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Abate

To reduce in amount or severity

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Abscond

To leave secretly

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Abstain

To choose not to do something

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Abyss

An extremely deep hole

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Adulterate

To make impure

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Advocate

To speak in favor of

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Aesthetic

Concerning the appreciation of beauty

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Aggrandize

To increase in power, influence and reputation

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Alleviate

To make more bearable

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Amalgamate

To combine or mix together

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Ambiguous

Doubtful or uncertain; able to be interpreted in different ways

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Ameliorate

To make better or improve

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Anachronism

Something out of place in time

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Analogous

Similar or alike in some way; equivalent to

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Anomaly

Deviation from what is normal

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Antagonize

To annoy or provoke to anger

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Antipathy

Extreme dislike

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Apathy

Lack of interest or emotion

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Arbitrate

To judge a dispute between 2 opposing parties

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Archaic

Ancient, old fashioned

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Ardor

Intense and passionate feeling

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Articulate

Able to speak clearly and expressively

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Assuage

To make something unpleasant less severe

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Austere

Severe or stern in appearance; undecorated

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Attenuate

To reduce in force or degree; to weaken

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Audacious

Fearless and daring

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Banal

Predictable, cliched, boring

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Bolster

To support, prop up

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Bombastic

Pompous in speech and manner

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Cacophony

Harsh, jarring noise

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Candid

Impartial and honest in speech

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Capricious

Changing ones mind quickly and often

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Castigate

Punish or criticize harshly

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Catalyst

Something that brings about Change in something else

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Caustic

Biting in wit

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Chaos

Great disorder of confusion

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Chauvinist

Someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs

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Chicanery

Deception by means of craft or guile

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Cogent

Convincing and well reasoned

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Condone

To overlook, pardon or disregard

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Convoluted

Intricate, complicated

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Corroborate

To provide supporting evidence

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Credulous

Too trusting, gullible

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Crescendo

Steadily increasing in volume or force

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Decorum

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

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Deference

Respect, courtesy

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Deride

To speak of or treat with contempt; to mock

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Desiccate

To dry out thoroughly

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Desultory

Jumping from one thing to another; disconnected

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Diatribe

An abusive, condemnatory speech

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Diffident

Lacking in self-confidence

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Dilate

To make larger, to expand

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Dilatory

Intended to delay

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Dilettante

Someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic

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Dirge

Funeral hymn or mournful speech

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Disabuse

To set right or free from error

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Discern

To perceive or recognize

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Disparate

Fundamentally different; entirely unlike

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Dissemble

To prevent a false appearance; to disguise ones real intentions or character

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Dissonance

Harsh and disagreeable combination; often of sounds

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Dogma

Firmly held opinion, often a religious belief

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Dogmatic

Dictatorial in ones opinions

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Dupe

To deceive; a person easily decieved

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Eclectic

Selecting from or made up from a variety of sources

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Efficacy

Effectiveness

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Elegy

A sorrowful poem or speech

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Eloquent

Persuasive and moving, especially in speech

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Emulate

To copy; try to equal or excel

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Enervate

To reduce in strength

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Engender

To produce, cause or being about

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Enigma

A puzzle; a mystery

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Abscond

To leave secretly

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Abstain

To choose not to do something

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Abyss

An extremely deep hole

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Adulterate

To make impure

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Advocate

To speak in favor of

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Aesthetic

Concerning the appreciation of beauty

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Aggrandize

To increase in power, influence and reputation

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Alleviate

To make more bearable

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Amalgamate

To combine or mix together

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Ambiguous

Doubtful or uncertain; able to be interpreted in different ways

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Ameliorate

To make better or improve

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Anachronism

Something out of place in time

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Analogous

Similar or alike in some way; equivalent to

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Anomaly

Deviation from what is normal

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Antagonize

To annoy or provoke to anger

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Antipathy

Extreme dislike

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Apathy

Lack of interest or emotion

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Arbitrate

To judge a dispute between 2 opposing parties

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Archaic

Ancient, old fashioned

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Ardor

Intense and passionate feeling

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Articulate

Able to speak clearly and expressively

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Assuage

To make something unpleasant less severe

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Austere

Severe or stern in appearance; undecorated

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Attenuate

To reduce in force or degree; to weaken

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Audacious

Fearless and daring

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Banal

Predictable, cliched, boring

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Bolster

To support, prop up

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Bombastic

Pompous in speech and manner

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Cacophony

Harsh, jarring noise

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Candid

Impartial and honest in speech

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Capricious

Changing ones mind quickly and often

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Castigate

Punish or criticize harshly

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Catalyst

Something that brings about Change in something else

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Caustic

Biting in wit

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Chaos

Great disorder of confusion

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Chauvinist

Someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs

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Chicanery

Deception by means of craft or guile

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Cogent

Convincing and well reasoned

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Condone

To overlook, pardon or disregard

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Convoluted

Intricate, complicated

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Corroborate

To provide supporting evidence

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Credulous

Too trusting, gullible

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Crescendo

Steadily increasing in volume or force

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Decorum

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

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Deference

Respect, courtesy

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Deride

To speak of or treat with contempt; to mock

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Desiccate

To dry out thoroughly

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Desultory

Jumping from one thing to another; disconnected

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Diatribe

An abusive, condemnatory speech

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Diffident

Lacking in self-confidence

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Dilate

To make larger, to expand

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Dilatory

Intended to delay

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Dilettante

Someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic

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Dirge

Funeral hymn or mournful speech

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Disabuse

To set right or free from error

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Discern

To perceive or recognize

