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Nonchalant

Having an air of easy unconcern or indifference

He was surprisingly nonchalant about winning the award.

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Oscillate

To move in one direction and then back again many times

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Ostentatious

Displaying wealth in a way that is meant to attract attention

She had driven to Prague in her Porsche, telling how ostentatious she might appear.

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Overwrought

Very excited or upset

The witness became overwrought as she described the crime.

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Pacific

Calm, collected

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Palatable

Having a pleasant or agreeable taste

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Perennial

Year round

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Perfidy

The act of betraying someone or something : the state of not being loyal

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Perfunctory

Characterized by routine or superficiality

The violinist delivered a perfunctory performance that displayed none of the passion and warmth he was once known for

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Pernicious

Destructive

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Perspicacity

Clarity of thought and expression

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Perturb

Disturb, agitate

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Placate

To soothe or mollify especially by concessions.

The administration placated protesters by agreeing to consider their demands.

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Placid

Calm and steady

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Pivotal

Of vital or critical importance

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Pragmatic

Practical, sensible

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Predilection

Predisposition towards something

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Preside

To occupy the place of authority

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Prevaricate

To lie

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Probity

The quality of a person who is completely honest

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Proclivity

An inclination or predisposition toward something.

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Prodigal

Characterized by profuse or wasteful expenditure

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Pugnacious

Showing a readiness or desire to fight or argue.

He was a short man with heavy shoulders, a slight potbelly, puffy blue eyes, and a pugnacious expression

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Quandary

A situation in which you are confused about what to do

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Quash

To suppress or extinguish summarily and completely

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Quibble

To argue or complain about small, unimportant things

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Quiescent

[kwee-es-uh nt]
Being at rest; quiet.

A quiescent mind.

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Rancor

Bitter, rankling resentment

The rancor between de Blasio and Moskowitz has at least some roots in policy disagreements.

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Recalcitrant

Resisting authority or control; not obedient or compliant

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Recess

A receding part or space, as a bay or alcove in a room.

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Redoubtable

That is to be feared; formidable.

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Sagacious

Having or showing acute mental discernment and keen practical sense; shrewd

A sagacious lawyer.

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Salubrious

Favorable to or promoting health; healthful:

Salubrious air.

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Salutary

Favorable to or promoting health

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Satiate

To satisfy to the full

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Scruple

A moral or ethical consideration or standard that acts as a restraining force

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Sedentary

Characterized by or requiring a sitting posture:

A sedentary occupation.

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Sediment

The matter that settles to the bottom of a liquid

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Sordid

Morally ignoble or base; vile:

Sordid methods.

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Specious

[spee-shuh s]
Apparently right though lacking real merit; plausible.

Specious arguments.

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Sporadic

Intermittent, happening at unpredictable intervals

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Spurious

Not genuine, of doubtful origin

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Squalor

Filth and misery

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Stark

Bluntly or sternly plain; not softened or glamorized:

The stark reality of the schedule's deadline.

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Stoic

Emotionless

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Stratum

[strey-tuh m]
A layer of material, naturally or artificially formed.

A stratum of ancient foundations.

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Stria

A slight or narrow furrow, ridge, stripe, or streak, especially one of a number in parallel arrangement:

Striae of muscle fiber.

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Strident

Having a shrill, irritating quality or character:

A strident tone in his writings.

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Stringent

Rigorously binding or exacting; strict; sever

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Stymie

To hinder, block, or thwart

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Succinct

[suh k-singkt] Characterized by conciseness or verbal brevity.

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Transient

Temporary

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Trepidation

Fear

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Turbid

Not clear or transparent because of stirred-up sediment

The turbid waters near the waterfall

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Ubiquitous

Present everywhere

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Unfeigned

Sincere; genuine.

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Unimpeachable

Morally sound

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Untenable

Unviable

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Vacillate

Move back and forth on a subject

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Vacuous

[vak-yoo-uh s]
Without contents; empty

A vacuous way of life.

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Vociferous

Crying out noisily; clamorous.

A vociferous manner of expression.

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Wanderlust

A strong, innate desire to rove or travel about.

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Wheedle

To endeavor to influence (a person) by smooth, flattering, or beguiling words or acts

She wheedled him into going with her.

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Volatile

Easily causing vapors

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Zenith

The pinnacle of something

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Abjure

To renounce or give up under oath; forswear:

To abjure allegiance.

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Condign

Well-deserved; fitting.

Condign punishment.

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Debonair

Courteous, gracious, and having a sophisticated charm

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Inveigle

[in-vey-guh l]
To entice, lure, or ensnare by flattery or artful talk.

To inveigle a person into playing bridge.

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Philistine

A person who is lacking in cultural values, intellectual pursuits, aesthetic refinement,

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Suffuse

To spread throughout

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Mettlesome

Spirited; courageous

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Compuction

Moral restraint

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Contravene

To come or be in conflict with.

To contravene a statement.

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Limn

To represent in drawing or painting

Somehow the arches and curves of its branches seemed to limn a pattern so dreadful that his heart beat faster

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Obloquy

Discredit, disgrace, or bad repute resulting from public blame, abuse, or denunciation.

Abuse and obloquy were heaped upon the Ministers from every quarter.

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Abate

To reduce in amount, degree, intensity

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Abdicate

To renounce or relinquish a throne, right, power

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Aberrant

Departing from the right, normal

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Abrade

To wear off or down by scraping

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Abridge

To reduce or lessen in scope.

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Abscond

Go missing

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Abstruse

Difficult to understand

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Accolade

Praise

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Acerbic

Harsh or severe, as of temper or expression:

Acerbic criticism.

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Acumen

Keen insight; shrewdness:

Remarkable acumen in business matters.

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Adhesion

The act of sticking together

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Admonish

Scold, reprimand

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Adroit

Skillful

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Adulate

To show excessive admiration or devotion to

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Affable

Pleasantly easy to approach and to talk to; friendly; cordial; warmly polite:

An affable and courteous gentleman.

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Affluent

Having an abundance of wealth, property

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Aggrandize

To make great or greater in power, wealth, rank

He cares for nothing save to aggrandize his children, by fair means or foul, and this is his sole desire.

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Affront

A deliberate act or display of disrespect.

An affront to the king.

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Agrarian

Rural; agricultural.

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Alacrity

Cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness:

We accepted the invitation with alacrity.

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Vug

A small cavity in a rock

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Petrous

Like stone, especially in hardness; stony; rocky.

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Tautology

Needless repetition of an idea, especially in words.

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Gambol

To skip about, as in dancing or playing; frolic.