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Access
(means of) approach or admittance (to records)
Accord
agreement
Affluence
abundance; wealth (age of ____)
Agenda
list of things to be don or discussed (at a meeting)
Alias
assumed name
Animosity
great hatred
Anthology
collection of writings or other creative work such as songs
Atlas
book of maps
Audacity
boldness
Avarice
greed for wealth
Awe
feeling of respect and wonder
Bigotry
unwillingness to allow others to have different opinions and beliefs from one's own
Blemish
defect (on one's record)
bondage
slavery
Boon
benefit (a ____ to business)
Brawl
noisy fight
Brevity
shortness
Bulwark
strong protection
Caliber
quality
Camouflage
disguise, usually in war, by changing the appearance of persons or material
Caste
social class or distinction
Catastrophe
sudden disaster
Chronicle
historical record
Clamor
uproar
Condolence
expression of sympathy
Connoisseur
expert judge
consensus
general agreement
Context
words or ideas just before or after a given word or idea
Criterion
standard of judgment
Crux
the essential point
Data
known facts
Debut
first appearance before an audience
Deluge
great flood
Depot
warehouse
Destiny
predetermined fate
Diagnosis
determination of the nature of a disease or a situation
Dilemma
situation requiring a choice between two unpleasant courses of action
Din
loud, continuing noise
Discord
disagreement
Discrepancy
inconsistency
Dissent
difference of opinion
Drought
long spell of dry weather
Elite
choice part or element
Environment
surrounding influences or conditions
Epoch
period of time associated with an important person or event
Era
period of time marked by an important person or event
Essence
basic nature
Etiquette
rules of social behavior that are generally accepted
Excerpt
passage from a book or a document
Exodus
departuer, usually of large numbers
Fallacy
mistaken idea; reasoning that contains an error
Fantasy
imagination
Feud
continued deadly hatred
Fiasco
complete, humiliating failure
Fiend
inhumanly cruel person
Finale
last part or performance
Flair
natural talent
Flaw
defect
Focus
central point
Foe
enemy
Format
physical appearance or arrangement
Fortitude
steady courage
Forum
a gathering for the discussion of public issues
Foyer
entrance hall
Fraud
deliberate deception
Friction
rubbing of the surface ofone thing against the surface of another
Function
purpose served by a person, object, or organization
Ghetto
section of a city where members of a particular group (formerly religious, now usually racial)live
Gist
essential content
Glutton
one who overeats or indulges in anything else to excess
Grievance
complaint made against someone responsible for a situation believed to be unjust
Havoc
great, damage and destruction
Hazard
danger
Heritage
inheritance either of real wealth or of a tradition
Hoax
deliberate attempt to trick someone, done either with serious intent or as a joke
Horde
crowd
Horizon
limit (of knowledge, experience, or ambition)
Hue
shade of color
(or a character in a stick-figure presentation)
Hysteria
wild emotional outburst
Idiom
expression peculiar to a language that as a whole, has a different meaning from the words that comprise it (hit the road)
Illusion
idea or impression different from reality
Image
likeness or reflected impression of a person or object
Incentive
spur or motive to do something
Incumbent
present holder of an office
Influx
flowing in
Infraction
violation or a rule or a law
Initiative
desire or ability to take the first step in carrying out some action
Integrity
moral and intellectual honesty and uprightness
Interim
meantime
Innovation
introduction of a new idea or method
Interlude
period of time between two events
Intrigue
secret plot
Intuition
knowledge derived through instinct rather than thought
Itinerary
route followed on a trip, actual or planned
Jeopardy
risk of harm
Keynote
main theme
Larceny
theft
Layperson
one who is not a member of a particular profession
Legacy
material or spiritual inheritance
Legend
story passed on from generation to generation and often considered to be true
Lore
body of traditional knowledge
Malady
disease
Maneuver
skillful move
Marathon
contest requiring endurance
Media
means of communication
Memento
object that serves as a reminder
Metropolis
main city of a state or region
Morale
state of mind as it affects possible future action
Multitude
a large number
Myth
a story that is a traditional explanation of some occurrence, usually in anture
Niche
suitable and desirable place
Nomad
wanderer
Nostalgia
desire to return to thepast experiences or associations
Odyssey
long journey
Omen
