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drab

【1】adj. characterized by dullness and monotony

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dread

【1】n. great fear especially in the face of impending evil

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efficacious

【1】adj. having the power to produce a desired effect

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enamored

【1】adj. filled with an intense or excessive love for

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ethos

【1】n. the code of good conduct for an individual or group

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exorcise

【1】vt. to get rid of (something troublesome, menacing, or oppressive)

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explicate

【1】vt. to give a detailed explanation of

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exterminate

【1】vt. to get rid of completely usually by killing off

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extrapolate

【1】vt. to form an opinion or reach a conclusion through reasoning and information

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fallible

【1】adj. tending or likely to be erroneous or capable of making an error

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figment

【1】n. something made up or contrived

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fervent

【1】adj. exhibiting or marked by great intensity of feeling

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forebode

【1】vi. to show signs of a favorable or successful outcome

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forfeit

【1】n. a sum of money to be paid as a punishment

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forsake

【1】vt. to renounce or turn away from entirely

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germinate

【1】vi. to begin to grow【2】vi. to come into being

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grudge

【1】n. a feeling of deep-seated resentment or ill will

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halfhearted

【1】adj. lacking heart, spirit, or interest

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humdrum

【1】n. a tedious lack of variety【2】adj. lacking variety or excitement

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humiliate

【1】vt. to reduce to a lower position in one's own eyes or others' eyes

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impunity

【1】n. exemption or freedom from punishment, harm, or loss

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incentive

【1】n. something that incites or has a tendency to incite to determination or action

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license

【2】n. the right to act or move freely【3】n. disregard for standards of personal conduct【4】vt. to permit or authorize especially by formal license

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ludicrous

【1】adj. meriting derisive laughter or scorn as absurdly inept, false, or foolish

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meretricious

【1】adj. attracting attention in a vulgar manner

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milieu

【1】n. the physical or social setting in which something occurs or develops

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nostalgia

【1】n. the state of being homesick【2】n. a wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition

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numb

【1】adj. devoid of sensation especially as a result of cold or anesthesia【2】adj. devoid of emotion

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ordeal

【1】n. a severe trial or experience

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ostensible

【1】adj. appearing to be true on the basis of evidence that may or may not be confirmed

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outgrowth

【1】n. a condition or occurrence traceable to a cause

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outmoded

【1】adj. no longer acceptable, current, or usable

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override

【1】vt. to set aside

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overwhelm

【1】vt. to cover with or as if with a flood【2】vt. to subject to incapacitating emotional or mental stress

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panacea

【1】n. a remedy for all ills or difficulties

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perquisite

【1】n. something given in addition to what is ordinarily expected or owed

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petulant

【1】adj. easily irritated or annoyed

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placid

【1】adj. free from storms or physical disturbance【2】adj. free from emotional or mental agitation

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prerogative

【1】n. an exclusive or special right, power, or privilege

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proclaim

【1】vt. to declare publicly, typically insistently, proudly, or defiantly and in either speech or writing

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project

【2】vi. to extend outward beyond a usual point【3】vt. to calculate, estimate, or predict (something in the future), based on present data or trends

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proprietary

【1】n. ownership【2】adj. privately owned and managed and run as a profit-making organization

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prototype

【1】n. an original model on which something is patterned

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redeem

【1】vt. to do what is required by the terms of【2】vt. to make better in behavior or character

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replicate

【1】vt. to make an exact likeness of【2】vt. to make or do again

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restitution

【1】n. a making good of or giving an equivalent for some injuryrequital

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resurrect

【1】vt. to bring back to life, practice, or activity

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reverberate

【1】vi. to continue or be repeated in a series of reflected sound waves

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ruthless

【1】adj. having no pity

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scourge

【1】n. a source of harm or misfortune

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scruple

【1】n. an uneasy feeling about the rightness of what one is doing or going to do

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sectarianism

【1】n. stubborn or intolerant adherence to one's opinions or prejudices

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secular

【1】adj. of or relating to the worldly or temporal

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sparing

【1】adj. marked by or practicing careful restraint (as in the use of resources)【2】adj. less plentiful than what is normal, necessary, or desirable

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stereotype

【1】n. a conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image

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succumb

【1】vi. to yield to superior strength or force or overpowering appeal or desire【2】vi. to be brought to an end (as death) by the effect of destructive or disruptive forces

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surly

【1】adj. irritably sullen and churlish in mood or manner

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surmise

【1】n. a thought or idea based on scanty evidence【2】vt. to form a notion of from scanty evidence

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surmount

【1】vt. to achieve a victory over

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surrogate

【1】n. one that takes the place of another

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tame

【1】adj. reduced from a state of native wildness especially so as to be tractable and useful to humans【2】adj. lacking spirit, zest, interest, or the capacity to excite【3】vt. to keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level (as of expression)

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temporal

【1】adj. of or relating to earthly life

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tyrant

【1】n. a ruler who exercises absolute power oppressively or brutally

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unanimous

【1】adj. having the agreement and consent of all

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unremitting

【1】adj. going on and on without any interruptions

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vocation

【1】n. the work in which a person is regularly employed

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willful

【1】adj. obstinately and often perversely self-willed【2】adj. done deliberately

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wistful

【1】adj. full of yearning or desire tinged with melancholy

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wrongheaded

【1】adj. stubborn in adherence to wrong opinion or principles

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canvass

【1】v. to examine carefully or discuss thoroughly; scrutinize:【2】v. to go through (a region) or go to (persons)to solicit votes or orders

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capitulate

【1】v. to give up all resistance; acquiesce; yield

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careworn

【1】adj. showing the effect of grief or anxiety

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cardinal

【1】adj. of foremost importance; paramount

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carouse

【1】vi. to drink liquor freely or excessively

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carve

【1】vi. to create a three-dimensional representation of (something) using solid material【2】v. to produce or bring about especially by long or repeated effort

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caveat

【1】n. a warning of a specific limitation of something such as information or an agreement

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cavil

【1】v. to find fault unnecessarily; raise trivial objections :quibble

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cavort

【1】vi. to bound or prance about in a sprightly manner; caper

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cede

【1】vt. to surrender possession of, especially by treaty

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cement

【1】n./v. a uniting or binding force or influence

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census

【1】n. an official survey of the population of a country that is carried out in order to find out how many people live there and to obtain details of such things as people's ages and jobs

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cessation

【1】n. the stopping of a process or activity

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chaff

【1】v. to make jokes

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chagrin

【1】n. disquietude or distress of mind caused by humiliation, disappointment, or failure