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52 Cards in this Set

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abstract
apart from concrete existence
acerbic
sour or bitter tasting
ambivalent
mixture of feelings and attitudes
amused
to cause to laugh or smile by giving pleasure
bemused
to be engrossed in thought
benign
kind and gentle disposition
bitter
causing pain or giref
blithe
carefree and lighthearted
chatty
full of trivial conversation
colloquial
approproaiate to certain language
concrete
existing in reality
condescending
displaiyng a superior attitude
confessional
confessing, admitting wrong
cynical
believing that people are motivated by selfish concerns
defiant
boldly resisting
detached
separated and disconnected
dispassionate
devoid; unaffected by passion
earnest
showing deep concern, seriousness
emotive
showing emotions
enigmatic
puzzling and mysterious
euphemistic
substiting a mild word for a harsh word
flippant
disrespectful casualness
florid
flowering, fully developed
formal
following or being in accord with accepted froms
grandiloquent
pompous or bombastic speech
grim
stern, harsh
heroic
displaying courageous characteristics
hyperbolic
enlarged beyond truth or reasonableness
indignant
angered at something unjust or wrong
informal
causual, lacking formalites
lilting
cheerful, lively manner of speaking
matter-of-fact
adhering to facts
maudlin
tearfully sentimental
menacing
threatening
metaphysical
beyond reality/what is accetpted by the senses
mock-heroic
satirical imitation of an epic or heroic style
pensive
dreamily thoughtful
plaintive
expressing sorrow
ponderous
wieghty, labored, dull
quaint
charmingly odd in a n old fashioned way
redemptive
serving to redeem or recover
resigned
to submit oneself passively
rhetorical
used for persuasive effect
sardonic
scornfully humorous or mocking
sensory
relating to senses and sensation
sentimental
marked by feeling and emotion
surreal
bizarre, grotesque, odd dreamlike quality
tongue - in - cheek
meant or expressed facetiously or ironically
understated
stated with less completeness or truth
urbane
polite, refined, elegant
vivid
perceived as bright and distinct; freshness
whimiscal
odd in a cute way; erratic unpredicatable