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Flashcards in deck6 Deck (146):
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taciturn

almost always silent

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caste

a rigid and hereditary social class

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diverge

to depart from a set course or opinion

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bigot

one who favors his or her own group and is intolerant of those who differ

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insular

narrow in outlook

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chicanery

deception by trickery

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masquerade

to wear a disguise; to put on a false appearance

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keen

having a sharp edge; perceptive

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forebear

a person from whom one is descended; an ancestor

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dissipate

to scatter; to spend wastefully

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impute

to assign credit, often of guilt or blame

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vendetta

a bitter feud or quarrel; fight

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elicit

to draw out; to invoke

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truculent

inclined to fight

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leverage

strategic advantage

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reprobate

a person who lacks morals

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baffle

to frustrate, as by confusing

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mitigate

to improve by lessening the severity of

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reckon

to calculate; to regard as

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foray

a sudden raid

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sententious

expressing much in few words; given to pompous moralizing

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tenet

a belief

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foment

to stir up negative feelings, esp. those that lead to violent action

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befuddle

to confuse

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colloquial

appropriate to spoken, as opposed to written, language; informal

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naive

simple; childlike; lacking worldly wisdom

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haughty

stuck-up; arrogant; snobbish

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liability

something for which one who is responsible; a debt; a disadvantage

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deduce

to reach a conclusion by reasoning

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evince

to give outward evidence of; to display clearly

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pragmatic

dealing practically with a situation or a thing; based on experience rather than theory

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demagogue

a leader who obtains power by appealing to the emotions and passions of the people

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latitude

freedom from normal limitations; room for movement or action

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confluence

joining together of different streams

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vagary

an erratic notion or action

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exculpate

to clear from blame or guilt

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homage

a sign of respect

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rummage

to search thoroughly by handling or disarranging the contents of

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exert

to put forth or bring to bear

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affliction

pain

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qualm

a sudden feeling of sickness

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innuendo

an indirect suggestion about someone or something, esp.of a negative nature

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expedient

suitable for a purpose; a means to an end, esp. when based on self-interest

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exodus

the departure of a large number of people

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decrepit

weakened, worn out, or broken down by old age or excessive use

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belie

to picture falsely; to contradict

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arraign

to bring before a court to answer a legal charge

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unfledged

not yet grown

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erstwhile

former; of an earlier time

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saunter

to walk in a leisurely manner

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behemoth

an enormous animal or person

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stigma

a sign of disgrace; a mark that lowers a reputation

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posit

to assume as a fact or principle

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foible

a minor weakness of character

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retrench

to reduce, esp. expenses

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pivotal

crucial

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derelict

abandoned; negligent

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commensurate

equal in proportion

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sentinel

one who keeps watch

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scrutiny

close examination

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ostracize

to shun

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congregate

to assemble into a group

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chronicle

a recording of events in order of time

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soporific

promoting sleep

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coddle

to treat indulgently

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fledgling

a young, inexperienced person

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eclat

great brilliance, as of performance or achievement

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vociferous

loud and vehement

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ravenous

very hungry

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facile

with effortless ease

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demeanor

outward behavior, esp. that reveals one's personality or attitude

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enmity

the bitter attitude or feelings of an enemy or of mutual enemies

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verbatim

word for word

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schema

an outline or model, often drawn as a diagram

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invigorate

to give strength and energy to

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cede

to give or formally surrender to another

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supplicate

to request with great humility, as though by praying

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anthropomorphism

the attribution of human characteristics to animals or inanimate objects

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preoccupied

absorbed in thought

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circumspect

showing discretion and careful judgement

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proximity

closeness

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zest

hearty enjoyment

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chimerical

created by or as if by a fanciful imagination

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wheedle

to persuade or obtain through flattery or cunning

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dowdy

lacking in neatness or style; shabby

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dilatory

characterized by delay; tardy

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ensconce

to settle securely or snugly

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paean

a song of joy, triumph, or praise

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niche

a place or situation suited for a person or thing; a recess in a wall

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attribute

to assign as the source; quality, characteristic

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meticulous

extremely or excessively careful about details

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ingratiate

to bring oneself into another's favor or good graces by conscious effort

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recount

to tell in detail

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corroborate

to strengthen; to confirm; to support

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propensity

a natural inclination; a tendency

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beguile

to deceive by charm

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gesticulate

to make gestures, esp. while speaking

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hiatus

an interruption in activity or progress

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painstaking

very thorough; careful

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avant-garde

a group active in inventing and applying new techniques, esp. in the arts

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countenance

appearance, esp. the expression of the face; to tolerate

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manacles

shackles; handcuffs

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genial

cheerful; friendly

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impassioned

filled with emotion; fervent

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brevity

briefness

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mainstay

a chief support

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extrovert

an outgoing person

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pedigree

record of ancestry; family tree

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affinity

a natural attraction or feeling of kinship

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feckless

careless; irresponsible

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elude

to escape from, as by daring or skill

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divert

to change the direction of; to amuse

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mediocre

ordinary to inferior in quality; not standing out from the average

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scorn

a feeling of contempt of disdain

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aloof

distant or removed in attitude or manner

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garrulous

talking too much, esp. about trivial things

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sumptuous

of a size or splendor suggesting great expenses; lavish

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debonair

easy and carefree in manner

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ascribe

to attribute to a specific source

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scintilla

a small amount; a spark

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motif

a recurring subject or theme, esp. in a work of art or literature

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remnant

a small amount left over after the rest has been used; a surviving trace

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gall

boldness

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ferret

to search

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prose

the ordinary form of written or spoken language, without rhyme or meter

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avuncular

resembling an uncle; benevolent

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denouement

conclusing

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dally

to waste time

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dismal

causing gloom or depression

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waif

a homeless person, esp. a child or orphan

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ward

to repel or turn aside

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congenital

present since birth

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corpus

a large collection of writings

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torpid

inactive

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inept

without skill

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cozen

to defraud or deceive

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insolent

boldly disrespectful in speech or behavior

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exhort

to urge strongly

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compendium

a short, complete summary

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palpitate

to beat rapidly

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abjure

to renounce under oath; to give up or deny

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alacrity

cheerful willingness; swiftness

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inadvertent

unintentional; accidental

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maraud

to raid

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crass

dull-witted; unrefined

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envoy

a government representative sent on a special diplomatic mission