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140 Cards in this Set

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(v) to improve, make better, correct a flaw or shortcoming

S Amend, Better
A worsen, aggravate, exacerbate
(n) poise, assurance, great self confidence; perpendicularity

S composure; self-possesion; levelheadedness
A confusion, embarrassment, abashment
adj pompous or overblown in language; full of high- sounding words intended to conceal a lack of ideas

S inflated, highfalutin, high-flown, pretentious
A unadorned, simple, plain, austere
(adj) without experience; immature, not fully developed; lacking sophistication and poise; without feathers

S green, raw, unfledged, inexperienced
A mature, grown-up, polished, sophisticated
(n) saliva or mucus flowing from the mouth or nose; foolish, aimless talk or thinking;nonsense
(v) to let saliva flow from the mouth; to utter nonsense or childish twaddle; to waste or fritter away foolishly

S(n) balderdash, hogwash, tommyrot (v) salver
(n) a summary, condensed account; an instance that represents a larger reality

S abstract, digest, model, archetype
(v) to urge strongly, advise earnestly

S entreat, implore, adjure
A discourage, advise against, deprecate
(adj. adv) by virtue of holding a certain office
ex officio
(v) to violate, trespass, go beyond recognized bounds

S encroach, impinge, intrude, poach
A stay in bounds
(v) to make oneself agrreable and this gain favor or acceptance by others

S cozy up to, curry favor with
A alienate, humiliate oneself, mortify oneself
(n) one who moves in where he or she is not wanted or has no right to be, an intruder

S trespasser, meddler, buttinsky
(adj) belonging to someone or something by its very nature, essential, inherent; originating in a bodily organ or pat

S immanent, organic
A extrinsic, external, outward
(v) to make violent attack in words, express strong disapproval

S rail, harangue, fulminate, remonstrate
A acclaim, glorify, extol
(n) weariness of body or mind, lack of energy

A fatigue, lethargy, torpor, languor
A energy, vitality, animation, liveliness
(n) a period of one thousand years; a period of great joy

S chiliad, golden age, prosperity, peace
A doomsday, day of judgement
(adj) mysterious, magical, supernatural; secret, hidden from view; not detectable by ordinary means
(v) to hide, conceal; eclipse
(n) matters involving the supernatural

S (adj) supernatural, esoteric,abstruse,arcane
A (adj) mundane, common, public, exoteric
(v) to spread through, penetrate, soak throgh
(v) to fall as moisture; to cause or bring about suddenly; to hurl down from a great height; to give distinct form to
(adj) characterized by excessive haste
(n) moisture; the product of an action or process

S (v) provoke, produce
(adj) reckless, impetuous
A (adj) wary, cautious,circumspect
(adj) strict, severe; rogorously or urgently binding or compelling; sharp or bitter to taste

S stern, rigorous, tough, urgent, imperative
A lenient, mild, lax,permissive
(v) to think or believe without certain supporting evidence; to conjecture or guess
(n) likely idea that lacks definite proof

S (v) infer, gather (n) inference, presumption
(v) to have an intense dislike or hatred for

S loathe, abhor, despise, detest
A relish, savor, cherish, esteem
(n) the modification of the social patterns, traits, or structures of one group or society by contact with those of another; the resultant blend

S adaptation
(adj) resulting from chance rather than from an inherent cause or character; accidental, not essential; (medicine) acquired not congenital

S: Extrinsic, incidental, fortuitous
A essential, intrinsic, inherent, congenital
(v) to assign or refer to, attribute

S impute credit attribute
(adj) roundabout, not direct

S indirect, meandoring, winding
A straight, direct, as the crow flies
(v) to sympathize with, have pity or sorrow for, share a feeling of distress

S feel sorry for, empathize
A feel no sympathy for
(v) to direct or order; to prescribe a course of action in an authoritative way; to prohibit

S bid, charge, command, adjure
A allow, permit
(v) to make easy, cause to progress faster

