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Flashcards in 3-6 Deck (20):
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failing to produce the intended result

abortive

2

spread (a report or rumor) widely

bruit

3

(of behavior) scornful and insulting; insolent

contumelious

4

a formal pronouncement from an authoritative source

dictum

5

establish or settle (someone) in a comfortable, safe, or secret place

ensconce

6

characterized by attack on cherished beliefs or institutions

iconoclastic

7

the literary and artistic narrative technique of relating a story from the midpoint, rather than the beginning. In an in medias res narrative, the story opens with dramatic action rather than exposition setting up the characters and situation. .

in media res

8

destructive to both sides in a conflict.

internecine

9

ineffective or bungling; clumsy.

maladroit

10

self-pityingly or tearfully sentimental, often through drunkenness

maudlin

11

exert a modifying or controlling influence on.

modulate

12

ominous

portentous

13

the fact of knowing something before it takes place; foreknowledge.

prescience

14

a favor or advantage granted or expected in return for something

quid pro quo

15

health-giving; healthy

salubrious

16

the ancient Roman festival of Saturn in December, which was a period of general merrymaking and was the predecessor of Christmas.

Saturnalia

17

a piece of fine-grained dark schist or jasper formerly used for testing alloys of gold by observing the color of the mark that they made on it.

touchstone

18

emotionally disturbing or distressing.

traumatic

19

spoil or impair the quality or efficiency of.

vitiate

20

humorous in a playful, mischievous, or facetious manner

waggish