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astute

(adj.) very clever, crafty

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asylum

1. (n.) a place of refuge, protection, a sanctuary 2. (n.) an institution in which the insane are kepy

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atone

(v.) to repent, make amends

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atrophy

(v.) to wither away, decay

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attain

(v.) to achieve, arrive at

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attribute

1. (v.) to credit, assign 2. (n.) a facet or trait

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atypical

(adj.) not typical, unusual

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audacious

(adj.) excessively bold

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audible

(adj.) able to be heard

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augment

(v.) to add to, expand

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auspicious

(adj.) favorable, indicative of good things

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austere

(adj.) very bare, bleak

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avarice

(n.) excessive greed

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avenge

(v.) to seek revenge

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aversion

(n.) a particular dislike for something

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buffet

1. (v.) to strike with force 2. (n.) an arrangement of food set out on a table

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burnish

(v.) to polish, shine

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buttress

1. (v.) to support, hold up 2. (n.) something that offers support

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coup

(n.) a brilliant, unexpected act

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covet

(v.) to desire enviously

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covert

(adj.) secretly engaged in

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credulity

(n.) readiness to believe

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crescendo

(n.) a steady increase in intensity or volume

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criteria

(n.) standards by which something is judged

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culmination

(n.) the climax toward which something progresses

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culpable

(adj.) deserving blame

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cultivate

(v.) to nurture, improve, refine

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cumulative

(adj.) increasing, building upon itself

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cunning

(adj.) sly, clever at being deceitful

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cupidity

(n.) greed, strong desire

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cursory

(adj.) brief to the point of being superficial

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curt

(adj.) abruptly and rudely short

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curtail

(v.) to lessen, reduce

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dogmatic

(adj.) aggressively and arrogantly certain about unproved principles

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dormant

(adj.) sleeping, temporarily inactive

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dour

(adj.)stern, joyless

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dubious

(adj.) doubtful, of uncertain quality

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duplicity

(n.) crafty dishonesty

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duress

(n.) hardship, threat

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dynamic

(adj.) actively changing

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exorbitant

(adj.) excessive

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expedient

(adj.) advisable, advantageous, serving self-interest

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expiate

(v.) to make amends for, atone

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expunge

(v.) to obliterate, eradicate

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expurgate

(v.) to remove offensive or incorrect parts, usually of a book

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extant

(adj.) existing, not destroyed or lost

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extol

(v.) to praise, revere

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extraneous

(adj.) irrelevant, extra, not necessary

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extricate

(v.) to disentangle

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exult

(v.) to rejoice

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frivolous

(adj.) of little importance, trifling

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frugal

(adj.) thrifty, economical

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furtive

(adj.) secretive, sly

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grievous

(adj.) injurious, hurtful; serious or grave in nature

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guile

(n.) deceitful, cunning, sly behavior

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hypocrisy

(n.) pretending to believe what one does not

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hypothetical

(adj.) supposed or assumed true, but unproven

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inundate

(v) to flood with abundance

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inure

(v.) to cause someone or something to become accustomed to a situation

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invective

(n.) an angry verbal attack

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inveterate

(adj.) stubbornly established by habit

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inviolable

(adj.) secure from assault

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irascible

(adj.) easily angered

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iridescent

(adj.) showing rainbow colors

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irreverence

(n.) disrespect

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irrevocable

(adj.) incapable of being taken back

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lucid

(adj.) clear, easily understandable

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luminous

(adj.) brightly shining

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lurid

(adj.) ghastly, sensational

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mundane

(adj.) concerned with the world rather than with heaven, commonplace

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munificence

(n.) generosity in giving

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mutable

(adj.) able to change

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myriad

(adj.) consisting of a very great number

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nuance

(n.) a slight variation in meaning, tone, expression

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nurture

(v.) to assist the development of

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ostensible

(adj.) appearing as such, seemingly

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ostentatious

(adj.) excessively showy, glitzy

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ostracism

(n.) exclusion from a group

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prowess

(n.) extraordinary ability

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prudence

(n.) cautious, circumspect

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prurient

(adj.) eliciting or possessing an extraordinary interest in sex

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puerile

(adj.) juvenile, immature

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pugnacious

(adj.) quarrelsome, combative

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pulchritude

(n.) physical beauty

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punctilious

(adj.) eager to follow rules or conventions

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pungent

(adj.) having a pointed, sharp quality often used to describe smells

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punitive

(adj.) involving punishment

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putrid

(adj.) rotten, foul

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resplendent

(adj.) shiny, glowing

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restitution

(n.) restoration to the rightful owner

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restive

(adj.) resistant, stubborn, impatient

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retract

(v.) withdraw

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revel

(v.) to enjoy intensely

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sublime

(adj.) lofty, grand, exalted

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submissive

(adj.) easily yielding to authority

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succinct

(adj.) marked by compact precision

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superfluous

(adj.) exceeding what is necessary

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trepidation

(n.) fear, apprehension

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trite

(adj.) not original, overused

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vituperate

(v.) to berate