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20 Cards in this Set

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What is approbation?
the expression of approval or favorable opinion, praise; official approval

commendation, sanction
What is a hiatus?
a gap, opening, break (in the sense of having an element missing)

pause, lacuna
What is jaded?
wearied, worn-out, dulled (in the sense of being satiated by excessive indulgence)

sated, surfeited, cloyed
What is drivel?
saliva or mucus flowing from the mouth or nose; foolish, aimless talk or thinking; nonsense

to let saliva flow from the mouth to utter nonsense or childish twaddle; to waste or fritter away foolishly

balderdash, hogwash, tommyrot, slaver
What is infringe?
to violate, trespass, go beyond recognized bounds

encroach, impinge, intrude, poach
What is circuitous?
roundabout, not direct

indirect, meandering, winding
What is vitriolic?
bitter, sarcastic; highly caustic or biting (like a strong acid)

withering, acerbic, mordant
What is erudite?
scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic

profoundly educated, well-read
What is propensity?
a natural inclination or predilection toward

natural bent, proclivity, penchant
What is repudiate?
to disown, reject, or deny the validity of

disavow, abjure, renounce
What is resilient?
able to return to an original shape or form; able to recover quickly

springy, elastic, buoyant, bouncy
What is fractious?
tending to be troublesome; unruly, quarrelsome, contrary; unpredictable

refractory, recalcitrant, peevish
What is vapid?
dull, uninteresting, tiresome; lacking in sharpness, flavor, liveliness, or force

insipid, lifeless, colorless
What is ennui?
weariness and dissatisfaction from lack of occupation or interest, boredom

languor, world-weariness, listlessness
What is sinecure?
a position requiring little or no work; an easy job

"no-show" job, cushy job, "plum"
What is inconsequential?
trifling, unimportant

trivial, negligible, petty, paltry
What is mitigate?
to make milder or softer, to moderate in force or intensity

lessen, relieve, alleviate, diminish
What is equivocate?
to speak or act in a way that allows for more than one interpretation; to be deliberately vague or ambiguous

to talk out of both sides of one's mouth, palter, hedge
What is imperious?
overbearing, arrogant; seeking to dominate; pressing, compelling

domineering, magisterial, urgent, imperative
What is winsome?
charming, attractive, pleasing (often suggesting a childlike charm and innocence)

winning, engaging, delightful, prepossessing