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facet

\ˈfa-sət\

D. a small plane of a gem; an aspect

E. Which facet of his character is most appealing?

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facetious

\fə-ˈsē-shəs\

D. humorous; joking (sometimes inappropriately)

E. a facetious and tasteless remark about people in famine-stricken countries being spared the problem of overeating

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facile

\ˈfa-səl\

D. easy; expert (see facility, facilitate)

E. This problem needs more than just a facile solution. / He is a wonderfully facile writer.

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facilitate

D. to make easier

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faction

D. a clique or party

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factious

\ˈfak-shəs\

D. producing or tending to dissension

E. factious disputes

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factotum

\fak-ˈtō-təm\

D. an employee with many duties

E. I became her assistant and general factotum.

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faculty

D. an ability; a sense

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fain

\ˈfān\

D. gladly

E. I would fain do as you ask.

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factitious

D. artificial

E. presumably the statue is of factitious marble, because for that price you're not going to get the real stuff

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fallacious

D. misleading; containing a fallacy

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fallible

D. capable of error

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fallow

\ˈfa-(ˌ)lō\

D. (land) left unplanted during a growing season

E. at this very moment there are probably important inventions lying fallow

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falter

\ˈfȯl-tər\

D. to move unsteadily; to stumble or stammer

E. her voice faltered / he never faltered in his determination / The business was faltering due to poor management.

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fanaticism

\fə-ˈna-tə-ˌsi-zəm\

D. excessive enthusiasm

E. the fanaticism of football supporters

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fastidious

D. hard to please; easy to offend

E. She was too fastidious to do anything that might get her dirty.

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fatalism

\'fā-tȯ-ˌli-zəm\

D. the belief that all events are ruled by fate

E. There is a mood of profound fatalism amongst party members.

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fatuous

\ˈfa-chü-əs\

D. foolish

E. the fatuous questions that the audience members asked after the lecture suggested to the oceanographer that they had understood little

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fauna

\'fä-nä\

D. animal life

E. studying the diverse fauna of the island / studying the faunas of different islands

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faux pas

\ˈfō-ˌpä\

D. an error in social behavior

E. Arriving too early would be a serious faux pas.

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fawn

\ˈfȯn\

D. to seek favor by demeaning oneself (like a dog)

E. a sports star surrounded by fawning fans

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fealty

\ˈfē(-ə)l-tē\

D. loyalty

E. as much as I wanted to back my friend up, my fealty to the truth was greater, and I could not lie for him

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feasible

D. practical

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feckless

D. weak; careless

E. Her husband was a charming, but lazy and feckless man.

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feculent

\ˈfe-kyə-lənt\

D. filthy; foul

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fecundity

\fi-ˈkän-də-tē\

D. fertility; productiveness

E. the Franklin stove, bifocals, and the lightning rod are just a few of the inventions that we owe to the fecund creativity of Benjamin Franklin

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feign

D. to pretend

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feint

\ˈfānt\

D. a move intend to throw opponent off guard

E. His air of approval was a feint to conceal his real motives.

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felicitous

D. apt; chosen well; happy in expression

E. felicitous weather / a felicitous combination of flavors

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fell

D. cruel; fierce

E. planning in the event that the enemy resorted to biological warfare and released some fell virus on the civilian population / a fell purpose

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felonious

\fə-ˈlō-nē-əs\

D. wicked

E. the commission found that while the senator's actions were ethically questionable, they were not felonious

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ferment

D. a state of unrest

E. The wine ferments in oak barrels. / A blend of emotions fermented inside her.

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ferret

\ˈfer-ət\

D. to search out

E. to ferret out the facts. / to ferret out the facts.

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fervent, fervid

D. hot; ardent

E. at the school board meeting the librarian delivered a fervid speech defending the classic novel against would-be censors / the fervid sands of Arabia

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fete

\ˈfāt\

D. a lavish entertainment, often in someone's honor

E. a charity fete / to fete a visiting celebrity.

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fetid

\ˈfe-təd\

D. stinking

E. the fetid odor of rotting vegetables

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fetish

D. an object supposed to have magical power; any object of special devotion

E. He wore a fetish to ward off evil spirits.

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felter

D. to shackle or restrain; to clot or mat together like felt

E. His feltered locks that on his bosom fell. (解開心結)

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fettle

D. state of the body and mind

E. a visit to the relatives on the other side of the state revealed them all to be in fine fettle

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fiasco

\fē-ˈas-(ˌ)kō\

D. a complete failure

E. The party was a complete fiasco.

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fiat

\ˈfē-ət\

D. a command

E. Prices have been fixed by government fiat.

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fickle

D. changeable

E. He blames poor sales on fickle consumers.

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fidelity

\fə-ˈde-lə-tē\

D. faithfulness

E. music with much higher fidelity than on cassettes / they have never wavered in their fidelity to the cause of freedom

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fiduciary

\fə-ˈdü-shē-ˌer-ē\

D. pertaining to one who holds sth in trust for another

E. the company's fiduciary duty to its shareholders

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figment

D. an invention; a fiction

E. unable to find any tracks in the snow the next morning, I was forced to conclude that the shadowy figure had been a figment of my imagination

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filch

\ˈfilch\

D. to steal

E. too hungry to wait until the party had started, he filched a cookie from the buffet table when no one was looking