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ameliorate

(v.) to improve, make better, correct a flaw or shortcoming

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syn- amend, better
ant- worsen, aggravate, exacerbate

ameliorate

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aplomb

(n.) poise, assurance, great self-confidence; perpendicularity

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syn- composure, self-possession, levelheadedness
ant- confusion, embarrassment, abashment

aplomb

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bombastic

(adj.) pompous or overblown in language; full of high-sounding words intended to conceal a lack of ideas

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syn- inflated, highfalutin, pretentious
ant- unadorned, simple, plain, austere

bombastic

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callow

(adj.) without experience; immature, not fully developed; lacking sophistication and poise; without feathers

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syn- green, raw, unfledged, inexperienced
ant- mature, grown-up, polished, sophisticated

callow

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drivel

(n.) saliva or mucus flowing from the mouth or nose; foolish, aimless talk or thinking; nonsense
(v.) to let saliva flow from the mouth; to utter nonsense or childish twaddle; to waste or fritter away foolishly

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syn- (n.) balderdash, tommyrot
ant- (v.) slaver

drivel

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epitome

(n.) a summary, condensed account; an instance that represents a larger reality

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syn- abstract, digest, archetype

epitome

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exhort

(v.) to urge strongly, advise earnestly

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syn- entreat, implore, adjure
ant- discourage, advise against, deprecate

exhort

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ex officio

(adj., adv.) by virtue or holding a certain office

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infringe

(v.) to violate, trespass, go beyond recognized bounds

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syn- enroach, impinge, intrude
ant- stay in bounds, comply

infringe

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ingratiate

(v.) to make oneself agreeable and thus gain favor or acceptance by others (sometimes used in a critical or derogatory sense)

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syn- cozy up to, curry favor with
ant- humiliate oneself

ingratiate

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interloper

(n.) one who moves in where he or she is not wanted or has no right to be, an intruder

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syn- trespasser, meddler, buttinsky

interloper

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intrinsic

(adj.) belonging to someone or something by its very nature, essential, inherent; originating in a bodily organ or part

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syn- immanent, organic
ant- extrinsic, external, outward

intrinsic

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inveigh

(v.) to make a violent attack in words, express strong disapproval

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syn- harangue, remonstrate
ant- acclaim, glorify, extol

inveigh

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lassitude

(n.) weariness of body or mind, lack of energy

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syn- fatigue, lethargy, torpor, languor
ant- energy, vitality, animation, liveliness

lassitude

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millennium

(n.) a period of one thousand years; a period of great joy

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syn- chiliad, golden age
ant- doomsday

millennium

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occult

(adj.) secret, hidden from view; not detectable by ordinary means; mysterious, magical, uncanny
(v.) to hide, cover up; eclipse
(n.) matters involving the supernatural