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32 Cards in this Set

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pert (ADJ)
(of a girl or young woman) Attractively lively or cheeky
- a pert Belgian actress
disingenuous (ADJ)
Not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does
truculence (ADJ)
idyllic (ADJ)
esp. of a time or place) Like an idyll; extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque
- an attractive hotel in an idyllic setting
militate (V)
(of a fact or circumstance) Be a powerful or conclusive factor in preventing
- these fundamental differences will militate against the two communities coming together
berate (V)
to scold strongly
unassailable (ADJ)
Unable to be attacked, questioned, or defeated
- an unassailable lead
limpid (ADJ)
crystal clear
lachrymose (ADJ)
Tearful or given to weeping
- she was pink-eyed and lachrymose
sanction (V)
Give official permission or approval for (an action)
- only two treatments have been sanctioned by the Food and Drug Administration
galvanize (V)
shock by an electric current
efface (V)
Erase (a mark) from a surface
- with time, the words are effaced by the frost and the rain
meander (V)
(of a river or road) Follow a winding course
- a river that meandered gently through a meadow
plait (V)
A single length of hair or other flexible material made up of three or more interlaced strands; a braid
mercurial (ADJ)
(of a person) Subject to sudden or unpredictable changes of mood or mind
- his mercurial temperament
imminent (ADJ)
About to happen
- they were in imminent danger of being swept away
curtail (V)
Reduce in extent or quantity; impose a restriction on
- civil liberties were further curtailed
levity (ADJ)
Humor or frivolity, esp. the treatment of a serious matter with humor or in a manner lacking due respect
- as an attempt to introduce a note of levity, the words were a disastrous flop
quagmire (N)
An awkward, complex, or hazardous situation
- a legal quagmire
aplomb (N)
Self-confidence or assurance, esp. when in a demanding situation
- Diana passed the test with aplomb
doff (V)
Remove (an item of clothing)
- he had doffed tie and jacket and rolled up his shirtsleeves
corrugated (ADJ)
(of a material, surface, or structure) Shaped into alternate ridges and grooves
- the roof was made of corrugated iron
wrest (V)
Forcibly pull (something) from a person's grasp
- Leila tried to wrest her arm from his hold
spate (N)
A large number of similar things or events appearing or occurring in quick succession
- a spate of attacks on travelers
delta (N)
A triangular tract of sediment deposited at the mouth of a river, typically where it diverges into several outlets
posthumous (ADJ)
Occurring, awarded, or appearing after the death of the originator
- he was awarded a posthumous Military Cross
aberrant (ADJ)
Diverging from the normal type
- aberrant chromosomes
syllogism (N)
`Deductive reasoning as distinct from induction
- logic is rules or syllogism
propensity (N)
An inclination or natural tendency to behave in a particular way
- a propensity for violence
hummock (N)
A hillock, knoll, or mound
effrontery (N)
Insolent or impertinent behavior
- one juror had the effrontery to challenge the coroner's decision
vituperative (ADJ)
Bitter and abusive
- the criticism soon turned into a vituperative attack