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132 Cards in this Set

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tergiversation
a change in one’s opinions or principles
jejune
dull, childish
libido
sexual desire
catharsis
cleansing or release
suppliant
asking humbly and earnestly, beseeching
insipid
lacking excitement and interest
miasma
a noxious atmosphere or influence
insouciant
marked by unconcern, nonchalant
desultory
haphazard, disconnected
venal
open to bribery, corruptible
proem
an introduction, a preface
lachrymose
causing or tending to cause tears
meretricious
attracting attention in a vulgar manner
malediction
a curse
velleity
a mere wish or inclination
desideratum
something necessary or desirable
venial
easily excused or forgiven, pardonable
trenchant
forceful, effective, vigorous
exegesis
critical explanation or analysis of text
seraphic
angelic, sublime, pure
jocular
characterized by joking
effusion
release of emotions
avuncular
relating to an uncle
idyll
scene or event of a simple and tranquil nature
adjunct
something in a dependent or subordinate position, auxiliary
opprobrious
expressing contemptuous reproach, scornful or abusive
paradox
a seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true
elucidate
to clarify
solecism
a violation of etiquette or grammar
affable
easy and pleasant to speak to, approachable
deference
courteous yielding to the opinions of another
bilious
having a peevish disposition, ill-humored
colloquial
relating to conversation
lexicon
a vocabulary of terms used in a particular profession, subject, or style
alacrity
speed or quickness, celerity
a priori
made before or without examination, not supported by factual study, deductive
percipient
perceiving keenly and with ease
poignant
appealing to the emotions, touching
venerable
worthy of respect
penitent
feeling remorse for one’s misdeeds or sins
mitigate
to moderate in force or intensity, alleviate
quotidian
everyday, commonplace
enigma
a perplexing speech or text, a riddle
morose
sullenly melancholy, gloomy
capricious
impulsive, unpredictable
reverie
state of abstracted musing, daydreaming
appellation
a name, title, or designation
requite
to make repayment or return for, to avenge
plausive
expressing praise
epigram
a witty statement
propinquity
nearness, proximity
acme
highest point
saturnine
gloomy, untalkative
prima facie
at first glance
vacuity
emptiness, stupidity, senselessness
quid pro quo
an equal exchange
purview
scope or extent of comprehension
synecdoche
figure of speech where one term is used for another
salubrious
healthful, wholesome
paucity
fewness, scarcity
hitherto
up to now
phlegmatic
having a calm, sluggish temperament
rubicund
healthily rosy, ruddy
laconic
concise, succinct
idiom
a speech form peculiar to a single language
anima
the soul
surrogate
a substitute or replacement
mordent
bitingly sarcastic
vituperation
blame, abusive tirade
malaise
a feeling of illness or depression
sardonic
scornful, mocking
neophyte
a recent convert, novice
sylvan
abounding in trees, wooded
probity
complete integrity, uprightness
circuitous
taking a roundabout course, indirect
propitiatory
conciliatory, offered in appeasement
augury
a sign or omen
secular
separate from religion or a religious body
effusive
unrestrained in emotional expression
pedantic
learning or teaching trivial facts
nebular
cloudy, hazy
detritus
debris, fragments
acolyte
a follower or assistant of a priest
sedulous
diligent, painstaking
placatory
intended to appeased or calm
integument
an outer covering
putative
supposed
diurnal
occurring daily
atavistic
reappearing after absence
patronage
support or encouragement
apprise
to inform
adumbrate
to disclose partially
latent
potential but hidden
minatory
menacing, threatening
eclectic
diverse and varied
libertine
one who acts without moral restraint
emanation
something that protrudes from a source
apotheosis
exaltation to divine rank or statue, deification
encomium
formal expression of praise, a tribute
clandestine
kept or done in secret, often in order to conceal an illicit purpose
hackneyed
overfamiliar through overuse, trite
cryptic
having hidden meaning, mystifying
halcyon
calm and peaceful
sacerdotal
of or relating to priests, priestly
abjure
to renounce under oath, forswear
quell
to put down forcibly, suppress
recrudescent
breaking out again after temporary suppression
ersatz
an imitation or substitute that is usually inferior, artificial
exculpate
to clear of guilt or blame
fulsome
offensively flattering or insincere
entente
an agreement for cooperative action or policy
augment
to make superior through modification
inane
lacking sense or substance
tête-à-tête
a private conversation between two people
tenebrous
dark and gloomy
reprise
a return to an original theme
split infinitive
an infinitive where the “to” and verb are separated
noxious
harmful to health, corrupting
droll
amusingly odd or whimsically comical
evanescence
dissipating or disappearing like vapor
decorous
proper, exhibiting conformity to social conventions
xenophobia
fear of strangers or foreigners
prevaricate
to deviate from the truth
inure
to make used to something through prolonged subjection
insular
detached, suggestive of isolated life
portentous
foreboding, ominous
contingent
dependent on conditions to occur
cognate
related in origin
nubile
ready for marriage
etymology
the history of the origin of words
polemic
controversy or argument
nascent
in the process of emerging