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trite

Lacking freshness and originality, lacking effectiveness due to overuse, cliche

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tenuous

Long and thin, slender; flimsy, having little substance

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polarized

Divided into sharply opposed groups

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virtual

Existing only in the mind or by means of a computer network; existing in results or in essence but not officially or in name

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goosebumps

The "bumps" created by hairs standing up on the skin in response to cold, fear, etc.

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timely

Well-timed, happening at a suitable time

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hyperbole

Deliberate exaggeration for effect

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mired

Stuck, entangled (in something, like a swamp or muddy area), soiled

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recant

Withdraw, retract, or a disavow something one has previously said, esp. formally

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plummet

Plunge, fall straight down

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precarious

Unstable, insecure, dangerous

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rudimentary

Elementary, relating to the basics; undeveloped, primitive

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gainsay

Declare false, deny; oppose

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erudite

Scholarly, knowledgeable; possessing deep, often systematic, knowledge

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audacious

Very bold or brave, often in a rude or reckless way; extremely original

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spate

Sudden outpousing or rush; flood

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unequivocal

Unambiguous clear, aboslute; having only one possible meaning

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pragmatic

Practical; dealing with actual facts and reality

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perfidious

Disloyal, treacherous, violating one's trust

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repast

A meal (noun); to eat or feast (verb)

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scant

Not enough or barely enough

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render

Give, submit, surrender; translate; declare formally; cause to become

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placate

Satisfy or calm down (an angry or dissatisfied person), esp. by conciliatory gesutres

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effrontery

Shameless boldness

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demagogue

A leader who lies and gains power by arousing the passions and especially prejudices of the people

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crafty

Cunning, skillful in deception or underhanded schemes

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volatile

Varying, inconstant, fleeting; tending to violence, explosive

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aver

Declare or affirm with confidence

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wily

Crafty, cunning, characterized by tricks or artifice

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placid

Peaceful, clam, tranquil