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Manichean

having a philosophy or attitude of moral dualism, according to which a moral course of action involves a clear (or simplistic) choice between good and evil

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Sisyphean

both extremely effortful and futile | of or relating to Sisyphus

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anathema

something or someone that one vehemently dislikes | formal ecclesiastical curse accompanied by excommunication

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apoplectic

Overcome with anger | extremely indignant

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apostate

one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions

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ascribe

consider to be the origin of or belonging to

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assuage

make something (pain desire) less

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astute

clever quick at seeing to get an advantage

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atavistic

Relating to or characterized by reversion to something ancient or ancestral

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avuncular

like an uncle in kindness or indulgence | being or relating to an uncle

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belie

be in contradiction with | represent falsely | negate | contradict

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bequest

arrangement to give something at death | legacy | inheritance

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caustic

biting | sarcastic (in speech) | satire

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chimera

a grotesque product of the imagination | (Greek mythology) fire-breathing female monster with a lion's head and a goat's body and a serpent's tail | daughter of Typhon

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churlish

having a bad disposition | surly | rude and boorish

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comity

a state or atmosphere of harmony or mutual civility and respect

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conceit

Excessive pride in oneself | fanciful expression in writing or speech; an elaborate metaphor.

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contretemps

an awkward clash | an embarrassing mischance

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cynosure

something that strongly attracts attention and admiration | something that provides guidance (as Polaris guides mariners)

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depredate

To plunder, pillage, destroy | to exploit

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effete

marked by excessive self-indulgence and moral decay

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efficacy

production of a desired result

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encomium

warm or glowing praise | eulogy | panegyric | accolade

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epistemic

Of or relating to knowledge or to the degree of its validation

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eradicate

get rid of pull up by the roots

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fervid

Marked by often extreme emotion; Very hot : burning. 

suggests warm emotion that is expressed in a spontaneous or feverish manner

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fledgling

young and inexperienced | young bird that has become capable of flying

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fungible

of goods or commodities | freely exchangeable for or replaceable by another of like nature or kind in the satisfaction of an obligation | a commodity that is freely interchangeable with another in satisfying an obligation

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garish

gaudy | tastelessly showy | tawdry | raffish

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hackneyed

commonplace by overuse | trite | banal | platitude | cliched

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hagiography

a biography that idealizes or idolizes the person (especially a person who is a saint)

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iconoclast

person who attacks popular beliefs

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impugn

attack as false or wrong | challenge

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impunity

immunity from punishment or penalty

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incongruous

out of place not in harmony or agreement

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incumbency

term of office | tenure

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inebriety

habitual intoxication

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ingenuous PRON: in-JEN-you-us

Innocent and unsuspecting

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insalubrious

unhealthy | debilitating

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interlocutor

a person who takes part in a conversation | the performer in the middle of a minstrel line who engages the others in talk

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irascible

irritable | easily angered | choleric

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jingoism

an appeal intended to arouse patriotic emotions | fanatical patriotism

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juggernaut

a massive inexorable force that seems to crush everything in its way | a crude idol of Krishna carried on a massive float

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lope

move along with long strides

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louche

of questionable taste or morality

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luminary

star light-giving body

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lustrous

being bright polished

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natty

marked by smartness in dress and manners | dapper

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obloquy pron: AHB la kwee

censure, blame, or abusive language aimed at a person or thing, especially by numerous persons or by the general public | discredit, disgrace, or bad repute resulting from public blame, abuse, or denunciation | vituperation | calumny

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paradigm

a model example or pattern | prototype | epitome

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pariah

an outcast a rejected and despised person

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paroxysm

any sudden, violent outburst; a fit of violent action or emotion | a severe attack or a sudden increase in intensity of a disease, usually recurring periodically

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perspicacious PRON: per-spe-KAY-shus

acutely insightful and wise | having a ready insight into and understanding of things

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perspicuous

transparently clear | easily understandable

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piquant PRON: PEEkent

agreeably pungent, spicy, or tart | stimulating | of interestingly provocative or lively character

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polemicist

a writer who argues in opposition to others (especially in theology)

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prattle

to babble meaninglessly in an empty and idle manner

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proclivity

a natural or inborn tendency or inclination to behave in a certain specific way which is often objectionable or immoral

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prodigious

enormous | wonderful

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profligate

wasteful | extravagant | prodigal | licentious

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profundity

depth

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protean

taking on different forms

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provident

frugal | looking to the future

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putative

commonly put forth or accepted as true on inconclusive grounds

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rapacious

given to seizing for plunder or the satisfaction of greed | inordinately greedy; predatory; extortionate

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salubrious

favorable to or promoting health or well-being

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sequester

keep away from others | requisition forcibly | confiscate | approbate

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sinuous

winding | undulating | serpentine (snake-like)

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solipsism

the philosophical theory that the self is all that you know to exist

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solvent

able to meet financial obligations | able to dissolve another substance

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soporific

producing sleep | somnific | somnolent | slumberous

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stochastic

Lacking any predictable order or plan | non-deterministic | random

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sui generis PRON: SWEE gen-ER-us

Unique | of its own kind/genus

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sundry

various | miscellaneous | separate

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supersede

take the place of

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supplant

to take the place of | supersede

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to wit

That is to say | namely

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turbid

muddy | clouded with sediment |stirred up | murky | confused

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vestige

trace or sign

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volubility

fluency | verbosity | easy use of spoken language

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having a philosophy or attitude of moral dualism, according to which a moral course of action involves a clear (or simplistic) choice between good and evil

Manichean

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both extremely effortful and futile | of or relating to Sisyphus

