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worldly

【1】adj. of this world rather than spiritual or religion affairs【2】adj. experienced in human affairs

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wrangle

【1】n. an often noisy or angry expression of differing opinions【2】vi. to quarrel noisily or angrily

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wretched

【1】adj. very poor in quality or ability【2】adj. deeply afflicted, dejected, or distressed in body or mind

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wry

【1】adj. abnormally twisted or bent to one side【2】adj. stubborn in adherence to wrong opinion or principles

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xenophobe

【1】n. one unduly fearful of what is foreign and especially of people of foreign origin

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yoke

【1】v. to become joined or linked

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yokel

【1】n. a naive or gullible inhabitant of a rural areaor small town

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zeal

【1】n. enthusiastic devotion to a cause, ideal, or goal and tireless diligence in its furtherance

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zealot

【1】n. a zealous person; especially: a fanatical partisan

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zenith

【1】n. culminating point

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zesty

【1】adj. appealingly piquant or lively

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ravenous

【1】adj. having a huge appetite

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simile

【1】n. a figure of speech comparing two unlike things that is often introduced by like or as

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nirvana

【1】n. a state of being disregardful or unconscious of one's surroundings, concerns, or obligations【2】n. an often imaginary place or state of utter perfection and happiness

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nourish

【1】vt. to provide with food or other substances necessary for life and growth【2】vt. to help the growth or development of

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plodder

【1】n. someone who moves slowly or more slowly than others

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misapprehension

【1】n. a failure to understand correctly【2】n. a wrong judgement

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ferocious

【1】adj. marked by unrelenting intensity【2】adj. marked by bursts of destructive force or intense activity【3】adj. violently unfriendly or aggressive in disposition

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affix

【1】vt. to attach physically

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delegate

【1】n. a person authorized to act as representative for another【2】vt. to put (something) into the possession or safekeeping of another

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obsolete

【1】adj. no longer in use or no longer useful

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peel

【1】vt. to strip off an outer layer of【2】vi. to take off one's clothes

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wiretap

【1】n./vt. to tap a telephone or telegraph wire in order to get information

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renege

【1】vt. to solemnly or formally reject or go back on (as something formerly adhered to)

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rigmarole

【1】n. language marked by abstractions, jargon, euphemisms, and circumlocutions; confused or meaningless talk

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unavailing

【1】adj. producing no results

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cachet

【1】n. a mark or quality, as of distinction, individuality, or authenticity

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graft

【1】vt. to implant (living tissue) surgically or as if surgically

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feisty

【1】adj. having or showing a lively aggressiveness

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cascade

【1】n. a steep usually small fall of water

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domineer

【1】vt. to exercise arbitrary or overbearing control

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vile

【1】adj. unpleasant to look at【2】adj. morally despicable or abhorrent

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poach

【1】vt. to cook in a liquid heated to the point that it gives off steam

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palpitation

【1】n. a rhythmic expanding and contracting

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palaver

【1】n. an exchange of views for the purpose of exploring a subject or deciding an issue【2】vi. to talk profusely or idly

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overwrought

【1】adj. being in a state of increased activity or agitation【2】adj. elaborately and often excessively decorated

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fad

【1】n. a practice or interest that is very popular for a short time

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arid

【1】adj. marked by little or no precipitation or humidity【2】adj. causing weariness, restlessness, or lack of interest

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avowal

【1】n. a solemn and often public declaration of the truth or existence of something

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careen

【1】vi. to lurch or swerve while in motion【2】vi. to rush headlong or carelessly

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constrict

【1】vt. to make smaller or narrower by or as if by binding or squeezing

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dampen

【1】vt. to make or become slightly or moderately wet【2】vt. to check or diminish the feeling, activity or vigor of

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debonair

【1】adj. having or showing freedom from worries or troubles【2】adj. having or showing very polished and worldly manners

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fabulous

【1】adj. based on, described in, or being a fable【2】adj. not real and existing only in the imagination【3】adj. causing wonder or astonishment【4】adj. extremely pleasing or successful

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hobble

【1】vi. to walk or move along haltingly or with difficulty【2】vt. to hamper the action or progress of

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plush

【1】adj. having an abundance of some characteristic quality (as flavor)【2】adj. notably luxurious

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trifle

【1】n. something of little importance or value【2】vi. to behave amorously without serious intent

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weather

【1】vt. to come through (something) safely

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wily

【1】adj. clever at attaining one's ends by indirect and often deceptive means

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arable

【1】adj. fit for or used for the growing of crops

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convene

【1】vt. to bring together in assembly by or as if by command【2】vi. to come together in a body

