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Flashcards in Vocab 1,021 - 1,040 Deck (20):
1

Edifice

-- noun

1) a building, especially one of large size or imposing appearance.

2

Cause Célèbre

-- noun

1) any controversy that attracts great public attention, as a celebrated legal case or trial.

3

Prognosis

-- noun

1) a forecast or prognostication.

4

Nebbish

-- noun

1) a pitifully ineffectual, luckless, and timid person.

5

Bromides

-- noun

1) a platitude or trite saying.

6

Boomlet

-- noun

1) a brief increase, as in business activity or political popularity.

7

Schlemiel

-- noun

1) an awkward and unlucky person for whom things never turn out right.

8

Syzygy

-- noun

1) an alignment of three celestial objects (ex: as the sun, the earth, and either the moon): Syzygy in the sun-earth-moon system occurs at the time of full moon and new moon.

9

Balkanization

-- verb

1) to divide (a country, territory, etc.) into small, quarrelsome, ineffectual states: a movement to balkanize minority voters.

10

Reprise

-- verb

1) to repeat: They reprised the elaborate dance number in the third act.

11

Braggadocio

-- noun / verb

1) empty boasting or a boasting person.

12

Mangy

-- adjective

1) squalid; shabby: a mangy little suburb.

13

Scabrous

-- adjective

1) having a rough surface / scandalous / full of difficulties.

14

Extempore (ex-tem-po-rie)

-- adverb / adjective

1) on the spur of the moment; without preparation: Questions were asked extempore from the floor.

15

Preponderance

-- noun

1) superiority in weight, power, numbers, etc.: The preponderance of votes is against the proposal.

16

Unitary

-- adjective

1) of, pertaining to, characterized by, or aiming toward unity: the unitary principles of nationalism.

17

Genuflect

-- verb

1) to bow down or to express a servile attitude.

18

Duress

-- noun

1) compulsion by threat or force; coercion; constraint.

19

Redress

-- noun / verb

1) the setting right of what is wrong: redress of abuses.

20

Lothario

-- noun

1) a man who obsessively seduces and deceives women..

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