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precarious

adj. uncertain, unstable; dependent on chance //__ living as a writer]

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volatile

adj. unpredictable; tense; evaporative

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impasse

n. deadlock, a situation in which no progress is possible esp bc of disagreement [the current political __]

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countenance

n. face, appearance; v. tolerate// it would ___ the acceptance of policies and practices contrary to the natural moral law

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placate

v. pacify, mollify, appease [they attempted to __the students]

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tout

v. peddle; solicit; recommend, attempt to sell something, typically by pestering people boldly

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flummox

v. perplex, bewilder, confound [___by the question]

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ensconced

v. plonk, nestle, settle smne in comfortable/secret place

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rapacious

adj. aggressively greedy or predatory [___ lending]

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cavalier

adj. arrogant, haughty, snobbish, off hand, showing lack of proper concern

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ornery

adj. bad-tempered, stubborn, vile

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rudimentary

adj. basic, fundamental

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truculent

adj. belligerent, eager to argue, fight, aggressively defiant

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irascible

adj. cantankerous, feisty, irritable, easily made angry

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scurvy

adj. contemptible, mean //__ trick

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craven

adj. cowardly, contemptibly lacking in courage

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vacuous

adj. empty, mindless, unintelligent [a ___ smile]

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wanton

adj. extravagant; malicious; reckless [__vandalism]

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sardonic

adj. grimly mocking or cynical

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churlish

adj. grumpy, surly, rude in a mean-spirited [it seems __ to complain]

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sordid

adj. ignoble, vile. filthy. squalid

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impervious

adj. immune, unable to be affected by

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promiscuous

adj. indiscriminately sexually active

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lecherous

adj. lewd, having or showing excessive or offensive sexual desire

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anomic

adj. loner, hermit. n. absence of social norms/values as in the case of uprooted people// Americans in other words, aren't suffering from _ie.

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malevolent

adj. malicious, wicked[ ______ eyes]

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specious

adj. misleading, seeming right but lacking merit

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atavistic

adj. primitive, relating to reversion to something ancient or ancestral [___fears and instincts]

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amorous

adj. romantic , erotic

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dastardly

adj. rotten, cowardly, mean, sneaking

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impertinent

adj. rude; irrelevant

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lascivious

adj. salacious, lewd, inclined to lust, arousing

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obtuse

adj. slow, dense, dumb, insensitive

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meretricious

adj. tawdry, flashy, seeming to have value, but not

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unwitting

adj. unintentional, inadvertent, not fully aware of facts

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apocryphal

adj. unsubstantiated, questionable, of doubtful authorship or authenticity

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ribald

adj. vulgar, coursely irreverent, scurrilous

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nefarious

adj. wicked or criminal

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rancor

n. bitterness, enmity, hatefulness, acrimony

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mendacity

n. deceit, untruthfulness

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sadism

n. deliberate cruelty, the tendency to derive pleasure, esp sexual gratification, from inflicting sufferingon others

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snit

n. fit of irritation, a sulk [he withdrew in a __]

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enmity

n. hatred, animosity, a condition or feeling of hostility. [___ towards bad people]

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voyeur

n. peeping tom

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schadenfreude

n. pleasure derived by somone from another person's misfortune

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subterfuge

n. ploy, ruse, sham, cheating

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verisimilitude

n. realism, believability, lifelikeness [the _ of her performance is gripping]

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derision

n. ridicule, mockery// the inept performance elicited __ from the audience

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stature

n. standing, distinction, level of importance gained by ability [an architect of international ___]

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hector

n. v. bully