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Flashcards in Vocab 1,761 - 1,780 Deck (20):
1

Debut (de-byoo)

verb / noun

1) a 1st public appearance: She decided to debut with several other violinists.

2

Quisling

-- noun

1) a person who betrays his or her own country by aiding an invading enemy, often serving later in a puppet government.

3

Quorum

-- noun

1) the number of members of a group required to be present to transact business.

4

Nebulize

-- verb

1) to reduce to fine spray or to become vague/indistinct/nebulous.

5

Maladroit

-- adjective

1) unskillful/bungling/tactless: to handle a diplomatic crisis in a very maladroit way.

6

Assail

-- verb

1) to assault: to assail one's opponent with slander.

The light assailed their eyes.

7

Maven

-- noun

1) an expert or connoisseur.

8

Prepend

-- verb

1) to add something to the beginning of something else: You forgot to prepend "I personally believe" to the statements you are making.

9

Chronology

-- noun

1) the sequential order in which past events occur: The chronology of the last part of his reign is uncertain.

10

Potemkin Village

-- noun

1) a pretentiously showy façade intended to mask an embarrassing/shabby fact/condition: It was a Potemkin village of technology, camera-ready but a long way short of leaving the ground.

11

Simpatico

-- adjective

1) congenial / like-minded / likable: I find our new neighbor simpatico in every respect.

12

Reminiscent

-- adjective

1) awakening memories of something similar: His style of writing is reminiscent of Melville's.

13

Historicize

-- verb

1) to represent in a historic context.: Their goal is not to destroy Western culture but to historicize it.

14

Diatribe

-- noun

1) a bitter, sharply abusive denunciation, attack, or criticism: repeated diatribes against the senator.

15

Execrable

-- adjective

1) very bad/utterly detestable/abominable/abhorrent.: an execrable stage performance.

16

Salvific

-- adjective

1) leading to salvation: He has taken several salvific actions to redeem himself.

17

Effete (eh-feet)

-- adjective

1) worn out / exhausted of vigor or energy: an effete, overrefined society.

18

Crestfallen

-- adjective

1) dejected; dispirited; discouraged.

19

Categorical

-- adjective

1) absolute; unqualified and unconditional: a categorical denial.

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Ill gotten gains

-- expression

1) Benefits obtained in an evil manner or by dishonest means: They duped their senile uncle into leaving them a fortune and are now enjoying their ill-gotten gains.

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