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75 Cards in this Set

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abscond
(v) to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
aberrant
(adj) deviating from the norm (n form: aberration)
alacrity
(n) eager and enthusiatic willingness
anomaly
(n) deviation from the normal order, form, rule; abnormality (adj form: anomalous)
approbation
(n) an expression of approval or praise
arduous
(adj) strenuous, taxing; requiring significant effort
audacious
(adj) daring and fearless; recklessly bold (n form: audacity)
austere
(adj) without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic (n form austerity)
axiomatic
(adj) taken as a given; posessing self-evident truth (n form: axiom)
canonical
(adj) following or in agreement with the accepted, traditional standards (n form canon)
capricious
(adj) inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic; unpredictable
censure
(v) to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
chicanery
(n) trickery or subterfuge
connoisseur
(n) an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
convoluted
(adj) complex or complicated
disabuse
(v) to undeceive; to set right
discordant
(adj) conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
disparate
(adj) fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
effrontry
(n) extreme boldness; presumptuousness
eloquent
(adj) well-spoken, expressive, articulate (n form: eloquence)
ennervate
(adj) to weaken; to reduce in vitality
ennui
(n) dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
equivocate
(v) to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent (adj from: equivocal)
erudite
(adj) very learned; scholarly (n form: erudition)
exculpate
(v) exonerate; to clear of blame
exigent
(adj) urgent, pressing; requiring immediate ction or attention
extemporaneous
(adj) improvised; done without preparation
filibuster
(v) intentioal obstruction, eps. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
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
laud
(v) to praise highly (adj form: laudatory)
lucid
(adj) clear; easily understood
magnanimity
(n) the quality of being generously noble in mine and heart, eps. in forgiving (adj form: magnanimous)
marital
(adj) associated with war and the armed forces
mundane
(adj) of the world; typical or concerned with the ordinary
nascent
(adj) coming into being; in early developmental stages
nebulous
(adj) vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
neologism
(n) a new word, expression, or usage; the creation or use of new words or senses
noxious
(adj) harmful, injurious
obtuse
(adj) lacking sharpness or intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
obviate
(v) to anticipate and make unnecessary
onerous
(adj) troubling; burdensome
paean
(n) a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
parody
(n) a humerous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, esp. in literature and art
perennial
(adj) recurrent through the year or many years; happening repeatedly
perfidy
(n) intentional breach of faith; treachery (adj form: perfidious)
perfunctory
cursory; done without care or interest
perspicacious
(adj) acutely perceptive; having keen discernment (n form perspicacity)
prattle
(v) to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty or idle manner
precipitate
(adj) acting with excessive haste or impluse
(v) to cause or happen before anticipated
predilection
(n) a disposition in favor of something; preferance
prescience
(n) foreknowledge if events; knowing of events prior to their occurring (adj form: prescient)
prevaricate
(v) to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead
qualms
(n) misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy
recant
(v) to retract, eps. a previously held belief
refute
(v) to disprove; to successfully argue against
relegate
(v) to forcibly assign, esp. to a lower place or position
reticent
(adj) quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
solicitous
(adj) concerned and attentive; eager
sordid
(adj) characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul
sporatic
(adj) occurring only occasionally, or in scattered instances
squander
(v) to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
static
(adj) not moving, active, or in motion; at rest
stupefy
(v) to stun, baffle, or amaze
stymie
(v) to block; thwart
synthesis
(n) the combination of parts to make a whole )v form: synthesize)
torque
(n) a force that causes rotation
tortuous
(adj) winding, twisting; excessively complicated
truculent
(adj) fierce and cruel; eager to fight
veracity
(n) truthfulness, honesty
virulent
(adj) extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
voracious
(adj) having in insatiale appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous
waver
(v) to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion