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Bashful

Adjective

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Shy, excessively timid (Frankie’s mother told him not to be bashful when he refused to attend a birthday party.)

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Abject

Adjective

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Wretched, pitiful (after losing all of her money, falling into a puddle, and breaking her ankle, Lauren was abject.)

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Canny

Adjective

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Shrewd, careful (the canny runner hung at the back of the pack through much of the race to watch the other runners, and then sprinted past them at the end.)

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Defer

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To postpone something, to yield to another’s wisdom (Ron deferred to Diane, the expert on musical instruments, when he was asked about buying a piano.)

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Egregious

Adjective

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Extremely bae (the student who threw sloppy he’s across the cafeteria was punished for his egregious behavior.)

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Fetid

Adjective

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Having a foul odor (I can tell from the fetid smell in your refrigerator that your milk had spoiled.)

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Gourmand

Noun

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Someone fond of eating and drinking (my parents, who used to eat little more than crackers and salad, have become real gourmands in their old age.)

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Imperious

Adjective

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Commanding, domineering (the imperious nature of your manner led me to dislike you at once.)

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Laudatory

Adjective

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Expressing admiration or praise (such laudatory comments are unusual from someone who is usually so reserved in his opinions.)

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Maverick

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An independent, nonconformist person (Andreas is a real maverick and always does things his own way.)

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Nocturnal

Adjective

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Relating to or occurring during the night ( Jackie was a nocturnal person; she would study until dawn and sleep until the evening.)

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Obtuse

Adjective

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Lacking quickness of the sensibility or intellect (political opponents warned that the prime minister’s obtuse approach to foreign policy would embroil the nation in mindless war.)

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Paradigm

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An example that is a perfect pattern or model (because the new SUV was so popular, it became the paradigm upon which all others were modeled.)

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Raucous

Adjective

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Loud, boisterous (Sarah’s neighbors called the cops when her house party hot too raucous.)

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Quandary

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A perplexed state (Carlos found himself in a quandary: should he chose mint, chocolate chip, or cookie dough?)