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Flashcards in Vocab 115-150 Deck (36):
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Ossify

To become inflexible in attitudes, habits, beliefs, etc.

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Raconteur

One skilled in telling engaging stories and anecdotes

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Ersatz

Serving as a substitute; artificial

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Contretemp

An inopportune occurrence

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Palliate

To relieve or lessen without curing

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Intransigent

Inflexible; unwilling to compromise

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Sophrosyne

Moderation; prudence

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Joie de vivre

Delight in being alive

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Renascent

Springing once more into being or vigor

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Amaranthine

Unfading; everlasting

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Apostasy

A total desertion of one's religion, principles, cause, etc.

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Saturnine

Sluggish; gloomy

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Psittacism

Mechanical, repetitive, meaningless speech

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Isonomy

Equality of political rights

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Commodious

Spacious and convenient; roomy

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Premiate

To grand an award to

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Internecine

Mutually destructive

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Supercilious

Haughtily disdainful or contemptuous

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Passel

A group of indeterminate number

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Solicitous

Full of anxiety and concern

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Winsome

Charming in a childlike or naïve way

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Quixotic

Not sensible about practical matters

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Paucity

An insufficient quantity or number

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Maxim

A saying widely accepted on its own merits

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Maudlin

Insincerely emotional

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Forbearance

Good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence

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Toady

A person who tries to please someone to gain an advantage

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Umbrage

Anger brought about by being offended

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Vilify

To spread negative information about

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Ostracism

The act of excluding someone from society by general consent

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Onerous

Not easily borne; wearing

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Ebullient

Joyously unrestrained

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Cupidity

Extreme greed for material wealth

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Cogent

Powerfully persuasive

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Capitulate

Surrender under agreed conditions

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Miche

To lurk out of sight