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126 Cards in this Set

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approbation
expression of approval
noun
appro'bation
assuage
to make easier, milder
verb
a'ssuage
coalition
a combination, or union
noun
coa'lition
decadence
noun
decline,delay, a period of decline,
excessive self indulgence
'decadence
elicit
to draw forth
verb
e'licit
expostulate
to attempt to dissade someone from some course by earnest reasoning
verb
ex'postulate
hackneyed
used so often as to lack freshness
'hackneyed
adjective
hiatus
a gap
hi'atus
noun
innuendo
a hint or reference in a derrogatory sense
noun
innu'endo
intercede
to plead on behalf of someone else, to go between in a disagreement
inter'cede
verb
jaded
wearied, worn out, dulled
'jaded
adjective
lurid
causing shock, horror, sensation, lack of restraint
'lurid
adjective
meritorious
worthy, deserving recognition or praise
meri'torious
adj
petulant
peevish, easily irritaed and upset
adj
'petulant
prerogative
a right or privelege
noun
pre'rogative
provincial
pro'vincial
adj: pertaining to an outlying area, local, narrow in mind or loutlook, country, simple..
noun: a person w/ a narrow point of view, a person from the country
simulate
to imitate
verb
'simulate
transcend
exceed, rise above or beyond
verb
tran'scend
umbrage
offense, shade, suspicion
noun
'umbrage
unctuous
oily, fatty, excessivly smooth or smug, trying to hard to seem sincere
adjective
'unctuous
ameliorate
to make better, improve
verb
a'meliorate
aplomb
great self confidence, poise, assurance
a'plomb
noun
bombastic
pompous or overblown in language, full of high sounding words to conceal a lack of ideas
bom'bastic
adjective
callow
without experience, lacking sophisication, stupid
'callow
adjective
drivel
saliva or muccus come from the mouth, foolish aimless talk, nonsense (noun)
to utter nonsese (verb)
'drivel
epitome
a summary
noun
e'pitome
exhort
to urge strongly
to advise earnestly
verb
ex'hort
ex officio
by virtue of holding a certain office
"to serve ex officio as a member of the board"
adjective, adverb...
ex o'fficio
infringe
to violate, trespass
in'fringe
verb
ingratiate
to make oneself agreeable and thus gane a favorable acceptance by others (sometimes used in a drerogatory sense)
in'gratiate
verb
interloper
an intruder
noun
'interloper
intrinsic
essential, inherent, good for its own sake
adjective
in'trinsic
inveigh
to make a violent attack in words, express strong disapproval
in'veigh
verb
lassitude
lack of energy
adjective
'lassitude
millennium
a period of 1,000 years
a period of great joy
mi'llennium
noun
occult
noun:matters dealing with the supernatural
verb: to hide, conceal
adjective: musterious, magical, sercret
o'ccult
permeate
to soak through, penetrate
verb
'permeate
precipitate
verb: to fall as moisture
adj: characterized by excessive haste
noun: moisture, the product of an action in process
pre'cipitate
stringent
strict, severe, bitter, sharp.
adjective
'stringent
surmise
an edjucated guess
to guess
sur'mise
noun
abominate
to have an intenste dislike or hatrid for
a'bominate
verb
acculturation
the modification of social patterns, traits, of one grouyp to blend in with another
noun
a'cculturation
adventitious
resulting from change rather than purpose
accidental, not essential
adjective
adven'titious
ascribe
to assign or refer to, attribute
a'scribe
verb
circuitous
roundabout, not direct
adjective
cir'cuitous
commiserate
to sympathize with, have pity or sorrow, share a feeling of distress
co'mmiserate
verb
enjoin
to direct or order in an authoritave way
en'join
expedite
to make easier
verb
'expedite
expiate
to make up for, to make amends
'expiate
verb
ferment
noun: a state of great excitement, agitation, or turbulence
verb: to be in or work into such a state, to produce alcohol by chemical action
'ferment or fer'ment
inadvertent
resultring from lack of attention
accidental, by mistake
adjective
inad'vertent
nominal
existing in name only, too small to be taken seriously
adjective
'nominal
noncommittal
unable to take a clear position, not definite
adjective
nonco'mmittal
peculate
to steal something that has been putten into ones trust
'peculate
verb
proclivity
a natural inclination for something or tendency
noun
pro'clivity
sanfroid
noun
composure or coolness
sang'froid
seditious
resistant to lawful authority
se'ditious
adjective
tenuous
thin, lacking clairty or sharpness, of slight importance, poorly supported
adjective
'tenuous
vitriolic
bitter, acidic, sarcastic, highly caustic
adjective
vitri'olic
wheedle
to use coaxing or flatterly to gain some desired end
verb
'wheedle
affable
courteous and pleasant, easy to speak to
adjective
'affable
aggrandize
to increase in greatness, to make appear greater
verb
a'ggrandize
amorphous
shapless, without organization, or shape or form
adjective
a'morphous
archetype
noun
an original model after which similar things are patterned
'archetype
aura
noun
that which surroundds, a personal quality, a distinctive air
'aura
contraband
noun
illegal traggic, smuggled goods
verb
illegal
'contraband
erudite
scholarly
adjective
'erudite
gossamer
thin, light, delicate, insubstantial
noun: a very thin light cloth
'gossamer
infer
to find out by reasoning, to imply
in'fer
verb
inscrutable
impossihble to see through, incapable of being understood
adjective
in'scrutable
insular
adjective
relating to an island, narrow in outlook or experience
'insular
irrevocable
incapable of being changed or called back
adjective
i'rrevocable
propensity
noun: a natural inclination or bent toward
pro'pensity
querulous
complains alot
adjective
'querulous
remonstrate
to argue or plead with someone againts something, protest against
verb
re'monstrate
repudiate
to disown, reject
verb
re'pudiate
resilient
able to return to an original form, able to recover quickly
adjective
re'silient
retrench
cut back, economize
verb
re'trench
reverberate
to re-echo, to reflect or be reflected repeatdly
verb
re'verberate
scurrilous
abusive, vulgar, (Especially in language)
adjective
'scurrilous
sedulous
persistent, showing industry and determination
adjective
'sedulous
sleazy
adjective
thin or flimsy in texture, che ap, shoddy, ethiccaly low, mean
'sleazy
addendum
noun: an addition or supplement designed to increase correctnes
a'ddendum
amnesty
noun :a general pardon for an offense against a government, in general, any act of forgiveness
'amnesty
autonomy
noun: self government, politcal control
au'tonomy
axiomatic
adjective: self evident, expressing a universally accepted principle or rule
axio'matic
blazon
verb: to embellish, to publish or proclaim widely

