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Aggrandizement, noun

-to increase in rank or wealth: growth in power. Ant. diminish

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Caustic, adjective

-stinging. biting; scathing or hurtful The caustic vapors of the cleaning solution made it difficult to stay in the room, since my eyes were burning and my breathing was labored.

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Derogatory, adjective

-tending to lower in estimation; degrading. The news reporter made a severe mistake when he relayed the derogatory comments about the senator. Ant. complimentary

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Emulate,verb

-to try to equal or surpass.

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Fortuitous, adjective

-happening by chance. We experienced a fortuitous moment when the rain began to fall and the work detail at the camp had to be canceled. Ant. planned; expected

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Incipient, adjective

-in an early stage. Ant. experienced

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Listless, adjective

-indifferent; marked by a lack of energy or enthusiasm The child’s listless body was a concern for the emergency technician. Ant. energetic; enthusiastic

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Peripheral adjective

external; incidental; tangential. Ant. central; focused

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Refurbish; verb

to freshen or polish again; to make like new The young couple refurbished their first home with the help of a new landscape.

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Savory; adjective

pleasing to the taste or smell; pleasant; morally attractive The savory aroma of barbeque permeated the air.

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Tangential; adjective

diverging or digressing; merely touching a subject, not dealing with it at all. Ant. central; focused

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Unequivocal; adjective

plain; very clear in meaning. My parents’ unequivocal “NO” made it impossible to think they would ever change their minds. Ant. obscure; abstract

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Venerate; verb

-to regard with respect and reverence; to honor
Ant. denigrate; condemn

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Whet; verb

to sharpen; to make stronger; to stimulate. The young knight whet his sword in preparation for the battle

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Zany; adjective

clownish; foolish; funny; absurd. In hindsight Karen admitted her zany antics had no place in the classroom.