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Flashcards in Direct Hits volume 2 -- set 4 Deck (57):
1

flummox

to confuse; perplex

2

spate

a large number or amount

3

ineffable

unable to be put into words; indescribable

4

histrionic, overwrought

excessively dramatic

5

placate

to soothe or calm; appease

6

eschew

to avoid; shun; stay clear of

7

stopgap

a temporary solution to meet an urgent need

8

flotsam

debris

9

restitution

compensating for a loss damage or injury

10

churlish, sullen, surly

ill-tempered; rude; lacking civility

11

disquieting

disturbing; upsetting; causing unease

12

ornate

elaborately or expensively decorated; lavish

13

execrable, odious, repugnant

detestable; repulsive

14

perspicacious, discerning

insightful and perceptive

15

prescient

displaying apparent knowledge of future events

16

eclectic

choosing or using a variety of sources

17

hiatus

an interruption in time; a break

18

vertiginous

suffering from dizziness OR causing vertigo

19

esoteric, arcane

known only to a small group; obscure

20

supercilious

showing haughty disdain

21

underwrite

to assume financial responsibility for

22

discomfited

uneasy; in a state of embarrassment

23

taciturn

habitually quiet; uncommunicative

24

sinecure

an position with little work but good pay

25

lugubrious

sad and mournful

26

cosmopolitan;

worldly; sophisticated

27

provincial, parochial, insular

limited in perspective; small-minded

28

fecund

intellectually productive or inventive

29

ostentatious

showy; intended to attract notice; pretentious

30

guile

treacherous cunning; skillful deceit

31

guileless

innocent and without deception

32

sanguine

cheerfully confident; optimistic

33

scintillating

sparkling; shining; brilliantly clever

34

pristine

remaining in a pure state; clean and unblemished

35

rampant

unrestrained; unchecked

36

pernicious

highly injurious; destructive; deadly

37

oblivious

lacking conscious awareness; unaware

38

refractory

obstinately resistant to authority or control; stubborn

39

garrulous, verbose, loquacious

overly talkative

40

convivial

friendly; lively; enjoyable

41

brusque and curt

abrupt in manner or speech; discourteously blunt

42

tepid

lukewarm; mild; half-hearted

43

protean

readily taking on varied forms and meanings

44

solicitous

showing great care and concern; (overly) attentive

45

disingenuous

not straightforward or candid; insincere

46

venerate, revere

to regard with great respect; to hold in high esteem

47

contentious

quarrelsome; argumentative; disputatious

48

preclude

to make impossible; to rule; prevent

49

compunction, contrition, remorse

feelings of sincere and deep regret

50

demography

study of the characteristics of human populations

51

aphorism, axiom

a statement universally accepted as true; a maxim

52

juxtapose

to place side by side; compare

53

bombastic

pompous or ostentatious

54

forbearance

refraining from acting on a desire

55

unfettered

freed from any restraint

56

prescribe

to order or require

57

proscribe

to forbid