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Singular
(adj)

3.
a. Being beyond what is ordinary, especially in being exceptionally good; remarkable: "Dinners with [our two friends] became the evenings we looked forward to with singular pleasure" (David Halberstam).
b. Strange or unusual: "I accordingly obeyed forthwith what I still considered a very singular summons" (Edgar Allan Poe).

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Steep
(v)


1. To soak in liquid in order to cleanse, soften, or extract a given property from.
2. To infuse or subject thoroughly to.
3. To make thoroughly wet; saturate.

2

Strut
(n)


2. A structural element used to brace or strengthen a framework by resisting stress or compression.

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Limpid
(adj)


1. Characterized by transparent clearness; pellucid.
2. Free from clouds or haze: a limpid sky.
3. Easily intelligible; clear: writes in a limpid style.
4. Easily or pleasantly heard; distinct: playing the violin with a limpid tone.
5. Flowing or moving gracefully: limpid movements of a dancer.

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Wag
(n)


A humorous or droll person; a wit.

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Table
(v)

To postpone or remove from consideration of (a piece of legislation, a parliamentary motion, for example); shelve.

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Stand
(n)

A group of trees

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Scurvy
(adj)

Contemptible; despicable. "A scurvy knave."

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Anathema
(n)


1. A formal ecclesiastical ban, curse, or excommunication.
2. A vehement denunciation; a curse: "the sound of a witch's anathemas in some unknown tongue" (Nathaniel Hawthorne).
3. One that is cursed or damned.
4. One that is greatly reviled, loathed, or shunned: "Essentialism—a belief in natural, immutable sex differences—is anathema to postmodernists."

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Tender
(v)


1. To proffer; To offer formally: "tender a letter of resignation."
2. Law To offer (payment or performance) pursuant to an obligation.

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Waffle
(v)

To speak or write equivocally, evasively. To be unable to make a decision, waver.

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Asseverate
(v)

Aver, assert. To declare seriously or positively; affirm.

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Cavil
(n)


To argue or find fault over trivial matters; raise petty objections. Quibble; Carp.

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Contumacious
(adj)



Obstinately disobedient or rebellious; insubordinate.

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Descry
(v)

1. To catch sight of (something difficult to discern).
"From the top of the hill I descried a solitary rider."
2. To discover by careful observation or scrutiny; detect: "descried a message of hope in her words."

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Exegesis
(n)


Critical explanation or analysis, especially of a text. Explication.

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Celerity
(n)


Swiftness of action or motion; speed. Alacrity. (Think of "accelerate")

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Fatuous
(adj)


Foolish or silly, complacently or inanely foolish; especially in a smug or self-satisfied way: "an era of delicious, fatuous optimism shaped by the belief that enough good will on the part of people like ourselves could repair anything" (Shirley Abbott). See Synonyms at foolish.

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Diaphanous
(adj)


adj.
1. Sufficiently thin or airy as to be translucent: "a diaphanous gown; diaphanous gauze."
2. Of such fine composition as to be easily damaged or broken; delicate: "diaphanous butterfly wings."

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Nonplussed
(adj)


1. To be at a loss as to what to think, say, or do; bewildered.

"The scientists were completely nonplussed—the apparatus had not acted at all as they had expected."

Usage problem: the word is frequently used to mean "to make indifferent, bore," as if the plus part of the word meant "to overcome with excitement." This usage is still controversial and should probably be avoided.

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Pellucid
(adj)



1. Admitting the passage of light; transparent or translucent.
2. Transparently clear in style or meaning. Limpid: "pellucid prose."

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Sententious
(adj)


1. Terse and energetic in expression; pithy.
2. Full of or given to using aphorisms, especially in a pompously moralizing manner. Epigrammatic.

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Exscind
(v)


To cut out; excise

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Lubricious
(adj)


1.
a. Full of or displaying sexual desire: "They fell immediately into an orgy of lubricious kissing" (Joseph Heller).
b. Sexually stimulating; salacious: "a book of lubricious photographs."
2. Having a slippery or smooth quality: "Throughout the empire a lubricious glaze of venality came to coat every governmental surface" (Cullen Murphy).

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Peroration
(n)


1. the concluding part of a speech, which recapitulates the principal points.
2. a long speech, often flowery and highly rhetorical.

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Which of your words means:
To proffer; offer.

Tender
(v)

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Imbroglio
(n)

a. A difficult, intricate or perplexing political or interpersonal situation; an entanglement.

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Which of your words means:

To postpone or remove from consideration of; shelve.

Table
(v)

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Which of your words means:

A structural element used to brace or strengthen a framework

Strut
(n)

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Ossified
(adj)

Tending to become more rigid, conventional, sterile amd reactionary with age. Literally "to change into bone."

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Which of your words means:

To saturate of completely soak.

Steep
(v)

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Which of your words means:

A group of trees

Stand
(n)

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Which of your words means:

Exceptional, unusual, odd.

Singular
(adj)

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Which of your words means:

Contemptible, despicable.

Scurvy
(adj)

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Which of your words means:

A vehement denunciation; a curse.
One that is cursed or damned.
One that is greatly reviled, loathed, or shunned.

