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Flashcards in Words 8/18/12 Deck (100)
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bona fide

genuine, real

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bonhomie

good-natured, friendly

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boon

a blessing

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boor

a rude person

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bootleg

to smuggle, to sell/make illegally

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booty

loot

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bosky

covered with a lot of trees/shrubs

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botch

to spoil something by doing it badly

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bouillabaisse

a stew made of fish; a mixture of things

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bowdlerize

to omit, abridge, or modify a work of literature that is considered offensive

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bracing

energizing, stimulating, healthy and fresh

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brandish

to flaunt

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brash

hasty and reckless

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bravado

a false or boastful display of courage

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brawn

great muscular strength

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brazen

bold, shameless

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brazier

a pan for holding burning coals

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breach

to violate

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breadth

width

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brevity

briefness

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brigand

a bandit or robber

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broach

to bring up a subject for discussion

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brogue

an accent, regional dialect

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bromide

a cliché, a chemical compound used as a sedative

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brook

to bear or tolerate

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brouhaha

an uproar, hubbub

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brusque

impolitely abrupt, curt

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buffoon

a comical person

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bureaucracy

a large administrative system

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burgeon

to flourish, expand

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burlesque

exaggerated imitation

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burnish

to polish or rub

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butte

an isolated mountain with steep sides on a large plain

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buttress

support for a wall, encouragement or support

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Byzantine

difficult to understand and complicated

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cabal

a small group of people who plan a secret plot, especially political

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cachet

a mark of prestige and approval

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calamity

a disaster

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camaraderie

friendship

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canard

a false story with the intention of misleading

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canon

a principle, decree, law

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canopy

something covering from weather

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cant

insincere statements made to give one tje appearance of goodness

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canvass

to conduct a survey

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capitulate

to surrender under certain conditions

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captious

quick to point out faults

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carapace

a protective covering, a shell

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carcinogenic

likely to cause cancer

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cardinal

of great importance, chief

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careen

to move fast and unsteadily

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carnage

a massacre

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carp

to complain and find fault about unimportant things

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carrion

dead and rotting flesh

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cascade

resembling a waterfall

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cataclysm

a violent upheaval or change

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catacomb

underground cemetery

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cataract

a large waterfall, an eye abnormality

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categorical

absolute, unconditional

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catheter

a flexible tube inserted into a bodily channel to permit injection of fluids

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catholic

universal, embracing everything

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caustic

acidic, corrosive

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cavalier

casual, showing arrogant disregard

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cavil

to quibble

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cavort

to strut, to prance

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cede

to give up, as by treaty

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celerity

speed

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celibacy

abstinence from sex

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cessation

stopping of

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chafe

to irritate, to rub

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chaff

anything worthless

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chagrin

humiliation, disappointment

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chalet

a Swiss farmhouse with overhanging eaves

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chanteuse

a female singer in nightclubs

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charisma

ability to attract followers

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chary

careful, cautious

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chaste

morally pure

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chastise

to punish, discipline

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chateau

a French estate or large house

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cherub

an angel represented in art as a beautiful

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chimerical

fanciful, imaginary, absurd

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chintzy

gaudy, cheap, tacky

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chloroform

a chemical that produces anesthesia

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chortle

to laugh with pleasure and glee

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chronicle

a history, a record of events

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chronology

an order of events

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churl

a rude or vulgar person

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chutzpah

audacious behavior that is sometimes admired but often rude

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cinematic

relating to motion pictures

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cipher

a code, a solution to a code

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circuitous

not following a direct path

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circumlocution

indirect speech, talking around the facts

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circumnavigate

to travel all the way around

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circumscribe

to restrict

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circumspect

cautious

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circumvent

to surround, enclose

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cite

to quote by way of example

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clairvoyant

having the ability to foresee things

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clamor

uproar

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claque

a group hired to applaud at a performance

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clarify

to make clear