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202 Cards in this Set

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arrogate
to claim or take without right
banal
trite, commonplace
belabor
to work on excessively
carping
tending to find fault, espeecially in a apetty, nasty, or hairsplitting way
encomium
a formal espession of praise
eschew
to avoid, shun, keep away from
germane
relevant, appropriate, fitting
intransigent
refusing to compromise
invidious
offensive, hateful; tending to cause bitterness and resentment
largesse
generosity in giving
taciturn
habitually silent or quiet
temporize
to stall or act evasively in order to gain time
tenable
capable of being held or defended
animadversion
a comment inclining strong criticism or disapproval
brackish
having a salty taste and unpleasent to drink
celerity
swiftness, rapidity of motion or action
gambit
in chess, an opening move that incolces rish or sacrifice of a minor piece in order to gain a later advantage
halcyon
a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher

calm, peaceful, happy, golden, prosperous, affulent
histrionic
pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial; meldramatic
incendiary
deliberately setting or causing fires; tending to stir up strife or rebellion
maelstrom
a whirlpool of great size and violence; a sitation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction
myopic
nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment
perjorative
tending to make worse; expressing disapproval; derogatory, deprecatory, belittling
summarily
without delay or formality; briefly or concisely
suppliant
asking humble and earnestly
undulate
to move in waves or with a wavelike motion
cavort
to romp or prance around exuvberantly
credence
belief; mental accceptance
decry
to condemn, ezpress strong disapproval of
dissemble
to disquise or coneceal, deliberately give a false impressiong
eulogy
high praise
evince
to display clearly, to make evident, to provoke
exhume
to remove from a grave; to bring to light
feckless
lacking in spirit and strength; in effect
nefarious
wicked, depraved, devoid of moral standards
piquant
stimulating to the taste or mind; spicy, pungent, apprealingly provocative
propinquity
nearness in place or time; kinship
unwonted
not usual or expected; not in character
verbiage
language that is too worsy or inflated in proportion to the sense or conten, wordiness; a manner of expression
verdant
green in tint or color' immature in experience of judgement
viscous
having a gelatinous or gluey quality, lacking in easy movement or fluidity
bastion
a fortified place, stronghold
exigency
urgency, pressure; urgent demand, pressing need; an emergency
flotsam
floating debris; homeless, improverished people
frenetic
frenzied, highly agitated
glean
to gather bit by bit; to gether small quantities of frain left in a field by the reapers
grouse
a type of game bird; a complaint
incumbant
obligatory, required; one who holds a specific office at the time spoken of
mordant
biting or caustic in thought, manner, or style; sharply or bitterly harsh
nettle
a prickly or stinging plant; to arouse displeasure, impatience, or anger, to vex or irritate severely
pecuniary
consisting of or measured in money; of or related to money
pusillanimous
contemptibly cowardly or mean-spirited
recumbent
in a reclining position, lying down
stratagem
a cheme to outwit or deceive an opponent or to gain an end
acuity
sharpness in the mind or senses
delineate
to portray, sketch, or describe in accurate and vivid detail; to represent pictorially
enervate
to weaken or lessen the mental, moral, or physical vigor of; enfeeble
esoteric
intended for or understood by only a select few, private, secret
fecund
fruitful in offspring or vegetation; intellectually productive
fiat
an arbitrary order of decree; a command or act of will or consciousness
garner
to acquire as the result of effort; to gather and store away, as for future use
hallow
to set apart as holy or sacred, sanctify, consecrate; to honor greatly, revere
idnominy
shame and disgrace
overweening
conceited, presumptuous; excessive, imooderate
penchant
a strong attraction or inclination
reputed
according to reputation or general belief; having widespread acceptance and good reputation; alleged
sophistry
reasoning that seems plausible but is actually unsound; a fallacy
ubiquitous
present or exising everywhere
abject
degraded; base, contemptible; cringing, servile; complete and unrelieved
agnostic
one who believe that nothing can be known aout God; a skeptic; without faith
complicity
involvement in wrongdoing; the state of being an accomplice
derelict
someone or something that is abandoned or neglected
diatribe
a bitter and prolonged verbal attack
effigy
a crude image of a despised person
indictment
the act of accusing; a formal accusation
indubitable
certain, not to be doubted or denied
moot
open to discussion and debate, unresolved,
neophyte
a new convert, beginner, novice
perspicacity
keennes in observing and understanding
plenary
complete in all aspects or essentials; absolute; attended by all qualified members
sylvan
pertaining to or characteristic of forests; living or loacated in a forest; wooded, woody
allay
to calm or pacify, set to rest; to lessen or relieve
convivial
festive, sociable
coterie
a circle of acquaintances; a close-knit, often exclusive, group of people with a common interest
demur
to object or take objection to
effrontery
shameless boldness
ephemeral
lasting only a short time
felicitous
appropiate, apt, well chosen; marked by well-being or good fortune, happy
furtive
done slyly or stealthily, sneaky, secret, shifty; stolen
garish
glaring; tastelessly showy or overdecorated in a vulgar or offensive way
illusory
misleading, deceptive; lacing in or not based on reality
indigent
needy, impoverish
inordinate
far too great, exceeding reasonable limits, excessive
jettison