'blazon
caveat
noun: a warning or caution to prevent misunderstanding or discourage behavior

'caveat
equitable
adjective: fair, just

'equitable
extricate
verb: to free from entanglements or difficultie, remove with effort

'extricate
filch
to steal, especially in a sneaky way and in petty amounts
no accent marks
flout
verb: to mock or treat with contempt

no accent marks
fractious
adjective: tending to be troublesome, or unruly
'fractious
precept
noun: a rule of conduct

'precept
prognosticate
verb: to predict

prog'nosticate
salutary
adjective: beneficial, helpful,

'salutary
scathing
bitterly severe, causing great harm, withering

'scathing
scourge
verb: to whip, punish
noun: a cause of suffering, a source of severe punishment

no accent marks
sepulchral
adjective: funereal, typical of the tomb, gloomy

se'pulchral
soporific
adjective: tending to cause sleep
noun: something that induces sleep

sopo'rific
straitlaced
adjective: extremely strict in regard to moral standards and conduct, prude, puritanish

'straitlaced
transient
adj: lasting only a short time
noun: someone who only stays a short time

'transient
unwieldy
adjective: not easily carried, because of size or complexity

un'wieldy
vapid
dull, uninteresting, tiresome, lacking sharpness, flavor, or force (adjective)

'vapid
anomalous
adj: abnormal, irregular, departing from the usual

a'nomalous
arbiter
one having power to decide a matter at issue, a judge or umpire

'arbiter
aspersion
a damaging or derogatory statement, the act of slandering

a'spersion
bizarre
adjective: extremely strange, unusual, atypical

bi'zarre
brusque
adjective: abrupt, blunt, with no formalities

no accent mark
cajole
to coax, persuade thru flattery or false promises (verb)

ca'jole
castigate
verb: to punish severely, criticize severely

'castigate
contrive
to plan

con'trive
demagogue
a leader who exploits popylar prejudiceds and false claims and promises in order to gain power

'demagogue
disabuse
to free from deception or error, to set right in ideas or thinking

disa'buse
ennui
noun: boredom

enn'ui
fetter
noun: a chain or shackle placed on the feet, anything that confines or restraints
verb: to chain, to render helpless

'fetter
heinous
adj: very wicked, offensive, hateful

'heinous
immutable
adj: not subject to change .. constant

i'mmutable
insurgent
noun: one who rebels against authority
adj: rising in revolt, refusing to aaccept authority

in'surgent
megalomania
noun: a delusion marked by a feeling of power, far excess of reality

megalo'mania
sinecure
noun: a job requiring little or no work, easy job

'sinecure
surreptitious
adj: secret, stealthy, inted to escape observation, fraud

surrep'titious
transgress
verb: to go beyond a limit, to violate a law

trans'gress
transmute
to change from one form to another, to transform (Verb)

trans'mute
vicarious
adj: performed, suffered, or otherwise experienced bye one person in place of another..second hand kind of

vi'carious
vouchsafe
verb: to give or furnish condescendingly..to grant

vouch'safe