Vocabulary for Smarties Flashcards

seemingly contradictory statement
Terms Definitions
dissent
disagreement
Despicable
Vile
bucolic
rustic; pastoral.
impecunious
penniless; poor
colloquy
conversation; dealogue
Adept
Very skillful
splenetic
irritable; peevish; spiteful.
Enlighten
To inform; instruct
laconic
using few words; concise
inclivity
rudeness, discourtesy, impoliteness, disrespect, boorishness
avarice
insatiable greed for riches
assuage
to mitigate; to subdue
evanescence
disappear gradually; vanish; fade
Distraught
Very distressed; very worried
dégringolade
day-gran-guh-LAHDa rapid decline or deterioration (as in strength, position, or condition)
malapropism
the usually unintentionally humorous misuse of a word, especially by confusion with one of similar sound
perennial
lasting indefinitely; recurring from year to year
obligatory
moral or legally binding; required
encroach
approach beyond proper, established, or usual limits"a dictatorial majority encroaches on the rights of individuals"
Capitulate
To surrender; to give up
Paradox
a seemingly contradictory statement that nonetheless
expresses a truth
milquetoast
a very timid, unassertive, spineless person, esp. one who is easily dominated or intimidated
moratorium
suspension of activity; period of delay
ataraxia
calmness untroubled by mental or emotional disquiet
ecumenical
general; universal; of or pertaining to a movement; a mixture of diverse elements
aesthetic
Appealing to the sense of beauty
calumny
the making of false and defamatory statements in order to damage someone's reputation; slander.
omnipotent
almighty or infinite in power, as God.
farrago
A confused mass of objects or people; any disordered mixture.
Prodigy
A person with great talent; a young genius
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