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watershed

area draining into a body of water

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wanton

reckless

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wane

to dwindle (decrease in strength

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viable

workable

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vestibule

a passage, hallway

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vagrant

wanderer

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vagary

erratic occurrence

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unalloyed

pure

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torrid

burning hot

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tedious

requiring great patience

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taxonomy

science of classification

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taxing

burdensome

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taut

tight

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tautology

statement which is always true

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surfeit

excess

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surmise

make an educated guess

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sublime

outstanding

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specious

false

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slake

to satisfy

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skulk

to move stealthily

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skimpy

scanty, not sufficient

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semblance

appearance

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self-effacing

shy

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sang-froid

mental calmness

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salvo

sudden outburst

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rife

widespread

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ribald

humorous

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rhetoric

persuasive language

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rhapsody

emotional work of art

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revulsion

strong dislike

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rejoinder

regale

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ravage

to destroy

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protrusion

something that sticks out

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protean

assuming different forms

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prostrate

lying face down

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privation

lack of comforts

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pristine

uncorrupted

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precocious

mature

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preclude

to exclude

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precis

concise summary

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precipitous

hasty, steep

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plebiscite

vote by entire electorate

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pert

lively and bold

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pertinacious

persistent

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perturbation

disturbance

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penitent

expressing sadness for a sin

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penance

accepting punishments

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pedant

trivial academic

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paradigm

framework

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pander

appeal to lower nature

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orb

spherical body

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orator

public speaker

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nuptial

marriage ceremony

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notoriety

unfavorable fame

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muse

to think

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municipality

city government

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misgiving

feeling of doubt

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miserliness

stinginess

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misanthrope

hater of mankind

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meed

reward

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meddler

one who interferes

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mecca

center of interest

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mead

alcohol from honey

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mawkish

emotional

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malefactor

evil-doer

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limpid

clear

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lien

claim on property

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lachrymose

tearful

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inveterate

deep-rooted

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inter

to bury

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intemperate

not moderate

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intelligible

understandable

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integral

essential

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insular

isolated

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infirmity

disease

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infelicitous

unhappy

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inculcate

to teach

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incubus

nightmare

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incremental

increasing gradually

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incoorigible

not correctible

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impound

to seize and confine

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impotent

powerless

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imposing

elegance

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ignoble

dishonorable

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hodgepodge

a random mixture

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hobble

impede movement

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hoary

very old

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histionic

overly dramatic

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hirsute

hairy

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gauche

lacking social grace

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garrulous

talkative

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fortuitous

fortunate

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fiscal

relating to taxing and spending

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fastidious

careful

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fallow

plowed

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fain

rather

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fad

temporary fashion

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factotum

employee with a lot of duties

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facility

a skill

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exoridum

introductory part

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exhorbitant

expensive

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exonerate

to clear from blame

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existentialism

philosophy of personal freedom

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exiguous

scanty, meager

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eschew

to avoid

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ennui

boredom

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ensconce

to settle comfortably

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elliptic

oval

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elocution

art of public speaking

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elegy

mournful poet

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droll

amusing

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draft

to outline, recruit

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dissension

difference of opinion

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disseminate

to spread

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disburse

to pay out

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detrimental

harmful

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detract

to diminish

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deter

to prevent

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detachment

uninterested

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desultory

rambling

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destitute

poverty stricken

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despot

tyrannical ruler

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deleterious

harmful

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dehumanizing

depriving human qualities

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cursory

hastily done

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durmudgeon

cranky person

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curator

caretaker

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countermand

to overrule

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countenance

facial expression

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cosset

to treat with care

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cosmopolitan

sophisticated

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corrosive

wearing away gradually

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contiguous

adjacent

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contemplate

to think over

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confection

candy, sweets

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conduit

tube

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comliness

physical grace

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collusion

collaboration

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collateral

payment of a loan

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collaborate

working together

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coiffure

hairdo

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catharsis

emotional purification

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catalyst

something that causes change

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cachet

mark of distinction

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cabal

plot

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byzantine

complex

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boon

blessing

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boomerang

to backfire

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bondage

slavery

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bombastic

high-sounding but meaningless

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benediction

blessing

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benchmark

standard of measure

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bellwether

indicator of trends

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aversion

intense dislike

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avatar

an incarnation

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avant-garde

leadership of new-movements

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avail

to make use of

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assess

to establish the value

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assertion

a claim without proof

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apostate

one who gives up a religion

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anchorite

a religious recluse

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anarchy

absence of government

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algorithm

computation, function

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alarmist

always scaring others

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adage

a proverb

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acumen

sharpness of insight

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abash

to make ashamed

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a priori

assumed to be true