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Flashcards in List 7 Deck (100):
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Archetype

classic example of

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Clemency

mercy; lenience;
eg. the parole board advised against clemency

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Disinterested

unbiased; not interested, indifferent

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Flout

defy; reject; openly disregard (a rule/law)
flout - play flute, whistle
eg. these companies still flout basic ethical practices

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Ingénue

naiive, unsophisticated person (young woman)
eg. an actress who plays an ingénue

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Mendacious (adj)

given to lying; untruthful
mendac - lying
eg. mendacious propaganda

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Paucity

shortage; small insufficient amount;
eg. a paucity of information

8

Protean

changeable; unstable; ever-changing
chimerical (changeable, unreal); vacillate (waver)
eg. it's difficult to understand the protean project

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Sophomoric

juvenile; immature

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Venal

corrupt; can be bribed
venum-thing for sale
eg. venal politicians

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Archives

collections of old records; place of storage of old documents

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Cliché

overused expression; something unoriginal

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Disparage

criticize; belittle; regard as being little worth
dis-not, par-equal
eg. he always disparaged his competitors

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Flustered

worked-up; not calm

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Ingrate

ungrateful person

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Mercenary

concerned only with money

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Peccadillo

minor weakness; trivial offence

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Protégé

person under protection of, or guided by another

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Soporific

inducing sleep or drowsiness;
eg. motion of a train has a soporific effect

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Veneer

surface coating

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Articulate

clear; lucid; eloquent

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Clientele

customers

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Disparity

an inequality

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Fly-by-night

unreliable; disreputable

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Inimical

hostile, harmful;
eg inimical alien power

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Mercurial

volatile; changeable;
subject to sudden/unpredictable changes of mood;
eg. his mercurial temperament

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Pedant

person excessively concerned with adhering to minor details for academic learning

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Protocol

procedure; code of behavior

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Sparse

spare; bare; meager

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Venerate

revere; worship; regard with respect
eg. Mother Teresa is venerated as a saint

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Artifice

deception; trickery

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Coalesce

come together; merge

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Dispassionate

neutral; objective

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Forensic

concerned with argument or debate (esp. for legal evidence)

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Innate

inherited; inborn

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Merge

come together

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Pedestrian

common; mundane; banal

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Provincial

unsophisticated; narrow-minded

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Specious

false

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Venial

minor; unimportant

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Artisan

craftsman

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Coddle

pamper; fuss over; indulge

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Disseminating

circulating; broadcasting; spreading (infor

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Fortitude

bravery

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Innocuous

harmless; inoffensive

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Metaphorically

symbolically; figuratively

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Peerless

without equal

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Prudent

cautious; wise

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Speckled

spotted; freckled; dotted

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Veracity

truthfulness

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Ascetic

without luxuries; severely simple

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Coercion

force

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Diurnal

active in daytime

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Fortuitous

happening by chance

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Innovate

create; introduce something new

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Meticulous

very careful; painstaking

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Pejorative

derogatory

58

Puerile

childish

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Sporadic

not continuous; intermittent

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Verbose

talkative; long-winded; rambling

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Assiduous

thorough; diligent

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Cogent

lucid; well argued

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Divert

1. entertain; 2. distract; 3. cause a detour

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Fractious

irritable; difficult to control

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Inscrutable

mysterious; impenetrable

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Mettle

courage; bravery; valor

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Pellucid

transparently clear

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Punctilious

paying attention to small details

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Spurious

false

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Verbosity

using too many words

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Assuage

to calm

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Cogitate

think over something; ponder

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Docile

gentle and easily lead

74

Fraudulent

fake; false

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Insentient

unfeeling

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Milieu

environment

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Pensive

in a thoughtful mood; thinking deeply

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Purloin

steal

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Stagnant

still; not moving

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Vertigo

dizziness

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Astute

perceptive; sharp-witted

82

Collage

picture made from fragments of other pictures

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Dogmatic

having stubbornly held opinions

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Frivolous

not serious

85

Insipid

dull; bland; boring

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Mire

swamp; muddy ground

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Penury

poverty

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Pusillanimous

cowardly

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Staid

dull; sober; serious

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Vestigial

not developed

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Asylum

place of refuge or safety

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Collate

arrange in order

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Dolt

stupid person

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Frugal

economical; not wasting anything

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Instigate

to start; provoke

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Misanthrope

hater of the rest of mankind

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Perceptive

observant

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Pyromania

compulsion to start fires

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Stanza

section of a poem

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Vignette

small sketch