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Flashcards in Word List 3 Deck (56):
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alacrity

eagerness, enthusiasm; We accepted the invitation with alacrity.

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deleterious

harmful; The toxin has deleterious effects.

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tractable

obedient, dutiful; Your child has a tractable disposition.

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burnish

polish; He burnishes the metal.

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euphony

pleasant sounds; I hear the majestic euphony of the trumpets.

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iconoclast

person who opposes orthodoxy; His iconoclastic nature is unsettling.

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levity

flippancy; joking about serious matters; Her levity about the accident is rude.

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potable

suitable for drinking; The country has no potable water.

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rotund

round; The fruit is ripe and rotund.

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buttress

strengthen; The wall serves as a buttress.

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delineation

demarcation; explanation; The delineation of the person was very accurate.

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idiosyncrasy

a personal peculiarity; His idiosyncrasies are particularly peculiar.

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libertarian

someone who opposes tyranny; The libertarian has very idealistic views.

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ruminate

ponder; I need to ruminate on the matter before I make a decision.

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allay

to lessen; The medicine will allay your pain.

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byline

line that tells you who wrote the article; The article was anonymous and not bylined.

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demur

hesitate; refuse; He demurred the promotion.

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exacerbate

make worse; Don't exacerbate the problem.

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ignominious

shameful; He acted in an ignominious way.

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liniment

soothing lotion; He was told to apply the liniment to the sore area.

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omnipotent

all-powerful; God is omnipotent.

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cacophony

discordant loud noises; City traffic causes a great cacophony.

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ignominy

shame; He deserves the ignominy that befalls him.

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lithe

flexible; The ballerina's body is very lithe.

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omniscient

all-knowing; Governments are not omniscient of all their programs.

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pragmatist

practical person; It is better to be a pragmatist than an idealist.

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saccharin

falsely sweet; Her saccharin nature disgusts me.

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exceptionable

very bad (something we should object to); His actions were exceptionable and should be punished.

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onerous

burdensome; The duties are too onerous for one person.

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preamble

introductory material; His childhood in the slums was a preamble to a life of crime.

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sacrosanct

very holy; There is a sacrosanct chamber in the temple.

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deplore

regret; I deplore the present state of morality.

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exculpate

acquit; The evidence will exculpate him.

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illusory

deceptive; He has an illusory and slippery nature.

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onus

burden; The onus is on the parent to make sure the child behaves.

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precarious

unstable; risky; An undersea diver's life is precarious.

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sagacious

wise; The elder exhibited great sagacity.

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callow

immature; He is just a callow youth.

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depravity

moral corruption; The mayor's moral depravity is shocking.

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execrable

very, very bad; The performance was execrable.

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immoderate

excessive; There is an immoderate amount of evidence present against him.

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opaque

does not let light through; The material is entirely opaque.

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trinket

something of little value; She left the trinket behind for her child.

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deprecate

criticize; denounce; I respect his ability to teach but not deprecate his students.

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exegesis

scholarly explanation or interpretation; No scholarly book is complete without academic exegesis.

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immutable

permanent; Facts are immutable.

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opulent

wealthy; He died an opulent but lonely man.

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precept

guiding principle; These are known precepts in the business world.

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salacious

lecherous, erotic; The scandal was very salacious.

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trite

unoriginal; The speech was trite and endlessly long.

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candor

openness; I was surprised by his candor on our first meet.

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deride

ridicule; The bully derided the defenseless child.

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loquacious

talkative; The dinner guest was extremely loquacious.

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ordain

destine; confer holy orders on a priest; Fate had ordained the meeting.

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precinct

district of a city; It is in a dangerous precinct of the city.

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sallow

yellowish; His skin had a sallow complexion.