to cast overboard, get rid of as unnescessary or burdensome
misanthrope
a person who hates or despises people
pertinacious
very persistant; holding firmly to a course of actiong or a set of beliefs; hard to get rid of, refusing to be put off or denied
picayune
of little value or importance, paltry, measly; concerned with trifling matters, small-minded
raiment
clothing, garments
arrant
thoroughgoing, out-and-out; shameless, blatant
badinage
light and playful conversation
conciliate
to overcome the distrust of, win over; to appease, pacify; to reconcile, make consistant
countermand
to cancel or reverse one order or command with another that is contrary to the first
echelon
one of a series of frades in an organization or field of activity; an organized military unit; a steplike formation or arrangement
exacerbate
to make more violent, severe, bitter, or painful
fatuous
stupid or foolish in a self-satisfied way
irrefutable
impossible to disprove; beyond argument
juggernaut
a massive and inescapable force or object that crushes whatever is in its path
macabre
grisly, gruesome; horrible, distressing; having death as a suject
paucity
an inadequate quantity, scarcity, dearth
portend
to indicate beforehand that something is about to happen; to give advance warning of
raze
to tear down, destroy completely; to cut or scrape off or out
recant
to withdraw a statement or belief to which one has previously been committed, renounce, retract
saturnine
of a gloomy or surly disposition; cold or sluggish in mood
slough
to cast off; discard; to get rid of something objectionable or unnecessary; to plod through as if through mud; a mire; a state of depression
bucolic
characteristic of the countryside, rural; relating to shepherds and cowheards, pastoral
calumniate
to slander; to accuse falsely
chary
extremely cautious, hesitant, or slow; reserved
collusion
secret agrement or cooperation
dilettante
a dabber in the arts; one who engages in an activity in an amateurish, trifling way; superficial
imperturbable
not easily excited; emotionally steady
paltry
trifling, insignificant; mean, despicable; inferior, trashy
paroxysm
a sudden outburst; a spasm, convulsion
pedantry
a pretentious display of knowledge; overly rigid attention to rules and details
peregrination
the act of traveling; an excursion, especially on foot or to a foreign country
askance
with suspicion, distrust, or disapproval
attentuate
to make thin or slender; to weaken or lessen in force, intensity, or value
benign
gentle, kind, forgiving
cavil
to find fault in a petty way; a trivial object or critism
charlatan
one who feigns knowledge or ability; a pretender, imposter, or quack
foible
a weak point, failing, minor flaw
inure
to toughen, harden; to render used to something by long subjection or exposure
obsequious
marked by slavish attentiveness; exclusively submissive, often purely self-interested reasons
obtuse
blunt
oscillate
to swing back and forth with a steady rhythm; to fluctuate or waver
penitent
regreatful for one's sins or mistakes
peremptory
having the nature of a command that leaves no opportunity for debate, denial, or refusal' offensively self-assured, dictatorial, determined, resolute
rebuff
to snub; to repel, drive away; a curt rejection, a check
reconnoiter
to engage in reconnaissance; to make a preliminary inspection
abrogate
to repeal, cancel, declare null and void
asperity
roughness, severity; bitterness or tartness
burnish
to make smooth or glassy
cabal
a small group working in secret
deprecate
to belittle
detritus
debris
ebullient
overflowing with enthusiasm and excitement; boiling, bubbling
impecunious
having little or no money
inexorable
inflexible
onerous
burdensome; involving hardship or difficulty
rife
common, prevalent, widespread, happening often; full, abounding, abundant
sequester
set apart
winnow
to blow on, fan; to get of something unwanted
aesthetic
pertaining to beauty
defunct
dead
gregarious
living together in a herd or group; sociable, seeking the company of others
hapless
unlucky
importune
to trouble with demands; to beg for insistently
interpolate
to insert between other parts of things; in addition or correction
irreparable
incapable of being repaired
laconic
concise
languish
to become weak, feeble, or dull; to droop; to be depressed; to suffer neglect
mendacious
given to lying; untrue
nadir
the lowest part
perfunctory
done in a superficial or halfhearted manner
plaintive
expressive of sorrow or woe
requite
to make suitable repayment
tantamount
equivalent, having the same meaning, value, or effect
abstruse
extremely difficult to understand
affront
an open or intentional insult; confront
canard
a false rumor
captious
excessively ready to find fault
cognizant
aware, knowledgeable, informed
contrite
regretful for some misdeed or sin
machination
a crafty, scheming, or underhanded action designed to accomplish some (usually evil) end
opprobrium
disgrace arising from shameful conduct; contempt
putative
generally regarded as such; reputed; hypothesized, inferred
behemoth
a creature of enourmous size
blandishment
anything designed to flatter or coax; sweet talk
chicanery
trickery
consign
to give over into someone's control
febrile
feverish
gainsay
contradict
loath
disinclined
moratorium
suspension of activity
nostrum
a cure-all
pariah
one who is rejected by a social group
amenity
that which is pleasant
aperture
a hole
dissidence
discontent; difference of opinion
epicurean
devoted to pleasure
improvident
not thrifty; failure to plan ahead
iniquity
wickedness, sin; a grossly immoral act
inviolable
sacred
nascent
just came into existence
panegyric
formal or elaborate praise
pillory
a device for publicly punishing offenders
presage
to foreshadow or point to a future event; to predict
progency
descendants
promulgate
to proclaim or issue officially; to make known far and wide
rectitude
uprightness, righteousness
restive
restless
seaphic
heavenly
subsist
to exist