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100 Cards in this Set

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small waterfall
n foible
small weakness of character; slight fault; CF. feeble
n daub
smear (as with paint); cover with something sticky; Ex. daub one's clothes with mud/paint; N: small bit of sticky substance; Ex. a daub of paint
n simper
smirk; smile in a silly way; smile affectedly
s sleek
smooth and shining (as from good health); V.
n glossy
smooth and shining; N. gloss: shiny brightness on a surface; superficially attractive appearance; Ex. gloss of good manners
s paste
smooth viscous mixture as of flour(powder made by crushing grain) and water (used as an adhesive); V: cause to adhere by applying paste
smoothness of speech; ADJ. fluent
n smolder
smoulder; burn slowly without flame; be liable to break out at any moment; exist in a suppressed state; Ex. smoldering anger
n fatuous
smugly and unconsciously foolish; inane; silly; N. fatuity, fatuousness
s snuffle
sniffle; sniff repeatedly (in order to keep liquid from running out of the nose)
n nip
snip off; stop something's growth or development; bite; make numb with cold; Ex. nip the plan; Ex. A guard dog nipped the postman; Ex. fingers nipped by the extreme chill
so high as to prohibit purchase or use; tending to prevent the purchase or use of something; prohibiting; inclined to prevent or forbid; Ex. prohibitive tax
so small, trifling, or unimportant as to be easily disregarded
soak thoroughly; imbue; impregnate; charge; fill to capacity
n steep
soak; saturate; Ex. steep the fabric in the dye bath; ADJ: precipitous
sociable; (of an animal) tending to form a group
s outgoing
sociable; eager to mix socially with others
n gaffe
social blunder
n milieu
social environment; means of expression; Ex. feel out of one's milieu; Ex. His proper milieu is watercolor.
social or moral custom; established practice; formal meeting; international agreement
n pariah
social outcast; Ex. Mariah the pariah
society ruled by the wealthy
n balmy
soft and mild (of air); fragrant
s marrow
soft fatty tissue that fills most bone cavities and is the source of blood cells
s porridge
soft food made by boiling oatmeal
s bog
soft wet land; V: hinder or be hindered; Ex. bogged down in the mud
n macerate
soften by soaking in liquid; waste away; Ex. macerate powdered wood to make paper
n besmirch
soil; defile; make dirty
n anathema
solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse; V. anathematize
s oath
solemn promise; blasphemous use of sacred words to express strong feelings; swear-word; Ex. ``For Christ's sake''
solemn urging; V. adjure: entreat earnestly; enjoin solemnly
solemn wonder; feeling of respect mixed with wonder and fear; V: fill with awe; ADJ. awesome
n monolithic
solidly uniform; unchangeable; unyielding; N. monolith: large block of stone
n dupe
someone easily fooled or deceived; V: deceive
someone seeking revenge; source of downfall or ruin; CF. Nemesis
someone who advises insurance companies
n scapegoat
someone who bears the blame for others; whipping boy; CF. escape+goat
someone who can make his or her voice seem to come from another person or thing (without moving lips or jaws); N. ventriloquism, ventriloquy
someone who eats too much; ADJ. gluttonous: given to gluttony; greedy; CF. gluttony: habit of eating too much
n spendthrift
someone who wastes money; CF. thrift: accumulated wealth
something apparently contradictory in nature (that may nonetheless be true); statement that looks false but is actually correct
something attached to but holding an inferior position
s contrivance
something contrived; machine or apparatus; clever deceitful plan; scheme
something fit to be eaten
something hinted at or suggested; implying; implicating
something long-lasting; perennial plant; ADJ: lasting through the year or many years; lasting for a long time; enduring
n novelty
something new; newness; ADJ. novel: new; original
s trifle
something of little importance or value; small amount; Ex. a trifle; V: treat without seriousness; flirt
something preceding in time which may be used as an authority or guide for future action; V. precede; CF. unprecedented
s forfeit
something surrendered as punishment for a crime or breach of contract; V: lose as a forfeit; N. forfeiture
something taken for granted; the taking over or taking possession of; Ex. her assumption of power; V. assume
something that causes a substance in a chemical solution to separate out in solid form; ħÀüÁ¦; OP. solvent
something that discourages or deters
s nourishment
something that nourishes; food
n balm
something that relieves pain; oily liquid with a pleasant smell from trees
s memorial
something, such as a monument or holiday, intended to honor the memory of a person or event; ADJ: commemorative
n brackish
somewhat saline
n paean
song of praise or joy; Ex. paeans celebrating the victory
n anthem
song of praise or patriotism; Ex. national anthem
n mollify
soothe an angry person
soothe; make calm or quiet; subdue; bring peace to
n poultice
soothing application applied to sore and inflamed portions of the body
n bland
soothing or mild (food); agreeable; causing no trouble or offence
soothing or softening remedy (for the skin); ADJ.
sorcery; magic
n seamy
sordid; base; filthy; unwholesome; Ex. seamy side of city life
s ulcer
sore place appearing on the skin inside or outside the body; Ex. stomach ulcer; ADJ. ulcerous; V. ulcerate
sorrowful; N. dolor
soul; mind
s toll
sound (a large bell) slowly at regular intervals; N: sound of a bell; fixed tax or charge
sound on judgment; wise
n crabbed
sour; bad-tempered; peevish; difficult to read as handwriting
spacious and comfortable
sparing in eating and drinking; temperate
n scintillate
sparkle; flash; be animated; be full of life; Ex. scintillating conversation
n fitful
spasmodic; intermittent; irregular
n waffle
speak equivocally about an issue; N.
speak evil of; bad-mouth(criticize spitefully); defame; ADJ: harmful; Ex. malign influence
speak in favor of; support (an idea or plan); urge; plead for
n rhapsodize
speak or write in an exaggeratedly enthusiastic manner; Ex. rhapsodize over the beauty of the scenery
n rant
speak violently or excitedly; rave; talk excitedly showing anger; scold; make a grandiloquent speech; Ex. The priest ranted about the devil.
s stammer
speak with involuntarily pauses or repetitions
speaking several languages; multilingual; Ex. polyglot person/society; N.
s knack
special talent; art
specialist in classifying (animals, etc.); CF. taxonomy: science of classification
specialized knowledge (in a particular field); expert skill
s nonsense
speech or writing with no meaning; foolish behavior or language; Ex. make (a) nonsense of: spoil; cause to fail
n inarticulate
speechless; producing indistinct speech; not articulate; not expressing oneself clearly
speed of music
speed; rapidity
speediness; prompt execution; message sent with all due speed; V: send to a specified destination; finish promptly; kill
n niggle
spend too much time on minor points (esp. when finding fault); find fault; Ex. niggle over details; ADJ. niggling
spiritual rebirth; Ex. regeneration of the prisoners; V. regenerate: give or obtain new life; reform spiritually
n polarize
split into opposite extremes or camps
split or sever; cling to; remain faithful to; N. cleavage; ADJ. cloven
split; tear apart; N. rent; CF. heartrending: causing deep sorrow
s mar
spoil the appearance of