Sadlier-Oxford Vocab Level F Adjectives Flashcards

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hackneyed
used so often as to lack freshness or originality
jaded
wearied, worn-out, dulled (in the sense of being satiated by excessive indulgence)
lurid
causing shock, horror, or revulsion; sensational; pale or sallow in color; terrible or passionate in intensity or lack of restraint
meritorious
worthy, deserving recognition and praise
petulant
peevish, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset
provincial
(adj.) pertaining to an outlying area; local; narrow in mind or outlook, countrified in the sense of being limited and backward; of a simple, plain design that originated in the countryside; (n.) a person with a narrow point of view; a person from an outlying area; a soldier from a province or colony
unctuous
excessively smooth or smug; trying too hard to give an impression of earnestness, sincerity, or piety; fatty, oily; pliable
bombastic
pompous or overblown in language; full of high-sounding words intended to conceal a lack of ideas
callow
Without experience; immature, not fully developed; lacking sophistication and poise; without feathers
ex officio
by virtue of holding a certain office
intrinsic
Belonging to someone or something by its very nature, essential, inherent; originating in a bodily organ or part
occult
(adj.) mysterious, magical, supernatural; secret, hidden from view; not detectable by ordinary means; (v.) to hide, conceal; eclipse; (n.) matters involving the supernatural
stringent
Strict, severe; rigorously or urgently binding or compelling; sharp or bitter to the taste
adventitious
resulting from chance rather than from an inherent cause or character; accidental, not essential; (medicine) acquired, not congenital
circuitous
roundabout, not direct
inadvertent
resulting from or marked by lack of attention; unintentional, accidental
nominal
existing in name only, not real; too small to be considered or taken seriously
noncommittal
not decisive or definite; unwilling to take a clear position or to say yes or no
seditious
resistant to lawful authority; having the purpose of overthrowing an established government
tenuous
thin, slender, not dense; lacking clarity or sharpness; of slight importance or significance; lacking a sound basis, poorly supported
vitriolic
bitter, sarcastic; highly caustic or biting (like a strong acid)
affable
courteous and pleasant, sociable, easy to speak to
amorphous
shapeless, without definite form; of no particular type or character; without organization, unity, or cohesion
erudite
scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic
gossamer
(adj.) thin, light, delicate, insubstantial; (n.) a very thin, light cloth
inscrutable
incapable of being understood; impossible to see through physically
insular
relating to, characteristic of, or situated on an island; narrow or isolated in outlook or experience
irrevocable
incapable of being changed or called back
querulous
peevish, complaining, fretful
resilient
able to return to an original shape or form; able to recover quickly
scurrilous
coarsely abusive, vulgar or low (especially in language), foul-mouthed
sedulous
persistent, showing industry and determination
sleazy
thin or flimsy in texture; cheap; shoddy or inferior in quality or character; ethically low, mean, or disreputable
axiomatic
self-evident, expressing a universally accepted principle or rule
equitable
fair, just, embodying principles of justice
fractious
Tending to be troublesome; unruly, quarrelsome, contrary; unpredictable
salutary
beneficial, helpful; healthful, wholesome
scathing
bitterly severe, withering; causing great harm
sepulchral
funereal, typical of the tomb; extremely gloomy or dismal
soporific
(adj.) tending to cause sleep, relating to sleepiness or lethargy; (n.) something that induces sleep
straitlaced
extremely strict in regard to moral standards and conduct; prudish, puritanical
transient
lasting only a short time, fleeting; one who stays only a short time
unwieldy
not easily carried, handled, or managed because of size or complexity
vapid
dull, uninteresting, tiresome; lacking in sharpness, flavor, liveliness, or force
anomalous
Abnormal, irregular, departing from the usual
bizarre
Extremely strange, unusual, atypical
brusque
Abrupt, blunt, with no formalities
heinous
Very wicked, offensive, hateful
immutable
Not subject to change, constant
insurgent
(n.) one who rebels or rises against authority; (adj.) rising in revolt, refusing to accept authority surging or rushing in or on
surreptitious
Stealthy, secret, intended to escape observation; made or accomplished by fraud
vicarious
Performed, suffered, or otherwise experienced by one person in place of another
austere
severe or stern in manner; without adornment or luxury, simple, plain; harsh or sour in flavor
beneficent
Performing acts of kindness or charity; conferring benefits, doing good
cadaverous
pale, gaunt, resembling a corpse
crass
coarse, unfeeling; stupid
grandiose
grand in an impressive or stately way; marked by pompous affectation or grandeur, absurdly exaggerated
inconsequential
trifling, unimportant
punctilious
very careful and exact, attentive to fine points of etiquette or propriety
redoubtable
inspiring fear or awe; illustrious, eminent
stalwart
(adj.) strong and sturdy; brave; resolute; (n.) a brave, strong person; a strong supporter; one who takes an uncompromising position
vulnerable
open to attack; capable of being wounded or damaged; unprotected
acrimonious
Stinging, bitter in temper or tone
bovine
Resembling a cow or ox; sluggish, unresponsive
corpulent
fat; having a large, bulky body
dispassionate
impartial; calm, free from emotion
hypothetical
Based on an assumption or guess; used as a provisional or tentative idea to guide or direct investigation
ignoble
Mean, low, base
intemperate
Immoderate, lacking in self-control; inclement
squeamish
inclined to nausea; easily shocked or upset; excessively fastidious or refined
subservient
Subordinate in capacity or role; submissively obedient; serving to promote some end
susceptible
