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78 Cards in this Set

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accumen
keen, accurate judgement or insight (n.)
adulterate
to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients (v.)
amalgamate
to combine several elements into a whole (v.)
archaic
outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive time (adj.)
aver
to state as fact; to declare or assert (v.)
bolster
to provide support or reinforcement (v.)
bombastic
pompous; grandiloquent (adj.)
diatribe
a harsh denunciatioin (n.)
dissemble
to disguise or conceal; to mislead (v.)
eccentric
departing from norms or conventions (adj.)
endemic
characteristic of or often found in a particular locality, region, or people (adj.)
evanescent
tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing (adj.)
exacerbate
to make worse or more severe (v.)
fervent
greatly emotional or zealous (adj.)
fortuitous
happening by accident or chance (adj.)
germane
relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter (adj.)
grandiloquence
pompous speech or expression (n.)
hackneyed
rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage (adj.)
halcyon
calm and peaceful (adj.)
hedonism
devotion to pleasurable pursuits, esp. to the pleasures of the senses (n.)
hegemony
the consistent dominance of one state or ideolog over others (n.)
iconoclast
one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions (n.)
idolatrous
given to intense or excessive devotion to something (adj.)
impassive
revealing no emotion (adj.)
imperturbable
marked by extreme calm, impassivity and steadiness (adj.)
implacable
not capable of being appeased or significantly changed (adj.)
impunity
immunity from punishment or penalty (n.)
inchoate
in an initial stage; not fully formed (adj.)
infelicitous
unfortunate; inappropriate (adj.)
insipid
without taste or flavor; lacking in spirit; bland (adj.)
loquacious
extremely talkative (adj.)
luminous
characterized by brightness and the emission of light (adj.)
malevolent
having or showing often vicious ill will, spite, or hatred (adj.)
malleable
capable of being shaped or formed; tractable; pliable (adj.)
mendacity
the condition of being untruthful; dishonesty (n.)
meticulous
characterized by extreme care and precision; attentive to detail (adj.)
misanthrope
one who hates all other humans (n.)
mitigate
to make or become less severe or intense; to moderate (v.)
obdurate
unyielding; hardhearted; intractable (adj.)
obsequious
exhibiting a fawning attentiveness (adj.)
occlude
to obstruct or block (v.)
opprobrium
disgrace; contempt; scorn (n.)
pedagogy
the profession or principles of teaching, or instructing (n.)
pedantic
overly concerned with the trivial details of learning or education; show-offish about one's knowledge (adj.)
penury
poverty; destitution (n.)
pervasive
having the tendency to permeate or spread throughout (adj.)
pine
to yearn intensely; to languish; to lose vigor (v.)
pirate
to illegally use or reproduce (v.)
pith
the essential or central part (n.)
pithy
precise and brief (adj.)
placate
to appease; to calm by making concessions (v.)
platitude
a superficial remark, esp. one offered as meaningful (n.)
plummet
to plunge or drop straight down (v.)
polemical
controversial; argumentative (adj.)
prodigal
recklessly wasteful; extravagant; profuse; lavish (adj.)
profuse
given or coming forth abundantly; extravagant (adj.)
proliferate
to grow or increase swiftly and abundantly (v.)
queries
questions; inquiries; doubts in the mind; reservations (n.)
querulous
prone to complaining or grumbling; peevish (adj.)
rancorous
characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment (adj.)
recalcitrant
obstinately defiant of authority; difficult to mangage (adj.)
repudiate
to refuse to have anything to do with; disown (v.)
rescind
to invalidate; to repeal; to retract (v.)
reverent
marked by, feeling, or expressing a feeling of profound awe and respect (adj.)
rhetoric
the art or study of effective use of language for communication and persuasion (n.)
salubrious
promoting health or well-being (adj.)
solvent
able to meet financial obligations; able to dissolve another substance (adj.)
specious
seeming true, but actually being fallacious; misleadingly attractive; plausible but false (adj.)
spurious
lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit (adj.)
subpoena
a court order requiring appearance and/or testimony (n.)
succinct
brief; concise (adj.)
superfluous
exceeding what is sufficient or necessary (adj.)
surfeit
an overabundant supply; excess; to feed or supply to excess (n/v.)
tenacity
the quality of adherence or persistence to something valued; persistent determination (n.)
tenuous
having little substance or strength; flimsy; weak (adj.)
tirade
a long and extremely critical speech; a harsh denunciation (n.)
transient
fleeting; passing quickly; brief (adj.)
zealous
fervent; ardent; impassioned, devoted to a cause (adj.)