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51 Cards in this Set

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SHIRK
Verb. To evade an obligation.
NEGLIGIBLE
Adj. Can be disregarded or left out of consideration, small or inconsequential. Trifling.
PARSIMONIOUS
Adj. Economical and efficient, spending very little.
SUPPLIANT
Adj. Asking earnestly and submissively entreating. Beseeching.
PROSELYTIZE
Verb. To convert to some religion, system, or opinion.
EDIFY
Verb. Elevate spiritually and morally, instruct and improve.
BEQUEST
Noun. Something whichis left by will, esp. personal property; a legacy; also, a gift.
SUCCOR
Noun. The person or thing that brings relief; aid or assistance.
EPITAPH
Noun. A short message on a grave stone that describes the deceased person.
PREVARICATE
intr.v. To stray from or evade the truth.
COLLUSION
Noun. A secret agreement for fraudulent, illegal, or treacherous purposes.
PEDANTIC
Adj. Bookish, showing off one's knowledge
UNCTUOUS
Adj. Insincere, slippery, "hard to pin down"
IGNOBLE
Adj. Low in character, dishonerable, undignified.
INDOLENT
Adj. Habitually lazy, inactive.
VITIATE
Tr.v. To reduce the value of, to pervert, to make something ineffective, to corrupt morally.
DESICCANT
Noun. To dry up, to dehydrate, a drying agent.
SATURNINE
Adj. Dark, gloomy, sullen; Having a temperment of one born under the supposed astrological influence of Saturn.
ENERVATE
Tr.v. To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of, to make soemthing ineffective, to deplete. Adj. Deprived of strength, debilitated
DESULTORY
Adj. Not connected to what preceded, jumping from one thing to another; happening at random/chance.
OFFICIOUS
Adj. Interfering in things that are not your business, pushy, meddlesome. Marked by excessive eagerness in offering of unwanted services or advice to others.
ALACRITY
Noun. Cheerful willingness, eagerness. Speed or quickness, celerity.
MALADROIT
Adj. Marked by a lack of adroitness (dexterious, skillful), clumsy, bungling, inept. Noun. An inept person.
VENAL
Adj. Open to bribery, obtainable for a price, corupt, "out for the money," unprincipled.
IGNOMINOIUS
Adj. Shameful, dishonerable, undignified, disgraceful.
SPURIOUS
Adj. Lacking authenticity or validity in essence or orgin, not genuine, false.
PUERILE
Adj. Childish, juvinile.
EFFETE
Adj. Exhausted, worn out, weak. The final effete period of the baroque style. Also, marked by self-indulgence, trivality or decadence. An effete group of self-professed intellecutals.
PAROXYSM
Noun. A sudden outburst of emotion or action. A paroxysm of laughter.
EFFICACIOUS
Adj. Producing or capable of producing a desired effect. Effective.
HALCYON
Adj. Calm and peaceful, tranquil. Prosperous, golden: Halcyon years.
COMPUNCTION
Noun. Remorse for wrongdoing. He was often described as heartless; he could take candy from a baby and show no compunction.
SACROSANCT
Adj. Invioble, sacred.
HUBRIS
Noun. Excessive pride.
COROLLARY
Noun. An additional inference or deduction from a demonstrated proposition; a consequence.
GUSTATORY
Adj. Relating to the sense of taste.
BELABOR
Verb. To beat soundly (as a point); to work diligently.
VISCERAL
Adj. Relating to the internal organs; bringing about a gut reaction. She had a visceral response to lima beans; she gagged every time she saw them on her plate.
PROMULGATE
Verb. To publish, declare, proclaim, make open declaration.
ABUT
Verb. To border, be contiguous; to meet.
ACRIMONY
Noun. A harsh or biting severity or sharpness.
ADUMBRATE
Verb. To give a faint shadow or slight representation of; to outline; to shadow forth.
AMALGAMATE
Verb. To combine or unite into a single body or organization.
ANATHEMA
Adj. Greatly detested, seen to be accursed or damned.
ADHEDONIC
Adj. Unable to experience pleasure.
AVARICE
Noun. Greadiness after wealth, covetousness, an excessive desire of gain. Beattie stated that "To desire money for its own sake, and in order to hard it up, is avarice."
BELIE
Verb. Show the falsity of something by providing contradictory information.
BRUSQUE
Adj. Short and abrupt.
BURGEON
Verb. Grow vigorously, expan greatly.
CAUSTIC
Adj. Burning, corrosive, destructive. Her caustic remarks were so sarcastic and hurtful that she quickly lost many of her friends.
CHARY
Adj. Cautious, wary, hesitant. Slow to accept or allow.