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Flashcards in Vocab Words #1 Deck (59):
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abysmal

limitless or profound

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acquiesce

to give in

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aesthetic

beauty

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aggrandize

increase or make greater

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allusion

historical reference

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anomalous, anomaly

vague

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arduous

very difficult

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austere

severe or strict

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banal

boring

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benign

showing kindness

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capitulate

to surrender

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catharsis

releasing strong emotion

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caustic

sarcastic, biting or burning

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circumspect

thinking about possible risks prior to action

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coalesce

to come together in one group

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colloquial

speaking informally

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copious

very large amount

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craven

a lack of courage

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dearth

famine

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diatribe

bitter criticism

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dogmatic

arrogance

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eclectic

including things taken from different sources

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egregious

very bad or offensive

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didactic

instruct

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enigma

something confusing

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esoteric

only taught to a small group

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elucidate

to clarify

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exacerbate

to make something worse

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expedite

to make something to happen faster

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expunge

to remove completely

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extol

to praise highly

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facade

a false appearance

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feign

to pretend to be affected

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fortuitous

lucky

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futile

having no result

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gamut

full reign of something

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gratuitous

thankful

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hubris

a foolish amount of pride

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harbinger

foreshadowing

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insidious

causing harm gradually

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indigent

lacking or impoverished

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insipid

lacking flavor or zest

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judicious

good judgement

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juxtapose

comparing

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laconic

using few words

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laud

to give praise

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lucid

very clear

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magnanimous

showing generous nature

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malaise

vague feeling of illness

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martyr

someone who dies for a cause

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moot

not important

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morose

a person who is unhappy

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negligent

failing to take care of something

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nominal

not real, existing in name only

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nuance

a very small difference

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obliterate

to destroy completely

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odious

evil

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odyssey

long journey full of adventures

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ogle

to stare at