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filial

D. pertaining to a son or daughter

E. filial affection/duty

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finale

\fə-ˈna-lē\

D. a conclusion

E. the finale to the festivities was a grand display of fireworks

3

finesse

\fə-ˈnes\

D. skill; cunning

E. maneuvered his opponent into checkmate with his customary finesse

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finite

\ˈfī-ˌnīt\

D. limited

E. the earth's finite supply of natural resources

5

fissure

\ˈfi-shər\

D. a narrow opening or cleft

E. a deep fissure in the ice / fissures in a political party

6

flaccid

\ˈfla-səd\

D. flabby, not firm or stiff

E. flaccid muscles / flaccid leadership

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flag

\ˈflag\

D. to droop or loose vigor

E. flagging stock prices

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flagellate

\ˈfla-jə-ˌlāt\

D. to whip or flog

E. some medieval monks believed it was necessary to flagellate themselves in order to keep their desires in check

9

flagitious

\flə-ˈji-shəs\

D. wicked and vile

E. "That remorseless government persisted in its flagitious project"

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flagrant

\ˈflā-grənt\

D. glaring (as an error); conspicuously offensive

E. flagrant abuse of the law

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flail

D. to beat, to swing

E. They were flailing their arms to drive away the insects. / The bird's wings flailed the water.

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flamboyant

flam-ˈbȯi-ənt\

D. ornate; showy

E. has a gallery of flamboyant gestures that makes him easy to imitate

13

flatulent

D. gas-producing; windy in speech

E. on election night TV's self-important pundits let loose a fusillade of flatulent pontifications

14

flaunt

\ˈflȯnt\

D. to show off; to display; to treat contemptuously

E. She liked to flaunt her wealth by wearing furs and jewelry. / They openly flaunted the rules.

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flay

\ˈflā\

D. to skin; to pillage; to censure harshly

E. her husband flayed her constantly for her incessant shopping

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fledgling

\ˈflej-liŋ\

D. a young bird that has its feathers; an immature person

E. a female bird feeding her fledglings / at hockey he's still a fledgling and needs to work on his basic skating skills

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flippant

D. pert, lacking proper respect or seriousness

E. his flippant comment that the poor save on taxes offended many people

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florid

D. flowery; ornate

E. gave a florid speech in honor of the queen's visit

19

flotsam

\ˈflät-səm\

D. ship wreckage floating on the sea; drifting persons or things

E. flotsam washed up on the shore / human flotsam (a floating population, as of emigrants) / a notebook filled with flotsam and jetsam / the village was built on the flotsam of war

20

flout

\ˈflau̇t\

D. to reject

E. an able-bodied motorist openly flouting the law and parking in a space reserved for the disabled

21

fluctuate

D. to waver, to shift back and forth uncertainly

E. His popularity has fluctuated during his term in office. / In the desert, the temperature fluctuates dramatically.

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fluent

D. fluid; easy with words

E. fluent in mathematics

23

flux

D. a moving; a flowing

E. the English language is always in a state of flux / January typically brings a great flux of returns to department stores.

24

foible

\ˈfȯi-bəl\

D. a failing or weakness

E. could tolerate my uncle's foibles because we loved him dearly

25

foist

\ˈfȯist\

D. to pass off fraudulently

E. shopkeepers who foist shoddy souvenirs on unsuspecting tourists

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foment

\ˈfō-ˌment\

D. to stir up

E. foment a rebellion / He was accused of fomenting violence.

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foppish

\ˈfä-pish\

D. like a dandy ( a man who cares a lot about his clothes and appearance)

E. a foppish dressing gown

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foray

\ˈfȯr-ˌā\

D. a raid or brief invasion

E. forayed into enemy territory

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forbearance

\fȯr-ˈber-ən(t)s\

D. patience

E. He showed great forbearance in his dealings with them.

30

foreboding

\-ˈbō-diŋ\

D. a feeling of coming evil

E. She had a sense of foreboding that the news would be bad.

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formidable

\ˈfȯr-mə-də-bəl\

D. threatening; impressive

E. The mountains were a formidable barrier. / He has mastered a formidable amount of material.

32

forswear

D. to renounce

E. The group forswears all worldly possessions. / The country has not forsworn the use of chemical weapons.

33

forte

\ˈfȯrt\

D. strong point

E. Languages were never my forte.

34

fortitude

D. strength; courage

E. She has endured disappointments with fortitude and patience.

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fortuitous

D. happening by chance, especially a lucky chance that brings a good result

E. His success depended on a fortuitous combination of circumstances.

36

foster

D. to rear; to promote

37

fractious

\ˈfrak-shəs\

D. unruly

E. The fractious crowd grew violent.

38

fraught

\ˈfräḵt\

D. full of unpleasant things such as problems or anger

E. a situation fraught with danger; a fraught relationship

39

fright

D. a feeling of fear

E. Her eyes were wide with fright. / The birds took fright and flew off. / You gave me a fright jumping out at me like that.

40

fray

D. a commotion or fight (threads coming apart)

E. As the debate went on, tempers began to fray.

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freebooter

\ˈfrē-ˌbü-tər\

D. a plunderer; a pirate

E. the ship was captured by freebooters who were looking for gold

42

frenetic

\fri-ˈne-tik\

D. frantic; frenzied

E. the frenetic rush to get every member of the cast in place before the curtain went up

43

fresco

D. a picture that is painted on a wall while the plaster is still wet; the method of painting in this way

E. The ceiling is richly decorated in marble and fresco.

44

freshet

\ˈfre-shət\

D. a stream or rush of water

E. summer brings a freshet of tourists

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frigid

D. very cold

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fritter

D. to waste

E. He frittered away the millions his father had left him.