S accelerate, facilitate, speed up
A hinder, hamper, impede, obstruct
(v) to make amends, make up for; to avert

S redeem, make amends for, atone, makereparation
(n) a state of great excitement, agitation, or turbulence;
((v) to be in or work into such a state; to produce alcohol by chemical action

S (n) commotion, turmoil, unrest
A (n) peace and quiet, tranquility,placidity
(adj) resulting from or marked by lack of attention; unintentional, accidental

S accidental, unconsidered
A deliberate, intentional, premeditated
(adj) existing in name only, not real; too small to be considered or taken seriously

S titular, token, trifling, inconsequential,
Areal, actual, exorbitant, excessive
(adj) not decisive or definite; unwilling to take a clearposition or to say yes or no

S cagey, uninformative,playing it safe, playing it close to the vest
A positive, definite, committed
(v) to steal something that has been given into one's trust; to take improperly for one's own use

S embezzle, defraud, misappropriate
(n) a natural or habitual inclination or tendency

S natural bent, penchant, propensity
A inability or incapacity
(n) composure or coolness, especially in trying circumstances

S poise, self-asurance, equanimity
A excitability hysteria, flappability
(adj) resistant to lawful authority; having the purpose of overthrowing an established governement

S mutinous, rebellious, subversive
A supportive, loyal, faithful, allegiant
(adj) thin, slender, not dense; lacking clarity or sharpness; of slight importance or significance; lacking a sound basis, poorly supported

S flimsy, insubstantial, vague,hazy
A strong, solid, substantial, valid
(adj) bitter, sarcastic; highly caustic or biting

S withering, acerbic, mordant
A bland, saccharine, honeyed, sugary
(v) to use coaxing or flattery to gain some desired end

S cajole, inveigle, soft-soap, sweet-talk
A coerce, browbeat, intimidate, strong-arm
(adj) courteous and pleasant, sociable, easy to speak to

S genial, amicable, agreeable, cordial
A surly, cantankerous, dour, inhospitable`
(v) to increase in greatness, power, or wealth; to build up or intensify; to make appear greater

S augment, amplify, enhanve, exalt
A reduce, decrease, diminish
(adj) shapeless, without definite form; of no particular type or character; without organization, unity or cohesion

S formless, unstructured, nebulous,inchoate
A definite, well-defined, clear-cut
(n) that which surrounds; a distinctive air or personal quality

S ambience, atmosphere
(n) illegal traffic, smuggled goods;(adj) illegal, prohibited

S (adj) illicit, bootleg, unlawful
A (adj) legal, lawful,licit
(adj) scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic

S profoundly educated, well-read
A ignorant, uneducated, illiterate
(adj) thin. light. delicate. in substantial
(n) a very thin , light cloth

S (adj) filmy, diaphanous, sheer, airy, feathery,gauzy
A (adj) thick, dense, solid, massive
(V)to find out by reasoning; to arrive at a conclusion on the basis of thought; to hint, suggest, imply

S gather, deduce,presume,guess,speculate
(adj) incapable of being understood; impossible to see through physically

S impenetrable, incomprehensible, enigmatic
A comprehensible, intelligible, penetrable
(adj) relating to, characteristic of, or situated on an islan; narrow or isolated in outlook or experience

S narrow-minded, parochial, provincial
A catholic, cosmopolitan, liberal
(adj) incapable of being changed or called back

S irreveresible, unrecallable, unalterable
A reversible, changeable
(n) a natural inclination or predilection toward

S natural bent, proclivity, penchant
A natural incapacity or inability
(adj) peevish, complaining, fretful

S petulant, touchy, cranky, irritable
A uncomplaining, stoical,serene, placid
(v.) to argue or plead with someone against something, protest against, object to

S reason against, expostulate
(v) to disown, reject, or deny the validity of

S disavow, abjure, renounce
A avow, affirm, aver, avouch
(adj) able to return to an original shape or form; able to recover quickly

