Vocabulary Activities

Vocabulary from an article on the New York Times - Cloze

Tech Embraces Its Doomsayer - By Nellie Bowles

 Activity by Steven Starry - Profesor en Alcorcón

Fill in all the gaps with the missing words, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble. Click this button again for another letter. Note that you will lose points if you ask for hints! Listen to the recording afterwards.



   acumen      ashram      aspirational      bring      Cassandra      cite      clasp      confer      crumpled      dataism      demeanor      depict      detachment      doomsayer      embrace      glancing      harrowing      harsh      hectic      hotbed      incongruously      infatuated      lap      palatable      paramount      pressed      puzzled      rank      resign      rogue      sense      shift      slouch      starkly      stipend      surpass      teeming      tempting      thumb      undermine      unfold      usher      wary      will   
- (adoptar) an act of accepting or supporting something willingly or enthusiastically.
- (fatalista, agorero) a person who predicts disaster, especially in politics or economics.
- (debilitar) damage or weaken someone or something, especially gradually or insidiously.
in - (dar paso a) to mark or observe the beginning of
free - (libre albedrío) voluntary choice or decision
- (repleto) to be present in large quantity
- (horroroso) causing extreme anxiety
- (perplejo) cause (someone) to feel confused because they cannot understand or make sense of something.
- (incongruentemente) not harmonious, inconsistent, unsuitable
- (encaprichado, obsesionado) be inspired with an intense but short-lived passion or admiration for.
-and-file - (personal de a pie) the ordinary members of an organization as opposed to its leaders.
- (cauteloso) feeling or showing caution about possible dangers or problems.
- (duro) cruel or severe.
- (fé religiosa en algoritmos) a new faith based around the power of algorithms
- (superar) exceed; be greater than.
- (tentador) appealing to or attracting someone, even if wrong or inadvisable.
- (casandra) In Greek mythology, ... was the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy. She had the gift of prophecy but the curse that her prophecies would never be believed.
- (aspiracional) having or showing a desire to achieve a high level of success or social status
- (comportamiento, conducta) behavior toward others
- (echar una mirada oblicua) to move the eyes swiftly from one thing to another
- (gamberro) a misbehaving thing (in this context)
- (cambio) change
- (claro) clearly
- (encorvarse) a position of the back and shoulders indicating excessive relaxation
up - (mencionar) mention, to bring to attention
- (describir) describe
hard- - (costaría, tener dificultades) faced with difficulty or perplexity, hard-put
oneself - (resignarse uno) to accept something that is bad and that cannot be changed
rule of - (regla general) a method of procedure based on experience and common sense
- (perspicacia) depth of perception, especially in practical matters
- (revelarse) to open to the view
- (arrugado) crushed out of shape.
- (aferrar, entrelazar) to hold with the hands
- (sobre las piernas mientras sentado) the front part of the lower body of a seated person
- (fundamental) superior to all others
- (otorgar, conceder) to give to someone
make - (tener sentido) to be reasonable
- (citar) to quote by way of example
- (subsidio, estipendio) a fixed sum of money paid periodically for services or expenses
- (semillero, hervidero) an environment that favors rapid growth or development
- (aceptable) agreeable
- (frenético) characterized by activity, excitement, or confusion
- (desapego) indifference to worldly concerns
- (ashram) a religious retreat