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37 Cards in this Set

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abate
to lesson in intensity or degree
ascetic
one who practices rigid self denial
avarice
greed esp. for wealth
axiom
a universally recognized principle
burgeon
to grow rapidly or flourish
bucolic
rustic and pastoral
castigation
severe criticism or punishment
caustic
burning or stinging
chary
wary, cautious, sparing
cogent
appealing forcibly to tje mind with the wishes of other
contrite
regretful, penitent, seeking forgiveness
demur
to question or oppose
disinterested
free of bias or self-interest
ebullience
the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
emollient
soothing, esp. to the skin
empirical
based on observation or experiment
facetious
playful, humororus
fallacy
an invalid or incorrect notion
harangue
to deliver a pompous speech or tirade
heretical
violating accepted dogma or convention
hyperbole
an exaggerated statement
impecunious
lacking funds, without money
incipient
to become apparent
intransigent
refusing to compromise
inveigled
to obtain by deception or flattery.
morose
sad sullen melancholy
odious
evoking intense aversion or dislike
penurious
penny pinching
preen
to dress up
prodigious
abundant in size force or extent
quaff
to drink deeply
redoubtable
awe inspiring, worthy of honor
squalid
sordid, wretched and dirty as from neglect
stoic
indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain, steadfast
torpid
lethargic, sluggish
urbane
sophisticated
vilify
to defame