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sinister

evil; conveying a sense of ill omen

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status quo

the existing state or condition

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sultry

sweltering

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tenuous

thin; rare; slim

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trepidation

fear; nervous apprehension

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unscathed

unharmed

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viscous

sticky; gluey

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abstract

difficult to understand; impersonal; theoretical

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ambiance

mood, feeling; general atmosphere

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artifice

deception; trickery

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belittle

disparage or depreciate; put down

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buoyant

able to float; cheerful and optimistic

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chivalrous

courteous; faithful; brave

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condone

overlook; forgive; give tacit approval; excuse

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conundrum

riddle

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declivity

downward slope

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despondent

depressed; gloomy

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dispirit

to take the spirit out of; discourage; depress

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elated

overjoyed; in high spirits

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epithet

word or phrase characteristically used to describe a person or thing

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expenditure

payment or expense; output

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fickle

changeable; faithless

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friction

clash in opinion; rubbing against

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grove

group of trees; orchard

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illicit

illegal

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impudence

impertinence; insolence

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inefficacious

not effective; unable to produce a desired result

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interject

to interrupt with; insert in between

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laborious

demanding much work or care; tedious

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ludicrous

ridiculous; laughable; absurd

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mendicant

beggar

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muse

ponder

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obsessive

related to thinking about something constantly; preoccupying

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overt

open to view

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penury

severe poverty; stinginess

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pithy

concise; meaningful; substantial; meaty

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preen

make oneself tidy in appearance; feel self-satisfaction

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propound

to offer for consideration; to propose or suggest

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quixotic

idealistic but impractical

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refraction

bending of a ray light

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respite

interval of relief; time for rest; delay in punishment

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sanctimonious

falsely holy; feigning piety

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sinuous

winding; bending in and out; not morally honest

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statute

law enacted by the legislature

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summation

act of finding the total; summary

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tenure

holding of an office; time during which such an office is held

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tribute

tax levied by a rule; mark of respect

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unseemly

unbecoming; indecent; in poor taste

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vitiate

to impair; make faulty; spoil

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abstract

theoretical; not concrete; non-representational