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gouge

an impression in a surface, as made by a blow

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levee

an embankment built to prevent a river from overflowing

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abstemious

marked by temperance in indulgence

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commensurate

corresponding in size or degree or extent

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distill

undergo condensation

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grandiloquent

lofty in style

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levity

a manner lacking seriousness

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admonish

scold or reprimand; take to task

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compendium

a publication containing a variety of works

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diverge

move or draw apart

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gregarious

temperamentally seeking and enjoying the company of others

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log

a segment of the trunk of a tree when stripped of branches

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adulterate

make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance

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complaisant

showing a cheerful willingness to do favors for others

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divest

take away possessions from someone

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guileless

free of deceit

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loquacious

full of trivial conversation

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aesthetic

characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste

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compliant

disposed to act in accordance with someone's wishes

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document

a representation of a person's thinking with symbolic marks

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gullible

naive and easily deceived or tricked

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lucid

transparently clear; easily understandable

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aggregate

a sum total of many heterogeneous things taken together

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conciliatory

making or willing to make concessions

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dogmatic

pertaining to a code of beliefs accepted as authoritative

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harangue

a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion

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luminous

softly bright or radiant

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alacrity

liveliness and eagerness

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condone

excuse, overlook, or make allowances for

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dormant

inactive but capable of becoming active

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homogeneous

all of the same or similar kind or nature

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magnanimity

liberality in bestowing gifts

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alleviate

provide physical relief, as from pain

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confound

be confusing or perplexing to

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dupe

fool or hoax

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hyperbole

extravagant exaggeration

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malingerer

someone shirking duty by feigning illness or incapacity

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amalgamate

to bring or combine together or with something else

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connoisseur

an expert able to appreciate a field

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ebullient

joyously unrestrained

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iconoclastic

characterized by attack on established beliefs

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malleable

capable of being shaped or bent

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ambiguous

having more than one possible meaning

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contention

the act of competing as for profit or a prize

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eclectic

selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas

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idolatry

the worship of idols or images that are not God

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maverick

someone who exhibits independence in thought and action

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ambivalence

mixed feelings or emotions

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contentious

showing an inclination to disagree

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efficacy

capacity or power to produce a desired effect

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immutable

not subject or susceptible to change or variation

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mendacious

given to lying

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ameliorate

to make better

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contrite

feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses

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effrontery

audacious behavior that you have no right to

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impair

make worse or less effective

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metamorphosis

striking change in appearance or character or circumstances

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anachronism

something located at a time when it could not have existed

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conundrum

a difficult problem

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elegy

a mournful poem; a lament for the dead

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impassive

having or revealing little emotion or sensibility

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meticulous

marked by precise accordance with details

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analogous

similar or equivalent in some respects

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converge

be adjacent or come together

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elicit

call forth, as an emotion, feeling, or response

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impede

be a hindrance or obstacle to

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misanthrope

someone who dislikes people in general

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anarchy

a state of lawlessness and disorder

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convoluted

rolled longitudinally upon itself

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embellish

make more attractive, as by adding ornament or color

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impermeable

preventing especially liquids to pass or diffuse through

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mitigate

lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of

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anomalous

deviating from the general or common order or type

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craven

lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful

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empirical

derived from experiment and observation rather than theory

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imperturbable

marked by extreme calm and composure

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mollify

cause to be more favorably inclined

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antipathy

a feeling of intense dislike

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daunt

cause to lose courage

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emulate

strive to equal or match, especially by imitating

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impervious

not admitting of passage or capable of being affected

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morose

showing a brooding ill humor

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apathy

an absence of emotion or enthusiasm

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decorum

propriety in manners and conduct

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endemic

native to or confined to a certain region

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implacable

incapable of being appeased or pacified

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mundane

found in the ordinary course of events

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appease

make peace with

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default

an option that is selected automatically

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enervate

weaken mentally or morally

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implicit

suggested though not directly expressed

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negate

make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of

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apprise

inform somebody of something

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deference

courteous regard for people's feelings

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engender

make children

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implode

burst inward

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neophyte

any new participant in some activity

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approbation

official approval

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delineate

represented accurately or precisely

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enhance

increase

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inadvertently

without knowledge or intention

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obdurate

stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing

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appropriate

suitable for a particular person, place, or situation

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denigrate

charge falsely or with malicious intent

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ephemeral

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

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inchoate

only partly in existence; imperfectly formed

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obsequious

attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery

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arduous

characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion

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deride

treat or speak of with contempt

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equanimity

steadiness of mind under stress

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incongruity

the quality of disagreeing

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obviate

do away with

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artless

simple and natural; without cunning or deceit

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derivative

a compound obtained from another compound

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equivocate

be deliberately ambiguous or unclear

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inconsequential

lacking worth or importance

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occlude

block passage through

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ascetic

someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline

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desiccate

lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless

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erudite

having or showing profound knowledge

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incorporate

make into a whole or make part of a whole

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officious

intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner

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assiduous

marked by care and persistent effort

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desultory

marked by lack of definite plan or regularity or purpose

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esoteric

understandable only by an enlightened inner circle

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indeterminate

not fixed or known in advance

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onerous

not easily borne; wearing

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assuage

provide physical relief, as from pain

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deterrent

something immaterial that interferes with action or progress

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eulogy

a formal expression of praise for someone who has died

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indigence

a state of extreme poverty or destitution

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opprobrium

a state of extreme dishonor

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attenuate

become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude

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diatribe

thunderous verbal attack

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euphemism

an inoffensive expression substituted for an offensive one

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indolent

disinclined to work or exertion

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oscillate

move or swing from side to side regularly

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audacious

disposed to venture or take risks

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dichotomy

being twofold

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exacerbate

make worse

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inert

unable to move or resist motion

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ostentatious

intended to attract notice and impress others

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austere

of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor

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diffidence

lack of self-assurance

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exculpate

pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

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pate

liver or meat or fowl finely minced or ground and variously seasoned

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ingenuous

lacking in sophistication or worldliness

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paragon

a perfect embodiment of a concept

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autonomous

existing as an independent entity

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diffuse

spread out; not concentrated in one place

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exigency

a pressing or urgent situation

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inherent

existing as an essential constituent or characteristic

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partisan

a fervent and even militant proponent of something

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aver

to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

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digression

a message that departs from the main subject

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extrapolation

an inference about the future based on known facts