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23 Cards in this Set

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alacrity (n.)
eager and enthusiastic willingness (alegre-ness, cheerfulness)
assuage (vb.)
to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify; mitigate, placate
austere (adj.)
without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic (austerity) (ex. a monk or a recent widow)
censure (vb)
to criticize severely; to officially rebuke trickery or subterfuge
disabuse (vb.)
to undeceive; to set right
disparate (adj.)
fundamentally distinct or dissimilar; sePARATE
equivocate (vb.)
to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent (equivocal) "When asked his position on oil the candidate only equivocated."
exculpate (vb.)
exonerate; to clear from blame
martial (adj.)
associated with war and the armed forces
mundane (adj.)
of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary
nascent (adj.)
coming into being; in early developmental stages
nebulous (adj.)
vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
noxious (adj.)
harmful, injurious
obtuse (adj.)
lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
reticent (adj.)
quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
solicitous (adj.)
concerned and attentive; eager (solicitous solicitors...eager solicitors...anyone showing care
stupefy (vb.)
to stun, baffle or amaze
stymie (vb.)
to block; to thwart
torque (n.)
a force that causes rotation
truculent (adj.)
fierce and cruel; eager to fight
voracious (adj.)
having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous
sordid (adj.)
characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul
a new word, expression or usage; the creation or use of new words or senses