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Flashcards in RGRE 0510 Deck (200):
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parable

a moralistic story

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whimsical

witty; humorous

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lampoon

ridicule

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countenance

approve; tolerate

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sanctimonious

hypocritically religious

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equanimity

Calmness; composure

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effontery

boldness

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nonentity

one of no importance

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flabbergasted

Astounded

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debacle

collapse; ruin

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vivacious

lively; animated; gay

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gaunt

haggard; thin

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mien

bearing; appearance

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hirsute

hairy

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refute

to prove wrong or false

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pensive

thoughtful; reflective

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whet

stir up; stimulate

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stupor

insensible condition; daze

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wince

flinch; draw back

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cliche

a commonplace phrase

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lethargic

lazy; indifferent

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prevalent

prevailing; common; general

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paramount

supreme; foremost

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remiss

negligent; careless

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hostile

antagonistic; angry

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rebuke

reprimand; reproach; criticize

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aversion

strong dislike; opposition

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evince

show plainly; exhibit

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vogue

fashion

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superficial

on the surface; slight

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jettison

to throw overboard; to discard

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inevitable

unavoidable; certain to happen

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lucrative

profitable

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tussle

a rough struggle

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intrinsic

essential; natural; inborn

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acute

sharp; keen; severe

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gist

essence; main point; substance

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transient

passing; short-lived; fleeting

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terse

concise; brief; compact

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cogent

forceful; convincing; persuasive

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pinnacle

peak; summit

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array

arrangement; system

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obscure

unknown; lowly; unclear

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ardent

passionate; eager

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culminate

to reach the highest point

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constrict

Limit; bind; squeeze

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prodigy

marvel; phenomenon

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bereft

Deprived of

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falter

stumble; hesitate; waver

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exultation

triumphant joy

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vitriolic

biting; burning

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invective

insulting or abusive speech

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besmirch

soil; stain; dim the reputation

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voluminous

bulky; large

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retrospect

looking backward

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egotist

a vain; conceited person

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humility

humbleness; modesty; meekness

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pungent

sharply stimulating; biting

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inveterate

habitual; firmly established

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adamant

unyielding; inflexible; definite

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vulnerable

open to attack; susceptible

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bedlam

Uproar; confusion

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cacophony

discord; harsh sound

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exploit

utilize; profit by

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propinquity

nearness in place or time

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disgruntled

unhappy; displeased

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infallible

exempt from error; right

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panacea

cure-all

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eradicate

to wipe out

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impede

interfere; block; hinder

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sedate

quiet; still; undisturbed; sober

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equanimity

evenness of mind; composure

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compatible

harmonious; well-matched

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serenity

peaceful repose

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revere

honor; respect; admire

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irrational

unreasonable; absurd

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avarice

greed; passion for riches

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insatible

cannot be satisfied

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nadir

lowest point

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moribund

(adj) dying; on the way out

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lithe

graceful; flexible; supple

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obese

very fat

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adherent

a follower; supporter

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bliss

happiness; pleasure

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pathetic

sad; pitiful; distressing

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exhort

to urge strongly; advise earnestly

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apathy

Lack of interest or concern

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fracas

noisy fight; brawl

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inebriated

drunk; intoxicated

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adversary

opponent; enemy; foe

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indolent

lazy

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gusto

enthusiasm; enjoyment; zest

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garrulous

loquacious; wordy; talkative

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banal

trivial

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platitude

commonplace or trite saying

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pique

fit of resentment

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dilettante

one who has great interest; but little knowledge

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atypical

nonconforming

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nondescript

Hard to describe because of a lack of distinctive qualities or features.