Open to; easily influenced; lacking in resistance
astute
shrewd, crafty, showing practical wisdom
culpable
deserving blame, worthy of condemnation
dilatory
tending to delay or procrastinate, not prompt; intended to delay or postpone
egregious
conspicuous, standing out from the mass (used particularly in an unfavorable sense)
evanescent
vanishing, soon passing away; light and airy
irresolute
unable to make up one's mind, hesitating
nebulous
cloudlike, resembling a cloud; cloudy in color, not transparent; vague, confused, indistinct
pretentious
done for show, striving to make a big impression; claiming merit or position unjustifiably; making demands on one's skill or abilities, ambitious
slovenly
untidy, dirty, careless
torpid
inactive, sluggish, dull
covert
(adj.) hidden, disguised, purposefully kept secret; sheltered, secluded; (n.) a sheltered place, a hiding place
debonair
pleasant, courteous, lighthearted; smooth and polished in manner and appearance
dun
(v.) to demand insistently, especially in payment of a debt; (n.) a creditor; (adj.) dark, dull, drab, dingy
efficacious
effective, producing results
fortuitous
accidental, occurring by a happy chance
gratuitous
freely given; not called for by circumstances, unwarranted
imperious
overbearing, arrogant; seeking to dominate; pressing, compelling
invective
(n.) a strong denunciation or condemnation; abusive language; (adj.) abusive, vituperative
motley
(adj.) showing great variety; composed of different elements or many colors; (n.) a jester's costume; a jester
munificent
extremely generous, lavish
provocative
tending to produce a strong feeling or response; arousing desire or appetite; irritating, annoying
recondite
exceeding ordinary knowledge and understanding
reprobate
(n.) a depraved, vicious, or unprincipled person, scoundrel; (adj.) wicked, corrupt, or unprincipled; (v.) to disapprove of, condemn
sedentary
characterized by or calling for continued sitting; remaining in one place
abstemious
moderate, sparing (as in eating and drinking); characterized by abstinence and self-discipline
censurable
deserving of blame or correction
contingent
(adj.) likely but not certain to happen, possible; dependent on uncertain events or conditions; happening by chance; (n.) a representative group forming part of a larger body
discursive
passing aimlessly from one place or subject to another, rambling, roving, nomadic
dowdy
poorly dressed, shabby; lacking smartness and good taste
florid
highly colored, reddish; excessively ornate, showy
gauche
awkward, lacking in social graces, tactless, clumsy
palpable
capable of being touched or felt; easily seen, heard, or recognized
perceptive
having sympathetic insight or understanding, capable of keen appreciation
pernicious
extremely harmful; deadly, fatal
salient
(adj.) leaping, jumping, or springing forth; prominent, standing out conspicuous; (n.) a projection or buldge, a land form that projects upward or outward.
satiate
(v.) to satisfy completely; to fill to excess; (adj.) full, satisfied
specious
deceptive, apparently good or valid but lacking real merit
contiguous
side by side, touching, near, adjacent in time
deleterious
harmful, injurious
implicit
implied or understood though unexpressed; without doubts or reservations, unquestioning; potentially contained in
incisive
sharp, keen, penetrating (with a suggestion of decisiveness and effectiveness)
ostentatious
marked by a conspicuous, showy, or pretentious display
scintillating
sparkling, twinkling, exceptionally brilliant (applied to mental or personal qualities)
winsome
charming, attractive, pleasing (often suggesting a childlike charm and innocence)
blatant
noisy in a coarse, offensive way; obvious or conspicuous, especially in an unfavorable sense
disconsolate
deeply unhappy or dejected; without hope, beyond consolation
grisly
frightful, horrible, ghastly
herculean
(adj.) (capital H) relating to Hercules; (lowercare h) characterized by great strength; very hard to do in the sense of requiring unusal strength
impassive
showing no feeling or emotion; inanimate; motionless
inauspicious
unfavorable, unlucky, suggesting bad luck for the future
incontrovertible
unquestionable, beyond dispute
nonplussed
puzzled, not knowing what to do, at a loss
opportune
suitable or convenient for a particualr purpose; occuring at an appropriate time
prolific
abundantly productive; abundant, profuse
amenable
willing to follow advice or authority, tractable, submissive; responsive; liable to be held responsible
credulous
too ready to believe, easily deceived
extraneous
coming from the outside, foreign; present but not essential, irrelevant
jejune
lacking in nutritive value; lacking in interest or substance; immature, juvenile
obdurate
stubborn, unyielding
precocious
showing unusually early development (especially in talents and mental capacity)
sadistic
delighting in cruelty, excessively cruel
sententious
self-righteous, characterized by moralizing; given to use of maxims or adages; saying much in few words, pithy
tortuous
winding, twisted, crooked; highly involved, complex; devious
turgid
swollen, bloated, filled to excess; overdecorated or excessive in language
adamant
(adj.) firm in purpose or opinion, unyielding, obdurate, implacable, inflexible; (n.) an extremely hard substance
choleric
extremely irritable or easily angered
definitive
conclusive, final, representing the limit of what can be done
enigmatic
puzzling, perplexing, inexplicable, not easily understood
impromptu
(adj., adv.) without preparation, offhand, suddenly or hastily done; (n.) an extemporaneous composition or remark; a minimal piece suggestive of improvisation
mawkish
excessively and objectionably sentimental; having a mildly sickening flavor
profligate
(adj.) given over to dissipation and self-indulgence, immoral; recklessly extravagant; (n.) a person given to self-indulgent and wild spending
requisite
needed, necessary, regarded as essential or indispensable
sartorial
of or pertaining to a tailor or his work; having to do with clothes or dress (especially men's)
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