Greenwald Vocab 12 (better defs + removed unnecessary words)

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dapper

(adj) neatly and stylishly dressed (often of a man)

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natty

(of a person or an article of clothing) smart and fashionable

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smart

(of a person) clean, neat, and well-dressed

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unkempt

(especially of a person) having an untidy or disheveled appearance

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slovenly

(especially of a person or their appearance) messy and dirty

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seedy

(of a place) shabby and squalid

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shabby

in poor condition through long or hard use or lack of care

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dowdy

(of a person or their clothes) unfashionable and without style in appearance (typically used of a woman)

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frumpy

dowdy and old-fashioned (typically used of a woman or her clothes)

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defect

a. (n) a flaw or shortcoming b. (v) to desert one country, cause or the like for another

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blemish

a small mark or flaw which spoils the appearance of something

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repudiate

to refuse to accept or be associated with

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forsake

abandon (someone or something)

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abjure

solemnly renounce (a belief, cause, or claim)

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defer

a. (v) to put off or postpone b. (v) to yield courteously to the wishes or judgements of someone else

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expedite

to speed up

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shelve

decide not to proceed with a project or plan either temporarily or permanently

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spurn

reject with disdain or contempt

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disdain

the feeling that someone or something is unworthy of one's consideration or respect; contempt

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dejected

(adj) in very low spirits

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despondent

in low spirits from loss of hope or courage (more permanent, like clinical depression)

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morose

sullen and ill-tempered

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melancholy

a feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause

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jubilant

feeling or expressing great happiness and triumph

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exultant

triumphantly happy

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delete

to remove (or strike out)

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expunge

erase or remove completely (something unwanted or unpleasant)

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efface

erase (a mark) from a surface

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excise

to remove (a section)

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delineate

(v) to make an accurate line drawing or diagram of; to portray or describe in detail

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delinquent

a. (adj) neglectful of a duty or obligation; seriously overdue b. (n) a person who fails to perform a duty; an offender

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remiss

lacking care or attention to duty; negligent

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derelict

in a very poor condition as a result of disuse and neglect

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scofflaw

a person who flouts the law, especially by failing to comply with a law that is difficult to enforce effectively

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malefactor

a person who commits a crime or some other wrong, (opposite of benefactor)

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scrupulous

very concerned to avoid doing wrong

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punctilious

showing great attention to detail or correct behavior

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dereliction of duty

a person's purposeful or accidental failure to perform an obligation without a valid excuse, especially an obligation attached to his or her job (common in context with the military)

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delude

(v) to mislead or deceive

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hoodwink

deceive or trick (someone)

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cozen

to trick; to cheat or swindle

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beguile

charm or enchant (someone), sometimes in a deceptive way

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demure

(adj) modest and reserved in dress, manner or behavior

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decorous

in keeping with good taste and propriety; polite and restrained

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staid

sedate, respectable, and unadventurous

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diffident

modest or shy because of a lack of self-confidence

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self-effacing

not drawing attention to oneself; modest

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coy

(especially with reference to a woman) making a pretense of shyness or modesty that is intended to be alluring

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jaunty

having or expressing a lively, cheerful, and self-confident manner

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bumptious

self-assertive or proud to an irritating degree

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a wallflower

a shy person; one who stays on the sidelines at a party or dance

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a shrinking violet

an exaggeratedly shy person

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denouement

the final part of a play, movie, or narrative in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are explained or resolved

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desultory

(adj) shifting from one thing to another without reason or purpose; haphazard or random

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spasmodic

occurring or done in brief, irregular bursts

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erratic

not even or regular in pattern or movement; unpredictable

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intermittent

occurring at irregular intervals; not continuous or steady

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methodical

done in an orderly, systematic way

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steadfast

loyal, faithful

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painstaking

very thorough; careful

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deviate

a. (v) to move away from, especially what is considered normal, right or acceptable b. (n) a person who differs markedly in behavior, belief or attitude from what is accepted as normal or proper

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diverge

deviate from a set course or standard

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digress

leave the main subject temporarily in speech or writing

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maverick

an unorthodox or independent-minded person

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nonconformist

one who does not follow generally accepted beliefs, customs, or practices

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devoid

(adj) empty; lacking in

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bereft

deprived of; often with the preposition "of"

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replete

filled or well-supplied with something; often with the preposition "with"

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fraught

(of a situation or course of action) filled with or likely to result in (something undesirable); often with the preposition "with"

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devout

(adj) deeply religious, earnest or sincere

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pious

devoutly religious

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zealous

having or showing great energy or enthusiasm

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tepid

lukewarm; unenthusiastic, marked by an absence of interest

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lukewarm

unenthusiastic; neither hot nor cold

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irreverant

showing a lack of respect (for things taken seriously)

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dexterous

(adj) skillful in using the hands or body

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adroit

skillful, expert in the use of the hands or mind

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deft

skillful, nimble

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adept

very skilled or proficient at something

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gauche

lacking social graces; socially awkward

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inept

unskilled; clumsy; maladroit

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maladroit

clumsy; unskillful; inept

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ennui

dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy

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joie de vivre

joy of living

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fracas

a noisy quarrel or brawl

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amour propre

self-respect; a sense of one's own worth

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queue

a line of people or vehicles in wait

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avant-garde

new and unusual or experimental ideas, especially in the arts, or the people introducing them.

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piece de resistance

(especially with reference to creative work or a meal) the most important or remarkable feature

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macabre

disturbing and horrifying because of involvement with or depiction of death and injury

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tour de force

feat of strength, skill, or ingenuity

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nouveau riche

newly rich, suggesting poor taste

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repertoire

the list of pieces an actor, musician, etc., is ready to perform; the skills or accomplishments of a person or group

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de rigueur

required by etiquette or current fashion

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par excellence

better or more than all others of the same kind

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sortie

a sudden attack by troops from a defensive position

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timbre

the character or quality of a musical sound or voice as distinct from its pitch and intensity

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mot juste

the most suitable or exact word or expression

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rapport

a close and harmonious relationship

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sangfroid

composure or coolness in danger or when under pressure

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