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degenerate

decline, deteriorate physically, mentally, morally
profligate, debauched, lapse, regress, slump
=\ improve

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inarticulate

a. unable to speak distinctly or express oneself clearly

=\ fluent, natural, eloquent, effortless

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take on

oppose, be against
a wrestler who took on all comers.

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parable

a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson
allegory
fable
exemplum
parable of a prodigal son

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bolt

2. run away suddenly out of control
the horse shied and bolted.
dash, dart, sprint, hurtle, careen, shoot, bound

eat or swallow quickly
puppies bolt down their food.
devour, gobble up, gulp down, wolf down

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fecal

excrement
solid waste released from the body
fecal incontinence (failure to control the evacuative functions)

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prickly

having many sharp points
stinging sensation
troublesome, vexatious
=\ freckle

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shear [shir]

cut the hair, wool off (animal)
deprive of sth as if by cutting
Lives SHORN of any hope
pp. shorn or sheared

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attire

dress, array especially fancy or rich garments

proper attire is required at the restaurant.
needed some snazzy (attractive and stylish) attire for the interview.

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conceited

haughty, fanciful, arrogant, biggety, bigheaded, swellheaded, complacent, consequential, overweening, self-conceited, smug, stuck-up, vainglorious, pompous

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assail

attack violently with blows or words

syn. sally (sudden attack, funny and
smart remarks )
bash, blast, belabor, castigate, excoriate, jump on, lambast, savage, potshot, scathe, slam, trash, vituperate

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surmise

conjecture, speculate, assume, daresay, presume
form a notion from scanty evidence

surmettre pp. surmise from Middle English to allege

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analgesic

painkiller, anesthetic, anodyne

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briquette

a compact often brick shaped mass of usually fine material
a charcoal briquette
brique - brick

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pneumatic

curvy, curvaceous, shapely
filled with air
a pneumatic blonde
a pneumatic sex symbol in the 1950s

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scanty

a very small amount

his allegation was based on scanty evidence.

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despondency

depression
despair

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denigrate

minimise
belittle
derogate

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recalcitrant

stubbornly disobedient
defiant
resistant
difficult to manage
not responsive to treatment

re-
calc- : kick
kick back

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disembowel

take the stomach out
remove the substance of

a program disembowelled by spending cuts

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epithet

an offensive name or word used as a way of abusing or insulting

racial epithets
earn the epithet "smart ass"
hurling epithets at one another

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eponymous

a name (as of drug or disease) based on or derived from the name of a person

named after someone's name

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hypothermia

subnormal temperature of the body

hypo- : under, down
less than normal
hypoblast
hypodermic injection
hypesthsia (impaired or decreased tactile sensibility)
hypotension (low blood pressure)

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pluripotent

capable of differentiating into one of many cell types
pluripotent stem cells

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rattle

rattlesnake
make a rapid succession of short sharp noises
move with a clatter or rattle
say, perform, affect in a brisk lively fashion

rattled around the big old house

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bewilder

confuse someone very much
baffle, maze,
astonish (great wonder, sudden fear),
stagger (move unsteadily)

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reprobate

criminal
evildoer
villain

v. reject

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lax

not stringent
being loose
slack

lax control
lax foreman (a leader member of the jury)

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ocular

relating to the eye

ocular inspection
ocular testimony
ocular muscle
ocular spectrum
ocular diseases

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rectitude

moral righteousness

rectus: straight, right

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contrive

form or make in a skillful or clever way

devise, plan, manage

concoct, trump up, vamp up, excogitate, fabricate, make up

con(composer) + trive (trouver)

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wind up [waind]

bring to a conclusion
end up
put in order for the purpose of bringing to an end
winds up the meeting

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bellicose

favouring or inclined to start quarrels or fight

belligerent
agonistic
brawly
chippy
feisty

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hypoallergenic

having little likelihood of causing an allergic response

hypoallergenic food/cosmetics

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opt

choose
OPT FOR a tax increase
OPT TO reinstate the fixed telephone service
=\ OPT OUT: exclude in the final decision
opt out of the project

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otiose [osheos]

futile
pointless
idle
functionless

it would be OTIOSE to inquire what you thought of it since you haven't read the book.

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derange

fr. déranger
confuse
disarrange
make insane
disturb

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supplant

supersede (another) by force or treachery
displace
substitute

old fashions were SUPPLANTED by modern ways.

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profuse

pouring forth liberally
extravagant
bountiful

be PROFUSE in their thanks
offer PROFUSE apologies
a PROFUSE harvest

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RETICENT

reluctant
hesitant
cagey
dubious
disinclined
indisposed
loath

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brawn

muscular strength

an actor more famous for his BRAWN than for his talent

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contemptuous

abhorrent
disdainful
scornful

loutish tourists who are CONTEMPTUOUS of the ways and traditions of their host countries.

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seclusion

segregation
sequestration
isolation

seclusion of women occurs in some countries.

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antidote

something that corrects or improve the bad effects of something

ANTIDOTE to the poison
an ANTIDOTE to boredom

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apparatus

tool of equipment used for specific activities
systems or organisations for operating something

APPARATUS of society
gymnastics APPARATUS
medical APPARATUS

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congenital
connatural

inborn
innate