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abet

to aid, help, encourage

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abjure

to reject, renounce

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abrogate

to abolish, usually by authority

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absolution

freedom from blame, guilt, sin

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accost

to confront verbally

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accretion

slow growth in size or amount

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adamant

impervious, immovable, unyielding

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adumbrate

to sketch out in a vague way

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affront

an insult

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agnostic

believing that the existence of God cannot be proven or disproven

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alias

a false name or identity

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allay

to soothe, ease

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allege

to assert, usually without proof

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altercation

a dispute, fight

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amenity

an item that increases comfort

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analgesic

something that reduces pain

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anathema

a cursed, detested person

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antecedent

something that came before

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apocryphal

fictitious, false, wrong

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approbation

praise

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arbitrary

based on factors that appear random

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arcane

obscure, secret, known only by a few

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arrogate

to take without justification

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aspersion

a curse, expression of ill-will

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atone

to repent, make amends

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avarice

excessive greed

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balk

to stop, block abruptly

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bane

a burden

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bard

a poet, often a singer as well

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bereft

devoid of, without

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beseech

to beg, plead, implore

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bilk

cheat, defraud

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blandish

to coax by using flattery

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boon

a gift or blessing

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brazen

excessively bold, brash

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buffet

to strike with force

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calibrate

to set, standardize

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callous

harsh, cold, unfeeling

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calumny

an attempt to spoil someone else's reputation by spreading lies

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canny

shrewd, careful

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capacious

very spacious

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capitulate

to surrender

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carp

to annoy, pester

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caucus

a meeting usually held by people working toward the same goal

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circumspect

cautious

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cleave

to divide into parts; to stick together firmly

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coalesce

to fuse into a whole

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cobbler

a person who makes or repairs shoes

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cogent

intellectually convincing

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collateral

secondary

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collusion

secret agreement, conspiracy

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commensurate

corresponding in size or amount

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commodious

roomy

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complacency

self-satisfied ignorance of danger

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complicit

being an accomplicr in a wrongful act

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compunction

distress caused by feeling guilty

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conciliatory

friendly, agreeably

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concomitant

accompanying in a subordinate fashion

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confection

a sweet, fancy food

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confidant

a person entrusted with secrets

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construe

to interpret

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contrite

penitent, eager to be forgiven

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contusion

bruise, injury

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counteract

to neutralize, make ineffective

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coup

a brilliant, unexpected act

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cupidity

greed, strong desire

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debauch

to corrupt by means of sensual pleasure

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decorous

socially proper, appropriate

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deface

to ruin or injure something's appearance

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deferential

showing respect for another's authority

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demarcation

the marking of boundaries or categories

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deplore

to feel or express sorrow, disapproval

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derelict

abandoned, run-down

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desiccated

dried up, dehydrated

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diffident

shy, quiet, modest

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dirge

a mournful song, especially for a funeral

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disaffected

rebellious, resentful of authority

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discomfit

to thwart, baffle

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discursive

rambling, lacking order

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distend

to swell out

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dither

to be indecisive

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duress

hardship, threat

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effrontery

impudence, nerve, insolence

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effulgent

radiant, splendorous

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elegy

a speech given in honour of a dead person

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emollient

soothing

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emote

to express emotion

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enamor

to fill with love, fascinate, usually used in passive form followed by "of" or "with"

