Greenwald Vocab 13

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Dilapidated

(adj) fallen into disrepair or partial ruin, usually through neglect

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Decrepit

worn out or ruined because of age or neglect

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Ramshackle

(especially of a house or vehicle) in a state of severe disrepair

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Dingy

dull, lacking freshness

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Shipshape

in good order; trim and neat

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In disrepair

in a poor condition of a building or structure due to neglect

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Run into the ground

to mismanage to the point of ruin

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Dilatory

(adj) inclined to put things off; intended to postpone something

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Laggard

a person who makes slow progress and falls behind others

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Dawdling

to do something or go somewhere very slowly, taking more time than is necessary

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Sluggish

slow-moving or inactive

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Lackadaisical

lacking enthusiasm and determination; carelessly lazy

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Lethargic

affected by lethargy; sleepy or fatigued and sluggish

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Dillydallying

to move or act too slowly; to waste time

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Temporizing

avoid making a decision or committing oneself in order to gain time or and advantage

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Expeditious

done with speed and efficiency

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Drag one’s heels

be deliberately slow or reluctant to act

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Diligent

(adj) hardworking; thorough and persistent

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Assiduous

showing great care and perseverance

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Sedulous

(of a person or action) showing dedication and diligence

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Indefatigable

(of a person or their efforts) persisting tirelessly

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Slothful

slow

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Indolent

wanting to avoid activity or exertion; lazy

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Perfunctory

(of an action or gesture) carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection

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Dire

(adj) dreadful or disastrous; bleak or cheerless (suggesting urgency)

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Calamitous

involving calamity; catastrophic or disastrous

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Grievous

(of something bad) very severe or serious

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Dismal

depressing; dreary

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Somber

dark or dull in color or tone; gloomy

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Salubrious

health-giving; healthy

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Inconsequential

not important or significant

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Dire financial straits

a dreadful situation due to financial strain

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Discomfit

(v) to defeat or frustrated completely

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Rout

to defeat decisively/to put to disorderly retreat

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Trounce

defeat heavily in a contest

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Thwart

prevent (someone) from accomplishing something

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Foil

prevent (considered wrong) from succeeding

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Discourse

a. (n) an oral exchange of ideas or conversation; a lengthy discussion, either written or spoken b. (v) to talk about or discuss at length

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Treatise

a long, formal piece of writing about a particular subject

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Sermon

a talk on a religious or moral subject, especially one given during a church service and based on a passage from the Bible

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Colloquy

a conversation

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Expatiate (upon)

speak or write at length or in detail

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Precis

a summary or abstract of a text or speech

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Synopsize

to make a synopsis of; summarize.

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Discriminate

a. (v) to distinguish between two or more things, often by perceiving minute differences b. (v) to behave unfairly toward a person or group because of prejudice

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Discern

perceive or recognize (something)

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Perspicacity

the quality of having a ready insight into things; shrewdness

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Acumen

the ability to make good judgments and quick decisions, in a specific subject

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Discernment

the ability to judge well

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Disparage

(v) to speak slightingly of or undervalue

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Depreciate

disparage or belittle

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Derogate

to detract from

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Decry

publicly denounce

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Extol

praise enthusiastically

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Laud

praise (a person or their achievements) highly, especially in a public context

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Disparity

(n) difference or inequality, as of age, character or quality

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Distraught

(a) deeply distressed or agitated

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Overwrought

in a state of nervous excitement or anxiety

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Perturbed

feeling anxiety or concern; unsettled

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Impassive

not feeling or showing emotion

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Divulge

(v) to make known; to make public

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Impart

make (information) known; communicate

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Docile

(adj) easy to manage, teach, train or discipline

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Tractable

(of a person) easy to control or influence

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Amenable

(of a person) open and responsive to suggestion; easily persuaded or controlled

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Compliant

inclined to agree with others or obey rules, especially to an excessive degree; acquiescent

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Perverse

(of a person or their actions) showing desire to behave unreasonably or unacceptably, often in spite of the consequences

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Intractable

hard to control or deal with

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Obdurate

stubbornly refusing to change one's opinion or course of action

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Dormant

(adj) inactive, as if in sleep; suspended in use, growth or development

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Latent

(of a quality or state) existing but not yet developed or manifest; hidden or concealed

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Inert

lacking the ability or strength to move

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Torpid

mentally or physically inactive; lethargic

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Volatile

liable to change rapidly and unpredictably, especially for the worse

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Drastic

(adj) violently forceful and swift; extreme

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Rigorous

extremely thorough, exhaustive, or accurate

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Potent

having great power, influence, or effect

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Draconian

(of laws or their application) excessively harsh and severe

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Ineffectual

not producing any or the desired effect

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Duplicity

(n) deliberate deception in speech or conduct

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Guile

sly or cunning intelligence

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Dissimulation

concealment of one's thoughts, feelings, or character; pretense

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Chicanery

the use of trickery to achieve a political, financial, or legal purpose

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Double-dealing

the practice of working to people's disadvantage behind their backs

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