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decadent

【1】adj. having or showing lowered moral character or standards【2】n. a person whose life is devoted to luxury and sensual pleasures【3】n. a person in a condition or process of mental or moral decay

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demotion

【1】n. the act or an instance of bringing to a lower grade or rank

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glower

【1】vi. to look or stare with sullen annoyance or anger

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grit

【1】n. the strength of mind that enables a person to endure pain or hardship

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infraction

【1】n. a failure to uphold the requirements of law, duty, or obligation

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madcap

【1】n. a person who seeks out very dangerous or foolhardy adventures with no apparent fear【2】adj. behaving or acting impulsively or rashly;foolishly adventurous or bold

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observant

【1】adj. paying close attention usually for the purpose of anticipating approaching danger or opportunity【2】adj. diligent in observing a law, custom, duty, or principle

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plenitude

【1】n. an amount or supply more than sufficient to meet one's needs【2】n. a considerable amount

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replenish

【1】vt. to fill or make complete again; add a new stock or supply to

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stasis

【1】n. a condition of balance among various forces

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tycoon

【1】n. a person of rank, power, or influence in a particular field

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umbrage

【1】n. the feeling of being offended or resentful after a slight or indignity

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wilt

【1】vi. to become limp or flaccid【2】vi. to feel or exhibit the effects of fatigue or exhaustion

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agape

【1】adj. having or showing signs of eagerly awaiting something

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annex

【1】n. a building added on to a larger one or an auxiliary building situated near a main one【2】vt. to join (something) to a mass, quantity, or number so as to bring about an overall increase【3】vt. to incorporate (a country or other territory) within the domain of a state

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bewitching

【1】adj. having an often mysterious or magical power to attract

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bumble

【1】vi. to speak rapidly, inarticulately, and usually unintelligibly【2】vi. to move, act, or proceed clumsily

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chaperone

【1】vt. to go along with in order to provide assistance, protection, or companionship

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charisma

【1】n. a special magnetic charm or appeal

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conflagration

【1】n. a large destructive fire【2】n. a state of armed violent struggle between states, nations, or groups

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crow

【1】vi. to feel or express joy or triumph【2】vi. to praise or express pride in one's own possessions, qualities, or accomplishments often to excess

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dashing

【1】adj. inclined or willing to take risks

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deplorable

【1】adj. worthy of severe condemnation or reproach【2】adj. of a kind to cause great distress

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dike

【1】n. a bank usually of earth constructed to control or confine water【2】n. a long narrow channel dug in the earth

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felony

【1】n. one of several grave crimes, such as murder, rape, or burglary, punishable by a more stringent sentence than that given for a misdemeanor

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grumble

【1】vi. to complain in a surly manner; mutter discontentedly

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heckle

【1】vt. to harass and try to disconcert with questions, challenges, or gibes

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lance

【1】n. a weapon with a long straight handle and sharp head or blade【2】vt. to penetrate or hold (something) with a pointed object

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maneuver

【1】vt. to guide with adroitness and design or to bring about or secure as a result of skillfulmanagement

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rampant

【1】adj. growing thickly and vigorously【2】adj. occurring without restraint and frequently, widely, or menacingly【 】abandoned, intemperate, runaway, unbounded, unbridled, unchecked, uncontrolled, unhampered, unhindered, unrestrained

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residual

【1】adj. of, relating to, or characteristic of a residue

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scrimp

【1】vi. to avoid unnecessary waste or expense

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willy-nilly

【1】adv. whether desired or not【2】adj. without order or plan

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adjudicate

【1】vt. to hear and settlea case, dispute or conflict

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canny

【1】adj. careful and shrewd, especially where one's own interests are concerned

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disenchant

【1】vt. to free from illusion

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forage

【1】vi. to make a search

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illustrious

【1】adj. well known and very distinguished

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plebeian

【1】adj. belonging to the class of people of low social or economic rank

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squeamish

【1】adj. affected with nausea

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complacent

【1】adj. feeling or showing an often excessive or unjustified satisfaction and pleasure in one's status, possessions, or attainments【2】adj. having or showing a lack of interest or concern

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imposter

【1】n. one that assumes false identity or title for the purpose of deception

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incumbent

【1】adj. imposed as an obligation or duty

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splinter

【1】n. a sharp, slender piece, as of wood, bone, glass, or metal, split or broken off from a main body【2】vt. to split or break into sharp, slender pieces

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calibrate

【1】vt. to check, adjust, or determine by comparison with a standard (the graduations of a quantitative measuring instrument)

