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231 Cards in this Set

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abate
v. subside or moderate
abeyance
n. suspended action
abject
adj. wretched; lacking pride
abjure
v. renounce upon oath; disavow
ablution
n. washing
abnegation
n. renunciation; self-sacrifice
abominate
v. loathe; hate
abortive
adj. unsuccessful; fruitless
abrogate
v. abolish
abscission
n. removal by cutting off, as in surgery; separation
abstemious
adj. sparing in eating and drinking; temperate
abstruse
adj. obscure; profound
abut
v. border upon; adjoin
abysmal
adj. bottomless
acclimate
v. adjust to climate or environment; adapt
acclivity
n. sharp upslope of a hill
accoutre
v. equip
accretion
n. growth; increase
accrue
v. come about by addition
acerbic
adj. bitter or sour in nature; sharp and cutting
acerbity
n. bitterness of speech an temper
acetic
adj. vinegary
acidulous
adj. slightly sour; sharp; caustic
acme
n. peak; pinnacle; highest point
acrid
adj. sharp; bitterly pungent
acrimonious
adj. bitter in words or manner
actuarial
adj. calculating; pertaining to insurance statistics
actuate
v. motivate
acuity
n. sharpness
acumen
n. mental keenness
adage
n. wise saying
adamant
adj. hard; inflexible
addle
v. muddle; drive crazy; become rotten
adept
adj. expert at
adherent
n. supporter; follower
adjunct
n. something (generally nonessential or inferior) added on or attached.
adjuration
n. solemn urging
adjutant
n. staff officer assisting the commander; assistant
admonish
v. warn; reprove
adroit
adj. skillful
adulation
n. flattery; admiration
adulterate
v. make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances
advent
n. arrival
adventitious
adj. accidental, casual
adverse
adj. unfavorable; hostile
adversity
n. poverty; misfortune
advert
v. refer (to)
advocate
v. urge; plead for
aegis
n. shield; defense
aerie
n. nest of a large bird of prey
aesthetic
adj. artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful
affable
adj. easily approachable; warmly friendly
affected
adj. artificial; pretended; assumed in order to impress
affidavit
n. written statement made under oath
affix
v. attach or add on; fasten
affliction
n. state of distress; cause of suffering
affluence
n. abundance; wealth
affront
n. insult; offense; intentional act of disrespect
agglomeration
n. collection; heap
aggrandize
v. increase of intensify; raise in power, wealth, rank, or honor
aggregate
v. gather; accumulate
aghast
adj. horrified; dumbfounded
agnostic
n. one who is skeptical of the existence of a god or any ultimate reality
agog
adj. highly excited; intensely curious
agrarian
adj. pertaining to land or its cultivation
alacrity
n. cheerful promptness; eagerness
alcove
n. nook; recess
alienate
v. make hostile; separate
alimentary
adj. supplying nourishment
allay
v. calm; pacify
allege
v. state without proof
allegiance
n. loyalty
allegory
n. story in which characters are used as symbols; fable
alleviate
v. relieve
alliteration
n. repetition of beginning sound in poetry
allocate
v. assign
alloy
v. mix; make less pure; lessen or moderate
agnostic
n. one who is skeptical of the existence of a god or any ultimate reality
agog
adj. highly excited; intensely curious
agrarian
adj. pertaining to land or its cultivation
alacrity
n. cheerful promptness; eagerness
alcove
n. nook; recess
alienate
v. make hostile; separate
alimentary
adj. supplying nourishment
allay
v. calm; pacify
allege
v. state without proof
allegiance
n. loyalty
allegory
n. story in which characters are used as symbols; fable
alleviate
v. relieve
alliteration
n. repetition of beginning sound in poetry
allocate
v. assign
alloy
v. mix; make less pure; lessen or moderate
allude
v. refer indirectly
allure
v. entice; attract
allusion
n. indirect reference
alluvial
adj. pertaining to soil deposits left by running water
aloof
adj. apart; reserved
altercation
n. noisy quarrel; heated dispute
altruistic
adj. unselfishly generous; concerned for others
amalgamate
v. combine; unite in one body
ambience
n. environment; atmosphere
ambivalence
n. the state of having contradictory or conflichtin emotional attitudes
amble
n. moving at an easy pace
ambrosia
n. food of the gods
ambulatory
adj. able to walk; not bedridden
ameliorate
v. improve
amenable
adj. readily managed or willing to be led; answerable or accountable legally
amenities
n. convenient features; courtesies
amicable
adj. politely friendly; not quarrelsome
amiss
adj. wrong; faulty
amity
n. friendship
amnesty
n. pardon
amok (also amuck)
adv. in a state of rage
analgesic
adj. causing insensitivity to pain
anathema
n. solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse
ancillary
adj. seving as an aid or accessory
anemia
n. condition in which blood lacks red corpuscles
animadversion
n. critical remark
animosity
n. active enmity
animus
n. hostile feeling or intent
anneal
v. reduce brittleness and improve toughness by heating and cooling
annex
v. attach; take possession of
annuity
n. yearly allowance
anodyne
n. drug that relieves pain; opiate
antecede
v. precede
antediluvian
adj. antiquated; extremely ancient
antic
adj. extravagantly odd
anticlimax
n. letdown in though or emotion
antipathy
n. aversion; dislike
antiquated
adj. obsolete; outdated
antiseptic
n. substance that prevents infection
antithesis
n. contrast; direct opposite of or to
aphasia
n. loss of speech due to injury or illness
aphorism
n. pithy maxim or saying
apiary
n. a place where bees are kept
ablomb
n. poise; assurance
apocalyptic
adj. prophetic; pertaining to revelations
apogee
n. highest point
apolitical
adj. having an aversion or lack of concern for political affairs
apologist
n. one who writes in defense of a cause or institiution
apostate
n. one who abandons his religions faith or political beliefs
apothegm
n. pithy, compact saying
apotheosis
n. elevation to godhood; an ideal example of something
appellation
n. name; title
append
v. attach
application
n. diligent attention
apposite
adj. appropriate; fitting
apprehensive
adj. fearful; discerning
apprise
v. inform
approbation
n. approval
appropriate
v. acquire; take possession of for one's own use
appurtenances
n. subordinate possessions
apropos (adj)
adj. to the point and timely
apropos (prep)
prep. with reference to; regarding
aquiline
adj. curved, hooked
arabesque
n. style of decoration involving intertwined plants and abstract curves; ballet position with one leg supporting the weight of the body, while the other leg is extended in back
arable
adj. fit for growing crops
arbiter
n. person with power to decide a matter in dispute; judge
arbitrary
adj. unreasonable or capricious; tyrannical
arbitrate
v. act as judge
arboretun
n. place where different varieties of trees and shrubs are studied and exhibited
arcade
n. a covered passageway, usually lined with shopes
arcane
adj. secret; mysterious; known only to the initiated
archaic
adj. antiquated
archetpe
n. prototype; primitive pattern
archipelago
n. group of closely located islands
ardor
n. heat; passion; zeal
arduous
adj. hard; strenuous
argot
n. slang
aria
n. operatic solo
aristocracy
n. hereditary nobility; privileged class
arraign
v. charge in court; indict
array
v. marshal; draw up in order

