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50 Cards in this Set

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Accolade (n)
In the world of public relations, a “Clio” is the highest accolade and advertising campaign can receive.
Aloof (adj)
His classmates thought James was a snob because, instead of joining in their conversations, he remained silent and aloof.
Austerity (n)
The bishops charged with conduction the heresy inquiry where a solemn, somewhat forbidding group; their demeanor reflected their austerity.
Charlatan (n)
When they realized that the Wizard didn’t know how to get them back to Kansas, Dorothy and her companions were indignant that they’d been duped by a charlatan.
Cursory (adj)
Because a cursory examination of the ruins indicates that possibility of arson, we believe the insurance agency should have deeper investigation of the fire’s cause.
Deprecate (v)
A firm believer in old-fashioned courtesy, Miss Post deprecated the modern tendency to address new acquaintances by their first names.
Distant (adj)
His distant greeting made me feel unwelcome from the start.
Esoteric (adj)
New Yorkers short stories often include esoteric allusion to obscure people and events: if you are in the in-crowd, you’ll get the reference; if you come from Cleveland, you won’t.
Facile (adj)
Words came easily to Jason: he was a facile speaker and prided himself on being ready to make a speech at a moment’s notice.
Founder (v)
After hitting the submerged iceberg, the Titanic started taking in water rapidly and soon foundered.
Hindrance (n)
Stalled cars along the highway present a hindrance to traffic that tow trucks should remove without delay.
Inaugurate (v)
The airline decided to inaugurate its new route to the Far East with a special reduced fare offer.
Indiscriminate (adj)
Disapproving of her son’s indiscriminate television viewing, Shirley decided to restrict him to watching educational programs.
Inimical (adj)
I’ve always been friendly to Martha. Why is she so inimical to me?
Judicious (adj)
At a key moment in his life, Tom mad a judicious investment that was the foundation of his later wealth.
Mundane (adj)
Uninterested in philosophical or spiritual discussions, Tom talked only for mundane matters such as the daily weather forecast or the latest basketball results.
Opaque (adj)
The opaque window shade kept the sunlight out of the room
Passive (adj)
Mahatma Gandhi urged his followers to pursue a program of passive resistance rather than resorting to violence and acts of terrorism.
Pomposity (n)
Although the commencement speaker had some good things to say, we had to laugh at his pomposity and general air of parading his own dignity.
Proliferation (n)
Times of economic hardship inevitably encourage the proliferation of countless get-rich-quick schemes.
Remorse (n)
The murderer felt no remorse for his crime.
Sage (n)
Hearing tales of a mysterious Master of All Knowledge who lived in the fills of Tibet, Sandy was possessed with a burning desire to consult the legendary sage.
Static (adj)
Nothing had changed at home; life was static.
Tirade (n)
The cigar smoker went into a bitter tirade denouncing the anti-smoking forces that had succeeded in banning smoking from most planes and restaurants
Usurp (v)
The revolution ended when the victorious rebel general succeeded in his attempt to usurp the throne
Adversary (n)
The young wrestler struggled to over come his adversary.
Apprehension (n)
The tourist refused to drive his rental car through downtown Miami because he felt some apprehension that he might be carjacked.
Benevolent (adj)
Mr. Fezziwig was a benevolent employer who wished to make Christmas merrier for young Scrooge and his other employees.
Confound (v)
No mystery could confound Sherlock Holmes for long.
Defiance (n)
When john reached the “terrible two’s,” he responded to every parental request with howls of defiance.
Discredit (v)
The campaign was highly negative in tone; each candidate tried to discredit the others.
Enumerate (v)
Huck hung his head in shame as Miss Watson enumerated his many flaws.
Exacting (adj)
Cleaning the ceiling of the Sistine chapel was an exacting task, one that demanded extremely meticulous care on the part of the restorers.
Flippant (adj)
When Mark told Mona he loved her, she dismissed his earnest declaration with a flippant “Oh, you say that to all the girls!”
Gravity (n)
We could tell we were in serious trouble from the gravity of the principle’s expression.
Iconoclast (n)
A born iconoclast, Jean Fenet deliberately set out to shock conventional theatergoers with his radical plays.
Incoherent (adj)
The bereaved father sobbed and stammered, his words becoming almost incoherent in his grief.
Inert (adj)
“Get up, you lazybones,” Tina cried to Tony, who lay in bed inert.
Intervene (v)
Rachel tried to intervene the quarrel between her two sons.
Magnanimous (adj)
Philanthropists by definition are magnanimous; misers, by definition, are not.
Oblivion (n)
After a brief period of popularity, Hurston’s works fell into oblivion; no one pothered to reprint them or even to read them any more.
Paltry (adj)
One hundred dollars for a genuine imitation Rolex watch! Lady, this is a paltry sum to pay for such a high-class piece of jewelry.
Perpetuate (v)
Some critics attack The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn because they believe Twain’s book perpetuates a false image of African-Americans in this country.
Preclude (v)
The fact that the band was already booked to play in Hollywood, precluded their accepting the gig in London they were offered
Quiescent (adj)
After the great eruption, fear of Mount Etna was great’ people did not return to cultivate its rich hillside lands until the volcano had been quiescent for a full two years
Reticent (adj)
Fearing his competitors might get advance word about his plans from talkative staff members, Hughes preferred reticent employees to loquacious ones.
Skeptical (adj)
I am skeptical about the new health plan; I want some proof that it can work.
Substantial (adj)
The scholarship represented a substantial sum of money
Trivial (adj)
Too many magazines ignore newsworthy subjects and feature trivial affairs.
Virtuoso (n)
The child prodigy Yehudi Menuhin grew into a virtuoso whose violin performance trilled millions.