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consensus

agreement in the judgment reached by a group as a whole

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comprehensive

including all or everything

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sagacious

acutely insightful and wise

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precipitate

bring about abruptly

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pervade

spread or diffuse through

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discourse

an extended communication dealing with some particular topic

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conjure

summon into action or bring into existence

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sanction

official permission or approval

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genial

diffusing warmth and friendliness

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indulgent

given to yielding to the wishes of someone

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inert

unable to move or resist motion

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levee

an embankment built to prevent a river from overflowing

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levy

impose and collect

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erratic

liable to sudden unpredictable change

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luminous

softly bright or radiant

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abstinent

self-restraining

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placid

free from disturbance by heavy waves

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exuberant

joyously unrestrained

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impede

be a hindrance or obstacle to

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permeate

spread or diffuse through

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audacity

aggressive boldness or unmitigated effrontery

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indignant

angered at something unjust or wrong

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implicit

suggested though not directly expressed

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Renaissance

period of European history at the close of the Middle Ages

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superfluous

more than is needed, desired, or required

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litigate

engage in legal proceedings

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vex

disturb, especially by minor irritations

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anomaly

deviation from the normal or common order or form or rule

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bereave

deprive through death

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connoisseur

an expert able to appreciate a field

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corroborate

give evidence for

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frenetic

excessively agitated

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polemic

a controversy, especially over a belief or dogma

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synthesis

the combination of ideas into a complex whole

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feasible

capable of being done with means at hand

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forbear

a person from whom you are descended

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genre

a kind of literary or artistic work

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vindicate

show to be right by providing justification or proof

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conciliatory

making or willing to make concessions

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squalid

foul and run-down and repulsive

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debauchery

a wild gathering involving drinking and promiscuity

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deleterious

harmful to living things

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disinterested

unaffected by concern for one's own welfare

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fecund

capable of producing offspring or vegetation

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hermetic

completely sealed or airtight

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salubrious

promoting health

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foster

providing nurture though not related by blood or legal ties

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transitory

lasting a very short time

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cacophony

loud confusing disagreeable sounds

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goad

stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick

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implement

a piece of equipment or a tool used for a specific purpose

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ingenuous

lacking in sophistication or worldliness

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malleable

capable of being shaped or bent

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pungent

strong and sharp

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savor

the taste experience when a savoury condiment is tasted

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correlate

to bear a reciprocal or mutual relation

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facetious

cleverly amusing in tone

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kinship

relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption

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petulant

easily irritated or annoyed

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rampart

an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes

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temerity

fearless daring

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truculent

defiantly aggressive

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incisive

demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

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aberration

a state or condition markedly different from the norm

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abstemious

marked by temperance in indulgence

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alacrity

liveliness and eagerness

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allocate

distribute according to a plan or set apart for a purpose

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arid

lacking sufficient water or rainfall

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beget

generate children

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conundrum

a difficult problem

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debacle

a sudden and violent collapse

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doggerel

a comic verse of irregular measure

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exorbitance

extreme excess

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garrulous

full of trivial conversation

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intransigent

impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, reason

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maverick

someone who exhibits independence in thought and action

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turpitude

a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice

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axiom

a proposition that is not susceptible of proof or disproof

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beneficent

doing or producing good

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capricious

determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity

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circumlocution

an indirect way of expressing something

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ribald

humorously vulgar

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sinuous

curved or curving in and out

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veracity

unwillingness to tell lies

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chronology

the determination of the temporal sequence of past events

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economical

using the minimum of time or resources for effectiveness

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conjoin

make contact or come together

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panegyric

formally expressing praise

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pedagogue

someone who educates young people

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reprobate

a person without moral scruples

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untoward

not in keeping with accepted standards of what is proper

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welter

a confused multitude of things

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inchoate

only partly in existence; imperfectly formed

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problematic

making great mental demands

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timbre

the distinctive property of a complex sound

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disavow

refuse to acknowledge

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gerrymander

divide voting districts unfairly and to one's advantage

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repugnant

offensive to the mind

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taut

pulled or drawn tight

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cajole

influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

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discomfit

cause to lose one's composure

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accrete

grow together (of plants and organs)

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contumacious

willfully obstinate; stubbornly disobedient

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fulsome

unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating

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homeostasis

metabolic equilibrium maintained by biological mechanisms

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hone

sharpen with a whetstone

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insolvent

unable to meet or discharge financial obligations

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ligneous

consisting of or containing xylem

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motility

ability to move spontaneously and independently

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munificent

very generous

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neophyte

any new participant in some activity

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rivet

heavy pin having a head at one end and the other end being hammered flat after being passed through holes in the pieces that are fastened together

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saturnine

bitter or scornful

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viscous

having a relatively high resistance to flow

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impugn

attack as false or wrong

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incursion

the act of entering some territory or domain

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invective

abusive language used to express blame or censure

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placate

cause to be more favorably inclined

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temperament

your usual mood

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antiseptic

thoroughly clean and free of disease-causing organisms

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lax

without rigor or strictness

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accolade

a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

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assiduous

marked by care and persistent effort

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brook

a natural stream of water smaller than a river

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desiccate

lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless

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erudite

having or showing profound knowledge

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flag

a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design

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impudent

improperly forward or bold

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baleful

threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

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divergent

tending to move apart in different directions

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effluvium

a foul-smelling outflow or vapor

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evanescent

tending to vanish like vapor

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exigent

demanding immediate attention

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exonerate

pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

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flaunt

display proudly

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improvident

not supplying something useful for the future

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ineluctable

impossible to avoid or evade

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mellifluous

pleasing to the ear

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oscillate

move or swing from side to side regularly

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ossify

become bony

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probity

complete and confirmed integrity

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proselytize

convert or try to convert someone to another religion

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pundit

a person with special knowledge who performs skillfully

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recondite

difficult to penetrate

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spendthrift

someone who spends money prodigally

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vacuous

devoid of matter; intelligent content i.e. stupid

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coda

the closing section of a musical composition

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penchant

a strong liking

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abstruse

difficult to penetrate

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cognizant

having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization

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gainsay

take exception to

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garner

assemble or get together

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obdurate

stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing

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propinquity

the property of being close together

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impertinent

improperly forward or bold

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inept

generally incompetent and ineffectual

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mandatory

required by rule