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innocuous

not injurious to physical or mental health

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pathological

relating to the study of diseases

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banal

repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

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dirge

a song or hymn of mourning as a memorial to a dead person

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facetious

cleverly amusing in tone

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insensible

barely able to be perceived

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paucity

an insufficient quantity or number

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belie

be in contradiction with

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disabuse

free somebody from an erroneous belief

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facilitate

make easier

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insinuate

suggest in an indirect or covert way; give to understand

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pedantic

marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning

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beneficent

doing or producing good

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discerning

having or revealing keen insight and good judgment

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fallacious

containing or based on incorrect reasoning

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insipid

lacking interest or significance or impact

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penchant

a strong liking

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bolster

support and strengthen

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discordant

not in agreement or harmony

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fatuous

devoid of intelligence

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insularity

the state of being isolated or detached

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penury

a state of extreme poverty or destitution

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bombastic

ostentatiously lofty in style

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discredit

the state of being held in low esteem

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fawning

attempting to win favor by flattery

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intractable

difficult to manage or mold

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perennial

lasting three seasons or more

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boorish

ill-mannered and coarse in behavior or appearance

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discrepancy

a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions

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felicitous

exhibiting an agreeably appropriate manner or style

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intransigence

stubborn refusal to compromise or change

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perfidious

tending to betray

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burgeon

grow and flourish

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discrete

constituting a separate entity or part

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fervor

feelings of great warmth and intensity

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inundate

fill or cover completely, usually with water

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perfunctory

hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough

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burnish

polish and make shiny

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disingenuous

not straightforward or candid

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flag

a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design

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inured

made tough by habitual exposure

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permeable

allowing fluids or gases to pass or diffuse through

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buttress

a support usually of stone or brick

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disinterested

unaffected by concern for one's own welfare

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fledgling

young bird that has just fledged or become capable of flying

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invective

abusive language used to express blame or censure

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pervasive

spreading or spread throughout

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cacophonous

having an unpleasant sound

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disjointed

taken apart at the points of connection

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flout

treat with contemptuous disregard

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irascible

quickly aroused to anger

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phlegmatic

showing little emotion

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capricious

determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity

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dismiss

stop associating with

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foment

try to stir up

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irresolute

uncertain how to act or proceed

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piety

righteousness by virtue of being pious

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castigation

verbal punishment

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disparage

express a negative opinion of

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forestall

keep from happening or arising; make impossible

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itinerary

an established line of travel or access

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placate

cause to be more favorably inclined

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catalyst

substance that initiates or accelerates a chemical reaction

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disparate

fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind

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frugality

prudence in avoiding waste

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laconic

brief and to the point

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plasticity

the property of being physically malleable

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caustic

capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action

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dissemble

behave unnaturally or affectedly

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futile

producing no result or effect

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lassitude

a feeling of lack of interest or energy

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platitude

a trite or obvious remark

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plethora

extreme excess

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propitiate

make peace with

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rescind

cancel officially

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sporadic

recurring in scattered or unpredictable instances

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tractable

easily managed

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plummet

drop sharply

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propriety

correct behavior

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resolution

a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner

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stigma

a symbol of disgrace or infamy

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transgression

the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle

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porous

full of vessels or holes

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proscribe

command against

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resolve

find a solution or answer

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stint

supply sparingly and with restricted quantities

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truculence

obstreperous and defiant aggressiveness

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pragmatic

concerned with practical matters

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pungent

strong and sharp

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reticent

reluctant to draw attention to yourself

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stipulate

make an express demand or provision in an agreement

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vacillate

be undecided about something

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preamble

a preliminary introduction to a statute or constitution

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qualified

meeting the proper standards and requirements for a task

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reverent

feeling or showing profound respect or veneration

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stolid

having or revealing little emotion or sensibility

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venerate

regard with feelings of respect and reverence

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precarious

not secure; beset with difficulties

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quibble

evade the truth of a point by raising irrelevant objections

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sage

a mentor in spiritual and philosophical topics

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striate

marked with stripes

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veracious

habitually speaking the truth

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precipitate

bring about abruptly

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quiescent

being quiet or still or inactive

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salubrious

promoting health

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strut

to walk with a lofty proud gait

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verbose

using or containing too many words

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precursor

something indicating the approach of something or someone

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rarefied

of high moral or intellectual value

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sanction

official permission or approval

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subpoena

a writ issued to compel the attendance of a witness

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viable

capable of life or normal growth and development

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presumptuous

excessively forward

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recalcitrant

stubbornly resistant to authority or control

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satiate

fill to satisfaction

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subside

wear off or die down

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viscous

having a relatively high resistance to flow

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prevaricate

be deliberately ambiguous or unclear

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recant

formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief

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saturate

infuse or fill completely

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substantiate

establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

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vituperative

marked by harshly abusive criticism

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pristine

immaculately clean and unused

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recluse

one who lives in solitude

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savor

the taste experience when a savoury condiment is tasted

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supersede

take the place or move into the position of

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volatile

liable to lead to sudden change or violence

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probity

complete and confirmed integrity

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recondite

difficult to penetrate

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secrete

generate and separate from cells or bodily fluids

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supposition

the cognitive process of conjecturing

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unwarranted

incapable of being justified or explained

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problematic

making great mental demands

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refractory

stubbornly resistant to authority or control

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shard

a broken piece of a brittle artifact

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tacit

implied by or inferred from actions or statements

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wary

marked by keen caution and watchful prudence

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prodigal

recklessly wasteful

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refute

overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof

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skeptic

someone who habitually doubts accepted beliefs

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tangential

of superficial relevance if any

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welter

a confused multitude of things

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profound

situated at or extending to great depth

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relegate

assign to a lower position

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solicitous

full of anxiety and concern

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tenuous

very thin in gauge or diameter

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whimsical

determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity

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prohibitive

tending to discourage, especially of prices

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reproach

express criticism towards

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soporific

sleep inducing

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tirade

a speech of violent denunciation

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zealot

a fervent and even militant proponent of something

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proliferate

grow rapidly

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reprobate

a person without moral scruples

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specious

plausible but false

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torpor

a state of motor and mental inactivity

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propensity

a natural inclination

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repudiate

refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid

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spectrum

a broad range of related objects or values or qualities

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tortuous

marked by repeated turns and bends