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417 Cards in this Set

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abet (v)
to aid
abjure (v)
to renounce, to give something up
abstemious (a)
sparing, restraining (e.g. an abstemious diet)
accede (v)
to agree to
acquiesce (v)
to agree tacitly
acrid (a)
adamant (a)
unyielding, stubborn
affable (a)
friendly, approachable
agile (a)
nimble, quick
alleviate (v)
to make easier
aloof (a)
distant, remote
ambiguous (a)
unclear, having two or more meanings
ameliorate (v)
to make easier
anomaly (n)
smth out of the ordinary; irregular
antediluvian (a)
very old, out of date
antithesis (n)
the opposite
apex (n)
climax, highest point
apocryphal (a)
questionable in authenticity
ardor (n)
assuage (v)
to make easier, ameliorate
astute (a)
perceptive, clever
autocrat (n)
an absolute authority
avarice (n)
insatiable (a)
incapable of being satisfied
avuncular (a)
of or having to do with an uncle
bellicose (a)
war-like, inclined to fight
benighted (a)
overtaken by darkness
benign (a)
blatant (a)
obvious, flagrant
flagrant (a)
noticeable, evident
blithe (a)
(n) a break, (v) to break
cacophony (n)
a harsh noise
dissonance (n)
inharmonious, harsh sound
candid (a)
frank; impartial
capitulate (v)
to give in, to surrender
chaff (v)
to joke or mock in a friendly way
circumlocution (n)
a roundabout way of speaking
cogent (a)
convincing, effective
colloquial (a)
relating to informal conversation
concur (v)
to agree
console (v)
to comfort
copious (a)
counterfeit (n),(a),(v)
discern (v)
to recognize, distinguish or apprehend
credulous (a)
defer (v)
to put off to a future time
deplete (v)
to use up something
deter (v)
to prevent or discourage
dexterous (a)
clever, adroit
adroit (a)
expert, skilled
dilemma (n)
tight situation, crisis
diminutive (a)
discreet (a)
cautious, restrained
discrete (a)
distant, seperated
divulge (v)
to tell, reveal
dormant (a)
inactive, as if sleeping
dross (n)
edible (a)
able to be eaten
palatable (a)
acceptable or agreeable to someone's taste
egress (n)
an exit
elegy (n)
a mournful, sad composition
melancholy (n)
plaintive (a)
expressing sorrow or melancholy
empathy (n)
intellectual identification of ones feelings
vicarious (a)
delegated or substituded (e.g. vicarious punishment)
(n) representative, (v) empower
engender (v)
to cause or generate
enmity (n)
hostility, animosity
acrimony (n)
harshness or bitterness
equivocate (v)
to lie by using ambiguous expressions
ethereal (a)
tangible (a)
real, actual, discernable
evoke (v)
to stimulate (memories, feelings, etc.)
provoke (v)
to aggrovate
expedite (v)
to rush, to hasten
extinct (a)
no longer in existance
facile (a)
easy to do
fallacy (n)
a false notion, misconception
feign (v)
to pretend
frugal (a)
economical, conservative, cheap
prudent (a)
wise or judicious in practical affairs
fulsome (a)
sickening or offensive; esp. as being excessive
garrulous (a)
excessively talkative in a rambling way
gregarious (a)
sociable, friendly, affable
guile (n)
trickery, slyness
(a) crafty, shrewd, sly, (n) craftiness
gullible (a)
easily fooled
hamper (v)
to hinder; to interfere with
impede (v)
to hinder or hamper
haughty (a)
disdainfully proud
arrogant (a)
presumptous of superior importance or rights
supercilious (a)
disdainfully haughty
disdain (v)
to look upon or treat with contempt
contempt (n)
the feeling with which a person regards anything considered mean, vile, or wortheless
insolent (a)
boldy rude or disrespectful
audacious (a)
recklessly daring; bold
pertinent (a)
heinous (a)
grossly wicked; detestable
distasteful, offensive
odious (a)
detestable, repugnant
hew (v)
to chop
ignoble (a)
low, inferior; dishonourable
immaculate (a)
clean, free from flaw
impair (v)
to worsen or damage
inane (a)
lacking sense, silly; stupid
incite (v)
to stimulate or encourage
incredulous (a)
not credulous, skeptical
indelible (a)
permanent; uncapable of being forgotten, destroyed, etc.
