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affable

(adj.) courteous and pleasant, sociable, easy to speak to

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syn- genial, amicable, cordial
ant- surly, cantankerous, dour, inhospitable

affable

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aggrandize

(v.) to increase in greatness, power, or wealth; to build up or intensify; to make appear greater

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syn- augment, amplify, enhance, exalt
ant- reduce, decrease, diminish

aggrandize

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amorphous

(adj.) shapeless, without definite form; of no particular type or character; without organization, unity, or cohesion

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syn- formless, unstructured, inchoate
ant- definite, well-defined, clear-cut

amorphous

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archetype

(n.) an original model on which something was patterned or replicated; the ideal example of a particular type of person or thing

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syn- model, prototype, epitome

archetype

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aura

(n.) that which surrounds (as an atmosphere); a distinctive air or personal quality

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syn- ambience, atmosphere

aura

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contraband

(n.) illegal traffic, smuggled goods
(adj.) illegal, prohibited

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syn- (adj.) bootleg, unlawful
ant- (adj.) legal, lawful, licit

contraband

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erudite

(adj.) scholarly, learned, bookish, pendantic

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syn- profoundly, educated, well-read
ant- ignorant, uneducated, illiterate

erudite

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gossamer

(adj.) thin, light, delicate, insubstantial
((n.) a very thin, light cloth

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syn- (adj.) filmy, diapahnous, sheer, airy, feathery, gauzy
ant- (adj.) dense, solid, massive

gossamer

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inscrutable

(adj.) incapable of being understood; impossible to see through physically

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syn- impenetrable, incomprehensible, enigmatic
ant- comprehensible, intelligible, penetrable

inscrutable

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insular

(adj.) relating to, characteristic of, or situated on an island; narrow or isolated in outlook or experience

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syn- narrow-minded, parochial, provincial
ant- catholic, cosmopolitan, liberal

insular

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irrevocable

(adj.) incapable of being changed or called back

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syn- unrecallable, unalterable
ant- reversible, changeable

irrevocable

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propensity

(n.) a natural inclination or predilection toward

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syn- natural bent, proclivity, penchant
ant- natural incapacity or incability

propensity

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querulous

(adj.) peevish, complaining, fretful

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syn- petulant, irritable
ant- uncomplaining, stoical

querulous

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remonstrate

(v.) to argue with someone against something, protest against

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syn- reason against, expostulate

remonstrate

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repudiate

(v.) to disown, reject, or deny the validity of

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syn- disavow, renounce
ant- avow, affirm, aver

repudiate

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resilient

(adj.) able to return to an original shape or form; able to recover quickly

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syn- springy, elastic
ant- rigid, stiff, inflexible

resilient

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reverberate

(v.) to re-echo, resound; to reflect or be reflected repeatedly

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syn- rumble, thunder, boom, echo

reverberate

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scurrilous

(adj.) coarsely abusive, vulgar or low (especially in language), foul-mouthed

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syn- obscene, filthy, abusive, vituperative
ant- decorous, seemly, tasteful, dignified

scurrilous

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sedulous

(adj.) persistent, showing industry and determination

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syn- assidious, indefatigable
ant- indolent, listless

sedulous

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sleazy

(adj.) thin or flimsy in texture; cheap; shoddy or inferior in quality or character; ethically low, mean, or disreputable

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syn- inferior, cheesy
ant- superior, first-rate

sleazy