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Flashcards in Barron's 1-5 Deck (150):
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poseur

poerson who affects an attitude to impress others

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reverent

expressing deep respect, worshipful

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ostentatious

showy; pretentious

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avocation

secondary occupation

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disseminate

to spread; scatter; disperse

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purport

to profess, suppose, claim

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virtuoso

someone with master skills, expert musician

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repine

fret, complain

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saturnine

gloomy

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sylvan

related to the woods or forest

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physiognomy

facial features

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defame

to malign; harm someone's reputation

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primordial

original; existing from the beginning

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confound

to baffle; perplex; mix up

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cloister

to confine; seclude

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default

to fail to act

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log

record of a voyage; record of daily activities

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modicum

limited quantity

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travail

work, especially arduous work

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indigence

poverty

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guise

outward appearance; false appearance

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machiavellian

crafty; double-dealing

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autonomous

self-governing; independent

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lilliputian

extremely small

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broach

to mention for the first time

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proscribe

to condemn, forbid, outlaw

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transient

temporary, fleeting

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delineate

to represent or depict

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emollient

soothing; mollifying

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sodden

thoroughly soaked, saturated

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plaintive

melancholy; mournful

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refractory

stubborn, resisting ordinary methods of treatment

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asperity

severity; harshness; irritability

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sensuous

relating to the senses

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subsume

to include, incorporate

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puissant

powerful

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prehensile

capable of grasping

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intangible

not material

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resolution

determination, resolve

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Elysian

delightful; blissful

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tortuous

having many twists and turns, highly complex

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distill

extract the essential elements

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fissure

crevice

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hallowed

holy; sacred

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ingenous

naive and trusting; lacking sophistication

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convention

practice widely observed in a group; custom; accepted technique or device

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egoism

the tendency to see things in relation to oneself; self-centeredness

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venal

mercenary, corruptible

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platonic

spiritual; theoretical

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supplicant

one who asks humbly and earnestly

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document

to provide with written evidence to support

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execrable

detertable; abhorrent

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cant

insincere talk; language of a particular group

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dichotomy

division into two usually contradictory parts

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piquant

pleasantly pungent; attractive

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piety

devoutness

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equable

steady; unvarying; serene

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alchemy

medieval chemical philosophy based on changing metal into gold; a seemingly magical power or process of transmutation

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skeptic

one who doubts

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solicitous

concerned, attentive, eager

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clamor

noisy outcry

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visage

appearance, aspect

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fervor

warmth and intensity of emotion

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analgesic

medication that reduces or eliminates pain

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arduous

extremely difficult; laborious

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solvent

able to meet financial obligations

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carnal

of the flesh or body; related to physical appetities

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fauna

animals of a period o region

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insouciant

indifferent; lacking concern or care

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astringent

harsh; severe

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apprise

to inform

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welter

wallow or roll, toss about, be in turmoil

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extemporaneous

unrehearsed

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demographic

related to population balance

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egotistical

excessively self-centered; conceited

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impede

to hinder; block

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clique

a small, exclusive group

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provident

providing for future need, frugal

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impute

to attribute the fault to; relate to a particular cause or source

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permeable

penetrable

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recalcitrant

resisting authority or control

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stricture

something that restrains, negative criticism

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occult

relating to practices connected with supernatural phenomena

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gossamer

sheer; light and delicate; like cobwebs

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interdict

to forbid; prohibit

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hirsute

covered with hair

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celestial

concerned with sky or heavens; sublime

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talisman

charm to bring good luck and avert misfortune

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evince

to show plainly; be an indication of

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extrapolation

the act of estimation by projecting known information

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problematic

posing a problem; doubtful

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causal

involving a cause

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simile

comparison of one thing with another using "like" or "as"

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churlish

rude; boorish

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apropos

relevant

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fetter

to bind; confine

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gustatory

affecting the sense of taste

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salutary

expecting an improvement, favorable to health

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vapid

tasteless, dull

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concoct

to invent

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rue

regret

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appease

to calm, pacify, placate

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quibble

to argue over insignificant and irrelevant details

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facetious

homorous

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internecine

deadly to both sides

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blase

bored because of frequent indulgence; unconcerned

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codify

to systematize

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contentious

quarrelsome; causing quarrels

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premonition

forewarning; presentiment

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stint

to be sparing

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imbroglio

complicated situation; an entanglement

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ornithologist

scientist who studies birds

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substantiate

to support with proof or evidence

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rubric

protocol, title or heading

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vituperative

using or containing harsh, abusive censure

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tutelary

serving as a guardian or protector

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fresco

a painting done on plaster

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clairvoyant

one who can predict the future; psychic

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factotum

a person who does all sorts of work; a handyman

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adjunct

something added, attached, or joined

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gauche

coarse and uncouth; clumsy

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cognizant

informed; conscious; aware

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misogynist

one who hates women

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mnemonic

realated to memory; assisting memory

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mettle

courage; endurance

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query

question

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lucre

money or profits

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callous

thick-skinned; insensitive

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canon

an established set of principles; a basis or standard for judgment; a group of literary works

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demotic

pertaining to people

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bawdy

obscene

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disjointed

lacking order or coherence; dislocated

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insinuate

to suggest; say indirectly; imply

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taxonomy

science of classification

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cardinal

of foremost importance

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prate

to talk idly; chatter

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brazen

bold; shameless

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cosmology

study of the universe as a totality; theory of the origin and structure of the universe

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strut

to swagger, display to impress others

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lustrous

shining

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flourish

en embellishment or ornamentation

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vortex

whirpool, center of turbulence

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archeology

the study of material evidence of past human life

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juxtapose

place side by side

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megalomania

delusions of power or importance

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intimate

marked by close acquaintance

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stanch

to stop or check the flow of

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explicate

to explain;interpret;clarify

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inadvertenly

carelessly; unintentionally

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subversive

intended to undermine or underthrow, especially an established government