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Bungle

Verb
-to mismanage or make a mess of

Synonyms: (verbs) botch, butcher, mangle, mar, spoil, foul up, bollix up; (nouns) butcher, klutz; (adjectives) incompetent, inept; clumsy, awkward

The young man bungled the task on his first attempt.

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Bureaucracy

Noun
- a complicated system of administrative agencies and officials; the officials themselves

The state is governed by an overbearing bureaucracy.

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Buttress

Noun & Verb
- a support or reinforcement
- to support or reinforce

Synonyms: (noun) prop, brace; mainstay, cornerstone, pillar; (verbs) prop up, brace, bolster, shore up, strengthen

The small building collapsed, since its walls were designed without a proper buttress.

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Cajole

Verb
-To persuade or obtain by flattery or deceit

Synonyms: (verbs) wheedle, inveigle, coax, beguile, induce, flatter

The mother cajoled her kids to sit quietly with cookies, as she talked on the phone.

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Callous

Adjective
-unfeeling or insensitive

Synonyms: (adjectives) indifferent, unresponsive, unsympathetic; thick-skinned, hard-hearted, hard-boiled, hard-nosed

The group of young adults became callous and cruel criminals.

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Calumny

Noun
A false statement deliberately made up to insure a person

Synonyms: (nouns) lie, falsehood; slander, libel; slur, aspersion

She wondered why he spoke calumny of her behind her back.

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Candid

Adjective
Fair or impartial, Frank or outspoken, informal or unposed

Synonyms: (adjectives) objected, disinterested, unbiased, unprejudiced, balanced; forthright, unreserved, straight-from-the-shoulder; spontaneous, impromptu

She took the candid photograph and kept it for memory.

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Cantankerous

Adjective
Foul-tempered and quarrelsome

Synonyms: (adjectives) peevish, contrary, cross-grained, irritable, irascible, perverse, choleric, bearish, testy, crabby, grouchy, cranky; intractable, unamenable, ornery; (nouns) curmudgeon, grouch

The girl was never invited to birthday parties because of her cantankerous behavior.

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Captious

Adjective
Quick to find petty faults or raise trifling objectives; overly demanding or fussy; intended to trap, confuse, or show

Synonyms: (adjectives) hypercritical, caviling, carping, censorious; niggling, pettifogging, hairsplitting, picky, picayune, nit-picking; artful, tricky, loaded

The professor could never show praise without giving a captious remark.

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Catholic

Adjective
Broad or widely inclusive, general or universal, world wide

Synonyms: (adjectives) comprehensive, wide, liberal; ecumenical, global

Mary had a very catholic taste, for she enjoyed everything.