S springy, elastic, buoyant, bouncy
A rigid, stiff, inflexible, unyielding
(v) to re-echo, resound; to reflect or be reflected repeatedly

S rumble, thunder, boom, echo
(adj) coarsely abusive, vulgar or low, foul mouthed

S obscene, filthy, abusive, vituperative
A decorous, seemly, tasteful, dignified
(adj) persistent, showing industry and determination

S assiduous, tireless, indefatigable
A lackadaisical, listless, indolent, otiose
(adj) thin or flimsy in texture; cheap; shoddy or inferior in quality or character; ethically low, mean, or disreputable

S inferior, cheesy, tawdry, tatty
A superior, first-rate, quality, sturdy
(n) a general pardon for an offense against a government; in general, any act of forgiveness or absolution
(n) self-government, political control

S home rile
A dependence, subjection, colonial status
(adj.) self-evident, expressing a universally accepted principle or rule

S taken for granted
A questionable, dubious, controversial
(v) to adorn or embellish; to display conspicuously; to publish or proclaim widely

S broadcast, trumpet
A hide, conceal, cover up, bury
(n) a warning or caution to prevent misunderstanding or discourage behavior

S admonition, word to the wise
(adj) fair, just, embodying principles of justice

S right, reasonable, evenhanded
A unjust, unfair, one-sided, sisproportionate
(v) to free from entabglements or difficulties; to remove with effort

S disentangle, extract, disengage
A enmesh, entangle, involve
(v) to steal, especially in a sneaky way and in petty amounts

S pilfer, purloin, swipe
(v) to mock, treat with contempt

S scoff at, sneer at, snicker at, scorn
A obey, honor, revere, uphold
(adj) tending to be troublesome; unruly, quarrelsome, contrary; unpredictable

S refractory, recalcitrant, peevish
A docile, tractable, cooperative
(n) a rule of conduct or action

S principle, maxim
(adj) beneficial, helpful; healthful, wholesome

S salubrious, curative
A detrimental, deleterious, pernicious
(adj) bitterly severe, withering; causing great harm

S searing, harsh, ferocious, savage
A bland mild
(v) to whip, punish severly
(n) a cause of affliction or suffering; a source of severe punishment or criticism

S (v) flog,beat (n) bane, plague, pestilence
A (n) godsend, boon, blessing
(adj) funereal, typical of the tomb; extremly gloomy or dismal

S doleful, lugubrious, mortuary
(adj) tending to cause sleep, relating to sleepiness or lethargy;
(n) something that induces sleep

S (n) narcotic, anesthetic
A (adj) stimulating; (n) stimulant, stimulus
(adj) extremly strict in regard to moral standards and conduct; prudish, puritanical

S highly conventional, overly strict, stuffy
A lax loose, indulgent, permissive, dissolute
(adj) lasting a short time, fleeting
(n) one who stays only a short ime

S ( adj) impermanent, ephemeral, evanescent
A (adj) permanent, imperishable, immortal
(adj) not easily carried, handled, or managed because of size or complexity

S cumbersome, bulky, clumsy, impractical
A manageable, easy to handle
(adj) dull, uninteresting, tiresome; lacking in sharpness, flavor, liveliness, or force

S insipid, lifeless, colorless
A zesty, spicy, savory, colorful, lively
(adj.) severe or stern in manner; without adornment or luxury, simple, plain; harsh or sour in flavor

S: forbidding, rigorous, puritanical, ascetic, unadorned, subdued

A: mild, indulgent, luxurious, flamboyant
(adj) abnormal, irregular, departing from the usual

S exceptional, atypical, unusual, aberrant
A normal, regular, customary, typical, ordinary
(n) a damaging or derogatory statement; the act of slandering or defaming

S innuendo, calumny, denigration
A endorsement, testimonail, praise
(adj) extremly strange, unusual, atypical

S grotesque, fantastic, outlandish
A normal, typical, ordinary, expected
(adj) abrupt, blunt, with no formalities

