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Abacus

frame with balls for calculating

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Abash

To make ashamed; to embarrass

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Abdicate

To step down from a position of power or responsibility

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Abdication

giving up control authority

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Abide

be faithful to endure

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Abject

Hopeless; extremely sad and servile; defeated; utterly bummed out

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Acquiesce

To comply passively; to accept; to assent; to agree

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Adherent

Follower; supporter; believer

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Admonish

To scold gently; to warn

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Admonitory

containing warning

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Adorn

add beauty decorate

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Adroit

Skillful; dexterous; clever; shrewd; socially at ease

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Aesthetic

Having to do with artistic beauty; artistic

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Affectation

Unnatural or artificial behavior usually intended to impress

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Agnostic

One who believes that the existence of a god can be neither proven nor disproven

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Aleck

one who considers himself smarter than others

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Alloy

A combination of two or more things usually metals

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Aloof

Uninvolved; standing off; keeping ones distance

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Ambiance

Atmosphere; mood; feeling mood

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Amenable

Obedient; willing to give in to the wishes of another; agreeable

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Amoral

Lacking a sense of right and wrong; neither good nor bad neither moral nor immoral; without moral feelings

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Animosity

Resentment; hostility; ill will

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Anomalous

abnormal; irregular

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Antecedent

Someone or something that went before; something that provides a model for something that came after it

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Aplomb

self-confidence

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Arabesque

a complex ornate design

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Arboreal

of connected with trees

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Arrogance

proud superior manner of behaviour

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Asperity

roughness harshness ill temper irritability

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Aspersion

slander

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Attune

bring into harmony

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Augment

To make bigger; to add to; to increase ;

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Autonomous

Acting independently

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Aversion

strong dislike

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Avow

To claim; to declare boldly; to admit

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Axiom

Self-evident rule or truth; a widely accepted saying

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Baleful

harmful ominous causing evil

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Bane

Poison; torment; cause of harm

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Baneful

causing harm or ruin pernicious destructive

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Barrage

artificial obstacle built across a river

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Beget

To give birth to; to create; to lead to; to cause

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Belie

To give a false impression of; to contradict

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Benison

blessing

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Bewilder

puzzle confuse

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Blasé

bored with pleasure or dissipation

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Blasphemy

Irreverence; an insult to something held sacred; profanity

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Blatant

Unpleasantly or offensively noisy; glaring

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Bolster

support; reinforce

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Bourgeois

Middle class usually in a pejorative sense; boringly conventional

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Brevity

Briefness

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Broach

To open up a subject for discussion often a delicate subject

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Bureaucracy

A system of government administration consisting of numerous bureaus or offices especially one run according to inflexible and inefficient rules; any large administrative system characterized by inefficiency lots of rules and red tape

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Buttress v.

support; prop up

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Cabal

a scheme or plot a group of plotters

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Calipers

metal supports attached to the legs measuring instrument

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Caustic

Like acid; corrosive

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Cavalcade

a possession

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Chasm

A deep gaping hole; a gorge

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Chastisement

punishment

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Choleric

Hot-tempered; quick to anger

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Chronicle

A record of events in order of time; a history

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Churlish

(adj) boorish

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Circumspect

Cautious

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Clemency

Mercy; forgiveness; mildness

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Clinch

come to grips/settle conclusively

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Cloture

closing device (in Parliament) to end a debate by voting

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Coalesce

To come together as one; to fuse; to unite ;

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Coalescing

coming together and uniting into one substance

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Coddle

treat with care and tenderness

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Cogent

Powerfully convincing

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Colander

bowl-shaped vessel with many holes used to drain off water

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Commensurate

Equal; proportionate

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Commodious

having plenty of space for what is needed

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Concord

Harmony; agreement

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Condense

increase in density strength make laconic

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Conducive

Promoting

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Congeal

make or become stiff and solid

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Consecrate

To make or declare sacred

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Consensus

Unanimity or general agreement

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Contention

claim; thesis

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Conundrum

riddle; difficult problem

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Convoluted

coiled around; involved; intricate

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Cornucopia

abundant supply

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Coruscate

sparkle

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Counterfeit

forgery

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Covetous

eagerly desirous

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Criterion

standard; basis for judgment

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Cumbersome

burdensome heavy and awkward to carry

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Curtail

to shorten; to cut short ...

