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Flashcards in Direct Vocab 5 Deck (100):
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allay

(v.) to soothe, ease

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allege

(v.) to assert, usually without proof

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alleviate

(v.) to relieve, make more bearable

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allocate

(v.) to distribute, set aside

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aloof

(adj.) reserved, distant

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altercation

(n.) a dispute, fight

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amalgamate

(v.) to bring together, unite

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ambiguous

(adj.) uncertain, variably interpretable

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ambivalent

(adj.) having opposing feelings

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ameliorate

(v.) to improve

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amenable

(adj.) willing, compliant

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amenity

(n.) an item that increases comfort

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amiable

(adj.) friendly

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amicable

(adj.) friendly

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berate

(v.) to scold vehemently

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bereft

(adj.) devoid of, without

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beseech

(v.) to beg, plead, implore

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colossus

(n.) a gigantic statue or thing

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combustion

(n.) the act or process of burning

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commendation

(n.) a notice of approval or recognition

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commensurate

(adj.) corresponding in size or amount

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commodious

(adj.) roomy

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compelling

(adj.) forceful, demanding attention

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compensate

(v.) to make an appropriate payment for something

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complacency

(n.) self-satisfied ignorance of danger

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complement

(v.) to complete, make perfect

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compliant

(adj.) ready to adapt oneself to the wishes of others

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complicit

(adj.) being an accomplice in a wrongful act

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compliment

(n.) an expression of esteem or approval

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devious

(adj.) not straightforward, deceitful

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dialect

(n.) a variation of a language

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diaphanous

(adj.) light, airy, transparent

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didactic

1. (adj.) intended to instruct

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diffident

(adj.) shy, quiet, modest

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diffuse

1. (v.) to scatter, thin out, break up

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dilatory

(adj.) tending to delay, causing delay

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diligent

(adj.) showing care in doing work

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diminutive

(adj.) small or miniature

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encumber

(v.) to weigh down, burden

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enervate

(v.) to weaken, exhaust

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enfranchise

(v.) to grant the vote to

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engender

(v.) to bring about, create, generate

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enigmatic

(adj.) mystifying, cryptic

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enmity

(n.) ill will, hatred, hostility

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ennui

(n.) boredom, weariness

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fetter

(v.) to chain, restrain

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fickle

(adj.) shifting in character, inconstant

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fidelity

(n.) loyalty, devotion

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goad

(v.) to urge, spur, incite to action

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hardy

(adj.) robust, capable of surviving through adverse conditions

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inchoate

(adj.) unformed or formless, in a beginning stage

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incisive

(adj.) clear, sharp, direct

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inclination

(n.) a tendency, propensity

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incontrovertible

(adj.) indisputable

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incorrigible

(adj.) incapable of correction, delinquent

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increment

(n.) an enlargement; the process of increasing

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incumbent

1. (n.) one who holds an office

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legerdemain

(n.) deception, slight-of-hand

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lenient

(adj.) demonstrating tolerance or gentleness

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meager

(adj.) deficient in size or quality

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medley

(n.) a mixture of differing things

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mendacious

(adj.) having a lying, false character

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noisome

(adj.) unpleasant, offensive, especially to the sense of smell

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nomadic

(adj.) wandering from place to place

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obstreperous

(adj.) noisy, unruly

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obtuse

(adj.) lacking quickness of sensibility or intellect

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pittance

(n.) a very small amount, especially relating to money

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placate

(v.) to ease the anger of, soothe

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placid

(adj.) calm, peaceful

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platitude

(n.) an uninspired remark, clich

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plaudits

(n.) enthusiastic approval, applause

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plausible

(adj.) believable, reasonable

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plenitude

(n.) an abundance

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plethora

(n.) an abundance, excess

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pliable

(adj.) flexible

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poignant

(adj.) deeply affecting, moving

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polemic

(n.) an aggressive argument against a specific opinion

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querulous

(adj.) whiny, complaining

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revere

(v.) to esteem, show deference, venerate

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revoke

(v.) to take back

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rhapsodize

(v.) to engage in excessive enthusiasm

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ribald

(adj.) coarsely, crudely humorous

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rife

(adj.) abundant

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ruminate

(v.) to contemplate, reflect

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ruse

(n.) a trick

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surfeit

(n.) an overabundant supply or indulgence

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surmise

(v.) to infer with little evidence

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surreptitious

(adj.) stealthy

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surrogate

(n.) one acting in place of another

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swarthy

(adj.) of dark color or complexion

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sycophant

(n.) one who flatters for self-gain

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truculent

(adj.) ready to fight, cruel

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truncate

(v.) to shorten by cutting off

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turgid

(adj.) swollen, excessively embellished in style or language

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turpitude

(n.) depravity, moral corruption

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utopia

(n.) an imaginary and remote place of perfection

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vivacious

(adj.) lively, sprightly

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vocation

(n.) the work in which someone is employed, profession

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vociferous

(adj.) loud, boisterous

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wrath

(n.) vengeful anger, punishment