S curt, tactless, ungracious, gruff, rough
A gracious, tactful, courteous, diplomatic
(v) to coax, persuade through flattery or artifice; to deceive with soothing thoughts or flase promises

S wheedle, inveigle, soft- soap, sweet- talk
A coerce, force, strong-arm
(v) to punish severely; to criticize severely

S chastise, rebuke, censure, upbraid
A reward, honor, priase, laud
(v) to plan with ingenuity, invent; to bring about as the result of a scheme or plan

S think up, devise, concoct, fabricate
(n) a leader who exploits popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power

S rabble-rouse, firebrand
(v) to free from deception or error, set right in ideas or thinking

S undeceive, enlighten, set straight
A deceive, delude, pull wool over one's eyes
(n) weariness and dissatisfaction from lack of occupation or interest, boredom

S languor, world-weariness, listlessness
A enthusiasm, liveliness, excitement, intensify
(n) a chain or shackle placed on the feet; anything that confines or restrains
(v) to chain or shackle; to render helpless or impotent

S (n) bond, restraint; (v) bind, hamper
N (v) freem liberate, emancipate
(adj) very wicked, offensive, hateful

S evil, odious, abominable, outrageous
N excellent, wonderful, splendid
(adj) not subject to change, constant

S unchangeable, unalterable, fixed, invariable
A changeable, inconstant, variable, fickle
(n) one who rebels or rises against authority
(adj) rising in revolt, refusing to accept authority; surging or rushing in or on

S (adj) revolutionary, rebellious, mutinous
A (adj) loyalist, loyal, faithful
(n) a delusion marked by a feeling of power, wealth, talent, etc., far in excess of reality

S delusions of grandeur
A humility, modesty, self- abasement
(n) a position requiring little or no work; an easy job

S "no show" job, cushy job, "plum"
(adj) stealthy, secret, intended to escape observation; made or accomplished by fraud

S furtive, covert, clandestine, concealed
A open, frank, aboveboard, overt
(v) to go beyond a limit or boundary; to sin, violate a law

S overstep, exceed, trespass, err
A obey, toe the line
(v) to change from one nature, substance, or form to another

S transform, convert, translate, metamorphose
A maintain unchanged, preserve
(adj) performed, suffered, or otherwise experienced by one person in place of another

S surrogate, substitute, imagined, secondhand
A real, actual, firsthand
(adj.) performing acts of kindness or charity; conferring benefits, doing good

S: humanitarian, magnanimous, charitable
A: selfish, cruel, harmful, deleterious
(adj.) pale, gaunt, resembling a corpse
S: corselike, wasted, haggard, emaciated, ghastly
A: robust, prtly, rosy, the picture of health
(v.)to prepare by combining ingredients, make up (as a dish); to devise, invent, fabricate.
S:create, fashion, rustle up
(adj.)coarse, unfeeling; stupid
S: cruse, bulgar, tasteless, oafish, obtuse
A: refined, elegant, tasteful, polished, brilliant
(v.) to lower in character, quality, or value; to degrade, adulterate; to cause to deteriorate
S: cheapen, corrupt, demean, depreciate
A; elevate, uplift, improve, enhance
(v.) to commit sacrilege upon, treat irreverently; to contaminate, pollute
S: profane, defile, violate
A: revere, honor venerate, consecrate
(v.) to confuse; to disturb the composure of
S: upset, rattle, ruffle, faze, perturb
A: relax, calm, put at ease
(adj.) grand in an impressive or stately way; maked by pompous affectation or grandeur, absurdly exaggerated
S: majestic, bombastic, highfalutin
A: simple, modest, unaffected, humble
(adj.) trifling, unimportant
S: trivial, negligible, petty, paltry
A:important, essential, crucial, vital
(n.) a breaking of a law or obligation
S: violation, transgression, breach, offense
(v.) to make milder or softer, to moderate in force or intensity
S: lessen, relieve, alleviate, diminish
A: aggravate, intensify, irritate, exacerbate
(v.) to rob of goods by open force (as in war), plunder; (n.) the act of looting; booty
S: (v.) ravage, sack loot' (n.) booty
(v.) to talk a great deal in a foolish or aimless fashion
S: chatter, prattle, blab, blabber, palaver
A: come to the point, not waste words
(adj.) very careful and exact, attentive to fine points of etiquette or propriety
S: precise, scrupulous, exacting, fussy, finicky
A: careless negligent, lax perfunctory
(adj.) insiring fear or awe; illustrious, eminent
S: Formidable, fearsome, awsome, august
A: laughable, risible, contemptible
(v.) to find fault with, scold, rebuke
S: chide, chastise, upbraid, reproach
A: praise, commend, laud, pat on the back
(n.) the act of restoring someone or soemthing to the rightful owner or to a former state or position; making good on a loss or damage
: compensation, reimbursemen, redress, restoration
(adj.) strong and sturdy; brave; resolute; (n.) a brave, strong person; a strong supporter; one who takes an uncompromising position
S: ( adj.) sturdy, stout, intrepid, valiant; *n.) mainstay
A: (adj.) weak, infirm, irresolute, vacillating
(adj.) open to attack; capable of being wounded or damaged; unprotected
S: defenseless, exposed, unguarded
A: invincible, protected, safe, secure
(n) the expression of approval or favorable opinion, praise; official approval