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Disparate

Fundamentally different; entirely unlike

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Dissemble

To prevent a false appearance; to disguise ones real intentions or character

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Dissonance

Harsh and disagreeable combination; often of sounds

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Dogma

Firmly held opinion, often a religious belief

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Dogmatic

Dictatorial in ones opinions

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Dupe

To deceive; a person easily decieved

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Eclectic

Selecting from or made up from a variety of sources

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Efficacy

Effectiveness

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Elegy

A sorrowful poem or speech

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Eloquent

Persuasive and moving, especially in speech

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Emulate

To copy; try to equal or excel

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Enervate

To reduce in strength

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Engender

To produce, cause or being about

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Enigma

A puzzle; a mystery

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Enumerate

To count, list or itemize

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Ephemeral

Lasting a Short time

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Equivocate

To use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead

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Erratic

Wandering and unpredictable

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Erudite

Learned, scholarly, bookish

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Esoteric

Known or understood by only a few

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Estimable

Admirable

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Euology

Speech in praise of someone

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Euphemism

Use of an offensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one

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Exacerbate

To make worse

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Exculpate

To clear from blame; prove innocent

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Exigent

Urgent, requiring immediate action

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Exonerate

To clear from blame

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Explicit

Clearly stated or shown; forthright in expression

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Fanatical

Acting excessively enthusiastic; filled with extreme, unquestioned devotion

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Fawn

To grovel; suck up

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Fervid

Intensely emotional; feverish

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Florid

Excessively decorated or embellished

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Foment

To arouse or excite

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Frugality

A tendency to be thrifty or cheap

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Garrulous

Tending to talk a lot

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Gregarious

Outgoing, sociable

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Guile

Deceit or trickery

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Gullible

Easily deceived

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Homogeneous

Of a similar kind

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Iconoclast

One who opposes established beliefs

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Imperturbable

Not capable of being disturbed

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Impervious

Impossible to penetrate; incapable of being affected

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Impetuous

Quick to act without thinking

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Implacable

Unable to be calmed down or made peaceful

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Inchoate

Not fully formed; disorganized; rudimentary

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Ingenuous

Showing innocence or childlike simplicity

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Insipid

Lacking interest or flavor

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Intransigent

Uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled

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Inundate

To overwhelm; to cover with water

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Iracible

Easily made angry

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Laconic

Using few words

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Laconic

Using few words

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Lament

To express sorrow or grieve

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Laud

To give praise; glorify

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Lavish

To give unsparingly; extremely generous or extravagant

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Lethargic

Acting in an indifferent or slow, sluggish manner

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Loquacious

Talkative

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Lucid

Clear and easily understood

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Luminous

Bright, brilliant, glowing

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Malinger

To evade responsibility by pretending to be ill

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Malleable

Capable of being shaped

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Metaphor

A figure of speech comparing 2 different things; a symbol

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Meticulous

Extremely careful about details

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Misanthrope

A person who hates mankind

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Mitigate

To soften, to lessen

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Mollify

To calm or make less severe

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Monotony

Lack of variation

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Naive

Lacking sophistication or experience

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Obdurate

Hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion

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Obsequious

Overly submissive; easy to please

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Obstinate

Stubborn. Unyielding

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Obviate

To avoid/prevent, remove

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Occlude

To stop up; prevent passage of

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Onerous

Troublesome and oppressive

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Opaque

Impossible to see through; preventing the passage of light

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Opprobrium

Public disgrace

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Paradox

A contradiction or dilemma

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Paragon

Model of excellence or perfection

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Pedant

Someone who shows off learning

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Perfidious

Willing to betray ones trust

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Perfunctory

Done in a routine way, indifferent

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Permeate

To penetrate

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Philanthropy

Charity; a desire or effort to promote goodness

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Placate

To sooth or pacify

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Plastic

Able to be molded, altered or bent

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Plethora

Excess

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Pragmatic

Practical as opposed to idealistic

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Precipitate

To throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation

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Prevaricate

To lie or deviate from the truth

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Pristine

Fresh and clean; in corrupted

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Prodigal

Lavish; wasteful

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Proliferate

To increase in number quickly

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Propitiate

To conciliate; to appease (agreeing to raise wages for angry union members)

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Propriety

Correct behavior; obedience to rules and customs

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Prudence

Wisdom, caution, or restraint

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Pungent

Sharp and irritating to the senses

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Quiescent

Motionless

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Rarefy

Make thinner or sparser

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Repudiate

To reject the validity of

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Reticent

Silent, reserved

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Rhetoric

Effective writing or speaking

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Satiate

To satisfy fully or overindulge

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Soporific

Causing sleep or lethargy

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Specious

Deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible or attractive

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Stigma

A mark of shame or discredit

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Stolid

Unemotional; lacking sensitivity

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Sublime

Lofty; grand

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Tacit

Done without using words (making an agreement without using words)

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Taciturn

Silent; not talkative

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Tirade

Long, harsh speech or verbal attack

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Torpor

Extreme mental and physical sluggishness

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Transitory

Temporary, lasting a brief time

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Vacillate

To away physically; to be indecisive

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Venerate

To respect deeply

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Veracity

Filled with truth and accuracy

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Verbose

Wordy

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Vex

To annoy

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Volatile

Easily aroused or changeable; lively or explosive

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Waver

To fluctuate between choices

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Whimsical

Acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable

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Zeal

Passion, excitement

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Perfidy

An act of treachery

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Expiate

Atonement

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Preclude

Prevent

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Sophistry

A false argument; a fallacious argument

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Complaisance

Tendency to yield to the will of others

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Didactic

Teaching someone in a patronizing way

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Pavonine

Colorful