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aberrant

deviating from normal or correct

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abscond

to leave secretly and hide, often to avoid the law

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aggrandize

to make greater, to increase, thus, to exaggerate

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amalgamate

to unite or mix

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ambrosial

extremely pleasing to the senses, divine or delicious

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anomalous

peculiar; unique, contrary to the norm

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antediuvian

ancient; outmoded

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arbitrate

to settle a dispute by impulse

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assuage

to make less severe; to appease or satisfy

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attenuate

weaken

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audacious

extremely bold; fearless, especially said of human behavior

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aver

to declare

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banal

commonplace or trite

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blandishment

speech or action intended to coax someone into doing something

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bombast

pompous speech

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burgeon

to grow or flourish; a bud or new growth

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buttress

to support

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cadge

to get something by taking advantage of someone

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caprice

impulse

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castigate

to chastise or criticize severely

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caustic

capable of dissolving by chemical action; highly critical

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chicanery

deception by trickery

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conflagration

a great fire

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corporeal

of or having to do with material, as opposed to spiritual; tangible

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craven

cowardly; a coward

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dearth

lack, scarcity

The prosecutor complained about the dearth of concrete evidence against the suspect.

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deference

submission or courteous yielding

He held his tongue in deference to his father.

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descry

to make clear, to say

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desiccate

to dry out thoroughly

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diatribe

a bitter abusive denunciation