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47 Cards in this Set

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aggrandize; verb
to increase in intensity, power, or prestige
The win helped to aggrandize his reputation for the best athlete ever
alchemy; noun
a medieval science aimed as the transmutation of metals, esp. base metals into gold; also interpersonal chemistry
it was a mysterious alchemy that brought them together, as they hated one another to begin with.
anachronism; noun
something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context
Bill & Ted's was a movie full of anachronisms; characters from history were brought to present day
astringent; adj
having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe; acerbic
His bitter attitude caused him to utter astringent remarks to his family
contiguous; adj
sharing a border, touching, adjacent
Due to the contiguous meetings throughout the day, I had no break time to eat.
convention; noun
a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude
By convention, we do not call professors by their first name.
cynicism; noun
An attitude of scornful or jaded negativity, especially a general distrust of the integrity or professed motives of others
Her cynicism was too much, she was just so negative and mistrusting of everyone's motives
decorum; noun
polite or appropriate conduct or behavior
The queen was worried the prince's bride did not have the decorum for the royal court
derision; noun
scorn, ridicule, contemtuous treatment
The corrupt leader found nothing but derision when he stepped outside the office.
desiccate; verb
to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull
the dessicated carcus was found in the desert
dilettante; noun
one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
He was a merely a dilettante- not taking the art seriously, only dabbling enough to impress a girl
disparage; verb
to slight or belittle
Don't be so disparaging of yourself, have more self-esteem and don't call yourself an idiot.
divulge; verb
to disclose something secret
She divulged to me the recipe before she died.
immutable; adj
unchangeable; not capable of change
The obstinate man's rules are immutable - what he says goes, and there's no changing!
inimical; adj
damaging; harmful; injurious; unfriendly; hostile
The old, mean man's voice was so inimical, the children feared him unfriendly and wanting to harm them.
intractable; adj
hard to manage or direct; stubborn; obstinate
this intractable pain is too much! I have to have a prescription.
neophyte; noun
one that is new to something; a recent convert; a beginner
Being the first time at a meeting, the neophyte didn't say much to anyone.
presumptuous; adj
overstepping due bounds (as of propriety or courtesy); taking liberties
It was very presumptuous to paint my room, you should have asked me which color first.
pristine; adj
pure; uncorrupted; clean; primitive or original
The pristine forest was untouched by man.
probity; adj
adherence to highest principles; uprightness;Complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness
He is chivalrous and complete integrity; a man of midwestern probity.
proclivity; noun
a natural predisposition or inclination; predilection
She's got a proclivity for exaggeration; always proclaiming to the world she's dying with some malady or another
profligate; adj
excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant
Since she married that rich guy, she's been so profligate- buying things she doesn't even know what to do with.
propensity; noun
a natural inclination or tendency; penchant; predilection
She has a propensity to do well in academia, she never has to study and she gets As.
prosaic; adj
dull; unimaginative; straight-forward; matter of fact
The article was dull and unimaginative, the writer must have a prosaic attitude.
pungent; adj
characterized by a strong, sharp smell or taste; to the point; sharp
the pungent talks, where the major issues were confronted
quixotic; adj
foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romantic ideals; idealistic w/ out regard to practicality
well, my quixotic one, why don't you run for president and see how easy it is make world peace!
quotidian; adj;
occurring or recurring daily; commonplace
Nothing like a talkative bus-driver to color a quotidian commute.
rarefy; verb
to make or become thin, less dense, to refine
the bones have become rarified; you need to start taking calcium supplements
recondite; adj
hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure
the recondite matters of the esoteric are too obscure for the mere average joe.
refulgent; adj
radiante; shiny; brilliant
After the braces were removed, timmy raced out of the office to show his mother his refulgent smile.
renege; verb
to fail to honor a commitment; to go back on a promise; to renounce or disown
You cannot trust his promises, he has a proclivity to renege at the last minute.
shard; noun
a piece of broken pottery or glass
He wasn't angry when the vase broke, he just used the shards in his next art piece.
sparse; adj
thin; not dense; arranged at widely spaced intervals
The willows were sparse in the forest; there were many more oak trees.
spendthrift; noun
one who spends money wastefully
the profligate consumer spent her money progidally, so she was known as a spendthrift
subtle; adj
not obvious; elusive; difficult to discern; crafty, sly, devious
The magicians subtle tricks had the audience guessing his methods
tacit; adj
implied; not explicitly stated; implied or inferred from actions or statements
The lack of astringent remarks resulted in a tacit truce between them
terse; adj
brief and concise in wording
it was a terse response; he only said "no."
tout; verb
to publicly praise or promote; to solicit or importune
the street vendors touted the passers by with praise for their own goods
trenchant; adj
sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating; forceful, effective; distinct; clear-cut
trenchant distinctions between right and wrong; his trenchant argument won the jury over
unfeigned; adj
genuine; not false or hypocritical
His smile was unfeigned, he really was happy to see me.
untenable; adj
indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable
you are in an untenable position, my friend, no one can defend you on this one.
vacillate; verb
to waver indecisively between one course of aciton or opinion and another; waver
When running for office, one cannot vacillate; you have to stick to one position and defend it.
variegated; adj
multicolored; characterized by a variety of patches of idfferent color; diversified
All of those cats are variegated, don't you have any uni-colored ones?
vexation; noun
annoyance irritation
The mosquito is nothing but a vexation, I'm so irritated, I can't study!
vigilant; adj
alertly watchful
We just have to be very vigilant, making sure we don't miss the turn-off
vituperate; verb
to use harsh condemnatory language; to abuse or censure severly or abusively; berate
The new book was vituperated by all the reviews, now it's never going to sell!
volatile; adj
readily changing to a vapor; changeable; fickle; explosive; lighthearted & flighty
It's a volatile situation, war could errupt any moment.