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Flashcards in final Deck (150):
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chattel

slave or property

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austere

plain and simple

3

cerebral

someone who is smart

4

incongruous

inappropriate

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bulwark

a defensive wall

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cacophony

harsh sounds

7

expunge

to delete or erase

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trenchant

sharp or sarcastic comment

9

forbear

to refrain from, to be patient

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asunder

in separate parts

11

efface

to rub away

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quixotic

idealistic and totally impractical

13

beleaguer

to surround or harass

14

milieu

environment or surroundings

15

histrionic

overly dramatic, theatrical

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bludgeon

short, heavy, thick club with one end larger than the other

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arduous

hard, difficult

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reminisce

recalling the past

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dulcet

soothing, soft

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lassitude

laziness

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coterie

circle of close friends

22

askew

crooked

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cranny

home or opening

24

laconic

brief

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harrowing

frightening or disturbing situation

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gossamer

light, flimsy, delicate

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queue

to form or to wait in line

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myriad

an extremely large number

30

accolade

an award

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grandiloquent

using big words or gestures to impress

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caucus

a political meeting

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dromedary

a one humped domesticated camel

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noxious

harmful

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harangue

lecture

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atrophy

to wither away (muscles)

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muster

to collect or gather

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procrastinate

to put off

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craven

cowardly

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obtuse

insensitive or dumb

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congenial

pleasant to be around

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fjord

long narrow inlet between steep cliffs

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doldrums

a period of depression or inactivity

44

curvilinear

characterized but curved lines

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elapse

to pass or go by (time)

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veer

change in direction

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astut

clever, smart

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mishomer

incorrect or inappropriate name

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resurgent

a rise after defeat

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draconian

mean person

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amenable

agreeable, pleasant

52

lesion

wound, injury

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gird

to encircle with a belt, to prepare for action

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dissolution

breaking up into parts

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forage

to search or hunt for food

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denounce

to condemn, to expose critically

57

torque

a twisting or turning force

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fathom

to understand

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hovel

a miserable dwelling

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divine

to infer, to guess

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countenance

the expression on someone’s face

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wane

to decrease gradually

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fraught

teeming, filled with

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chasm

a deep opening in the earth’s surface

65

erudite

smart, scholarly

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also-ran

runner up

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elfin

small, magical, sprightly

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ensemble

a coordinated outfit

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tether

to tie, to restrain

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philanthropy

love of mankind

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misanthropy

someone who hates mankind

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noisome

stinking offensive

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coup

violent overthrow

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languish

loss of energy, to become weak

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cloister

a secluded place

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oust

eject

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pillage

to rob by violent seizure

78

antecedent

going before, preceding

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verbatim

using exactly the same words, word for word

80

deftly

quick skilled movement

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ubiquitous

being everywhere

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insouciant

calm, carefree, relaxed

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sundry

several

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callous

insensitive

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dearth

lack of, scarcity

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somber

dark, depressing

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paradox

a contradictory statement

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penitent

to feel remorseful

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muse

to ponder, to think

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gloat

to boastful

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pique

curious

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dispel

to drive away

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ramifications

consequences

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commodious

spacious

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orthodox

to go by the book, conventional

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fawn

to exhibit affection, to suck up

97

lethargy

lazy, tired

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masticate

to chew

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archaic

old, ancient, outdated

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abhor

to hate, detest

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plight

a distressing situation

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callow

beginner, novice

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euphonious

pleasing to the ear

104

quirk

a peculiarity is behavior

105

mores

cultural norms

106

compromise

to consist of

107

cache

a safe hiding place

108

bucolic

rustic in nature

109

affidavit

a sworn written statement

110

abstruse

to be confused, not comprehending

111

oblique

at an angle, not explicit or direct

112

stupefy

stunned with amazement

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ajar

partially open

114

demure

to object

115

catharsis

psychological/emotional cleansing

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alleviate

to lessen

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candor

to be honest

118

aftermath

consequences of an unpleasant event

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affinity

similarity

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inveigle

to persuade by using flattery

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demagogue

tyrant

122

lax

careless, negligent

123

circa

about

124

pied

multicolored

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melancholy

sad, depressing

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anterior

situated in front

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embellish

to beautify

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petulant

irritated

129

assuage

lesson

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castigate

to punish

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wrest

to take away by force

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perverse

stubborn

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serpentine

winding, coiling

134

abut

joining

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wither

to become dry, shrivel, cause harm

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grandiose

big, majestic

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surfeit

extra, abundance

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unbridled

unrestrained, uncontrolled

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fortuitous

happening by accident

140

enrapture

intense pleasure or joy

141

guile

cunning (skill by deceit)

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marshal

gather, collect

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desiccated

to dry out completely

144

relinquish

to give up

145

tyro

beginner, novice

146

idiosyncrasy

peculiarity of behavior

147

adjunct

subordinate (a person under authority)

148

yore

days past

149

emulate

to copy, to match or surpass

150

cajole

to persuade by flattery or deception

151

forsake

to abandon