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Flashcards in Words 8/17/12 Deck (100)
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artful

sly, crafty

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articulate

to express clearly

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artifice

trickery

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artless

crude, having no skill

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ascent

rising or going up

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ascetic

practicing self-denial

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ascribe

to attribute to a specific cause

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asinine

stupid

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askance

with suspicion or disapproval

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asperity

roughness or harshness

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aspersion

an insulting remark about someone

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assail

to attack violently

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assay

to try or test, to examine

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assent

to agree, to concur

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asset

an object of value

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assert

to state with force

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assess

to judge or decide the amount

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assiduous

hardworking

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astringent

stern, harsh, or severe

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asylum

an institution for the ill, a place of safety

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atavistic

having characteristics relating to an earlier type

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atone

to make amends

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attest

to confirm or testify to

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attrition

gradual reduction or weakening; a rubbing away

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audacity

daring, boldness

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augur

to predict, to serve as a warning

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auspices

encouragement, sponsorship

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auspicious

favorable, promising for the future

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authoritarian

someone who believes in total obedience

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autism

absorption in self-centered mental activity

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autocratic

tyrannical

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auxiliary

supplementary, giving help or support

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avail

to serve, be of value to

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avant-garde

describing the advanced group in any field

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avarice

greed

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averse

having a feeling of opposition or repugnance

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avert

to prevent or avoid

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avid

characterized by eagerness

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avow

to claim, to admit

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avuncular

helpful, generous

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axiom

a widely-held belief

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bacchanal

any drunken party or riotous celebration

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bagatelle

something unimportant

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baleful

hurtful, malignant

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ballast

a stabilizer

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ballyhoo

a lot of noise and activity with no real purpose

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bamboozle

to cheat or dupe

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banal

ordinary, not original

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bandy

to trade, exchange

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bane

cause of harm, torment

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banter

a playful conversation

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baritone

a male singer, with a low voice

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baroque

extravagantly ornate, flamboyant

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barrage

any overwhelming attack

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barren

sterile, desolate, unproductive

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bask

to enjoy warmth or praise

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bastion

a stronghold, a fortified place

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bathos

overly sentimental, triviality in style

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bauble

a trinket

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bazaar

marketplace

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bedlam

noise and confusion

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begrudge

to envy the good fortune of someone else

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behest

an order or command

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belated

late

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belligerent

quarrelsome, hostile

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bemuse

to cause to be confused

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benchmark

a standard, point of reference

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benediction

a blessing, an utterance of good wishes

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benefactor

one who provides help to others

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beneficent

showing kindness resulting in benefit

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benevolent

kind, generous

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benighted

ignorant, unenlightened

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bequest

the act of giving, something left behind in a will

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bereft

deprived of life, hope, or happiness

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besiege

to surround with hostile forces

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besmirch

to make dirty

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bestow

to give as a gift or reward

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betroth

to become engaged

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bevy

a group of animals

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bias

a particular tendency

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bibelot

a small object of beauty

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biennial

occurring every two years

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bigot

a person partial to his own group

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bilge

nonsense, rubbish

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bilious

in a bad mood, unpleasant

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biopsy

removal of a sample of human body tissue

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bivouac

a temporary shelter, especially in the military

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blacklist

to place a person on a list under suspicion

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blanch

to pale from fear or illness

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bland

no flavor

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blandishment

flattery

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blight

anything that prevents growth

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bliss

extreme happiness

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bloc

a coalition of factions

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blunt

abrupt

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bluster

to act in a loud or threatening way

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bogus

not genuine

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bombard

to assail vigorously

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bon mot

a clever reply

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bon vivant

a person who enjoys life