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103 Cards in this Set

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candid
completely honest, straightforward
conjecture
inference, guesswork
didactic
instructive
euphemism
a mild, indirect term substituting for a harsh, offensive term
extrapolate
to infer/estimate by extending or projecting known information
incoherent
lacking cohesion or connection
insinuate
to introduce or communicate stealthily
lucid
easily understood, clear
rhetoric
the art of using language effectively and persuasively
acumen
quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgement or insight
adroit
dexterous, deft
ascertain
to find out, as through investigation or experimentation
astute
shrewd, clever
circumspect
careful, prudent, discreet
disseminate
to scatter widely, as in sowing seed
erudition
deep, extensive learning
husbandry
the application of scientific principles to agriculture, especially to animal breeding
pedantic
excessively concerned with book learning and formal rules
perspicacious
shrewd, clear sighted
pragmatic
practical
precocious
exhibiting unusually early intellectual aptitude or maturity
prospectus
formal proposal
rudimentary
basic, elementary, in the earliest stages of development
abstruse
difficult to understand
callous
emotionally hardened, unfeeling
convoluted
intricate, complex
enigma
a puzzle, mystery, or riddle
inscrutable
difficult to fathom or understand, impenetrable
reticent
inclined to keep silent, reserved
staid
unemotional, serious
arcane
known or understood by only a few
assimilate
to absorb or become absorbed, to make or become similar
autonomy
independence; self determination
cosmopolitan
worldly, widely sophisticated
derivative
something that comes from another source
entourage
a group of attendants or associates, a retinue
esoteric
intended for or understood by only a small group
gaffe
a clumsy social error, a faux pas
idiosyncrasy
characteristic peculiar to an individual or group
insular
isolated; narrow or provincial
orthodox
adhering to the traditional and established, especially in religion
potentate
one who has the power and position to rule over others; monarch
castigate
to scold, rebuke, or harshly criticize
censure
to issue official blame
denounce
to condemn openly
reculsive
seeking or preferring seclusion or isolation
relinquish
to retire from; give up or abandon
renounce
to give up (a title, for example), especially by formal announcement
vituperative
marked by harshly abusive condemnation
circumscribe
to draw a circle around; to restrict
contiguous
sharing an edge or boundary; touching
conciliatory
appeasing, soothing, showing willingness to reconcile
credible
capable of being believed; plausible
exonerate
to free from blame
incontrovertible
indisputable, not open to question [unchangeable]
indict
to officially charge with wrongdoing or a crime
litigious
prone to engage in lawsuits
partisan
devoted to or biased in support of a party, group, or cause
parity
equality, as in amount, status, or value (opposite of disparity)
rectitude
moral uprightness; righteousness
rectify
[cor]rectify: to make correct
remiss
lax in attending to duty; negligent
repudiate
to reject the validity or authority of
sanctimonious
feigning piety or righteousness
feign
to make believe with the intent to deceive: "feign sick"
scrupulous
principled, having a strong sense of right and wrong; conscientious and exacting
solicitous
concerned
sophistry
plausible but misleading or fallacious argument
substantiate
to support with proof or evidence; verify
veracity
adherence to the truth; truthfulness
vindicate
to free from blame
cajole
to urge with repeated appeals, teasing, or flattery
chicanery
trickery
obsequious
servilely following; fawning and servile
sycophant
insincere, obsequious flatterer
altruism
unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness
eminent
distinguished; prominent
empathetic
identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives
extol
to praise highly
laudatory
full of praise
magnanimous
courageously or generously noble in mind and heart
philanthropic
humanitarian; benevolent; relating to monetary generosity
reciprocate
to mutually take or give; to respond in kind
defunct
no longer functioning or existing
eradicate
to get rid of as if by tearing it up by the roots; abolish
expurgate
to remove objectionable content before publication or release
extirpate
to destroy
quell
to put down forcibly; suppress
raze
to level to the ground, demolish
squelch
to crush as if by trampling, squash
supplant
to usurp the place of, especially through intrigue or underhanded tactics
stymie
to thwart or stump
abase
to lower in rank, prestige, or esteem
deride
to mock conteptuously
derogatory
insulting or intended to insult
disparage
to speak of negatively; to belittle
effrontery
brazen boldness, presumptuousness
ignominy
great personal dishonor or humiliation, disgraceful conduct
impugn
to attack as false or questionable
mar
to damage, especially in a disfiguring way
pejorative
disparaging, belittling, insulting
vex
to annoy or bother, to perplex
vindictive
disposed to seek revenge, revengeful, spiteful