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Flashcards in Set 25 Deck (12):
1

Forswear

To renounce, disallow, repudiate

Forswearing all previous alliances, the paranoid dictator vowed to allow no one to share his power

2

Fortuitous

Happening by fortunate accident or by chance

How fortuitous that I happened to be home when the sweepstakes people stopped by to give me a million dollars

3

Fracas

Noisy fight or quarrel, brawl

The fracas that started between the two cab drivers gradually grew until it included most of the bystanders as well and turned into a small riot

4

Fractious

Quarrelsome, rebellious, unruly, cranky

Vince's fractious response to my suggestion was completely uncharacteristic, given his usually easygoing and agreeable attitude

5

Froward

Intractable; not willing to yield or comply; stubbornly disobedient

Two year olds have a reputation for being froward; they've discovered the pleasure of saying no

6

Frugal

Prudent in saving; not wasteful

7

Fulminate

To attack loudly or denounce

Since he had been fulminating against corporate misconduct for years, his enemies were gleeful to uncover evidence of the million dollar payoff he received from the state's largest company

8

Furtive

Marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious

The dog's furtive attempts to steal food from the table while no one was looking were thwarted when a whole turkey came crashing to the floor

9

Gainsay

To deny, dispute, contradict, oppose

It is difficult to gainsay the critics when every new movie the director makes is a flop

10

Galvanize

To startle into sudden action, stimulate

Her powerful speeches galvanized people into action

11

Gambol

To skip about playfully, frolic

Every march, the students performed the rites of spring by gambling around the May pole

12

Forestall

To act in a way to hinder, exclude it prevent action, to circumvent or thwart

The famous actress was trying to forestall aging by undergoing ever more bizarre therapies and cosmetic surgeries