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154 Cards in this Set

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mirage
illusion, fabricate image
hierarchy
system of organization
liturgy
religious rite/ceremony
caterwaul
loud, howling fit
chimerical
mystical, fantastical, absurd
adjunct
something extra, added on
fait accompli
accomplished, already happened
bellwether
trendsetter, leader
effete
ineffective, not productive
hidebound
rigidly stuck to an idea
oblivious
ignorant, unaware
quasi
partial, resembling
raillery
rowdy teasing, good-humored ridicule
vignette
capture a moment
morass
monumental amount that consumes you
moisome
foul and offensive smell
poltroon
coward/someone who is afraid
proselyte
disciple for an organization or a believe, a little overtly enthusiastic
ribald
racy or sexually suggestive
supine
unmotivated, lethargic
melee
free-for-all
aegis
shield; patronage/sponsorship
lexicon
body of vocabulary
indigenous
native to particular area
apprise
to make aware
bibulous
fond of drinking
claque
enlisted to be applauders/give support
decacinate
to completely uproot
eleemosynary
charity, dependent upon donations
lachyrymose
lugubrious
minuscule
really, really small
obfuscate
to confuse/blur the issue
paternalism
system of government or treatment of people--treated as children (neg. conn.)
polarize
define opposite ends of an issue
microcosm
small part of something big
vassal
person who is servant, owes allegiance to someone else
purview
responsibility; scope of something you are in charge of
sanguine
having ready, healthy complexion
solecism
some sort of error
versimilitude
attempt to make something real and true to life
forte
something really good at; or "loud" music
enclave
sect or faction
macrocosm
big picture
gratis
free, w/o charge
condescend
to patronize, speak down to (FLUMERFELT.)
deter
turn aside
ancillary
supllementary, extra
bowdlerize
censorize sexual/offensive content
cozen
swindle, cheat
interstice
gap or space between things
plethora
abundance
pragmatic
realistic, practical
therapeutic
relaxing, helpful, power to heal or cure
schism
division into groups, factions of groups break off
virtuoso
person who is skilled in some sort of art
quizzical
questioning
paean
religious song, hymn, or ode
mountebank
trickster, swindler
persiflage
playful, bantering, fun talking or writing
rapacity
extreme hunger, greed
folderol
silly, funny stuff
divination
art of telling the future
elixir
magic potion, qualities to cure or heal
corollary
thing that follows from seomthing already established or proven
affinity
natural inclination
cul-de-sac
dead-end
cognate
means the same, different language
derring-do
active heroism
gamut
series, range
bilious
peevish, irritating
symptomatic
typical or characteristic
parameter
boundaries, rules, some sort of limitation which shapes the entire thing
hoi polloi
masses/crowds
mnemonic
memory device
lampoon
satirize, ridicule
inchoate
unfomred, in early stages
ineffable
unstateable, inexplicable
parameter
boundaries, rules, some sort of limitation which shapes the entire thing
lucubration
intense academic thought
hoi polloi
masses/crowds
parameter
boundaries, rules, some sort of limitation which shapes the entire thing
pundit
expert on something
hoi polloi
masses/crowds
obloquy
criticism, disapproval
mnemonic
memory device
opt
to choose or decide
ineffable
unstateable, inexplicable
risible
laughable
ineffable
unstateable, inexplicable
volte-face
complete turnabout in opinion
lucubration
intense academic thought
pundit
expert on something
obloquy
criticism, disapproval
lucubration
intense academic thought
nemesis
arch enemy, that thing or person that has the ultimate power to destroy you
pundit
expert on something
volte-face
complete turnabout in opinion
obloquy
criticism, disapproval
risible
laughable
malleable
bendable, easily shaped/formed
homily
overall meaning, guiding principle
genre
category
browbeat
bullying, threatening
aficionado
expert, enthusiast
commensurate
matching, suitable to
foray
raid, plunder
diaphonous
gauzy, filmy
emolument
payment or fee for position one holds
immure
to imprison, to confine
insouciant
blithely indifferent, happy-go-lucky
matrix
keeps everything from dissapating
persona
voice/person created by author
systemic
of or relating to the entire thing/body
panache
flair, style
obsequies
funeral rites
sacrosanct
holy, religious, sacred
vicessitude
variation according to trend; whimsical changes
Phillippic
mean speech directed at someone
prurient
lustful desires/interests
tendencious
biased or partisan
in media res
in the middle of things
maladroit
unskilled, lacking dexterity
dictum
act of speaking firmly with authority
bruit
to gossip
abortive
to stop before things are finished
ensconse
well-established, comfortably positioned
maudlin
overly sentimental to a fault
internecine
especially bloody and violent
conumelius
rude in speech or behavior
iconoclastic
rebellious, to knock down established beliefs
quid pro quo
something given in return for something else
traumatic
shocking experience
modulate
to change, vary, or regulate
saturnalian
wildly fun, a big party
waggish
playful tone
portentous
foreshadowing an event to come
prescience
knowledge of things or events before they happen
salubrious
wholesome, healthful
touchstone
gold standard; basis for comparison
vitiate
suck strength or energy from
carte blanche
freedom/authority to act at one's own discretion
gambol
frolic, to skip about playfully
ambivalent
equally conflicted from both ends
cataclysm
catastrophic upheaval
beleaguer
to attack
debaunch
to corrupt morally; engage in wild behavior
imbue
to fill w/ something (spiritual or feeling)
fastidious
really precise/difficult to please
ameyance
in suspension, held in activity, set aside
eclat
ostentatious or over-the-top claim/compliment
philistine
lacking in social graces
queasy
uneasy, troubled
refractory
stubborn, hard-headed
savoir-faire
ability to do the right thing in social situations