Mrs. Hand's Vocab. Cards- Lists 1-5

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affable

easy to talk to; amiable

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altruistic

concerned for the welfare of others

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ambidextrous

able to use both hands with equal ease

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aromatic

spicy; sweet-smelling; fragrant

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asinine

stupid; like a donkey; silly

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astute

cunning; shrewd; keen in judgement

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bawdy

indecent; obscene

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bellicose

eager to fight; hostile; warlike

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berserk

crazy; in a destructive frenzy

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bizarre

odd in appearance; grotesque, queer

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boorish

rude; ill-mannered; awkward

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bovine

sluggish; patient and stupid; cow-like

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buoyant

tending to float; light of spirit; cheerful

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buxom

healthily plump; full-blossomed; attractive

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cadaverous

gaunt; haggard; corpse-like

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candid

frank; unprejudiced; outspoken

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carnivorous

flesh-eating

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clandestine

secret; furtive; underhanded

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craven

cowardly

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dastardly

sneaky and mean; brutal

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deft

skilled and neat in action; dexterous; adroit

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defunct

dead; deceased; no longer existing

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deleterious

harmful; injurious to health

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derogatory

belittling; disparaging

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destitute

extremely poor; lacking the necessities of life

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abscond

to depart hastily and secretly, especially to escape the law

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acquit

to declare innocent; to absolve

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adulterate

to cheapen by adding inferior ingredients; to corrupt

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alienate

to make unfriendly; to estrange

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assuage

to lessen; to pacify or calm; to satisfy or quench

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authenticate

to confirm; to prove to be true or genuine

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belie

to prove false; to disguise or misrepresent; to disappoint

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bicker

to squabble; to have a petty dispute

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blaspheme

to speak profanely of God or sacred things; to curse

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bungle

to both; to perform clumsily

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cajole

to coax with false words or flattery

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canonize

to declare a dead person to be a saint

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canvass

to go through a district asking for votes, opinions, or orders

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cauterize

to sear with a hot iron, as to cure wounds

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censure

to blame; to condemn as wrong; to criticize

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decimate

to destroy; to kill at least one-tenth

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condone

to pardon or overlook

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deify

to make a god of; to exalt and idealize

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deter

to keep from doing something through fear or anxiety; to discourage

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disconcert

to embarrass; to confuse; to upset

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disparage

to belittle; to speak of with contempt

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disseminate

to scatter everywhere; to spread, as if sowing

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elucidate

to make clear; to explain

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emasculate

to castrate; to deprive or vigor and virility; to weaken

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espouse

to adopt or support as a cause

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exhume

to dig out of earth ; to disinter; to unearth; to reveal

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exorcise

to cast out an evil spirit

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expurgate

to remove obscene or objectionable matter; to purge

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extradite

to return a fugitive to another state or nation

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gawk

to stare stupidly; to gape

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diabloic

devilish; fiendish

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discreet

prudent; tactful; careful not to talk or act unwisely

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disenchanted

set free from one's illusion

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docile

easy to handle or train; teachable

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dottering

shaky; senile; tottering as from age

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dogmatic

asserting opinions in a dictatorial way; positive; strongly opininated

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droll

oddly comical; quaintly amusing

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dubious

doubtful; vague; skeptical; questionable

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eccentric

odd: peculiar; unconventional

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effeminate

womanish; unmanly; weak or decadent

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emaciated

very thin; wasted away, as by starvation or disease

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engimatic

puzzling; perplexing; mysterious

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exorbitant

extravagant; excessive in price; not reasonable

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feasible

capable of being done; practicable

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fetid

having a foul odor; stinking

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flamboyant

too showy; strikingly colorful; brilliant; gorgeous

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frugal

costing little; meager; scanty

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furtive

sly; done in secret; clandestine

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iconoclastic

attacking cherished beliefs

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impassive

not showing emotion; calm; serene

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impeccable

faultless; without sin or error

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impromptu

done on the spur of the moment

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indomitable

unconquerable; unyielding

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inept

clumsy; incompetent; not suitable

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innate

inborn; natural; not acquired

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inscrutable

mysterious; not able to be understood

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insidious

treacherous; crafty; more dangerous than is apparent

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intrepid

wandering; going from place to place

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lecherous

lustful; lewd

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emulate

to try to equal or surpass

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embellish

to decorate or ornament; to improve (story) by adding details

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discern

to perceive or recognize; to make out clearly

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diffuse

to scatter; to spread widely; to lessen

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grapple

to come to grips; to struggle; to seize

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haggle

to argue in petty fashion about terms and prices

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heckle

to harass with questions and sarcastic remarks

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immobilize

to make unable to move; to fix in place

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impeach

to accuse an official of wrongdoing

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intimidate

to make timid: to control action by inducing fear

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laud

to praise

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maim

to cripple; to mutilate; to disable

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malinger

to pretend to be ill so as to escape duty

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orient

to adjust to a situation

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ostracize

to exclude from society; to banish

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pander

to help satisfy the base desires of others

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procrastinate

to delay; to postpone action

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prognosticate

to predict; to foretell

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rant

to speak wildly; to rave

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raze

to tear to the ground; to demolish

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recant

to renounce formally one's previous statement

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reconcile

to bring into harmony; to make compatible

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sabotage

to do malicious damage, as to machinery or to a war effort

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simulate

to pretend; to imitate; to counterfeit

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slander

to utter falsehoods injuring someone's reputation

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smirk

to smile in a conceited or affected manner

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supersede

to take the place of; to replace; to supplant

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vacillate

to waver in mind; to fluctuate; to hesitate

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vegetate

to live in a dull, passive way

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analyze

to separate into parts so as to find their nature or characteristics; to examine parts in detail

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lethargic

sluggish; dull; drowsy

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mercenary

greedy; serving for pay only as mercenary troops

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myopic

nearsighted

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meticulous

extremely careful about details; painstaking

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naive

childlike; artless; lacking in worldly vision

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nebulous

cloudy; vague; indefinite

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occult

beyond human understanding; mysterious

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opaque

not letting light through; obscure; unintelligent

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petulant

peevish; fretful

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picayune

petty; trivial; contemptible

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nostalgic

homesick; yearning for what is past or far away

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ominous

threatening; menacing

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ostentatious

showy and pretentious so as to attract attention

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phlegmatic

sluggish; slow to move or become excited

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prolific

fruitful; producing many works

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raucous

rough-sounding; hoarse; boisterous

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sardonic

sarcastic; cynical

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sinuous

winding; curving in and out; serpentine

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sacrilegious

impious; profaning what is held sacred

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sanctimonious

pretending to very holy

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sedentary

involving sitting; very inactive

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sinister

hinting of imminent danger; threatening harm

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spurious

false; not genuine

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pusillanimous

cowardly; fainthearted

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taciturn

not inclined to talk; uncommunative

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thwart

to prevent from accomplishing a purpose; to hinder

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tipple

to drink liquor frequently

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skulk

to move about furtively; to lurk; to shirk

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swelter

to suffer or perspire from oppressive heat

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equivocate

to be ambiguous purposefully; to hedge; to mislead