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Word list 02

Group 1

Acridsharp; pungent (used of smells and tastes)
Boorishill-mannered
Cynicalbelieving that people act only out of selfish motives
Epistlea letter (form of communication)
Heresyagainst orthodox opinion
Lancespear; spike; javelin
Obscuredifficult to understand; partially hidden
Poignantdeeply moving; strongly affecting the emotions
Respitea break; intermission
Terseconcise; to the point

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Group 2

Acrophobiafear of heights
Bourgeoismiddle class
Debilityweakness; incapacity
Epistolaryconcerned with letters; through correspondence
Hiatusinterruption; pause
Languidtired; slow
Obscuredhidden; covered; buried
Poisedcalm; collected; self-possessed
Resplendentshining; glowing
Therapeuticmedicinal; curative

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Group 3

Acuitysharpness (mental or visual)
Braggartsomeone who boasts
Debunkingexposing false claims or myths
Epitomizedtypified; characterized; personified
Hideboundrigid in opinions
Languishdecay; fade away; get weaker
Obsequiousservile; submissive
Polemicalcausing debate or argument
Restorativea tonic
Thwartprevent; frustrate

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Group 4

Adamantforceful; inflexible
Brawnymuscular
Decathlonan athletic competition with ten events
Equivocatespeak ambiguously; avoid telling the truth
Hieroglyphics1. picture writing; 2. writing which is difficult to read or enigmatic
Larcenytheft; robbery; stealing
Obsessiona dominating concern
Ponderousweighty; slow and heavy
Retentionpreservation; withholding
Timorouscowardly; fearful

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Group 5

Adroitskilful / skillful
Brevitybeing brief
Decorumdignified, correct behavior [decorous (a)]
Errmake a mistake
Hinderobstruct
Largessgenerosity
Obsoleteno longer valid
Pontificatespeak pompously or dogmatically
Reticentrestrained; holding something back; uncommunicative
Tiradestream of verbal abuse

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Group 6

Adulationstrong admiration; worship
Bristleto show irritation
Decoylure; trap; trick
Erraticwandering; irregular
Histrionictheatrical; exaggerated
Laudpraise
Obstreperousnoisy and boisterous
Portendforetell
Retractionwithdrawal; cancellation of a statement
Tittergiggle quietly

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Group 7

Adversityhardship
Broachstart to discuss; approach
Deferencerespect
Esotericobscure and difficult to understand
Hoaryold
Lavishon a grand scale; wasteful
Obtusementally dull
Portenta warning sign; omen
Revereworship
Tomelarge book

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Group 8

Advocatesupport
Brusqueblunt; abrupt
Defoliatecause leaves to fall off
Espousepromote; take up; support
Honesharpen; increase; whet
Laxcareless; not strict
Obviateavoid; make unnecessary
Poseursomeone who puts on an act
Riddledfull of (usually full of holes)
Torpidinactive; lazy; stagnant

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Group 9

Aestheticconcerning art or beauty
Bulwarkfortification; barricade; wall
Defunctno longer in existence
Etymologythe study of word origins
Hyperbolegrossly exaggerated speech
Legend1. key to map; 2. myth or story
Odioushateful
Posterityfuture generations
Rifecommon
Torpordormancy; sluggishness; inactivity

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Group 10

Affablefriendly; social; easygoing
Bureaucracyofficialdom
Degradationdeprivation; poverty; debasement
Eulogypraise
Hypochondriaca person obsessed with health; having imaginary illnesses
Legionin large numbers
Officiousdomineering; intrusive; meddlesome
Posthumousafter death
Rigorthoroughness
Totterwalk unsteadily

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