih-kuhl)
hostile; unfriendly
Dissemble
(dihs-SEHM-buhl)
to present a false appearance; to disguise one's real intentions or character
Peccadillo
(pehk-uh-DIH-loh)
minor sin or offense
Effrontery
(ih-FRUHNT-uhr-ee)
(eh-FRUHNT-uhr-ee)
impudent boldness; audacity
Invective
(ihn-VEK-tihv)
abusive language
Opprobrium
(uh-PRO-bree-uhm)
public disgrace
Pusillanimous
(pyoo-suh-LAA-nih-muhs)
cowardly; without courage
Foment
(foh-MEHNT)
to arouse or incite
Pedant
(PEH-daant)
someone who shows off learning
Exigent
(EHK-suh-juhnt)
urgent; requiring immediate action
Dilettante
(DIH-luh-tahnt)
someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
Précis
(PRAY-see)(pray-SEE)
short summary of facts
Martinet
(mahr-tihn-EHT)
strict disciplinarian; one who rigidly follows rules
Enervate
(ehn-UHR-vayt)
to reduce in strength
Doctrinaire
(dahk-truh-NAYR)
rigidly devoted to theories without regard for practicality; dogmatic
Solecism
(SAH-lih-sishz-uhm)
grammatical mistake; blunder in speech
Pariah
(puh-RIE-uh)
an outcast
Gregarious
(greh-GAYR-ee-uhs)
outgoing; sociable
Sinecure
(SIEN-ih-kyoor)
a well-paying job that requires little or no work
Panoply
(PAA-nuh-plee)
impressive array
Pugilism
(PYOO-juhl-ih-suhm)
boxing
Disabuse
(dih-suh-BYUZE)
to set right; free from error
Mannered
(MAAN-uhrd)
artificial or stilted in character
Cloying
(KLOY-ing)
sickly sweet; excessive
Abase
(uh-BAYS)
to humble; disgrace
Analgesia
(aah-nuhl-JEE-zhuh)
a lessening of pain without loss of consciousness
Interregnum
(in-tuh-REG-nuhm)
period between reigns
Imprecation
(ihm-prih-KAY-shuhn)
a curse
Lissome
(LIHS-uhm)
easily flexed; limber; agile
Potentate
(POH-tehn-tayt)
a monarch or ruler with great power
Vernal
(VUHR-nuhl)
related to spring; fresh
Missive
(MIHS-ihv)
a written note or letter
Officious
(uh-FIHSH-uhs)
too helpful; meddlesome
Spartan
(SPAHR-tihn)
highly self-disciplined; frugal; austere
Zealot
(ZEH-luht)
someone passionately devoted to a cause
Languid
(LAANG-gwihd)
lacking energy; indifferent; slow
Exonerate
(ihg-ZAHN-uh-rayt)
to clear of blame
Fractious
(FRAAK-shuhs)
unruly; rebellious
Kudos
(KOO-dohz)
fame, glory, or honor
Hoary
(HOHR-ee)(HAW-ree)
very old; whitish or gray from age
Lampoon
(laam-POON)
to ridicule with satire
Oblique
(oh-BLEEK)
indirect or evasive; misleading or devious
Disparate
(DIH-spuh-ruht)(di-SPAR-uht)
fundamentally different; entirely unlike
Propitiate
(proh-PIH-shee-ayt)
to conciliate; to appease
Surly
(SUHR-lee)
rude and bad-tempered
Mendicant
(MEHN-dih-kuhnt)
beggar
Peregrinate
(PEH-ruh-gruh-nayt)
to wander from place to place; to travel, especially on foot
Phlegmatic
(flehg-MAA-tihk)
calm and unemotional in temperament
Credulous
(KREH-juh-luhs)
too trusting; gullible
Propriety
(pruh-PRIE-uh-tee)
the quality of behaving in a proper manner; obeying rules and customs
Tangential
(taan-JEHN-shuhl)
digressing; diverting
Bombastic
(bahm-BAAST-ihk)
pompous in speech and manner
Multifarious
(muhl-tuh-FAAR-ee-uhs)
diverse
Insurrection
(ihn-suh-REHK-shuhn)
rebellion
Inter
(ihn-TUHR)
to bury
Wily
(WIE-lee)
clever; deceptive
Vicissitude
(vih-SIH-sih-tood)
a change or variation; ups and downs
Capricious
(kuh-PREE-shuhs)(kuh-PRIH-shuhs)
changing one's mind quickly and often
Neologism
(nee-AH-luh-ji-zuhm)
new word or expression
Aesthetic
(ehs-THEH-tihk)
concerning the appreciation of beauty
Unconscionable
(uhn-KAHN-shuhn-uh-buhl)
unscrupulous; shockingly unfair or unjust
Nettle
(NEH-tuhl)
to irritate
Amalgamate
(uh-MAAL-guh-mayt)
to combine; to mix together
Sportive
(SPOHR-tihv)
frolicsome; playful
Wan
(wahn)
sickly pale
Dyspeptic
(dihs-PEHP-tihk)
suffering from indigestion; gloomy and irritable
Wizened
(WIH-zuhnd)
shriveled; withered; wrinkled
Pallid
(PAA-lihd)
lacking color or liveliness
Gradation
(gray-DAY-shuhn)
process occurring by regular degrees or stages; variation in color
Bifurcate
(BI-fuhr-kayt)(bi-FUHR-kayt)
to divide into two parts
Abate
(uh-BAYT)
to reduce in amount, degree, or severity
Wraith
(rayth)
a ghost or specter; a ghost of a living person seen just before his or her death
Sardonic
(sahr-DAH-nihk)
cynical; scornfully mocking
Latent
(LAY-tehnt)
potential that is not readily apparent
Endemic
(ehn-DEH-mihk)
belonging to a particular area; inherent
Blight
(bliet)
to afflict; destroy
Ardor
(AHR-duhr)
intense and passionate feeling
Glower
(GLOW-uhr)
to glare or stare angrily and intensely
Antipathy
(aan-TIH-puh-thee)
extreme dislike
Rarefy
(RAYR-uh-fie)
to make thinner or sparser
Monastic
(muh-NAAS-tihk)
extremely plain or secluded, as in a monastery
Ethos
(EE-thohs)
beliefs or character of a group
Wanton
(WAHN-tuhn)
undisciplined; unrestrained; reckless
Assail
(uh-SAYL)
to attack; assault
Decorous
(DEH-kuhr-uhs)(deh-KOHR-uhs)
proper; tasteful; socially correct
Libertine
(LIHB-uhr-teen)
a free thinker, usually used disparagingly; one without moral restraint
Precipitate
(preh-SIH-puh-tayt)
to throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation
Lumber
(LUHM-buhr)
to move slowly and awkwardly
Calumny
(KAA-luhm-nee)
a false and malicious accusation; misrepresentation
Vestige
(VEH-stihj)
a trace; remnant
Syncopation
(sihn-cuh-PAY-shun)
temporary irregularity in musical rhythm