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1

ignominy

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

2

fission

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

3

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

5

espouse

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

6

corrode

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

7

refute

v. disprove, deny, prove theory wrong, false

8

brood

v. dwell on, n.group of similar people

9

proffer

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

10

underpin

v. prop up, strengthen, forms basis for.

11

render

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

12

purvey

v. provides, or supplies [__of foods]

13

rebuff

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

14

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]

16

unwieldy

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

17

tawdry

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

18

shiftless

adj. laziness, indolent, and lack of ambition

19

indolent

adj. lazy, inert, languid

20

listless

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

21

prodigal

adj. recklessly wasteful

22

raucous

adj. rowdy, boisterous; screeching//__ children

23

torpid

adj. slow, sluggish

24

vociferous

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

25

profligate

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

26

maudlin

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

27

sequestration

n. confiscation until debt paid comparable in certain aspects

28

melee

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

29

vicissitude

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

30

nadir

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