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167 Cards in this Set

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stentorian (adj)
extremely loud
subliminal (adj)
below the threshold
stygian (adj)
gloomy; hellish; deathly
striated (adj)
marked with parallel bands; grooved
slacken (v)
slow up; loosen
sibylline (adj)
prophetic; oracular;
sybarite (n)
lover of luxury
sycophant (n)
servile flatterer; bootlicker; yes man
swill (v)
drink greedily
surreptitious (adj)
secret; furtive; sneaky; hidden
surfeit (v)
satiate;stuff; indulge to excess in anything
suppress (v)
stifle; overwhelm; subdue; inhibit
supposititious (adj)
assumed; counterfeit; hypothetical
supine (adj)
lying on back
supersede (v)
cause to be set aside; replace; make obsolete
supernumerary (n)
person or thing in excess of what is necessary; extra
sunder (v)
separate; part
sultry (adj)
supererogatory (adj)
superfluous; more than needed or demanded
supercilious (adj)
arrogant; condescending; patronizing
superannuated (adj)
retired or disqualified because of age
syllogism (N)
logical formula consisting of amajor premise, a minor premise and a conclusion; deceptive or specious argument
taciturn (adj)
habitually silent, talking little
tacit (adj)
understood; not put into words
synoptic (adj)
providing a general overview; summary
symbiosis (n)
interdependent relationship (between two groups, species) often mutually beneficial
schematic (adj)
relating to an outline or diagram; using a system of symbols
scad (n)
a great quantity
saturnine (adj)
satiate (V)
satisfy fully
sartorial (adj)
pertaining to tailors
sardonic (adj)
disdainful; sarcastic; cynical
sanguinary (adj)
salutary (adj)
tending to improve; beneficial; wholesome
sallow (adj)
yellowish; sickly in color
salient (adj)
salacious (adj)
lascivious; lustful
sacrosanct (adj)
most sacred; inviolable
rusticate (v)
banish to the country; dwell in the country
sanguine (adj)
cheerful; hopeful
rote (N)
servile (adj)
slavish; cringing
sere (adj)
parched; dry
septic (adj)
putrid; producing putrefaction
sententious (adj)
terse; concise; aphoristic
sensuous (adj)
pertaining to the physical senses; operating through the senses
sensual (adj)
devoted to the pleasures of the senses; carnal; voluptuous
seminal (adj)
germinal; influencing future developments; related to seed or semen
semblance (n)
outward appearance; guise
seine (n)
net for catching fish
sedulous (adj)
secrete (v)
hide away or cache; produce and release a substance into an organism
seamy (adj)
sordid; unwholesome
scuttle (v)
scurrilous (adj)
obscene; indecent
scruple (v)
fret about; hesitate
sphinx-like (adj)
enigmatic; mysterious
specious (adj)
seemingly reasonable but incorrect; misleading (often intentionally)
sophist (n)
teacher of philosophy; quibbler; employer of fallacious reasoning
sonorous (adj)
somnolent (adj)
somnambulist (n)
somatic (adj)
pertaining to the body; physical
solvent (adj)
able to pay all debts
solicitous (adj)
solecism (n)
construction that is flagrantly incorrect grammatically
smolder (v)
burn without flame; be liable to break out at any moment
suffuse (v)
spread over
succor (v)
aid; assist; comfort
subterfuge (n)
pretense; evasion
subsume (v)
include; encompass
subsistence (n)
existence; means of support; livelihood
subsidiary (adj)
subordinate; secondary
suborn (v)
persuade to act unlawfully (especially to commit perjury)
spoonerism (n)
accidental transposition of sounds in successive words
solvent (n)
substance that dissolves another
sublimate (v)
refine; purify
subaltern (n)
stymie (v)
present an obstacle; stump
stultify (v)
cause to appear or become stupid or inconsistent; frustrate or hinder
strut (n)
supporting bar
stricture (n)
critical comments
stratum (n)
layer of earth's surface; layer of society
stolid (adj)
dull; impassive
stodgy (adj)
stuffy; boringly conservative
stint (v)
be thrifty; set limits
stilted (adj)
bombastic; stiffly pompous
statue (n)
law enacted by the legislature
stanch (v)
check flow of blood)
staid (adj)
sober; sedate
spurious (adj)
false; counterfeit; forged; illogical
smelt (v)
melt or blend ores, changing their chemical composition
slough (v)
cast off
slipshod (adj)
untidy or slovenly; shabby
sleight (n)
slapdash (adj)
haphazard; careless; sloppy
slag (n)
residue from melting metal; dross; waste matter
sinecure (n)
well-paid position with little responsiblity
simulate (v)
simper (v)
smirk; smile affectedly
shyster (n)
lawyer using questionable methods
shunt (v)
turn aside; divert; sidetrack
sheathe (v)
place into a case
sheaf (n)
bundle of stalks of grain; any bundle of things tied together
tantamount (adj)
equivalent in effect or value
tangential (adj)
peripheral; only slightly connected; digressing
runic (adj)
mysterious; set down in an ancient alphabet
ruminate (V)
chew over and over (mentally, or like cows, physically)
scourge (n)
lash; whip; severe punishment
scintilla (n)
shred; least bit
scintillate (v)
sparkle; flash
spate (n)
sudden flood
rebus (n)
puzzle in which pictures stand for words.
rostrum (n)
platform for speech-making; pulpit
roseate (adj)
rosy; optimistic
roil (v)
to make liquids murky by stirring up sediment; to disturb
rivulet (n)
small stream
rigor (n)
rife (adj)
abundant; current
rider (n)
amendment or clause added to a legislative bill
ribald (adj)
wanton; profane
rhapsodize (v)
to speak or write in an exaggeratedly enthusiastic manner
retrograde (v)
go backwards; degenerate
retrench (v)
cut down; economize
retinue (n)
following; attendants
reticent (adj)
reserved; uncommunicative; inclined to silence
restive (adj)
restlessly impatient
rescind (v)
reputed (adj)
repudiate (v)
disown; disavow
reprisal (n)
repository (n)
repast (n)
meal; feast; banquet
repartee (n)
clever reply
remiss (adj)
relegate (v)
banish to an inferior position; delegate; assign
rejoinder (n)
retort; comeback; reply
regicide (n)
murder of a queen or king
refulgent (adj)
brightly shining; gleaming
refectory (n)
dining hall
redoubtable (adj)
formidable; causing fear
recumbent (adj)
reclining, lying down completely or in part
recondite (adj)
abstruse; profound; secret
recapitulate (v)
recalcitrant (adj)
obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority; unruly
ratiocination (n)
reasoning; act of drawing conclusions
rarefied (adj)
made less dense (of a gas)
rapacious (adj)
excessively grasping; plundering
rankle (v)
irritate; fester
rakish (adj)
stylish; sporty
raconteur (n)
quotidian (adj)
daily; commonplace; customary
quisling (n)
traitor who aids invaders
quintessence (n)
purest and highest embodiment
quiescent (adj)
at rest; dormant; temporarily inactive
querulous (adj)
fretful; whining
quarry (v)
dig into
qualified (adj)
quaff (V)
drink with relish
pusillanimous (adj)
cowardly; fainthearted
purported (adj)
alleged; claimed; reputed or rumored
pundit (n)
authority on a subject; learned person; expert
punctilious (adj)
stressing niceties of conduct or form; minutely attentive (perhaps too much so) to fine points.
pulchritude (N)
beauty; corneliness
reprobate (n)
person hardened in sin, devoid of a sense of decency
refractory (adj)
stubborn; unmanageable
rectitude (n)
uprightness; moral virtue; correctness of judgment