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102 Cards in this Set

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abate
to lessen in intensity or degree
accolade
an expression of praise
adulation
intense adoration
aesthetic
appreciative of beauty
avarice
greed for wealth
burgeon
to grow rapidly
cacophony
harsh sound
canon
an established set of principles or code of law
castigation
severe criticism or punishment
catalyst
a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing
caustic
burning or stinging
chary
cautious
cogent
convincing
complaisance
the willingness to comply with the with the wishes of others
catalyst
a person or thing that causes change
contrite
regretful
dearth
smallness of quantity
demur
to question or oppose
didactic
intended to teach or instruct
discretion
ability to make responsible decisions
disinterested
indifferent
dogmatic
stubbornly opinionated
ebullience
the quality of lively expression of thoughts or feelings
elegy
a mournful peom
emollient
making less harsh
empirical
based on experiment
enigmatic
mysterious; difficult to understand
esoteric
understood by a small group
exonerate
to remove blame
fallacy
a mistaken belief
furtive
surrepititious
gregarious
sociable
harangue
to deliver a pompous speech
heretical
violating accepted dogma
impecunious
without money
incipient
beginning to come into being
inert
lethargic
innocuous
harmless
intransigent
refusing to compromise
inveigle
to obtain by deception
morose
sad
odious
evoking intense dislike
opaque
not reflecting light
peruse
to examine with great care
preen
to dress up
prodigious
extraordinary
putrefy
to rot
quaff
to drink deeply
sanction
authoratative permission
urbane
elegant
viscous
thick; sticky
acerbic
having a sour or bitter taste
amalgamate
to combine several elements into a whole
amenable
agreeable
bolster
to provide support
bombast
pompous writing or speech
bambastic
pompous
credulous
gullible
diatribe
a harsh denunciation
fawn
to flatter
fervent
greatly emotional
flout
to demonstrate contempt for
fortuitous
happening by fortuate chance
garrulous
talking too much
germane
relevant to the subject at hand
glib
superficial
halcyon
peaceful
hubris
arrogant presumtion or pride
idolatrous
excessive devotion to something
imminent
about to happen
imperturbable
marked by extreme calm
impetuous
rashly energetic
implacable
not capable of being signficantly changed
indifferent
having no interest or concern
intrepid
courageous
laconic
using few words
malleable
capable of being shaped
maverick
independent individual who does not go along w/ a group
mendacity
dishonesty
mercurial
characterized by unpredictable change in mood
meticulous
attentive to detail
mollify
to calm or soothe
obdurate
hardhearted
obfuscate
to make confusing
obsequious
exhibiting a fawness attentiveness
obstinate
stubborn
oppobrium
disgrace
ostentatious
characterized by pretentiousness
pedantic
excessive attention to formal rules
pervade
to permeate throughout
pervasive
having tendency to permeate
phlegmatic
sluggish
pirate
to illegally use or produce
plethora
an overabundance
polemical
controversial
pragmatic
practical rather than idealistic
rancorous
characterized by bitter resentment
rhetoric
the study of effective use of languages for communication
salubrious
promoting health or well-being
sedulous
diligent
solvent
ablt to dissolve another substance; able to meet financial obligations
soporific
causing drowsiness