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22 Cards in this Set

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brusque
(adj) abrupt, blunt, with no formalities
demagogue
(n) a leader who exploits popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power
cajole
(v) to coax, persuade through flattery or artifice; to deceive with soothing thoughts or false promises
ennui
(n) weariness and discontent from lack of occupation or interest, boredom
anomalous
(adj) abnormal, irregular, departing from the usual
contrive
(v) to plan with ingenuity, invent; to bring about as the result of a scheme or plan
disabuse
(v) to free from deception or error, set right in ideas or thinking
arbiter
(n) one having power to decide a matter at issue; a judge, umpire
bizarre
(adj) extremely strange, unusual, atypical
castigate
(v) to punish severely; criticize severely
aspersion
(n) a damaging or derogatory statement; the act of slandering or defaming
vouchsafe
(v) to give or furnish condescendingly; to grant
megalomaniac
(n) a delusion marked by a feeling of power, wealth, talent, etc., far in excess of reality
surreptitious
(adj) stealthy, secret, intended to escape observation; made or accomplished by fraud
transmute
(v) to change from one nature, substance, or form to another; to transform
immutable
(adj) not subject to change, constant
transgress
(v) to go beyond a limit or boundary; to sin, violate a law
heinous
(adj) very wicked, offensive, hateful
insurgent
(n) one who rebels or rises against authority;
(adj) rising in revolt, refusing to accept authority; surging or rushing on or on
fetter
(n) a chain or shackle placed on the feet (often used in plural); anything that confines or restrains;
(v) to chain or shackle; to render helpless or impotent
sinecure
(n) a position requiring little or no work; an easy job
vicarious
(adj) performed, suffered, or otherwise experienced by one person in place of another