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132 Cards in this Set

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candid
completely honest; straightforward
conjecture
inference; guesswork
didactic
instructive
effusive
showing excessive emotion; overflowing
euphemism
a mild, indirect, or vague term substituting for a harsh, blunt, or offensive term
extrapolate
to infer or estimate by extending or projecting known information
incoherent
lacking cohesion or connection
insinuate
to imply or communicate stealthily
loquacious
very talkative
lucid
easily understood; clear
rhetoric
the art of using language effectively and persuasively
acumen
quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgement or insight
ascertain
to find out, as through investigation or experimentation
astute
shrewd; clever
precocious
exhibiting unusually early intellectual aptitude or maturity
rudimentary
basic; elementary; in the earliest stages of development
abstruse
difficult to understand
callous
emotionally hardened; unfeeling
enigma
a puzzle, mystery, or riddle
autonomy
independence; self-determination
derivative (n)
something that comes from another source
esoteric
intended for or understood by only a small group
idiosyncrasy
characteristic peculiar to an individual or group
orthodox
adhering to the traditional and established, especially in religion
relinquish
to retire from; give up or abandon
circumscribe
to draw a circle around; to restrict
contiguous
sharing an edge or boundary; touching
credible
capable of being believed; plausible
incontrovertible
indisputable; not open to question
indict
to officially charge with wrongdoing or a crime
partisan (adj.)
devoted to or biased in support of a party, group, or cause
empathy
identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives
eradicate
to get rid of as if by tearing it up by the roots; abolish
raze
to level to the ground; demolish
derogatory
insulting or intending to insult
gratuitous
given freely; unearned; unnecessary
redundant
needlessly repetitive
vignette
a short scene or story
beneficial
producing or promoting a favorable result; helpful
complement (n)
something that completes, goes with, or brings to perfection
epitome
a representative or example of a type
debunk
to expose untruths, shams, or exaggerated claims
ambiguous
open to more than one interpretation
erratic
markedly inconsistent
sporadic
occurring at irregular intervals; having no pattern or order in time
mercenary
motivated solely by a desire for money or material gain
novel (adj.)
fresh; original; new
scintillating
brilliant
placid
calm or quiet; undisturbed
concur
to agree
meticulous
extremely careful and precise
affable
easy going; friendly
amiable
friendly; agreeable; good-natured
fabricate
to make up in order to deceive
arcane
known or understood by only a few
stratify
to layer or separate into layers
conspicuous
easy to notice; obvious
banal
drearily commonplace; predictable; trite
cacophony
discordant, unpleasant noise
extraneous
irrelevant; inessential
mar
to damage, especially in a disfiguring way
benign
kind and gentle
adroit
dexterous; deft
cosmopolitan
worldly; widely sophisticated
prolific
very productive; producing great qualities
staid
unemotional; serious
concord
agreement
circumspect
careful; prudent; discreet
pedantic
excessively concerned with book learning and formal rules
pragmatic
practical
prospectus
formal proposal
convoluted
intricate; complex
alleviate
to ease a pain or burden
therapeutic
having or exhibiting healing powers
curative
able to heal or cure
dogmatic
stubbornly attached to insufficiently proven beliefs
abase
to lower in rank, prestige, or esteem
superfluous
extra; unnecessary
gaffe
a clumsy social error; a faux pas
dubious
doubtful; of unlikely authenticity
eclectic
made up of a variety of sources or styles
defunct
no longer existing or functioning
laudatory
full of praise
philanthropic
humanitarian; benevolent; relating to monetary generosity
squelch
to crush as if by trampling; squash
bombastic
given to pompous speech or writing
embellish
to ornament or decorate; to exaggerate
ornate
elaborately decorated
fallacy
a false notion
apathetic
feeling or showing little emotion
whimsical
characterized by whim; unpredictable
aesthetic
having to do with the appreciation of beauty
verdant
green with vegetation
assimilate
to absorb or become absorbed; to make or become similar
redouble
to make twice as great; to double
prodigious
enormous
arboreal
relating to or resembling a tree or trees
denounce
to condemn openly
renounce
to give up (a title, for example), especially by formal announcement
multiplicity
state of being various or manifold; a great number
jaded
worn out; wearied
synergy
combined action or operation
disseminate
to scatter widely, as in sowing seed
scrupulous
principled, having a strong sense of right and wrong; conscientious and exacting
quell
to put down forcibly; suppress
impugn
to attack as false or questionable
vacillate
to sway from one side to the other; oscillate
parity
equality, as in amount, status, or value
solicitous
concerned
belie
to misrepresent or disguise
squander
to spend wastefully
sanguine
cheerfully confident; optimistic
flippant
disrespectfully humorous or casual
repugnant
arousing disgust or aversion; offensive or repulsive
maverick
one who is independent and resists adherence to a group
prescience
knowledge of actions or events before they occur; foreknowledge; foresight
prosaic
unimaginative; dull
impetuous
suddenly and forcefully energetic or emotional; impulsive and passionate
impetus
an impelling force or stimulus
tenacity
persistence
temporal
of, relating to, or limited by time
jocular
characterized by or given to joking
belligerent
eager to fight; hostile or aggressive
equivocal
open to two or more interpretations and often intended to mislead; ambigous
proliferate
to grow or increase rapidly
tangential
merely touching or slightly connected; only superficially relevant
vindicate
to free from blame
ambivalent
simultaneously feeling opposing feelings; uncertain
hackneyed
worn out through overuse; trite
multifarious
diverse; various
disaffected
having lost faith or loyalty; discontent
flag (v.)
to decline in vigor or strength; to tire; to droop