Verbal Advantage Level 3 Flashcards

Terms Definitions
fuliginous
sooty; smoky:
callow
immature or inexperienced:
circuitous
roundabout; not direct:
ebullience
high spirits; exhilaration; exuberance.
exemplary
worthy of imitation; commendable:
truculent
fierce; cruel; savagely brutal.
volatile
evaporating rapidly; passing off readily in the form of vapor:
perquisite
an incidental payment, benefit, privilege, or advantage over and above regular income, salary, or wages:
saturnine
sluggish in temperament; gloomy; taciturn.
quixotic
resembling or befitting Don Quixote.
bombastic
(of speech, writing, etc.) high-sounding; high-flown; inflated; pretentious.
voluble
characterized by a ready and continuous flow of words; fluent; glib; talkative:
vindictive
disposed or inclined to revenge; vengeful:
indigent
lacking food, clothing, and other necessities of life because of poverty; needy; poor; impoverished.
garrulous
excessively talkative in a rambling, roundabout manner, esp. about trivial matters.
lucubration
laborious work, study, thought, etc., esp. at night.
interpolate
to introduce (something additional or extraneous) between other things or parts; interject; interpose; intercalate.
equanimity
mental or emotional stability or composure, esp. under tension or strain; calmness; equilibrium.
catholic
broad or wide-ranging in tastes, interests, or the like; having sympathies with all; broad-minded; liberal.
machination
an act or instance of machinating.
Define Blandishment.
Flattering or coaxing speech or action; and ingratiating remark or gesture.
jovial
endowed with or characterized by a hearty, joyous humor or a spirit of good-fellowship:
solicitous
anxious or concerned (usually fol. by about, for, etc., or a clause):
inimitable
incapable of being imitated or copied; surpassing imitation; matchless.
lionize
to treat (a person) as a celebrity:
mordant
sharply caustic or sarcastic, as wit or a speaker; biting.
obviate
to anticipate and prevent or eliminate (difficulties, disadvantages, etc.) by effective measures; render unnecessary:
ubiquitous
existing or being everywhere, esp. at the same time; omnipresent:
discursive
passing aimlessly from one subject to another; digressive; rambling.
insouciant
free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree; nonchalant.
judicious
using or showing judgment as to action or practical expediency; discreet, prudent, or politic:
affinity
a natural liking for or attraction to a person, thing, idea, etc.
construe
to give the meaning or intention of; explain; interpret.
mundane
of or pertaining to this world or earth as contrasted with heaven; worldly; earthly:
hortatory
urging to some course of conduct or action; exhorting; encouraging:
suppurate
to produce or discharge pus, as a wound; maturate.
stricture
a remark or comment, esp. an adverse criticism:
incriminate
to accuse of or present proof of a crime or fault:
puerile
of or pertaining to a child or to childhood.
Define Imboglio and name 2 synonyms.
A difficult, perplexing state of affairs. Synonyms: entanglement, embroilment, predicament, quandary.
plethora
overabundance; excess:
impeccable
faultless; flawless; irreproachable:
redress
to dress again.
dissident
a person who dissents.
autonomous
self-governing; independent; subject to its own laws only.
licentious
sexually unrestrained; lascivious; libertine; lewd.
ethereal
light, airy, or tenuous:
facile
moving, acting, working, proceeding, etc., with ease, sometimes with superficiality:
narcissism
inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity.
prolific
producing offspring, young, fruit, etc., abundantly; highly fruitful:
farrago
a confused mixture; hodgepodge; medley:
alacrity
cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness:
infinitesimal
indefinitely or exceedingly small; minute:
docile
easily managed or handled; tractable:
gratuitous
given, done, bestowed, or obtained without charge or payment; free; voluntary.
taciturn
inclined to silence; reserved in speech; reluctant to join in conversation.
enigma
a puzzling or inexplicable occurrence or situation:
hebdomadal
taking place, coming together, or published once every seven days; weekly:
martinet
a strict disciplinarian, esp. a military one.
egregious
extraordinary in some bad way; glaring; flagrant:
impalpable
not palpable; incapable of being perceived by the sense of touch; intangible.
objurgate
to reproach or denounce vehemently; upbraid harshly; berate sharply.
droll
amusing in an odd way; whimsically humorous; waggish.
dilemma
a situation requiring a choice between equally undesirable alternatives.
quiescent
being at rest; quiet; still; inactive or motionless:
expedite
to speed up the progress of; hasten:
fulminate
to explode with a loud noise; detonate.
expurgate
to amend by removing words, passages, etc., deemed offensive or objectionable:
edify
to instruct or benefit, esp. morally or spiritually; uplift:
commensurate
having the same measure; of equal extent or duration.
supplicate
to pray humbly; make humble and earnest entreaty or petition.
conversant
familiar by use or study (usually fol. by with):
cataclysm
any violent upheaval, esp. one of a social or political nature.
vitiate
to impair the quality of; make faulty; spoil.
variegated
to make varied in appearance, as by adding different colors.
vicissitude
a change or variation occurring in the course of something.
pontificate
the office or term of office of a pontiff.
truncate
to shorten by cutting off a part; cut short:
Define Stolid and name 3 synonyms.
Not easily moved, aroused, or excited; showing little or no feeling or sensitivity; mentally or emotionally dull, insensitive, or obtuse. Synonyms: unemotional, unresponsive, sluggishm apathetic, impassive, indifferent, and phlegmatic.
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