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entail

to include as a necessary step

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epistolary

relating to or contained in letters

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equanimity

composure

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equivocal

ambiguous, uncertain, undecided

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ethereal

heavenly, exceptionally delicate or refined

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etymology

the history of words, their origin and development

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evince

to show, reveal

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exculpate

to free from guilt or blame, exonerate

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execrable

loathsome, detestable

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exigent

urgent, critical

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expunge

to obliterate, eradicate

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expurgate

to remove offensive or incorrect parts, usually of a book

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extant

existing, not destroyed or lost

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exult

to rejoice

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fatuous

silly, foolish

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fecund

fruitful, fertile

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fetid

having a foul odor

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fetter

to chain, restrain

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flaccid

limp, not firm or strong

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flout

to disregard or disobey openly

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foil

to thwart, frustrate, defeat

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forbearance

patience, restraint, toleration

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fortuitous

happening by chance, often lucky or fortunate

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fractious

troublesome or irritable

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gratuitous

uncalled for, unwarranted

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hallowed

revered, consecrated

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hapless

unlucky

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hardy

robust, capable of surviving through adverse conditions

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hiatus

a break or gap in duration or continuity

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idolatrous

excessively worshipping one object or person

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ignominious

humiliating, disgracing

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impecunious

poor

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imperious

commanding, domineering

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impervious

impenetrable, incapable of being affected

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impetuous

rash; hastily done

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impudent

casually rude, insolent, impertinent

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impute

to ascribe, blame

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inane

silly and meaningless

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incarnate

existing in the flesh, embodied

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incendiary

a person who agitates

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inchoate

unformed or formless, in a beginning stage

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incumbent

one who holds an office

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indefatigable

incapable of defeat, failure, decay

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indigent

very poor, impoverished

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inexorable

incapable of being persuaded or placated

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ingenuous

not devious; innocent and candid

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inimical

hostile, enemylike

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iniquity

wickedness or sin

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injunction

an order of official warning

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innocuous

harmless, inoffensive

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innuendo

an insinuation

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insolent

rude, arrogant, overbearing

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instigate

to urge, goad

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insular

separated and narrow-minded; tight-knit, closed off

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insurgent

one who rebels

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intimation

an indirect suggestion

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intransigent

refusing to compromise, often on an extreme opinion

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intrepid

brave in the face of danger

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inure

to cause someone ir something to become accustomed to a situation

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invective

an angry verbal attack

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inveterate

stubbornly established by habit

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irrevocable

incapable of being taken back

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knell

the solemn sound of a bell, often indicating a death

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laconic

terse in speech or writing

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laceration

to cut, tear

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larceny

obtaining another's property by theft or trickery

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liability

something for which one is legally responsible, usually involving a disadvantage or risk

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licentious

displaying a lack of moral or legal restraints

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limpid

clear, transparent

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malevolent

wanting harm to befall others

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maudlin

weakly sentimental

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maverick

an independent, nonconformist person

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mawkish

characterized by sick sentimentality

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modulate

to pass from one state to another, especially in music

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mores

the moral attitudes and fixed customs of a group of people

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nadir

the lowest point of something

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neophyte

someone who is young or inexperienced

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nominal

trifling, insignificant

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noxious

harmful, unwholesome

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oblique

diverging from a straight line or course, not straightforward

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obstreperous

noisy, unruly

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officious

offering one's services when they are neither wanted nor needed

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onerous

burdensome

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oscillate

to sway from one side to the other

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paragon

a model of excellent or perfection

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patent

readily seen or understood, clear

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pathology

a deviation from the normal

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pejorative

derogatory, uncomplimentary

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penitent

remorseful, regretful

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penultimate

next to last

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pernicious

extremely destructive or harmful

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pert

flippant, bold

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perusal

a careful examination, review

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petulance

rudeness, irritablity

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pithy

concisely meaningful

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pittance

a very small amount, especially relating to money

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plaudits

enthusiastic approval, applause

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plenitude

an abundance

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potable

suitable for drinking

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precipice

the face of a cliff, a steep or overhanging place

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preclude

to prevent

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precocious

advanced, developing ahead of time

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preponderance

superiority in importance or quantity

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presage

an omen

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presumptuous

disrespectfully bold

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pretense

an appearance or action intended to deceive

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profane

lewd, indecent

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profligate

dissolute, extravagant

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promulgate

to proclaim, make known

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propagate

to multiply, spread out

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propitious

favourable

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protean

able to change shape; displaying great variety

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prurient

eliciting or possessing an extraordinary interest in sex

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puerile

juvenile, immature

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pulchritude

physical beauty

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quaint

charmingly old-fashioned

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rail

to scold, protest

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rapport

mutual understanding and harmony

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raze

to demolish, level

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recalcitrant

defiant, unapologetic

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rectitude

uprightness, extreme morality

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redoubtable

formidable, commanding respect

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relegate

to assign to the proper place

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remiss

negligent, failing to take care

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repentant

penitent, sorry

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reprobate

evil, unprincipled

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reprove

to scold, rebuke

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respite

a break, rest

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resplendent

shiny, glowing

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restitution

restoration to the rightful owner

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restive

resistant, stubborn, impatient

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rhapsodize

to engage in excessive enthusiasm

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ribald

coarsely, crudely humourous

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saccharine

sickeningly sweet

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sacrosanct

holy, something that should not be criticized

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salient

significant, conspicuous

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salve

a soothing balm

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scathing

sharp, critical, hurtful

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scurrilous

vulgar, coarse

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semaphore

a visual sign

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sensual

involving sensory gratification, usually related to sex

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sinuous

lithe, serpentine

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sobriety

sedate, calm

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solipsistic

believing that oneself is all that exists

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stalid

sedate, serious, self-restrained

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stolid

expressing little sensibility, unemotional

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surmise

to infer with little evidence

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surreptitious

stealthy

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swarthy

of dark colour or complexion

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tantamount

equivalent in value or significance

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temerity

audacity, recklessness

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tenuous

having little substance or strength

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tome

a large book

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torrid

giving off intense heat, passionate

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transgress

to violate, go over a limit

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transmute

to changr or alter in form

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travesty

a grossly inferior imitation

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trenchant

effective, articulate, clear-cutt

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truculent

ready to fight, cruel

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turgid

swollen, excessively embellished in style or language

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ubiquitous

existing eberywhere, widespread

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umbrage

resentment, offense

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uncanny

of supernatural character or origin

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undulate

to move in waves

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veneer

a superficial or deceptively attractive appearance, facade

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vicissitude

event that occurs by chance

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villify

to lower in importance, defame

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vitriolic

having a caustic quality

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vituperate

to berate

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wanton

undisciplined, lewd, lustful

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wily

crafty, sly

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wizened

dry, shrunken, wrinkled

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wrath

vengeful anger, punishment

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yoke

to join, link

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zenith

the highest point, culminating point