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116 Cards in this Set

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abrogate (verb)
To repeal, as in a law; to annul something through an authoritative act.
adumbrate (verb)
To give a faint shadow or slight representation of; to outline; to shadow forth.
animate (verb)
To give natural life to; to make alive; to quicken.
apostate (noun)
One who has forsaken the faith, principles, or party, to which he previously adhered.
argot (noun)
Jargon, lingo, the language of a particular class.
asperity (noun)
Harshness, roughness of temper.
augur (verb)
To predict or foretell; to conjecture from signs or omens.
auspice (noun)
Patronage, assistance or protection (often given by a large entity to a smaller one); a sign or omen (as in prophecy)
aver (Verb)
To declare true; to assert with confidence. Many athletes aver that success in their sport requires mental as well as physical conditioning.
barrage (noun)
Intense volley of many things at once (as in, perhaps, artillery shelling).
bawdy (adj)
Dirty; obscene.
bellicose (adj)
Inclined to war or contention; warlike; pugnacious.
beseech (verb)
To ask or entreat with urgency; to supplicate; to implore. Once Khalil had seen her kitten, Charlene had to beseech him not to tell the landlord that she had a pet in her apartment.
bigotry (noun)
Intolerant devotion to a group or cause, usually associated with a devaluation of those outside the group.
bilk (verb)
To frustrate or disappoint; to deceive or defraud.
bivouac (verb)
To watch at night or be on guard, as a whole army; to encamp for the night without tents or covering.
broach (verb)
To make public; to utter; to publish first; to put forth; to introduce as a topic of conversation.
bulwark (noun)
A rampart; a fortification; that which defends an enemy attack.The castle's deep moat and imposing walls proved an effective bulwark against the king's enemies.
cabal (noun)
A secret association composed of a few designing persons.
canon (noun)
A collection of books determined to be authoritative; a law or rule.
catatonic (adj)
In a stupor; experiencing either rigidity or extreme flexibility of the limbs.The professor was frustrated with her 8 a.m. course; every morning she looked out on a classroom full of catatonic students who seemed to be hearing nothing she said.
cavalcade (noun)
A procession of persons on horseback.
cleave (verb)
To adhere closely; to stick; to hold fast; to cling.
cogent (adj)
Having the power to compel conviction or move the will.
collateral (adj)
Acting indirectly; having lesser importance.
colloquy (noun)
Mutual discourse of two or more persons; conference; conversation.
comely (adj)
Pleasing or agreeable to the sight.
conceit (noun)
A fanciful idea or a strained, complex metaphor.
crescendo (noun)
Increasing loudness in music; a gradual increase leading to a climax.
cupidity (noun)
Eager or inordinate desire, especially for wealth; greed of gain.
curtail (verb)
To abbreviate or shorten.
dabble (verb)
To work in slight or superficial manner; to do in a small way.
decorous (adj)
Satisfying the demands of polite society; proper, correct, seemly.
decrepit (adj)
Broken down with age.
deft (adj)
Clever; handy; dexterous.
degenerate (verb)
To decline in worth; to lose goodness.
delirious (adj)
Insane; raving; wild.
desecrate (verb)
To defile, tarnish, or blemish.
desist (verb)
To cease to proceed or act; to stop.
desultory (adj)
Jumping, or passing, from one thing or subject to another, without order or rational connection; without logical sequence; disconnected
diabolical (adj)
Devilish; outrageously wicked.
