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45 Cards in this Set

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changeable; explosive; evaporating rapidly
You've become much more volatile.
act of making a conscious choice
of one's own volition
fluent; glib; talkative
bulky; large;
have a voracious appetite
eat(read) voraciously
whirlwind; whirlpool; center of turbulence; predicament into which one is inexorably plunged 渦
grant condescendingly; garantee
I can safely vouchsafe you fair return on your investment.
peeping Tom
Jill called Jack a voyeur when she caught him aiming his binoculars at a bedroom window.
susceptible to wounds
His opponents could not harm Achilles, who was vulnerable only in his heel.
like a fox; crafty
she disliked his sly ways, but granted him a certain vulpine intelligence.
speak equivocally about an issue.
When asked directly about the governor's involvement in the savings and loan scandal, the press secretary waffled, talking all around the issue.
moved gently by wind or waves.
Daydreaming, he gazed at the leaves that wafted past his window.
mischievous; humorous; tricky
He was a prankster who, unfortunately, often overlooked the damage he could cause with his waggish tricks.
homeless child or animal
Although he already had eight cats, he could not resist adopting yet another feline waif.
give up temporarily; yeild
homeless child or animal
although he already had eight cats, he could not resist adopting yet another feline waif.
trail of ship or other object through water; path of something that has gone before
The wake of the swan gliding through the water glistened in the moonlight.
roll in; indulge in; become helpless
The hippopotamus loves to wallow in the mud.
having a pale or sickly color; pallid
Suckiling asked, "Why so pale and wan, found lover?"
strong longing to travel
Don't set your heart on a traveling man. He's got too much wanderlust to settle down.
devrease in size or strength; draw gradually to an end
To wane is the opposite of to wax or invrease in size. Whn lit, does a wax candle wane?
wiggle out; fake
She tried to wangle an invitation to the party.
wanton (adj)
unrestrained; willfully malicious; unchaste
Pointing to the stack of bills, Sheldon criticized Sarah for her wanton expenditures. In responce, Sara accused Sheldon of making an unfounded, wanton attack.
warble (v)
sing; babble
Every mornig the birds warbled outside her window.
* warranted (adj)
justified; authorized
Before the judge issues the injunction, you must convince her this action is warranted.
warranty (n)
guarantee; assurance by seller
The purchaser of this automobile is protected by the manufacturer's warranty that he will replace any defective part for five years or 50,000 miles.
warren (n)
tunnels in which rabbits live; crowded conditions in which people live
The tenement was a vertable warren, packed with people too poor to live elsewhere.
* wary (adj)
very cautious
The spies grew wary as they approached the sentry.
wastrel (n)

He was denounced as a wastrel who had dissipated his inheritance.
wax (v)
increase; grow
With proper handling, her fortunes waxed and she became rich.
waylay (v)
ambush; lie in wait

They agreed to waylay their victim as he passed through the dark alley going home.
wean (v)
accustom a baby not to nurse; give up a cherished activity

He decided he would wean himself away from eating junk food and stick to fruits and vegetables.
weather (v)
endure the effects of weather or other forces

He weathered the changeds in his personal life with difficulty, as he had no one inwhom to confide.
welt (n)
mark from a beating or whipping

The evidence of child abuse was very clear; Jennifer's small body was covered with welts and bruises.
* welter (n)
turmoil; bewildering jumble

The existing welter of overlapping federal and state proclaims cries out for immediate reform.
welter (v)

At the height of the battle, the casualties were so numerous that the victims weltered in their blood while waiting for medical attention.
wheedle (v)
cajole; coax; deceive by flattery
She knows she can wheedle almost anything she wants from her father.
whelp (n)
young wolf, dog, tiger, etc
This collie whelp won't do for breeding, but he'd make a fine pet.
whet (v)
sharpen; stimulate
The odors from the kitchen are whetting my appetite; I will be ravenous by the time the meal is served.
whiff (n)
puff or gust (of air, scent, etc.); hint
The slightest whiff of Old Spice cologne brought memories of George to her mind.
* whimsical (n)
capricious; fanciful

In Mrs. Doubtfire, the hero is a playful, whimsical man who takes a notion to dress up as a woman so that he can look after his children, who are in the custody of his ex-wife.
whinny (v)
neigh like a horse
When he laughed through his nose, it sounded as if he whinnied.
whit (n)
smallest speck
There is not a whit of intelligence or understanding in your observations.
whittle (v)
pare; cut off bits
As a present for Aunt Polly, Tom whittled some clothespins out of a chunk of wood.
whorl (n)
ring of leaves around stem; ring

Identification by fingerprints is based on the difference in shape and number of the whorls on the fingers.