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Flashcards in Week 7 Deck (20):
1

Implacable

Cannot be pacified, inexorable*

The detective was implacable in his search for the murder weapon.

2

Paroxysm

A fit, sudden outburst

In a paroxysm of rage, the tenant stormed out of the landlord's office.

3

Reprehensible

Worthy of blame

The brash* student was forced to apologize for her reprehensible conduct.

4

Jurisdiction

Power, range of authority

Saying that it was beyond his jurisdiction, Judge Klein refused to rule on the case.

5

Skirmish

Small fight, brief encounter

The precocious* boy enjoyed an intellectual skirmish with his elders.

6

Harass

To trouble, torment

In anonymous telephone callers harass you, the phone company will give you an unlisted number.

7

Monolithic

Massively solid

George Orwell's 1984 depicts a frightening, monolithic government.

8

Indigent

Poor, needy

The indigent client was surprised when she was accosted* by her social worker in the elegant restaurant.

9

Arbitrary

Based on whim, dictatorial

To my mind, the decision was unreasonable and arbitrary.

10

Fray

A fight

After the fray, the feuding families agreed to patch up their differences.

11

Stymie

To hinder, impede

"Cause of cancer continues to stymie doctors"

12

Effigy

A likeness (usually of a hated person)

Coach of losing team hanged in effigy.

13

Flout

Show contempt, scoff*

Many motorists flout traffic laws, study reveals.

14

Cognizant

Aware

F.B.I. cognizant of clandestine* gangland meeting.

15

Turbulent

Unruly, agitated

Turbulent atmosphere in angry senate chamber.

16

Terminate

To end

In seemed incongruous* to terminate his employment just when he was so successful.

17

Forthwith

Immediately

Upon seeing the show, he called the TV studio forthwith to protest.

18

Exacerbate

To irritate, make worse

The arrest of the spy did much to exacerbate relations between the two countries.

19

Revert

Return

After taking the drug, she began to revert to the days of her childhood.

20

Oust

To drive out, eject

The ushers moved with alacrity* to oust the disorderly patrons.