v. clothe; adorn
arrears
n. being in debt
arrhythmic
adj. lacking rhythm or regularity
arroyo
n. gully
arsenal
n. storage place for military equipment
artful
adj. cunning; crafty; sly
artifice
n. deception; trickery
artisan
n. manually skilled worker; craftsman, as opposed to artist
artless
adj. without guile; open and honest
ascendancy
n. controlling influence
ascertain
v. find out for certain
ascetic
adj. practicing self-denial; austere
ascribe
v. refer; attribute; assign
aseptic
adj. preventing infection; having a cleansing effect
ashen
adj. ash-colored; deadly pale
asinine
adj. stupid
askance
adv. with a sideways or indirect look
askew
adv. crookedly; slanted; at an angle
asperity
n. sharpness (of temper)
aspersion
n. slanderous remark
aspirant
n. seeker after position or status
assail
v. assault
assay
v. analyze; evaluate
assent
v. agree; accept
assert
v. state strongly or positively; insist on or demand recognition of (rights, claims, etc.)
assiduous
adj. diligent
assimilate
v. absorb; cause to become homogenous
assuage
v. ease or lessen (pain); satisfy (hunger); sooth (anger)
astral
adj. relation to the stars
astringent
adj. binding; causing contraction; harsh or severe
asunder
adv. into parts; apart
asylum
n. place of refuge or shelter; protection
atavism
n. resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; reversion to an earlier type; throwback
attenuate
v. make thinner; weaken or lessen (in density, force, degree)
attest
v. testify; bear witness
attribute
n. essention quality

v. ascribe; explain
attrition
n. gradual decrease in numbers; reduction in the work force without firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment
audit
n. examination of accounts
augment
v. increase; add to
augury
n. omen; prophecy
august
adj. impressive; majestic
aureole
n. sun's corona; halo
auroral
adj. pertaining to the aurora borealis
auspicious
adj. favoring success
austere
adj. forbiddingly stern; severely simple and unornamented
authoritarian
adj. subordination the individual to the state; completely dominating another's will
autocratic
adj. having absolute, unchecked power; dictatorial
automaton
n. mechanism that imitates actions of humans
autonomous
adj. self-governing
auxiliary
adj. offering or providing help; additional or subsidiary
aver
v. assert conficently or declare; as used in law, state formally as a fact
averse
adj. reluctant; disinclined
avid
adj. greedy; eager for
avocation
n. secondary or minor occupation
avow
v. declare openly
avuncular
adj. like an uncle
awry
adv. distorted; crooked
axiom
n. self-evident truth requiring no proof
azure
adj. sky blue