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Utilitarian

adj. useful

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Malapropism

n. use of similar sounding but incorrect word

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Equivocate

v. use ambiguous language to conceal the truth or avoid committing oneself

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Gauche

adj. lacking ease or grace; unsophisticated and socially awkward

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Maladroit

adj. unskillful; clumsy

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Plenary

adj. unqualified, absolute

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Fitfully

adv. Not regularly or continuously; unpredictably

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Fickle

adj. changing frequently, esp. as regards to one's loyalties, interests, or affection; unpredictable

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Profane

adj. relating or devoted to that which is not sacred or biblical; (of language) blasphemous or obscene

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Hapless

adj. (esp. of a person) unfortunate

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Unpropitious

adj. (of a circumstance) not giving or indicating a good chance of success; unfavorable

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Vicissitude

n. an unexpected change in fortune or circumstances; alternation between opposite or contrasting things

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Untoward

adj. unexpected and inappropriate or inconvenient

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Unalloyed

adj. undiluted and pure; total

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Fallow

adj. uncultivated

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Presentiment

n. an intuitive feeling about the future

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Sophistry

n. the use of fallavious arguments, esp. with the intention of deceiving

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Rabble

n. a mob; a disorderly crowd

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Malediction

n. a curse

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Clangor

n. a continuous loud banging or wringing sound

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Sequelae

n. a condition that is the consequence of a previous disease or injury

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Cache

n. a collection of items stored

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Blunderbuss

n. an action or way of doing something regarded as lacking in subtlety and precision; a clumsy person

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Earmark

n. a characteristic or identifying feature

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Vicissitude

n. a change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant; alternation between opposite or contrasting things

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Encumbrances

n. a burden or impediment

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Contusion

n. a bruise

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Contrapuntal

adj. of or in counterpoint; (of a piece of music) with two or more independent melodic lines

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Wanton

adj. sexually immodest or promiscuous; (a cruel and violent act) deliberate and unprovoked

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Maven

n. an expert