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66 Cards in this Set

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frenetic
frenzied, frantic, highly agitated
(adj)
disarray
disorder, confusion
(n)
to throw into disorder
(v)
atrophy
the wasting away of a body organ or tissue; any progressive decline or failure
(n)
to waste away
(v)
asseverate
to affirm earnestly and win emphasis
(v)
glean
to gather bit by bit; to gather small quantities of grain left in a field by the reapers
(v)
consummate
complete or perfect in the highest degree
(adj)
to brin to a state of completion or perfection
(v)
grouse
a type of game bird; a complaint
(n)
to complain, grumble
(v)
bastion
a fortified place, stronghold
(n)
exigency
urgency, pressure; urgent demand, pressing need; an emergency
(n)
flotsam
floating debris; homeless, impoverished people
(n)
concord
a state of agreement, harmony; a treaty
(n)
prepossessing
pleasing, tending to create a favorable impression
(adj)
recumbent
in a reclining position, lying down, in the posture of one sleeping or resting
(adj)
incarcerate
to imprison, confine, jail
(v)
ludicrous
ridiculous, laughable, absurd
(adj)
mordant
biting or caustic in thought, manner, or style; sharply or bitterly harsh
(adj)
pusillanimous
contemptibly, cowardly or mean-spirited
(adj)
nettle
prickly or stinging plant
(n)
to arouse displeasure, impatience, or anger; to vex or irritate severely
(v)
stratagem
a scheme to outwit or deceive an opponent or to gain an end
(n)
incumbent
obligatory, required
(adj)
one who holds a specific office at the time spoken of
(n)
pecuniary
consisting of or measure in money; of or related to money
(adj)
jocular
humorous, jesting, jolly, joking
(adj)
delineate
to portray, sketch, or describe in accurate and vivid detail; to represent pictorially
(v)
hallow
to set apart as holy or sacred, sanctify, consecrate; to honor greatly, revere
(v)
emend
to correct; to alter to serve a new or different purpose
(v)
figment
a fabrication of the mind; an arbitrary notion
(n)
fiat
an arbitrary order or decree; a command or act of will or consciousness
(n)
esoteric
intended for or understood by only a select few, private, secret
(adj)
acuity
sharpness-particularly of the mind or senses
(n)
garner
to acquire as the result of effort; to gather and store away, as for future use
(v)
fecund
fruitful in offspring or vegetation; intellectually productive
(adj)
enervate
to weaken, lessen the mental, moral, or physical vigor of, enfeeble, hamstring
(v)
depraved
brought to a state of evil and corruption, devoid of moral principles
(adj)
mundane
earthly, wordly, relating to practical and material affairs; concerned with what is ordinary
(adj)
penchant
a strong attraction or inclination
ubiquitous
present or existing everywhere
(adj)
reputed
according to reputation or general belief; having widespread acceptance and good reputation
(adj)
alleged
(part)
malediction
a curse, expression of hatred and condemnation
(n)
overweening
conceited, presumptuous; excessive, immoderate
(adj)
sophistry
reasoning that seems plausible but is actually unsound; a fallacy
(n)
nuance
a subtle or slight variation-as in color, meaning, quality; delicate gradation os shade of difference
(n)
sumptuous
costly, rich, magnificent
(adj)
ignominy
shame, disgrace
(n)
idiosyncrasy
a peculiarity that serves to distinguish or identify
(n)
complicity
involvement in wrongdoing; the state of being an accomplice
(n)
inane
silly, empty of meaning or value
(adj)
agnostic
one who believes that nothing is known about God; a skeptic
(n)
without faith, skeptical
(adj)
indictment
the act of accusing; a formal accusation
(n)
equity
the state or quality of being just, fair, or impartial; fair and equal treatment; something that is fair; the money value of a property about and beyond any mortgage or other claim
(n)
abject
degraded, wretched; base, contemptible; cringing, servile; complete and unrelieved
(adj)
diatribe
a bitter and prolonged verbal attack
(n)
intermittent
stopping and beginning again, sporadic
(adj)
derelict
someone or something that is abandoned or neglected
(n)
left abandoned; neglectful of duty
(adj)
effigy
a crude image of a despised person
(n)
indubitable
certain, not to be doubted or denied
(adj)
travesty
a grotesque of grossly inferior imitation; a disguise, especially the clothing of the opposite sex
(n)
to ridicule by imitating in a broad or burlesque fashion
(v)
surveillance
a watch kept over a person; careful, close, and disciplined observation
(n)
meretricious
superficially attractive in a showy, cheap, or vulgar way; lacking sincerity; sham, spurious
(adj)
neophyte
a new convert, beginner, novice
(n)
sylvan
pertaining to or characteristic of forests; living or located in a forest; wooded, woody
(adj)
moot
open to discussion and debate, unresolved
(adj)
to bring up for discussion
(v)
a hypothetical law case argued by students
(n)
perspicacity
keenness in observing and understanding
(n)
testy
easily irritated; characterized by impatience and exasperation
(adj)
plenary
complete in all aspects or essentials; absolute; attended by all qualified members
(adj)
motif
a principal idea or feature; a repeated or dominant figure in a design
prestigious
having a highly favorable reputation, of high standing, commanding respect
(adj)