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104 Cards in this Set

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Factious
adj.
Causing Disagreement
Fastidious
adj.
hard to please; fussy
Fatuous
adj.
Foolish, inane
Fecund
adj.
Fertile, productive
ferret
noun, verb
a small animal of the weasel family; to search or drive out
fervent
adj.
eager, earnest
Fetish
noun
an object that receives respect or devotion
finesse
noun
diplomacy; tact; artful management
fiscal
adj.
pertaining to finances
fissure
noun
an opening; a groove; a split
flaccid
adj.
flabby
flagellate
verb
to whip; to lash
flaunt
verb
to show off
flout
verb
to ridicule; to show contempt for
foment
verb
to stir up; to incite
deride
verb
to ridicule; to mock
desiccated
adj
dried up
despicable
adj.
contemptible, hateful
desultory
adj.
wandering from subject to subject
deviate
verb
to turn aside
diadem
noun
a crown
diaphanous
adj.
very sheer and light
dichotomy
noun
a division into two parts
ebullient
adj.
enthusiastic
eclectic
adj.
choosing from various sources
edify
verb
improve someone morally
effete
adj.
worn out; barren
egregious
adj.
remarkably bad; outrageous
elegy
noun
a sad or mournful poem
elicit
verb
to draw forth; to call forth
elixir
noun
a supposed remedy for all ailment
elucidate
verb
to make clear
emanate
verb
to come forth; to send forth
emendation
noun
a correction
empathy
noun
an understanding of another's feelings
empirical
adj.
based on practical experience rather than theory
endemic
adj.
confined to a particular country or area
enervate
verb
to weaken
ennui
noun
boredom; a weariness resulting from a lack of interest
emphemeral
adj.
lasting only a brief time; short-lived
epitome
noun
a typical example; a condensed account
ergo
conj.
therefore
erotic
adj.
pertaining to sexual love
eschew
verb
to keep away from; to avoid; to shun
facetious
adj.
comical; jocular; flippant
denouement
an outcome or result
defile
to pollute, to corrupt
delineate
to describe, to depict
deference
respect, consideration
celibate
unmarried/refraining from sex
coalesce
to blend, to merge
censure
to criticize sharply
debacle
a complete fairlure, a total collapse
chaff
worthless matter
debauchery
corruption; self-indulgence
deign
to lower oneself before an inferior
demeanor
behavior; manner of conducting oneself
chimerical
imaginary; fantastic
cessation
a stopping; a discontinuance
chagrin
embarassment; a complete loss of courage
affectations
show or display; unnatural behavior; artificiality
adroit
skillful and adept under pressing conditions
affluence
plentiful supply of material goods; wealth; abundance
adulterate
to make impure by adding extraneous, improper, or inferior ingredients
affinity
natural attraction to a feeling of kinship; relationship by marriage
amoral
neither moral or immoral; lacing moral sensibility
aggrandizement
increase the scope of; extend; make greater in power and influence
altruistic
unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness
amorphous
lacking definite form; shapeless
animosity
bitter hostility or open enmity; active hatred
agape
in a state of wonder or amazement, as with the mouth wide open
aesthetic
appreciation of beauty or good taste; characterized by heightened sensitivity to beauty
adventitious
structure that develops in an unusual place
aegis
protection; sponsorship; patronage
ambiguous
open to more than one interpretation; doubtful or uncertain
blandishments
to coax by flattery or wheedling; cajole
antipathy
strong feeling of aversion, repugnance, or opposition
bedlam
a place or situation of noisy uproar and confusion
antithesis
direct contrast; opposition; the direct or exact opposite
blanch
to take the color from; bleach; to whiten or make pale
bilious
gastric distress; peevish disposition
bauble
a small, showy ornament of little value; trinket
beguile
to deceive, take away, and cheat, distract the attention of, divert; to amuse or charm; delight
bestile
resembling an animal; having the qualities or manners of a savage; lacking in intelligence
besmirch
to soil; sully
bland
moderate, undisturbing or tranquil quality; pleasant in manner; not irritation
banal
lacking freshness or originality
baroque
old art and music w/ elaborate ornamentation; flamboyant in style
badinage
light, playful banter
bombastic
pompous speech or writing
bona fide
made or carried out in good faith; sincere, authentic, genuine
boor
a rude, clumsy person with little refinement; a peasant
bovine
cow; sluggish, dull, and stollid
bowdlerized
to espurgate prudishly; to modify
brevity
brief; concise expression; terseness
bucolic
the countryside or its people; rustic; shepherds or flocks; pastoral
cajole
to urge with gentle and repeated appeals, teasing or flattery; wheedle
callow
lacking adult maturity or experience; immature
carcinogen
cancer causing substance or agent
carnal
sexual appetites; worldy or earthy; relating to body or flesh
carrion
dead or decaying flesh
cataclysm
violent upheaval that causes great destruction; violent sudden change; flood
cataract
a large or high waterfall; grewat downfall; deluge; opacity of the lends in the eye causing blindness
caveat
a warning or caution; a qualification or explanation