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61 Cards in this Set

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affront (vb.)
to offend by open manifestation; to embarass
allay (vb.)
to alleviate; relieve
allusion (n.)
an indirect reference usually with some sort of literary aspect to it
banal (adj)
devoid of freshness and originality
comprise (vb)
to consist of; to be composed of
concession (n.)
the act of conceding or yielding a right or privilege in an argument
depraved (adj.)
corrupt, wicked
deprecate (vb.)
to express earnest disapproval of
disinterested (adj)
impartial; indifferent
irony (n.)
the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning
oblivion (n.)
the state of being completely forgotten or unknown
perdition (n.)
the state of final spiritual ruin; damnation
prudent (adj)
wise or judicious in practical affairs; sagacious
revere (vb.)
to regard with respect tinged with awe
sarcasm (n.)
harsh or bitter derision or irony; a sharply ironical taunt
Ubiquity (n.)
the state or capacity of being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresence
coagulate (vb.)
to change from a fluid to a thickened mass; curdle; congeal
compunction (n.)
feeling remorse for something you've done; guilt
covet (vb.)
to want with jealousy, unhealthily
decorum (n.)
dignified propriety of behavior or speech or dress
denote (vb.)
to be mark or a sign of; indicate
imprudent (adj.)
reckless, irresponsible, not making wise decision
injunction (n.)
a command, order, admonition
minutiae (noun)
small or trivial details
obeisance (n.)
a bow, a curtsy or other similar gesture; a movement of the body expressing deep respect
puerile (adj)
childlike, immature, foolish
reprobation (n)
disapproval or near-rejection (usually by God)
sedulous (adj.)
carried out with great concern and attention to detail
solicitous (adj)
having a care or concern for someone; care or anxiety for another's welfare
spurn (verb)
to reject with disdain, scorn
whicker (n.)
a whinny; neigh
bemuse (vb.)
to bewilder or confuse (someone)
credible (adj)
capable of being believed; believable
culvert (n.)
a drain or channel crossing under a road, sidewalk, sewer
defile (vb.)
to make foul, dirty, or unclean; to pollute; to make impure
dicker (vb.)
to deal, swap, or trade with petty bargaining; to haggle
euphemism (n.)
the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt
garrote (vb.)
to choke
hassock (n.)
a thick, firm cushion used as a footstool or for kneeling
incredulous (adj.)
not credulous; disinclined or indisposed to believe; skeptical
jonquil (n.)
a pretty yellow flower; daffodil
marmoreal (adj.)
of or like marble; marble-like
pejorative (adj)
having a disparaging, derogatory, or belittling effect or force; insulting.
pettish (adj)
easily irritated; petulantly peevish
romantic (adj)
Fanciful, impractical, unrealistic, a desire for adventure, naïve. Movement in Art and Literature in the early 19th century.
syllogism (noun)
logic; a kind of deductive reasoning
cacophony (n.)
harsh discordance of sound; mixture of sounds
celestial (adj)
pertaining to the sky or visible heaven
cynic (n.)
a person who believes only selfishness motivates human action
demur (vb)
to make objection to
docility (n.)
the trait of being agreeably submissive and manageable
edify (vb)
to instruct or benefit; especially morally or spiritually
espy (vb)
to see at a distance, catch sight of
mummery (n)
any performance, ceremony, etc. regarded as absurd, false, or ostentatious
pantomime (verb)
the art or technique of conveying emotions, actions, etc. by gestures without speech
sebaceous (adj)
pertaining to, of the nature of, or resembling tallow or fat; fatty; greasy
sidle (vb)
to move sideways or obliquely; to edge along
supercilious (adj)
haughtily disdainful or contemptous; proud, arrogant
turpitude (n)
a vile or depraved act
vestibule (n)
a passage, hall, or antechamber between the outer door and the interior parts of a house or building.
wry (adj)
produced by a distortion or lopsidedness of the facial features; crooked