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54 Cards in this Set

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adorn
to lend beauty to; decorate
aeon
an indefinitely long period of time; an age
affectation
artificiality; assumed behavior
aloof
distant physically or emotionally
amalgam
combination of diverse elements; mixture
ambivalent
having opposing feelings about something
anguish
torment
antecedent
one that precedes another
apathy
indifference
aplomb
self-confident assurance; poise
appall
to fill with consternation or dismay
apropos
to the point
archaic
relating to words that were once common but are now used to suggest an earlier style or period
arduous
testing endurance; strenuous
assertive
aggressively self-assured
auspicious
favorable
automaton
something that behaves like a robot
avant-garde
group active in the invention and application of new techniques in a given field
avarice
greed
banality
something that its trite or commonplace
bane
fatal injury or ruin
beleaguered
to harass, beset
belie
to picture falsely; misrepresent
belligerent
hostile; aggressive
repudiate
to reject emphatically as unfounded, untrue, or unjust
resolute
unwavering
reticence
tendency to be quiet
retiring
modest, shy
retort
to reply in a witty manner
rigidity
stiffness
ruffian
a bully
sanctuary
place of refuge/asylum
satirical
literary work...
sinecure
a job that requires little work but provides a salary
slighting
disparaging, belittling
sparing
prudence in the use of resources
spate
sudden flood or outpouring
spontaneity
self-generated, creative
spur
to incite
stimulation
creating sensation
strident
loud, harsh, grating
substantiate
to support with proof, verify
subtle
not immediately obvious; abstruse
supine
lying on the back
surly
arrogant, domineering
synergy
interaction of two or more agents so that their combined effect is greater...
synthetic
not natural
taciturn
silent
tactile
perceptible to the sense of touch, tangible
tedium
boredom
temper
to moderate
temperate
behavior exercising moderation and self-restraint (drinking, etc)
timidity
being fearful and hesitant
topography
graphic representation of the surface features of a place