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ignominy

n. shame, disgrace [the __ of being imprisoned]

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fission

n. splitting, division, dividing smthg into two or more parts [the party dissolved into ___ and acrimony]

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lurch

n. stagger; sway; leave so in difficult situation [leave a guy in the ___]

4

sinews

n. the source of strength, power, vigor [__of the nation]; anchor, backbone

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espouse

v. advocate, adopt, support --I will __ the national cause and recycle

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corrode

v. deteriorate, damage slowly by chemical action [acid rain___buildings]

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refute

v. disprove, deny, prove theory wrong, false

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brood

v. dwell on, n.group of similar people

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proffer

v. offer, tender, extend, hold out smthg to smne for acceptance

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underpin

v. prop up, strengthen, forms basis for.

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render

v. provide a service [money for services ___ed]; give (help) [___asistance to …]

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purvey

v. provides, or supplies [__of foods]

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rebuff

v. reject (someone or something) in an abrupt or ungracious manner

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molder

v. slowly decay or disintegrate esp bc of neglect [there was a mushroomy smell of disuse and ___ ing books]

15

eke

v. stretch, economize manage to support oneself or make a living with difficulty [she helped her family __ out an existance]

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unwieldy

adj. cumbersome, unmaneuverable, bulky, difficult to carry, move bc of its size; too badly organized to function efficiently [__fingers]

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tawdry

adj. gaudy, tasteless, showy but cheap and of poor quality

18

shiftless

adj. laziness, indolent, and lack of ambition

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indolent

adj. lazy, inert, languid

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listless

adj. lethargic, torpid, lacking energy or enthusiasm [bouts of __ depression]

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prodigal

adj. recklessly wasteful

22

raucous

adj. rowdy, boisterous; screeching//__ children

23

torpid

adj. slow, sluggish

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vociferous

adj. vehement, clamorous (passionate, loud and insistent)

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profligate

adj. wasteful, extravagant [___ consumers of energy]; licentious; dissolute

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maudlin

adj. weepy, self pitying, usu. drunk [__self-pity is not attractive]

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sequestration

n. confiscation until debt paid comparable in certain aspects

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melee

n. fracas, commotion, fray, a confused mass of people [people were trampled in the __]

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vicissitude

n. instability, shift, variation in circumstance, character, ups and downs [the __ of our love breaks my heart]

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nadir

n. lowest pt in fortunes of person, pits [the __ of my career is over!]

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prestidigitation

n. magic tricks performed as entertainment

32

row

n. noisy acrimonious quarrel

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repose

n. temporary rest from activity exertion, peacefulness

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vagary

n. whimsy, fluctuation, an unexpected and inexplicable change in a situation/behavior [the ___ies of weather]

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vie

v. compete eagerly w someone in order to achieve smthg [rival mobs ___ing for control]

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rail

v. protest against, fulminate against, complain strongly and persistently about something

37

purloin

v. steal

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stultify

v. thwart; bore, cause to lose enthusiasm, esp as a result of a restrictive routine

39

roil

v. upset, agitate; make turbid or muddy

40

besotted

ad. Strongly drunk [he became __ with his best friend's sis]

41

feckless

adj. aimless, carefree, incompetent, futile

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egregious

adj. appalling; shocking [__ abuses of copyright]

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crapulent

adj. besotted, buzzed

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perfunctory

adj. cursory, desultory, offhand

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pointed

adj. cutting, incisive remark, unambiguous criticism [ __ comments were made about you]

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cursory

adj. desultory, casual, hasty

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enervating

adj. draining of energy; weakening [the __ humidity of the coast]

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inert

adj. immoble, lacking the ability or stength to move [she lay __ in her bed]

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ostentatious

adj. showy, pretentious, conspicuous //__display of wealth

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frippery

n. adornment, unnecessary ornament in architecture, dress, or language a tawdry or frivolous thing