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51 Cards in this Set

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acerbic
adj. having a sour or bitter taste or character
amalgamate
v. to combine several elements into a whole
amenable
adj. agreeable; responsive to suggestion
bolster
v. to provide support or reinforcement
bombast
n. self-important or pompous writing or speech
bombastic
adj. pompous; grandiloquent
credulous
adj. tending to believe too readily; gullible
diatribe
n. a harsh denunciation
fawn
v. to flatter or praise excessively
fervent
adj. greatly emotional or zealous
flout
v. to demonstrate contempt for, as in a rule or convention
fortuitous
adj. happening by fortunate accident or chance
garrulous
adj. pointlessly talkative, talking too much
germane
adj. relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject
glib
adj. marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; lacking in depth; superficial
halcyon
adj. calm and peaceful
hubris
n. arrogant presumption or pride
idolatrous
adj. given to intense or excessive devotion to something
imminent
adj. about to happen; impending
imperturbable
adj. marked by extreme calm, impassivity and steadiness
impetuous
adj. hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement
implacable
adj. not capable of being appeased or significantly changed
indifferent
adj. having no interest or concern; showing no bias or prejudice
intrepid
adj. steadfast and courageous
laconic
adj. using few words; terse
malleable
adj. capable of being shaped or formed; tractable; pliable
maverick
n. an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party
mendacity
n. the condition of being untruthful; dishonesty
mercurial
adj. characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood
meticulous
adj. characterized by extreme care and precision; attentive to detail
mollify
v. to calm or soothe; to reduce in emotional intensity
obdurate
adj. unyielding; hardhearted; intractable
obfuscate
v. to deliberately obscure; to make confusing
obsequious
adj. exhibiting a fawning attentiveness
obstinate
adj. stubborn; hardheaded; uncompromising
opprobrium
n. disgrace; contempt; scorn
ostentatious
adj. characterized by or given to pretentiousness
pedantic
adj. the parading of learning; excessive attention to minutiae and formal rules
pervade
v. to permeate throughout
pervasive
adj. having the tendency to permeate or spread throughout
phlegmatic
adj. calm; sluggish; unemotional
pirate
v. to illegally use or reproduce
plethora
n. an overabundance; a surplus
polemical
adj. controversial; argumentative
pragmatic
adj. practical rather than idealistic
rancorous
adj. characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment
rhetoric
n. the art or study of effective use of language for communication and persuasion
salubrious
adj. promoting health or well-being
sedulous
adj. diligent; persistent; hard-working
solvent
adj. able to meet financial obligations; able to dissolve another substance
soporific
adj. causing drowsiness; tending to induce sleep