indolent (a)
innocuous (a)
intrepid (a)
brave; fearless or dauntless
daunt (v)
to intimidate or frighten
ire (n)
intense anger, wrath
vengeance (n)
retaliation or revenge
jocular (a)
facetious (a)
not serious, jokingly
jubilant (a)
joyful, exuberant, jovial
exuberant (a)
laudable (a)
commendable, deserving praise
lax (a)
loose; not strict
lexicon (n)
a dictionary
delinquent (a)
irresponsible; reprehensible
lithe (a)
bending readily; flexible
loquacious (a)
talkative, garrulous
lucid (a)
clear, comprehensible
malcontent (a)
dissatisfied with existing conditions
meander (v)
to wander; to take an indirect course
mendicant (n)
a beggar
mettle (n)
courage and fortitude (e.g. a man of mettle)
mimic (v)
to imitate
mollify (v)
to soften, pacify, appease, or mitigate
appease (v)
to satisfy or bring peace to
mitigate (v)
to moderate or make less severe; assuage
morose (a)
gloomy, sullen, or the like
sullen (a)
irritated, moody, sulky
surly (a)
sullen, grumpy, or the like
churl (n)
a rude or surly person
irascible (a)
easily irritated; crabby
mundane (a)
nadir (n)
the lowest point; as in of adversity
adversity (n)
noisome (a)
smelling bad
obdurate (a)
stubborn, unyielding
callous (a)
insensitive, unsympathetic; hard
oblique (a)
not straight or direct; roundabout
obstreperous (a)
uncontrolled, unruly
opulent (a)
wealthy, rich, affluent
affluence (n)
abundance of riches; wealth
ostrasize (v)
to exclude
palpable (a)
obvious, evident; tangible
panegyric (n)
a eulogy; homage, tribute, etc.
paragon (n)
a model; an example, ideal
paramount (a)
chief in importance, supreme
pathos (n)
sorrowness evoked from an experience
perfidious (a)
being deliberately corrupt
peripatetic (a)
walking or travelling about
itinerant (a)
travelling about
pernicious (a)
extremely harmful
petty (a)
of little or no importance
paltry (a)
insultingly small
pied (a)
patchy in colour; parti-coloured
pique (v)
to offend personally; as in the pride
plea (n)
a request; begging
potent (a)
powerful, effective
precocious (a)
unusually advanced or mature in development
prim (a)
precise or proper; stiffly neat
protean (a)
taking on different forms; erratic, variable
pugnacious (a)
belligerent, bellicose
belligerent (a)
bellicose, inclined to fight
query (n)
a question or inquiry
rapacious (a)
extremely greedy
plunder (v)
to rob
inordinate (a)
not within proper or reasonable amounts; immoderate
ravenous (a)
extremely hungry; rapacious
voracious (a)
extremely hungry
raze (v)
to tear down
redoubtable (a)
intimidating, formidable
regicide (n)
the killing or killer of a king
ruminate (v)
to think about
muse (v)
to think about
cogitate (v)
to think about
pacify (v)
to soothe or mollify; to bring peace
reconcile (v)
to appease
assuage (v)
to moderate or make less severe; mitigate
intermediary (n)
a go-between or mediator
mediate (v)
to settle disputes as an intermediary between parties
propitiate (v)
to appease
placate (v)
to appease
conciliate (v)
to appease; to overcome the distrust or hostility of
amicable (a)
friendly, non-violent
sage (a)
wise or prudent
sanguine (a)
cheery and optimistic
serendipity (n)
good fortune, luck
aptitude (n)
capability, talent
innate (a)
existing since birth
shrewd (a)
keen and sharp in practical matters; clever
astute (a)
perceptive, keen
sagacious (a)
shrewd, clever
smite (v)
to strike or hit
solace (n),(v)
comfort from sorrow
soporific (n)
something that puts you to sleep
squalid (a)
disgusting from lack of cleanliness
clandestine (a)
secret, concealed
furtive (a)
sneaky, clandestine
surreptitious (a)
sneaky, clandestine
submerge (v)
to sink
immerse (v)
subtle (a)
very slight; thin, tenuous; elusive
tenuous (a)
lacking a sound basis, as reasoning
insidious (a)
corrupting; meant to beguile
beguile (v)
to deceive, cheat, or mislead
taciturn (a)
uncommunicative and quiet; reserved
reticent (a)
taciturn; quiet and reserved
tenacious (a)
persistent, stubborn
torpid (a)
indolent; lazy and sluggish
transient (a)
temporary, not lasting
travail (n)
hard work
trepidation (n)
agitate (v)
to shake
perturb (v)
to agitate
truculent (a)
fierce or brutal; belligerent
ubiquitous (a)
omnipresent (a)
present everywhere at the same time
usurp (v)
to illegally or wrongfully take over
piousness (a)
religiously dedicated
fervor (a)
great warmth; ardor, passion
devout (a)
religiously dedicated
earnest (a)
industrious, enthusiastic
frivolous (a)
trivial; lack of seriousness or sense
fervent (a)
passionate, enthusiastic
industrious (a)
hard-working, diligent
assiduous (a)
persistent, continuous
sedulous (a)
persistent, constant
suave (a)
smoothly agreeable or polite
urbane (a)
reflecting sophistication, elegance, etc.