S commendation, sanction
A disapproval, condemnation, censure
(n) a combination, union, or merger for some specific purpose

S alliance, league, federation, combine
A splinter group
(v) to make easier or milder, relieve; to quiet, calm; to pit an end to, appease, satisfy, quench

S mitigate, alleviate, slake, allay
A intensify, aggravate, exacerbate
(n) decline, decay, or deterioration; a condition or period of decline or decay; excessive self-indulgence

S degeneration, corruption
A rise, growth, development, maturation
(v) to draw forthl bring out from some source

S call forth, evoke, extract, educe
A repress, quash, squelch, stifle
(v) to attempt to dissuade someone from some course or decision by earnest reasoning

S protest, remonstrate, complain
(adj) used so often as to lack freshness or originality

S banal, trite, commonplace, corny
A new, fresh, novel, original
(n) a gap, opening, break

S pause, lacuna
A continuity, continuation
(n)a hint, indirect suggestion, or reference

S insinuation, intimation
A direct statement
(v) to pleade on behalf of someone else; to serve as a third party or go between in a disagreement

S intervene, mediate
(adj) wearied, worn-out, dulled

S sated, surfeited, cloyed
A unspoiled, uncloyed
(adj) causing shock, horro, or revulsion; sensational; pale or sallow in color; terrible or passionate in intensity or lack of restraint

S gruesome, gory, grisly, baleful, ghastly(pokemon)
A pleasant, attractive, appealing, wholesome
(adj) worthy, deserving recognition and praise

S praiseworthy, laudable, commendable
A blameworthy, reprehensible, discreditable
(adj) peevish, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset

S irritable, testy, waspish
A even-tempered, placid serene, amiable
(n) a special right or privelege; a special quality showing excellence

S perquisite, perk
(adj) pertaining to an outlying area; local; narrow in mind or outlook, countrified in the sense of being limited and backward; of a simple, plain design that originated in the countryside
(n)a person with a narrow point of view; a person from an outlying area; a soldier from a province or colony

S ( adj) narrow-minded, parochial, insular, naive
A (adj) cosmopolitan, catholic, broad-minded
(v) to make a pretense of, imitate; to show the outer signs of

S feign, pretend, affect
(v) to rise above or beyond, exceed

S surpass, outstrip
(n) shade cast by trees; foliage giving shade, an overshadowing influence or power; offense, resentment; a vague suspiscion

S irritation, pique, annoyance
A pleasure, delight, satisfaction
(adj) excessively smooth or smug; trying too hard to give an impression of earnestness, sincerity, or piety; fatty; oily; pliable

S mealymouthed, servile, fawning, greasy
A gruff, blunt