Anathema
(n)

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Which of your words means:


A humorous or droll person; a wit.

Wag
(n)

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Which of your words means:

To speak or write equivocally, evasively. To be unable to make a decision, waver.

Waffle
(v)

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Which of your words means:

Full of or given to using aphorisms, especially in a pompously moralizing manner. Epigrammatic.

Sententious
(adj)

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Which of your words means:


1. the concluding part of a speech.
2. a long, flowery and highly rhetorical speech.

Peroration
(n)

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Which of your words means:


Characterized by transparent clearness; pellucid.

Limpid
(adj)

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Which of your words means:


Complacently or inanely foolish; especially in a smug or self-satisfied way.

Fatuous
(adj)

56

Which of your words means:

Tending to become more rigid, conventional, sterile amd reactionary with age.

Ossified
(adj)

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Which of your words means:


Full of or displaying sexual desire; Salacious; Greasy, slippery.

Lubricious
(adj)

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Which of your words means:

To be at a loss as to what to think, say, or do; bewildered.

Nonplussed
(adj)

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Which of your words means:

Transparent, clear, easy to understand, limpid.

Pellucid
(adj)

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Which of your words means:

A difficult or embarrassing situation.

Imbroglio
(n)

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Which of your words means:

To cut out; excise.

Exscind
(v)

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Which of your words means:

1. Sufficiently thin or airy as to be translucent.
2. Of such fine composition as to be easily damaged or broken; delicate.

Diaphanous
(adj)

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Which of your words means:

Critical explanation or analysis, especially of a text.

Exegesis
(n)

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Which of your words means:

1. To catch sight of (something difficult to discern).
2. To discover by careful observation or scrutiny; detect.

Descry
(v)

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Which of your words means:


Obstinately disobedient or rebellious; insubordinate.

Contumacious
(adj)

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Which of your words means:

Speed, alacrity.

Celerity
(n)

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Which one of your words means:

To argue or find fault over trivial matters; raise petty objections. Quibble; Carp.

Cavil
(v)

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Which of your words means:

To declare seriously or positively; affirm.

Asseverate
(n)

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Lithe
(adj)

1. Bending readily; pliant; limber; supple. "Lithe birch branches."
2. Marked by effortless grace. "A lithe ballet dancer."

Syn. Lissom, lissome, lithesome, supple, sylphlike, svelte, slender, graceful.

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Which one of your words means:

1. Bending readily; pliant; limber; supple.
2. Marked by effortless grace.

Lithe
(adj)

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Philippic
(n)

A violent verbal denunciation characterized by harsh, often insulting language; a tirade; bitter or impassioned speech of censure or denunciation; invective.
(Named after the orations of Demosthenes against Philip II, king of Macedonia.)

Syn. diatribe; fulmination; harangue; jeremiad; tirade.

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Which of your words means:

A violent verbal denunciation characterized by harsh, often insulting language; a tirade; bitter or impassioned speech of censure or denunciation; invective.

Philippic
(n)

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Panacea
(n)

A remedy for all diseases, evils, or difficulties; a cure-all.

Syn. Nostrum; catholicon.

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Which of your words mean:

A remedy for all diseases, evils, or difficulties; a nostrum.

Panacea
(n)

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Lissome
(adj)

1. Moving or able to move with grace and ease; lithe and graceful.
2. Easily bent; supple; agile; nimble or active.

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Which of your words means:

1. Moving or able to move with grace and ease; lithe and graceful.
2. Easily bent; supple; agile; nimble or active.

Lissome
(adj)

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Hale
(adj) (v)

(adj) Free from infirmity or illness; sound; strong; healthy; robust.

(v) To compel to go; to pull or drag; to cause to do through pressure or necessity.

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Which of your words means:

(adj) Free from infirmity or illness; sound; strong; healthy; robust.

(v) To compel to go; to pull or drag; to cause to do through pressure or necessity.

Hale
(adj) (v)

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Mettle
(n)

1. Courage; fortitude. Determination; resolve. Ability to meet a challenge or persevere under demanding circumstances.

2. Inherent character; disposition or temperament.

Idiom: on (one's) mettle: prepared to accept a challenge and do one's best.

Syn. Nerve; spunk; pluck; heart. Spirit, resolution.

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Which of your words means:

1. Courage; fortitude. Determination; resolve. Ability to meet a challenge or persevere under demanding circumstances.

2. Inherent character; disposition or temperament.

Mettle
(n)

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Pilfer; Pilfering
(v)

1. To steal (minor items) esp. in small quantities.

Syn. filch, snitch.

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Which of your words means:

To steal (minor items) esp. in small quantities.

Pilfer; Pilfering
(v)

84

Olio
(n)

1. A mixture or medley; a hodgepodge.
2. A collection of various artistic or literary works or musical pieces; a miscellany.

Syn. Gallimaufry; potpourri; mélange; salmagundi.

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Which of your words means:

A mixture or medley; a hodgepodge.

