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panacea

cure-all; remedy for all diseases

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pernicious

very destructive

3

plethora

excess; overabundance

4

protuberance

protrusion; bulge

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rampart

a fortification, a bulwark or defense

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relentless

unyielding, severe, strict harsh, uncompromising

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retrench

cut down; economize

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scanty

meager; insufficient

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snicker

half-stifled laugh

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stolid

unruffled; impassive; dull

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sustenance

means of support, food, nourishment

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throttle

to choke or strangle; to enlarge or reduce the flow of fuel in an engine

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tussle

a vigorous struggle or contest; scuffle

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vagabond

wanderer; tramp

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waggish

mischievous; humorous; tricky

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acrimonious

bitter in words or manner

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anecdote

short account of an amusing or interesting event

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astute

shrewd, clever, keen

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bereft

deprived of; lacking; desolate because of a loss

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caliber

ability; quality

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clandestine

secret

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congenial

pleasant; friendly

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counterpart

a thing that completes another; things very much alike

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deity

a god or goddess; someone or something worshipped as a god

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diffident

lacking self-confidence; timid

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distraught

twist out of shape

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embroider

decorate with needlework; ornament with fancy or fictitious details

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espouse

adopt; support

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extrapolation

projection; conjecture

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flaunt

display ostentatiously

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gambit

opening in chess in which a piece is sacrificed

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hamper

obstruct

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impassive

without feeling; imperturbable; stoical

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inundate

overwhelm; flood; submerge

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languish

lose animation; lose strength

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maladjusted

poorly adjusted; unable to adjust properly to the stresses of daily life

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mire

entangle; stick in swampy ground

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nascent

incipient; coming into being

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oligarchy

government by a privileged few

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panache

flair; flamboyance

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perorate

to lecutre

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provident

frugal

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ramshakle

rickety; falling apart

44

relic

surviving remnant; memento

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retribution

vengeance; compensation; punishment for offenses

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schism

division; split

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sobriety

moderation; seriousness

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stout

plump; stocky

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swagger

behave arrogantly or pompously; strut or walk proudly

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thunderstruck

struck with amazement; terror

51

tutelage

guardianship; training

52

vagary

wild notion

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waif

homeless child or animal

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acronym

a word created from the initials of other words

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astute

wise; shrewd; keen

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besiege

surround with armed forces; harass

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callous

hardened

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clasp

fastening device; firm grip

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congenital

existing at birth

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countervail

to counteract; to be useful or successful

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dejected

lacking hope; in low spirits; depressed

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distraught

upset; distracted by anxiety

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embroil

thrown into confusion; involve in strife; entangle

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espy

discover; to glimpse; to catch sight of

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extricate

free; disentangle

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fledgling

inexperienced

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gamely

bravely; with spirit

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haphazard

random; unsystematic; aimless

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impeach

charge with crime in office; indict

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incense

enrage; infuriate

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inflated

exaggerated; pompous; enlarged

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inure

to get used to something undesirable; harden

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languor

lassitude; depression

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maladroit

clumsy; bungling

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mirth

merriment; laughter

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nauseate

cause to be come sick; fill with disgust

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ominous

threatening

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pandemic

widespread; affecting the majority of people

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perpetrate

commit and offense

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pliant

flexible; easily influenced

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pretext

excuse

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rancor

bitterness; hatred

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relish

savor; enjoy

84

retrieve

recover; find and bring in

85

scoff

mock; handle

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sociopathic

characterized by antisocial behavior lacking sense of moral responsibility

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stratagem

deceptive scheme

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swarm

dense moving crowd; large group of honeybees

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thwart

prevent; frustrate; oppose and defeat

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ubiquitous

being everywhere; omnipresent

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vagrant

a homeless wanderer

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waive

give up a claim or right voluntarily; refrain from enforcing; postpone considering

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acrophobia

fear of heights

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angst

strong anxiety and unhappiness; a feeling or dread

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asymmetric

not identical on both sides of a dividing central line

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bestial

beastlike; brutal

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candor

frankness; open honesty

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cleave

split or sever; cling to; remain faithful to

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diurnal

daily

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emend

correct; correct by critic