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173 Cards in this Set

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Aberrant (adj.)
Deviating from normal or correct
Absocnd (v.)
to leave secretly and hide, often to avoid the law
Advocate (v., n.)
to speak, plead, or argue for a cause, or in another's behalf
Aggrandize (v.)
to make greater, to increase, thus, to exaggerate
Amalgamate (v.)
to unite or mix
Ambiguous (adj.)
vague: subject to more than one interpretation
Ambrosial (adj.)
extremely pleasing to senses, divine or delicious
Anachronism (n.)
a person or artifact appearing after its own time or out of chronological order
Anomalous (adj.)
peculiar; unique, contrary to the norm
Antediluvian (adj.)
ancient; outmoded
Antipathy (n.)
hostility toward, objection, or aversion to
Arbitrate (v.)
to settle a dispute by impulse
Assuage (v.)
to make less severe, to appease or satisfy
Attenuate (v.)
Audacious (adj.)
extremely bold; fearless, especially said of human behavior
Aver (v.)
to declare
Banal (adj.)
commonplace or trite
Barefaced (adj.)
unconcealed, shameless, or brazen
Blandishment (n.)
speech or action intneded to coax someone into doing something
Bombast (n.)
pompous speech
Breach (n., v.)
a lapse, gap, or break, as in a fortress wall
Burgeon (v., n.)
to grow or flourish, a bud or new growth
Buttress (v., n. )
to support, a support
Cadge (v.)
to get something by taking advantage of someone
Caprice (n.)
Castigate (v.)
to chastise or criticize severely
Catalyst (n.)
an agent of change
Caustic (adj.)
capable of dissolving by chemical action; high critical
Chicanery (n.)
deception by trickery
Complaisant (adj.)
willingly complaint or accepting of th e status quo
Conflagration (n.)
a great fire
Corporeal (adj.)
of or having to do without material, as opposed to spiritual, tangible
Corroborate (v.)
to strengthen or support
Craven (adj., n.)
cowardly; a coward
Culpable (adj.)
deservign of blame
Dearth (n.)
lack, scarcity
Deference (n.)
submission or courteous yeilding
Depict (v.)
to show, create a picture of
Deprecation (n.)
Depredation (n.)
the act of preying upon or plundering
Descry (v.)
to make clear, to say
Desiccate (v.)
to dry out thoroughly
Diatribe (n.)
a bitter abusive denunciation
Diffident (adj.)
lacking self -confidence, modest
Disabuse (adj.)
to free a person from falsehood or error
Disparaging (adj.)
Dispassionate (adj.)
calm; objective; unbiased
Dissemble (v.)
to conceal one's real motive, to feign
Dogged (adj.)
stubborn or determined
Dogmatic (adj.)
relying upon doctrine or dogma, as opposed to evidence
Eclectic (adj.)
selecting or employing inidividual elements from a variety of sources
Efficacy (n.)
effectiveness, capability to produce a desired effect
Effluent (adj., n.)
the quality of flowing out. something that flows out, such a stream from a river
Emollient (adj., n.)
softening; something that softens
Emulate (v.)
to strive to equal or excel
Encomium (n.)
a formal eulogy or speec of praise
Endemic (adj.)
prevalent in or native to a certain region, locality, or people
Enervate (v.)
to weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of
Engender (v.)
to give rise to, to propagate, to cause
Engima (n.)
puzzle; mystery
Ephemeral (adj.)
lasting for only a brief time, fleeting
Equivocal (adj.)
ambigous; unclear; subject to more than one interpretation
Erudite (adj.)
scholarly; displaying deep intensive learning
Esoteric (adj.)
intended for or understood by only a few
Eulogy (n.)
a spoken or written tribute to the deceased
Exacerbate (v.)
to increase the bitterness or violence of; to aggravate
Exculpate (v.)
to demonstrate or prove to be blameless
Exorbitant (adj.)
exceeding customary or normal limits, esp. in quantity or price
Explicit (adj.)
fully and clearly expressed
Extant (adj.)
in existence, still existing
Fathom (n., v.)
a measure of length used in nautical setting. to penetrate to the depths of something in order to understand it
Fawn (v.)
to seek favor or attention; to act subserviantly
Feign (v.)
to give false appearance or impression
Fervid, Fervent (adj.)
highly emotional; hot
Fledgling (n., adj.)
a baby bird; an inexperienced person; inexperienced
Florid (adj.)
flushed with rosy color, as in complexion; very ornate and flowery
Floundering (adj.)
Garrulous (adj.)
verbose; talkative; rambling
Gossamer (n., adj.)
fine cobweb on foliage; fine gauzy fabric; very fine
Guile (n.)
skillful deceit
Guileless (adj.)
honest; straightforward
Hapless (adj.)
Headlong (adj., adv.)
headfirst; impulsive; hasty; without forethought
Homogenous (adj.)
similar in nature or kind; uniform
Iconoclast (n.)
one who attacks traditional ideas or institutions or one who destroys scared images
Impercunious (adj.)
penniless, poor
Imperious (adj.)
