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Flashcards in Word List 4 Deck (64):
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ambivalence

lack of clarity; being undecided; Get over your ambivalence and make a decision.

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cantankerous

bad-tempered; The cantankerous baby threw a tantrum.

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impecunious

having no money; My impecunious condition prevents me from going out.

4

lucid

clear; He is sick and doesn't have many lucid moments.

5

ornate

highly decorated; The space was ornate, with a decorated ceiling.

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precipice

steep slope; The precipice is dangerous.

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salubrious

health-giving; The mountain air is salubrious.

8

ambulatory

able to walk around; He is no longer confined to his bed and is ambulatory.

9

capacious

spacious; The storage bin is very capacious.

10

desecrate

to damage or pollute a holy place; Don't desecrate the sanctuary with your swearing.

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impious

wicked, profane; His impious nature scares me.

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precipitous

done in a hurry; This job was clearly done precipitously.

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salutary

beneficial; As difficult as the relationship was, it was salutary.

14

truncate

cut short; Truncate the lengthy explanation.

15

ameliorate

make better; I'm glad to see you are attempting to ameliorate the situation.

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capitulate

surrender; I will capitulate and do it your way.

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ossify

turn to bone; become fixed and rigid; His bad habits are now ossified.

18

preclude

prevent; His disability precludes an athletic career.

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sanctimonious

hypocritically holy; They resented his sanctimonious rant on morality.

20

carping

constant criticism; Quit carping over trivial matters.

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desist

stop; Cease and desist.

22

lummox

clumsy person; He is a lummox and constantly crashes into things.

23

precocious

developing early; The precocious child will turn out to be exceptionally smart.

24

sanction

give approval to; The authorities sanctioned the event.

25

turpitude

depravity; His turpitude nature is unsettling.

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despondent

having no hope; I am despondent about my failing health.

27

expatriate

refugee; emigrant; He expatriated from his homeland.

28

inadvertent

not intentional; However inadvertent, the comment was still insulting.

29

sanguinary

bloodthirsty; The sanguinary wolf howled with hunger.

30

tyro

novice; He is only a tyro, cut him some slack.

31

amity

friendship; I am grateful for our amity.

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castigate

scold strongly; The captain castigated his soldier.

33

destitution

hardship; poverty; Uganda is in a state of destitution.

34

expedient

convenient, practical; The timing is very expedient.

35

lynch

assassinate; illegal hanging; The KKK lynched many blacks.

36

overt

obvious; The message is overly overt.

37

sanguine

optimistic; He has a sanguine disposition.

38

amorphous

lacking in shape; The amorphous blob did not move.

39

catharsis

purging of pent-up emotions; Music is my way to catharsis.

40

deter

put off; prevent; The large dog deterred trespassers.

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machinations

plots; The machinations for the robbery were extremely detailed.

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preeminent

outstanding; He is preeminent in his profession.

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sardonic

mocking; He grinned sardonically.

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unalloyed

undiluted; total; You have my unalloyed support.

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analgesic

medicine to combat pain; Apply this analgesic to the wounded area.

46

caucus

type of private political meeting; The caucus was held at city hall.

47

exposition

clear explanation; The student prepared expositions on their essay topics.

48

maelstrom

whirlpool; The violent maelstrom killed many people.

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palatable

good to eat; agreeable; Your ideas are palatable.

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prerogative

privilege; The prerogatives of the President are very different from a civilian's.

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savant

person with knowledge; He is an intelligent business savant.

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unctuous

using excessive flattery; The unctuous conman was charming.

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caustic

burning; Lye is a caustic substance.

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incipient

just beginning; His cold is incipient and must be monitored.

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magnanimous

big-hearted; She is magnanimous towards her enemies.

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palisade

fence made of posts; There was a palisade for defense.

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prescient

having forknowledge; The prescient economist expected the financial collapse.

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undermined

damaged; attacked; The army greatly undermined the village.

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cavalcade

procession of vehicles; The cop escorted the cavalcade of cars to the funeral.

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extradite

deport from one country back to the home country; I will be extradited if I don't find a job.

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inclination

tendency; The door's inclination is to stick.

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magnate

powerful businessman; The magnate deals with many important people.

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palliative

a remedy that improves but doesn't cure; This is only a palliative remedy, and will not get rid of the disease.

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presentiment

a feeling that something might happen; I have a slight presentiment of a storm approaching.