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fluctuate

to move back and forth or up and down, esp. unpredictably

2

empirical

based on experience rather than a theory

3

disconcert

to make confused or uneasy

4

levity

lack of seriousness, esp. when improper

5

belittle

to put down; to speak of contemptuously

6

efface

to rub out, as from a surface; to erase

7

gambol

to leap about playfully; to frolic

8

suave

effortlessly smooth and courteous in social situations

9

hallowed

made or set apart as holy

10

pejorative

downgrading, demeaning

11

undaunted

not faltering or hesitating because of fear or discouragment

12

recapitulate

to summarize; to paraphrase

13

effect

to bring about

14

ample

enough, or more than enough; plentiful

15

laconic

brief in speech; using few words

16

chasten

to correct by punishment or criticism; to restrain

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converse

to engage in spoken exchange of ideas

18

impede

to obstruct

19

ostensible

outwardly appearing as such

20

nostalgia

a general longing for the past or to return home

21

loquacious

very talkative

22

kindred

related or similar in origin or nature

23

tenable

able to be maintained in argument; rationally defensible; able to be held against assault; defensible

24

pedestrian

done on foot; ordinary; commonplace

25

pecuniary

of or involving money

26

precipice

a cliff; the edge of a dangerous situation

27

garnish

to decorate; adorn

28

insight

the power to sense or understand something

29

offhand

without preparation or forethought

30

nebulous

unclear; vague

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negligible

of little value or importance

32

liaison

a communication between different groups; the person in charge of a communication

33

inveigle

to obtain by flattery

34

capitulate

to surrender under specific conditions; to give up all resistance

35

fete

lavish entertainment; a festival

36

jaundice

prejudice; bias; a yellowish discoloration of the skin

37

bacchanalian

characterized by riotous, drunken partying

38

nettle

to bother; to irriate

39

cite

to refer to or quote

40

chastise

to punish by beating; to scold or condemn sharply

41

maxim

a short saying expressing a general principle

42

deploy

to station or assemble troops or forces in position

43

perceptive

capable of quickly understanding

44

reprieve

to postpone or cancel punishment

45

nativity

birth, esp. with reference to place, time, etc.

46

grandiose

impressive; imposing; showy

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bewitch

to put a spell on; to charm

48

profligate

immorally wasteful

49

knack

a specific talent for doing something, esp. one that is difficult to teach

50

myraid

an indefinitely large number

51

consternation

a sudden feeling of anxiety, shock, or confusion

52

clarify

to make clear or easier to understand

53

envelop

to enclose or surround

54

dispense

to administer; to distribute; (with prep. "with") to do without

55

discrepancy

lack of agreement; difference

56

tutelage

the capacity or activity of a guardian or tutor; the state of being under a guardian or tutor

57

concerted

planned or accomplished together

58

scion

an heir; a descendant

59

harangue

a long pompous speech; a speech or piece of writing expressing strong emotion; a tirade

60

loath

unwilling, reluctant

61

rebut

to refute, esp. by offering opposing arguments or evidence

62

buffet

to knock about; to push or force roughly

63

encore

again, once more; a second performance; an audience's call for a second performance

64

mandate

a command; an order

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frolic

to behave playfully and without inhibition

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overt

open; not hidden

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feign

to pretend; to fake

68

verve

energy in movement; exuberance

69

coup

a clever, sudden act or maneuver; a triumph

70

expedite

to speed up

71

valor

marked courage or bravery

72

polyglot

one who speaks many languages

speaking many languages

73

incredulous

disbelieving; skeptical

74

artifact

an object produced by human work, esp. one of historical or archaeological interest

75

seminal

original and inspiring further similar efforts

76

ambiguous

having more than one possible interpretation

77

discern

to perceive and understand as to make distinctions

78

provocative

tending to stimulate by making one interested or angry

79

influx

a mass arrival or incoming

80

terrestrial

relating to the Earth

81

vehement

forceful; furious

82

narcissistic

excessively interested in one's own appearance, comfort, importance, etc.

83

tangible

able to be touched or treated as real

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exemplary

worthy to serve as a model

85

malign

to talk badly of something or someone

harmful

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preeminent

superior in status or fame to all others, esp. as a generally recognized quality

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prominent

noticeable; wide known

88

conflate

to bring together; to merge into a composite whole

89

prone

tending or likely to do something; lying face down

90

modest

limited in amount, extent, etc.

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milestone

an important event

92

attain

to reach, get, or accomplish

93

tenuous

weak; thin

94

recidivist

one who returns to criminal habits

95

colt

a young male horse

96

elated

in high spirits; joyful

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languid

sluggish; lacking energy

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adept

very skilled, esp. natural talent improved by practice

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lofty

very high; noble

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vie

to compete