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Dawdler

person who is slow waste of time

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Debacle

violent breakdown; sudden overthrow; overwhelming defeat

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Deference

submission to another's will; respect; courtesy

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Defiance

open disobedience or resistance

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Delineate

to describe accurately; to draw in outline

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Deluge

a flood; an inundation

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Demagogue

a leader of the people but more a rabble rouser

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Dereliction

deserting and leaving to fall into ruins

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Deride

to ridicule; to laugh at contemptuously

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Desultory

without a plan or purpose; disconnected; random

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Detumescence

diminishing or lessening of swelling

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Dexterity

skill (esp. in handling)

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Diatribe n.

bitter scolding; invective

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Dictum

an authoritative saying; an adage; a maxim; a proverb

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Diffuse adj.

wordy, rambling, spread out (like a gas)

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Digressio

Wandering away from the subject

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Discerning

mentally quick and observant; having insight

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Dissonance

discord; opposite of harmony

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Doleful

dismal, mourful

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Dolt

stupid fellow

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Dubious

A full of doubt; uncertain a ~ friend be ~ about

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Duplicity

N the act of being two-faced; double-dealing; deception

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Dynamo

a generator something that produces electric current

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Effusion

N a pouring forth

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Egregious

A extremely bad; flagrant

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Elaborate

worked out with much care in great detail

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Elegy

poem or song expressing lamentation

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Embezzle

use in a wrong way for one's own benefit

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Emulate

Vt to strive to equal or excel usually through imitation emulator emulation emulous be emulous of

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Endearing

making dear or liked

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Enfranchise

V to grant the privileges of citizenship especially the right to vote

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Engrave

impress deeply

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Engrossing

taken up all the time or attention writing in large or formal

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Engulf

swallow up

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Ensign

flag/badge

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Epiphany

A Christian feast celebrating the manifestation of the divine nature of Jesus to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi.

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Epistle

letter

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Erratic

irregular in behaviour or opinion

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Espouse

V to support; to advocate

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Eulog

expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone’s death

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Evanescent

Adj fleeting; vanishing; happening for only the briefest period

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Evince

to show clearly to indicate

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Exscind

to cut out cut away

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Extrapolation

projection; conjecture

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Exuberance

state of growing vigorously being full of life

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Facetious

Adj humorous; not serious; clumsily humorous

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Fagged

too tired

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Fauna

N animals cf flora animal

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Felicity

N happiness; skillfulness especially at expressing things; adeptness

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Ferment

substance become excited

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Fervor

N great warmth or earnestness; ardor; zeal ardor

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Fetid

stinking

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Fission

splitting or division (esp. of cells)

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Fixate

stare at

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Flamboyant

brightly colored florid

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Flimsy

lacking solidarity, strength

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Foible

N a minor character flaw

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Foppish

like a man who pays too much attention to his clothes

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Forbear

v to refrain from ; to abstain

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Ford

shallow place in a river (to cross)

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Forgery

counterfeit

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Forswear

renounce disallow repudiate

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Foster

nurture care for

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Fraternal

a like brothers

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Frugal

a economical ; penny-pinching

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Fulmination

bitter protest

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Futile

a useless ; hopeless ;

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Gainsay

deny

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Gauche

hence, awkward

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Glib

ready and smooth but not sincere

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Gratuitous

a given freely said of something bad ; unjustified ; unprovoked ; uncalled for

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Gust

outburst of feeling sudden rain wind fire etc.

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Hackneyed

a overused ; trite ; stale

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Haughty

arrogant conceited

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Hauteur

haughtiness

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Hedonism

n the pursuit of pleasure as a way of life

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Heed

attention/give notice to

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Heresy

n any belief that is strongly opposed to established beliefs

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Heretic

recreant, protestant,skeptic

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Hermetic

a impervious to external influence ; airtight

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Heterogeneous

made up of different kinds

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Heyday

n golden age ; prime prime

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Hollow

not soled with hole

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Homogeneous

a uniform ; made entirely of one thing uniform

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Hone

stone used for sharpening tools

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Idiosyncrasy

n a peculiarity ; an eccentricity

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Illicit

a illegal ; not permitted

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Imbroglio

complicated and embarrassing situation

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Impecunious

having little or no money

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Imperious

commanding haughty arrogant

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Impervious

a not allowing anything to pass through ; impenetrable

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Implacable

incapable of being pacified; unpleasable

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Implement

v to carry out

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Implicate

to be involved

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Implosion

collapse bursting inward

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Impudent

rash indiscreet

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Impugned

challenged to be doubted

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Inane

a silly ; senseless

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Incandescent

a brilliant ; giving off heat or light

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Incessant

a unceasing

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Incite

stir up rouse

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Inclined

directing the mind in a certain direction

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Incorrigible

a incapable of being reformed

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Increment

n an increase ; one in a series of increases

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Indefatigability

not easily exhaustible tirelessness

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Indolence

laziness

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Indolent

a lazy ;

