Words with negative connotation 2 Flashcards

Deception
Terms Definitions
minatory
menacing, threatening
lewd
Adjective
indecent or obscene
haphazard
Adjective
seemingly organized by chance rather than systematically
indigence
seriously impoverished condition; poverty
arrant
downright, thorough, unmitigated, notorious
untoward
unfavorable or unfortunate; improper
onerous
burdensome, oppressive, or troublesome; having or involving obligations that outweigh the advantages
imperil
Verb
to endanger or jeopardize
arduous
requiring great exertion; laborious, using much energy and vigor; full of hardships
assiduous
unremitting; constant in application or effort; working diligently at a task
prevaricate
to speak falsely, deliberately misstate or create an incorrect impression; to lie
fallacious
containing a fallacy; logically unsound or misleading
idolatrous
worshiping idols or blindly adoring
turgid
swollen, distended, tumid; overblown or pompous
bombastic
high-sounding, inflated or pretentious speech or writing
flippant
frivolously disrespectful, shallow, or lacking in seriousness; characterized by levity
fetid
having an offensive odor; stinking
diatribe
a bitter, sharply abusive denunciation, attack, or criticism
paucity
smallness of quantity, scarcity, insufficiency of number
misanthrope
a person who dislikes other people
dissonance
inharmonious or harsh sound; a simultaneous combination of tones conventionally accepted as being in a state of needing completion
desultory
lacking in consistency or visible order; random
astringent
harshly biting, stern or severe; sharply incisive or pungent
salacious
lustful or lecherous; obscene writing or photographs
refractory
hard or impossible to manage; stubbornly disobedient
pedantic
ostentatious in one's learning, overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, especially in teaching
obsequious
characterized by or showing servile complaisance or deference; fawning, servilely compliant or deferential
iniquity
gross injustice or wickedness; a violation of right or duty
ostentatious
characterized by or given to pretentious or conspicuous show in an attempt to impress others or attract notice
antipathy
a basic, or habitual repugnance; aversion or dislike
equivocate
to use ambiguous or unclear expressions, usually to avoid commitment or in order to mislead
apathy
absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement; lack of interest in or concern for things that others find moving or exciting
perfidy
deliberate breach of faith or trust
caustic
capable of burning, corroding, or destroying living tissue; severely critical or sarcastic
banal
devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed or trite
cacophonous
having a harsh or discordant sound
feign
to invent fictitiously or deceptively, as a story or an excuse
disingenuous
lacking in frankness, candor, or sincerity
intransigent
refusing to agree or compromise; inflexible
avarice
insatiable greed for riches; miserly desire to gain and hoard wealth
contentious
tending to argument or strife; causing, involving, or characterized by controversy
occlude
to close, shut, or stop up
inimical
adverse in tendency or effect, unfavorable; unfriendly or hostile
prosaic
commonplace or dull; matter-of-fact or unimaginative; having the character of prose rather than poetry
inveigh
to protest strongly or attack vehemently with words
diffident
lacking confidence in one's own ability, worth, or fitness; restrained or reserved in manner or conduct
disparage
distinct in kind and essentially different; dissimilar
saturnine
sluggish in temperament; gloomy or taciturn
truculent
fierce; cruel; brutally harsh or aggressively hostile
mendacity
the quality of being untruthful, an instance of lying
castigate
to criticize or reprimand severely, or punish in order to correct
guile
insidious cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception
zealot
an excessively zealous person or a fanatic
chicanery
trickery or deception by quibbling or sophistry
torpid
inactive or sluggish; slow; dull or lethargic
asperity
harshness or sharpness of tone or manner; roughness and unevenness
penchant
a strong inclination, taste, or liking for something
precipitate
to hasten the occurrence of; bring about prematurely, or to cast or plunge violently
perfunctory
performed merely as a routine duty; hasty and superficial; lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm; indifferent or apathetic
hackneyed
made commonplace or trite; stale or banal
paradox
a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth
gainsay
to deny, dispute, or contradict; to speak or act against; oppose
attenuate
to weaken or reduce in force, intensity, effect, quantity, or value; to make thin, slender or fine
implacable
not to be appeased, mollified, or pacified
enervate
to deprive of force or strength; destroy the vigor of and weaken
obdurate
unmoved by persuasion, pity, or tender feelings; stubborn, unyielding
morose
gloomily or sullenly ill-humored, as a person or mood; characterized by or expressing gloom
cadge
to obtain by imposing on another's generosity or friendship, to borrow without intent to repay
aberrant
departing from the right, normal, or usual course; exceptional
deprecate
to express earnest disapproval of; to protest against a scheme
indolent
having or showing a disposition to avoid exertion; slothful
turpitude
vile, shameful or base character or act
flout
to treat with disdain, scorn, or contempt
antagonism
an active hostility or opposition, as between unfriendly or conflicting groups; an opposing force or tendency
tendentious
having or showing a definite tendency, bias, or purpose
aspersion
a damaging or derogatory remark or criticism; the act of slandering
lament
to feel or express sorrow or regret for, to mourn for something or someone
repudiate
to reject as having no authority or binding force, to cast off or disown
deride
to laugh at in scorn or contempt; scoff, jeer or mock
proscribe
to denounce or condemn as dangerous or harmful; prohibit or banish into exile
bane
a person or thing that ruins or spoils
malevolent
wishing evil or harm to another or others; showing ill will
belie
show to be false; to misrepresent or act unworthily according to some standard
dilettante
a person who takes up an art, activity, or subject merely for amusement, especially in a superficial way; a dabbler
abnegate
to refuse or deny oneself some rights or conveniences; to reject or renounce
acerbic
sour or astringent in taste; harsh or severe, as of temper or expression
dupe
a person who is easily deceived, a gullible person who unquestioningly or unwittingly serves a cause or another person
digress
to deviate or wander away from the main topic or purpose in speaking or writing
abscond
to depart in a sudden and secret manner, especially to avoid capture and legal prosecution
verbose
characterized by the use of many or too many words
libertine
a person who is morally or sexually unrestrained, or a freethinker in religious matters
grandiloquence
speech that is lofty in tone, often to the point of being pompous or bombastic
reticent
disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; reluctant or restrained
bedizen
to dress or adorn in a showy, gaudy, or tasteless manner
renege
to break a rule of play or go back on one's word
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