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75 Cards in this Set

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Accord (verb)
agreemnt, conformity, a formal reaching of agreement

example: he acted in accord with the company's policy
Acute (adjective)
characterized by sharpness or severity

marked by keen descernment of intellectualy perception especially of sublte distinctions: Penetrating
Allegory (noun)
a symbolic representation
Allusion (noun)
an implied or indirect reference most common in literature
Ameliorate (verb)
to make better or more tolerable: to grow better
soften the effect of something

example:The teacher ameliorated our fears by telling us the large test was open note.
Amenable (adjective)
submit or cooperate
readily brought to yield, submit (not always used in a negative connotation)

example: He was amenable to changing the color of our living room wall
Anathema (noun)
someone or something intensly disliked; loathed

a vigorous dinunciation: excommuniacation: curse
Approbation (noun)
Commendation: PRAISE; an act of approving formally of officially
Barbarity (noun)
INHUMANITY: an act of onstance of cruelty
Beneficent (adjective)
doing or producing good: perfrming an act of kindess of charity: GENEROUS
Cajole (verb)
to persuade with flattery or gentle urging: COAX
Caveat (noun)
A warning enjoining one from vertain acts or practices
Conjecture (noun)
inferenve from defective or presumptive evidence: a conclusion based on surmise or guesswork
Deference (noun)
respect and esteem due a superior or elder
Deplorable (adjective)
lamentable: deplorable: deserving censure of contempt
Desolate (adjective)
deserted; barren; lifeless; gloomy
the effect of abandonement and neglect: separation
Drivel (noun)
Earnest (adjective)
intence and serious state of mind: grave: important: serious
Edifice (noun)
Emancipate (verb)
to free from restraint, control, bondage
Emulate (verb)
to strive to equal or excel: IMITATE

Her little brother strove to emulate her every action.
Enumerate (verb)
to ascertain the number of: COUNT: to specify one after another: LIST

Let me enumerate the number of ways in which I honor you.
Evanescent (adjective)
tending to vanish like vapro: TRANSIENT
Exult (verb)
to be extremely jouful: REJOICE
to jump with joy
Hackneyed (adjective)
unoriginal: lacking in freshness of originality (negative connotation)

usually associated with jouranalism: a hack writer gets payed for writing quickly not for quality
Heterodox (adjective)
UNORTHODOX: UNCONVENTIONAL: cotrary to or different from the norm
Impertinent (adjective)
not restrained within the due or proper bounds

often adults use this adjective to describe children
Incessant (adjective)
never ceasing: continual: CONSTANT
(can carry a negative connotation)
example: incessant beating; incessant buzzing
Incisive (adjective)
penetrating; cutting; biting; trenchant; keen; acute (negative connotation)

The teacher's incisive remarks about the student's artwork made her cry.
Inclement (adjective)
physically severe or stromy (inclement weather)

archaic: severe in temper of action: unmerciful
Indubitable (adjective)
Infamy (noun)
famous for the wrong thing: a publicly known criminal act: disgrace
Inscrutable (adjective)
mysterious: impossible to scrutinize (discern)
Invariable (adjective)
not changing or capable of changing: Constant (not usually negative)
Lassitude (adjective)
Fatigue; LETHARGY; lazy
Lurid (adjective)
SHOCKING; melodramatic; sensational
Marrow (noun)
the inmost, best, or essential part: the core
Melancholy (adjective)
sad; depressed; dejection; pensive mood
Misdemeanor (noun)
a crime that is less than a felony; misdeed
Nebulous (adjective)
Nutirment (noun)
something that nourishes or promotes grouwth and reparis the wastage of organic life
Orthodox (adjective)
conforming to established doctrine: CONVENTIONAL
(commonly a religious connotation)
Pathos (noun)
an element in experience or in artistic representation evoking pity or compassion: SYMPATHETIC PITY: evoking empathy
Perverse (adjective)
doing the exact opposite of what you are told: IMPROPER: INCORRECT: CRANKY: CONTRARY

Pearl, Hester's child in Hawthorne's "Scarlet Letter" is known to be a very perverse child in her young age.
Physiognomy (noun)
the facial features held to show the qualities of mind or character: INNER CHARACTER OR QUALITY REVEALED OUTWARDLY
Plebain (noun)
one of the common people

plebain status in ancient Rome was a common person
Precocious (adjective)
Acting older than one's age: exhibiting mature qualities at an unusually early age (can have a very negative connotation)
Proclivity (noun)
having an inclination or predisposition toward something: strong inherent inclination toward something
Prodigious (adjective)
HUGE; extrordinary in bulk or quanity: ENORMOUS: MONSTROUS

The Thanksgiving meal is always promised to be very prodigious
Propogate (verb)
PUBLICIZE: propogando: to cause to pread out and affect a greater number or area
Propinquity (noun)
nearness of blood: KINSHIP
nearness of place: PROXIMITY
affinity of nature
nearness of time
Providence (noun)
diving guidance or care: God conceiced as the power sustainig and guiding human destiny (COMPLETE OPPOSITE OF DEISM)
Quicken (verb)
revive, stimulate or hasten, accelerate: to make alive
Raiment (noun)
Rend (verb)
to tear apaprt violently; pull apart; wrest (figuritively and litearlly)

They rent the piece evidence apart, positive it would help them to catch the murderer.
Repudiate (verb)
to refuse to have anything to do with: DISOWN
Salient (adjective)
projecting beyond a line: standing out conspiciously: PROMINENT
Scathing (adjective)
betterly severe: caustic

example: Scathing comments
Scintillate (verb)
sparkle: EXCITING

scintillating conversation
Scruple (noun)
an ethical consideration or peinciple that inhibits action: mental reservation:
set of morals that prohibits certain activities
Simulate (verb)
Imitate: assume
Stringent (adjective)
marked by rigor, strictness, or severity especially with regards to rules or standards
Sustenance (noun)
means of support, maintenance: NOURISHMENT (food)
Tempest (noun)
strom; tumult; uproar (not always having to do with weather-- can be a mental tempest)
Throng (noun)
Toil (noun)
STRUGGLE; battle; long strenuous fatiguing work
Transcend (verb)
to rise above: go beyond the limits of: OVERCOME
Usury (noun)
lending money at exorbitant interest rates
Vagrant (noun)
one who has no established home; wanderer; wanders idly with no legal place to stay
Venerable (adjective)
calling forth respect through age
Vestment (noun)
an outer garment
Vigor (noun)
active bodily or mental strength or force

she attacked the mystery with vigor
Vitriol (noun)
literally: a beaker full of acid

figuritively: harsh words (vitriolic speech)
Vivacious (adjective)
lively in temper, conduct, or spirit
Wanton (adjectuve)
no limit in morality: being without check or limitation: undisciplined