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Indulgent

lenient ; yielding to desire

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Infer

v to conclude ; to deduce

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Inferno

hell

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Infinitesimal

a very very very small ; infinitely small ;

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Ingenuous

a frank ; without deception ; simple ; artless ; charmingly na ve

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Innate

a existing since birth ; inborn ; inherent

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Inordinate

a excessive ; unreasonable

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Insatiable

a hard or impossible to satisfy ; greedy ; avaricious

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Insular

a like an island ; isolated

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Insurrection

rising of people to open resistance to

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Intrepid

fearless brave undaunted

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Inundate

v to flood ; to cover completely with water ; to overwhelm

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Inured

accustomed to adapted

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Inured adj.

accustomed; hardened

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Invective

n insulting or abusive speech

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Invective n.

abuse

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Inveigh

to attack verbally denounce deprecate

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Involute

complex

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Irate

angry

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Irksome

tiresome

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Itinerate

to travel from place to place to peregrinate

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Labyrinth

n a maze ; something like a maze maze

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Lackluster

(of eyes) dull

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Lampoon

v to satirize ; to mock ; to parody

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Latent

a present but not visible or apparent ; potential

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Laudatory

expressing or giving praise

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Lavish

giving or producing freely liberally or generously

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Legacy

n something handed down from the past ; a bequest

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Lithe

bending twisting

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Loll

rest to sit or stand in a lazy way hang (dog's tongue)

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Lope

move along with long strides

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Lull

become quiet or less active

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Luminary

star light-giving body

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Macerate

make or become soft by soaking in water

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Maladroit

tactless clumsy

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Mendicant

n a beggar beggar

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Mentor

n a teacher tutor counselor or coach ; especially in business an experienced person who shows an inexperienced person the ropes teacher tutor

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Mercenary

n a hired soldier ; someone who will do anything for money

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Mettlesome

courageous high-spirited

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Minuscule

a very tiny

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Mischievous

harmful causing mischief

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Morbid

diseased unhealthy (e.g.. about ideas)

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Moribund

a dying

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Morose

a gloomy ; sullen gloomy sullen

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Mulct

to deprive (someone) of something, as by fraud, extortion, etc.

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Neologism

n a new word or phrase ; a new usage of a word

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Nominal

a in name only ; insignificant ; A-OK during rocket launches

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Nostrum

a quack remedy an untested cure

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Nuance

n a subtle difference or distinction

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Obfuscate

v to darken ; to confuse ; to make confusing

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Obtain

to be established accepted or customary

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Odium

contempt dislike aversion

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Odor

smell favor reputation

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Offhand

Without preparation or forethought

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Opprobrious

showing scorn or reproach

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Orthodox

a conventional ; adhering to established principles or doctrines especially in religion ; by the book

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Oscillate

vibrate; waver

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Palatial

magnificent

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Palpable

a capable of being touched ; obvious ; tangible

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Paltry

a insignificant ; worthless

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Panegyric

formal praise eulogy

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Parenthesis

sentence within another one something separated

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Parley

negotiation

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Pathology

n the science of diseases

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Pensive

a thoughtful and sad

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Penury

severe poverty; stinginess

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Pernicious

a deadly ; extremely evil ; deadly

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Perturb

v to disturb greatly

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Petrify

to make hard rocklike

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Petulant

a rude ; cranky ; ill-tempered cranky rude

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Pilferer

to steal, especially in small quantities

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Plaque

flat metal on a wall as a memorial

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Plasticity

ability to be molded

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Plebeian

n common ; vulgar ; low class ; bourgeois ; vulgar

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Plethora

n an excess

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Poncho

large piece of cloth

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Ponderous

a so large as to be clumsy ; massive ; dull massive dull

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Poseur

a person who attempts to impress by acting unlike himself

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Precipitate

v to cause to happen abruptly

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Preclude

v to prevent something from ever happening

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Predominate

have more power than others

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Premature

doing or happening something before the right time

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Prepossess

v to preoccupy ; to influence beforehand or prejudice ; to make a good impression on beforehand

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Presage

warning sign

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Prevail

v to triumph ; to overcome rivals ; with on upon or with to persuade ;

