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Hyperbole

An exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech

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Heretical

believing in or practicing religious heresy

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harangue

to deliver a pompous speech

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Gregarious

Sociable and outgoing

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Furtive

Sneaky

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Fallacy

An invalid or incorrect notion.

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Facetious

Playful

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Exonerate

To remove blame

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Eulogy

A speech honoring the dead

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Esoteric

Intended for or understood by a small, specific group

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Ephemeral

Brief, fleeting

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Enigmatic

Mysterious, difficult to understand

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Empirical

Based on observation or experiment

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Emollient

Soothing, especially to the skin

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Elegy

A mournful poem, especially one lamenting the dead

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Eclectic

Wide-ranging

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Ebullience

The quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings

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Dogmatic

Opinionated

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Discretion

Cautious reserve in speech, secrets

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Didactic

Intended to teach or instruct

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Demur

To question or oppose

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Dearth

Scarcity, smallness of quantity or number

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Culpable

Deserving blame

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Contrite

Regretful; seeking forgiveness

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Contentious

Argumentative

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Complaisance

The willingness to comply with the wishes of others

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Cogent

Appealing forcibly to the mind or reason, convincing

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Chary

Wary, cautious

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Caustic

Burning or stinging

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Catalyst

A person or thing causing change

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Castigation

Severe criticism or punishment

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Canon

An established set of principles or code of laws

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Cacophony

Harsh, jarring, racket

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Bucolic

Rustic and pastoral; characteristics of rural areas and their inhabitants

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Burgeon

To grow rapidly or flourish

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Axiom

A universally recognized principle; accepted truth

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Avarice

Greedy, especially for wealth

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Ascetic

One who practices rigid self-denial

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Ameliorate

To make better or more tolerable

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Aesthetic

Concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty

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Adulation

Excessive praise, intense adoration

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Accolade

honor, an expression of praise

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Abate

To lessen in intensity or degree

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Inveigle

To obtain by deception or flattery

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Intransigent

Refusing to compromise

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Innocuos

Harmless, causing no damage

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inert

Unmoving, sluggish

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Incipient

Beginning to come into being or to become apparent

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Impecunious

Lacking funds