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72 Cards in this Set

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abbreviate
(v) to shorten, abridge
abstinence
(n) the act of refraining from pleasurable activity, e.g., eating or drinking
adulation
(n) high praise
adversity
(n) misfortune, an unfavorable turn of events
aesthetic
(adj) pertaining to beauty or the arts
amicable
(adj) friendly, agreeable
anachronistic
(adj) out-of-date, not attributed to the correct historical period
anecdote
(n) short, usually funny account of an event
antagonist
(n) foe, opponent, adversary
arid
(adj) extremely dry or deathly boring
assiduous
(adj) persistent, hard-working
asylum
(n) sanctuary, shelter, place of refuge
benevolent
(adj) friendly and helpful
camaraderie
(n) trust, sociability amongst friends
censure
(v) to criticize harshly
circuitous
(adj) indirect, taking the longest route
clairvoyant
(adj) exceptionally insightful, able to foresee the future
condescending
(adj) possessing an attitude of superiority, patronizing
conformist
(n) person who complies with accepted rules and customs
congregation
(n) a crowd of people, an assembly
convergence
(n) the state of separate elements joining or coming together
deleterious
(adj) harmful, destructive, detrimental
demagogue
(n) leader, rabble-rouser, usually appealing to emotion or prejudice
digression
(n) the act of turning aside, straying from the main point, esp. in a speech or argument
diligent
(adj) careful and hard-working
discredit
(v) to harm the reputation of, dishonor or disgrace
divergent
(adj) separating, moving in different directions from a particular point
emulate
(v) to imitate, follow an example
enervating
(adj) weakening, tiring
ephemeral
(adj) momentary, transient, fleeting
evanescent
(adj) quickly fading, short-lived, esp. an image
exasperation
(n) irritation, frustration
exemplary
(adj) outstanding, an example to others
extenuating
(adj) excusing, lessening the seriousness of guilt or crime, e.g., of mitigating factors
florid
(adj) red-colored, flushed; gaudy, ornate
fortuitous
(adj) happening by luck, fortunate
frugal
(adj) thrifty, cheap
hackneyed
(adj) cliched, worn out by overuse
haughty
(adj) arrogant and condescending
hedonist
(n) person who pursues pleasure as a goal
impetuous
(adj) rash, impulsive, acting without thinking
impute
(v) to attribute an action to particular person or group
incompatible
(adj) opposed in nature, not able to live or work together
inconsequential
(adj) unimportant, trivial
inevitable
(adj) certain, unavoidable
intrepid
(adj) fearless, adventurous
jubilation
(n) joy, celebration, exultation
lobbyist
(n) person who seeks to influence political events
nonchalant
(adj) calm, casual, seeming unexcited
opulent
(adj) wealthy
ostentatious
(adj) showy, displaying wealth
perfidious
(adj) faithless, disloyal, untrustworthy
precocious
(adj) unusually advanced or talented at an early age
pretentious
(adj) pretending to be important, intelligent or cultured
prosaic
(adj) relating to prose; dull, commonplace
provocative
(adj) tending to provoke a response, e.g., anger or disagreement
querulous
(adj) complaining, irritable
rancorous
(adj) bitter, hateful
reclusive
(adj) preferring to live in isolation
reconciliation
(n) the act of agreement after a quarrel, the resolution of a dispute
renovation
(n) repair, making something new again
resilient
(adj) quick to recover, bounce back
reverence
(n) worship, profound respect
spontaneity
(n) impulsive action, unplanned events
spurious
(adj) lacking authenticity, false
substantiate
(v) to verify, confirm, provide supporting evidence
superficial
(adj) shallow, lacking in depth
tactful
(adj) considerate, skillful in acting to avoid offense to others
tenacious
(adj) determined, keeping a firm grip on
transient
(adj) temporary, short-lived, fleeting
vindicate
(v) to clear from blame or suspicion
wary
(adj) careful, cautious