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38 Cards in this Set

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It was a difficult problem, but he solved it with such ________ that he was able to take a long lunch.

acumen, anathema, alacrity, acrimony


(n.) eagerness, speed
Since you showed such brilliant _______ in your method for solving the laboratory problem last week, this week you'll be getting an even more challenging one.

acumen, anathema, alacrity, acrimony


(n.) keen insight
The name Custer is an _________ to most native Americans.

acumen, anathema, alacrity, acrimony


(n.) a cursed, detested person
He's been nasty recently. He ran this meeting with such ________ that it is likely that few will show up next week.

acumen, anathema, alacrity, acrimony


(n.) bitterness, discord
One sure way for a ruler to win the emnity of his people is for him to ________ 50% of their crops for his own use.

adumbrate, abjure, abrogate, arrogate


(v.) to take without justification
Whenever lack of time forces a commander to _________ his battle plan, confusion is likely and victory is less certain.

adumbrate, abjure, abrogate, arrogate


(v.) make only a sketchy outline
The new ruling commission fully planned to _______ any local law that allowed freedom to green people.

adumbrate, abjure, abrogate, arrogate


(v.) to abolish, usually by authority
She moved quickly to _______ the unpopular activities that her predecessor so readily condoned.

adumbrate, abjure, abrogate, arrogate


(v.) to reject, renounce, or repudiate
Late for the meeting, Susan cast a mere
________ glance at the long agenda.

capricious, diffident, contrite, cursory


(adj.) brief --- to the point of being superficial
Jill became extremely ________ and began to cruelly make fun of all her friends

garrulous, acerbic, bombastic, glib
acerbic -


(adj.) biting, bitter in tone or taste
The priest lives an ________ life devoid of television, savory foods, and other pleasures.

discursive, laconic, ascetic, garrulous


(adj.) practicing restraint as a means of self-discipline, usually religious
She soon experienced the _________ effects of running a marathon without stretching her muscles enough beforehand

assiduous,demur, deleterious, brusque


(adj.) harmful
The construction workers erected the skyscraper during two long years of ________ labor.

assiduous, declaiming, laconic, bombastic


(adj.) persistant, diligent attention
Though everyone else at the party was dancing loudly and going crazy, she remained her ________ shy self.

loquacious, grandiloquent, demure, verbose


(adj.) quiet, modest, reserved
The captain’s _______ manner offended the passengers who had expected a more attentive ship's master.

brusque, voluble, stentorian, pithy


(adj.) short, abrupt, dismissive
The young girl’s ________ constantly changing interests made it difficult for her to focus on achieving her goals.

egregious, capricious, assiduous, cogent

(ka-prish'-us; -prEEsh'-us)

(adj.) subject to whim, fickle; unpredictably impulsive
Irene’s arguments in favor of abstinence were so _______ that I could not resist them.

effulgent, cogent, concomitant, insidious

(kO'-junt; kO'-jent)

(adj.) intellectually convincing
His current dislike of credit cards is easily seen in the ___________ lack of new luxury items in his apartment.

concomitant, ostentatious, execrable, inveterate


(adj.) Occurring along with, existing concurrently; attendant
Because the edges of the old book were so __________ and discolored, I first thought it was a discarded piece of wood.

acerbic, capricious, discursive, dessicated


(adj.) dried up, dehydrated
Blake’s __________ behavior showed his sincere regret and made it impossible to stay angry at him.

loquacious, effulgent, egregious, contrite

(kun-trIte'; kon'-trIte)

(adj.) 1. Feeling regret and sorrow for one's sins or offenses; penitent.
2. Arising from or expressing contrition: e.g., contrite words.
Sunlight poured in through the ________ curtains, revealing the odd shape of the old window while also brightening the room.

effulgent, diaphanous, exigent, insidious


(adj.) light, airy, transparent
Billy, an extrovert? No way! He was such a(n) _________ kid that one rarely even knew when he was in the room.

effulgent, diffident, execrable, glib

(diff'-i-dint; -dent')

(adj.) marked by shyness; quiet, modest; lacking self-confidence
His rather _______ directions were as confusing as a maze. They highlighted every landmark and turn in the town.

divisive, exigent, evanescent, discursive


(adj.) Covering a wide field of subjects; perhaps even rambling.
As expected, the professor’s lectures were as __________ as always and seemed to be about every topic except the ones on the outline.

brusque, insidious, inveterate, discursive


(adj.) Covering a wide field of subjects; perhaps even rambling
They are ______ upon receiving their first acceptance and confused after their sixth.

ebullient, insidious, contrite, discursive


(adj.) extremely lively, enthusiastic
The Christmas display area in the back of the store was glowing with _________ displays of lighted trees and glittering ornaments.

stentorian, effulgent, discursive, brusque

(i-ful'-gint) (adj.) radiant, splendorous; shining brilliantly
The professor who so loudly admonished the Egyptian student for adhering to a "murderous religion" was never admonished for her ________ comments.

diffident, contrite, extant, egregious

(i-grE'jus; -jE-us)

(adj.) conspicuously bad/conspicuously offensive
Mirages seen in the desert are typically more _________ than long-lived.

intransigent, ephemeral, execrable, exigent


(adj.) relatively short-lived, fleeting
Her happinesses were always a brief _____________ things because her mental state constantly seemed to be one of confusion and negativity and depression.

evanescent, xenophobic, deleterious, loquacious


(adj.) fleeting, momentary; vanishing like a vapor
Eating her yucky, experimental, new casseroles was such an ________ set of experiences growing up that it actually makes me sick to think about it today.

exigent, ostentatious, pithy, execrable

pronounce all the sounds quickly

(adj.) loathsome, detestable; deserving of execration (i.e., of being cursed)
The _________ need to intervene so important could not wait for even thirty seconds.

difident, execrable, bombastic, exigent


(adj.) urgent, critical; requiring immediate attention
Birds are sometimes thought to be the only present-day __________ decendents of the dinosaurs.

prolix, extant, taciturn, melifluous

(ek'-stent; ek'-stant)

(adj.) existing; not destroyed or lost
--[sometimes ==> an opposite of extinct]
____________ attitudes on the part of nativist Earthlings could delay the assimilation of both the orange and the green Martians despite the otherwise basic attractiveness of these beings.

Terse, Insidious, Xenophobic, Diffident


(adj.) - fear of (or contempt for) strangers (or foreigners)
Why are you so surprised at her _________ clothing?

loquatious, ostentatious, acerbic, inveterate


(adj.) flamboyant, pretentious, showy
If you insist of pairing democrats with republicans you will get nothing but _______ interactions and constant arguments.

divisive, capricious, ascetic, cogent

(di-vIce'-ive [as in "divide"] DO NOT say di-viss-ive)

(adj.) creating dissention or discord
To some people eating ice-cream is a delicious but _________ habit, considering its potential to cause weight gain.

insidious, capricious, ebullient, exigent


(adj.) appealing BUT inperceptively harmful; seductive
She gave in quickly, as she was not nearly as __________ on the issue as he was.

loquacious, deliterious, intransigent, laconic


(adj.) uncompromising; refusing to moderate a (typically) extreme position or opinion
She's a life time criminal with such _________ antisocial behaviors that she'll probably be locked up for at least sixty years.

taciturn, declaiming, voluble, inveterate


(adj.) stubbornly established by habit and not likely to change