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49 Cards in this Set

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ascendancy
controlling influence
aseptic (adj.)
preventing infection; having a cleansing effect
askance (adv.)
with a sideways or indirect look
asperity (n.)
sharpness (of temper)
aspirant (n)
seeker after position or status
assay (v.)
analyze; evaluate
assiduous (adj.)
diligent
astringent (adj)
binding; causing contratction; harsh or severe
atavism (n.)
resemblance to remote ancestors rather than parents
attenuate (v.)
make thin; weaken
augury (n.)
omen; prophecy
august (adj)
impressive; majestic
autocratic (adj.)
having absolute, unchecked power; dictatorial
autonomous (adj)
self governing
aver (v.)
state confidently
avuncular (adj.)
like an uncle
axiom (n.)
self-evident truth
badinage (n.)
teasing conversation
baleful (adj.)
deadly; having a malign influence; ominous
balk (v.)
foil
ballast (n.)
heavy substance used to add stability or weight
caustic (adj.)
burning; sarcastically; sarcastically biting
cogent (adj.)
convincing
colloquy (n.)
informal discussion
commensurate (adj)
equal in extent
compendium (n.)
brief, comprehensive summary
contrite (adj.)
penitent
convoluted (adj.)
coiled around; involved; intricate
craven (adj.)
cowardly
crux (n.)
essential or main point
dearth (n.)
scarcity
delineate (v.)
portray; depict; sketch
desultory (adj)
aimless; haphazard; digressing at random
diffidence (n.)
shyness
disabuse (v.)
correct a false impression; undeceive.
disingenuous (adj.)
not naive; sophisticated
disinterested (adj.)
unprejudiced
divest (v.)
strip; deprive
effluvium (n.)
noxious smell
enclave (n.)
territory enclosed within an alien land
encomiastic *adj.)
praising; eulogistic.
endemic (adj)
prevailing among a specific group of people or in a specific area or
country.
enervate (v.)
weaken
engender (v)
cause; produce
ephemeral (adj.)
short-lived; fleeting
equanimity (n.)
calmness of temperment; compusure
erudite (adj.)
learned; scholarly.
extrapolation (n.)
projection; conjecture
cupidity (n.)
greed