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1

Fallacy

An invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief

Unfortunately, the fallacies of diet programs promising effortless weight loss continue to find plenty of people willing to be fooled

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Fallow

Untilled, inactive, dormant

The farmer hoped that leaving the field fallow for a season would mean that next year he could grow a bumper crop of Brussels sprouts

3

Fanatical

Zealous; single mindedly obsessed with one thing

The protagonist of nick hornby's fever pitch is fanatical; he is a man so obsessed with his favorite team that major life events have to be scheduled around its games

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Fastidious

Excessively particular, critical, or demanding; hard to please

She was so extremely fastidious about how her house should look that rather than hire a maid she did all the cleaning herself

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Fatuous

Silly, inanely foolish

Despite the sitcom's fatuous dialogue, it continued to be number one in the ratings

*also has an air of smugness to go with the foolishness

6

Fawn

To flatter or praise excessively

Hector used to think it would be great to be a rockstar and have groupies fawning all over him; he changed his mind the first time the fans tore all his clothes off

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Feckless

Ineffectual; irresponsible

My feckless brother managed to get himself grounded again, proving one more time that I am the more responsible sibling

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Felicitous

Suitably expressed, well chosen, apropos, delightful

She can always be counted on for the most felicitous remark; she has something appropriate for every occasion

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Fervent

Greatly emotional or zealous

Her fervent support of environmental protection policies led her to write over a thousand letters to congress last year alone

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Fetid

Stinking; having a heavy bad smell

We were never able to determine exactly what the fetid green substance we found in the refrigerator was; no one was willing to get close enough to that horrible smell to investigate

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Facetious

Playful; humorous; not serious

I hope this comment about the thirty page paper due tomorrow was facetious, or I'm going to be up all night writing