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Temerity (adj)

Bold recklessness OR audacity.

No one had the temerity to question his conclusions

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Depredate (v)

Plunder, loot.

Many types of predators depredate bird nests

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Genuflect (v)

Bow in obeisance.

Politicians had to genuflect to advance their careers.

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Wend (v)

Find you way through.

They wended their way across the city.

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Pelagic (adj)

Of the open seas.

There are very few pelagic fish to be seen.

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Froward (adj)

Stubborn, intractable, difficult to manage

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Punctilious (adj)

Paying attention to details, meticulous.

He was punctilious in providing every amenity for his guests.

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Aphorism (n)

Tersely worded saying.

The old aphorism ‘the child is father to the man’.

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Purloin (v)

Steal.

He must have managed to purloin a copy of the key.

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Esoteric (adj)

Difficult to understand.

Esoteric philosophical debates.

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Succor (n)

Aid, relief, rescue.

The wounded had little chance of succour.

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Protean (adj)

Versatile able to change quickly.

Shostakovich was a remarkably protean composer.

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Callous (adj)

Hard, unfeeling.and insensitve.

His callous comments about the murder made me shiver.

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Proscribe (v)

Forbidden by law.

Strikes remained proscribed in the armed forces.

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Denouement (n)

Conclusion of a series of events.

The film's denouement was unsatisfying and ambiguous.

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Supercillious (adj)

Haughty, imperious.

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Parley (n)

Meeting between parties.

A parley is in progress and the invaders may withdraw.

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Apoplectic (adj)

Angry, infurious.

Mark was apoplectic with rage at the decision.

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Simper (v)

Say with a coy smile.

She simpered, looking pleased with herself.

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Miscegenation (n)

A mixture of different races.

They believe in miscegenation as the answer to world peace.

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Androgynous (adj)

Partly male and partly female.

A stunningly androgynous dancer.

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Covey (n)

A small group of people or things.

Coveys of actors rushed through the rooms.

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Supine (n)

Lying on your back.

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Cozen (v)

Cheat.

Do not think to cozen your contemporaries.

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Limpid (adj)

Calm, clear.

The limpid waters of the Caribbean.

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Refulgent (adj)

Shining very brightly.

Refulgent blue eyes.

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Phelgmatic (adj)

Calm

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Attenuate (adj)

Reduce the strength of.

Her intolerance was attenuated by an unexpected liberalism.

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Disingenuous (adj)

Dishonest not candid.

This journalist was being somewhat disingenuous as well as cynical.

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Epistle (n)

Short message.

Activists firing off angry epistles.

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Factitious (adj)

Fake, artificial.

A largely factitious national identity.

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Pied (adj)

Dappled colors.

The pied flycatcher.

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Militate (v)

Be a powerful or conclusive factor in preventing.

These fundamental differences will militate against the two communities.

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Stygian (adj)

Dark, gloomy.

The Stygian crypt.

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Gainsay (v)

Deny, contradict a fact.

The impact of the railways cannot be gainsaid.

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Palliate (v)

To lessen the suffering of.

Treatment works by palliating symptoms.

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Nostrum (n)

Fake medicine.

A charlatan who sells nostrums.

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Obstreperous (adj)

Stubborn and difficult to control.

The boy is cocky and obstreperous.

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Precocious (adj)

Well developed(of a child).

A precocious, solitary boy.

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Regale (v)

Entertain or amuse.

He regaled her with a colorful account of that afternoon's meeting.

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Ambit (n)

Within the range or scope of.

A full discussion of this complex issue was beyond the ambit of one book.

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Apostate (n)

Disbeliever.

After fifty years as an apostate he returned to the faith.

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Sophistry (n)

The use of clever but false arguments.

Trying to argue that I had benefited in any way was pure sophistry.

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Perspicuity (adj)

Clarity.

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Enjoin (v)

Ordered to.

The code enjoined members to trade fairly.

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Fulsome (adj)

Copious, overdone in praise.

The press are embarrassingly fulsome in their appreciation

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Imprecation (n)

Curse.

I pushed my way through, screaming imprecations.

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Extenuate (v)

Reduce the strength of.

Hunger and poverty are not treated extenuating circumstances.

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Ineluctable (adj)

Unavoidable.

The ineluctable facts of history.

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Vitiate (v)

Spoil, tarnish.

