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118 Cards in this Set

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Machination
an evil design
Macroscopic
visible to the naked eye
Maelstrom
Whirlpool
Malapropism
A word humorously misused
Malleable
Easily shaped
Martinet
Taskmaster
Masochist
One who enjoys his or her own pain
Mendacious
Lying
Meretricious
Attractive in a cheap flashy way
Milieu
Environment, setting
Miscreant
A vicious person
Nebulous
Hazy, Vague
Necromancy
Magic
Neologism
Use of a new word
Nihilism
A total rejection of established laws
Nirvana
A condition of great peace
Nonentity
A person or thing of little importance
Non sequitur
Something that does not logically follow
nubile
a female suitable for marriage
obdurate
stubborn
obfuscate
to confuse
obloquy
strong dissaproval
obsequious
overly attentive
obviate
to prevent
offal
garbage
olfactory
pertaining to smell
onerous
burdensome
onus
burden
optimum
the best
opulent
rich, luxerious
orifice
mouth, opening
orthography
correct spelling
paleontology
study of fossils
palliate
to ease
panache
self-confidence
pandemic
general, widespread
panegyric
expression of praise
paradigm
a model
parochial
local
parody
work which imitates another in in a ridiculous mannerq
paroxysm
a fit
patent
obvious
peccadillo
a misdeed
pecuniary
financial
pedantic
tending to show off one's learning
pedestrian
a person or thing said to be ordinary
pejorative
insulting
perdition
damnation
perfunctory
done without care
perspicacity
keeness of judgement
peruse
to read carefully
quagmire
a swamp
Quandary
a dilemma
quasi-
half
querulous
complaining
quiddity
essential quality
raiment
clothing
rakish
careful
ratiocinate
to reason, to think
rationalize
to make an excuse for
rebuke
To scold
Recant
To withdraw a statement
Recapitulate
to summarize
recoil
to draw back
recondite
profound
recreant
a coward
rectify
to correct
redolent
having a pleasant ordor
redundant
repetitious
regale
to delight with something pleasing
regress
to move in a backward direction
sacrosanct
extremely holy
sadistic
deriving pleasure from inflicting pain on others
sagacious
wise
salacious
obscene, lusty
salient
significant
salutary
healthful
sang-froid
calmness
sanguine
cheerful
sapient
wise; full of knowledge
saturnine
gloomy
savant
a person of extensive learning
scintillate
to sparkle
scurrilous
vulgar
sedition
rebellion
sedulous
hard working
sentient
conscious
shard
a fragment
shibboleth
a slogan
silbilant
a hissing sound
Macerate
to soften
maim
to impair
maladroit
unskillful, awkward
Malice
desire to inflict injury
malodor
an unpleasant or offensive odor
mar
to disfigure
meander
to proceed by or take a winding course
megalomania
a sympton of mental illness
melee
confusion, turmoil
profane
characterized by irreverence
progeny
offspring
prolific
producing offspring
purport
to present
rebut
to reffute by evidence
recant
to withdraw
serene
calm, peaceful
serendipity
an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident
shibboleth
a peculiarity of pronunciation
skirmish
any brisk conflict
misconstrue
to misunderstand
Modus vivendi
manner of living
molt
to cast or shed feathers
moniker
nickname
mottle
to mark or diversity with spots
negate
to deny the existence
newfangled
of a new kind of fashion
niggling
to spend too much time and effort on inconsequential details
nom de plume
a pseudonym used by a writer