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

1/70

Click to flip

70 Cards in this Set

  • Front
  • Back
aplomb
poise; composure in difficult situations; assurance; self-confidence
rift
narrow opening in a large mass; break in a friendly relation; Ex. through a rift in the clouds; OP. reconcilation
aspire
seek to attain (position or status); long for; Ex. aspire to become president; Ex. aspire to/after the leadership
diva
operatic singer; prima donna
glutinous
sticky; viscous; gluey
egregious
notorious; conspicuously bad or shocking
eulogistic
praising; full of eulogy
flail
beat with or as if with a flail; move wildly; thresh grain by hand; strike or slap; toss about; N: threshing tool consisting of a stick swinging from the end of a long handle
servile
slavish; cringing; N. servility
penumbra
partial shadow (in an eclipse); CF. almost shadow
addiction
compulsive habitual need
equilibrium
balance of opposing forces; balance of the mind; equanimity
misgivings
doubts
coy
shy (flirtatiously); showing a (pretended) lack of self-confidence; modest; coquettish; CF. job offer
reprobate
morally disapproved person; person hardened in sin, devoid of a sense of decency; CF. disapproved by God ?
devious
roundabout; erratic; deviating from the straight course; not straightforward; not completely honest; Ex. devious route
pore
study industriously; ponder; scrutinize; Ex. pore over the book; N.
hybrid
mongrel; mixed breed; V. hybridize
arbiter
person with power to decide a matter in dispute; judge who is in a position ot make influential judgments; Ex. supreme arbiter of fashion in beachware
clarion
shrill, trumpetlike sound; kind of trumpet used in former times
bemused
confused; lost in thought; preoccupied
compliant
readily acting in accordance with a rule, order, or the wishes or others; yielding; comforming to requirements
repast
meal; feast; banquet
platitude
trite remark; commonplace statement; ADJ. platitudinous
prolific
producing offspring or fruit in abundance; fertile; fecund; abundantly fruitful; producing abundant works; Ex. prolific writer
sustenance
sustaining; means of livelihood, support, food, nourishment; something that maintains life; food
enthrall
capture; enslave; captivate; hold the complete attention of (as if magic); hold spellbound
convert
one who has adopted a different religion or opinion; V: change into another form; (persuade to) adopt a particular religion or belief
indict
charge; N. indictment
compromise
adjust or settle by making mutual concessions; endanger the interests or reputation of; put into danger, disrepute, or a dishonorable position; Ex. compromise one's principle; N.
conglomeration
mass of material sticking together
canard
unfounded false rumor; exaggerated false report
countermand
cancel; revoke (an order)
repugnance
disgust; strong dislike; loathing; ADJ. repugnant: arousing disgust; repulsive
rile
irritate; vex; muddy
orator
public speaker
murky
dark and gloomy; thick with fog; vague; Ex. murky night/fog; N. murk: partial or complete darkness; gloom
pique
irritation; resentment from wounded pride (eg. loss in a contest); V: provoke; arouse; annoy; cause to feel resentment; Ex. pique her curiosity
epigram
witty thought or saying, usually short
anthropologist
student of the history and science of humankind
intimate
hint; suggest; imply; ADJ: marked by close relationship; familiar; private; personal; Ex. intimate knowledge/thoughts in the diary; N: close friend or confidant; CF. intimacy
annals
records arranged in yearly parts; history
requite
make return for; repay; reciprocate; revenge; N. requittal
spat
squabble; minor dispute; minor quarrel
vex
annoy; distress
retrospective
looking back on the past; N. retrospection; V. retrospect
casualty
serious or fatal accident; person killed or wounded in an accident or battle
query
inquiry; question; V.
grotto
small cavern
vagabond
wanderer (without a permanent home); tramp
ornate
excessively or elaborately decorated
filigree
delicate ornamental lacelike metalwork
subservient
behaving like a slave; servile; obsequious; subordinate; N. subservience
context
writings preceding and following the passage quoted; circumstance in which an event occurs
mottled
blotched in coloring; spotted; Ex. mottled face; V. mottle: mark with blotches of different colors
decomposition
decay; V. decompose: decay; break and separate into simple parts
don
put on; OP. doff
ethereal
like a spirit or fairy; unearthly light; heavenly; unusually refined; Ex. She has an ethereal beauty; CF. ether: upper air
vapid
lacking liveliness; dull and unimaginative; insipid and flavorless; Ex. vapid lecture
aviary
enclosure for birds; large cage
camaraderie
good-fellowship; CF. comrade
assurance
firm statement that something is certainly true; promise or pledge; certainty; confidence in one's own ability; self-confidence; Ex. In spite of all his assurances, he did not come back; Ex. assurance of his loyalty; Ex. The teacher lacked assuranc
complaisant
trying to please; obliging; willing to please others
vertex
summit; highest point; PL. vertices
sultry
(of weather) hot; sweltering; sensual; voluptuous
assimilate
absorb; take (food) into the body and digest it; understand (knowledge) completely and be able to use properly; cause to become homogeneous (the people of a country or race in the wasy of behaving or thinking)
forlorn
sad and lonely; wretched; desolate
fictitious
imaginary; non-existent; purposely invented to deceive; untrue; Ex. fictitious name/boyfriend; CF. fictional
angular
sharp-cornered; having an angle; not rounded (body); bony; lean; gaunt; stiff in manner
sere
sear; parched; dry