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cabal

small secret group

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cadaverous

Pale. Ghastly. Corpselike

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cadence

rhythm, beat

5

caesura

Pause

6

Jacole

to coax, pursuade

7

cache

hiding place

8

calumnny

a false accusation, slander

9

callow

young and inexperienced

10

canard

a false story

11

cant

insincere statement

12

canter

smooth, easy pace

13

capricious

erratic, impulsive

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capacious

spacious, roomy

15

captious

hard to please

16

careen

to swerve

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carouse

to engage in a noisy, drunken party

18

carnal

sensual

19

carp

to complain

20

carrion

decaying flesh

21

castigate

to punish

22

catholic

universale, wide-ranging

23

cavalcade

a procession, sequence of events

24

cavil

to argue

25

cavort

to leap, frolic

26

celerity

speed

27

centrifugal

moving away from center

28

certitude

certain

29

chafe

to irritate

30

charlatan

a fake

31

charnel

cemetery

32

chattel

slave

33

cherub

angel, innocent person

34

chicanery

trickery

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chimerical

imaginary

36

choleric

easily angered

37

churlish

rude

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cipher

thing of no value

39

circuitous

roundabout

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cloistered

secluded

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clout

power, influence

42

cloven

divided

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cogent

convincing

44

cogitate

to think

45

cognate

related

46

compendium

brief summary

47

compunction

remorse

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concilate

to soothe the anger of

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concomitant

accompanying, attending

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concord

agreement

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condign

deserved

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conflagration

large destructive fire

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confluent

merging, flowing together

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congeal

to freeze solid

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congenital

existing at birth

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connivance

conspiracy

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convalesce

to recover from an illness

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contumely

rudeness

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contumacious

disobedient

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contrite

sorrowful

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carapace

shell

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contretemps

an embarrasing occurrence

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contemptuous

scornful

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consternation

sudden confusion, panic

65

connote

to suggest or imply

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connubial

pertaining to marriage

67

consanquinity

close relationship, usually by blood

68

conversant

being familiar with

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conveyance

a vehicle

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convivial

sociable, friendly

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coquetry

flirtation

72

corporeal

pertaining to the body

73

corrugate

wrinkled, ridged

74

cortege

funeral procession

75

coterie

close circle of friends

76

countenace

to permit, tolerate

77

countermand

to cancel an order

78

craven

cowardly

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credulity

gullibility

80

crestfallen

dejected, humbled

81

crotchety

grouchy, eccentric

82

crony

close friend

83

crucible

severe test

84

crux

the essential part

85

cudgel

club, thick stick

86

cull

to select

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culpable

blameworthy

88

cozen

to trick

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cursory

superficial, hasty

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cynosure

center of attention

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dais

platform

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dale

valley

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dank

chilly and wet

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dappled

spotted

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daub

to smear, cover over with paint

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daunt

to discourage

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dearth

a scarcity

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debauch

to corrupt

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debonair

pleasant, courteous

100

decadence

moral deterioration

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decant

to pour off (a liquid)

