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108 Cards in this Set

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abate
to reduce in amount, degree, or severity
abscond
to leave secretly
adulterate
to make impure
aesthetic
concerning the appreciation of beauty
aggrandize
to increase in power, influence, and reputation
amalgamate
to combine; to mix together
anachronism
something out of place in time
analogous
similar or alike in some way; equicalent to
anomaly
deviation from what is normal
antipathy
extreme dislike
apathy
lack of interest or emotion
arbitrate
to judge a dispute between two opposing parties
ardor
intense and passionate feeling
assuage
to make something umpleasant less severe
attenuate
to reduce in force or degree; to weaken
austere
severe or stern in appearance; undecorated
banal
predictable, cliched, boring
bolster
to support; to prop up
bombastic
pompous in speech and manner
candid
impartial and honest in speech
capricious
changing one's mind quickly and often
catalyst
something that brings about a change in something else
caustic
biting in wit
chauvanist
someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs
chicanery
deception by means of craft or guile
cogent
convincing and well reasoned
condone
to overlook, pardon, or disregard
convoluted
intricate and complicated
corroborate
to provide supporting evidence
credulous
too trusting; gullible
decorum
appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety
deference
respect, courtesy
deride
to speak of or treat with contempt; to mock
desiccate
to dry out thoroughly
desultory
jumping from one thing to another; disconnected
diatribe
an abusive, condemnatory speech
diffident
lacking self-confidence
dilate
to make larger; to expand
dilatory
intended to delay
dilettante
someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
disabuse
to set right; to free from error
discern
to perceive; to recognice
disparate
fundamentally different; entirely unlike
fawn
to grovel
fervid
intensely emotional; feverish
florid
excessively decorated or embellished
foment
to arouse or incite
gregarious
outgoing, sociable
guile
deceit or trickery
iconoclast
one who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions
imperturbable
not capable of being disturbed
impervious
impossible to penetrate; incapable of being affected
impetuous
quick to act without thinking
implacable
unable to be calmed down or made peaceful
inchoate
not fully formed; disorganized
ingenuous
showing innocence or childlike simplicity
inimical
hostile, unfriendly
innocuous
harmless
insipid
lacking interest or flavor
intransigent
uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled
inundate
to overwhelm; to cover with water
irascible
easily made angry
laconic
using few words
malinger
to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill
mitigate
to soften; to lessen
mollify
to calm or make less severe
obdurate
hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion
obsequious
overly submissive and eager to please
obstinate
stubborn, unyielding
obviate
to prevent; to make unnecessary
occlude
to stop up; to prevent the passage of
onerous
troublesome and oppressive; burdensome
opprobrium
public disgrace
ostentation
excessive showiness
paragon
model of excellence or perfection
pedant
someone who shows off learning
perfidious
willing to betray one's trust
perfunctory
done in a routine way; indifferent
placate
to soothe or pacify
plastic
able to be molded, altered, or bent
pragmatic
practical as opposed to idealistic
precipitate
to throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation
prevaricate
to lie or deviate from the truth
prodigal
lavish, wasteful
proliferate
to increase in number quickly
propitiate
to conciliate; to appease
prudence
wisdom, caution, or restraint
pungent
sharp and irritating to the senses
quiescent
motionless
rarefy
to make thinner or sparser
repudiate
to reject the validity of
reticent
silent, reserved
rhetoric
effective writing or speaking
satiate
to satisfy fully or overindulge
soporific
causing sleep or lethargy
specious
deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious
stigma
a mark of shame or discredit
stolid
unemotional; lacking sensitivity
tacit
done without using words
tirade
long, harsh speech or verbal attack
torpor
extreme mental and physical sluggishness
transitory
temporary, lasting a brief time
vacillate
to sway physically; to be indecisive
venerate
to respect deeply
verbose
wordy
volatile
easily aroused or changeable; lively or explosive
waver
to fluctuate between choices
whimsical
acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable