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20 Cards in this Set

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abominate (verb)
hate or loathe intensely
abhor; execrate
Dom abominates some foods that he once relished.
affliction (noun)
cause of persistent mental or bodily pain; great suffering.
trouble; tribulation
Lar's truancy was an affliction to her mother.
animate (adjective)
possessing life; living; alive
There is nothing animate there, except some spiders.
chronic (adjective)
marked by a long duration or frequent occurence; habitual; inverate.
Bill often raises objects; he's a chronic complainer.
exploit (verb)
utilize selfishly for one's own ends; impose on; abuse; use.
Those receiving lower pay than others doing the same work, felt that they were being exploited.
fancy (verb)
believe without being absolutely sure or certain; imagine; think.
Until she heard all the cheers, the nervous singer fancied that she had done poorly.
fell (verb)
cause to fall; cut; break; bring down; prostrate; level down.
Her neighbors were crestfallen when they saw that the storm had felled two of their favorite trees.
gregarious (adjective)
fond of the company of others; sociable; social.
Ordinarily a gregarious person enjoys going to a party.
innocuous (adjective)
not harmful or injurious; unlikely to irritate; harmless; inoffensive.
The prank was innocuous; there was no harm in it.
isolate (verb)
set apart from others; quarantine; segregate.
It is not necessary to isolate a patient with a noncommunicable disease.
positive (adjective)
fully assured in a opinion or assertion; confident; sure; certain.
The police were positive that they had the right suspect because he had left his fingerprints at the crime scene.
precipitate (verb)
to hasten the occurence of; bring out prematurely; speed, accelerate.
The break-down of negotiations precipitated a crisis in the war weary nation.
prior (adjective)
early in time or order; previous; preceeding.
Thank you for your invitation, but we made a prior commitment to attend a wedding the day before your party.
propitious (adjective)
tending to favor; advantageous; favorable; opportune.
Most shoppers regard sale days as a propitious time to buy.
redundant (adjective)
exceeding what is necessary or normal; superfluous; excess.
With so many cars remaining unsold on the dealer's lot, another shipment from the factory at this time would be redundant.
strategy (noun)
plan for achieving a desired result; method; scheme
To put off training for an important tournament until just before the first match is generally poor strategy.
tentative (adjective)
offered or given for the time being; not final; subject to change; conditional; provisional.
The company's decision to move is tentative; it may yet be changed.
vanity (noun)
excessive pride in oneself or in one's appearance; conceit; egotism; self-admiration.
One obvious mark of vanity is a total preoccupation with one's personal appearance.
veteran (adjective)
having had long practice with some occupation or skill; experienced; skilled.
Automobile insurance rates tend to be much higher for neophytes than for veteran drivers.
presumption (noun)
assumption of something as true; presupposition; premise.
Defendants tried in American courts are fortunate because their trial begins with a presumption of innocence.