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baleful

baleful

/ˈbeɪɫfəɫ/
adjective
*** having a harmful effect

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cardinal

cardinal

/ˈkɑɹdənəɫ/, /ˈkɑɹdɪnəɫ/
adjective
serving as an essential component

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concomitant

concomitant

/ˌkɑnˈkɑmətənt/, /ˌkɑnkəˈmɪtənt/
adjective
occurring with or following as a consequence

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counterproductive

counterproductive

/ˈkaʊntɝpɹəˌdəktɪv/
adjective
tending to hinder the achievement of a goal

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feckless

feckless

/ˈfɛkɫɪs/
adjective
generally incompetent and ineffectual

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immaterial

immaterial

/ˌɪməˈtɪɹiəɫ/
adjective
of no importance or relevance especially to a law case

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inchoate

inchoate

/ˌɪnˈkoʊət/
adjective
only partly in existence; imperfectly formed
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inconsequential

inconsequential

/ˌɪŋˌkɑnsəˈkwɛntʃəɫ/
adjective
lacking worth or importance

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transitory

transitory

/ˈtɹænzəˌtɔɹi/
adjective
lasting a very short time

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trifling

trifling

/ˈtɹaɪfɫɪŋ/
adjective
not worth considering

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plastic

plastic

/ˈpɫæstɪk/
adjective
capable of being influenced or formed

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portentous

portentous

/pɔɹˈtɛntəs/
adjective
of momentous or ominous significance

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retrospective

retrospective

/ˌɹɛtɹəˈspɛktɪv/
adjective
concerned with or related to the past

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to aggrandize

to aggrandize

/əˈɡɹænˌdaɪz/
verb
*** to make great or greater

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to appease

to appease

/əˈpiz/
verb
cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of

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to attenuate

to attenuate

/əˈtɛnjuˌeɪt/
verb
*** to lessen the amount, force, magnitude, or value of

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to burgeon

to burgeon

/ˈbɝdʒən/
verb
grow and flourish
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Each Eternal has watched civilizations burgeon and die from their domain of Olympia.

Britain touted its burgeoning piano industry at the Great Exhibition in 1851.

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to constrict

to constrict

/kənˈstɹɪkt/
verb
*** to limit what somebody is able to do

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to culminate

to culminate

/ˈkəɫmɪˌneɪt/
verb
reach the highest or most decisive point

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to deflect

to deflect

/dɪˈfɫɛkt/
verb
prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening

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to elevate

to elevate

/ˈɛɫəˌveɪt/
verb
to provide a person or thing with a better position or higher rank, often undeservingly

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to exacerbate

to exacerbate

/ɪɡˈzæsɝˌbeɪt/
verb
make worse

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to foment

to foment

/ˈfoʊmɛnt/
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*** to promote the growth or development of

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to galvanize

to galvanize

/ˈɡæɫvəˌnaɪz/
verb
to stimulate to action

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to lull

to lull

/ˈɫəɫ/
verb
make calm or still

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to wax

to wax

/ˈwæks/
verb
to increase in size, intensity, strength, etc.

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to misattribute

to misattribute

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*** to incorrectly indicate the cause, origin, or creator of something; to attribute wrongly

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to obtain

to obtain

/əbˈteɪn/
verb
be valid, applicable, or true
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Rain filled lakes and rivers where they could obtain water to drink and catch fish to eat.

The heat obtained from the mirrors is used to boil water.

Ferris finally obtained Burnham's approval in December 1892 and began construction immediately.

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to oscillate

to oscillate

/ˈɑsəˌɫeɪt/
verb
be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action

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to overshadow

to overshadow

/ˈoʊvɝˈʃædoʊ/
verb
to cause someone or something to seem less important

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to permeate

to permeate

/ˈpɝmiˌeɪt/
verb
spread or diffuse through

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to proliferate

to proliferate

/pɹoʊˈɫɪfɝˌeɪt/
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to cause something to rapidly increase in numbers or grow in size

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to squelch

to squelch

/ˈskwɛɫtʃ/
verb
suppress or crush completely

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to supersede

to supersede

/ˌsupɝˈsid/
verb
take the place or move into the position of
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Today, Harryhausen's stop-motion animation technique has been superseded by more sophisticated computer-generated imaging and performance-capture animations.

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deterrent

deterrent

/dɪˈtɝɹənt/
noun
something that makes people decide not to do something because of its consequences

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nadir

nadir

/ˈneɪdɝ/
noun
an extreme state of adversity; the lowest point of anything

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precursor

precursor

/pɹiˈkɝsɝ/
noun
something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone

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status quo

status quo

/stˈæɾəs kwˈoʊ/
noun
the existing state of affairs

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to check

to check

/ˈtʃɛk/
verb
to keep something bad under control in order to prevent deterioration or to slow down its spread or development

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