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108 Cards in this Set

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ABATE
To reduce in amount, degree, or severity
ABSCOND
To leave secretly
AESTHETIC
Concerning the appreciation of beauty
AMALGAMATE
To combine; to mix together
ANACHRONISM
Something out of place in time
ARBITRATE
To judge a dispute between two opposing parties
ARDOR
Intense and passionate feelings
ARTICULATE
Able to speak clearly and expressively
ATTENUATE
To reduce in force or degree; to weaken
AUSTERE
Severe or stern in appearance; undecorated
BANAL
Predictable, cliched, boring
CANDID
Impartial and honest in speech
CASTIGATE
To punish or criticize harshly
CAUSTIC
Biting in wit
CHICANERY
Deception by means of craft or guile
COGENT
Convincing and well reasoned
CONDONE
To overlook, pardon, or disregard
CONVOLUTED
Intricate and complicated
CREDULOUS
Too trusting; gullible
CRESCENDO
Steadily increasing volume or force
DECORUM
Appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety
DEFERENCE
Respect, courtesy
DESULTORY
Jumping from one thing to another; disconnected
DIATRIBE
An abusive, condemnatory speech
DIFFIDENT
Lacking self-confidence
DILATORY
Intended to delay
DILETTANTE
Someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
DIRGE
A funeral hymn or mournful speech
DISABUSE
To set right; to free from error
DISCERN
To perceive; to recognize
DISPARATE
Fundamentally different; entirely unlike
DISSEMBLE
To present a false appearance; to disguise one's real intentions or character
DOGMA
A firmly held opinion, often a religious belief
DOGMATIC
Dictatorial in one's opinions
DUPE
To deceive; a person who is easily deceived
EFFICACY
Effectiveness
ELEGY
A sorrowful poem or speech
ELOQUENT
Persuasive and moving, especially in speech
EMULATE
To copy; to try to equal or excel
ENUMERATE
To count, list, or itemize
EQUIVOCATE
To use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead
ERRATIC
Wandering and unpredictable
ESOTERIC
Known or understood by only a few
ESTIMABLE
Admirable
EUPHEMISM
Use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one
EXACERBATE
To make worse
EXCULPATE/EXONERATE
To clear from blame; prove innocent
EXIGENT
Urgent; requiring immediate action
MALINGER
To evade responsibility by pretending to be ill
OBSEQUIOUS
Overly submissive and eager to please
OBSTINATE
Stubborn, unyielding
OBVIATE
To prevent; to make unnecessary
OCCLUDE
To stop up; to prevent the passage of
ONEROUS
Troublesome and oppressive; burdensome
OPPROBRIUM
Public disgrace
PARAGON
Model of excellence
PERFIDIOUS
Willing to betray one's trust
PERFUNCTORY
Done in a routine way; indifferent
TIRADE
Long, harsh speech or verbal attack
TORPOR
Extreme mental and physical sluggishness
TRANSITORY
Temporary, lasting a brief time
VERACITY
Filled with truth and accuracy
VERBOSE
Wordy
VEX
To annoy
DISSONANCE
Harsh and unpleasant sounding
DERIDE
To mock, ridicule, make fun of
VENERATE
To respect deeply (adoration, honor)
INGENUOUS
Straightforward, open; naive and unsophisticated (showing innocence or childlike simplicity)
PEDANT
Someone who shows off learning
ENGENDER
To produce, cause, or bring about
CORROBORATE
To confirm, verify
CAPRICIOUS
Changing one's mind quickly and often
EPHEMERAL
lasting a short time; momentary
ENIGMA
A puzzle; a mystery
ASSUAGE
To make something unpleasant less severe
PRECIPITATE
To throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation
EQUIVOCAL
Ambiguous
FLORID
Excessively decorated or embellished
FOMENT
To arouse or incite
GREGARIOUS
Outgoing, sociable
ICONOCLAST
One who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions
IMPERTURBABLE
Not capable of being disturbed
IMPETUOUS
Quick to act without thinking
IMPLACABLE
Unable to be calmed down or made peaceful
INCHOATE
Not fully formed; disorganized
INIMICAL
Hostile, unfriendly
INNOCUOUS
Harmless
INSIPID
Lacking interest or flavor
INTRANSIGENT
Uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled
INUNDATE
To overwhelm; to cover with water
IRASCIBLE
Easily made angry
PREVARICATE
To lie or deviate from the truth
PRISTINE
Fresh and clean; uncorrupted
PROLIFERATE
To increase in number quickly
PROPITIATE
To conciiate; to appease
PRUDENCE
Wisdom, caution, or restraint
PUNGENT
Sharp and irritating to the senses
QUIESCENT
Motionless
RAREFY
To make thinner or sparser
REPUDIATE
To reject the validity of
RETICENT
Silent, reserved
RHETORIC
Effective writing or speaking
SOPORIFIC
Causing sleep or lethargy
SPECIOUS
Deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious
STOLID
Unemotional; lacking sensitvity
SUBLIME
Lofty or grand
TACIT
Done without using words
TACITURN
Silent, not talkative