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1

crescendo

steadily increasing in volume or force
-The crescendo of tension became unbearable as Evel Knievel prepared to jump his motorcycle over the school buses.

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credulous

too trusting; gullible
-Although some 4 yr olds believe in the Easter bunny, only the most credulous 9 yr olds also believe in him.

3

convoluted

intricate and complicated
-Although many people bought "A Brief History of Time", few could follow its convoluted ideas and theories.

4

condone

to overlook, pardon, or disregard
-Some theorists believe that failing to prosecute minor crimes is the same as condoning an air of lawlessness.

5

cogent

convincing and well reasoned
-Swayed by the cogent argument of the defense, the jury had no choice but to acquit the defendant.

6

chicanery

deception by means of craft or guile
-dishonest used car sales people often use chicanery to sell their beat-up old cars.

7

chauvinist

someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs
-the attitude that men are inherently superior to women and therefore must be obeyed is common among male chauvinists.

8

austere

severe or stern in appearance; undecorated
-The lack of decoration makes military barracks seem austere to the civilian eye.

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archaic

ancient, old-fashioned
-Her archaic commodore computer could not run on the latest software.

10

antagonize

to annoy or provoke to anger
-The child discovered that he could antagonize the cat by pulling its tail.

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alleviate

to make more bearable
-Taking aspirin helps to alleviate a headache.

12

aggrandize

to increase in power, influence, and reputation
-The supervisor sought to aggrandize herself by claiming that the achievements of her staff were actually her own.

13

aesthetic

concerning the appreciation of beauty
-Followers of the aesthetic movement regarded the pursuit of beauty as the only true purpose of art.

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advocate

to speak in favor of
-The vegetarian advocated a diet containing no meat.

15

abyss

an extremely deep hole
-The submarine dove into the abyss to chart the previously unseen depths.

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abate

to reduce in amount, degree, or severity
-As the hurricane's force abated, the winds dropped and the sea became calm.

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abscond

to leave secretly
-The patron absconded from the restaurant without paying his bill by sneaking out the back door.

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amalgamate

to combine; to mix together
-Giant industries amalgamated with mega products to form Giant-mega products incorporated.

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ambiguous

doubtful or uncertain; able to be interpreted several ways
-The directions she gave were so ambiguous that we disagreed on which way to turn.

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ameliorate

to make better; to improve
-The doctor was able to ameliorate the patient's suffering using painkillers.

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anachronism

something out of place in time
-The aged hippie used anachronistic phrases like "groovy" and "far out" that had not been popular for years.

22

analogous

similar or alike in some way; equivalent to
-In the Newtonian construct for explaining the existence of God, the universe is analogous to a mechanical timepiece, the creation of a divinely intelligent "clockmaker".

23

antipathy

extreme dislike
-the antipathy between the french and the english regularly erupted into open warfare.

24

arbitrate

to judge a dispute between 2 opposing parties
-Since the couple could not come to agreement, a judge was forced to arbitrate their divorce proceedings.

25

attenuate

to reduce in force or degree; to weaken
-The Bill of Rights attenuated the traditional power of governments to change laws at will.

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articulate

able to speak clearly and expressively
-She is such an articulate defender of labor that unions are among her strongest supporters.

27

ardor

intense and passionate feeling
-Bishop's ardor for the landscape was evident when he passionately described the beauty of the scenic Hudson Valley.

28

chaos

great disorder or confusion
-In many religious traditions, God created an ordered universe from chaos.

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caustic

biting in wit
-Dorothy Parker gained her reputation for caustic wit from her cutting, yet clever, insults.

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catalyst

something that brings about a change in something else
-The imposition of harsh taxes was the catalyst that finally brought on the revolution.

31

castigate

to punish or criticize harshly
-Many Americans are amazed at how harshly the authorities in Singapore castigate perpetrators of what would be considered minor crimes in the US.

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Candid

impartial and honest in speech
-The observations of a child can be charming since they are candid and unpretentious.

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cacophony

harsh, jarring noise
-The junior high orchestra created an almost unbearable cacophony as they tried to tune their instruments.

34

bombastic

pompous in speech and manner
-The ranting of the radio talk show host was mostly bombastic; his boasting and outrageous claims had no basis in fact.

