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50 terms

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placate
to calm; to pacify
preclude
to prevent
repress
to hold back or put down with force; to suppress
saturate
to fill or soak to capacity
slake
to satisfy; to quench; to make less intense
sortie
a flight of a combat aircraft on a mission; an armed attack, especially against surrounding enemy forces
succumb
to submit reluctantly; to yield
tranquil
calm; peaceful
venomous
poisonous; intentionally harmful; malevolent
wrest
to obtain through force, usually by twisting and turning violently
acute
serious and sudden; pointed; perceptive
durable
able to withstand wear, decay, or certain tough conditions; long-lasting
eavesdrop
to listen secretly to private conversations
ethical
pertaining to accepted standards of behavior; conforming to accepted standards of behavior
fjord
a narrow inlet of the sea between tall cliffs or steep banks
gaudy
tastelessly showy; brightly colored to an vulgar degree
nominal
existing in name only; insignificantly small; token
nurture
to nourish; to help grow or develop
pommel
to strike; to beat; a knob on the handle of a sword or weapon
quibble
to evade the main point by arguing over petty details; an irrelevant argument
rampart
a defensive structure or embankment
respite
a short rest or period of relief; delay
rite
a customary or religious ceremonial act
seismic
pertaining to earthquakes or vibrations of the earth
terrestrial
of or pertaining to solid land
bizarre
extremely unusual; strange
bungle
to ruin something through clumsiness
deduce
to conclude by reasoning; to infer
dynamic
energetic; intense; forceful; continuously active or changing
irrelevant
unimportant to the matter at hand
loiter
to linger without an apparent purpose
obstinate
stubborn
scrutinize
to examine in great detail
stunt
to limit or hinder growth; an unusual or dangerous feat
superficial
on or near the surface; concerned with the obvious only; shallow; insignificant; trivial
ultimate
last in a series; conclusive; final; highest; extreme
vapid
bland; dull
viable
capable of succeeding or living
wan
unnaturally pale, as from illness or distress
wane
to decrease gradually
adjacent
lying near; adjoining
candor
sincerity; honesty
compassion
awareness and sympathy for the suffering of another
democratic
of or for the people; pertaining to government by the people
disperse
to scatter; to distribute
doleful
showing or expressing grief; sad
duress
threat of violent force
irk
to annoy; to irritate
ratify
to approve formally; to sanction
sobriety
a seriousness in manner; a state of abstinence from drugs or alcohol