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Flashcards in Direct Hits Volume 1 Deck (54):
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pragmatic

practical

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evocation

an imaginative recreation

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presumptious

impertinently bold, overbearing, overstepping boundaries

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clandestine/surreptitiousness

secretive

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reproach/ censure

scold

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conjecture

inference, supposition

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auspicious

favorable

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despondent

depressed

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impasse

failure to reach an agreement

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belie

to give a false impression

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platitudinous/ banal/ hackneyed/ trite

commonplace

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forerunner

a preceding event

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inscrutable

mysterious/ enigmatic / baffling

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acquiesce

to accept, comply

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credulous/ naive

unsophisticated

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endemic

native to an area/ indigenous

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exhort

to strongly encourage

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indulgent

overly tolerant

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polarize / divisive

to break into opposing factions

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penchant / predilection

an inclination

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boorish / uncouth

vulgar

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stymie

to thwart/ stop

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voracious

eager for food, ravenous

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callous

insensitive

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intrepid / undaunted

fearless, courageous

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itinerant

mobile, not sendentary

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poignant

touching, heart trending

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bucolic / rustic / pastoral

charmingly rural

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equanimity

calmness, composure

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panache/ verve

dash and flamboyant in style or action

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placid / serene

calm

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amalgam

mixture

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viable

possible

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intemperate

lacking restraint, excessive

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laud/ extol/ tout/ acclaim

praise

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disparage

belittle

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disparity

inequality

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innocuous

harmless

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tirade / diatribe

bitter denunciation, long angry speech

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charlatan

fake, fraud

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ascetic

a person who leads a life of self denial

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raconteur

a person who in telling ancedote

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partisan

a person with biased beliefs

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automation

a mindless follower

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prognosticator

a person who makes predictions based upon data

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pundit

a professional commentator

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zealot

a very enthusiastic person

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greenhorn

novice

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dissembler/ prevaricator

liar

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proponent

advocate, champion of a cause

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obsequious / sycophant

excessively eager to obey, submissive

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stoic

a person who is impassive and emotionless

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reprobate

a morally unprincipled person

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renegade

a disloyal person