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AUDACITY
boldness
AVARICE
greed for wealth
BIGOTRY
unwillingness to allow others to have different opinions and beliefs from one's own
BOON
benefit
BULWARK
strong protection
ACCORD
agreement
ALACRITY
brisk willingness
APATHY
indifference
CHAGRIN
feeling of deep disappointment
CLEMENCY
mercy
CRUX
the essential point
CYNIC
one who doubts the good intentions of others
DEARTH
scarcity
DILEMMA
situation requiring a choice between two unpleasant courses of action
DIN
loud continuing noise
DISCORD
disagreement
DISSENT
difference of opinion
EGOTIST
one who judges everything only as it affects his own interest; a self-centered person
ENTERPRISE
an important project
EXODUS
departure, usually of large numbers
FEUD
continued deadly hatred
FIASCO
complete, humiliating failure
FIEND
inhumanly cruel person
FLAIR
natural talent (e.g. for sports)
FORTITUDE
steady courage (e.g. when in trouble)
FRAUD
diliberate deception
FUROR
outburst of excitement (e.g. over a discovery)
GAMUT
the whole range (e.g. of experiences)
GAZETTEER
geographical dictionary, usually accompanying on an atlas
GHETTO
section of a city where members of a particular group (formerly religious, now racial) live
GRIEVANCE
complaint made against someone responsible for a situation believed to be unjust
HAVOC
great damage and distruction (e.g. wreak _____ on)
HORIZON
limit (of knowledge, experience, or ambition)
HYSTERIA
wild emotional outburst
IDIOM
expression peculiar to a language which has a different meaning from the words which make it up (e.g. hit the road)
IMPETUS
moving force
INFIRMITY
physical defect
INTRIGUE
secret plot
IOTA
very small amount
JEOPARDY
risk of harm
LARCENY
theft (e.g. they couldn't decide whether it was grand or petty _____)
LAYMAN
one who is not a member of a particular profession (e.g. from the point of veiw of a _____)
LEGION
large number
LIAISON
contact between two or more groups (e.g. _____ between headquarters and field units)
LORE
body of traditional knolege (e.g. nature _____)
MALADRY
disease (e.g. incurable ______)
MANIA
abnormal absorbtion (e.g. She had a _____ for clothes)
MAVERICK
one who acts independently rather than according to an orginizational pattern
MAXIM
saying which provides a rule of conduct
MILIEU
surroundings
MORES
well-established customs (e.g. the _____ of a society)
OASIS
a place which provides relief from the usual conditions (e.g. an _____ of peace in a troubled world)
OBLIVION
place or condition in which one is completely forgotten
OVERTURE
first step, which is intended to lead to others in either action or discussion (e.g. He made a peace _____.)
PANACEA
something considered a cure for all diseases or problems
PARADOX
statment of truth which appears to contradict itself (e.g. a 20-year-old who had only five birthdays because he was born on February 29).
PAUCITY
scarcity (e.g. a _____ of nuclear scientists)
PAUPER
very poor person
PILGRIMAGE
long trip to some place worthy of respect or devotion
POISE
calm and controlled manner of behavior (e.g. He showed _____ in difficult situations.)
POSTERITY
future generations (e.g. leave a peaceful world to our _____)
PRECEDENT
event or regulation which serves as an example or provides the basis of a later action (e.g. set a _____)
PRELUDE
something which is preliminary to some act or work which is more important
PRETEXT
reason given as a cover-up for the tru purpose of an action (e.g. He gave as a _____ for stealing it his sentimental attachment to the ring.)
PROSPECT
outlook for the future (e.g. the _____ for peace)
PROVISO
requirement that something be done, usually made in writing
QUALM
uneasy doubt about some action (e.g. He had a _____ about running for office.)
QUANDARY
uncertainty over a choice between two courses of action (e.g. He was in a _____ between the careers of law and medicine.)
QUERY
question
RAPPORT
harmounious relationship (e.g. _____ between teacher and pupil)
REPAST
meal
REPRISAL
return of something in kind (e.g. _____ for an injury -- "An eye for an eye")
RESPITE
temporary break which brings relief (e.g. _____ from work)
REVERENCE
feeling of great respect (e.g. _____ for life)
SANCTION
approval, usually by proper authority
SARCASM
use of cutting remarks
SATIRE
attack upon evil or foolis behavior by showing it to be rediculous
SEMBLANCE
owtward appearance (e.g. He gave the _____ of a scholar.)
SHEAF
bundle either of grain or of papers
SNARE
trap
SOLACE
comfort (e.g. She found _____ if work.)
STRATURE
height reached physically or morally (e.g. a man of great _____)
STRIFE
conflict (e.g. _____ between labor and management)
UPHEAVAL
sudden overthrow, often violent