Implication (n.)
insinuation or connotation
Imply (v.)
to suggest indirectly; to entail
Improvidence (n.)
an abscence of foresight; a failure to provide for future needs or events
Inchoate (adj.)
in an initial or early stage; incomplete; disorganized
Incorrigible (adj.)
not capable of being correct
Indelible (adj.)
permanent; unerasble; strong
Ineffable (adj.)
undescribable; inexpressible in words; unspeakable
Infer (v.)
to deduce
Ingenious (adj.)
Ingenuous (adj.)
unsophisticated; artless; straighforward; candid
Inhibit (v.)
to hold back, prohibit, forbid, or restrain
Innocuous (adj.)
harmless; having no adverse affect; not likely to provoke strong emotion
Insensible (adj.)
numb; unconscious
Insipid (adj.)
lacking zest or excitement; dull
Insular (adj.)
of or pertaining to an island, thus excessively exculsive
Intransigent (adj.)
stubborn; immovable; unwilling to change
Irascibe (adj.)
prone to outburst of temper, easily angered
Laconic (adj.)
using few words; terse
Latent (adj.)
present or potential but not evident or active
Laudable (adj.)
praiseworthy; commendable
Leviathan (n.)
giant whale, therefore something very large
Loquacious (adj.)
Lucid (adj.)
clear, translucent
Lugubrious (adj.)
weighty, mournful, or gloomy, especially to an excessive degree
Magnanimity (n.)
generosity and nobility
Malevolent (adj.)
malicious; evil; having or showing ill will
Misanthrope (n.)
one who hates people
Misnomer (n.)
incorrect name or word for something
Misogynist (n.)
one who hates women
Mitigate (v.)
to make less forceful; to become more moderate; to make less harsh or undesirable
Nefarious (adj.)
wicked; evil
Noisome (adj.)
harmful, offensive, destructive
Obdurate (adj.)
hardened against influence or feeling; intractable
Obviate (v.)
to prevent by anticipatory measures; to make unnecessary
Occlude (v.)
to close or shut off; to obstruct
Opaque (adj.)
not transparent or transluscent; dense; difficult to comprehend
Ossified (adj.)
tunred to done; hardened like bone; inflexible
Panegyric (n.)
a writing or speech in praise of a person or thing
Peccadillo (n.)
a small sin or fault
Pedantic (adj)
showing a narrow concern for rules or formal book learning; make an excessive display of one's own learning
Perfidious (adj.)
deliberately treacherous; dishonest
Petulant (adj.)
easily or frequently annoyed; childish irritable
Philanthropy (n.)
thendency or action for the benefit of others
Phlegmatic (adj.)
not easily excited; cool; sluggish
Placate (v.)
to calm or reduce anger by making concessions
Plastic (adj.)
related to being shaped or molded; capable of being molded
Plethora (n.)
excessively large quantity; onerabundance
Ponderous (adj.)
heavy; massive; awkward; dull
Pragmatic (adj.)
concerned with facts; practical, as opposed to highly principled or traditional
Precipice (n.)
cliff with a vertical or nearly vertical face; a dangerous place from which one is likely to fall; metaphorically, a very risky circumstance
Precipitate (v., n.)
to fall; to fall downward suddenly
Percursor (n.)
something that precedes another
Prevaricate (v.)
to stray away from or evade the truth
Prodigal (adj.)
rashly wasteful
Propitiate (v.)
to conciliate; to appease
Pulchritudinous (adj.)
Pusillanimous (adj.)
cowardly, timid, or irreselute; petty
Quiescence (n.)
inactivity; stillness; dormancy
Rarefy (v.)
to make or become thi; to purify or refine
Reproof (n.)
the act of censuring, scolding, or rebuking
Sagacious (adj)
having a sharp or powerful intellect or discernment
Sanguine (adj.)
cheerful; confident
Sate (v.)
to satisfy fully or to excess
Saturnine (adj.)
having a gloomy or morose temperament
Savant (n.)
a very knowledge person, a genious
Sedulous (adj.)
diligent; persevering, persistent
Specious (adj.)
seemingly true but really false; deceptively convincing or attractive
Superficial (adj.)
only covering the surface
Tacit (adj.)
Taciturn (adj.)
habitually untalkative or silent
Temperate (adj.)
exercising moderation and self-denial; calm or mild
Tirade [Diatribe] (n.)
an angry speech
Tortuous (adj.)
twisted; excessively complicated
Tractable (adj.)
ability to be easily managed or controlled
Turpitude (n.)
depravity; baseness
Tyro (n.)
beginner; person lacking experience in a specific endeavor
Vacuous (adj.)
empty; without contents; without ideas or intelligence
Venerate (v.)
great respect or reverence
Verbose (adj.)
Vex (v.)
to annoy; to bother; to perplex; to puzzle; to debate at length
Viscous (adj.)
slow moving; highly resistant to flow
Volatile (adj.)
explosive; fickle
Voracious (adj.)
craving or devouring large quantities of food, drink, or other things
Waver (v.)
to hesitate or to tremble
Wretched (adj.)
extremely pitiful or unfortunate
Zeal (n.)
enthusiastic devotion to a cause, ideal, or goal