valor (n)
veneer (n)
a superficial appearance or illusion
pretense (n)
a superficial appearance or illusion
facade (n)
a superficial appearance or illusion
veracity (n)
verbose (a)
prolix (a)
excessively tedious
pompous (a)
arrogantly ostentatious
vex (v)
to irritate or annoy
visage (n)
aspect; appearance
vivify (v)
to animate, give life to
wan (a)
wane (v)
to decrease in size
wax (v)
to increase in size
zealot (n)
an enthusiasnt, extremeist or fanatic
zenith (n)
the top; highest point
apex (n)
the climax, peak
summit (n)
the top; highest point
zephyr (a)
lethargic (a)
lazy, sluggish, drowsy
travesty (n)
a grotesque or inferior imitation
grotesque (a)
extremely ugly
duplicitous (a)
deceitful; double-dealing
panegyric (a)
a speech of high praise
penultimate (a)
next to last
spurious (a)
not genuine; counterfeit
sputum (n)
saliva and mucous spit out of the mouth
sublunary (a)
under the moon
Meditteranean (a)
middle of the earth
inanimate (a)
contradict (v)
to speak against
somnolent (a)
sleeping, drowsy, or causing sleep
somnambulist (n)
a sleepwalker
insomnia (n)
an inability to sleep
benediction (n)
a blessing; good speech, good words
valediction (n)
a farewell speech
cantata (n)
a musical composition
somniloquy (n)
talking in your sleep
bibliophile (n)
book lover
misanthrope (n)
one who hates people
anthropomorphic (a)
in the shape of man
postmortem (a)
after death
omnipotent (a)
all powerful
tacit (a)
implicit, unexpressed
abyss (n)
an infinite, immeasurable space
pseudonym (n)
a fake name, ususally used by an author; pen name
admonish (v)
to worn or advise
contravene (v)
to go against
endeavor (v)
to make an effort; try or attempt
flummox (v)
to bewilder; confound; confuse
extravagant (a)
over the top
providence (n)
care or preperation in advance
incinerate (v)
to burn
equine (a)
pertaining to a horse
assimilation (n)
process of taking in and incorporate as ones own; absorb
abattoir (n)
a slaughter house
finesse (n)
delicasy of execution; skill; craft
manifest (a)
evident, obvious, apparent
abdicate (v)
to give up position
opposite in nature or character (e.g. contrary to fact..)
