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66 Cards in this Set

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abnegate
to give up; to deny to oneself
accretion
a growth in size, an increase in amount
adjudicate
to hear and settle a matter
affected
phony, artificial
animus
a feeling of animosity or ill will
apostate
one who renounces a religious faith
arrears
unpaid, overdue debts or bills
avuncular
acting like an uncle; kind and warm
bedraggle
soiled, wet and limp; dilapidated
burnish
to polish
cataclysmic
severely destructive
certitude
assurance
coagulate
to clot
concomitant
existing concurrently
constituent
component, part
convergence
the state of separate elements joining or coming together
curt
abrupt, short with words
dour
sullen and gloomy
enjoin
[to command]to direct or impose with urgent appeal, to order with emphasis; to forbid
espy
to catch sight of, glimpse
extirpate
to root out, eradicate; to destroy wholly
febrile
feverish, marked by intense emotion or activity
flippant
marked by disrepectful lightheartedness or casualness
fortuitous
by chance, especially by favorable chance
gauche
lacking social refinement (not classy.)
heretical
departing from accepted beliefs or stadards (heretic)
illusory
producing illusion, deceptive
imprecation
a curse
incipient
beginning to exist or appear; in an initial stage
insensate
lacking sensibility and understanding, foolish
internecine
mutually destructive
inveterate
firmly established, especially with respect to a habit or attitude
junta
a small governing body, especially after a revolutionary seizure of power
lexicon
a dictionary
loquacious
talkative
malfeasance
wrongdoing or misconduct, especially by a public official
microcosm
a small scale representation of a larger system
mollify
to soothe in temper or disposition
nebulous
vague, undefined
opine
to express an opinion
oust
to remove from position by force; eject
panache
flamboyance or dash in style and action
flamboyant
marked by excessively elaborate or colorful display or behavior
pariah
an outcast
pellucid
transparently clear in style or meaning, easy to understand
philology
the study of ancient texts and languages
politic
shrewd and crafty in managing or dealing with things
precarious
lacking in security or stability, dependent on chance or uncertain conditions
proffer
to offer for acceptance
prostrate
lying face downward in adoration or submission
pundit
one who gives opinions in an authoritative manner
rarefy
to make rare, thin, less dense
refute
to contradict, discredit
reprove
to criticize or correct, usually in a gentle manner
satiate
to satisfy fully or to excess
seminal
influential in an original way, providing a basis for further development
stasis
a state of static balance or equilibrium
subterranean
hidden, secret; underground
sybarite
a person devoted to pleasure and luxury
toady
one who flatters in the home of gaining favors
trounce
to beat severely, defeat
usury
the practice of lending money at exorbitant rates (high interest)
vernal
relating to spring; fresh
vituperative
to abuse verbally, berate
wield
to exercise authority or influence effectively
zephyr
a gentle breeze