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Flashcards in Deck 29 Deck (60):
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facsimile

n. copy

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fluke

n. unlikely occurrence; stroke of fortune

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gargantuan

adj. huge; enormous

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gruff

adj. rough-mannered

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icon

n. religious image; idol

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intellect

n. higher mental powers

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matriarch

n. woman who rules a family or larger social group

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mobile

adj. movable; not fixed

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neophyte

n. recent convert; beginner

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onerous

adj. burdensome

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parallelism

n. state of being parallel; similarity

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personable

adj. attractive

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porous

adj. full of pores; like a sieve

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primordial

adj. existing at the beginning (of time); rudimentary

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pseudonym

n. pen name

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renown

n. fame

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revile

v. attack with abusive language; vilify

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scintillate

v. sparkle; flash

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slake

v. quench; sate

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stalemate

n. deadlock

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sunder

v. separate; part

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variegated

adj. many-colored

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burnish

v. make shiny by rubbing; polish

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codify

v. arrange (laws, rules) as a code; classify

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condole

v. express sympathetic sorrow

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convert

n. one who has adopted a different religion or opinion

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dais

n. raised platform for guests of honor

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demure

adj. grave; serious; coy

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enthrall

v. capture; enslave

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fawning

adj. courting favor by cringing and flattering

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formidable

adj. inspiring fear or apprehension; difficult; awe-inspiring

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gentry

n. people of standing; class of people just below nobility

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imminent

adj. near at hand; impending(ready to take place)

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inception

n. start; beginning

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infiltrate

v. pass into or through; penetrate (an organization) sneakily

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introspective

adj. looking within oneself

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knotty

adj. intricate; difficult; tangled

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meek

adj. quiet and obedient; spiritless

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montage

n. photographic composition combining elements from different sources

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nondescript

adj. undistinctive; ordinary

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phlegmatic

adj. calm; not easily disturbed

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pragmatist

n. practical person

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progeny

n. children; offspring

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putrid

adj. foul; rotten; decayed

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recession

n. withdrawal; retreat; time of low economic activity

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reprieve

n. temporary stay

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roster

n. list

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sect

n. separate religious body; faction

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snicker

n. half-stifled laugh

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stint (v)

v. be thrifty; set limits

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surveillance

n. watching; guarding

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unconscionable

adj. unscrupulous; excessive

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verbatim

adv. word for word

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presage

v. foretell

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juncture

n. crisis; joining point

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lilliputian

adj. extremely small

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imponderable

adj. not able to be determined precisely

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fleece

v. rob; plunder

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dictum

n. authoritative and weighty statement; saying; maxim

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circuitous

adj. roundabout