English vocab unit #2

laurabockoff's version from 2016-10-26 19:47

Section 1

Question Answer
ignoblenot honorable in character or purpose; of humble origin or social status
suppositionan uncertain belief
taxingphysically or mentally demanding
tremulous(of persons, the body) characterized by trembling, as from fear, nervousness, or weakness; (of things) vibratory shaking, or quivering
careen move swiftly and in an uncontrolled way in a specified direction

Section 2

Question Answer
inexplicableunable to be explained or accounted for
chastitythe state or practice of refraining from extramarital, or especially from all, sexual intercourse
nonchalancethe state of being coolly unconcerned, indifferent, or unexcited; casual
indelible(of ink or a pen) making marks that cannot be removed
pensiveexpressing or revealing thoughtfulness, usually marked by some sadness

Section 3

Question Answer
incessant(of something regarded as unpleasant) continuing without pause or interruption
imperceptibleimpossible to notice
petulant(of a person or their manner) childishly sulky or bad-tempered
primevalof or resembling the earliest ages in the history of the world

Section 4

Question Answer
languid(of a person, manner, or gesture) displaying or having a disinclination for physical exertion or effort; slow and relaxed
undulatingmoving with a smooth wavelike motion
banalitythe fact or condition of being unoriginal
cynicalthe distrustful of human sincerity or integrity; concerned only with one;s own interests and typically disregarding accepted or appropriate standards in order to achieve them
repetitionreiteration, retelling
ennuia feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement

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