english vocab #3

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emulate

copy, imitate

ephemeral

lasting a very short time

fatuous

complacently or inanely foolish

goad

provoke,as by constant criticism, something that encourages

infalliable

incapable of error

libel

written attack on a person

nuance

subtle difference or distinction

poignant

deeply moving, emotionally painful

pusillanimous

cowardly; fearful

quandry

dilemma, state of perplexity or doubt

ruminate

meditate, reflect on or decide

sanction

ratify, confirm, agree, formal decree or penalty of law

sycophant

a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage

veneer

a covering or to cover or overlay

affable

friendly or easy to talk to

anachronism

in the wrong time period

belligerent

readiness to fight, hostile

callous

to make hard, or in a person--a cruel, cold attitude

consumate

to finish or complete, in marriage to confirm through sex

deft

dexterous, skillful

elusive

hard to understand or grasp

foible

minor weakness in character or behavior

expunge

to delete, remove or radicate

inclement

stormy, severe or harsh

misnomer

calling something the wrong name, i.e. calling a girl a boy or a brunette a blonde

obsequious

attentive, fawning "kiss-up"

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