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46 Cards in this Set

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accolade (n)
expression of praise
adulation (n)
excessive praise, intense adoration
aesthetic (adj)
appreciative of art or of the beautiful
ascetic (n)
one who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion
avarice (n)
burgeon (v)
to grow rapidly, flourish
bucolic (adj)
rustic and pastoral, characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
castigation (n)
severe criticism or punishment
caustic (adj)
burning or stinging, causing corrosion
chary (adj)
wary, cautious, sparing
cogent (adj)
appealing forcibly to the mind or reason, convincing
complaisance (n)
willingness to comply with the wishes of others
contentious (adj)
argumentative, quarrelsome, causing controversy or disagreement
contrite (adj)
regretful, penitent
demur (v)
to question or oppose
discretion (n)
cautious reserve in speech, ability to make responsible decisions
disinterested (adj)
free of bias or self-interest, impartial
dogmatic (adj)
expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or improvable principles
ebullience (n)
enthusiasm, exuberance
eclectic (adj)
composed of elements drawn from various sources
emollient (adj/n)
soothing, esp. to the skin, an agent that smoothes the skin
enigmatic (adj)
mysterious, obscure, difficult to understand
esoteric (adj)
intended for or understood by a small, specific group
fallacy (n)
an invalid or incorrect notion, a mistaken belief
gregarious (adj)
sociable, outgoing
Dad is gregarious.
harangue (v/n)
to deliver a pompous speech or tirade, a long pompous speech
impecunious (adj)
lacking funds
incipient (adj)
beginning to exist or appear; in an initial stage, e.g. an incipient cold.
inert (adj)
unmoving, lethargic
innocuous (adj)
harmless, causing no damage
intransigent (adj)
refusing to compromise
I can be intransigent in an argument.
inveigle (v)
to obtain by deception or flattery
odious (adj)
evoking intense dislike or aversion
penurious (adj)
penny-pinching, excessively thrifty, ungenerous, very poor
pernicious (adj)
extremely harmful, potentially causing death
peruse (v)
to examine with great care
precursor (n)
one that precedes and indicates or announces another
precursory (adj)
preceding or preliminary, indicative of something to follow (e.g. ~ signs)
prodigious (adj)
abundant in size / force / extent, extraordinary
putrefy (v)
to rot or decay and give off a foul odor
quiescence (n)
redoubtable (adj)
awe-inspiring, worthy of honor
squalid (adj)
sordid, wretched and dirty as from neglect
supplant (v)
to take the place of, supersede
torpid (adj)
lethargic, dormant
urbane (adj)
sophisticated, refined, elegant