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85 Cards in this Set

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Abjure
to renounce or reject solemnly; to recant; to avoid
Abrogate
to abolish or annul by authority
Anathema
a solemn or ecclesiastical curse; accursed or thoroughly loathed person or thing
Apostate
one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions; a betrayer of a cause
Apposite
appropriate, pertinent, relevant, apropos
Arrant
impudent; in every way, being completely such, barefaced, utter
Artless
completely without guile, natural, without artificiality
Aspersion
an act of defamation or maligning
Augury
omen, portent, the reading of omens
Auspice
protection or support, patronage
Austere
without adornment, bare; severely simple; ascetic
Avarice
greed, especially for wealth
Aver
to state as a fact; to confirm or support
Axiom
a universally recognized principle; a generally accepted or common saying
Axiomatic
taken as a given, possessing self-evident truth
Baleful
sinister, pernicious, ominous
Beatify
to bless, make happy, or ascribe a virtue to; regard as saintly
Bedizen
to adorn, especially in a cheap, showy manner; festoon, caparison
Blandish
to coax with flattery, toady, or fawn
Blithe
carefree, merry
Bombastic
pompous, grandiloquent
Brook
to tolerate, endure, countenance
Burgeon
to grow rapidly or flourish
Burnish
to polish, rub to a shine
Cadge
to sponge, beg, or mooch
Cajole
to inveigle, coax, wheedle, sweet-talk
Calumniate
to slander, make a false accusation
Capricious
inclined to change one's mind impulsively, erratic; unpredictable
Castigation
severe criticism or punishment
Caustic
burning or stinging; causing corrosion
Censure
to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
Cogent
convincing
Commensurate
matching, corresponding, or proportional in degree, size, amount, or other property
Complaisance
the willingness to comply with the wishes of others

*a "yes man"
Consequential
pompous, self-important
Contemn
to scorn, or despise
Contentious
argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
Contrite
regretful, penitent; seeking forgiveness
Convention
a generally agreed-upone practice or attitude
Corrigible
capable of being set right, correctable, reparable
Countenance
to approve of or tolerate
Cozen
to deceive, beguile, hoodwink
Craven
contemptibly fainthearted, pusillanimous, lacking any courage
Credulous
gullible
Culpable
deserving of blame
Daunt
to intimidate or dismay
Dearth
smallness of quantity or number, scarcity, lack
Demur
to question or oppose
Denouement
an outcome or solution, the unraveling of a plot
Depredate
to plunder, pillage, ravage or destroy; to exploit in a predatory manner
Derision
scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment
Desiccate
to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull
Desultory
random, thoughtless; marked by a lack of plan or purpose
Detraction
slandering, verbal attack, aspersion
Didatic
intended to teach or instruct
Die
a tool used for shaping
Diffident
reserved, shy, unassuming, lacking self-confidence
Dilatory
causing delay, procrastinating
Dilettante
one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
Disabuse
to undeceive, to set right
Discomfit
To put down, to defeat
Disinterested
free from self-interest, unbiased
Dispartate
fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
Dissemble
to disguise or conceal; to mislead
Dissolution
disintegration, looseness in morals
Distrait
distracted; absent-minded, especially due to anxiety
Doggerel
trivial, poorly constructed verse
Dogmatic
authoritatively and or arrogantly assertive of principles, which often cannot be proved; stubbornly opinionated
Dross
slag, waste or foreign matter, impurity, surface scum
Ebullience
the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
Eccentric
departing from norms or conventions
Eclectic
composed of elements drawn from various sources
Edifying
enlightening, informative
effusive
gushing; excessively demonstrative
Egress
exit
Encomium
glowing and enthusiastic praise; panegyric, tribute, eulogy
Endemic
characteristic of or often found in particular locality, region, or people; restricted to or peculiar to that region; indigenous
Enervate
to weaken; to reduce in vitality
Engender
to cause, produce, give rise to
Ennui
dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
Enormity
excessive wickedness
Ephemeral
brief; fleeting, short-lived
Epicure
one devoted to sensual pleasure, particularly in food and drink; gourmand, sybarite
Epithet
diparaging word or phrase
Equanimity
composure, self-