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impartial

free from undue bias or preconceived opinions

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discriminate

marked by the ability to see or make fine distinctions

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relevant

having a bearing on or connection with the subject at issue

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candid

openly straightforward and direct without secretiveness

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discernment

the cognitive condition of someone who understands

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abstract

existing only in the mind

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temperate

not extreme

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eccentric

conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual

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boon

a desirable state

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skeptical

marked by or given to doubt

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innovate

bring something new to an environment

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profound

situated at or extending to great depth

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digress

wander from a direct or straight course

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tenacious

stubbornly unyielding

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nostalgia

longing for something past

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denounce

speak out against

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pragmatic

concerned with practical matters

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rigorous

rigidly accurate; allowing no deviation from a standard

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inevitable

incapable of being avoided or prevented

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superficial

of, affecting, or being on or near the surface

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aesthetic

characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste

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disparage

express a negative opinion of

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elaborate

marked by complexity and richness of detail

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ambivalent

uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow

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esoteric

understandable only by an enlightened inner circle

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subtle

difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze

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indifferent

marked by a lack of interest

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futile

producing no result or effect

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resignation

the act of giving up, as a claim or office or possession

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hapless

deserving or inciting pity

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provincial

associated with an administrative district of a nation

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benevolent

showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding

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pious

having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity

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resolute

firm in purpose or belief

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servile

submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior

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acute

ending in a sharp point

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anarchy

a state of lawlessness and disorder

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virulent

extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom

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scrutinize

examine carefully for accuracy

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discord

lack of agreement or harmony

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repudiate

refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid

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diligent

quietly and steadily persevering in detail or exactness

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prodigal

recklessly wasteful

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augment

enlarge or increase

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complacent

contented to a fault with oneself or one's actions

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guile

shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception

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squander

spend thoughtlessly; throw away

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incessant

uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing

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laudable

worthy of high praise

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deter

turn away from by persuasion

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infamous

known widely and usually unfavorably

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depravity

moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles

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gravity

the force of attraction between all masses in the universe

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banal

repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

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extol

praise, glorify, or honor

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euphony

any pleasing and harmonious sounds

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deride

treat or speak of with contempt

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insipid

lacking interest or significance or impact

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austere

of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor

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expedite

process fast and efficiently

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heresy

a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion

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novel

an extended fictional work in prose

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philanthropy

the act of donating money or time to promote human welfare

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tentative

hesitant or lacking confidence; unsettled in mind or opinion

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vacillate

be undecided about something

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fervor

feelings of great warmth and intensity

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preclude

make impossible, especially beforehand

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apprehensive

in fear or dread of possible evil or harm

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elusive

skillful at evading capture

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efface

remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing

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taciturn

habitually reserved and uncommunicative

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ameliorate

to make better

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acquiesce

to agree or express agreement

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atrophy

a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse

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dubious

fraught with uncertainty or doubt

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flagrant

conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

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concise

expressing much in few words

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immutable

not subject or susceptible to change or variation

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static

not in physical motion

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credulous

showing a lack of judgment or experience

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blasphemy

profane language

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coalesce

fuse or cause to grow together

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cryptic

having a secret or hidden meaning

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levity

a manner lacking seriousness

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innate

present at birth but not necessarily hereditary

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sycophant

a person who tries to please someone to gain an advantage

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amiable

diffusing warmth and friendliness

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extraneous

not belonging to that in which it is contained

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tedious

so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness

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caustic

capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action

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inadvertent

happening by chance or unexpectedly or unintentionally

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exhaustive

performed comprehensively and completely

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incongruous

lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness

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belittle

cause to seem less serious

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appease

make peace with

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instigate

provoke or stir up

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sage

a mentor in spiritual and philosophical topics

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predecessor

one who precedes you in time

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jeopardy

a source of danger

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tangible

perceptible by the senses especially the sense of touch

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remorse

a feeling of deep regret, usually for some misdeed

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pivotal

being of crucial importance

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scrupulous

characterized by extreme care and great effort

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respite

a pause from doing something

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stoic

seeming unaffected by pleasure or pain; impassive

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meander

move or cause to move in a sinuous or circular course

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authoritarian

characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule

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brawn

possessing muscular strength

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exemplify

be characteristic of

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facilitate

make easier

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hypothetical

a conjectural possibility or circumstance

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recalcitrant

stubbornly resistant to authority or control

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ambulatory

able to walk about

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diffident

showing modest reserve

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drone

make a monotonous low dull sound

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gullible

naive and easily deceived or tricked

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marred

blemished by injury or rough wear

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nullify

declare invalid

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parsimony

extreme stinginess

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propriety

correct behavior

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rejuvenate

make younger or more youthful

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animated

having life or vigor or spirit

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bias

a partiality preventing objective consideration of an issue

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blithe

carefree and happy and lighthearted

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dearth

an insufficient quantity or number

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divert

turn aside; turn away from

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enthrall

hold spellbound

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heed

paying particular notice (as to children or helpless people)

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hindrance

any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome

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irascible

quickly aroused to anger

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merger

an occurrence that involves the production of a union

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pretentious

creating an appearance of importance or distinction

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saccharine

overly sweet

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stanza

a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem

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rancor

a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will

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bereave

to deprive and make desolate, especially by death (usually followed by of):

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conjoin

to join together; unite; combine; associate.

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ligneous

of the nature of or resembling wood; woody.

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abate

become less in amount or intensity

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chicanery

the use of tricks to deceive someone

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disseminate

cause to become widely known

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gainsay

take exception to

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latent

potentially existing but not presently evident or realized

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aberrant

markedly different from an accepted norm

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coagulate

change from a liquid to a thickened or solid state

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dissolution

separation into component parts

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garrulous

full of trivial conversation

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laud

praise, glorify, or honor

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abeyance

temporary cessation or suspension

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coda

the closing section of a musical composition

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dissonance

disagreeable sounds

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goad

stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick

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lethargic

deficient in alertness or activity

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abscond

run away

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cogent

powerfully persuasive

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distend

cause to expand as it by internal pressure