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132 Cards in this Set

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opprobrium
disgrace, contempt
inchoate
in an initial stage, not yet fully formed
germane
pertaining to the subject matter at hand
perspicacity
keeness
pedantic
overly concerned with the trivial details of learning; show-offish with knowledge
penury
destitution, poverty
inpecunious
lacking in money
platitude
superficial remark
polemical
controversial, argumentative
querulous
prone to complaining, grrr-umbling
recalcitrant
obstinately defiant of authority, difficult to manage
specious
seeming true but actually false, plausible but false
spurious
counterfeit, false
surfeit
excess, overabundant
acerbic
sour or bitter tasting
astringent
having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh, severe
credulous
believing too easily, gullible
desiccate
dry out or dehydrate; make dry or dull
dilettante
one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or branch of knowledge
garrulous
overly talkative
glib
nonchalant, superficial
impetuous
hastily or irrationally energetic; impulsive and vehement
inimical
damaging, harmful
laconic
terse, using few words
mercurial
rapid, unpredictible change in mood
phlegmatic
calm, sluggish, unemotional
probity
adherence to the highest principles
proclivity
natural predisposition or inclination
profligate
excessively wasteful, extravagent
prosaic
lacking in imagination, dull
quotidian
commonplace, of the everyday
rarefy
make or become thin, less dense
recondite
hidden, concealed, difficult to understand
trenchant
sharply perceptive, keen, penetrating
august
magestic, venerable
broach
bring up, announce
brook
tolerate, endure
consequential
pompus and self important
essay
attempt or experiment
fell
inhumanely cruel
guy
rope, cord or brace attached to something as a guide
meet
fitting or proper
nice
extremely precise
obtain
to be established, accepted or customary
pied
multi-colored
pine
lose vigor
quaile
turn frightened
qualify
limit
scurvy
comtemptable or dispicable
stand
group of trees
steep
completely saturate or soak
wag
wit, joker
abjure
renounce or reject solemnly
adumbrate
forshadow vaguely or suggest
anodyne
something that soothes or assauges
apostate
one who abandones long-held religious or political views
apotheosis
deification, exalted example
asperity
severity, rigor, harshness
asseverate
to allege or assert
assiduous
diligent, hard-working
sedulous
hard-working
calumniate
make a false accusation, slander
captious
disposed to point out trivial faults, calculated to confuse or entrap in an argument
cavil
find fault without good reason
contumacious
insubordinate, rebellious
descry
discriminate or discern
desuetude
disuse
desultory
random, aimless, marked by a lack of plan or purpose
diaphanous
transparent
diffident
reserved, shy, unassuming, lacking in self-confidence
encomium
glowing and enthusiastic praise
excoriate
to upbraid, censure
execrate
denounce, feel loathing for
exegesis
critical examination
expiate
atone or make amends for
exterpate
exterminate, cut out
fatuous
silly, foolish
fractious
quarrelsome or rebellious
gainsay
to deny, dispute
imbroglio
difficult or embarrassing situation
ineluctable
certain or inevitable
inimitable
one of a kind
insouciant
unconcerned, carefree
inveterate
deep-rooted, ingrained
jejune
childish, immature, purile
nugatory
worthless
lubricious
lewd, wanton, greasy, slippery
mendicant
beggar
meretricious
gaudy, flashy
minatory
menacing or threatening
nonplussed
baffled, bewildered
obstreperous
noisily or stubbornly defiant, boisterous
ossify
tending to become more rigid, turned into bone
palliate
make something seem less serious, gloss over
panegyric
formal praise
parsimonious
cheap
pelluci
transparent; easy to understand
peroration
the concluding part of a speech; flowery rhetorical speech.

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plangent
pounding, thundering
propitiate
to appease
pusillanimous
cowardly
remonstrate
protest, object
salutary
remedial, wholesome, causing improvement
sanguine
cheery, confident
sententious
tending to moralize excessively
stentorian
extremely loud and powerful
timorous
timid, fearful
tyro
novice
vitiate
to corrupt
voluble
fluent, verbal, easy use of spoken language
chary
cautious
demur
to question or oppose
exigent
urgent
exculpate
exonerate
solicitous
concerned and eager
attenuate
weaken
banal
commonplace or trite
cadge
to get something by taking advantage of someone
conflagration
a great fire
craven
cowardly; a coward
depredation
the act of preying upon or plundering:
atelier
artist's workshop
effluent
the quality of flowing out. something that flows out, such as a stream from a river
extant
in existence, still existing:
florid
flushed with a rosy color, as in complexion; very ornate and flowery
gossamer
fine cobweb on foliage; fine gauzy fabric; very fine
improvidence
an absence of foresight; a failure to provide for future needs or events
insular
of or pertaining to an island, thus, excessively exclusive
obviate
to prevent by anticipatory measures; to make unnecessary
peccadillo
a small sin or fault
reproof
the act of censuring, scolding, or rebuking
turpitude
depravity; baseness