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commiserate

【1】vi. to feel or express sympathy

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nullification

【1】n. the doing away with something by formal action

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behoove

【1】vt. to be necessary, proper or advantageous for

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coarse

【1】adj. not having a level or smooth surface【2】adj. harsh, raucous, or rough in tone【3】adj. lacking in delicacy or refinement【4】adj. of low, common, or inferior quality

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defray

【1】vt. to undertake the payment of

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imperishable

【1】adj. impossible to destroy; not subject to decay【2】adj. enduring or occurring forever

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machination

【1】n. a scheming or crafty action or artful design intended to accomplish some usually evil end

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onset

【1】n. attack, assault【2】n. the point at which something begins

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bustle

【1】n. noisy, energetic, and often obtrusive activity【2】vi. to move briskly and often ostentatiously

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canonize

【1】vt. to love or admire too much【2】vt. to assign a high status or value to

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endeavor

【1】n. a conscientious or concerted effort toward an end【2】vt. to devote serious and sustained effort

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fitful

【1】adj. having an erratic or intermittent character

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oaf

【1】n. a stupid person

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retentive

【1】adj. having the ability or capacity to retain knowledge or information with ease

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secede

【1】vi. to withdraw from an organization (as a religious communion or political party or federation)

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glacial

【1】adj. extremely cold【2】adj. devoid of warmth and cordiality

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glide

【1】vt. to move or proceedsmoothly, continuously, and effortlessly

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pedagogical

【1】adj. of, relating to, or befitting a teacher or education

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perilous

【1】adj. involving potential loss or injury

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affliction

【1】n. a state of great suffering of body or mindpleasure, rapture

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dishearten

【1】vt. to cause to lose spirit or morale

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disjunctive

【1】adj. marked by breaks or disunity

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frosty

【1】adj. having a low or subnormal temperature【2】adj. lacking in friendliness or warmth of feeling

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sacrosanct

【1】adj. most sacred or holy

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shifty

【1】adj. having, displaying, or suggestive of deceitful character

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wayward

【1】adj. following one's own capricious, wanton, or depraved inclinations

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backslide

【1】vi. to revert to a worse condition

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beholden

【1】adj. owing something, such as gratitude, to another

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beige

【1】adj. lacking distinction

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ill-bred

【1】adj. badly brought up or showing bad upbringing: impolite

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menial

【1】n. a servant, especially a domestic servant【2】adj. howing, expressing, or offered in a spirit of humility or unseemly submissiveness

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peculiarity

【1】n. a distinguishing characteristic

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premeditate

【1】vt. to think about and revolve in the mind beforehand

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wanting

【1】adj. not present or in evidence【2】adj. not being up to standards or expectations

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idiosyncrasy

【1】n. an odd or peculiar habit

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august

【1】adj. having or showing a formal and serious or reserved manner【2】adj. large and impressive in size, grandeur, extent, or conception

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coy

【1】adj. affectedly and usually flirtatiously shy or modest【2】adj. tending to avoid people and social situations

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demote

【1】vt. to reduce to a lower grade or rank

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staunch

【1】adj. steadfast in loyalty or principle

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atrophy

【1】vi. to waste away; wither or deteriorate

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splutter

【1】vi. to speak hastily and incoherently, as when confused or angry

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vouchsafe

【1】vt. to grant or furnish often in a gracious or condescending manner

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deadlock

【1】n. a state of inaction or neutralization resulting from the opposition of equally powerful uncompromising persons or factions【2】vt. to bring or come to a deadlock

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groggy

【1】adj. weak and unsteady on the feet or in action【2】adj. not able to think or move normally because of being tired, sick, etc.

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acquisitive

【1】adj. strongly desirous of acquiring and possessing

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arbitrary

【1】adj. having or showing a tendency to force one's will on others without any regard to fairness or necessity【2】adj. exercising power or authority without interference by others【3】adj. lacking a definite plan, purpose, or pattern

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bogus

【1】adj. being such in appearance only and made or manufactured with the intention of committing fraud【2】adj. lacking in natural or spontaneous quality

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brandish

【1】vt. to shake or wave (as a weapon) menacingly

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deflect

【1】vt. to turn aside especially from a straight course or fixed direction

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fanciful

【1】adj. not real and existing only in the imagination【2】adj. conceived or made without regard for reason or reality

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fleeting

【1】adj. lasting only for a short time; passing swiftly

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gawky

【1】adj. having or showing an inability to move in a graceful manner

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indecorous

【1】adj. conflicting with accepted standards of good conduct or good taste

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lionize

【1】vt. to look on or treat (a person) as a celebrity

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lurid

【1】adj. causing horror or revulsion【2】adj. wan and ghastly pale in appearance

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malignant

【1】adj. having or showing a desire to cause someone pain or suffering for the sheer enjoyment of it; disposed to do evil

