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100 Cards in this Set

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of a theme; relating to a unifying motif or idea
n titular
of a title; in name only; nominal; having the title of an office without the obligations; Ex. titular head of the company
s airy
of air; high in the air; lofty; immaterial; unreal
n oracular
of an oracle; prophetic; uttered as if with divine authority; mysterious or ambiguous; hard to understand; N. oracle: wiser person; prophecy made by an oracle
n piebald
of different colors; mottled; spotted in different colors (esp. in black and white); Ex. piebald horse; CF. pie+bald
n vitreous
of glass; pertaining to or resembling glass; V. vitrify: change into glass; CF. petrify
s well-bred
of good upbringing; well-mannered and refined
s mystic
of hidden meaning and spiritual power; Ex. mystic ceremonies; N. CF. mysticism
s humble
of low rank or position; modest; having a low opinion of oneself and a high opinion of others; unassuming; not proud; V. humiliate: make humble; cause to feel ashamed or to lose the respect of others
s nuptial
of marriage or the wedding ceremony; N; nuptials; wedding ceremony
n septic
of or causing sepsis; putrid; producing putrefaction; N. sepsis: poisoning of part of the body (producing pus)
of or coming from the side
s slavish
of or like a slave; servile; showing no originality; copied very closely; Ex. slavish devotion/copy of the original
of or like an uncle
s arboreal
of or living in trees
n demotic
of or pertaining to the people
n rabid
of or suffering rabies; like a fanatic; extremely zealous; furious; CF. rabies: hydrophobia
n palatial
of or suitable for a palace; magnificent
s psychic
of psyche; mental; of or possessing extraordinary mental powers
s sonic
of sound or its speed in air; CF. subsonic, supersonic
of substance; material; solid; essential or fundamental; ample; considerable; well-to-do; wealthy
s vulgar
of the common people; deficient in refinement; not refined; coarse; Ex. vulgar display of wealth; N. vulgarism: vulgarity; crudely indecent word; CF. vulgarian: vulgar person; boor; lout
s psychosomatic
of the influence of the mind on the body (esp. with respect to disease)
s juridical
of the law and its administration; CF. judicial: of courts of law; CF. judiciary
s galvanic
of the production of electricity by the action of an acid on a metal; having the effect of an electric shock; Ex. galvanic cell; galvanic effect; CF. Luigi Galvani
of the same kind; uniform in composition throughout
of the surface; not deep; shallow; not thorough; trivial; Ex. superficial analysis/knowledge
s earthly
of this earth; terrestrial; worldly; not divine; possible; Ex. no earthly reason
n temporal
of time; not lasting forever; limited by time; temporary; secular; worldly
s rank
offensive in odor or flavor
n obnoxious
offensive; disagreeable; Ex. obnoxious smell
offer formally; extend; Ex. tender one's resignation/the exact fare; N: formal offer; money; Ex. legal tender; ADJ: young and vulnerable; sensitive to the touch; sore; soft; delicate; Ex. child of tender years; Ex. tender wound
n immolate
offer or kill as a sacrifice (by fire)
offering or providing help; additional or subsidiary; N: helper; assistant
n functionary
official (who performs a particular function)
s tribune
official of ancient Rome elected by the plebians to protect their rights; protector of the people
s license
official or legal permission; latitude of action or speech; excessive freedom that causes harm or damage; V.
