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desideratum

n. essential, necessity [integrity was ____ in my new job ]

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clemency

n. lenience [an appeal for ___]

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amalgam

n. mixture/blend [____ of tradition]

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confluence

n. process of merging, a junction, crowd// the __ of the two streets

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cornucopia

n. symbol of plenty: horn overflowing with flowers, fruit, corn

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coalesce

v. come together and form one mass or whole [the puddles had __ into shallow streams]

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corral

v. gather (a group of people or things) together

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emanate

v. give off, arise, emite [warmth ___ed from the fireplace]

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burgeon

v. grow or increase rapidly flourish

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imbue

v. inspire or permeate with a feeling or quality [be __with]

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elucidate

v. make clear, explain

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beleaguer

v. plague, harass, beset with difficulties [he is leading a relief force to the aid of the __ city]

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disseminate

v. spread or disperse widely

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buoy

v. sustain, encourage, keep afloat

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commiserate

v. sympathize

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gaunt

ad. (of a person) lean and haggard

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noxious

ad. Harmful, poisonous, very unpleasant [__fumes]

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dismal

adj. Depressing; dreary; gloomy

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derelict

adj. abandoned; run-down; negligent

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poignant

adj. bitter, moving, evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret [a __reminder of the passing of time]

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despondent

adj. depressed, dejected, morose, glum

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saturnine

adj. distant, gloomy

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infinitesimal

adj. extremely small

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decrepit

adj. frail; dilapidated, run down [centuries old buildings now ___]

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inimical

adj. harmful, detrimental, tending to obstruct

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pernicious

adj. having a harmful effect esp in a gradual or subtle way [____mutha…

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dilapidated

adj. in a state of disrepair [Detroit is a city of _____ buildings]

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visceral

adj. instinctive, second nature, relating to deep inward feelings rather than to the intellect [the voter's ___ distaste to the new president has led to shenanigans]

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lugubrious

adj. looking or sounding sad and dismal

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forlorn

adj. miserable; desolate; hopeless [she seemed __]

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incongruous

adj. out of place, inappropriate, incompatible [the coat looked ____ with the black dress]

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insidious

adj. proceeding gradually with harmful effects [ ____path?]

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dejected

adj. sad and depressed [he stood in the street lookin __]

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derisory

adj. small, inadequate; contemptuous, condescending [ So the dean made a__ counter offer calculating, correctly, that he would not move

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turbid

adj. unclear, murky [__ currents]

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exigent

adj. urgent, pressing

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tincture

n. a slight trace of something [she could not keep a __ of bitterness out of her voice]

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modicum

n. a small quantity of a particular thing esp something considered desireable or valuable [his statement had more than a ____ of truth]

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melancholy

n. deep long-lasting sadness; adj. depressed

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dissonance

n. disagreement, discord [ __ between campaign rhetoric and personal behavior]

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dichotomy

n. division between two things that are opposed // a __ between thought and action. __between goals and effort to meet those goals.

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penury

n. extreme poverty, destitution [he died in a state of virtual __]

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bastion

n. fortress, support, institution strongly defending particular

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vestige

n. glimmer, memento, trace

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erosion

n. gradual distruction, diminuation of smthg

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nuisance

n. inconvenience, annoyance, bother// making __s of themselves

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dimorphism

n. occurring in or representing two distinct forms (distinction) // The sexual dimorphism of many birds is obvious when it's noted that the male is often more brightly colored than the female

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auspice

n. patronage, sponsorship, favorable sign

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aegis

n. patronage, sponsorship

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contrition

n. repentance, remorse