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250 Cards in this Set

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anagram n
The letters of a word or phrase so transposed as to make a different word or phrase
analogous adj
Corresponding (to some other) in certain respects, as in form, proportion, relations
analogy n
Reasoning in which from certain and known relations or resemblance others are formed
analyst n
One who analyzes or makes use of the analytical method
analyze v
To examine minutely or critically
anarchy n
Absence or utter disregard of government
anathema n
Anything forbidden, as by social usage
anatomy n
That branch of morphology which treats of the structure of organisms
ancestry n
One's ancestors collectively
anecdote n
A brief account of some interesting event or incident
anemia n
Deficiency of blood or red corpuscles
anemic adj
Affected with anemia
anemometer n
An instrument for measuring the force or velocity of wind
anesthetic adj
Pertaining to or producing loss of sensation
anew adv
Once more
angelic adj
Anglophobia n
Hatred or dread of England or of what is English
Anglo-Saxon n
The entire English race wherever found, as in Europe, the United States, or India
angular adj
anhydrous adj
animadversion n
The utterance of criticism or censure
animadvert v
To pass criticism or censure
animalcule n
An animal of microscopic smallness
animate v
To make alive
animosity n
annalist n
annals n
A record of events in their chronological order, year by year
annex v
To add or affix at the end
annihilate v
To destroy absolutely
annotate v
To make explanatory or critical notes on or upon
annual adj
Occurring every year
annuity n
An annual allowance, payment, or income
annunciation n
anode n
The point where or path by which a voltaic current enters an electrolyte or the like
anonymous adj
Of unknown authorship
antagonism n
Mutual opposition or resistance of counteracting forces, principles, or persons
Antarctic adj
Pertaining to the south pole or the regions near it
ante v
In the game of poker, to put up a stake before the cards are dealt
antecede v
To precede
antecedent n
One who or that which precedes or goes before, as in time, place, rank, order, or causality
antechamber n
A waiting room for those who seek audience
antedate v
To assign or affix a date to earlier than the actual one
antediluvian adj
Of or pertaining to the times, things, events before the great flood in the days of Noah
antemeridian adj
Before noon
antemundane adj
Pertaining to time before the world's creation
antenatal adj
Occurring or existing before birth
anterior adj
anteroom n
A room situated before and opening into another, usually larger
anthology n
A collection of extracts from the writings of various authors
anthracite n
Hard coal
anthropology n
The science of man in general
anthropomorphous adj
Having or resembling human form
antic n
A grotesque, ludicrous, or fantastic action
Antichrist n
Any opponent or enemy of Christ, whether a person or a power
anticlimax n
A gradual or sudden decrease in the importance or impressiveness of what is said
anticyclone n
An atmospheric condition of high central pressure, with currents flowing outward
antidote n
Anything that will counteract or remove the effects of poison, disease, or the like
antilogy n
Inconsistency or contradiction in terms or ideas
antipathize v
To show or feel a feeling of antagonism, aversion, or dislike
antiphon n
A response or alteration of responses, generally musical
antiphony n
An anthem or other composition sung responsively
antipodes n
A place or region on the opposite side of the earth
antiquary n
One who collects and examines old things, as coins, books, medals, weapons, etc
antiquate v
To make old or out of date
antique adj
Pertaining to ancient times
antiseptic n
Anything that destroys or restrains the growth of putrefactive micro-organisms
antislavery adj
Opposed to human slavery
antispasmodic adj
Tending to prevent or relieve non-inflammatory spasmodic affections
antistrophe n
The inversion of terms in successive classes, as in "the home of joy and the joy of home"
antitoxin n
A substance which neutralizes the poisonous products of micro-organisms
antonym n
A word directly opposed to another in meaning
anxious adj
Distressed in mind respecting some uncertain matter
apathy n
Insensibility to emotion or passionate feeling
aperture n
apex n
The highest point, as of a mountain
aphorism n
apiary n
A place where bees are kept
apogee n
The climax
apology n
