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Flashcards in Advanced Word List # 13 Deck (100):
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Alleviated

made less severe [alleviation (n); alleviate (v)]

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Apostrophe

1. punctuation mark
2. appeal to someone not present (a figure of speech)

3

Centurion

roman soldier (commander of a company of 100 soldiers)

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Emollient

softening (a); something which softens (n)

5

Fusillade

long burst of gunfire

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Inerrancy

infallibility; inability to make mistakes [inerrant (a)]

7

Mince

1. chop into small pieces
2. walk with tiny steps
3. speak in an affected manner

8

Palpate

medical term meaning to examine with the hands

9

Platitude

unoriginal, obvious saying

10

Quibble

1. (v) to argue about minor matters; to play on worlds when finding fault
2. (n) a minor verbal point in an argument

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Apprehension

slight fear; sense of something unfavorable

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Conniving

cunning; scheming [connive(v)]

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Derision

mockery [deride (v)]

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Epigram

short, witty saying

15

Lassitude

lack of energy; weariness

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Pedantic

over-insistent on matters of book-learning [pedant (n)]

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Phenomenology

branch of science concerned with things as the are perceived; not directly from theory

18

Precipitate

1. hurried (a)
2. insoluble product of a reaction in chemistry (n)
3. to instigate or speed up an action (v)

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Renege

go back on promise or retract statement

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Apprehension

slight fear; sense of something unfavorable

21

Armada

fleet of ships

22

Dawdler

slow person who falls behind others [dawdle (v)]

23

Dross

something worthiness; impurities left after refining

24

Explate

atone; make amends for

25

Hack

1. chop roughly
2. person who writes to earn money
3. hired horse

26

Prone

1. vulnerable to
2. horizontal

27

Propensity

tendency; inclination

28

Scabbard

cover for a sword

29

Skiff

small boat

30

Umbrage

1. shadow
2. offense; sense of injury

31

Dilettantism

dabbling esp. in the arts [ dilettante (n) = person who dabbles]

32

Enervate

weaken

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Malevolent

having evil intentions [malevolence (n)]

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Neophyte

new convert; tyro

35

Panegyric

speech praising someone; laudatory words

36

Presage

forewarn of; indicate

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Serration

jagged edge

38

Slight

1. minor (a)
2. perceived insult (v) and (n)

39

Tare

1. weed
2. allowance made for container when weighing

40

Unprepossessing

unattractive

41

Aberration

deviation from the normal

42

Cant

insincere talk

43

Disinter

dig up [opposite inter = bury]

44

Facade

1. front elevation of building
2. false appearance or demeanor

45

Impeding

hindering [impede (v); impediment (n)]

46

Lacuna

gap; missing part [plural = lacunae]

47

Monolithic

united in purpose; forming a single unit

48

Pied

multicolored

49

Roster

list of names

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Seemly

appropriate (of behavior); decorous

51

Analogue

1. something similar
2. output proportional to input (engineering)

52

Coda

piece of music at the end of a musical work; finale; final part of document

53

Commingle

mix

54

Equivocal

ambiguous; open to interpretation [equivocate (v), equivocation (n)]

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Fallible

capable of making mistakes [fallibility (n)]

56

Hallow

respect; worship

57

Indigence

poverty

58

Papyrus

material used for writing on before paper was invented

59

Pique

1. annoyance (n)
2. to stimulate interest; to annoy (v)

60

Sap

1. liquid inside plants (n)
2. to drain; to undermine (v)
3. a fool (n)

61

Arbitrator

mediator; person appointed to judge a dispute [arbitrate (v)]

62

Descry

to see (esp. at a distance); catch sight of

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Facetious

not intended to be taken seriously

64

Indecorous

unseemly; inappropriate (of behavior)

65

Proliferate

grow and spread [proliferation (n)]

66

Scotch (v)

to prevent; stop; disable

67

Strut

1. supporting rod (n)
2. to walk in an arrogant manner; show off (v)

68

Toy (v)

to play with

69

Usury

lending money at high interest rates

70

Wag (n)

a witty person

71

Atavism

reappearance of ancestral traits; regression [atavistic (a)]

72

Filibuster

delaying tactics

73

Gambit

opening move; transaction

74

Mitigation

making less severe [mitigate (v)]

75

Obligate

compulsory

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Predilection

leaning; interest; talent

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Propitiate

appease; try to gain favor [propitiation (n)]

78

Stanch

to stop

79

Travesty

parody; ridiculous error

80

Waft

drift smoothly (v); whiff; smell (n)

81

Forage

search for food

82

Lumber

1. walk in an ungainly way
2. timber (wood)

83

Muse

1. think, meditate (v)
2. a source of inspiration (n) [ in mythology, a goddess who gives inspiration]

84

Prescience

foreknowledge

85

Prune

1. to prim
2. a dried plum

86

Ready

(used of wit) quick

87

Resolve

firmness (n)

88

Squalid

dirty and demeaning

89

Sullied

made dirty or impure [opposite unsullied; sully (v)]

90

Veneration

worship; respect [venerable (a), venerate (v)]

91

Demur

object; hesitate to accept

92

Duplicity

cunning; deception; double dealing

93

Exigency

urgent matter; pressing need

94

Expostulate

offer strong objections; remonstrate

95

Gossamer

delicate; filmy; like gauze

96

Inefficacious

ineffective

97

Pine

1. type of evergreen tree
2. grieve

98

Prudish

narrow-minded; excessively concerned with morals [prudery (n), prude (n)]

99

Quixotic

impractically idealistic

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Stipple

cover with dots of paint etc.