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disseminate

cause to become widely known

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eclectic

selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas

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idyllic

charmingly simple and serene

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pristine

immaculately clean and unused

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prodigy

an unusually gifted or intelligent person

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frugal

avoiding waste

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qualify

describe or portray the character or peculiarities of

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decorous

characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste

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infer

conclude by reasoning

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ostentatious

intended to attract notice and impress others

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pathology

the branch of medical science that studies diseases

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plumb

exactly vertical

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spurious

plausible but false

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subjugate

make subservient; force to submit or subdue

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visionary

a person with unusual powers of foresight

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reciprocal

concerning each of two or more persons or things

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antipathy

a feeling of intense dislike

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dissonant

harmonically unresolved

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palliate

lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of

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substantive

having a firm basis in reality and therefore important

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surreptitious

marked by quiet and caution and secrecy

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equivocal

open to two or more interpretations

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flippant

showing inappropriate levity

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impervious

not admitting of passage or capable of being affected

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judicious

marked by the exercise of good judgment in practical matters

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laconic

brief and to the point

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piquant

having an agreeably pungent taste

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satiric

exposing human folly to ridicule

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sullen

showing a brooding ill humor

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tacit

implied by or inferred from actions or statements

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tractable

easily managed

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impromptu

with little or no preparation or forethought

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parallel

being everywhere equidistant and not intersecting

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sterile

incapable of reproducing

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manifest

clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

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conventional

following accepted customs and proprieties

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partisan

a fervent and even militant proponent of something

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contentious

showing an inclination to disagree

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lament

a cry of sorrow and grief

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allusion

passing reference or indirect mention

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arbiter

someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue

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inherent

existing as an essential constituent or characteristic

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paradox

a statement that contradicts itself

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cynic

someone who is critical of the motives of others

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exposition

a collection of things for public display

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expound

add details, as to an account or idea

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peripheral

on or near an edge or constituting an outer boundary

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hedonistic

devoted to pleasure

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idiom

expression whose meaning cannot be inferred from its words

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apocryphal

being of questionable authenticity

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virtuoso

someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field

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slander

words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another

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animosity

a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility

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deplete

use up, as resources or materials

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amity

a state of friendship and cordiality

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voluminous

large in capacity or bulk

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auspicious

auguring favorable circumstances and good luck

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fickle

liable to sudden unpredictable change

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lethargy

inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy

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hackneyed

repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

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willful

done by design

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bastion

projecting part of a rampart or other fortification

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trepidation

a feeling of alarm or dread

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desecrate

violate the sacred character of a place or language

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consecrate

give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause

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fortuitous

occurring by happy chance

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vehement

marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions

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assuage

provide physical relief, as from pain

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prodigious

great in size, force, extent, or degree

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torpor

a state of motor and mental inactivity

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furtive

secret and sly or sordid

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supercilious

having or showing arrogant superiority to

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prudent

marked by sound judgment

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verbose

using or containing too many words

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pedestrian

a person who travels by foot

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innocuous

not injurious to physical or mental health

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fanatic

a person motivated by irrational enthusiasm

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enhance

increase

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retract

formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief

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ambiguous

having more than one possible meaning

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paucity

an insufficient quantity or number

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rescind

cancel officially

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zealous

marked by active interest and enthusiasm

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compliant

disposed to act in accordance with someone's wishes

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emulate

strive to equal or match, especially by imitating

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innumerable

too numerous to be counted

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dispassionate

unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice

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solemn

dignified and somber in manner or character

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conspicuous

obvious to the eye or mind

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ascetic

someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline

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dogmatic

pertaining to a code of beliefs accepted as authoritative

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condone

excuse, overlook, or make allowances for

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dissent

a difference of opinion

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volition

the act of making a choice

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voluntary

of your own free will or design

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didactic

instructive, especially excessively

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disparate

fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind

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ephemeral

anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day

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prosaic

lacking wit or imagination

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profuse

produced or growing in extreme abundance

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expedient

appropriate to a purpose

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fastidious

giving careful attention to detail

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astute

marked by practical hardheaded intelligence

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languish

become feeble

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censure

harsh criticism or disapproval

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stagnation

a state of inactivity

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reprehensible

bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure

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engender

make children

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exemplary

worthy of imitation

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relegate

assign to a lower position

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anecdote

short account of an incident

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scanty

lacking in amplitude or quantity

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fallacious

containing or based on incorrect reasoning

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acclaim

enthusiastic approval

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uniform

clothing of distinctive design worn by members of a group

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incoherent

without logical or meaningful connection

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repress

conceal or hide

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solicit

request urgently or persistently

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reproach

express criticism towards

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condescend

behave in a patronizing manner

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orthodox

adhering to what is commonly accepted

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indolence

inactivity resulting from a dislike of work

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stoop

bend one's back forward from the waist on down

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droop

a shape that sags

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meretricious

tastelessly showy

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Brummagem

a city in central England

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negligence

failure to act with the prudence of a reasonable person

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contrite

feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses

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objective

the goal intended to be attained

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disdain

lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike

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reticent

reluctant to draw attention to yourself

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mitigate

lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of

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refute

overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof

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brevity

the attribute of being brief or fleeting

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benign

kindness of disposition or manner

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apathy

an absence of emotion or enthusiasm

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revere

regard with feelings of respect

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enigma

something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained

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diverse

distinctly dissimilar or unlike

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lucid

transparently clear; easily understandable

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redundant

more than is needed, desired, or required

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alleviate

provide physical relief, as from pain

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ironic

displaying incongruity between what is expected and what is

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belligerent

characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight

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neutral

having no personal preference

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articulate

express or state clearly

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unprecedented

novel; having no earlier occurrence

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frivolous

not serious in content or attitude or behavior

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volatile

liable to lead to sudden change or violence

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stringent

demanding strict attention to rules and procedures

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deference

courteous regard for people's feelings

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congenial

suitable to your needs

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benefactor

a person who helps people or institutions

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amass

collect or gather

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authentic

not counterfeit or copied

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obscure

not clearly understood or expressed