Flashcard
Spelling

aplomb

aplomb

/əˈpɫɑm/
noun
great coolness and composure under strain

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

boor

boor

/ˈbʊɹ/
noun
a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

chagrin

chagrin

/ʃəˈɡɹɪn/
noun
strong feelings of embarrassment

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

curmudgeon

curmudgeon

/kɝˈmədʒɪn/
noun
a crusty irascible cantankerous old person full of stubborn ideas

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

effrontery

effrontery

/ɪˈfɹəntɝi/
noun
audacious (even arrogant) behavior that you have no right to

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

hauteur

hauteur

/hɔːtˈʊɹ/
noun
overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

insouciance

insouciance

/ˌɪnˈsusiəns/, /ˌɪnˈsusjəns/
noun
the cheerful feeling you have when nothing is troubling you

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

to badger

to badger

/ˈbædʒɝ/
verb
annoy persistently

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

to browbeat

to browbeat

/ˈbɹaʊˌbit/
verb
be bossy towards

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

to deign

to deign

/ˈdeɪn/
verb
do something that one considers to be below one's dignity

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

to lacerate

to lacerate

/ˈɫæsɝˌeɪt/
verb
deeply hurt the feelings of; distress

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

amenable

amenable

/əˈmɛnəbəɫ/, /əˈminəbəɫ/
adjective
responsive to suggestions and influences

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

approbatory

approbatory

/ɐpɹˈɑːbətˌoːɹi/
adjective
expressing or manifesting praise or approval

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

arduous

arduous

/ˈɑɹdʒuəs/
adjective
characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

avid

avid

/ˈævəd/, /ˈævɪd/
adjective
marked by active interest and enthusiasm
Click to see examples

Examples

I'm an avid user of Google Docs.

Flashcard
Spelling

complacent

complacent

/kəmˈpɫeɪsənt/
adjective
contented to a fault with oneself or one's actions

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

conversant

conversant

/kənˈvɝsənt/
adjective
(usually followed by `with') well informed about or knowing thoroughly

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

craven

craven

/ˈkɹeɪvən/
adjective
lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

debonair

debonair

/ˌdɛbəˈnɛɹ/
adjective
(of a man) handsome, stylish and full of confidence

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

derelict

derelict

/ˈdɛɹəˌɫɪkt/
adjective
failing in what duty requires

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

disquieting

disquieting

/dɪsˈkwaɪətɪŋ/
adjective
causing mental discomfort

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

dolorous

dolorous

/dˈɑːlɚɹəs/
adjective
showing sorrow

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

fractious

fractious

/ˈfɹækʃəs/
adjective
easily irritated or annoyed

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

impervious

impervious

/ˌɪmˈpɝviəs/
adjective
not admitting of passage or capable of being affected

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

mendacious

mendacious

/mɛnˈdeɪʃəs/
adjective
given to lying

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

obtuse

obtuse

/ɑbˈtus/
adjective
slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

overweening

overweening

/ˌoʊvɚwˈiːnɪŋ/
adjective
presumptuously arrogant

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

peremptory

peremptory

/pɝˈɛmptɝi/
adjective
putting an end to all debate or action

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

perspicacious

perspicacious

/pɝspəˈkeɪʃəs/
adjective
acutely insightful and wise

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

picayune

picayune

/ˌpɪkiˈjun/
adjective
(informal) small and of little importance

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

prosaic

prosaic

/pɹoʊˈzeɪɪk/
adjective
not challenging; dull and lacking excitement

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

punctilious

punctilious

/pəŋkˈtɪɫiəs/
adjective
marked by precise accordance with details

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

redoubtable

redoubtable

/ɹiˈdaʊtəbəɫ/
adjective
inspiring fear

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

ribald

ribald

/ˈɹaɪbɑɫd/
adjective
humorously vulgar

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

splenetic

splenetic

/splɛnˈɛɾɪk/
adjective
very irritable

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

stolid

stolid

/ˈstɑɫəd/
adjective
having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited

Examples

Flashcard
Spelling

supercilious

supercilious

/ˌsupɝˈsɪɫiəs/
adjective
having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy

Examples

great

you-have-reviewed-all-the-words-in-this-lesson