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Adroit

Skillful, expert in the use of the hands or mind
Syn:clever, deft, dexterous, slick
Ant: clumsy, inept, all thumbs

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Amicable

Peaceable, friendly
Syn: congenial, neighborly, cordial
Ant: hostile, antagonistic

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Averse

Having a deep-seated distaste; opposed, unwilling
Syn: disinclined, loath
Ant: favorably, disposed, eager, keen

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Belligerent

(adj.) given to fighting, warlike; combative, aggressive;
(n.) one at war, one engaged in war
Syn: (adj.) assertive, truculent, pugnacious
Ant: (adj.) peaceful, conciliatory, placid

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Benevolent

Kindly, charitable
Syn: benign, well-meaning
Ant: malicious, spiteful, malevolent

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Cursory

Hasty, not thorough
Syn: quick, superficial, perfunctory
Ant: thorough, painstaking, careful

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Duplicity

Treachery, deceitfulness
Syn: fraud, double-dealing, chicanery

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Extol

To praise extravagantly
Syn: glorify, applaud, acclaim, hail
Ant: criticize, belittle, disparage

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Feasible

Possible, able to be done
Syn: workable, practical, viable
Ant: unworkable, impracticable,

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Grimace

(n.) a wry face, facial distortion;
(v.) to make a wry face
Syn: (n.) pained expression, facial contortion
Ant: (n.) smile, grin; (v.) beam

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Holocaust

A large scale destruction, especially by fire; a vast slaughter; a burnt offering
Syn: conflagration, devastation, annihilation
Ant: deluge, inundation

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Impervious

Not affected or hurt by; admitting of no passage or entrance
Syn: impenetrable, proof against, resistant
Ant: porous, permeable, vulnerable

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Impetus

A moving force, impulse, stimulus
Syn: impulse, incentive, spur
Ant: curb, Impediment, hindrance, constraint

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Jeopardy

Danger
Syn: risk, hazard, peril
Ant: safety, security

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Meticulous

Extremely careful; particular about details
Syn: fastidious, painstaking, fussy
Ant: careless, negligent, sloppy

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Nostalgia

Looking for something past; homesickness

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Quintessence

The purest essence or form of something; the most typical example
Syn: paragon, exemplar

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Retrogress

To move backward; to return to an earlier condition
Syn: reverent, degenerate, decline
Ant: advance, evolve, progress

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Scrutinize

To examine closely
Syn: inspect, pore over
Ant: skim, scan, glance at

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Tepid

Lukewarm; unenthusiastic, marked by absence of interest
Syn: insipid, halfhearted, wishy-washy
Ant: heated, excited, enthusiastic