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134 Cards in this Set

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ingenuous
adj. naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated
ingratiate
v. become popular with
inimical
adj. unfriendly; hostile; harmful; detrimental
innocuous
adj. harmless
iniquitous
adj. wicked; immoral; unrighteous
innocuous
adj. harmless
insalubrious
adj. unwholesome; not healthful
inscrutable
adj. impenetrable; not readily understood; mysterious
insensate
adj. without feeling; cold; cruel; brutal
insolvent
adj. bankrupt; lacking money to pay
insouciant
adj. /ɪnˈsusiənt; Fr. ɛ̃suˈsyɑ̃/ free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree; nonchalant.
insularity
n. narrow-mindedness; isolation
insuperable
adj. unsurmountable; unbeatable
interloper
n. intruder; one that interferes with the affairs of others, often for selfish reasons; a meddler
internecine
adj. /ˌɪntərˈnisin, -saɪn, -ˈnɛsin, -ˈnɛsaɪn/ of or pertaining to conflict or struggle within a group; mutually destructive
interpolate
v. to introduce (something additional or extraneous) between other things or parts; interject; interpose; intercalate.; to alter (a text) by the insertion of new matter, esp. deceptively or without authorization.; to insert (new or spurious matter) in this manner
interregnum
n. /ˌɪntərˈrɛgnəm/ period between two reigns
intimate (v)
v. /ˈɪntəˌmeɪt/ indicate or make known indirectly; hint; imply; suggest
intractable
adj. unruly; stubborn; unyielding
intransigence
n. refusal of any compromise; stubbornness
inured
adj. accustomed; hardened; made tough by habitual exposure
invalidate
v. weaken; destroy
invective
n. verbal abuse; vehement or violent denunciation, censure, or reproach
inveigh
v. denounce; utter censure or invective
inveigle
v. /ɪnˈveɪgəl, -ˈvi-/ lead astray; wheedle; entice, lure, or ensnare by flattery or artful talk or inducements; acquire, win, or obtain by beguiling talk or methods
inveterate
adj. deep-rooted; habitual
invidious
adj. designed to create ill will or envy
inviolable
adj. secure from corruption, attack, or violation; unassailable
invoke
v. call upon; ask for; declare to be binding or in effect
irascible
adj. irritable; easily angered
irresolute
adj. uncertain how to act; weak
irrevocable
adj. unalterable; irreversible
itinerant
adj. wandering; traveling
jaundiced
adj. prejudiced, biased by envy or hostility; yellowed
jibe
v. agree; be in harmony with
jingoist
n. extremely aggressive and militint patriot; war-like chauvinist
jocose
adj. given to joking
jocular
adj. said or done in jest
jocund
adj. /ˈdʒɒkənd, ˈdʒoʊkənd/ merry
juggernaut
n. irristibie crushing force
junket
n. trip, especially for pleasure by an official at public expense
ken
n. /kɛn/ range of knowledge
killjoy
n. grouch; spoilsport
kismet
n. fate
knell
v. tolling of a bell; sound of funeral bell
knotty
adj. intricate; difficult; tangled
labile
adj. likely to change; unstable; manipulable
lackadaisical
adj. /ˌlækəˈdeɪzɪkəl/ lacking purpose or zest; halfhearted; languid
laconic
adj. brief and to the point
laggard
n. a person or thing that lags; lingerer; loiterer.
adj. moving, developing, or responding slowly; sluggish; dilatory; backward.
laity
n. laypersons; persons not connected with the clergy
languid
adj. weary; sluggish; listless
languish
v. lose animation or strength
languor
n. lack of energy or vitality; sluggishness; lack of spirit or interest; listlessness; stagnation
lank
adj. long and thin
larceny
n. theft
larder
n. pantry; food storage place
largess (largesse)
n. generous gift (generous bestowal of gifts)
lassitude
n. languor; weariness of body or mind from strain, oppressive climate, etc.; lack of energy; condition of indolent indifference
lechery
n. gross lewdness; lustfulness
lectern
n. reading desk
legerdemain
n. sleight of hand
leonine
adj. like a lion
levity
n. lack of seriousness or steadiness; frivolity
libertine
n. /ˈlɪbərˌtin, -tɪn/ debauched person; person who is morally or sexually unrestrained; freethinker in religious matters
licentious
adj. amoral; lewd and lascivious; unrestrained
limn
v. /lɪm/ to represent in drawing or painting; to portray in words; describe
limpid
adj. clear, transparent, or pellucid, as water, crystal, or air; free from obscurity; lucid; clear (style); completely calm; without distress or worry
lineaments
n. features, esp. of the face
lionize
v. treat as a celebrity
list (v)
v. tilt; lean over
litany
n. supplicatory prayer; a prolonged or tedious account
litotes
n. ˈlaɪtəˌtiz, ˈlɪtə-, laɪˈtoʊtiz/ understatement for emphasis; an understatement in which an affirmative is expressed by negating its opposite, as in This is no small problem
livid
adj. lead-colored; black and blue; ashen; enraged
loath
adj. /loʊθ, loʊð/ reluctant; disinclined
loom
v. appear or take shape
lope
v. gallop slowly
lout
n. 1. an awkward, stupid person; clumsy, ill-mannered boor; oaf.
