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trite

not interesting or effective because of being used to often; not fresh or original

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obfuscate

to make more difficult to understand

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stoke

to increase the amount or strength of

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succor

something that you do or give to help someone who is suffering or in a different situation

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confide

to tell to someone you trust

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epiphany

a moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way

7

piquant

interesting and exciting

8

pensive

quietly sad or thoughtful

9

chimera

something that exists only in the imagination and is not possible in reality

10

reverie

a state in which you are thinking about pleasant things

11

palatial

very large and impressive; like a palace

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voracious

having or showing a tendency to eat very large amounts of food

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diminutive

very small

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superfluous

beyond what is needed; not necessary

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prodigal

carelessly and foolishly spending money, time, etc.

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enmity

a very deep unfriendly feeling

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beneficence

doing or producing good

18

partisan

a person who strongly supports a particular leader, group, or cause

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creed

a statement of the basic beliefs of a religion

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repudiate

to refuse to accept or support; to reject

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jingoistic

the feelings and beliefs of people who think that their country is always right and who are in favor of aggressive acts against other countries

22

assuage

to make less painful, severe, etc.

23

dogmatic

expressing personal opinions or beliefs as if they are certainly correct and cannot be doubted

24

missive

a letter or other written message

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evanescence

lasting a very short time

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posterity

people in the future

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enshrine

to remember and protect

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inure

to cause to be less affected by something unpleasant; to cause to be less sensitive to something unpleasant

29

clapper

a metal ball that hangs inside a bell and hits the inside of the bell to make it ring

30

invoke

to mention in an attempt to make people feel a certain way or have a certain idea in their mind

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tantalize

to cause to feel interest or excitement about something that is very attractive, appealing, etc.

32

futility

having no result or effect; pointless or useless

33

conundrum

a confusing or difficult problem

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dismantle

to destroy in an orderly way; to gradually cause to come to an end

35

virtuoso

a person who does something in a very skillful way

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precocious

having or showing the qualities or abilities of an adult at an unusually early age

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exude

to show very clearly or strongly

38

piecemeal

done or made in a gradual way in a series of separate steps

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holistic

relating to or concerned with complete systems rather than with individual parts

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resilient

able to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens

41

riff

a short set of comments on a particular subject

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unfurl

to cause to open

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motif

single or repeated design or pattern

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nattering

to talk about unimportant things for a long time

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garrulity

talkativeness; loquacity

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broth

liquid in which food has been cooked

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brood

to think a lot about something in an unhappy way

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perverse

wrong or different in a way that others feel is strange or offensive

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appall

to cause to feel fear, shock, or disgust

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padding

unnecessary words used to make a speech or a piece of writing longer

51

aria

a song in an opera sung by one person

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meager

very small or too small in amount

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oblivious

not conscious or aware of someone or something

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slant

to present in a way that favors a particular group, opinion, etc.

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wary

not having or showing complete trust in someone or something that could be dangerous or cause trouble

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onerous

difficult and unpleasant to do or deal with

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iconoclast

a person who criticizes or opposes beliefs and practices that are widely accepted

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connoisseur

a person who knows a lot about something; an expert in a particular subject

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misanthrope

a person who does not like other people

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utilitarian

a made to be useful rather than to be decorative or comfortable

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circumspect

thinking carefully about possible risks before doing or saying something

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equanimity

calm emotions when dealing with problems or pressure

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interminable

having or seeming to have no end; continuing for a very long time

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intractable

not easily managed, controlled, or solved

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succint

using few words to state or express an idea

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rectitude

the quality of being honest and morally correct

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opulence

very comfortable and expensive; luxurious

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munificence

very generous

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makish

sad or romantic in a foolish or exaggerated way

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stray

a person or thing that is separated from a group

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derelicts

a person who has no money, job, home, etc.

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hone

to make better or more effective

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blurring

to make unclear or difficult to see or remember

74

astir

in an active state

75

metronome

a device that makes a regular, repeated sound to show a musician how fast a piece of music should be played

76

merengue

a ballroom dance of Dominican and Haitian origin, characterized by a stiff-legged, limping step

77

diverted

to take away from someone or something

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reserved

not openly expressing feelings or opinions

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misnomer

a name that is wrong or not proper or appropriate

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epigram

a short and clever poem or saying

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platitude

a statement that expresses an idea that is not new

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irreconcilable

so different that agreement is not possible

83

diatribe

an angry and usually long speech or piece of writing that strongly criticizes someone or something

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forebearance

the quality of someone who is patient and able to deal with a difficult person or situation without becoming angry

85

augment

to increase the size or amount of

86

mendacity

lack of honesty

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circumvent

to avoid being stopped by

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curtail

to reduce or limit

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truncate

to make shorter

90

extoll

to praise highly

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obstreperous

difficult to control and often noisy

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duplicitous

dishonest behavior that is meant to trick someone

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incredulous

not able or willing to believe something; feeling or showing a lack of belief

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moratorium

a time when a particular activity is not allowed

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pennant

a long, thin, pointed flag

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civics

the study of the rights and duties of citizens and of how government works

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patent

obvious or clear

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nave

the center part of a church where people sit

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castigate

to criticize harshly

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exonerate

to prove that someone is not guilty of a crime or responsible for a problem, bad situation, etc.