102

deciduous

not permanent

103

declaim

to speak dramatically

104

deference

respect

105

deft

skillful

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delineate

to describe

107

deluge

a flood, rush

108

deem

to think, judge

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defalcate

to misuse funds

110

demur

to object

111

demure

shy

112

denouement

outcome, result

113

deplore

to regret

114

deprecate

to disapprove of

115

deride

to ridicule

116

derision

ridicule

117

descry

to discover

118

dialectic

logical discussion

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diaphanous

transparent

120

diatribe

bitter criticism

121

dicker

to bargain

122

dictum

positive statement

123

diffident

shy, modest

124

dilatory

slow or late in doing things

125

dint

power, force

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dipsomaniac

drunkard

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discomfiture

frustration, confusion

128

disconsolate

without hope

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discountenance

to disapprove of

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disinter

to uncover, dig up

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dissolute

immoral, unrestrained

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distend

to expand, swell

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dither

nervously eccited or confused

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divers

several

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divest

to deprive

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docile

obedient

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doff

to throw off or away

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doggedly

stubbornly

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dogmatic

having a definite opinion , authoritative

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dolorous

mournful, sad

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dolt

a dull, stupid person

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domicile

home, residence

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donnybrook

rough, rowdy fight

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dissemble

to conceal, pretend

145

dour

gloomy

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doughty

courageous, worthy

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dossier

complete group of documents containing detailed information

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doyen

senior or eldest member

149

dregs

leftover

150

drivel

childish nonsense, stupid talk

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droll

amusing in an odd way

152

dudgeon

anger, resentment

153

dyspepsia

poor digestion

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ebullient

enthusiastic

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eclat

brilliance, fame

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edify

to improve someone morally, to instruct

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educe

to draw or bring out

158

effectual

effective

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effervescent

bubbly, spirited

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effete

worn out, barren

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effigy

a likeness, an image

162

effrontery

shameful boldness

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effulgent

shining forth brilliantly

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effusion

a pouring out, uncontrolled display of emotion

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egress

exit (noun and verb)

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elucidate

to make clear

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elysian

bissful, heavenly

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embroil

to complicate

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emendation

correction

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emetic

causing vomiting

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emissary

one sent on a special mission

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emolient

something that soothes or softens

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emolument

profit, gain

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emulous

jealous, envious

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encomium

an expression of high praise

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enigmatic

mysterious, muzzling

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enmity

histility, hatred

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ennui

boredom

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enormity

outragous and immoral act

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enrapture

to delight beyong measure

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ensaconce

to hide, conceal

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entreaty

a request, plea

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environs

surroundings

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envisage

to imagine, form mental picture

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ephemeral

temporary, short lived

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enervate

to weaken

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ersatz

artificial, inferior substitute

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escarpment

steep cliff

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espouse

to support

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essay

to try, attempt

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estival

pertaining to summer

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ethereal

spiritual, airy

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evanescent

temporary, fleeting

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eventuate

to result, happen finally

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evince

to show clearly

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exacerbate

to aggravate, make more violent

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exasperate

to irritate, annoy extremely

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excise

a tax OR to cut out or off

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excoriate

to scrape the skin off OR to criticize sharply

200

exculpate

to free from blame

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exhort

to warn

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exigent

urgent, critical

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exiguous

scanty, small in quantity

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exodus

departure

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exorbitant

excessive, unreasonable

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expatiate

to enlarge upon, speak or write at length

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explicate

explain in detail, make clear

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expound

to explain, interpret

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expurgate

remove offensive passages, cleanse

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extant

still in existence

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extemporaneous

offhand, done without preparation

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extenuating

less serious

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extirpate

to destroy

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extort

to obtain by force

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extricate

to set free, disentangle

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exult

to rejoice

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facetious

joking, sarcastic

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facsimile

an exact copy

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factitious

artificial

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factotum

an employee who can do all kings of work

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faculty

power, ability, skill

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fallow

inactive, unproductive

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farcical

absurd, ridiculous

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fastidious

hard to please

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fatalistic

believing that all things in life are inevitable

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fatuous

foolish

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fauna

animals of a certain area

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fealty

loyalty, devotionfebrile

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felonious

treacherous, base

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ferment

state of agitation or excitement

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ferret

to search or drive out

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ferbent

eager, earnest

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fervid

very emotional

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flippant

treating serious matters lightly

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fete

to honor, entertain

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fetid

foul smelling

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fetter

to confine, put into chains

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fiat

official order

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firebrand

one who stirs up a revolution

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firmament

sky, heavens

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fitful

irregular

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flagellate

to whip

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flair

a natural talent

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flay

to criticize critically

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flout

to mock, ridicule

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foible

a weakness, minor fauly

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foil

prevent a plan OR person who makes another person seem better

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foist

to pass of merchandize which is inferior

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folderol

nonsense

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folly

a foolish action

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forment

to stir up, instigate

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fop

an excessively vain man

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foray

a sudden attack

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forbearance

patience, restraint

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foreboding

a warning, omen

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forte

strong point

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fracas

a loud quarrel

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fractious

irritable, stubborn

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frenetic

frantic, wild

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frowzy

dirty, unkempt

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fugacious

pertaining to the passing of time

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fulminate

to explode, denounce

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fulsome

disgusting

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furtive

stealthy, secretive

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gadfly

a person who annoys others

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gaff

a hook

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gainsay

to deny, contradict

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gait

manner of walking

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gall

bitterness

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gallant

polite, noble

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galvanize

to stimulate, startle into sudden activity

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gambol

to frolic

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gamut

the whole range

274

garble

to distort

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garish

tastelessly gaudy

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garrulous

talkative

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gauche

awkward, tactless

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gelid

very cold

279

gentry

upper class people

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genuflect

to kneel

281

germane

relevant, fitting

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gerontology

the study of older people and their problems

283

give

to scoff, ridicule

284

gird

to encircle

285

glib

fluent, smooth

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goad

to encourage, spur on

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goassamer

light, flimsy

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gregarious

sociable, friendly

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guile

deceit

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guileless

sincere

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gull

to trick, deceive

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gumption

courage and initiative

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hackneyed

trite, commonplace, overused

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halycon

calm

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hale

healthy

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harangue

long speech

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harbinger

an omen or sign

298

harlequin

a clown

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harpy

a greedy person, a nagging woman

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harry

to worry, torment

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haughty

snobbish

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headlong

recklessly, impulsively

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hegira

flight, escape

304

hermetic

airtight

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hobglobin

something that causes fear

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hogwash

meaningless or insincere talk

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heedless

careless

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husbandry

science of rasing crops

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iconoclast

a rebel, one who breaks tradition

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ignoble

dishonorable

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ignominious

shameful, disgraceful

312

ignoramus

a stupid person

313

ilk

type, sort, king

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imbibe

to drink

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imbroglio

a difficult or confusing situation

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imbue

to fill completely, penetrate

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imperious

domineering

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impertinent

rude, disrespectful

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impertrurbable

steady, calm

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impetuous

impulsive

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empetus

a stimulus, moving force

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impinge

to strike, collide

323

implacable

unbending

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importune

to persistently ask, beg

325

impotent

powerless

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imprecation

a curse

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impregnable

unconquerable

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improvident

wasteful

329

impudent

disrespectiful

330

impugn

to attack a person with words

331

impute

to accuse a person of some wrongdoing

332

inane

silly, meaningless

333

inchoate

at an early stage, just beginning

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incipient

beginning to exist or appear

335

incite

to urge to action

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incorrigible

bad beyond correction

337

incredulous

skeptical

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inculcate

to teach earnestly

339

incumbent

resting or lying down

340

incur

to bring upon oneself

341

incursion

a raid, invasion

342

indefatigable

incapable of being tired out

343

indelible

cant be erased

344

endemnigy

to insure, repay

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indigent

extremely poor

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indignant

angrasy as a result of unjust treatment

347

indolent

lazy

348

ineffable

not able to be descrived

349

ineluctable

inevitable, inescapable

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inexorable

unyielding

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infernal

hellish

352

infidel

unbeliever

353

ingrate

ungrateful person

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ingratiate

work ones way into another's favor

355

inimical

harmful, unfriendly

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iniquity

wickedness

357

insidious

treacherous

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insolent

boldly disrespectful

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insouciant

carefree

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inter

to bury

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interdict

to prohibit

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interlocutor

one who takes part in a conversation

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intransigent

stubbornly

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intrepid

fearless

365

inundate

to flood

366

inured

accustomed too

367

invective

strong verbal abuse

368

enveight

to make a better verbal attack

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inveigle

to trick, lure

370

invidious

causing resentment, offensive

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irascible

easily angered

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irresolute

indecisive

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irreverent

disrespectful

374

jaundiced

pertaining to yellow skin OR prejudiced

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jaunt

short trip

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jaunty

carefree, confident

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jilt

to reject, cast off

378

jingoism

extreme patriotism

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jocose

joking

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jocular

humorous

381

junket

a pleasure trip, excursion

382

ken

range of knowledge

383

kismet

destiny, fate

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knave

a tricky, deceitful person

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lachrymose

tearful

386

laconic

using few words, concise

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laggard

a slow person, one who falls behind

388

lampoon

a sharp, often harmful satire

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languish

to become weak or feeble

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largess

gifts that have been given generously

391

lascivious

lustful or lewd

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lassitude

a feeling of weakness and weariness

393

laudable

praiseworthy

394

lave

to wash or bathe

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legerdemain

sleight of hand, deception

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leviathan

anything vast or huge

397

libel

a false statement in written form

398

libertine

one who leads an immoral life

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licentious

lawless, immoral

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lilliputian

tiny, narrow minded

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lineaments

facial features

402

lissome

agile, moving gracefully

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listless

indifferent, feeling no interest

404

lithe

graceful

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loath

reluctant, unwilling

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loathe

to hate or feel disgust

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loll

to lean or lounge apart

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lope

to move along with a swinging walk

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lot

fate

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lout

an awkward, stupid person

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lugubrious

sad, mournful

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lurid

shocking, glowing, sensational

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macabre

horrible, gruesome

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machination

evil design

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maelstrom

whirlpool

416

magnanimous

generous

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magnate

important person in any field

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malediction

curse

419

malfeasance

wrongdoing

420

malign

to speak badly of

421

malingerer

one who pretends to be sick to avoid work

422

maladroit

clumsy, unskillful

423

malaise

discomfort, uneasiness

424

malapropism

word humorously misused

425

malcontent

one who is dissatisfied

426

mandarin

influential person

427

maraud

to raid, plunder

428

marquee

rooflike shelter, projecting above an outer door

429

martinet

a strict disciplinarian

430

masticate

to chew

431

matric

a place of origin

432

maudlin

excessibely sentimental

433

mellifluous

smoothly flowing, sweet-sounding

434

megade

household

435

menagerie

collection of wild or strange animals

436

mendacious

lying, false

437

mendicant

a beggar

438

menial

low, degrading

439

mercurial

changeable, fickle, erratice

440

meretricious

gaudy, showy

441

mete

to distribute in portions

442

meteoric

momentarily dazzling, swift

443

mettle

courage, spirit

444

miasma

pollution

445

mien

manner, bearing

446

milieu

environment, setting

447

minutiae

insignificant details, trivia

448

mire

to involve in difficulties OR wet swampy ground

449

mirth

joy, amusement, laughter

450

misanthrope

hater of mankind

451

miscegnation

mixture of races, especially through marriage

452

missive

letter

453

modicum

a small amount

454

moot

doubtful, debatable

455

moratorium

delay, postponement

456

mordant

sarcastic, biting

457

moribund

dying

458

morose

gloomy, ill humored

459

mottled

spotted, blotched

460

mountebank

a phont, fraud

461

munificent

generous

462

myopic

nearsighted, having a limited point of view

463

myrmidon

an unquestioning follower

464

nabob

a very wealthy or powerful person

465

nadir

lowest point

466

nascent

coming into being, being born

467

natation

the act or art of swimming

468

nebulous

hazy, vague, uncertain

469

nepotism

favoritism shown toward relatives

470

nettle

to irritate, annoy

471

nomenclature

a set of names or terms

472

nonage

a period of immaturity

473

nonpareil

unequaled, unrivaled

474

nonplus

to confuse, perplex

475

nostrum

quack medicine, supposed cure-all

476

nexus

connection, tie among the units of a group

477

nicety

delicacy, subtlety

478

niggle

to spend excessive time on unimportant details

479

nihilism

total rejection of established laws

480

nubile

suitable for marriage in age and physical development

481

nnugatory

worthless, invalid

482

obdurate

stubborn, hard hearted

483

obeisance

a bow or gesture expressing deep respect

484

obfuscate

to confuse, perplex

485

oblation

an offering for religious or charitable purposes

486

oblique

slanted, indirect

487

obloquy

strong disapprobal, bad reputation resulting from public criticism

488

obscurant

person who tries to prevent the spread of knowledge

489

obsequious

excessively submissive

490

obstinate

stubborn

491

obstreperous

boisterous, unruly

492

obviate

to prevent

493

occidental

western, opposite of oriental

494

offal

garbage, waste parts

495

onerus

burdensome, heavy

496

onus

a burden, responsibility

497

opprobrious

shameful, disgraceful

498

orifice

mouth, opening

499

Execrate

to curse