something that is believed to predict a future event
Optimum
best possible quantity or quality
Ovation
enthusiastic reception usually accompanied by generous applause
Oversight
failure to include something through crelessness
Pageant
public spectacle in the form aof a stage performance or parade
Panorama
clear view of a very broad area
Paradox
statement of a truth that appears to contradict itself
Pastime
way of spending leisure time
Pauper
very poor person
Peer
an equal in age, social standing, ability, or toehr feature
Phenomenon
event that can be scientifically explained, such as the tides
Pitfall
trap
Pittance
very small sum of money
Plateau
area of level land located at a height
Plight
condition, usually unfavorable
Poise
calm and controlled manner of behavior
Predicament
unpleasant situation from which it is difficult to free oneself
Preface
introductory statement to a book or speech
Prelude
something that is preliminary to a more important act or work
Premise
statement from which a conclusion is logically drawn
Premium
amount added to the usual payment or charge
Prestige
respect achieved through rank, acievement, or reputation
Pretext
reason given as cover-up for the true purpose of an action
Priority
something that ranks before others in importance
Process
step-by-step system for accomplishing some purpose
Prospect
outlooke for the future
Proximity
nearness
Pseudonym
assumed name, usually by an author
Pun
play on words depending on tow different meanings or sounds of the same word
Quandary
uncertainty over a choice between two courses of action
Query
question
Quest
search
Rarity
someting not commonly found
Refuge
place to which one can go for protection
Remnant
remaining part
Remorse
deep feeling of guilt for some bad act
Rendezvous
a meeting or a place for meeting
Replica
an exact copy
Reprimand
severe criticism in the form of a scolding
Residue
remainder
Resources
assets, either material or spiritual, that are availabe for use
Respite
temporary break that brings relief
Resume
summary
Reverence
feeling of great respect
Robot
one who acts mechanically or like a mechanical man
Roster
list of names
Sabotage
deliberate damage to vital services of production and supply, usually to those of an enemy in wartime
Saga
long tale, usually of heroic deeds
Salutation
greeting, written or spoken
Sarcasm
use of cutting remarks
Satire
attack upon evil or foolish behavior by showing it to be ridiculous
Scapegoat
person who is blamed for the bad deeds of others
Scent
distinctive smell
Scope
entire area of aciton or thought
Segment
part or scetion of a whole
Sequel
someting that follows form what happened or was written before
Silhouette
outline drawing in black
Site
location of an object or an action
Slander
untruth spoken or spread about a person that damages his or her reputation
Slogan
motto that is associated with an action or a cause
Slope
slant
Sanre
trap
Solace
comfor
Sponsor
person or organization that endorses and supports an individual, an activity, or a cause
Spur
something that moves one to act
Stamina
ability to fight off physical difficulties such as fatigue and cold
Stature
height reached physically or morally
Status
standing, social or professional
Stimulus
any encouragement to act
Strategy
skillful planning and execution
Strife
conflict
Summit
the highest point
Supplement
amount added tocomplete soemthing
Survey
broad study of a topic
Suspense
tenseness brought about by uncertainty as to what will ahppen
Symbol
something that is used to represnet something else
Symptom
indication of something
Synopsis
brief summary
Tact
ability to say and do the approprate thing
Tally
record of a score or an account
Technique
method or skill in doing work
Temperament
natural disposition, often to act in a contrary manner
Tempo
pace of acitivity
Tension
mental or emotional strain
Theme
topic of a written work of a talk
Threshold
starting point
Tint
shade of color
Token
sign that stands for some object or feeling
Tonic
something that is a source of energy or vigor
Tradition
body of customs and beliefs received by one generation from another
Trait
distinguishing feature
Transition
movement from one situation to another
Tribute
display of respect or gratitude
Turmoil
disturbance
Tutor
private teacher
Ultimatum
final offer
Unrest
restless dissatisfaction
Upheaval
sudden overthrow, often violent
Utensil
useful implement
Utopia
ideal place or society
Valor
courage
Venture
undertaking that involves risk
Vicinity
neighborhood
Victor
winner
Vim
energy
Vow
solemn pledge
Wager
bet
Whim
sudden notion or desire
Woe
great sorrow
Wrath
intense anger
Zeal
eager desire
Zest
keen enthusiasm