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abatement

decrease in force

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absolutist

one in favor of total control by a ruler

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accost

to approach and speak to

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acrimonious

bitter, as in feeling, language, or tone

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analgesic

painkiller

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anomaly

unusual event or thing

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apocryphal

false; of doubtful origin

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bilk

to steal

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blight

widespread disease

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boon

a benefit

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buttress

to support

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capitulate

to give in

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celerity

speed

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cessation

ending

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coiffure

hairdo

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conduit

a channel or vehicle for transporting something

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curmudgeon

cranky; irritable old man

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debility

weakness

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deplore

to regret deeply

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disquietude

uneasiness; anxiety

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diurnal

during the daytime

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eddy

moving against the current, swirling water

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effervescent

bubbly

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espouse

to support

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euphemism

word to replace an offensive word

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ferret

to find by searching persistently

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ignominy

dishonor

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indelible

permanent

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inexorable

unstoppable

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libel

printed lies that harm someone

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maudlin

overly sentimental

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odious

disgusting

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ornithologist

one who studies birds

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pejorative

insulting

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perpetuate

to make last

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prevaricate

to lie

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proselytizer

one who attempts to convert others to their religion

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protrusion

something that sticks out

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quagmire

a problem that is difficult to escape

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raconteur

storyteller

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retinue

staff for a high-ranking person

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rhapsodize

to express with great delight

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savant

someone knows a lot

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seismologist

one who studies earthquakes

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smorgasbord

meal involving many kinds of tools

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somnambulist

storyteller

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staid

serious

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tantamount

equivalent

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tome

a long book

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unheralded

unannounced

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viscous

sticky; gluey; thickly liquid