Dialectic (noun)
The art of examining ideas logically; logical argumentation.
discredit (Verb)
Cause disbelief or disgrace.
disparage (verb)
To insult with the intent of lowering in rank or reputation.
distend (verb)
To extend in one direction; to lengthen out.
discredit (Verb)
Cause disbelief or disgrace.
dissuade (verb)
To persuade someone not to do something.
ebullience (noun)
Exhiliration or excitement.
ennui (noun)
A feeling of weariness and disgust; tedium.
ethos (noun)
The views, perspectives and habits of an individual or group.
exegesis (noun)
An elaboration or explanation of a passage or article.
expository (adj)
Offering an explanation of something.
fastidious (adj)
Difficult to please; delicate to a fault; fussy.
faze (verb)
To disturb; disconcert.
finagle (verb)
To get or maneuver through cleverness or craftiness.
finicky (adj)
Overly particular in taste or standards.
flax (noun)
A plant fiber used to make linen.
fluster (verb)
Upset and confuse
fractious (adj)
Irritable; apt to scold.
garish (adj)
Overly showy; too bright; gaudy.
gnarled (adj)
Knotty; twisted.
grovel (verb)
To creep; to lie flat as a sign of one's abjectness.
gustatory (adj)
Relating to the sense of taste.
halcyon (adj)
Calm; quiet; peaceful; undisturbed; happy.
hamlet (noun)
A small village; a little cluster of houses in the country.
hirsute (adj)
knave (noun)
A tricky, deceitful fellow; a dishonest person; a boy or male servant.
labile (adj)
Adaptable, open to change.
levity (noun)
Inappropriately funny behavior.
liaison (noun)
A union; an intimacy.
limn (verb)
Paint or draw (e.g. a sign); describe; delineate.
lugubrious (adj)
Mournful; indicating sorrow, often ridiculously so.
meander (verb)
To wind, turn, or twist.
obsequious (adj)
Excessively attentive or overly humble.
palliate (verb)
To treat so as to ease symptoms.
parry (verb)
To ward off, evade, or turn aside something, as a blow, argument, etc.
pastiche (noun)
A composition made up of bits from various sources.
picayune (noun)
Small coin; something of little value or importance.
pique (verb)
To wound the pride of; to sting; to stimulate.
polemic (noun)
Art or practice of argument and disputation.
prim (adj)
Stiff and formal, overly precise.
prosaic (adj)
Commonplace; unimaginative.
purvey (verb)
Supply, generally in a business context.
quibble (verb)
To raise an insignificant point; to trifle in argument or discourse.
quisling (noun)
A traitor.
rebuff (verb)
To turn away.
redoubtable (adj)
Formidable; valiant; terrible to foes.
refractory (adj)
Obstinate, stubborn, unmanageable.
render (verb)
To return; to pay back; to restore; to inflict.
renege (verb)
To revoke; to turn back on (as a promise).
repudiate (verb)
To cast off, to refuse to have anything to do with.
repulsion (noun)
A feeling of violent offence or disgust; repugnance.
saunter (verb)
To walk in a leisurely or relaxed fashion.
sedentary (adj)
Seated; not given to travelling or moving; stationary.
sedulous (adj)
Carefully organized, diligent, painstaking.
sentient (adj)
Having a faculty, or faculties, of sensation and perception.
simian (adj)
skirmish (noun)
Small battle.
sobriquet (noun)
solicitous (adj)
Eager to obtain something desirable.
somber (adj)
Dark, gloomy.
stodgy (adj)
Dull; uninteresting; plain; unattractive; unfashionable.
stultify (verb)
To make foolish.
supine (adj)
Lying on the back, or with the face upward.
taunt (verb)
To challenge in an insulting manner.
tenable (adj)
Capable of being held, maintained, or defended.
traduce (verb)
To expose to contempt or shame; to represent as blamable; to calumniate; to vilify; to defame.
troth (noun)
Belief; faith; fidelity; truth.
veneer (noun)
Thin outer coating, often referring to a thin layer of wood
vitiate (verb)
To make void or destroy; to render defective.
vitreous (adj)
Made of glass.
waif (noun)
A wanderer; a castaway; a stray; a homeless child.
welter (verb)
To rise and fall, as waves; to tumble over.
winnow (verb)
To sift, as for the purpose of separating falsehood from truth; to separate, as bad from good; to separate and drive off chaff from wheat.
winsome (adj)
Cheerful; merry; gay; light-hearted.
wizened (adj)
Dried; shriveled; withered.