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PROSCRIBE
prescribe
inscribe
describe

prohibit

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EMINENT
imminent

famous
urgent
eminem is eminent
the immigrants issue is imminent

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imply
INFER

throw the meaning
catch the meaning

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insolent
indolent

arrogant, insubordinate, contemptuous
lazy, idle, languid, torpid, lethargic

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ELLIPSIS
ELLIPSE
ELICIT
eclipse

omission (series of dots), sudden leaping from one topic to another
oval
engender, evoke, trigger, prompt (feelings or result)
overlapping of the sun or the moon with the earth

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de facto
de jure

in fact, actually
by the law

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mollify
nullify

appease, assuage, temper
annul, quash, rescind, abrogate, abate, strike down, vacate

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PERPETRATE
PERPETUATE
PERMEATE

Bring off, carry off, put through, pull off
perpetrate a crime/ robbery
Cause something bad to continue and last, condone*
fears about terrorists are being perpetuated by the media.

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PROTRACT
RETRACT

defer, elongate, extend, delay, draw out, outstretch

disavow, recunt, take back, draw back, pull back, withdraw

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PROMPT
verb and adjective

spawn, beget, invoke
quick, swift

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sanctimony
sacrosanct

hypocritical holiness

inviolable, most sacred and holy, immune from criticism and violation

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GRIT
GRIST

sand, gravel, mental toughness and firmness to fight against difficulties
PLUCK, SPUNK UP

grain for grinding, something turned to advantage or use
GRIST FOR ONES MILL

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PLUCK
verb and noun

pull sth (hair) to remove
remove sth forcibly and abruptly
PLUCK A KID FROM THE STREET
PLUCKED HIS NERVE UP TO QUESTION THAT.

courage and determination that makes you carry on sth despite difficulties
IT TAKES PLUCK TO DO STH LIKE WHAT SHE DID.

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OUTAGE
OUTRAGE

blackout

insult, injury, extreme anger, epithet, barb, dis, offense, brickbat

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CONSPICUOUS
INCONSPICUOUS

splashy, bodacious, catchy, emphatic, striking, grabby, commanding
CONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION

discreet, unobtrusive, unnoticeable

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ABSTRUSE
OBTRUSIVE

hard to understand, incomprehensible

annoyingly noticeable (behaviour or presence)

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HALLOWED
HOLLOW

holy, sacred, venerated
empty, void

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DISCRETE
DISCRETION
DISCREET

individual, separate and different from each other
individually distinct

right to make a decision, volition

unobtrusive, unnoticeable, unpretentious, preserving prudent silence

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PRICKLE
FRECKLE
FICKLE

stiff, sharp points that grow on some plants; slight, sharp feeling of an emotion
feel A PRICKLE OF EXCITEMENT/FEAR
make my skin PRICKLE OF HORROR
she PRICKLED AT the implementation that she had led a protected life.

small, brown spots on skin

capricious

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DISTENTION
DETENTION

swell, become larger and rounder because of pressure from inside

detainment, immurement, incarceration, imprisonment

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COMPEL
IMPEL
REPEL
DISPEL

force, drive to a course of action, urge, incite, propel
he COMPELLED me to dismiss the proposal. financial difficulties IMPELLED him to seek work.

resist (attack, water)
water REPELS oil. the coating REPELS rain. REPEL temptation/a suggestion.

disperse, cause to vanish, alleviate, make disappear
DISPEL the dense fog
DISPEL her fears

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SLANDER
SLENDER
PLUNDER
BLUNDER

oral defamation
thin
steal things from a place
mistake, error, infelicity

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Heal
Cure

restore to health
effect a cure

this wound can heal in a week.
this drug can cure the wound.