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Perfidy

Behaviour that is not loyal

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Irascible

Irritable, easily angered

-he is an irascible and difficult man

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Pioneering

Using ideas and methods that have never been used before

- a pioneering surgeon
-pioneering techniques

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Dampen

To make something less strong or active, to check

-nothing seems to dampen his perpetual enthusiasm

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Despair

The feeling that there is no hope and you can do nothing to make it better

- they are in the depth of despair over/about the money they've lost

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Exalt

To think or speak very highly of, acclaim, glorify

To raise to higher rank

-the party will continue to exalt their hero

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Acknowledge

To express gratitude

- Doran stuck his head out of the window to acknowledge the cheering

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Concede

To admit, to acknowledge

- he finally conceded that she was right

To grand as right or privilege

- to concede a longer vacation for all employees

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Suppress

to forcibly put an end to

To prevent the development of; restrain

-the raising was savagely suppressed
-she couldn't suppress a rising panic

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Shrewd

Sharp in practical matters

- a shrewd politician makes smart decisions

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Analogous

Comparable

-they saw the relationship between a ruler and his subjects as analogous to that of father and children

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Inadvertent

Unintentional

-an inadvertent administrative error occurred that resulted in an overpayment

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Diffidence

Modesty, lack of self-confidence

-I say this with some diffidence because I don't have enough evidence

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Solitude

The situation of being alone without other people

-after months of solitude at sea it felt strange to be in company

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Pedestrian

Not interesting or unusual

- his style is so pedestrian that the book becomes a real bore

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Cordial

Warm and friendly

Strongly felt, intense

- the atmosphere was cordial and relaxed
- I earned his cordial loathing

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Inductive

Using a particular set of facts or ideas to form a general principle

-inductive reasoning

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Perfunctory

Done quickly, without taking care or interest

-his smile was perfunctory

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Elliptical

Having an oval shape

(Of a style of speaking or writing) tending to be ambiguous

- an elliptical prose that is difficult to understand

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Immutable

Unchanging over time or unable to be changed

- an immutable fact

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Buck

to oppose or resist

- he wants to be the tough rebel who bucks the system

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Convivial

Friendly, enjoyable

- the cocktail party was convivial and the host was convivial

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Scrutinise

To examine or inspect closely and thoroughly

-customers were warned to scrutinise the small print

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Accord

To give something (as special treatment) to someone or something

A formal or official agreement

- such an approach accords with the principles of socialist ideology

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Utilitarian

Designed to be useful rather than decorative

-like many factories, it's a very ugly utilitarian building

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Fecund

Highly fertile

Producing many new ideas

-her fecund imagination

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Perpetuate

To keep alive, keep going ; preserve,not make something counties indefinitely

- the confusion was perpetuated through inadvertence

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Proprietary

Relating to an owner or ownership

-the company has a proprietary right to the property

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Sift

To examine something thoroughly so as to isolate that which is most important

- until we sift the evidence ourselves, we can't comment objectively

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Maintain

To assert, declare

- he maintained that the country was going downhill