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to ascertain

to ascertain

/ˌæsɝˈteɪn/
verb
learn or discover with certainty

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desideratum

desideratum

/dɪzˌɪdɚɹˈɑːɾəm/
noun
something desired as a necessity

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to flummox

to flummox

/fɫəˈmɔks/
verb
be a mystery or bewildering to

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juncture

juncture

/ˈdʒəŋktʃɝ/
noun
a crisis situation or point in time when a critical decision must be made

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quandary

quandary

/ˈkwɑndɝi/, /ˈkwɑndɹi/
noun
a state of being perplexed or uncertain about how to proceed in a difficult situation

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skeptic

skeptic

/ˈskɛptɪk/
noun
someone who habitually doubts accepted beliefs

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warranted

warranted

adjective
*** having a good reason and being acceptable

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to default

to default

/dɪˈfɔɫt/
verb
fail to pay up

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egregious

egregious

/ɪˈɡɹidʒəs/
adjective
conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

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feasible

feasible

/ˈfizəbəɫ/
adjective
possible to be done

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halcyon

halcyon

/ˈhæɫsiən/
adjective
marked by peace and prosperity

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heyday

heyday

/ˈheɪˌdeɪ/
noun
a period in which someone or something was at its height of success, fame, or strength

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illustrious

illustrious

/ˌɪˈɫəstɹiəs/
adjective
having or conferring glory

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to impede

to impede

/ˌɪmˈpid/
verb
be a hindrance or obstacle to

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inadvertent

inadvertent

/ˌɪnædˈvɝtənt/, /ˌɪnədˈvɝtənt/
adjective
happening by chance or unexpectedly or unintentionally

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incentive

incentive

/ˌɪnˈsɛnɪv/, /ˌɪnˈsɛntɪv/
noun
a positive motivational influence

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insufferable

insufferable

/ˌɪnˈsəfɝəbəɫ/
adjective
too extreme to bear

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involved

involved

/ˌɪnˈvɑɫvd/
adjective
highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious

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kudos

kudos

/ˈkudoʊs/
noun
admiration, praise, and fame someone receives for their achievements or good deeds

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onerous

onerous

/ˈoʊnɝəs/
adjective
not easily borne; wearing

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peccadillo

peccadillo

/pˌɛkɐdˈɪloʊ/
noun
a petty misdeed

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primacy

primacy

/ˈpɹaɪməsi/
noun
the state of being first in importance

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pyrrhic

pyrrhic

/ˈpɪɹɪk/
adjective
of or relating to or resembling Pyrrhus or his exploits (especially his sustaining staggering losses in order to defeat the Romans)

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to quail

to quail

/ˈkweɪɫ/
verb
draw back, as with fear or pain

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to reap

to reap

/ˈɹip/
verb
get or derive

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remedial

remedial

/ɹɪˈmidiəɫ/
adjective
tending or intended to rectify or improve

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remiss

remiss

/ɹiˈmɪs/
adjective
failing in what duty requires

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to resolve

to resolve

/ɹiˈzɑɫv/
verb
to find an acceptable solution to a disagreement or difficulty

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schadenfreude

schadenfreude

/ˈʃædɪnˌfɹɔɪd/
noun
delight in another person's misfortune

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serendipity

serendipity

/ˌsɛɹənˈdɪpɪti/
noun
good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries

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stalwart

stalwart

/ˈstɔɫwɝt/
adjective
having rugged physical strength; inured to fatigue or hardships

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to stem

to stem

/ˈstɛm/
verb
*** stop the spread or development of (something undesirable)

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to stymy

to stymy

/stˈaɪmi/
verb
hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of

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subterfuge

subterfuge

/ˈsəbtɝfˌjudʒ/
noun
something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity

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unpropitious

unpropitious

/ʌnpɹəpˈɪʃəs/
adjective
not propitious

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unviable

unviable

adjective
unable to succeed

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viable

viable

/ˈvaɪəbəɫ/
adjective
capable of life or normal growth and development

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wanting

wanting

/ˈwɑnɪŋ/, /ˈwɑntɪŋ/
adjective
inadequate in amount or degree

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