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26 Cards in this Set

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abate v
to lessen in intensity or degree
accolade n
an expression of praise
adulation n
excessive praise; intense adoration
aesthetic adj
dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
avarice n
greed, exp. for wealth
burgeon v
to grow rapidly or flourish
cacophony n
harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance
canon n
an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature
castigation n
severe criticism or punishment
catalyst n
a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing
catalyst n
a person or thing that causes change
caustic adj
burning or stinging; causing corrosion
chary adj
wary; cautious; sparing
appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
complaisance n
the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
contrite adj
regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness
dearth n
smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack
demur v
to question or oppose
didactic adj
intended to teach or instruct
discretion n
cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions
disinterested adj
indifferent; free from self-interest
dogmatic adj
stubbornly opinionated
ebullience n
the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
elegy n
a mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead
emollient adj
soothing, esp. to the skin; making less harsh
empirical adj
based on observation or experiment