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Opprobrium

Disgrace and disapproval that result from outrageously shameless actions.

If you go against or oppose what's good, you might earn opprobrium — the opposite of getting attention for something good. Bad behavior leads to opprobrium. If you throw a soft drink off the theater balcony, the opprobrium might keep you from getting dates to the movies.

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Insensible

Incapable of feeling. Unaware.

The adjective insensible is used to describe someone who is unconscious. If you keep your bowling ball on the top shelf of the closet and it rolls out and conks you on the head, you will be probably rendered insensible.

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Edify

Uplift, enlighten.

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Perfidy / Perfidious

Apostate

Recreant

Person who abandons a party, cause, religion etc.

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Insolent

Effrontery

Shameless boldness

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Dyspeptic

Dyspeptic is an old-fashioned word not often used anymore. It describes someone who is irritable due to depression or indigestion.

Pessimistic, grumpy, irritable

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Wizened

Hoary

Grizzled

Antediluvian

Withered, shrivelled, very old.

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Malinger

Pretend to be sick to get out of work

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Doctrinaire

Dogmatic

Stubbornly devoted to a theory without practical considerations.

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Beguile

Inveigle

Seduce, Entice, lure.

When you tell your boyfriend he’s not just the best boyfriend ever but also the world's best driver, and this makes him offer to drive the whole way on your upcoming road trip, then congratulations. You know how to inveigle, or use charm to coax someone into doing something.

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Trenchant

Forceful or vigorous

If you're trenchant, it means you think or say smart, sharply worded things that cut right to the heart of the matter. A trenchant observation is one that makes people scratch their chins thoughtfully, or wince with embarrassment for whomever you're talking about, or both.

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Militate

Have great effect. (often as militate against)

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Missive

Letter, written message

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Pare

Peel off, cut off the outer layer.

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Penumbra

Periphery

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Demur

Show reluctance especially for moral reasons.

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Sophomoric

Jejune

Peurile

Childish, Juvenile, immature

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Exigent

Requiring immediate attention

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Investiture

Investing, formally giving someone a right or a title.

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Manacle

Stymie or Stymy

Fetter

Trammel

Hinder or block.

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Imprecation

Malediction

Execration

Curse

If you really don't like someone you can shout out an imprecation at them. More than simply the use of bad language (although that can be involved, too), an imprecation is a damning curse wishing them nothing but ill.