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58 Cards in this Set

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abrogate
to make null, abolish
actuate
to put into action
admonish
to gently warn
algorithm
an established procedure for solving something
anomaly
a deviation from the common rule
apprise
to give notice to, inform
askance
with disapproval
balk
to stop short of and refuse to move onward
behemonth
something of monstrous size or power
bombastic
high-sounding but meaningless
cache
a hiding spot, stockpile
caucus
a closed committee within a political party
chary
watchful, cautious
condole
to grieve; express sympathy (condolences)
contemptuous
scornful, hateful
coterie
an intimate group of persons with a similar purpose
debacle
a sudden collapse or defeat; failure; fiasco
digress
to turn aside, stray from the subject
dispassionate
unaffected by bias or strong emotions, not allowing emotions to get involved
elegy
a mournful poem (elegiac)
eponymous
giving one's name to a place, book, restaurant (Macbeth: character and title of play)
extrinsic
originating from the outisde
fodder
raw material
fulsome
abundant; flattering in an insincere way
histrionics
intentional display of emotion for effect
impassive
absent of any external sign of emotion, expressionless
intimation
a subtle and indirect hint
lampoon
to ridicule with satire
libertine
a free thinker (esp. one without moral restraint)
macrocosm
the whole universe; a large-scale reflection of a part of the greater world
mannered
artificial or stilted in character (affected)
misanthrope
a person who hates or distrusts mankind
mores
fixed customs or manners; moral attitude
nefarious
intensely wicked
obfuscate
to confuse, make obscure
opprobrious
disgraceful, shameful
panegyric
elaborate praise; formal hymn of praise
pathogenic
causing disease
pique
to arouse anger or resentment in, to provoke
pore
to read studiously
presage
something that foreshadows
proxy
a person authorized to act for someone else
purport
to claim, suppose to be
remission
a lessening of intensity or degree
rescind
to repeal, cancel
rostrum
an elevated platform for public speaking
savant
a person of learning
seraphic
angelic, sweet (seraphim)
spartan
highly self-disciplined; frugal, austere
stipulate
to specify as a condition or requirement of an agreement
tantamount
equal in value or effect
tenet
a principle, belief, or doctrine accepted by members of a group
tout
to praise or publicize loudly
turgid
swollen as from a fluid, bloated
vehemently
marked by extreme intensity of emotions
vilify
to slander, defame
volley
a flight of missiles; round of gunshots
winsome
charming