n gazette
official periodical publication; newspaper
s magistrate
official with power to administer the law
n unctuous
oily; bland; insincerely suave
n unguent
old age; feeblemindedness of old age; ADJ. senile: resulting from old age; showing the weakness of body or mind from old age; Ex. senile dementia
s chaperon
older person who accompanies and supervises a young unmarried woman
n pass\\'e
old-fashioned; past the prime
n augury
omen; prophecy; sign of coming events; V. augur: predict; foretell; be a sign of (something in future)
omission of words from a text; mark used to indicate an omission (when the meaning can be understood without them); PL. ellipses
on or relating to the earth
one devoted to the promotion of human welfare; CF. humanism
s culprit
one guilty of a crime
s invalid
one incapacitated(disabled) by a chronic illness; ADJ: incapacitated by illness; not valid; null; V: allow to leave (a military force) because of ill-health
n marsupial
one of a family of mammals that nurse their offspring in a pouch(pocket of skin or leather); CF. kangaroo, opossum, wombat
n caste
one of the hereditary classes in Hindu society; social stratification; prestige
s compartment
one of the parts into which an enclosed space is divided
one opposed to force; antimilitarist; ADJ. N. pacifism: opposition to war as a means of resolving disputes
n piecemeal
one part at a time; gradually; in stages; Ex. read a novel piecemeal
one regarded as embodying a set image or type; fixed and unvarying representation; standardized mental picture often reflecting prejudice; Ex. stereotype of the happy slave; V: make a stereotype of; represent by a stereotype; Ex. It is wrong to stereotype people; Ex. stereotyped answer
n sleeper
one that achieves unexpected success; something originally of little value or importance that in time becomes very valuable
s outcast
one that has been excluded from a society; ADJ.
s tenant
one that pays rent to use property owned by another
n apostate
one who abandons his religious faith or political beliefs; N. apostasy
one who believes that pleasure is the sole aim in life; CF. hedonism: practice of living one's life purely for pleasure
s mason
one who builds or works with stone or brick; N. masonry: work of a mason; stonework or brickwork
one who commits sabotage; destroyer of property; N. sabotage: destruction of property (usually carried out secretly)
n nihilist
one who considers traditional beliefs to be groundless and existence meaningless; absolute skeptic; revolutionary terrorist; CF. nihilism: belief that nothing has meaning or value; belief that destruction of existing political or social institutions is necessary for future improvement
one who feigns illness to escape duty; V. malinger: feign illness to avoid work
one who fits glasses to remedy visual defects
s soothsayer
one who foretells the future
one who harvests grain; Ex. the Grim Reaper; V. reap: cut and gather (crop); harvest a crop
one who has adopted a different religion or opinion; V: change into another form; (persuade to) adopt a particular religion or belief
s peer
one who has equal standing with another; nobleman; V: look intently; N. peerage; CF. peeress
one who has more than one spouse at a time; CF. bigamy; CF. polyandry
one who hates mankind; misanthropist
s plumber
one who installs and repairs pipes and plumbing(pipes)
s bully
one who is habitually cruel to weaker people; V.
s bigot
one who is intolerant (in matters of religion or politics)
one who is introspective or inclined to think more about oneself; ADJ. introverted
one who is skeptical of the existence or knowability of a god or any ultimate reality
one who is zealous; fanatic; person who shows excessive zeal
n hireling
one who serves for hire (usually used contemptuously); one who works solely for compensation; Ex. hireling politician
s spoilsport
one who spoils the pleasure of others
n herpetologist
one who studies reptiles; CF. herpetology: branch of zoology that deals with reptiles and amphibians
one who studies the skin and its diseases
s supplicant
one who supplicates; ADJ.
one who voluntarily suffers death for his or her religion or cause; great sufferer; Ex. martyr to his rheumatism
s vigilante
one who without authority assumes law enforcement powers
n apologist
one who writes in defense of a cause or institution; N. apologia
s ego
one's opinion of oneself; self-esteem
n unilateral
one-sided; involving or affecting only one side; Ex. unilateral declaration
n partisan
one-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party (with dislike of any others); N: strong supporter of a party; guerrilla
n tangential
only slightly connected; not central; peripheral; digressing; showing divergence; CF. tangent
open to view; public; not secret; CF. covert
n gape
open widely; open the mouth wide; stare wonderingly with the mouth open; CF. agape
n gambit
opening in chess in which a piece is sacrificed; action made to produce a future advantage
n aperture
opening; hole; adjustable opening in a camera that limits the amount of light
n agape
n manipulate
operate with one's hands; control or play upon (people, forces, etc.) artfully; maneuver; Ex. how to manipulate publicity and men; ADJ. manipulative
operatic singer; prima donna
operatic solo; a song sung by one person in an opera or oratorio
opinion contrary to popular belief; opinion contrary to accepted religion; ADJ. heretical; CF. heretic
s thesis
opinion put forward and supported by reasoned arguments