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77 Cards in this Set

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abscond
v - to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
aberrant
adj - deviating from the norm (noun form: aberration)
alacrity
n - eager and enthusiastic willingness
anomaly
n - deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality (adj. form: anomalous)
approbation
n - an expression of approval or praise
arduous
adj - strenuous, taxing; requiring significant effort
assuage
v - to ease or lessen; to apprease or pacify
audacious
adj - daring and fearless; recklessly bold (noun form: audacity)
austere
adj - without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic (noun form; austerity)
axiomatic
adj - taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth (noun form; axiom)
canonical
adj - following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards (noun form: canon)
capricious
adj - inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic, unpredictable
censure
v - to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
chicanery
n - trickery or subterfuge
connoisseur
n - an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
convoluted
adj - complex or complicated
disabuse
v - to undeceive; to set right
discordant
adj - conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
disparate
v - to undeceive; to set right
effrontery
n - extreme boldness; presumptuousness
eloquent
adj - well-spoken, expressive, articulate (noun form: eloquence)
enervate
v - to weaken; to reduce in vitality
ennui
n - dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
equivocate
v - to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent (adj. form: equivocal)
erudite
adj - very learned; scholarly (noun form; erudition)
exculpate
v - exonerate; to clear of blame
exigent
adj - urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
extemporaneous
adj - improvised; done without preparation
filibuster
n - intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
fulminate
v - to loudly attack or denounce
ingenuous
adj - artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication
inured
adj - accustomed to accepting something undesirable
irascible
adj - easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts
laud
v - to praise highly (adj. form: laudatory)
lucid
adj - clear; easily understood
magnanimity
n - the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, esp. in forgiving (adj. form; magnanimous)
martial
adj - associated with war and the armed forces
mundane
adj - of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary
nascent
adj - coming into being; in early developmental stages
nebulous
adj - vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
neologism
n - a new word, expression, or usage; the creation or use of new words or senses
noxious
adj - farmful, injurious
obtuse
adj - lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
obviate
v - to anticipate and make unneccessary
onerous
adj - troubling; burdensome
paean
n - a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
parody
n - a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, esp. in literature and art
perennial
adj - recurrent through the year or many years; happening repeatedly
perfidy
n - intentional breach of faith; treachery (adj. form: perfidious)
perfunctory
adj - cursory; done without care or interest
perspicacious
adj - acutely perceptive; having keen discernment (noun form: perspicacity)
prattle
v - to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner
precipitate (adj)
adj - acting with excessive haste or impulse
precipitate (verb)
v - to cause or happen before anticpated or required
predilection
n - a disposition in favor of something; preference
prescience
n - foreknowldege of events; knowing of events prior to their occurring (adj. form; prescient)
prevaricate
v - to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead
qualms
n - misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy
recant
v - to retract, esp. a previously held belief
refute
v - to disprove; to successfully argue against
relegate
v - to forcibly assign, esp. to a lower place or position
reticent
adj - quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
solicitous
adj - concerned and attentive; eager
sordid
adj - characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul
sporadic
adj - occurring only occasionally, or in scattered instances
squander
v - to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
static
adj - not moving, active, or in motion; at rest
stupefy
v - to stun, baffle, or amaze
stymie
v - to block; thwart
synthesis
n - the combination of parts to make a whole (verb form; synthesize)
torque
n - a force that causes rotation
tortuous
adj - winding, twisting; excessively complicated
trculent
adj - fierce and cruel; eager to fight
veracity
n - truthfulness, honesty
virulent
adj - extremely harmful or poisonness; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
voracious
adj - having an insatiable appetite for an activty or pursuit; ravenous
waver
v - to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion