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dilettante

someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic

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dirge

funeral hymn or mournful speech

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disabuse

to set right; to free from error

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discern

to perceive; to recognize; see clearly

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disparate

fundamentally different; entirely unlike

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dissemble

to present a false appearance; to disguise one's real intentions or character; pretend

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dissonance

a harsh and disagreeable combination, often of sounds; inconsistent

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dogma

a firmly held opinion, often a religious belief

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dogmatic

rigid & fixed opinion in arrogant manner; dictatorial in one's opinion

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dupe

to deceive (v); a person who is easily deceived (n)

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ebullience

quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts & feelings

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eccentric

departing from norms or conventions; quirky, odd

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eclectic

selecting from or made up from a variety of sources

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edify

enlighten, inform

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efficacy

effectiveness

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effrontery

extreme boldness; presumptuousness; temerity, supercilious

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effusive

gushing; excessively demonstrative; outpouring

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egress

exit

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elegy

a sorrowful poem or speech; dirge

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eloquent

persuasive and moving, especially in speech

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emulate

to copy or imitate; to try to equal or excel

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enervate

to weaken; to reduce in strength

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engender

to produce, cause, or bring about

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enigma

a puzzle; a mystery

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enumerate

to count, list, or itemize

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ephemeral

lasting a short time

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equivocate

to make vague, unclear statements; intended to mislead; evade

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erratic

wandering and unpredictable

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erudite

learned, scholarly, bookish

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esoteric

known or understood by only a few; confidential

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estimable

admirable, worthy, formidable

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eulogy

speech in praise of someone

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euphemism

use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one

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exacerbate

to make worse

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exculpate

to clear from blame; prove innocent

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exigent

urgent; requiring immediate action

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explicit

clearly stated or shown; forthright in expression

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facetious

playful; humorous; not serious

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fallacy

invalid or incorrect notion; mistaken belief

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fallow

untilled, inactive, dormant

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fanatical

acting excessively enthusiastic; filled with extreme unquestioned devotion

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fatuous

silly, inanely foolish

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fawn

to grovel; praise excessively; toady, sycophant

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feckless

ineffectual; irresponsible

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fell

barren or stony hill; animal's hide

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fervid

intensely emotional; feverish

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florid

excessively decorated or embellished; bedizen, ornate

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foment

to rouse or incite

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frugality

a tendency to be thrifty or cheap

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gainsay

to deny, dispute, contradict, oppose

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gambol

to skip about playfully, frolic

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garner

to gather & save, store up; acquire; collect

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garrulous

overly talkative

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gauche

crude, awkward, tasteless

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germane

relevant to subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter; pertinent, apposite

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glib

marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; lacking in depth; superficial

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gossamer

delicate or tenuous web or thread; insincere

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grandiloquence

pompous speech or expression; bombastic; brag

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gregarious

outgoing, sociable

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guile

deceit or trickery

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gullible

easily deceived

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hackneyed

rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage; cliche

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halcyon

calm & peaceful, prosperous

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hallow

highly respected & venerated; set apart as holy

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harangue

to deliver a loud, pompous speech or tirade; long angry rant

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harrow

to distress, torment

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hedonism

devotion to pursuing pleasure, especially pleasures of the senses

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hegemony

dominance; authority over others

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heretical

violating accepted dogma or convention, unorthodox; differing from accepted beliefs

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hermetic

airtight, impervious to outside influence

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homogenous

of a similar kind

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iconoclast

one who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions

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idolatrous

give intense or excessive devotion to something; worship physical object

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idyll

carefree, light-hearted romantic experience; simple

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imbroglio

difficult or embarrassing situation

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imminent

about to happened; impending

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immutable

not capable of change; fixed, inflexible

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impassive

revealing no emotion or sensibility; apathetic, phlegmatic

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impecunious

lacking funds; without money

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imperturbable

not capable of being disturbed; tranquil, serene

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impervious

impossible to penetrate; incapable of being affected