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74 Cards in this Set

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aggrandize
to increase in intensity of power
anachronism
something out of place or context
astringent
having a tightening effect on tissue; severe
contiguous
sharing a border
derision
scorn or ridicule
desiccate
to dry out
dilettante
someone with a superficial interest in something
disparage
to belittle
inimical
harmful
neophyte
a beginner
pristine
pure; clean
proclivity
inclination
profligate
excessively wasteful
propensity
inclination or tendancy
prosaic
dull; unimaginative
quotidian
commonplace
rarefy
to make thin
recondite
hidden
refulgent
radiant
renege
to go back on a promise
tacit
implied
terse
brief and concise in wording
tout
to publicly praise
trenchant
sharpely perceptive
unfeigned
genuine
untenable
not viable; uninhabitable
vacillate
to waver
vexation
annoyance
vigilant
alertly watchful
vituperate
to condemn
pellucid
transparent
penchant
strong inclination
peregrination
wandering
peremptory
ending all debate
perigee
closest or lowest point
peripatetic
traveling; nomadic
peroration
the concluding part of a speech
personable
attractive
petrous
like a rock
petulant
impatient
picaresque
involving adventures
pillory
to punish
piquant
agreeably pungent; stimulating
plangent
pounding
plumb
to measure depth; to examine
poignant
distressing
precarious
dangerous
precept
rule establishing standards of conduct
precis
consise summary
profligate
wildly extravagant
prolix
long-windid
propinquity
nearness in time or place
propitiate
to appease
proscribe
to ostracize
provident
looking to the future; frugal
puerile
childish
puissance
power; strength
punctilious
precise
pundit
one who gives opinions
pusillanimous
cowardly
raffish
flashy
ramify
to branch out
rapacious
greedy
rebus
riddle
recidivism
relapse into antisocial or criminal behavior
recondite
profound
reconnaissance
survey to gain information, esp. of an enemy
recreant
coward
recumbent
resting; prone
redolent
fragrant; suggestive
refractory
unruly
regale
to entertain
remonstrate
to protest
repine
to feel discontent; to long for