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CEFR C2 Vocabulary - Failure and Poverty

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CEFR C2 Vocabulary
inefficacious
[adjective]
not effective in achieving the intended purpose
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abortive
[adjective]
failing to produce or accomplish the desired outcome
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unprosperous
[adjective]
not doing well or not having enough money or success
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ill-fated
[adjective]
marked by bringing bad fortune or ending in failure
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bungled
[adjective]
poorly executed or managed, resulting in a failure to achieve the intended outcome
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unavailing
[adjective]
resulting in little or no effect or success
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languishing
[adjective]
suffering or experiencing a lack of progress, vitality, or growth, often characterized by a feeling of being stuck or in decline
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foiled
[adjective]
prevented from succeeding or achieving a desired outcome
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destitute
[adjective]
lacking various essential needs that are important for well-being or function
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penurious
[adjective]
having an extreme lack of money
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hand-to-mouth
[adjective]
describing a situation where income is just sufficient to cover basic needs
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indigent
[adjective]
extremely poor or in need
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impecunious
[adjective]
severely lacking money
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downtrodden
[adjective]
oppressed or treated unfairly, especially by those in power
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to backfire
[verb]
to have a result contrary to what one desired or intended
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beggarly
[adjective]
extremely poor
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to blunder
[verb]
to commit an embarrassing and serious mistake out of carelessness or stupidity
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to bungle
[verb]
to handle a task or activity clumsily, often causing damage or problem
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to fizzle
[verb]
to fail or end in a weak or disappointing manner
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to languish
[verb]
to fail to be successful or make any progress
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to fold
[verb]
(of a company, organization, etc.) to close or stop trading due to financial problems
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to underperform
[verb]
to not succeed as much as intended
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to relinquish
[verb]
to voluntarily give up or surrender control, possession, or responsibility over something
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to fumble
[verb]
to handle or grip something clumsily or ineffectively
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to misfire
[verb]
(of a plan) to fail to have the intended result
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