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Misanthrope

a person who dislikes others

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Mitigate

to soften; to lessen

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Mollify

to calm or make less severe

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Monotony

lack of variation

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Nadir

low point, perigee

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Na?ve

lacking sophistication or experience

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Nascent

coming into being; in early development stage

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Natty

trimly neat & tidy; dapper

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Nebulous

vague, cloudy, lacking clearly defined form

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Neologism

new word, expression, or usage

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Neophyte

a recent convert; a beginner; novice

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Nexus

a connection, tie, or link; center or focus

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Nice

exacting, extremely precise

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Noisome

offensive, especially to one?s sense of smell; fetid

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Obdurate

hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion

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Obeisance

gesture that expresses deference (bow, curtsy)

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Obfuscate

to deliberately obscure, to make confusing

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Obsequious

overly submissive and eager to please

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Obstinate

stubborn, unyielding

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Obstreperous

noisy, loudly stubborn

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Obtuse

lacking sharpness of intellect

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Obviate

to prevent; to make unnecessary

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Occlude

to stop up; to prevent the passage of

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Onerous

troublesome and oppressive

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Opaque

impossible to see through; preventing the passage of light

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Opprobrium

public disgrace

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Ostentation

excessive showiness

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Paean

a song or expression of praise & thanksgiving

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Palliate

to make something appear less serious, gloss over, mitigate

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Panegyric

formal expression of praise

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Paradigm

something that serve as a model, example

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Paradox

contradiction or dilemma

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Paragon

model of excellence or perfection

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Pariah

an outcast, a rejected person

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Parody

humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect

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Pedant

someone who show off learning

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Perfidious

willing to betray one?s trust

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Perfunctory

done in a routine way; indifferent

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Permeate

to penetrate

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Philanthropy

charity; a desire or effort to promote goodness

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Placate

to soothe or pacify

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Plastic

able to be molded, altered, or bent

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Plethora

excess

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Pragmatic

practical as opposed to idealistic

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Precipitate

to throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation

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Prevaricate

to lie or deviate from the truth

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Pristine

fresh and clean; uncorrupted

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Prodigal

lavish, wasteful

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Proliferate

to increase in number quickly

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Propitiate

to conciliate; to appease

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Propriety

correct behavior; obedience to rules and customs

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Prudence

wisdom, caution, or restraint

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Pungent

sharp and irritating to the senses

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Quaff

to drink deeply

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Quail

to shrink back in fear, lose courage

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Qualify

to limit

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Qualms

misgivings, reservations, causes for hesitancy

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Queries

questions, inquires, reservations

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Querulous

prone to complaining or grumbling, quarrelsome

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Quiescent

motionless

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Quotidian

occurring or recurring daily

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Rail

to complain about bitterly

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Ramify

to be divided, to branch out

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Rancorous

characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment

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Rapacious

voracious, greedy, plundering, subsisting on prey

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Rarefy

to make thinner or sparser

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Rebus

riddle

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Recalcitrant

obstinately defiant of authority or guidance, difficult to manage

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Recant

to retract previously held belief

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Recapitulate

to summarize, to repeat concisely

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Repudiate

to reject the validity of

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Reticent

silent, reserved

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Rhetoric

effective writing and speaking

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Sagacious

having sound judgment, perspective, wise

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Salacious

appealing to or causing sexual desire

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Salient

prominent, protruding, conspicuous, highly relevant

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Salubrious

promoting health or well-being

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Salutary

remedial, wholesome, causing improvement

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Sanctimony

self-righteousness, pretended piety

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Sanguine

cheerful, confident, optimistic

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Sap

to weaken the vitality of

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Satiate

to satisfy fully or overindulge

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Soporific

causing sleep or lethargy

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Specious

deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious

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Stigma

a mark of shame or discredit

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Stolid

unemotional; lacking sensitivity

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Sublime

lofty or grand

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Table

to remove from consideration

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Tacit

done without using words

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Taciturn

silent, not talkative

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Talisman

something believed to have magic power or bestowed good luck

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Tamp

to plug, to drive in or down by a series of blows

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Tautology

repetition, a redundancy, a circular argument

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Tawdry

cheap, gaudy, showy, tacky, indecent

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Tenacity

stubborn; persistent to something

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Tender

to offer formally

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Tirade

long, harsh speech or verbal attack

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Torpor

long, harsh speech or verbal attack

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Transitory

temporary, lasting a brief time

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Ubiquitous

existing everywhere at same time; widespread

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Umbrage

offense, resentment

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Undulate

to move in wavelike fashion, fluctuate

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Unfeigned

genuine, not false or hypocritical

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Untenable

indefensible, not viable, uninhabitable

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Untoward

troublesome, unruly, unseemly, adverse

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Upbraid

to scold, reprimand, chastise, blame

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Urbane

sophisticated, refined, elegant

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Usury

charging an exorbitant or illegal rate of interest

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Vacillate

to sway physically, to be indecisive

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Variegated

multicolored, characterized by a variety of patches of different color

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Vaunt

to brag or boast

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Venal

capable or being bought or bribed

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Venerate

to revere, respect

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Veracity

filled with truth and accuracy

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Verbose

wordy

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Verisimilitude

appearing true or unreal

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Veritable

authentic, real, genuine

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Vex

to annoy

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Volatile

easily aroused or changeable; lively or explosive

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Waft

light breeze, a puff

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Waver

to fluctuate between choices

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Welter

to writher, to toss about, to be in turmoil

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Wend

to go, proceed, walk

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Whet

to sharpen or stimulate

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Whimsical

acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable

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Zeal

passion, excitement