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Derogatory

disapproving; degrading;negative

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desiccate

to dry out

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despondent

extremely depressed

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despot

an absolute ruler; an autocrat

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destitute

extremely poor

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desultory

without a plan or purpose; disconnected; random

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dextrous

skillful

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dialectical

approaching unbiased truth

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dictum

an authoritative saying; a proverb

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didactic

intended to teach; morally instructive; pedantic

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diffident

timid; lacking in self-confidence

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digress

to stray from the main subject

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dilettante

someone with superficial knowledge of the arts; an amateur

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discern

to have insight

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discreet

judiciously reserved

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discrete

distinct

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discriminate

to tell the difference

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distinguish

to tell apart

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docile

obedient

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doctrinaire

inflexibly committed to a theory

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dogmatic

stubbornly assertive of unproven ideas

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domestic

relating to home

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dormant

inactive

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dubious

full of doubt; uncertain

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duplicity

double-dealing

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ebullient

boiling with excitement; boiling

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eccentric

kooky; irregular

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eclectic

drawn from many sources

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edify

to enlighten; to intruct morally

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efface

to erase

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effusion

a pouring forth

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egalitarian

believing in the social and economic equality of all people

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egocentric

selfish

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egregious

extremely bad;flagrant

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elicit

to bring out; to call forth

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elliptical

oval; hard to understand

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elusive

hard to pin down

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emigrate

to leave a country permanently; to expatriate

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eminent

well-known and respected

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empirical

relying on experience or observation not merely theoretical

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emulate

to strive to be as good as someone

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encroach

to trespass and invade into

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endemic

native; indigenous

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enervate

to reduce the strength or energy of, gradually

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enfranchise

to grant the privileges of citizenship, especially the right to vote

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engender

to bring into existence; to cause

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enigma

a mystery

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enormity

extreme evil; NOT huge

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ephemeral

lasting a very short time

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epigram

a brief and usually witty saying

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epitome

a brief summary of something; a perfect example of something

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equanimity

calm

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equitable

fair

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equivocal

intentionally confusing and double-meaning

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erudite

deeply learned

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esoteric

hard to understand; peculiar

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espouse

to support

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ethereal

heavenly; light like gas

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euphemism

a less harsh and offensive way to say something

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evanescent

vanishing; happening for only a brief period of time

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exacerbate

to make worse

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exacting

extremely demanding

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exalt

to glorify

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exasperate

to make very angry

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exemplify

to illustrate by example

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exhaustive

thorough and painstaking

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exhort

to urge strongly; to warn strongly

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exigency

emergency

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existential

relating to existence

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exonerate

to free from blame

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expatriate

to throw out of native land; to leave native land

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expedient

providing an immediate favor

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expedite

to speed up

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explicit

clearly

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extol

to praise highly

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extraneous

unnecessary; extra which doesn't need

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extrapolate

to deduce or infer

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extricate

to free from difficulty

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extrovert

outgoing person

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exult

to rejoice and celebrate

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fabrication

a lie

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facetious

humorous; not serious

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facile

skillful in a superficial way

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faction

a group of people with a common cause or complaint

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farcical

absurd

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fastidious

meticulous; finicky

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fatalist

someone who believes that future events are already determined

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fatuous

foolish; silly; idiotic

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fauna

animals

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fecund

fertile; productive