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Flashcards in Word List 12 Deck (84):
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abysmal

very deep; very bad

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approbation

approval

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bent

inclination; aptitude

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cadge

get by begging

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debacle

disaster

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extemporize

speak without preparation or rehearsal

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incumbents

occupiers of a job or position

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lambaste

attack verbally

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noisome

disgusting

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pastiche

work (usually artistic) which imitates, or is composed of parts taken from varied sources

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cloistered

isolated

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disabuse

make someone aware of an error in thinking

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engendering

causing

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intemperate

excessive

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lugubrious

sad, gloomy

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nonplussed

confused

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pedagogy

science of education; teaching

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slake

quench; satisfy

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artless

without effort; without trickery; simple

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comeliness

beauty

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doff

take off (esp. a hat)

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erudition

learning; scholarly knowledge

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plaintive

sad; mournful

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suborn

bribe

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tendentious

dogmatic; biased

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tortuous

indirect; winding

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verbiage

excessive or meaningless wordiness

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complaisance

flexibility; willingness to please

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daguerreotype

forerunner of the photographic process

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fawn

grovel

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gregariousness

sociability

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nascent

emerging; newly formed

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paean

praise; tribute (esp. in song)

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reproof

scolding; criticism

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scurvy

contemptible; rascally

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tutelary

serving as a guardian

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abscission

cutting; process causing leaves to fall off

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debilitating

weakening

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foible

quirk; minor weakness

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importune

beg; solicit

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slew

glut; excess

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toady

sycophant; flatterer

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torrid

hot and steamy

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veracious

true

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asperity

using harsh or critical tone

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blowhard

boastful person

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disingenuous

crafty

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evanescent

short-lived

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labile

changing rapidly; unstable

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malapropism

use of similar sounding but incorrect word

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posture

to put on an act

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proximate

immediate; nearest

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pugnacious

aggressive; ready to fight

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gaucherie

awkwardness

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heterodox

unorthodox

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inscrutability

quality of being difficult to comprehend

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mannered

stylized; pretentious

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pluck

courage

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sedulous

persevering; eager and thorough

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syllogism

type of logical reasoning

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vicissitude

unexpected change in fortune or circumstances

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acolyte

disciple; follower or attendant

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admonitory

scolding

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caprices

whimsies; fancies

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deferential

showing respect

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intractability

stubbornness, resistance

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luminary

eminent person

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undergird

support; strengthen

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vitiate

weaken; sap energy

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coterie

clique; small group with common interests

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denigrate

decry; criticize; belittle

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empirical

found by experiment or practice

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gainsay

contradict

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prolixity

wordiness

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rebus

puzzle in which pictures give clues

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sere

withered; old

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vulpine

like a fox

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exacerbated

made worse

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exact

to demand; extort

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faddish

whimsical; following a fashion

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hapless

unlucky

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perennial

long-lasting

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rent

torn

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xenophobe

person afraid of foreigners