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75 Cards in this Set

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abate
to lessen in intensity or deree (v.)
accolade
an expression of praise (n.)
adulation
excessive praise; intense adoration (n.)
aesthetic
dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful (adj.)
ameliorate
to make better or more tolerable (v.)
ascetic
one who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion (n.)
avarice
greed, esp. for wealth (n.)
axiom
a universally recognized principle (n.)
burgeon
to grow rapidly or flourish (v.)
bucolic
rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants (adj.)
cacophony
harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance (n.)
canon
an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature (n.)
castigation
severe criticism or punishment (n.)
catalyst
a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change (n.)
caustic
burning or stinging; causing corrosion (adj.)
chary
wary; cautious; sparing (adj.)
cogent
appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing (adj.)
complaisance
the willingness to comply with the wishes of others (n.)
contentious
argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement (adj.)
contrite
regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness (adj.)
culpable
deserving blame (adj.)
dearth
smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack (n.)
demur
to question or oppose (v.)
didactic
intended to teach or instruct (adj.)
discretion
cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions (n.)
disinterested
free of bias or self-interest, impartial (adj.)
dogmatic
expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or improvable principles (adj.)
ebullience
the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings (adj.)
eclectic
composed of elements drawn from various sources (adj.)
elegy
a mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead (n.)
empirical
based on observation or experiment (adj.)
enigmatic
mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand (adj.)
ephemeral
brief; fleeting (adj.)
esoteric
intended for or understood by a small, specific group (adj.)
eulogy
a speech honoring the dead (n.)
exonerate
to remove blame (v.)
facetious
playful, humorous (adj.)
fallacy
an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief (n.)
furtive
marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious (adj.)
gregarious
sociable; outgoing ; enjoying the company of other people (adj.)
harangue
to deliver a pompous speech or tirade; a long, pompous speech (v/n.)
heretical
violating accepted dogma or convention (adj.)
hyperbole
an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech (n.)
impecunious
lacking funds; without money (adj.)
incipient
beginning to come into being or to become apparent (adj.)
inert
unmoving; lethargic; sluggish (adj.)
innocuous
harmless; causing no damage (adj.)
intransigent
refusing to compromise (adj.)
inveigle
to obtain by deception or flattery (v.)
morose
sad; sullen; melancholy (adj.)
odious
evoking intense aversion or dislike (adj.)
opaque
impenetrable by light; not reflecting light (adj.)
oscillation
the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm (n.)
penurious
penny-pinching; excessively thrify; ungenerous (adj.)
pernicious
extremely harmful; potentially causing death (adj.)
peruse
to examine with great care (v.)
pious
extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion (adj.)
precursor
one that precedes and indicates or announces another (n.)
preen
to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care (v.)
prodigious
abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary (adj.)
prolific
producing large volumes or amounts; productive (adj.)
putrefy
to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor (v.)
quaff
to drink deeply (v.)
quiescence
stillness; motionless; quality of being at rest (n.)
redoubtable
awe-inspiring; worthy of honor (adj.)
sanction
authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance; to give permission or authority to (n/v.)
satire
a literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision (n.)
squalid
sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect (adj.)
stoic
indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast (adj.)
supplant
to take the place of; supersede (v.)
torpid
lethargic; sluggish; dormant (adj.)
ubiquitous
existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; wide-spread (adj.)
urbane
sophisticated; refined; elegant (adj.)
vilify
to defame; to characterize harshly (v.)
viscous
thick; sticky (adj.)