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1

bigot

narrow-minded, prejudiced person; He is a political bigot.

2

enfranchise

give voting rights; The effort will enfranchise the homeless.

3

noxious

harmful, poisonous; The fumes are extremely noxious.

4

placid

peaceful; We went fishing in the placid waters.

5

remuneration

payment for work done; He received little remuneration for his services.

6

abrasive

harsh; He spoke in an abrasive manner.

7

bilk

defraud; He bilked the government out of taxes.

8

engender

cause; Hatred engenders violence.

9

knotty

complex; This is a knotty problem.

10

nuance

something subtle; He appreciates every small nuance.

11

abasement

humiliation; He faced public abasement.

12

harangue

noisy, attacking speech; I was attacked with a harangue of criticism.

13

nullify

to counter; The contract was nullified.

14

replete

full; The letter was replete with sentimentality.

15

abrogate

cancel or deny; The law was abrogated.

16

harbingers

indicators or bringers of warnings; Frost is a harbinger of winter.

17

labyrinthine

complicated, highly convoluted; I ran through the labyrinthine alleyways.

18

plaudit

statement giving strong praise; The movie won the plaudits of the critics.

19

absolution

pardon or release; He was granted absolution for his wrongdoings.

20

ensconce

establish firmly in a position; She sat ensconced in a chair.

21

obdurate

stubborn; She softened her obdurate heart.

22

reprieve

a respite; postponement of a service; He was granted a reprieve from the army.

23

tawdry

of little value; gaudy; Don't wear cheap and tawdry clothes.

24

blighted

damaged, destroyed; The scandal blighted his career.

25

credulous

gullible; He was duped due to his credulousness.

26

lachrymose

tearful, sad; I saw a lachrymose musical.

27

obfuscate

deliberately make something difficult to understand; He obfuscated the deal with extraneous information.

28

repudiate

shun, eschew; He firmly repudiated the claim.

29

tedium

boredom; I saw through the tedium of traffic.

30

abstemious

self-denying; She is on an abstemious diet.

31

blithe

carefree; The child has a blithe spirit.

32

crepuscular

active at dawn and dusk; The crepuscular animals sleep during the day.

33

temper

to moderate; soften; Temper the fire.

34

abstruse

obscure; These theories are very abstruse.

35

blunderbuss

ancient weapon (type of gun); a clumsy person; He is a foolish blunderbuss.

36

envenom

to cause bitterness and bad feeling; He envenomed her heart.

37

hedonism

self-indulgence; Do no live in hedonism.

38

laconic

using few words; She only gave a laconic reply.

39

oblique

indirect; slanting; He makes mysterious and oblique remarks.

40

tenacious

resolute; holding firm to a purpose; I respect his tenaciousness.

41

ephemeral

short-lived; Enjoy the ephemeral joys of childhood.

42

hedonist

a pleasure seeker; Do not give in to your hedonist impulses.

43

lamentation

expression of regret or sorrow; She wailed in lamentation.

44

acquiesce

to give in to; The parents acquiesced to the child's tantrum.

45

bombast

arrogant, pompous language; He delivers his stories with annoying bombast.

46

curtail

cut short; Curtail the lengthy speech.

47

epicure

someone who appreciates good food and drink; The epicure went on a food tour.

48

lampoon

ridicule; spoof; The cartoon lampooned the governor.

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tenuous

flimsy; He lost the debate because of a tenuous argument.