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56 Cards in this Set

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to undeceive; to set right
what a lawyer does to a jury to prove his client's innocence
pastoral, rustic; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
a farmer is this, as with everyone else that lives in the fields
an exaggerated statement
tamara frequently uses this for effect when she tells stories
possessing self-evident truth; taken as a given
this is the same thing as obvious
extreme boldness; presumptuousness
as if someone had the gall to say this in front of your face!
to loudly attack or denounce
When the boss finds out he will fulminate the decision you made, it was completely stupid
an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech
You can never trust her stories because she frequently uses ___, blowing things out of proportion
lucid; adj
clear; easily understood
Some people have ___ dreams, seeing everything crystal clear.
lucid; adj
sane, rational
she seems ___, don't give her medication, she's already coherent
oscillation; noun
the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm
The pendulum's ____ completes a cycle,from one side to the other, in 1 minute.
paean; noun
a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
A ___ is like a eulogy, only it is sung during happy times, not in funerals.
penurious; adj
penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous
She is so ___, she saves her pennies by recycling plastic forks and never buys me lunch!
perfidy; noun
intentional breach of faith; treachery
His partner's ___ cost him his life, he took the money and left him to the cops.
pernicious; adj
extremely harmful; potentially causing death
He was working to abolish the ___ virus, as it was extremely harmful and deadly.
precipitate; adj
acting with excessive haste or impulse
Don't be so ___! You can't just rob the bank in haste, you have to have a plan, man.
perspicacious; adj
acutely perceptive; having keen discernment; acutely insightful and wise
Merlin is a ___ man thinking so wisely and insightfully it makes him perspire.
pious; adj
extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion
A very ___ man, he went to church every week and was reverent towards women.
precipitate; verb
to cause or happen before anticipated or required
The surprise kidnapping ___ the war that was not supposed to happen for another years.
precursor; noun
one that precedes and indicates or announces another
An preceding draft of the plan is a ___ to a series of agreements that will follow establish peace in the region.
predilection; noun
a disposition in favor of something; preference
With his penchant for sweet and ___ for chocolate over fruit, you can bet he'll choose the fudge and not the lemon merangue.
prolific; adj
producing large volumes or amounts; productive
Otis Redding was a ___ song writer, producing a large amount in just a few years.
qualms; noun
misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy;Qualm is a disturbing feeling of uneasiness and self-doubt
I have ___ about going into that spooky house; aren't you hesitant, too?
stillness; motionlessness; quality of being at rest; dormancy
In it's ___, the virus does no harm because it is in an inactive, quiet, or dormant state.
recant; verb
to retract; esp. a previously held belief
I will not ___ my atheism! There can't be a god just because there's candy.
redoubtable; adj
arousing fear, awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
The cliffs were indeed ___; the awe-inspiring height was worthy of honor left the pirates fearful, doubting the climb
reticent; adj
quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
If you want my two cents, I'd say the girl was ___, always quiet and reserved.
satire; noun
a literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision
Shakespeare's ___ of the king left future readers to hold royalty and its vices in derision, criticizing it with humor for centuries.
sordid; adj
characterized by filth, grim, or squalor; foul; squalid
The seedy shantytown was sorda ___, overflowing with filth and grime.
squalid; adj
sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect or poverty; morally repulsive
years of neglect left the neighborhood ___, sordid and wretched.
squander; verb
to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
Don't ___ your savings. instead, you want to use it responsibly.
stoic; adj
indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast
The stowaway Spartans were ___, not showing any pain and totally indifferent to any emotion.
stymie; verb
to block; thwart
The math problem will ___ the whole class, thwarting anyone from becoming to proud and tossing them to the pig sty.
stymie; noun
a position or condition in which you find yourself;
I'm in a ___, or infront of an obstacle I can't maneuver around.
supplant; verb
to take the place of; supersede; replace, usurp
The guerrilla army planned to usurp and ___ the government during supper with a plant.
synthesis; noun
the combination of parts to make a whole
a car is the whole ___ of many parts of metal in certain combinations.
torpid; adj
lethargic; sluggish; dormant; apathetic; biological suspended animation or hibernation
Like a hibernating bear, the fat guy was so ___, he didn't realize the curtain was torn until light showed on the t.v.
torque; noun
a force that causes rotation
is the ___ of the big bang what caused the planets and everything else to rotate?
ubiquitous; adj
existing everwhere at the same time; constantly encoutnered; widespread
the protein ubiquitin is named so because it is___, found all over the the animal kingdom.
veracity; noun
truthfulness; honesty
He is always honest and truthful, so his ___ cannot be doubted very much in a city.
vilify; verb
to defame; to characterize harshly, spread negative information about
The negative comments were used to ___ and defame the villain as if he were a fly, so that no one would love him.
virulent; adj
extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic, hateful
We were all afraid of her ___ behaviour, she was bitterly hostile and harmful like the ___ portion of a virus.
abscond; verb
to depart clandestinely; to steal away and hide
a. The thief absconded from the crime seen so as not to alert the attention of the detectives
ameliorate; verb
to make tolerable; to make better
the cough syrup didn’t not cure the illness, but __ it enough so that I could sleep
arduous; adj
strenuous; taxing; requiring a lot of effort
Studying for the GRE is an arduous task, depriving oneself from fun and exercising the brain to exhaustion
ascetic; noun
one who practices rigid self-denial; esp in an act of religious devotion
a. The new Buddhist declared himself ___ depriving himself of all desire
axiom; noun
universally recognized principle
a. axioms in math follow theorems to give support
canonical; adj
in agreement or following accepted and conventional standards
Most practices in medicine are canonical, they rarely fall under the “alternative” umbrella
contentious; adj
argumentative; quarelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
Don’t be so ___ you don’t have to start an argument each time someone disagrees with your content
convoluted; adj
intricately complicated; complex
His relationship to me is ___- it involves three marriages over two generations between 2nd cousins twice removed
culpable; adj
deserving of blame; blameworthy
a. I didn’t do anything wrong! She’s the __ one, look, her hand is still in the cookie jar!
eclectic; adj
composed of elements from various sources
KCRW’s “morning becomes __ is so because they play music from various genres
ephemeral; adj
brief; fleeting
These moments are ephemeral, commit them to memory because they don’t last forever
erudite; adj
scholarly, very learned
The gentlemen was given an honorary degree from the university, as his ___ self-education exceeded many of the school’s own rudimentary graduates.
eulogy; noun
speech of praise for the dead
During the funeral, the guru gave the ___ speaking of his students accomplishments with laud and honor
extemporaneous; adj
improvised, done w/ out preparation
The acting troup peformed ___-ly without a script or plan.
facetious; adj
playful, humorous
a. The professor’s ___ remarks caused some chuckling around the room