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113 Cards in this Set

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gainsay
v. deny; contradict; speak or act against; oppose
galaxy
n. collection of brilliant personalities
gale
n. windstorm; emotional outburst
gall
n. bitterness; nerve; impudence; effrontery
gambit
n. opening sacrificial move in chess; any maneuver by which one seeks to gain an advantage; remark made to open or redirect a conversation
gambol
v. /ˈgæmbəl/ romp; skip about; leap playfully
gamely
adv. spirited; with courage
garish
adj. overbrightly colored; gaudy
garrulous
adj. /ˈgærələs, ˈgæryə-/ loquacious; wordy; talkative
gauche
adj. clumsy; coarse and uncouth
generic
adj. characteristic of an entire class
gentry
n. class just below nobility
genuflect
v. bend the knee as in worship
germane
adj. pertinent; bearing on the case at hand
germinal
adj. pertaining to a germ; creative; being in the earliest stage of development
glean
v. to collect or gather anything little by little or slowly; to gather what is left by reapers.
gesticulation
n. motion; gesture
gibe
v. mock; taunt; deride
glower
v. scowl
gouge
v. overcharge
gourmand
n. epicure, taking excessive pleasure in food and drink
grandiloquent
adj. pompous; bombastic; using pretentious language
gregarious
adj. sociable; living in flocks or herds, as animals
grill (v)
v. question severely
grouse (v)
v. complain; fuss; grumble
guile
n. deceit; duplicity; insidious cunning in attaining a goal
guileless
adj. without deceit; artless
gull (v)
v. trick; hoodwink; cheat
guy
n. cable or chain providing bracing or support
habituate
v. accustom of familiarize; cause physiological or psychological habituation, as to a drug
hackles
n. hairs on back and neck, esp. on a dog
hackneyed
adj. commonplace; trite
halcyon
adj. calm; peaceful; rich; wealthy; prosperous; happy; joyful; carefree; pertaining to the halcyon/kingfisher
hale (adj)
adj. healthy
hap
n. chance; luck
hapless
adj. unfortunate
harangue
n. long, passionate, vehement speech; scolding or a long or intense verbal attack; long, pompous speech; diatribe
harbinger
n. forerunner; anything that foreshadows a future event; omen; sign
hegemony
n. /hɪˈdʒɛməni, ˈhɛdʒəˌmoʊni/ dominance, esp. of a nation; aggression or expansionism by large nations in an effort to achieve world domination
hermetic
adj. obscure and mysterous; occult
heterodox
adj. unorthodox; unconventional
hew
v. cut to pieces with an ax or sword
hireling
n. one who serves for hire, usu. used contemptuously
histrionic
adj. theatrical; deliberately affected or self-consciously emotional; overly dramatic, in behavior or speech
n. actor
hoary
adj. white with age
homily
n. sermon; serious warning; admonitory or moralizing discourse; inspirational saying or cliché
hone
v. sharpen; make more acute or effective; improve; perfect
hoodwink
v. deceive or trick
hortatory
adj. encouraging; exhortive
hubris
n. excessive pride; arrogance
hue and cry
n. outcry
hummock
n. small hill
humus
n. decayed vegetable matter
hurtle
v. rush violently; move with great speed; fling
husband (v)
v. use sparingly; conserve; save
husbandry
n. frugality; thrift; agriculture
hydrophobia
n. rabies
iconoclastic
adj. attacking cherished traditions
idolatry
n. worship of idols; excessive admiration
ignominy
n. /ˈɪgnəˌmɪni, ɪgˈnɒməni/ deep disgrace, shame, or dishonor; public contempt
illusive
adj. /ɪˈlusɪv/ causing illusion; deceptive; misleading; of the nature of an illusion; unreal
illusory
adj. /ɪˈlusəri, -zə-/ causing illusion; deceptive; misleading.; of the nature of an illusion; unreal.
imbroglio (embroil v.)
n. /ɪmˈbroʊlyoʊ/ complicated situation; painful or complex misunderstanding; confused mass
imbue
v. satuarte; fill
immolate
v. offer as a sacrifice
immure
v. imprison; enclose within walls, shut in, seclude or confine
impassive
adj. without feeling; stoic
impecunious
adj. without money
impel
v. drive or force onward
impenetrable
adj. not able to be pierced or entered; beyond understanding
imperious
adj. domineering; haughty; dictatorial; overbearing
impertinent
adj. insolent; rude; intrusive or presumptuous; not pertinent, irrelevant
impetuous
adj. violent; hasty; rash
impinge
v. infringe; touch; collide with; encroach
implacable
adj. incapable of being pacified
impolitic
adj. unwise; not expedient or judicious
imponderable
adj. weightless; not measurable; that cannot undergo precise evaluation
import (n)
n. significance
importunate
adj. /ɪmˈpɔrtʃənɪt/ urging; urgent or persistent in solicitation, sometimes annoyingly so
importune
v. demand with urgency or persistence; make improper advances toward (a person)
imprecation
n. /ˌɪmprɪˈkeɪʃən/ curse
impropriety
n. improperness; unsuitableness; erroneous or unsuitable expression, act, etc; improper use of a word or phrase
improvident
adj. without thrift, wasteful; lacking foresight; incautious; unwary
impugn
v. dispute or contradict, usu. insultingly; challenge; gainsay
impuissance
n. /ɪmˈpyuəsənt, ˌɪmpyuˈɪsənt, ɪmˈpwɪsənt/ powerlesness; feebleness
impunity
n. exemption from punishment; immunity from detrimental effects, as of an action
impute
v. /ɪmˈpyut/ attribute; ascribe; the children imputed magical powers to the old woman.
inalienable
adj. not to be taken away; nontransferable
inane
adj. silly; senseless
incarnate
adj; endowed with flesh; personified or typified, as a quality or idea
incendiary (n)
n. arsonist
incense (v)
v. enrage; infuriate
inchoate
adj. /ɪnˈkoʊɪt, -eɪt or, especially Brit., ˈɪnkoʊˌeɪt/ recently begun; rudimentary; elementary
incommodious
adj. not spacious; inconvenient
incontinent
adj. lacking self-restraint; licentious
incontrovertible
adj. indisputible; not open to question
incorporeal
adj. lacking a material body; insubstantial
incorrigible
adj; not correctible
increment
n. increase; something added or gained
incubus
n. demon who visits during sleep, esp. to mate with women; mental burden; nightmare
inculcate
v. teach; implant by repeated statement or admonition
incumbent
adj. obligatory; currently holding office
incursion
n. temporary invasion
indemnify
v. make sure against loss; compensate for loss
indigence
n. poverty
indite
v. to compose or write, as a poem.; to treat in a literary composition.
indolent
adj. lazy; having or showing a disposition to avoid exertion; slothful
ineffable
adj. not expressable in speech
ineluctable
adj. /ˌɪnɪˈlʌktəbəl/ unavoidable; inescapable - an ineluctable destiny
inerrancy
n. infallibility; lack of error; the belief that the bible is free from error in matters of science as well as those of faith
inexorable
adj. relentless; unyielding; unalterable; not capable of being persuaded by entreaty
infamous
adj. nororiously bad
infirmity
n. physical weakness or ailment; moral weakness or failing