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71 Cards in this Set

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ACUMEN (noun)
keen, accurate judgment or insight
ADULTERATE (verb)
to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients
ARCHAIC (adj)
outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive time
AVER (verb)
to state as a fact; to declare or assert
BOLSTER (verb)
to provide support or reinforcement
BOMBASTIC (adj)
pompous; grandiloquent (noun form bombast)
DIATRIBE (noun)
a harsh denunciation
DISSEMBLE (verb)
to disguise or conceal; to mislead
ECCENTRIC (adj)
departing from norms or conventions
ENDEMIC (adj)
characteristic of or often found in a particular locality, region, or people
EVANESCENT (adj)
tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing
EXACERBATE (verb)
to make worse or more severe
FERVENT (adj)
greatly emotional or zealous (noun form fervor)
FORTUITOUS (adj)
happening by accident or chance
GERMANE (adj)
relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter
GRANDILOQUENCE (noun)
pompous speech or expression (adj form grandiloquent)
HACKNEYED (adj)
rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage
HALCYON (adj)
calm and peaceful
HEDONISM (noun)
devotion to pleasurable pursuits, esp. to the pleasures of the senses
HEGEMONY (noun)
the consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others
ICONOCLAST (noun)
one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions
IDOLATROUS (adj)
given to intense or excessive devotion to something (noun form idolatry)
IMPASSIVE (adj)
revealing no emotion
IMPERTURBABLE (adj)
marked by extreme calm, impassivity, and steadiness
IMPLACABLE (adj)
not capable of being appeased or significantly changed
IMPUNITY (noun)
immunity from punishment or penalty
INCHOATE (adj)
in an initial stage; not fully formed
INFELICITOUS (adj)
unfortunate; inappropriate
INSIPID (adj)
without taste or flavor; lacking in spirit; bland
LOQUACIOUS (adj)
extremely talkative (noun form loquacity)
LUMINOUS (adj)
characterized by brightness and the emission of light
MALEVOLENT (adj)
having or showing often vicious ill will, spite, or hatred (noun form malevolence)
MALLEABLE (adj)
capable of being shaped or formed; tractable; pliable
MENDACITY (noun)
the condition of being untruthful; dishonesty (adj form mendacious)
MISANTHROPE (noun)
one who hates all other humans (adj form misanthropic)
MITIGATE (verb)
to make or become less severe or intense; to moderate
OBDURATE (adj)
unyielding; hardhearted; intractable (resistant to be touched by feelings)
OBSEQUIOUS (adj)
exhibiting a fawning attentiveness; full of or exhibiting servile compliance
OCCLUDE (verb)
to obstruct or block
OPPROBRIUM (noun)
disgrace; contempt; scorn
PEDAGOGY (noun)
the profession or principles of teaching, or instructing
PEDANTIC (adj)
the parading of learning; excessive attention to minutiae and formal rules
PENURY (noun)
poverty; destitution
PINE (verb)
to yearn intensely; to languish; to lose vigor
PITH (noun)
the essential or central part
PITHY (adj)
precise and brief
PLACATE (verb)
to appease; to calm by making concessions
PLATITUDE (noun)
a superficial remark, esp. one offered as meaningful
POLEMICAL (adj)
controversial; argumentative
PRODIGAL (adj)
recklessly wasteful; extravagant; profuse; lavish
PROFUSE (adj)
given to or coming forth abundantly; extravagant
PROLIFERATE (verb)
to grow or increase swiftly and abundantly
QUERIES (noun)
questions; inquiries; doubts in the mind; reservations
QUERULOUS (adj)
prone to complaining or grumbling; peevish (easily irritated or annoyed)
RANCOROUS (adj)
characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment (noun form rancor)
RECALCITRANT (adj)
obstinately defiant of authority; difficult to manage
REPUDIATE (verb)
to refuse to have anything to do with; disown
RESCIND (verb)
to invalidate; to repeal; to retract (to make void)
RHETORIC (noun)
the art or study of effective use of language for communication and persuasion
SALUBRIOUS (adj)
promoting health or well-being
SOLVENT (adj)
able to meet financial obligations; able to dissolve another substance
SPECIOUS (adj)
seeming true, but actually being fallacious; misleadingly attractive; plausible but false
SPURIOUS (adj)
lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit
SUCCINT (adj)
brief; concise
SUPERFLUOUS (adj)
exceeding what is sufficient or necessary
SURFEIT (noun/verb)
an overabundant supply; excess; to feed or supply to excess
TENACITY (noun)
the quality of adherence or persistence to something valued; persistent determination (adj form tenacious)
TENUOUS (adj)
having little substance or strength; flimsy; weak
TIRADE (adj)
a long and extremely critical speech; a harsh denunciation
TRANSIENT (adj)
fleeting; passing quickly; brief
ZEALOUS (adj)
fervent; ardent; impassioned, devoted to a cause (zealot)