Development programmes have been vitiated by the rise in population

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Turpitude (n)

Wickedness.

Acts of moral turpitude.

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Plaintive (adj)

Mournful.

A plaintive cry.

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Pertinacious (adj)

Unyielding holding firmly.

He worked with a pertinacious resistance to interruptions.

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Recreant (n)

Coward.

The recreant acted with outward boldness.

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Adduce (v)

Put forward or cite as evidence.

A number of factors are adduced to explain the situation.

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Traduce (v)

Speak malicious of.

It was regarded as respectable political tactics to traduce him.

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Apposite (adj)

Appropriate

His remarks seemed to be regarded as apposite.

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Discursive (adj)

Talking aimlessly or digressing.

Students often write dull, second-hand, discursive prose

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Avocation (n)

Side vocation.

They are basically doctors, and negotiators by avocation.

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Adumbrate (v)

To outline or sketch.

Hobhouse had already adumbrated the idea of a welfare state.

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Alchemy (n)

Conversion of lead to gold

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Allege (v)

Insinuate.

He alleged that he had been assaulted.

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Allude (v)

Refer to indirectly.

She had a way of alluding to Jean.

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Altruism (n)

Concern for others well being.

Some may choose to work with vulnerable elderly people out of altruism.

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Ambivalence (n)

Undecided

The law's ambivalence about the importance of a victim's identity.

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Amble (v)

Walk leisurely.

They ambled along the riverbank.

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Ameliorate (v)

Lessen the suffering of.

The reform did much to ameliorate living standards

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Amenable (adj)

Agreeable.

Parents who have amenable children.

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Analgesic (adj)

Pain reliever.

Acting to relieve pain.

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Anecdote (n)

Short incident.

He told anecdotes about his job.

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Annul (v)

Cancel or declare invalid.

The elections were annulled by the general amid renewed protest.

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Didactic (adj)

Inclined to teach or lecture others too much

A boring, didactic speaker.

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Diffident (adj)

Unwilling modest or shy.

A diffident youth.

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Diffuse (v)

Spread out.

Technologies diffuse rapidly.

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Dilapidated (adj)

Run down, broken.

Old, dilapidated building.

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Dilate (v)

Open, extend.

Her eyes dilated with horror.

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Dillettante (n)

Novice.

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Dirge (n)

Funeral song.

Singers chanted dirges.

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Disabuse (v)

Clear a misconception.

He quickly disabused me of my fanciful notions.

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Disaffect (adj)

To cause to loose affection.

The dictator's policies had soon disaffected the people.

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Discern (v)

Understand clearly or recognize.

I can discern no difference between the two policies.

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Discomfit (v)

To confuse and deject

To be discomfited by a question.

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Hackneyed (adj)

Trite, commonplace.

Hackneyed old sayings.

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Hallmark (n)

The distinguishing character of.

The tiny bubbles are the hallmark of fine champagnes.

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Harangue (n)

Bitter diatribe.

They were subjected to a ten-minute harangue by two border guards.

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Hedonism (n)

Indulgence in sensual pleasure.

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Tan (v)

To convert (a hide) into leather.

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Heretical (adj)

Going against established doctrine.

This is a heretical view and if it were left at that, I don't think much good would come of it.

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Hieroglyphic (adj)
[HI ro glyphic]

Egyptian symbolic script.

Writing in hieroglyphic script.

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Homogenous (adj)

Of the same composition.

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Hone (v)

Sharpen.

To hone one's skills.

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Husband (v)

Conserve

To husband one's resources.

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Nonplussed (adj)

To render utterly perplexed.

And she claims to be nonplussed by those presidential invitations.

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Noxious (adj)

Harmful or injurious to health.

Noxious vapors emanated from the chimney.

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Nuance (n)

Subtle difference in or shade of meaning.

He was familiar with the nuances of the local dialect.

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Obdurate (adj)

Stubborn.

I argued this point with him, but he was obdurate.

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Obsequious (adj)

Slavish insincere flattery.

They were served by obsequious waiters.

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Obstinate (adj)

Stubborn refusing to change opinion.

Her obstinate determination to pursue a career in radio.

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Obviate (v)

Get rid of, make unnecessary.

The internet has all but obviated the need for radios.

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Occlude (v)

Block off.

The entrance to the cave was occluded by the mount of fresh snow.