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20 Cards in this Set

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Something added to something else as helpful or useful but not essential; an assistant or helper; a valuable quality or characteristic; added or connected in a subordinate capacity
adjunct - adj' unct
the male sheep that leads the flock to the slaughterhouse; a leader, as in a desperate or violent undertaking; an indicator of trends
bellwether - bell' weth er
to howl or screech like a cat; to quarrel; a harsh or noisy cry; a racket
caterwaul - cat' er waul
absurd; wildly fantastic; impossible
chimerical - chi mer' i cal
lacking in wholesome vigor or energy; worn out or exhausted sterile or unable to produce; out of date
effete - ef fete'
an accomplished and presumably irreversible deed, fact, or action
fait accompli - fai tac compli'
narrow minded and rigid, especially in opinions or prejudices; stubbornly and unthinkingly conservative
hidebound - hide' bound
any system of things or people arranged or graded one above another in order of rank, wealth, class, etc.
hierarchy - hie' rar chy
a religious service or rite; the form of a ritual or other act of public worship
liturgy - lit' ur gy
something illusory, without substance, or without a basis in reality; an illusion
mirage - mir age'
a patch of low, soft, wet ground; a swamp; a confusing situation in which one is entrapped, as in quicksand
morass - mor ass'
offensive or disgusting; foul smelling; harmful or injurious
noisome - noi' some
forgetful; unaware
oblivious ob liv' i ous
a base coward
poltroon - pol troon'
a convert; a disciple
proselyte - pros' e lyte
resembling but not actually being; seemingly but not actually or completely
quasi - quas' i
good humored ridicule; teasing
raillery - rail' ler y
irreverently mocking; coarse, vulgar, or indecent in language
ribald - rib' ald
lying flat on one's back; listless or lethargic; apathetic or passive
supine - su pine'
a short description or sketch; a picture or illustration with edges that gradually shade off; a decorative design on the title page of a book or at the beginning or end of a chapter
vignette - vign ette'