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Abate

to reduce in amount, degree, or severity

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Aberrant

deviating from the norm

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Abjure

to renounce or reject solemnly; to recant; to avoid

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Abrogate

to abolish or annul by authority; put down

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Abscission

act of cutting off or removing

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Abscond

to leave secretly; to steal off & hide

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Abstain

to choose not to do something

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Abyss

an extremely deep hole

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Accolade

expression of praise; an award

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Accretion

growth, increase by successive addition, building up

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Adulterate

to make impure

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Advocate

to speak in favor of

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Aesthetic

concerning the appreciation of beauty

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Aggrandize

to increase in power, influence, and reputation

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Alleviate

to make more bearable

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Amalgamate

to combine; to mix together

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Ambiguous

doubtful or uncertain; able to be interpreted several ways

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Ameliorate

to make better; to improve

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Anachronism

something out of place in time

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Analogous

similar or alike in some way; equivalent to

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Anomaly

deviation from what is normal

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Antagonize

to annoy or provoke to anger

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Antipathy

extreme dislike

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Apathy

lack of interest of emotion

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Arbitrate

to judge a dispute between two opposing parties

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Archaic

ancient, old-fashioned

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Ardor

intense and passionate feeling

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Articulate

able to speak clearly and expressively

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Assuage

to make something unpleasant less severe

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Attenuate

to reduce in force or degree; to weaken

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Audacious

fearless and daring

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Austere

severe or stern in appearance; undecorated

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Baleful

sinister, pernicious, ominous

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Banal

predictable, clich?d, boring

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Bane

cause of injury, source of harm; source of persistent frustration

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Beatify

to bless, make happy, or ascribe a virtue to; to regard as saintly

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Bedizen

to adorn, especially in a cheap, showy manner; festoon, caparison

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Belie

belligerent, pugnacious, warlike

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Benign

favorable, harmless

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Bent

leaning, inclination, proclivity, tendency

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Blandish

to coax with flattery, toady or fawn

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Bolster

to support; to prop up

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Bombastic

pompous in speech and manner

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Cacophony

harsh, jarring noise

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Cadge

to sponge, beg, mooch

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Cajole

to inveigle, coax, wheedle, sweet-talk

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Calumniate

to slander, make a false accusation

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Candid

impartial and honest in speech

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Canon

an established set of principles or codes of laws, often religious in nature

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Capricious

changing one?s mind quickly and often

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Cardinal

of utmost important; primary

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Caret

an insertion mark used by editors & proofreaders

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Castigate

to punish or criticize harshly

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Catalyst

something that brings about change in something else

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Caustic

biting in wit

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Chaos

great disorder or confusion

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Chauvinist

someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he/she belong

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Chicanery

deception by means of craft or guile

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Cogent

convincing and well reasoned

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Condone

to overlook, pardon, or disregard

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Convoluted

intricate and complicated

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Corroborate

to provide supporting evidence

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Credulous

too trusting; gullible

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Crescendo

steadily increasing volume or force

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Damp

to diminish the intensity or check something, such as sound or feeling

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Daunt

to intimidate or dismay

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Dearth

smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; lack

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Debacle

rout, fiasco, complete failure

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Decorum

appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety

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Deference

respect, courtesy

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Deleterious

injurious; harmful

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Demur

to question or oppose

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Denigrate

blacken, belittle, sully, defame, disparage

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Denouement

outcome or solution; unraveling of a plot

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Deride

to speak of or treat with contempt; to mock

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Desiccate

to dry out thoroughly

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Desultory

jumping from one thing to another; disconnected

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Diatribe

an abusive, condemnatory speech

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Diffident

lacking self-confidence

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Dilate

to make larger; to expand

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Dilatory

intended to delay

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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

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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

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Dissonance

a harsh and disagreeable combination, often of sounds

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Dogma

a firmly held opinion, often a religious belief

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Dogmatic

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

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Eclectic

selecting from or made up from a variety of sources

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Edifying

enlightening, information

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Efficacy

effectiveness

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Effrontery

extreme boldness; presumptuousness

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Effusive

gushing; excessively demonstrative

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Egress

exit

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Elegy

a sorrowful poem or speech

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Eloquent

persuasive and moving, especially in speech

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Emulate

to copy; to try to equal or excel

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Enervate

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 use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead

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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

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Estimable

admirable

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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

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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

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Foment

to arose 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

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Garrulous

tending to talk a lot

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Gauche

crude, awkward, tasteless

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Germane

relevant to subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter

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Glib

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

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Gossamer

delicate, insubstantial or tenuous; insincere

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Grandiloquence

pompous speech or expression

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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

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Halcyon

calm & peaceful, prosperous

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Hallow

highly venerated; set apart as holy

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Harangue

to deliver a loud, pompous speech or tirade

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Harrow

to distress, torment

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Hedonism

devotion to pleasurable pursuits, especially to the pleasures of the senses

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Hegemony

the consistent dominance or influence of one group, state, or ideology over other

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Heretical

violating accepted dogma or convention, unorthodox

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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

given to intense or excessive devotion to something

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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

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Impassive

revealing no emotion or sensibility

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Impecunious

lacking funds; without money

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Imperturbable

not capable of being disturbed

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Impervious

impossible to penetrate; incapable of being affected

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Impetuous

quick to act without thinking

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Implacable

unable to be calmed down or made peaceful

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Inchoate

not fully formed; disorganized

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Ingenuous

showing innocence or childlike simplicity

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Inimical

hostile, unfriendly

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Innocuous

harmless

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Insipid

lacking interest or flavor

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Intransigent

uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled

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Inundate

to overwhelm; to cover with water

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Irascible

easily made angry

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Jejune

vapid, uninteresting; childish; immature

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Jibe

to agree, to be in accord

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Jocose

given to joking; humorous

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Kinetic

having to do with motion; lively, active

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Labile

readily open to change, unstable

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Lachrymose

causing tears; tearful, showing sorrow

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Laconic

using few words; terse

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Lament

to express sorrow; to grieve

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Lassitude

listlessness, languor, weariness

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Laud

to give praise; to glorify

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Lavish

to give unsparingly (v); extremely generous or extravagant (adj)

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Lethargic

acting in an indifferent or slow, sluggish manner

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Libertine

someone unrestrained by mortality or convention or leading a dissolute life

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Limn

to draw, outline in detail

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Loquacious

talkative

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Lucid

clear and easily understood

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Luminous

bright, brilliant, glowing

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Magnanimity

the quality of being generously noble in mind & heart, especially in forgiving

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Malevolent

having or showing often vicious ill will, spite or hatred

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Malinger

to evade responsibility by preventing to be ill

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Malleable

capable of being shaped

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Martinet

rigid disciplinarian

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Maunder

to talk or move aimlessly, mutter

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Maverick

an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party

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Melancholy

tending toward sadness

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Metaphor

a figure of speech comparing two different things; a symbol

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Meticulous

extremely careful about details

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Misanthrope

a person who dislikes others