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Flashcards in Basic Word List # 4 Deck (100):
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Ambivalence

lack of clarity; wavering; being undecided

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Cantankerous

bad-tempered; quarrelsome

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Derogatory

uncomplimentary

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Exemplify

to serve as a good example

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Impecunious

having no money

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Lucid

clear

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Ornate

highly decorated

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Precipice

steep slope

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Salubrious

health-giving

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Truant

shirker; someone absent without permission

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Ambulatory

able to walk around (used of hospital patients)

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Capacious

spacious

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Desecrate

to damage or pollute a holy place

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Exhaustive

complet and thorough

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Impious

wicked; profane

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Ludicrous

ridiculous; silly

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Orthodox

Conventional

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Precipitous

done in a hurry

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Salutary

something which teaches you a lesson; beneficial

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Truncate

cut short

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Ameliorate

make better

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Capitulate

surrender; give in to

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Desecration

spoiling something holy

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Exonerates

acquits; absolves; removes blame

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Impoverished

destitute; poor

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Lukewarm

1. unenthusiastic
2. neither hot nor cold

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Ossify

1. turn to bone
2. become fixed and rigid

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Preclude

prevent or make impossible

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Sanctimonious

hypocritically holy

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Tumult

uproar; noise

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Amelioration

improvement

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Carping

constant criticism

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Desist

stop; discontinue; cease

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Exorcism

getting free/ rid of; eliminating (especially demons)

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Impromptu

unrehearsed; spontaneous

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Lummox

clumsy person

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Ostentatious

showy

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Precocious

developing early

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Sanction

give approval to

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Turpitude

depravity

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Amiable

friendly

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Cartographer

person who makes maps

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Despondent

having no hope; miserable

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Expatriate

refugee; emigrant; someone living away from his own country

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Inadvertent

not intentional

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Luscious

juicy; moist; succulent

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Oust

push out of a position

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Predecessor

one who came before

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Sanguinary

bloodthirsty; bloody

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Tyro

novice; beginner

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Amity

friendship

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Castigate

scold strongly

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Destitution

hardship; poverty; misery

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Expedient

convenient; practical

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Incantation

chant; invocation; prayer

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Lynch

assassinate; kill; illegal hanging

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Overt

obvious; cheerful

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Ubiquitous

found everywhere; omnipresent

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Amorphous

lacking in shape

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Catharsis

purging of pent-up emotions

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Deter

put off; prevent

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Expedite

make faster

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Incarceration

putting in prison

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Machinations

plots and plans

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Overwrought

worked up; in an emotional state

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Preeminent

famous; outstanding

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Sardonic

mocking

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Unalloyed

undiluted; total

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Analgesic

medicine to combat pain

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Caucus

type of private political meeting

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Deteriorate

worsen; decline

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Exposition

clear explanation

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Incessant

without stopping

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Maelstrom

whirlpool; storm in the ocean

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Palatable

good to eat; agreeable

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Prerogative

right or privilage

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Savant

person with knowledge

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Unctuous

oily; using excessive flattery

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Analogous

comparable

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Caustic

burning

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Detrimental

harmful

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Extol

praise

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Incipient

just beginning

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Maganimous

generous; big hearted

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Palisade

fence made of pots

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Prescient

having fore-knowledge

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Scale

to climb

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Undermined

damaged; attacked

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Anarchy

chaos; lack of government

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Cavalcade

procession of vehicles

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Devoured

greedily eaten/ consumed

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Extradite

deport from one country back to the home country

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Inclination

tendency; a leaning toward

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Magnate

powerful businessman

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Palliative

a remedy that improves but doesn't cure

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Presentiment

a feeling that something might happen

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Scapegoat

person on whom blame is placed for faults of others

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Underscore

emphasize

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Predicament

dilemma; difficult situation

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Sanguine

optimistic; cheerful