A disclaimer of intentional error or offense
apostasy n
A total departure from one's faith or religion
apostate adj
apostle n
Any messenger commissioned by or as by divine authority
apothecary n
One who keeps drugs for sale and puts up prescriptions
apotheosis n
appall v
To fill with dismay or horror
apparent adj
Easily understood
apparition n
appease v
To soothe by quieting anger or indignation
appellate adj
Capable of being appealed to
appellation n
The name or title by which a particular person, class, or thing is called
append v
To add or attach, as something accessory, subordinate, or supplementary
appertain v
To belong, as by right, fitness, association, classification, possession, or natural relation
apposite adj
apposition n
The act of placing side by side, together, or in contact
appraise v
To estimate the money value of
appreciable adj
Capable of being discerned by the senses or intellect
apprehend v
To make a prisoner of (a person) in the name of the law
apprehensible adj
Capable of being conceived
approbation n
appropriate adj
Suitable for the purpose and circumstances
aqueduct n
A water-conduit, particularly one for supplying a community from a distance
aqueous adj
Of, pertaining to, or containing water
arbiter n
One chosen or appointed, by mutual consent of parties in dispute, to decide matters
arbitrary adj
Fixed or done capriciously
arbitrate v
To act or give judgment as umpire
arbor n
A tree
arboreal adj
Of or pertaining to a tree or trees
arborescent adj
Having the nature of a tree
arboretum n
A botanical garden or place devoted to the cultivation of trees or shrubs
arboriculture n
The cultivation of trees or shrubs
arcade n
A vaulted passageway or street; a roofed passageway having shops, etc
archaic adj
archaism n
archangel n
An angel of high rank
archbishop n
The chief of the bishops of an ecclesiastical province in the Greek, Roman, and Anglican church
archdeacon n
A high official administrator of the affairs of a diocese
archaeology n
The branch of anthropology concerned with the systematic investigation of the relics of man
archetype n
A prototype
archipelago n
Any large body of water studded with islands, or the islands collectively themselves
ardent adj
Burning with passion
ardor n
Intensity of passion or affection
arid adj
Very dry
aristocracy n
A hereditary nobility
aristocrat n
A hereditary noble or one nearly connected with nobility
armada n
A fleet of war-vessels
armful n
As much as can be held in the arm or arms
armory n
An arsenal
aroma n
An agreeable odor
arraign v
To call into court, as a person indicted for crime, and demand whether he pleads guilty or not
arrange v
To put in definite or proper order
arrangement n
The act of putting in proper order, or the state of being put in order
arrant adj
Notoriously bad
arrear n
Something overdue and unpaid
arrival n
A coming to stopping-place or destination
arrogant adj
Unduly or excessively proud, as of wealth, station, learning, etc
arrogate v
To take, demand, or claim, especially presumptuously or without reasons or grounds
Artesian well n
A very deep bored well water rises due to underground pressure
artful adj
Characterized by craft or cunning
Arthurian adj
Pertaining to King Arthur, the real or legendary hero of British poetic story
artifice n
artless adj
ascendant adj
ascension n
The act of rising
ascent n
A rising, soaring, or climbing
ascetic adj
Given to severe self-denial and practicing excessive abstinence and devotion
ascribe v
To assign as a quality or attribute
asexual adj
Having no distinct sexual organs
ashen adj
askance adv
With a side or indirect glance or meaning
asperity n
Harshness or roughness of temper
aspirant n
One who seeks earnestly, as for advancement, honors, place
aspiration n
An earnest wish for that which is above one's present reach
aspire v
To have an earnest desire, wish, or longing, as for something high and good, not yet attained
assailant n
One who attacks
assassin n
One who kills, or tries to kill, treacherously or secretly
assassinate v
To kill, as by surprise or secret assault, especially the killing of some eminent person
assassination n
Murderer, as by secret assault or treachery
assay n
The chemical analysis or testing of an alloy ore
assent v
To express agreement with a statement or matter of opinion
assess v
To determine the amount of (a tax or other sum to be paid)
assessor n
An officer whose duty it is to assess taxes
assets n
Pl Property in general, regarded as applicable to the payment of debts
assiduous adj
assignee n
