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insouciance

casual lack of concern; indifference

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precarious

not securely held or in position; dangerously likely to fall or collapse

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lithe

thin, supple, and graceful

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dowdy

unfashionable and without style in appearance

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cacophony

a harsh, discordant mixture of sounds

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fervent

having or displaying a passionate intensity

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squander

waste (something, especially money or time) in a reckless and foolish manner

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terse

sparing in the use of words; abrupt

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purport

appear or claim to be or do something, especially falsely; profess

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adversarial

involving or characterized by conflict or opposition

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incongruous

not in harmony or keeping with the surroundings or other aspects of something

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supplant

supersede and replace

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dramatize

adapt (a novel) or present (a particular incident) as a play or movie

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finagle

obtain (something) by devious or dishonest means

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winnow

blow a current of air through (grain) in order to remove the chaff

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overhaul

take apart (a piece of machinery or equipment) in order to examine it and repair it if necessary

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heresy

opinion or doctrine at variance with the orthodox or accepted doctrine, especially of a church or religious system

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pious

having or showing a dutiful spirit of reverence for God or an earnest wish to fulfill religious obligations

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deter

to discourage or restrain from acting or proceeding

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relegate

to send or consign to an inferior position, place, or condition

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venerable

commanding respect because of great age or impressive dignity; worthy of veneration or reverence, as because of high office or noble character

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enervating

causing one to feel drained of energy or vitality

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salutary

producing good effects; beneficial

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innocuous

not harmful or offensive

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voluminous

occupying or containing much space; large in volume, in particular

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ardent

enthusiastic or passionate

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adversity

adverse or unfavorable fortune or fate; a condition marked by misfortune, calamity, or distress

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whimsy

capricious humor or disposition; extravagant, fanciful, or excessively playful expression

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gravitas

seriousness or sobriety, as of conduct or speech; depth

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animosity

strong hostility

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consecrate

to make or declare sacred; set apart or dedicate to the service of a deity

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callow

inexperienced and immature

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virile

having strength, energy, and a strong sex drive

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pristine

in its original condition; unspoiled

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timorous

showing or suffering from nervousness, fear, or a lack of confidence

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Inadvertent

Not resulting from or achieved through deliberate planning

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Supercilious

Behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others
Arrogant

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Bane

A cause of great distress or annoyance

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Exacerbate

Make (a problem, bad situation, or negative feeling) worse

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Viscous

Having a thick, sticky consistency between solid and liquid; having a high viscosity

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Superfluous

Unnecessary, especially through being more than enough

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Confound

Cause surprise or confusion in (someone), especially by acting against their expectations

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Reproach

Address (someone) in such a way as to express disapproval or disappointment

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Ensconce

Establish or settle in a comfortable, safe, or secret place

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Ardent

Enthusiastic or passionate

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Tedious

Too long, slow, or dull; tiresome of monotonous

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Placate

Make (someone) less angry or hostile

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Doleful

Expressing sorrow; mournful

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Paltry

Small or meager

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Indubitable

Impossible to doubt; unquestionable