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approbation

approval or praise

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austere

severe or strict in manner, attitude, or appearance; having an extremely simply style or appearance

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axiomatic

self-evident or unquestionable

It is axiomatic that dividends have to be financed.

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censure

express severe disapproval of someone or something, typically in a formal statement; the expression of formal disapproval

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subterfuge

deceit used in order to achieve one's goal

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ennui

a feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement

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exigent

pressing, demanding

The exigent demands of the music took a toll on her voice.

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extemporaneous

spoken or done without preparation

Having had no time in his busy schedule to prepare, he gave an extemporaneous speech to the school.

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inured

accustomed to something, especially something unplesant

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nebulous

in the form of a cloud or haze; unclear, vague, or ill-defined

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neologism

a newly coined word or expression; the coining or use of new words

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noxious

harmful, poisonous, or very unpleasant

As they were running out of the burning warehouse, they were overcome by the noxious fumes and passed out.

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obtuse

annoyingly insensitive or slow to understand; slow-witted

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paean

a song of praise or triumph; a thing that expresses enthusiastic praise

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perfidy

deceitfulness, un-trustworthiness

She packed her bags and left, at last tired of the perfidy of her husband.

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perfunctory

an action or gesture carried out with minimum of effort or reflection

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perspicacious

having a ready insight into and understanding of things

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cursory

hasty and therefore not thorough or detailed

He gave a cursory glance at the figures, not realizing that the profits have dropped below average this year.

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prattle

to talk at length in a foolish or inconsequential way; foolish or inconsequential talk

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precipitate

to cause something, usually bad or undesirable, to happen suddenly, unexpectedly, or prematurely

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predilection

a preference or special liking for something; a bias in favor of something

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qualm

an uneasy feeling of doubt, worry, or fear, especially about one's own conduct; a misgiving

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sordid

involving ignoble actions and motives; arousing moral distaste and contempt; dirty or squalid

The overcrowded housing conditions were sordid and degrading.

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stymie

to prevent or hinder the progress of

The changes in the new regulations must not be allowed to stymie new medical treatments.

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truculent

eager or quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant

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convoluted

extremely complex and difficult to follow; intricately folded, twisted, or coiled

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virulent

bitterly hostile

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abate

to cause to become smaller or less intense

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accolade

an award or privilege granted as a special honor or as an acknowledgement of merit; a touch on a person's shoulders with a sword at the bestowing of a knighthood

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ascetic

characterized by or suggesting the practice of severe self-discipline and abstention from all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons; a person who practices severe self-discipline and abstention