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Importune

(v.) To press or beset with solicitations; demand with urgency or persistence. To make improper advances toward (a person). To beg for (something) urgently or persistently.

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Cantankerous

(adj.) Difficult to deal with, disagreeable, argumentative, quick to quarrel or exhibit ill will.

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Quotidian

(adj.) Daily: a quotidian report. Usual or customary; everyday: quotidian needs. Ordinary; commonplace: paintings of no more than quotidian artistry. (Of a fever, ague, etc.) characterized by paroxysms that recur daily. (n.) Something recurring daily.

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Flounder

(v.) To struggle with stumbling or plunging movements (usually followed by about, along, on, through, etc.): He saw the child floundering about in the water. To struggle clumsily or helplessly: He floundered helplessly on the first day of his new job.

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Ebullient

(adj.) Overflowing with fervor, enthusiasm, or excitement; high-spirited: The award winner was in an ebullient mood at the dinner in her honor. Bubbling up like a boiling liquid.


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Transient

(adj.) Temporary, passing away with time, lasting only a short while, momentary, fleeitng, short-lived (in which –lived is pronounced with a long I, as in strive): the transient guest.

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Defray

(v.) To pay, provide money for, cover the cost or expenses of.

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Circumscribe

(v.) To limit, restrict, confine, hem in, fix the boundaries of.

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Boon

(n.) A blessing, timely and welcome benefit, something beneficial bestowed upon one, something to be thankful for.

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Erudite

(adj.) Learned, scholarly, possessing extensive knowledge acquired chiefly from books.

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Egregarious

(adj.) Conspicuously bad, remarkable or outstanding for some undesirable or offensive quality. Synonyms: flagrant, outrageous, excessive, shocking, gross, monstrous, notorious.

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Rebuff

(v.) To refuse bluntly, reject sharply, turn down abruptly, snub, spurn.

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Cache

(n.) A hiding place, especially one in the ground, for ammunition, food, treasures, etc.: She hid her jewelry in a little cache in the cellar. Anything so hidden: The enemy never found our cache of food.

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Malaise

(n.) A condition of general bodily weakness or discomfort, often marking the onset of a disease. A vague or unfocused feeling of mental uneasiness, lethargy, or discomfort.