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bolster

to support, to prop up
-The presence of giant footprints bolstered the argument that sasquatch was in the area.

36

banal

predictable, cliched, boring
-He used banal phrases like "Have a nice day" or "Another day, another dollar".

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taciturnity

reluctance to speak

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flippant

lacking appropriate respect or seriousness

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aplomb

self-assurance

40

derision

harsh criticism

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benevolently

well meaning and kind

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furtively

attempting to avoid notice or attention

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fervent

having or displaying a passion intensity

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felicitous

appropriately and pleasingly expressed

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poignant

causing strong feelings

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stentorian

loud and powerful

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garrulous

excessively talkative

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vociferous

forceful, loudly expressive

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imbibe

consume by drinking or eating

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dispatch

send away

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spew

eject

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apprehension

anxiety

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trepidation

fear

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dispassion

lack of concern

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imperturbation

calmness

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diaphanous

light, delicate, translucent

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primeval

ancient

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moribound

on the verge of becoming obsolete

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sinecure

job that doesn't require work

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subjugation

take control over

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vocation

strong feeling of suitability for particular career

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confounding

confusing, defeating

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exploiting

making unethical use of

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fidelity

accuracy in details

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deft

skillful, dexterous

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mercurial

lively, unpredictable

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articulate

spoken or expressed coherently

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attrition

diminishing or loss

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diminution

a decrease

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placate

appease

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propitiate

appease

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suppress

subdue

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inundate

flood

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carousing

to drink excessively

75

bacchanalian

boisterously festive

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venerable

worthy of dignity

77

diurnal

active during the day

78

elucidation

explanation that makes something clear

79

mystification

to perplex a person

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malapropism

absurd misuse of words

81

tepid

marked by lack of enthusiasm

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emaciated

made thin by starvation

83

prodigious

great in size

84

finesse

artfulness, adeptness

85

kismet

luck

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imbroglio

confusion

87

extol

praise

88

bemuse

confuse

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excoriate

to denounce

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piquant

provocative, striking

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querulous

whiny, complaining

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meritorious

admirable

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recreant

cowardly, unfaithful

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fastiduously

meticulously, very carefully

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dilatorily

causing delay

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cache

to store away

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rescind

to take back

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obstreperous

boisterous and defiant

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cogitation

thoughtful consideration

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implacable

vengeful

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beneficient

compassionate

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reprisal

vengeance

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approbations

praises

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saccharine

sweet

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astringent

puckery sensation in mouth

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pungent

sharp

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enervate

weaken

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venerate

regard with deepest respect

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scorn

treat with contempt

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solace

consolation

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vexation

irritation

112

obfuscate

render unclear

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decorous

displaying proper manners

114

rapturous

very happy

115

exultant

very happy

116

onerous

burdensome

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arduous

difficult to accomplish

118

circuitous

indirect

119

portents

forewarnings

120

auguries

omens

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anachronism

out of chronological order

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belied

proved false

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gregarious

highly sociable

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reclusive

unsociable

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monastic

reclusive

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sybaritic

single mindedly devoted to ease and pleasure

127

candid

sound

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specious

misleading in appearance

129

ingenuous

naive or innocent

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cajole

convince

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dissuade

caution against

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defraud

swindle

133

esoteric

abstruse, difficult to understand

134

eclectic

diverse, varied

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deduce

infer, trace the course of

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obviate

prevent

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innocuous

harmless

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deleterious

causing damage

139

profusion

abundance

140

hodgepodge

heterogenous mixture

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languished

weakened

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arcane

obscure

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vernacular

pertaining to every day language

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innocuous

harmless

145

didactic

expressively instructive

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incorrigible

bad beyond correction or reform

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malevolent

evil

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implicating

accusing

149

reviling

denouncing

150

indelible

permanent

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florid

flushed with rosy color

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addles

confuses

153

diffident

shy and reserved

154

iniquitous

unjust, unfair

155

burgeoning

growing, developing

156

verbose

wordy

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dogmatic

stubbornly opinionated

158

languid

lazy

159

noxious

poisonous or harmful

160

fetid

having an offensive odor

161

brazen

shameless

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inert

non-reactive