Vocabulary TKaM Chs 23 - end


furtive

adj

stealthy, secretive, shifty, sly

"Exchanging furtive glances, they oozed a nervousness, perhaps in fear that some prewritten script would go awry" (Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg by Bloomberg).
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sordid

adj

filthy & dirty; foul & squalid; morallly degraded, base

"sordid tales of the celebs' love lives"

squalid

adj

having a dirty or wretched appearance

"squalid conditions in the refugee camp"

brevity

n

briefness; shortness (intime)

"the brevity of the graduation speech was appreciated by the students" / "the brevity of the child's life was mourned at her funeral"

spurious

adj

false; lacking substantiation; forged

"spurious claims"

articulate

adj/v

endowed with the power of speech; expressing oneself in clear & effective language

"an articulate speaker" / "anarticulate essay"

delectable

adj

delightful, greatly pleasing (esp. to the taste); delicious

a delectable witticism; adelectable dinner.
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nondescript

adj

lacking in distinctive qualities

"His nondescript appearance -- blue jeans, Abercrombie & Fitch t-shirt -- made him easy to forget."

florid

adj

ruddy, rosy, or reddish; flowery, excessively ornate, showy

“a florid complexion” “floridwriting”

irascible

adj

easily provoked to anger, very irritable; characterized or produced by ange

“an irascible old man” “anirascible response”
Root: ira = anger (the word “ire” has the same root)

teeming

v/adj

swarming; abounding; full of

"a forest teeming with life, both flora & fauna"

pinion

v

to restrain by binding the arms or wings of

“...[He] tried to catch my arms, but they were tightly pinioned.” TKaM


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