One who is appointed to act for another in the management of certain property and interests
assimilate v
To adapt
assonance n
Resemblance or correspondence in sound
assonant adj
Having resemblance of sound
assonate v
To accord in sound, especially vowel sound
assuage v
To cause to be less harsh, violent, or severe, as excitement, appetite, pain, or disease
astringent adj
Harsh in disposition or character
astute adj
Keen in discernment
atheism n
The denial of the existence of God
athirst adj
Wanting water
athwart adv
From side to side
atomizer n
An apparatus for reducing a liquid to a fine spray, as for disinfection, inhalation, etc
atone v
To make amends for
atonement n
Amends, reparation, or expiation made from wrong or injury
atrocious adj
Outrageously or wantonly wicked, criminal, vile, or cruel
atrocity n
Great cruelty or reckless wickedness
attache n
A subordinate member of a diplomatic embassy
attest v
To certify as accurate, genuine, or true
attorney-general n
The chief law-officer of a government
auburn adj
Reddish-brown, said usually of the hair
audacious adj
audible adj
Loud enough to be heard
audition n
The act or sensation of hearing
auditory adj
Of or pertaining to hearing or the organs or sense of hearing
augment v
To make bigger
augur v
To predict
Augustinian adj
Pertaining to St Augustine, his doctrines, or the religious orders called after him
aura n
Pervasive psychic influence supposed to emanate from persons
aural adj
Of or pertaining to the ear
auricle n
One of the two chambers of the heart which receives the blood from the veins
auricular adj
Of or pertaining to the ear, its auricle, or the sense of hearing
auriferous adj
Containing gold
aurora n
A luminous phenomenon in the upper regions of the atmosphere
auspice n
favoring, protecting, or propitious influence or guidance
austere adj
Severely simple; unadorned
autarchy n
Unrestricted power
authentic adj
Of undisputed origin
authenticity n
The state or quality of being genuine, or of the origin and authorship claimed
autobiography n
The story of one's life written by himself
autocracy n
Absolute government
autocrat n
Any one who claims or wields unrestricted or undisputed authority or influence
automaton n
Any living being whose actions are or appear to be involuntary or mechanical
autonomous adj
autonomy n
autopsy n
The examination of a dead body by dissection to ascertain the cause of death
autumnal adj
Of or pertaining to autumn
auxiliary n
One who or that which aids or helps, especially when regarded as subsidiary or accessory
avalanche n
The fall or sliding of a mass of snow or ice down a mountain-slope, often bearing with it rock
avarice n
Passion for getting and keeping riches
aver v
To assert as a fact
averse adj
aversion n
A mental condition of fixed opposition to or dislike of some particular thing
avert v
To turn away or aside
aviary n
A spacious cage or enclosure in which live birds are kept
avidity n
avocation n
avow v
To declare openly
awaken v
To arouse, as emotion, interest, or the like
awry adv
& adj Out of the proper form, direction, or position
aye adv
An expression of assent
azalea n
A flowering shrub
azure n
The color of the sky
Baconian adj
Of or pertaining to Lord Bacon or his system of philosophy
bacterium n
A microbe
badger v
To pester
baffle v
To foil or frustrate
bailiff n
An officer of court having custody of prisoners under arraignment
baize n
A single-colored napped woolen fabric used for table-covers, curtains, etc
bale n
A large package prepared for transportation or storage
baleful adj
ballad n
Any popular narrative poem, often with epic subject and usually in lyric form
balsam n
A medical preparation, aromatic and oily, used for healing
banal adj
barcarole n
A boat-song of Venetian gondoliers
barograph n
An instrument that registers graphically and continuously the atmospheric pressure
barometer n
An instrument for indicating the atmospheric pressure per unit of surface
barring prep
Apart from
baritone adj
Having a register higher than bass and lower than tenor
bask v
To make warm by genial heat
bass adj
Low in tone or compass
baste v
To cover with melted fat, gravy, while cooking
baton n
An official staff borne either as a weapon or as an emblem of authority or privilege
battalion n
A body of infantry composed of two or more companies, forming a part of a regiment
batten n
A narrow strip of wood
batter n
A thick liquid mixture of two or more materials beaten together, to be used in cookery
bauble n
A trinket
bawl v
To proclaim by outcry