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Pragmatic

Practical as opposed to idealistic

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Anomaly

Deviation from what’s normal

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Occlude

To stop up; to prevent the passage of

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Cogent

Convincing and well-reasoned

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Dilate

To make larger, expand

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Fanatical

Acting excessively enthusiastic, filled with extreme, unquestioned devotion

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Aggrandize

To increase in power, influence and reputation

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Equivocate

To use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead

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Advocate

To speak in favor of

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Bombastic

Pompous in speech and manner

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Disparate

Fundamentally different; entirely unlike

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Propriety

Correct behavior; obedience to rules and customs

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Satiate

To satisfy fully or overindulge

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Ambiguous

Doubtful or uncertain; able to be interpreted several ways

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Proliferate

To increase in number quickly

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Paradox

A contradiction or dilemma

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Diffident

Lacking self confidence

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Attenuate

To reduce in force or degree; to weaken

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Alleviate

To make more bearable

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Euphemism

Use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one

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Vacillate

To sway physically; to be indecisive

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Intransigent

Uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled

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Plethora

Excess

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Plastic

Able to molded, altered or bent

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Propriety

Correct behavior; obedience to rules and customs

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Esoteric

Known or understood by only a few

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Abstain

To choose not to do something

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Garrulous

Tending to talk a lot

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Austere

Severe or stern in appearance, undecorated

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Sublime

Lofty or grand

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Rarefy

To make thinner or sparser

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Archaic

Ancient, old fashioned

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Candid

Impartial and honest in speech

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Stigma

A mark of shame or discredit

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Lament

To express sorrow; to grieve

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Amalgamate

To combine, to mix together

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Elegy

A sorrowful poem or speech

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Dilatory

Intended to delay

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Dogmatic

Dictatorial in ones opinions

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Precipitate

To throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation

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Perfidious

Willing to betray one’s trust

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Naive

Lacking sophistication or experience

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Transitory

Temporary, lasting a brief time

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Capricious

Changing ones mind quickly and often

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Chauvinist

Someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs

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Enigma

A puzzle; mystery

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Deference

Respect, courtesy

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Dogma

A firmly held opinion, often a religious belief

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Malinger

To evade responsibility by pretending to be ill

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Eclectic

Selecting from or made up from a variety of sources

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Credulous

Too trusting; gullible

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Efficacy

Effectiveness

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Aesthetic

Concerning the appreciation of beauty

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Arbitrate

To judge a dispute between two opposing parties

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Vex

To annoy

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Ostentation

Excessive showiness

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Impetuous

Quick to act without thinking

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Ephemeral

Lasting a short time

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Waver

To fluctuate between choices

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Paragon

Model of excellence or perfection

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Imperturbable

Not capable of being disturbed

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Philanthropy

Charity; a desire or effort to promote goodness

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Malleable

Capable of being shaped

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Corroborate

To provide supporting evidence

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Gregarious

Outgoing, social

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Anachronism

Something out of place in time

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Desiccate

To dry out thoroughly

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Fawn

To grovel

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Iconoclast

One who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions

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Metaphor

A figure of speech comparing two different things; a symbol

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Exacerbate

To make worse

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Erratic

Wandering and unpredictable

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Soporific

Causing sleep or lethargy

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Zeal

Passion, excitement

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Deride

To speak of or treat with contempt; to mock

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Gullible

Easily deceived

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Estimable

Admirable

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Taciturn

Silent, not talkative

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Abate

To reduce in amount, degree or severity

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Explicit

Clearly stated or shown; forthright in expression

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Crescendo

Steadily increasing in volume or force

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Enumerate

To count, list, or itemize

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Chaos

Great disorder or confusion

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Luminous

Bright, brilliant, glowing

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Obviate

To prevent; to make unnecessary

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Dilettante

Someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic

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Abscond

To leave secretly

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Guile

Deceit or trickery

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Obstinate

Stubborn, unyielding

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Mitigate

To soften, to lessen

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Loquacious

Talkative

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Obdurate

Hardened to feeling, resistant to persuasion

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Fervid

Intensely emotional; feverish

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Antagonize

To annoy or provoke to anger

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Perfunctory

Done in a routine way; indifferent

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Convoluted

Intricate and complicated

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Diatribe

An abusive, condemnatory speech

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Articulate

Able to speak clearly and expressively

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Impervious

Impossible to penetrate; incapable of being affected

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Abyss

An extremely deep hole

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Stolid

Unemotional; lacking sensitivity

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Eloquent

Persuasive and moving, especially in speech

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Volatile

Easily aroused or changeable, lively or explosive

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Ardor

Intense and passionate feeling

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Prudence

Wisdom, caution, or restraint

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Chicanery

Deception by means of craft or guile

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Implacable

Unable to be calmed down or made peaceful

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Exonerate

To clear of blame

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Prevaricate

To lie or deviate from the truth

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Analogous

Similar or alike in some way; equivalent to

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Propitiate

To conciliate; to appease

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Erudite

Learned, scholarly, bookish

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Engender

To produce, cause or bring about

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Venerate

To respect deeply

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Onerous

Troublesome and oppressive, burdensome

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Specious

Deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious

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Cacophony

Harsh, jarring noise

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Florid

Excessively decorated or embellished

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Repudiate

To reject the validity of

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Enervate

To reduce in strength

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Laconic

Using few words

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Dirge

A funeral hymn or mournful speech

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Ameliorate

To make better; improve

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Obsequious

Overly submissive and eager to please

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Innocuous

Harmless

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Discern

To perceive; to recognize

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Permeate

To penetrate

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Dissonance

A harsh and disagreeable combination, often of sounds

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Inimical

Hostile, unfriendly

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Misanthrope

A person who dislikes others

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Mollify

To calm or make less severe

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Condone

To overlook, pardon, disregard

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Dissemble

To prevent a false appearance; to disguise one’s real intentions or character

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Eulogy

Speech in praise of someone

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Pungent

Sharp and irritating to the senses

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Torpor

Extreme mental and physical sluggishness

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Veracity

Truthfulness; accuracy

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Inchoate

Not fully formed, disorganized

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Homogenous

Of a similar kind

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Audacious

Fearless and daring

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Foment

To arouse or incite

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Exculpate

To clear from blame; prove innocent

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Ingenuous

Showing innocence or childlike simplicity

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Dupe

To deceive; a person who is easily deceived

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Irascible

Easily made angry

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Laud

To give praise, to glorify

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Whimsical

Acting in a fanciful or capricious manner

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Prodigal

Lavish, wasteful

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Tacit

Done without using words

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Antipathy

Extreme dislike

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Assuage

To make something unpleasant less severe

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Banal

Predictable, boring

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Opprobrium

Public disgrace

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Insipid

Lacking interest or flavor

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Reticent

Silent, reserved

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Pedant

Someone who shows off learning

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Placate

To soothe or pacify

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Castigate

To punish or criticize harshly

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Monotony

Lack of variation

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Rhetoric

Effective writing or speaking

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Emulate

To copy; to try to equal or excel

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Bolster

To support; to prop up

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Exigent

Urgent; requiring immediate action

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Catalyst

Something that brings about a change in something else

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Tirade

Long, harsh speech or verbal attack

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Frugality

A tendency to be thrifty or cheap

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Verbose

Wordy

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Meticulous

Extremely careful about details

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Decorum

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety

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Apathy

Lack of interest or emotion

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Inundate

To overwhelm; to cover with water

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Adulterate

To make impure

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Quiescent

Motionless

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Caustic

Biting in wit

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Pristine

Fresh and clean, incorrupted

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Desultory

Jumping from one thing to another; disconnected

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Disabuse

To set right; to free from error