v (used with object) to flout; treat with contempt; scorn.
low (v)
v. moo
lucre
n. /ˈlukər/ money; monetary reward or gain
lugubrious
adj. /lʊˈgubriəs, -ˈgyu-/ mournful, dismal, or gloomy, esp. in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner
macerate
v. soften by soaking; waste away; soften or decompose (food) by the action of a solvent; make thinner
machiavellian
adj. crafty; double-dealing, esp. of government
machinations
n. /ˌmækəˈneɪʃən/ evil schemes or plots
maculated
adj. spotted; stained
maelstrom
n. large, powerful, or violent whirlpool; restless, disordered, or tumultuous state of affairs
magisterial
adj. authoratative; pertaining to, or befitting a master; weighty; of importance or consequence; imperious; domineering
magnanimity
n. generosity; generosity in forgiving an insult or injury
magnate
n. person of prominence or influence
magniloquent
adj. boastful, pompous
maladroit
adj. clumsy; bungling
malaise
n. uneasiness; vague feeling of ill health
malapropism
n. comic misuse of a word
malcontent
n. person dissatisfied with existing state of affairs
malediction
n. curse
malefactor
n. evildoer; criminal
malfeasance
n. wrongdoing
malinger
v. /məˈlɪŋgər/ pretend illness, esp. in order to shirk one's duty, avoid work, etc.
manacle
v. restrain; handcuff
manifest (adj)
adj. evident; visible; obvious
manifold (adj)
adj. numerous; varied
mannered
adj. affected; not natural
manumit
v. emancipate; free from bondage
marshal
v. put in order
martinet
n. /ˌmɑrtnˈɛt, ˈmɑrtnˌɛt/ a strict disciplinarian, esp. a military one.
matriculate
v. enroll
matrix
n. point of origin; mold or die
maudlin
adj. effusively sentimental
mauve
adj. pale purple
mawkish
adj. mushy and gushy; sickly sentimental
megalomania
n. mania for doing grandiose things
melee
n. fight
mellifluous
adj. /məˈlɪfluəs/ sweetly or smoothly flowing; melodious
memorialize
v. commemorate
mendacious
adj. /mɛnˈdeɪʃəs/ lying; habitually dishonest
mendicant
n. /ˈmɛndɪkənt/ beggar
mercantile (adj)
adj. concerning trade
mercenary (adj)
adj. motivated solely by money or gain
mercurial
adj. capricious; changing; fickle
meretricious
adj. /ˌmɛrɪˈtrɪʃəs/ alluring by a show of flashy or vulgar attractions; tawdry; based on pretense, deception, or insincerity; pertaining to or characteristic of a prostitute
mete
v. /mit/ measure; distribute or apportion by measure; allot; dole (followed by out)
mettle
n. courage; spirit
miasma
n. /maɪˈæzmə, mi-/ swamp gas; heavy, vaporous atmosphere
migrant
adj. changing its habitat; wandering
milieu
n. /mɪlˈyʊ, mil-; Fr. miˈlyɶ/ environment; means of expression
militate
v. work against; have a substantial effect; weigh heavily His prison record militated against him.
minatory
adj. menacing; threatening
mincing
adj. affectedly dainty
minutiae
n. petty details
mire
v. entangle; stick in swampy ground
misanthrope
n. /ˈmɪsənˌθroʊp, ˈmɪz-/ one who hates mankind
miscellany
n. mixture of writings on various topics
miscreant
n. wretch; villain
miserly
adj. stingy; mean