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68 Cards in this Set

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abate
to lessen in intensity
avarice
greed, esp. for wealth
castigation
severe criticism
catalyst
accelerates the chemical reaction without changing itself
caustic
burning or stinging
chary
cautious
cogent
appealing to reason; convincing
contrite
regretful
dearth
lack of quantity
demur
to question or oppose
didactic
intended to teach or instruct
dogmatic
stubbornly opinionated
ebullience
lively expression of feelings
emollient
making less harsh, esp. to the skin
empirical
based on observation
esoteric
understood by a small group
exonerate
to remove blame
furtive
marked by stealth; covert
harangue
to deliver a pompous speech
impecunious
lacking funds
incipient
beginning to come into being
inert
lethargic
innocuous
harmless
intransigent
refusing to compromise
inveigle
to obtain by deception
odious
evoking intense aversion
prodigious
abundant in size or force; extraordinary
putrefy
to rot or decay
urbane
sophisticated
equipoise
equal distribution of weight
eschew
to shun
estimable
worthy
exegesis
critical examination
exemplar
typical or standard
expiate
to atone or make amends for
expostulate
to argue earnestly in order to dissuade, correct, or protest
exscind
to cut out
extirpate
to destroy
fallow
inactive; dormant
fatuous
foolish
feckless
irresponsible
felicitous
well-chosen
fetid
stinking
fetter
to put in chains
filigree
an ornamental work
foment
to incite; to rouse
forbearance
patience
forestall
to prevent an action
forswear
to renounce
fractious
rebellious; unruly
frieze
raised-surface ornamental facade to a building
froward
not willing to comply
gambol
to skip about playfully
garner
to store up
gauche
crude; awkward
gossamer
delicate; insincere
hermetic
airtight
heterodox
unorthodox
hirsute
hairy
homiletics
the art of preaching
idyll
carefree person or event
imbroglio
difficult situation
imperious
arrogant
importune
to beg
impugn
to attack verbally
indolent
lazy
ineluctable
certain
inimical
hostile; unfriendly