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Flashcards in Week 5 Deck (20):
1

Rampant

Going unchecked, widespread

When the plague was rampant on the island, Dr. Arrowsmith's wife died.

2

Inane

Foolish

Orville Wright was criticized for his inane desire to fly

3

Ethics

Code of principles

A special management committee was asked to investigate business ethics.

4

Concur

Agree

If I can get my parents to concur, I'll joint the Peace Corps. 

5

Clandestine

Secret, undercover

The spies thought their meeting was a clandestine one, but a throng* of F.B.I. agents gathered outside the building. 

6

Flagrant

Outrageous, glaringly bad

Parking in front of a hydrant is a flagnant violation of the city's law.

7

Admonish

To warn, to reprove

I suspect that my father will admonish me for coming home late/

8

Duress

Compulsion, force

The confession was signed under duress, the attorney claimed.

9

Culprit

The guilty person

The culprit was caught with his fingers in the cookie jar.

10

Inexorable

Inflexible, unrelenting

Television sleuths are inexorable in their pursuit of lawbreakers.

11

Egregious

Remarkably bad

The bank teller's egregious error was difficult to correct.

12

Distraught

Mentally confused, crazed

The soldiers were distraught to learn that their furloughs had been canceled.

13

Duplicity

Cunning, trickery

Duplicity is the stock in trade of all adroit* counterspies.

14

Acrimonious

Bitter

We tried to ignore her acrimonious comments, but that took considerable restraint.

15

Paucity

Scarcity

Although it was a creative writing class, the teacher complained about the paucity of talent there.

16

Elicit

To draw forth

It isn't easy to elicit answers from a sleepy class on Monday morning.

17

Pernicious

Harmful, causing infury

The dictator's pernicious rules failed to  intimidate* the leaders of the underground.

18

Tolerate

To put up with, to bear

Dentists appreciate patients who can tolerate pain.

19

Construe

To make a deduction, to infer

She hoped that we would not construe her decision to run for office as a thirst for power.

20

Impunity

Freedom from punishment

The border guards allowed the doctor to cross the frontier with impunity.