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abase

(v.) to humiliate, degrade

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abate

(v.) to reduce, lessen

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abdicate

(v.) to give up a position, usually one of leadership

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abduct

(v.) to kidnap, take by force

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aberration

(n.) something that differs from the norm

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abet

(v.) to aid, help, encourage

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abhor

(v.) to hate completely, to detest

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abide

(v.) to put up with; tolerate

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abject

(adj.) wretched, pitiful

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abjure

(v.) to reject, renounce

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abnegation

(n.) denial of comfort to oneself

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abort

(v.) to give up on a half-finished project or effort

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abridge

1.(v.) to cut down, shorten 2. (adj.) shortened

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abrogate

(v.) to abolish, usually by authority

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balk

(v.) to stop, block abruptly

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ballad

(n.) a love song

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banal

(adj.) dull, commonplace

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cacophony

(n.) tremendous noise, disharmonious loud sound

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cadence

(n.) a rhythm, progression of sound

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cajole

(v.) to urge, coax

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calamity

(n.) an event with disastrous consequences

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calibrate

(v.) to set, standardize

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callous

(adj.) harsh, cold, unfeeling

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calumny

(n.) an attempt to spoil a reputation by spreading lies

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camaraderie

(n.) brotherhood, jovial unity

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candor

(n.) honesty, frankness

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canny

(adj.) shrewd, careful

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canvas

1. (n.) a piece of cloth on which an artist paints 2. (v.) to cover, inspect

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capacious

(adj.) very spacious

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capitulate

(v.) to surrender

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daunting

(adj.) intimidating, causing one to lose courage

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dearth

(n.) a lack, scarcity

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debacle

(n.) a disastrous failure, disruption

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debase

(v.) to lower the quality or esteem of something

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debauch

(v.) to corrupt by means of sensual pleasures

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debunk

(v.) to expose the falseness of something

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decorous

(adj.) socially proper, appropriate

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decry

(v.) to criticize openly

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deface

(v.) to ruin or injure to the appearance of something

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defamatory

(adj.) harmful toward the reputation of another

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ebullient

(adj.) extremely lively, enthusiastic

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eclectic

(adj.) consisting of a diverse variety of elements

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ecstatic

(adj.) intensely and overpoweringly happy

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edict

(n.) an order, decree

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efface

(v.) to wipe out, obliterate, rub away

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effervescent

(adj.) bubbly, lively

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efficacious

(adj.) effective

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fabricate

(v.) to make up, invent

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facade

1. (n.) the wall of a building 2. (n.) a deceptive appearance or attitude

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facile

1. (adj.) easy, requiring little effort 2. (adj.) superficial, achieved with minimal thought or care, insincere

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garish

(adj.) gaudy, in bad taste

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hackneyed

(adj.) unoriginal, trite

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iconoclast

(n.) one who attacks common beliefs or institutions

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idiosyncratic

(adj.) peculiar to one person; highly individualized

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idolatrous

(adj.) excessively worshipping one object or person

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ignominious

(adj.) humiliating, disgracing

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illicit

(adj.) forbidden, not permitted

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immerse

(v.) to absorb, deeply involve, engross

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immutable

(adj.) not changeable

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impassive

(adj.) stoic, not susceptible to suffering

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laceration

(n.) a cut, tear

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laconic

(adj.) terse in speech or writing

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maelstrom

(n.) a destructive whirlpool which rapidly sucks in objects

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magnanimous

(adj.) noble, generous

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malediction

(n.) a curse

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nadir

(n.) the lowest point of something

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nascent

(adj.) in the process of being born or coming into existence

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obdurate

(adj.) unyielding to persuasion or moral influences

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obfuscate

(v.) to render incomprehensible

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pacific

(adj.) soothing

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palatable

(adj.) agreeable to the taste or sensibilities

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palette

(adj.) a range of colors or qualities

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palliate

(v.) to reduce the severity of

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pallid

(adj.) lacking color

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panacea

(n.) a remedy for all ills or difficulties

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paradigm

(n.) an example that is a perfect pattern or model

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paradox

(n.) an apparently contradictory statement that is perhaps true

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paragon

(n.) a model of excellence or perfection

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paramount

(adj.) greatest in importance, rank, character

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quagmire

(n.) a difficult situation

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rail

(v.) to scold, protest

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rancid

(adj.) having a terrible taste or smell

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rancor

(n.) deep, bitter resentment

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rapport

(n.) mutual understanding and harmony

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rash

(adj.) hasty, incautious

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saccharine

(adj.) sickeningly sweet

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sacrosanct

(adj.) holy, something that should not be criticized

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sagacity

(n.) shrewdness, soundness of perspective

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salient

(adj.) significant, conspicuous

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salutation

(n.) a greeting

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tacit

(adj.) expressed without words

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taciturn

(adj.) not inclined to talk

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tangential

adj.) incidental, peripheral, divergent

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tantamount

adj.) equivalent in value or significance

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ubiquitous

adj.) existing everywhere, widespread

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vacillate

(v.) to fluctuate, hesitate

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vacuous

(adj.) lack of content or ideas, stupid

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wallow

(v.) to roll oneself indolently; to become or remain helpless

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yoke

(v.) to join, link

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zealous

(adj.) fervent, filled with eagerness in pursuit of something