English Midterm Vocab

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acme

the highest point of achievement

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Anoint

to proclaim/to sanctify

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Auspicious

predictive of good fortune

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Burgeon

to expand/to grow and flourish

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Ebullient

lively

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Efficacy

effectiveness

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Felicitous

happy

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Fortuitous

Accidentally favorable

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Laudable

praiseworthy

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10

Nirvana

a condition of great peace or happiness

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Plaudits

statement giving strong praise

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Prolific

productive

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Propitious

favorable to success

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Sanguine

optimistic

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Viable

offering good prospect of success

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Balk

to hesitate

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Capitulate

to surrender

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18

Carnage

bloodshed

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Debacle

disaster

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Harbinger

sign of bad luck

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21

Impasse

stalemate

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Moribund

dying

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Nadir

the lowest point in fortunes

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Ominous

portending doom

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Quandary

dilemma

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Ramifications

consequences

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Repulse

to fend off

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Stymie

to block another's success

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Succumb

to give in

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Thwart

to defeat another's plans

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acuity

sharpness; perceptiveness (thought/vision/hearing)

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apprise

to provide information

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astute

clever; keenly observant (assess situation/people)

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circumspect

thoughtful; cautious (unwilling to take risks)

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cognizant

to be aware of specific information

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incisive

clear and penetrating; harsh (intelligently analytical)

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pedagogue

teacher; one who offers unsolicited information (strict)

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pensive

thoughtful; nervous (deep or serious thought)

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perspicacious

perceptive; discerning (insight into things)

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peruse

to review with care (read thoroughly)

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politic

careful to avoid giving offense; shrewd (sensible and judicious)

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probity

upright moral character (honesty/decency)

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prudence

caution; good sense

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ruminate

to consider carefully (think deeply)

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trenchant

observant; sarcastically witty (vigorous or incisive in expression or style)

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asinine

foolish (extremely stupid)

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brigand

robber

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callow

immature; inexperienced

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dilatory

slow; tending to cause delay

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dilettante

one who has superficial knowledge of a subject (with a cultivated area of interest in it)

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impish

mischievous (do naughty things for fun)

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infamous

well known for negative reasons

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iniquity

wickedness; unfairness (immoral behavior)

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lurid

repulsive; horrifying (vivid in color/harsh)

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nefarious

villainous; notorious (wicked/criminal)

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obsequious

excessively flattering (obedient to an excessive degree)

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slovenly

sloppy in appearance (messy/dirty)

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scurrilous

vulgar (spreading claims with intent of damaging reputation)

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sordid

morally questionable (ignoble action/moral distaste)

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unsavory

distasteful (disagreeable to taste/smell/look at)

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abscond

to sneak away

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artifice

a lie of convenience

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cabal

a secret group

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canard

an unproven lie or rumor

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charlatan

trickster

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chicanery

scheming; trickery

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duplicity

falseness of character

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fallacious

based on faulty reasoning

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fawning

excessive flattery

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fulsome

obnoxious through excessive praise

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mendacious

characterized by dishonesty

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prevarication

dishonest or evasive statements

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repress

to hold back opinions or emotions

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subterfuge

trick to gain advantage

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usurp

to seize unlawfully or by force

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avarice

greed

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copious

in great quantity

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covet

to desire immorally; to envy

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fiscal

relating to finance

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largess

generosity

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lucrative

profitable

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mercenary

motivated solely by money

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opulence

impressive wealth

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pecuniary

related to money or finances

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rapacious

overly greedy; willing to take by force

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remuneration

compensation; reward

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sinecure

a paid position without duties

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sumptuous

characterized by great luxury

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surfeit

an abundance

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voracious

having great appetite

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abjection

the worst degree of a bad situation

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alms

charity for the poor

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bereft

to be completely without something

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dearth

a scarcity

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destitution

abject poverty

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futile

useless

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indigent

the condition of being needy

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insolvent

unable to pay one's debts

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parsimonious

characterized by cheapness

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paucity

a short supply

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