Olio
(n)

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Equable
(adj)

1. Unvarying, steady; uniform. "An equable climate."
2. Not easily disturbed; serene; even-tempered; placid.

87

Which of your words means:

1. Unvarying, steady; uniform.
2. Not easily disturbed; serene; even-tempered; placid.

Equable
(adj)

88

Priggish (adj.)
Prig (n)

A person who demonstrates an exaggerated conformity or propriety, especially in an irritatingly arrogant or smug manner.

Syn. Square-toed, straight-laced; prissy; prudish; puritanical, prim.

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Which one of your words means:

A person who demonstrates an exaggerated conformity or propriety, especially in an irritatingly arrogant or smug manner.

Prig (n)
Priggish (adj)

90

Bootless
(adj)

Of little or no use; vain; fruitless; futile; sleeveless.

91

Which of your words mean:

Of little or no use; vain; fruitless; futile; sleeveless.

Bootless
(adj)

92

Feckless
(adj)

1. Careless and irresponsible.
2. Feeble, weak or ineffective.

Syn. Irresponsible; indifferent; inept; incompetent.

93

Which of your words means:

1. Careless and irresponsible.
2. Feeble, weak or ineffective.

Feckless
(adj)

94

Philandering ; Philander
(v)

1. To have a sexual affair w s.one who is not one's partner or spouse. Used esp.of men.
2. To have many casual sexual affairs. Used esp. Of men.(why? Because they preserve promiscuous and nympho for women? ::side-eye::)

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Which of your words mean:

1. To have a sexual affair w s.one who is not one's partner or spouse. Used esp.of men.
2. To have many casual sexual affairs. Used esp. Of men.

Philandering; Philander
(v)

96

Prurient
(adj)

1. Characterized by an inordinate interest in sex.
2. Arousing or appealing to an inordinate interest in sex.

Syn. Lustful; salacious; lubricious; lascivious; lewd; lecherous; hankering; libidinous; concupiscent; smutty; indecent; licentious.

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Which of your words means:

1. Characterized by an inordinate interest in sex.
2. Arousing or appealing to an inordinate interest in sex.

Prurient
(adj)

98

Puckish
(adj)

Mischievous, impish; naughty, annoyingly playful; whimsical; pixilated.

99

Which of your words mean:

Mischievous, impish; naughty, annoyingly playful

Puckish
(adj)

100

Pyrrhic
(n)

1.A metrical unit of two short or unstressed syllables.
2. An ancient Greek dance imitating the motions of warfare; ritual dance.

101

Which of your words mean:

1.A metrical unit of two short or unstressed syllables.
2. An ancient Greek dance imitating the motions of warfare; ritual dance.

Pyrrhic
(n)

102

Requite
(v)

To make return to, respond to (a person for a kindness or injury); repay with a similar or appropriate action; to get revenge.

"If he love to madness, I shall never requite him." (Shakespeare)

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Which of your words means:

To make return to, respond to (a person for a kindness or injury); repay with a similar or appropriate action.

Requite
(v)

104

Irredentist
(n)

One who advocates the recovery of territory culturally or historically related to one's nation but now subject to a foreign government.

For instance RIRA (The Real IRA) is an irredentist political group formed after the Good Friday agreement. RIRA believes that the British dominion has not ended and wants North Ireland back from UK rule.

105

Which of your words means:

One who advocates the recovery of territory culturally or historically related to one's nation but now subject to a foreign government.

Irredentist
(n)

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Uncouth
(adj)

1. Crude, unrefined; lacking in good manners or grace.
2. Awkward or clumsy; ungraceful.
3. Rude, uncivil or boorish.

Syn. Ungainly, gawky, loutish, oafish, lubberly, churlish.

107

Which of your questions means:

1. Crude, unrefined; lacking in good manners or grace.
2. Awkward or clumsy; ungraceful.
3. Rude, uncivil or boorish.

Uncouth
(adj)

108

Pulchritude (n) ; Pulchritudinous (adj)

Great physical beauty and appeal; comeliness.

Syn. Beauty; curvaceousness; voluptuousness; shapeliness.

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Which of your words means:

Great physical beauty and appeal; comeliness.

Pulchritude
(n)

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Putative
(adj)

1. Generally regarded as such; supposed; reputed.
2. Considered to exist or have existed; inferred.

Syn. Imputed; Purported; acknowledged.

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Which of your words means:

1. Generally regarded as such; supposed; reputed.
2. Considered to exist or have existed; inferred.

Putative
(adj)

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Assay
(n) (v)

(v)1. To examine or analyze. "To assay a situation."
2. To test or evaluate. "Assay one's strength."
3. To attempt; try; essay. "To assay a dance step."
4. To analize a substance for strength, composition, content.

(n) 1. An analysis of the composition, strength of a substance.
2. A substance undergoing trial.
3. A detailed report of the findings in assaying a substance.

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Which of your words means:

1. To examine or analyze.
2. To test or evaluate.
3. To attempt; try.

Assay
(v) (n)

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Abstruse
(adj)

Difficult to understand; recondite; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge; esoteric.

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Which of your words means:

Difficult to understand; recondite; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge; esoteric.

Abstruse
(adj)