Sisyphean

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something or someone that one vehemently dislikes | formal ecclesiastical curse accompanied by excommunication

anathema

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Overcome with anger | extremely indignant

apoplectic

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one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions

apostate

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consider to be the origin of or belonging to

ascribe

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make something (pain desire) less

assuage

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clever quick at seeing to get an advantage

astute

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Relating to or characterized by reversion to something ancient or ancestral

atavistic

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like an uncle in kindness or indulgence | being or relating to an uncle

avuncular

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be in contradiction with | represent falsely | negate | contradict

belie

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arrangement to give something at death | legacy | inheritance

bequest

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a deliberately misleading fabrication

canard

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biting | sarcastic (in speech) | satire

caustic

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a grotesque product of the imagination | (Greek mythology) fire-breathing female monster with a lion's head and a goat's body and a serpent's tail | daughter of Typhon

chimera

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having a bad disposition | surly | rude and boorish

churlish

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a state or atmosphere of harmony or mutual civility and respect

comity

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Excessive pride in oneself | fanciful expression in writing or speech; an elaborate metaphor.

conceit

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Standing out as to be clearly visible | attracting notice or attention

conspicuous

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an awkward clash | an embarrassing mischance

contretemps

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complicated | coiled | twisted | labyrinthine

convoluted

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like twilight | dim

crepuscular

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something that strongly attracts attention and admiration | something that provides guidance (as Polaris guides mariners)

cynosure

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To plunder, pillage, destroy | to exploit

depredate

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marked by excessive self-indulgence and moral decay

effete

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production of a desired result

efficacy

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warm or glowing praise | eulogy | panegyric | accolade

encomium

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Of or relating to knowledge or to the degree of its validation

epistemic

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get rid of pull up by the roots

eradicate

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Marked by often extreme emotion; Very hot / burning.

Suggests warm emotion that is expressed in a spontaneous or feverish manner

fervid

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young and inexperienced | young bird that has become capable of flying

fledgling

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of goods or commodities | freely exchangeable for or replaceable by another of like nature or kind in the satisfaction of an obligation | a commodity that is freely interchangeable with another in satisfying an obligation

fungible

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gaudy | tastelessly showy | tawdry | raffish

garish

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fear of women

gynophobia

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commonplace by overuse | trite | banal | platitude | cliched

hackneyed

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a biography that idealizes or idolizes the person (especially a person who is a saint)

hagiography

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person who attacks popular beliefs

iconoclast

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attack as false or wrong | challenge

impugn

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immunity from punishment or penalty

impunity

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out of place not in harmony or agreement

incongruous

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term of office | tenure

incumbency

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habitual intoxication

inebriety

123

Innocent and unsuspecting

ingenuous PRON: in-JEN-you-us

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unhealthy | debilitating

insalubrious

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a person who takes part in a conversation | the performer in the middle of a minstrel line who engages the others in talk

interlocutor

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irritable | easily angered | choleric

irascible

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an appeal intended to arouse patriotic emotions | fanatical patriotism

jingoism

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a massive inexorable force that seems to crush everything in its way | a crude idol of Krishna carried on a massive float

juggernaut

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move along with long strides

lope

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of questionable taste or morality

louche

131

star light-giving body

luminary

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being bright polished

lustrous

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marked by smartness in dress and manners | dapper

natty

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censure, blame, or abusive language aimed at a person or thing, especially by numerous persons or by the general public | discredit, disgrace, or bad repute resulting from public blame, abuse, or denunciation | vituperation | calumny

obloquy pron: AHB la kwee

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a model example or pattern | prototype | epitome

paradigm

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an outcast a rejected and despised person

pariah

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any sudden, violent outburst; a fit of violent action or emotion | a severe attack or a sudden increase in intensity of a disease, usually recurring periodically

paroxysm

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acutely insightful and wise | having a ready insight into and understanding of things

perspicacious PRON: per-spe-KAY-shus

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transparently clear | easily understandable

perspicuous

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agreeably pungent, spicy, or tart | stimulating | of interestingly provocative or lively character

piquant PRON: PEEkent

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a writer who argues in opposition to others (especially in theology)

polemicist

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to babble meaninglessly in an empty and idle manner

prattle

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a natural or inborn tendency or inclination to behave in a certain specific way which is often objectionable or immoral

proclivity

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enormous | wonderful

prodigious

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wasteful | extravagant | prodigal | licentious

profligate

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depth

profundity

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taking on different forms

protean

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frugal | looking to the future

provident

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commonly put forth or accepted as true on inconclusive grounds

putative

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given to seizing for plunder or the satisfaction of greed | inordinately greedy; predatory; extortionate

rapacious

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make or become pure cultural

refine

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favorable to or promoting health or well-being

salubrious

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keep away from others | requisition forcibly | confiscate | approbate

sequester

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winding | undulating | serpentine (snake-like)

sinuous

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the philosophical theory that the self is all that you know to exist

solipsism

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able to meet financial obligations | able to dissolve another substance

solvent

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producing sleep | somnific | somnolent | slumberous

soporific

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Lacking any predictable order or plan | non-deterministic | random

stochastic

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Unique | of its own kind/genus

sui generis PRON: SWEE gen-ER-us

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various | miscellaneous | separate

sundry

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take the place of

supersede

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to take the place of | supersede

supplant

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That is to say | namely

to wit

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muddy | clouded with sediment |stirred up | murky | confused

turbid

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trace or sign

vestige

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fluency | verbosity | easy use of spoken language

volubility

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Fervent

Exhibiting or marked by great intensity of feeling :  zealous

reserved for a kind of emotional warmth that is steady and sincere

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Exhibiting or marked by great intensity of feeling :  zealous

reserved for a kind of emotional warmth that is steady and sincere

Fervent