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overshadow

【1】vt. to make dark, dim, or indistinct【2】vt. to exceed in importance

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skittish

【1】adj. easily frightened【2】adj. easily excited by nature【3】adj. likely to change frequently, suddenly, or unexpectedly

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abreast

【1】adv. beside one another with bodies in line【2】adj. up to a particular standard or level especially of knowledge of recent developments

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acclaim

【1】n. public acknowledgment or admiration for an achievement【2】vt. to declare enthusiastic approval of

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adversity

【1】n. a state, condition, or instance of serious or continued difficulty or adverse fortune

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alloy

【1】n. a distinct entity formed by the combining of two or more different things【2】vt. to debase by the addition of an inferior element

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ambivalent

【1】adj. having a mixture of opposing feelings

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annotate

【1】vt. to furnish (a literary work) with critical commentary or explanatory notes

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antithetical

【1】adj. being in direct and unequivocal opposition

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apparition

【1】n. a ghostly figure

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arcane

【1】adj. having an often intentionally veiled or uncertain meaning【2】adj. difficult for one of ordinary knowledge or intelligence to understand

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array

【3】vt. to dress or decorate especially in splendid or impressive attire

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assail

【1】vt. to criticize harshly and usually publicly【2】vt. to take sudden, violent action against

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attest

【1】vt. to give evidence or testimony to the truth or factualness of

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attune

【1】vt. to bring into harmony

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bash

【1】n. a forceful blow【2】vt. to strike violently and often repeatedly【3】vt. to criticize harshly and usually publicly

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bask

【1】vi. to lie or relax in a pleasant warmth or atmosphere

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beset

【1】vt. to cause persistent suffering to【2】vt. to set upon

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blackmail

【1】n./vi. extortion of money or something else of value from a person by the threat of exposing a criminal act or discreditable information

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bluff

【1】adj. being or characterized by direct, brief, and potentially rude speech or manner【2】vt. to cause to believe what is untrue; deceive

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brim

【1】n. an upper or outer margin【2】vi. to be or become full often to overflowing【3】vt. to put into (something) as much as can be held or contained

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calamity

【1】n. a disastrous event marked by great loss and lasting distress and suffering

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captious

【1】adj. marked by an often ill-natured inclination to stress faults and raise objections

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cellular

【1】adj. containing cavities; having a porous texture

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certitude

【1】n. the state of being or feeling certain

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chivalrous

【1】adj. marked by gracious courtesy and high-minded consideration(especially to women)

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chorale

【1】n. a hymn or psalm sung to a traditional or composed melody in church【2】n. an organized group of singers

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cleave

【1】vi. to adhere firmly and closely or loyally and unwaveringly【2】vt. to divide by or as if by a cutting blow

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cohesive

【1】adj. exhibiting or producing cohesion or coherence

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compelling

【1】adj. having the power to persuade【2】adj. needing immediate attention

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complementary

【1】adj. mutually supplying each other's lack

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condemn

【1】vt. to declare to be reprehensible, wrong, or evil usually after weighing evidence and without reservation

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conflate

【1】vt. to turn into a single mass or entity that is more or less the same throughout

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conform

【1】vt. bring into harmony or accord【2】vt. to change (something) so as to make it suitable for a new use or situation【3】vi. to be obedient or compliant

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conjure

【1】vt. to charge or entreat earnestly or solemnly【2】vi. to form a mental picture of

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consent

【1】n. the approval by someone in authority for the doing of something【2】vi. to give assent or approvalconsent to the marriage

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consign

【1】vt. to give, transfer, or deliver into the hands or control of another

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consternation

【1】n. a state of paralyzing dismay

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contempt

【1】n. open dislike for someone or something considered unworthy of one's concern or respect

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contend

【1】vi. to strive or vie in contest or rivalry or against difficulties【2】vt. to state as a fact usually forcefully

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contrived

【1】adj. lacking in natural or spontaneous quality

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counterpart

【1】n. one having the same function or characteristics as another

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courteous

【1】adj. marked by polished manners, gallantry, or ceremonial usage of a court

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decry

【1】vt. to express strong disapproval of

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deign

【1】vi. to condescend reluctantly and with a strong sense of the affront to one's superiority that is involved

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dichotomy

【1】n. a division into two especially mutually exclusive or contradictory groups or entities

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discreet

【1】adj. having or showing good judgment and restraint especially in conduct or speech【2】adj. not readily seen or noticed

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doctrinaire

【1】adj. given to or marked by the forceful expression of strongly held opinions