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Flashcards in Word List 15 Deck (67):
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abraded

worn away; eroded

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apposite

fitting; suitable

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diatribe

tirade; violent denunciation; stream of criticism

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gerontocracy

government by the aged

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maculated

spotted; stained

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quisling

traitor

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sedulity

thoroughness; perseverance

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seine

type of fishing net

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tender

to offer

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waffle

talk nonsense

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burlesque

comic play; lampoon

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homiletics

art of preaching and giving sermons

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impugn

challenge; question someone's honor

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incubus

encumbrance; nightmarish thing

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lope

run with long strides

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macerate

soften or break up by soaking; weaken

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nostrum

remedy

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saw

wise saying

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sibyl

prophetess

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brook

tolerate

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limpid

transparently clear

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liturgy

form of worship

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nexus

connection

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purchase

grip

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quotidian

daily; routine

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seminal

essential; formative

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agog

amazed; wide-eyed with enthusiasm

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amortize

pay off a debt in installments

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curmudgeon

grumpy person

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efficacy

effectiveness

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epithet

phrase used as a label or to express the essential nature of

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fracas

fight; disturbance

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jamb

door post

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chorales

simple hymns

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frieze

decorative border

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latent

hidden; real but undeveloped

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plodding

uninspired

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endow

give gift; provide with money

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esoterica

obscure details

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prattle

mindless talk

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prohibitive

exorbitantly expensive

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purist

conservative; one who insists on correct forms of language

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quack

charlatan; fake

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arresting

attracting attention; striking

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barrage

dam across river; overwhelming quantity of information

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chantey

type of song sung by sailors

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orate

speak in a pompous manner

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psychosis

severe mental disturbance

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table

put down for future discussion

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underwrite

give guarantee; insure

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dissident

person who disagrees

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enigmatic

puzzling

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foolhardy

reckless

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personification

a concrete example of

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vagary

something uncomfortable; freak

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discountenance

disallow

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imperative

must be obeyed

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nadir

lowest point

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prudence

caution; wisdom

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resuscitation

revival from unconsciousness

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teetotalism

total abstinence from alcohol

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cataclysmic

violently disruptive

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impropriety

inappropriate behavior

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pith

center; soft part of stem; essence

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primordial

present from beginning of time

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sinistral

left-handed; counterclockwise

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undermine

subvert; attempt to overthrow