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(V) to make less in amount, degree, etc.; to subside, become less; to nullify; to deduct, omit

Abate

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(N) praise or flattery that is excessive

Adulation

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(N) an object of intense dislike; a curse or strong denunciation (often used adjectivally without the article)

Anathema

4

(Adj) shrewd, crafty, showing practical wisdom

Astute

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(N) a greedy desire, particularly for wealth

Avarice

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(Adj) deserving blame, worthy of condemnation

Culpable

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(Adj) tending to delay or procrastinate, not prompt; intended to delay or postpone

Dilatory

8

(Adj) conspicuous, standing out from the mass (used particularly in an unfavorable sense)

Egregious

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(V) to speak or act in a way that allows for more than one interpretation; to be deliberately vague or ambiguous

Equivocate

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(Adj) vanishing, soon passing away; light and airy

Evanescent

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(Adj) unable to make up one's mind, hesitating

Irresolute

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(Adj) cloudlike, resembling a cloud; cloudy in color, not transparent; vague, confused, indistinct

Nebulous

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(N) one who is just a beginner at some activity requiring skill and experience (also used adjectivally)

Novice

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(N) extreme poverty; barrenness, insufficiency

Penury

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(Adj) done for show, striving to make a big impression; claiming merit or position unjustifiably; making demands on one's skill or abilities, ambitious

Pretentious

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(V) to review a series of facts; to sum up

Recapitulate

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(V) to revive, bring back to consciousness or existence

Resuscitate

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(Adj) untidy, dirty, carelessness

Slovenly

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(N) something that is assumed or taken for granted without conclusive evidence

Supposition

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(Adj) inactive, sluggish, dull

Torpid