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wane

decrease; decline

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extinct

no longer existing

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idyllic

simple and pleasant

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galvanize

Excite or arouse to activity

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encumbrance

Burden; handicap; load

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gaudy

flashy; showy

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condescend

Stoop; lower oneself

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candor

frankness; open honesty

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mortify

embarrass; shame; humiliate

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jocose

Humorous; merry

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malign

abuse; slander

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omnipotent

almighty; having unlimited power or authority

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zenith

top; highest point; peak

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fledgling

Little known; newly developed

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peremptory

Absolute; compulsory; binding

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precedent

custom; model

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wheedle

cajole; coax; deceive by flattery

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rustic

countrified; unpolished

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jubilant

joyful and triumphant

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decorum

proper behavior; good taste; orderliness

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charlatan

an imposter; a fraud or pretender

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ABATE

to lessen in intensity or degree

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ABERRANT

deviating from the norm

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ABJURE

to renounce or reject solemnly; to recant; to avoid

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ABROGATE

to abolish or annul by authority; put down

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ABCISSION

act of cutting off or removing

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ABSCOND

to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide

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ABSTAIN

to refrain from an activity

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ACCOLADE

an expression of praise; an award

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ACCRETION

growth; increase by successive addition; building up

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ACERBIC

having a sour or bitter taste or character

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ACUMEN

quick; keen; or accurate knowledge or insight

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ADMONISH

to reprove; to express warning or disapproval

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ADROIT

adept; dexterous

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ADULATION

excessive praise; intense adoration

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ADULTERATE

to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients

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ADUMBRATE

to foreshadow vaguely; intimate; suggest; or outline sketchily

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ADVOCATE

to argue for or support a cause

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AESTHETIC

dealing with; appreciative of; or responsive to art or the beautiful

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AGGRANDIZE

to increase in intensity; power; or prestige; to make appear greater

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ALACRITY

cheerful readiness; promptness; or willingness

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ALCHEMY

a magical or wonderful transformation

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ALLOY

to commingle; to debase by mixing with something inferior

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AMALGAMATE

to combine several elements into a whole

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AMBIGUITY

uncertainty in meaning

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AMBIVALENCE

the quality of having opposing ideas or feelings

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AMELIORATE

to make better or more tolerable

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AMENABLE

agreeable; responsive to suggestion

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ANACHRONISM

something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context

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ANATHEMA

a solemn or ecclesiastical (religious) curse; accursed or thoroughly loathed person or thing

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ANODYNE

soothing

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ANOMALY

deviation from the normal order; form; or rule; abnormality

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ANTAGONIZE

to irritate or cause hostility

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ANTIPATHY

aversion; dislike

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ANTITHETICAL

diametrically opposed; as in antithesis

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APATHY

lack of interest or feeling

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APOCRYPHAL

of dubious authenticity or origin; spurious

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APOGEE

farthest or highest point; culmination; zenith

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APOSTATE

one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions; a betrayer of a cause

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APOTHEOSIS

deification; glorification to godliness; the perfect example

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APPOSITE

appropriate; pertinent; relevant; apropos

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APPRISE

give notice to; inform

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APPROBATION

an expression of approval or praise

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APPROPRIATE

to take for one's own use; confiscate

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ARABESQUE

complex; ornate design

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ARCANE

mysterious; abstruse; esoteric; knowable only to initiates

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ARCHAIC

outdated; associated with an earlier; perhaps more primitive time

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ARDUOUS

strenuous; taxing; requiring significant effort

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ARRANT

impudent; in every way; being completely such; bare-faced; utter

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ARREST

to suspend; to engage

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ARTICULATE

to enunciate or pronounce clearly; to express oneself clearly

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ARTLESS

completely without guile; natural; without artificiality

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ASCETIC

one who practices rigid self-denial; especially as an act of religious devotion

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ASPERITY

severity; rigor; roughness; harshness; acrimony; irritability

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ASPERSION

an act of defamation or maligning

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ASSIDUOUS

diligent; hard-working

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ASSUAGE

to ease or lesson; to appease or pacify

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ASTRINGENT

to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify

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ATTENUATE

to rarefy; weaken or make thinner; lessen

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AUDACIOUS

daring and fearless; recklessly bold

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AUGURY

omen; portent; the reading of omens

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AUGUST

majestic; venerable

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AUSPICE

protection or support; patronage

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AUSPICIOUS

favorable; propitious; successful; prosperous

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AUSTERE

without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic

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AVARICE

greed; especially for wealth

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AVER

to state as fact; to confirm or support

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AXIOM

a universally recognized principle; a generally accepted or common saying

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BALEFUL

sinister; pernicious; ominous

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BANE

cause of injury; source of harm; source of persistent frustration

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BEATIFY

to bless; make happy; or ascribe a virtue to; to regard as saintly

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BEDIZEN

to adorn; especially in a cheap; showy manner; festoon; caparison

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BELIE

to give a false impression of; to misrepresent

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BELLICOSE

belligerent; pugnacious; warlike

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BENIGN

favorable; harmless

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BENT

leaning; inclination; proclivity; tendency

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BLANDISH

to coax with flattery; toady or fawn

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BLITHE

carefree; merry

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BOISTEROUS

loud; noisy; rough; lacking restraint

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BOLSTER

to provide support or reinforcement

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BOMBASTIC

pompous; grandiloquent