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apposite

(adj.) appropriate; suitable; apt
syn: germane
ant: immaterial

2

augur

(n.) a prophet or seer; (v.) to predict, foreshadow
syn: (v.) bode

3

bilk

(v.) to defraud, cheat, or swindle; to evade payment of; to frustrate, thwart

4

charisma

(n.) the special personal magnetism that makes an individual exceptionally appealing to other people; a divinely bestowed gift or power
syn: mystique

5

debilitate

(v.) to make weak or feeble
syn: enervate

6

execrable

(adj.) utterly detestable, hateful, or abhorrent; extremely inferior
syn: odious

7

impinge

(v.) to strike against or collide with violently; to encroach or obtrude upon; to make an impression upon

8

labyrinth

(n.) a bewildering maze; any confusing or complicated situation
syn: enigma

9

narcissism

(n.) excessive self-love; absorption in oneself

10

niggardly

(adj.) stingy; meanly small or insufficient
ant: magnanimous

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pastiche

(n.) a dramatic, musical, or literary work made up of bits and pieces from other sources; a hodgepodge

12

precarious

(adj.) very uncertain or unsure; dangerous or risky
syn: dubious

13

rapport

(n.) a close and harmonious relationship

14

utilitarian

(adj.) stressing practicality over other considerations; relating to the belief that what is good or desirable is determined purely by its usefulness
syn: pragmatic

15

vacuous

(adj.) devoid of matter, substance, or meaning; lacking ideas or intelligence; purposeless
syn: inane, insipid, fatuous
ant: incisive, trenchant

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vagary

(n.) an unpredictable, erratic, or seemingly purposeless action, occurrence, or notion
syn: caprice

17

viable

(adj.) capable of living or developing under normal circumstances
syn: feasible

18

xenophobia

(n.) undue or unreasonable fear, hatred, or contempt of foreigners or strangers or of what is foreign or strange

19

zany

(adj.) clownish or funny in a crazy, bizarre, or ludicrous way; (n.) one who plays the clown

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zealot

(n.) a fanatical partisan; an ardent follower