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42 Cards in this Set

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aberrant (adj)
deviating from the norm
alacrity (n)
eager and enthusiastic willingness
approbation (n)
an expression of approval or praise
assuage (v)
to ease or lessen, to appease or pacify
audacious (adj)
daring and fearless, recklessly bold
austere (adj)
without adornment, bare, severely simple
axiomatic (adj)
taken as a given, possessing self-evident truth
capricious (adj)
unpredictable, erratic, inclined to change one’s mind impulsively
censure (v)
to criticize severely, to officially rebuke
chicanery (n)
trickery or subterfuge
disabuse (v)
to undeceive, to set right
disparate (adj)
fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
effrontery (n)
extreme boldness, presumptuousness
enervate (v)
to weaken, to reduce in vitality
equivocate (v)
to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent
erudite (adj)
very learned, scholarly
exculpate (v)
exonerate, to clear of blame
fulminate (v)
to loudly attack or denounce
ingenuous (adj)
artless, frank and candid, lacking in sophistication
inured (adj)
accustomed to accepting something undesirable
irascible (adj)
easily angered, prone to tempermental outbursts
John is irascible.
lucid (adj)
easily understood, clear
nascent (adj)
coming into being, in early developmental stages
neologism (n)
a new word, expression, or usage; the creation or use of new words or senses
obviate (v)
to anticipate and make unnecessary (e.g. to prevent)
onerous (adj)
troubling, burdensome
paean (n)
a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
perfidy (n)
intentional breach of faith, treachery
perfunctory (adj)
cursory, done without care or interest
perspicacious (adj)
acutely perceptive, having keen discernment
precipitate (adj)
acting with excessive haste or impulse
precipitate (v)
to cause to happen before anticipated or required
predilection (n)
a disposition in favor of something, preference
prevaricate (v)
to deliberately avoid the truth, mislead
recant (v)
to retract, esp. a previously held belief
reticent (adj)
quiet, reserved, reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
Jake is reticent.
solicitous (adj)
concerned and attentive, eager
stymie (v)
to block, thwart
tortuous (adj)
winding, twisting, excessively complicated
truculent (adj)
fierce and cruel, eager to fight
Vikings were propbably truculent.
virulent (adj)
extremely harmful or poisonous, bitterly hostile or antagonistic
cursory (adj)
hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough