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1

Anomaly

abnormal - anomalous, aberrance, deviance, preternaturalness, aberration, deviation, abnormality, irregularity

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Equivocate

undecided/trying to deceive - equivocal, equivocation, ambiguous, evasive, waffling
He was trying to equivocate the employer to ensure that he would be hired.

3

Assuage

to make something unpleasant less severe - allay, comfort, lighten, pacify, propitiate, sweeten, alleviate, conciliate, mitigate, palliate, relieve, appease, ease, mollify, placate, sooth
She tried to assuage the baby, so that she could get some sleep.

4

Enigma

a puzzle - conundrum, perplexity

5

Erudite

scholarly - scholastic, learned, wise
The erudite professor gave a speech that was not surprisingly hard to understand.

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Fervid

passionate - fervor, burning, impassioned, vehement, zealous
She is a fervid enthusiast about swimming.

7

Lucid

easily understood - lucidity, clear, coherent, explicit, intelligible, limpid

8

Placate

calm - placid, appease, conciliate, mollify

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Precipitate

lacking deliberation - abrupt, hurried, impulsive, reckless, hasty, prompt, sudden, headlong, impetuous, rash
The precipitate marriage caused a lot of fighting between the couple.

10

Prodigal

wasteful - extravagant, lavish, profligate, spendthrift
The prodigal son spent all of his inheritance.

11

Zeal

passion - ardency, fervor, fire

12

Adulterate

spoil - doctor

13

Apathy

lack of interest or emotion - coolness, impassivity, lassitude, phlegm, unresponsiveness, disinterest, indifference, lethargy, stolidity, disregard, insensibility, listlesness, unconcern

14

Antipathy

dislike - animosity, aversion, repellence, animus, enmity, antagonism, hostility

15

Bolster

to support - brace, buttress, prop, sustain, underpin, uphold

16

Cacophony

harsh, jarring noise - chaos, clamor, discord, disharmony, din, noise

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Capricious

unpredictable - arbitrary, chance, erratic, mercurial, willful, fickle, random, changeable, inconstant, whimsical

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Corroborate

confirm - authenticate, back, buttress, validate, verify, substantiate

19

Deride

to mock - gibe, ridicule, taunt, jeer, scoff, sneer

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Dissonance

harsh and disagreeable combination - clash, dissension, friction, contention, dissent, strife, discord, dissidence, variance

21

Enervate

exhaust - debilitate, enfeeble, sap, weaken
Enervate the enemy.

22

Engender

create - beget, proliferate, generate, reproduce, procreate, spawn

23

Ephemeral

fleeting - evanescent, transient, momentary

24

Garrulous

talkative - glib, loquacious, voluble

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Ingenuous

innocent - artless, guileless, naive, simple, unaffected

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Laconic

concise - curt, taciturn, terse, pithy

27

Laud

to praise - acclaim, applaud, commend, compliment, exalt, extol, hail

28

Loquacious

talkative - effusive, garrulous, verbose

29

Misanthrope

cynic - egoist, hater, skeptic, doubter, egotist, loner, recluse

30

Obdurate

stubborn - inflexible, tenacious, intransigent, recalcitrant, unyielding

31

Ostentation

showiness - conspicuousness, flashiness, pretentiousness

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Pendant

someone who shows off learning

33

Philanthropic

unselfish - altruism, humanitarianism

34

Pragmatic

practical - rational, realistic

35

Prevaricate

to deviate from the truth - equivocate, lie, perjure

36

Vacillate

to sway physically, to be indecisive - dither, falter, fluctuate, oscillate, waver

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Venerate

worship - adore, honor, idolize, revere

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Volatile

capricious, erratic, fickle, inconsistent, inconstant, mercurial, temperamental