despair (n)
loss of hope
negation (n)
denial, contradiction
prelude (n)
an introduction; preceeding the main event
aberrant (a)
away from proper course; abnormal
ambulatory (a)
amble (v)
slow, easy walk; saunter
chronic (a)
continuing a long time, constant
incision (n)
a cut
dynasty (n)
a sequence of rulers from the same family or group
dismal (a)
gloomy, dreadful
malady (n)
illness, sickness, ailment
amorphous (a)
lacking shape, formless, characterless
multitude (n)
a great number (e.g. a multitude of friends]
omnipotent (a)
all powerful
omniscient (a)
all knowing
dissent (n)
disagreement, difference
dissident (a)
feeble (a)
eloquence (n)
persuasive, powerful discourse
apt (a)
suitable, appropiate OR inclined, disposed
discourse (n)
talk, conversation, dialogue
culpable (a)
blameworthy, responsible of actions
condescend (v)
talk down to; act superior at
deign (v)
patronize (v)
condescend; act superior
dislodge (v)
to remove or force out of position
rue (v)
to bitterly regret
vociferous (a)
loud, clamorous
repent (v)
to feel sorry for; regret
clamor (n)
a loud commotion
navel (n)
the centre, middle
vague (a)
unclear, indefinite
variegate (v)
to give variety; diversify
sole (a)
only one
multitudinous (a)
very numerous, many
jubilation (n)
joy; celebration
exulatant (a)
very happy, jubilant
subside (v)
to decrease or sink to a lower level; settle down
prodigious (a)
huge or extraordinary in size, amount, extent, degree, force, etc.
consolidate (v)
to unite, combine
gallant (a)
chivalrous, noble, brave
wretched (a)
terrible, miserable
conducive (a)
tending to cause or produce; favorable; contributive (e.g. good eating habits are conducive to good health)
excavate (v)
to dig up; hollowing
increment (n)
something added or gained
premeditate (v)
to meditate, consider, or plan beforehand
savory (a)
pleasant or agreeable in taste or smell
bastion (n)
a fortified place
fortify (v)
to strengthen and secure
barter (v)
to trade
domicile (n)
a residence, home
congest (v)
to overfill or overcrowd
wishy-washy (a)
lacking in strength or character or purpose; thin and watery
decisive (a)
having the power or quality to deciding; putting an end to controversy (e.g. your argument was the decisive one)
resolute (a)
firmly resolved or determined
pliant (a)
flexible, adaptable, alterable
supple (a)
tractable (a)
manageable; easiliy controlled
docile (a)
easily managed or handled
stodgy (a)
heavy, dull
advent (n)
the beginning, arrival (e.g. the advent of the holiday season)
carp (v)
to find fault, complain
rudder (n)
the blade at the end of the vessel used to steer
cohort (n)
an associate, partner
fatigue (n)
malice (n)
contemporary (a)
irate (a)
apparatus (n)
conflagration (n)
peregrination (n)
journey, expedition
elation (n)
joy, happiness
peruse (v)
to read carefully; examine
incite (v)
to rouse
lugubrious (a)
depressed, mournful
pernicious (a)
minutiae (a)
precise details; small or trifling
compulsory (a)
mandatory, necessary
coercion (n)
use of force or intimidation to obtain compliance
compel (v)
to force or drive
resent (v)
to feel indignation
indignation (n)
solicitous (a)
concered or anxious
covetous (a)
desirous of one's advantages; jealous; greedy
jaundiced (v)
to distort or prejudice, as by envy or resentment
heedful (a)
heed (v)
to give attention to
inscrutable (a)
hidden, incomprehensible, inexplicable
explicable (a)
able to be explained
to affirm, certify
affirm (v)
to declare positively or firmly; maintain to be true
aver (v)
to declare as a fact
asseverate (v)
to declare
depose (v)
to dethrone
fervent (a)
enthusiastic, passionate
heated, passionate
vehement (a)
orator (n)
a speaker
scrupulous (a)
conscientious, cautious
circumspect (a)
watchful, careful
vigilant (a)
watchful, careful
scrutinize (v)
to examine
scurrilous (a)
statuesque (a)
like or suggesting a statue; as in massive or majestic dignity, grace, beauty, etc.
stupor (n)
state of mental numbness; daze (e.g. he lay there in a drunk stupor)
subsidy (n)
financial aid
subsidize (v)
to finance
substantial (a)
fairly large
ample (a)
superable (a)
capable of being overcomed
surmount (v)
to get on top of; to overcome
finite (a)
having bounds, limits; not infinite; measurable
foliage (n)
folly (n)
an act or instance of foolishness (e.g. the folly of performing w/o a rehearsal)
forbear (v)
to restrain, hold back
desist (v)
to stop, forbear
forlorn (a)
dreary, sad, lonely, hopeless
destitute (a)
deprived of
desolate (a)
foremost (a)
harangue (n)
extensive speech; lecture