English Vocabulary

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austerity
sternness or severity of manner or attitude; difficult economic conditions created by government measures to reduce public expenditure.
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ineptidude
a lack of skill, ability, or competence.
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hostile
showing or feeling opposition or dislike; unfriendly; of or belonging to a military enemy; opposed
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contempt
disregard for something that should be considered.
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renegade
traitor; treacherousness
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oligarchy
a small group of people having control of a country or organization.
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insouciant
showing a casual lack of concern.
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pugnacious
eager or quick to argue, quarrel, or fight.
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vindictive
vengeful
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idiosyncratic
peculiar or individual; distinctive
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panacea
a solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases.
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bourgeouis
belonging to or characteristic of the middle class, typically with reference to its perceived materialistic values or conventional attitudes.
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capitalism
an economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state.
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socialism
a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.
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oppression
prolonged cruel or unjust treatment or exercise of authority.
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dovetail
fit or cause to fit together easily and conveniently.
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infiltrate
enter or gain access to (an organization, place, etc.) surreptitiously and gradually, especially in order to acquire secret information.
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exile
deportation
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avidly
keenly
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schism
division
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Commissar
an official of the communist party, especially the former Soviet Union
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proletariat
working-class people regarded collectively (often used with reference to Marxism).
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seminal
strongly influencing later developments
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artisan
craftsman
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credible
convincing; able to be believed
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boor
a rough, bad-mannered person
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liason
cooperation; association
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sporadic
infrequent
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brigand
member of a gang that ambushes or robs people in forests/mountains
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expropriation
the act of taking of privately owned property by a government to be used for the benefit of the public
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desolate
great unhappiness or loneliness; (of a place) uninhabited and giving an impression of bleak emptiness.
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ponderous
slow and clumsy because of great weight; (especially of speech or writing) dull or laborious.
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alias
AKA
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kudos
praise and honour received for an achievement.
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inexorable
impossible to persuade; unrelenting
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vacillation
indecision; hesitation
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to concede
to admit
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grandeur
splendour and impressiveness, especially of appearance or style.
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Card 2

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a lack of skill, ability, or competence.

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ineptidude

Card 3

Front

showing or feeling opposition or dislike; unfriendly; of or belonging to a military enemy; opposed

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Card 4

Front

disregard for something that should be considered.

Back

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Card 5

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traitor; treacherousness

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