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Antiquated

Antiquated outdated; old fashioned

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Choleric

Choleric easily angered; irritable

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Diorama

Diorama 3D model of a scene;
dia - through, panorama - scene;
eg. mini movie set, architecture

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Fecund

Fecund fertile; fruitful
eg. a lush and fecund garden

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Inebriation

Inebriation drunkenness; intoxication;
eg. they were in an advanced state of inebriation

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Marshal

Marshal to gather together

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Parity

Parity equality esp. regarding status or pay;
par - equal
eg. parity of incomes

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Profound

Profound having deep meaning

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Servile

Servile overly submissive; groveling (face-downward, obedient/obsequious);
having excessive willingness to serve others;
eg. bowing his head in a servile manner

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Usurp

Usurp take someone's position (usually by force);
seize for use
eg. usurped the throne

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Apathetic

Apathetic indifferent; uninterested; lethargic

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Chronicler

Chronicler person who records historical information

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Dirge

Dirge mournful song; part of a funeral; burial hymn

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Felicitous

Felicitous apt; well chosen or suited to the circumstances;
eg. a felicitous nickname

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Ineffable

Ineffable cannot be expressed in words

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Marsupial

Marsupial pouched mammal (like a kangaroo)

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Parochial

Parochial narrow-minded; concerned only with local matters

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Profundity

Profundity great depth of knowledge or thought;
profound

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Skeptical

Skeptical doubting; not gullible

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Utilitarian

Utilitarian useful

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Apathy

Apathy lack of interest or emotion;
eg. widespread apathy among students

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Circuitous

Circuitous indirect

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Disapprobation

Disapprobation disapproval;
approbation - approval or praise

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Fervor

Fervor passion; enthusiasm;
intense and passionate feeling;
SYN: zeal

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Inept

Inept incompetent; unskilled; useless;
in - not; apt - suitable

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Martinet

Martinet person who believes in strict discipline

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Parody

Parody a mockery; imitation for ridicule; spoof

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Proletarian

Proletarian member of the working class

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Skirmish

Skirmish minor battle; fight; scrimmage
eg. reports of skirmishing along the border

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Utopian

Utopian a believer in an ideal world

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Apocryphal

Apocryphal of doubtful origin

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Circumlocution

Circumlocution using too many words; long-windedness

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Discern

Discern to distinguish one thing from another

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Fickle

Fickle unpredictable; whimsical; easily swayed

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Inertia

Inertia inactivity; lethargy

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Masochist

Masochist person who intentionally inflicts pain on himself

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Parry

Parry ward off; avoid

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Prolific

Prolific producing a lot

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Sluggard

Sluggard slow-moving; lethargic person

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Vacillate

Vacillate waver; hesitate;
eg. for a while i vacillated between engineering and architecture

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Appease

Appease pacify; soothe; calm down; make peace with

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Circumscribe

Circumscribe limit

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Discord

Discord disagreement

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Finesse

Finesse skill; intricate and refined delicacy;
eg. orchestral playing of great finesse

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Inevitable

Inevitable cannot be avoided

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Matriarchy

Matriarchy society governed by women

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Parsimonious

Parsimonious economical; frugal; thrifty; stingy;
unwilling to spend money or use resources;
eg. parsimonious tax payers

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Proponents

Proponents promoters; supporters

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Smelt

Smelt refine an ore

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Vacuous

Vacuous empty; silly; meaningless

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Apprehensive

Apprehensive worried; fearful;
anxious that something bad will happen

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Circumspect

Circumspect cautious; considering all sides;
wary and unwilling to take risks;
eg. the officials were circumspect in their statements

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Discordancy

Discordancy cacophony; harshness; jarring;
disagreeing; lack of harmony (in sounds)

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Fitful

Fitful not continuous; stopping and starting; sporadic
eg. a few hours of fitful sleep

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Inexorable

Inexorable relentless; impossible to stop or prevent;
eg. the seemingly inexorable march of new technology

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Maverick

Maverick a loner; independent-minded person;
nonconformist, free spirited

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Parsimony

Parsimony stinginess; frugality; cost-cutting

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Prosaic

Prosaic dull; boring; ordinary; lacking poetic beauty;
unromantic;
prose - ordinary language (no structure)

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Smorgasbord

Smorgasbord a Swedish buffet of cold dishes

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Vagrant

Vagrant wander about; person wandering without a home;
eg. vagrant homeless person

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Arable

Arable can be cultivated; farmable
eg. arable land

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Circumvent

Circumvent avoid

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Discrepancy

Discrepancy something which does not match up; inconsistency

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Flagrant

Flagrant clearly wrong; shockingly obvious;
eg. a flagrant error

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Inexpedient

Inexpedient not advisable; not expedient;
not suitable
expedient - promote desired object; suitable

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Meager

Meager in short supply; lacking in quality or quantity;
lacking fullness;
eg. meager salary; meager harvest

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Partisan

Partisan biased; one-sided; committed to one group

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Proscribe

Proscribe forbid

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Solace

Solace comfort for grief/sorrow;
to comfort, console
eg. the minister's visit was the dying man's only solace (n)

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Vapid

Vapid dull; uninspiring; nothing stimulating;
eg. a tuneful but vapid musical comedy

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Arbitrary

Arbitrary random; for no definite reason

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Clairvoyant

Clairvoyant (n) psychic; mystic;
a person who claims to have supernatural ability to predict future;
eg. you didn't tell me and I'm not clairvoyant (adj)

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Discriminate

Discriminate to make a clear distinction; see the difference

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Flamboyant

Flamboyant showy; ornate

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Infallible

Infallible perfect; flawless; cannot make mistakes;
in - not; fall ~flaws

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Meander

Meander wander from side to side

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Pathos

Pathos a quality evoking sadness or pity;
eg. the actor has a fine balance of pathos and comedy.

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Prosody

Prosody study of versification;
patterns of rhythm and sound in poetry

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Solicit

Solicit to ask for; seek

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Variegated

Variegated multicoloured; speckled;
eg. variegated autumn leaves

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Arcane

Arcane obscure; known only to a few people; mysterious;
eg. modern math and its arcane notations

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Clamor

Clamor shout; scream; racket
eg. the questions rose to a clamor

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Discursiveness

Discursiveness rambling; indirectness;
eg. students often write dull and discursive prose

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Flaunt

Flaunt show off; display in a showy manner

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Infamous

Infamous famous for something bad

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Mellow

Mellow soft; melodious; ripe

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Patron

Patron one who give support (usually financial)

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Prostration

Prostration 1. lying face down stretched out; 2. be overcome with extreme weakness
eg. prostration from heat

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Somnambulist

Somnambulist sleepwalker

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Vehemence

Vehemence violence; fervor; forcefulness; passion;
eg. speak with vehemence about research

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Archaic

Archaic ancient; outdated; old fashioned

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Clandestine

Clandestine secret; covert; stealthy; kept secrete or done secretly;
eg. their clandestine business meetings
clam - secretly

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Disdain

Disdain contempt; strong dislike;
feeling that someone is unworthy of consideration or respect;
eg. his lips curled in disdain

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Flippant

Flippant making jokes about serious matters;
eg. making flippant remarks in church

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Infer

Infer deduce; conclude

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Menagerie

Menagerie collection of wild animals in captivity for exhibition;
ménage - household

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Patronize

Patronize condescend to; behave in an arrogant manner towards

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Protagonist

Protagonist main character in film, book, play etc.

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Soothsayer

Soothsayer fortuneteller

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Vehement

Vehement forceful