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Problemati

doubtful; unsettled; questionable; perplexing

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Proficient

a thoroughly competent; skillful; very good at something at in n expert

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Propitious

a marked by favorable signs or conditions

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Proscribe

v to outlaw; to prohibit ;

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Pry

get something inquire too curiously

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Puissance

strength

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Pungent

stinging; sharp in taste or smell; caustic

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Quell

suppress subdue

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Reactionary

opposing progress

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Rebus

puzzle in which pictures stand for words

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Recompense

make payment to reward punish

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Recreancy

cowardice a cowardly giving up

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Redundant

a unnecessarily repetitive; excessive; excessively wordy

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Refute

v to prove to be false; to disprove

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Regicide

crime of killing a king

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Rejuvenation

becoming young in nature or appearance

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Relegate

v to banish; to send away

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Repercussion

n a consequence; an indirect effect

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Replenish

v to fill again; to resupply; to restore

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Reprobate

person hardened in sin; devoid of a sense of decency

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Repudiate

v to reject; to renounce; to disown to have nothing to do with

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Resolution

Determination

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Resolve

determination; firmness of purpose

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Resort

to frequently visit

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Riddle

puzzling person or thing

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Rigorous

a strict; harsh; severe ;

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Rogue

n a criminally dishonest persons; a scoundrel ;

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Rotund

rich and deep plump and round

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Rumple

make rough

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Sanction

approve (by authority); ratify; penalty

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Scalding

hot enough to boil

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Scent

smell (especially pleasant)

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Scurvy

mean contemptible

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Sermon

reproving a person for his faults

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Serrated

having a toothed edge

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Shun

keep away from avoid

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Simper

(give a) silly/self-conscious smile

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Slake

to assuage to satisfy allay

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Sloth

laziness; sluggishness

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Sluggard

lazy slow-moving person

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Smolder

burn slowly without flame

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Snub

treat with contempt

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Soar

rise fly high

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Splice

join (two ends)

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Spurn

have nothing to do reject or refuse

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Squander

to waste

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Stigma

token of disgrace; brand

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Stipple

paint with dots

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Stipulate

to require something as part of an agreement

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Stratum

a layer; a level layer level

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Stray

wander lose one's way

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Streak

long thin move very fast

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Striated

marked with parallel bands; grooved

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Stricture

a restriction; a limitation; a negative criticism ;

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Stringent

strict; restrictive

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Subdue

overcome bring under control

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Subjugate

to subdue and dominate; to enslave

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Suborn

induce by bribery or something to commit perjury

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Subsume

include under a rule

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Subversive

corrupting; overthrowing; undermining; insurgent

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Succumb

to yield or submit; to die ;

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Supercilious

haughty; patronizing

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Supersede

cause to be set aside; replace; make obsolete

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Supposition

hypothesis; surmise

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Suppress

prevent from being known put an end to

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Susceptibility

sensitiveness

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Swerve

change direction suddenly

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Synopsis

summary or outline

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Talon

claw of a bird of prey

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Tamper

interfere with

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Tangible

touchable; palpable touchable palpable

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Temperate

mild; moderate; restrained mild

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Tepid

lukewarm

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Tonic

something giving strength or energy

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Torque

twisting force causing rotation

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Touchstone

a standard; a test of authenticity or quality

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Transgression

violation of a law; sin

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Transitory

brief

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Travesty

parody/imitation

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Truculence

aggressiveness; ferocity

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Trudge

walk heavily

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Ubiquitous

being everywhere at the same time

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Unconscionable

not controlled by conscience; unscrupulous

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Underbid

make a lower bid then somebody else

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Undulate

to move in wavelike fashion fluctuate

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Uniform

consistent; unchanging; the same for everyone consistent unchanging

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Vacuity

idleness

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Vagary

strange act or idea

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Vain

without use result conceited

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Veneration

regard with deep respect

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Vernacular

everyday speech; slang; idiom

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Verve

spirit vigor enthusiasm

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Vestige

a remaining bit of something; a last trace

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Vicissitude

upheaval; natural cange; change in fortune ;

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Vocation

an occupation; a job ;

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Vociferous

loud; noisy

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Volatile

quick to evaporate; highly unstable; explosive

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Wanton

malicious; unjustifiable; unprovoked

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Warrant

authority written order guarantee

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Wile

a trick

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Wince

show bodily or mental pain

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Wistful

yearning; sadly longing

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Yarn

tale story fibers for knitting

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Zealous

enthusiastically devoted to something; fervent