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abstract

theoretical; not concrete

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Ostracize

To exclude someone from a group

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Sadistic

Deriving pleasure from someone else's pain

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acquiesce

assent; agree passively

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banal

Common in a boring way

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bastion

fortress; defense

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behoove

be suited to

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beleaguer

besiege

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belie

contradict; give false impression

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cajole

coax; wheedle

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candor

frankness

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capricious:

fickle; incalculable

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careen

lurch; sway from side to side

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carnage

destruction of life

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daunt

intimidate

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debilitate

weaken

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decadence

moral or cultural decline as characterized by excessive indulgence in pleasure and luxury

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decapitate

behead

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decorous

proper

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eccentric

odd; whimsical; irregular

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eclectic

selective in choosing from a variety of sources

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edify

instruct; correct morally

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effervescent

exuberant; bubbly and excited

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effigy

mannequin fashioned in the recognizable image of someone

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fallacious

misleading

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fanaticism

excessive zeal

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fastidious

difficult to please; squeamish

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fathom

comprehend; investigate

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fauna

animals of a period or region

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accolade

award of merit

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flout

reject; mock

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fluke

unlikely occurrence

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forbearance

patience

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fortitude

bravery; courage

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frivolity

lack of seriousness

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galvanize

stimulate by shock; stir up

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gambol

skip; leap playfully

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garbled

mixed up; based on false or unfair selection

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garish

gaudy; tacky

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garner

gather; store up

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suave

charming, confident, and elegant

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haggard

wasted away; gaunt

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haggle

argue about prices

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hamper

obstruct

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conceited

excessively proud of oneself; vain:

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ideology

ideas of a group of people

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idiom

special usage in language

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idiosyncrasy

peculiarity; eccentricity

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idolatry

worship of idols; excessive admiration

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idyllic

charmingly carefree; simple

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jaded

fatigued; surfeited

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jargon

language used by a special group; gibberish

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jaundiced

yellowed; prejudiced; envious

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jaunt

trip; short journey

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jaunty

stylish; perky; carefree

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kindle

start a fire; inspire

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kindred

related; belonging to the same family

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kinetic

producing motion

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kismet

fate

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kith

familiar friends

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lament

grieve; express sorrow

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lampoon

ridicule

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languish

lose strength and pine away

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laud

praise

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legacy

gift made by a will

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magnanimous

generous

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marred

damaged; disfigured

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marshal

put in order

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meander

to wind or turn in its course

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nauseate

cause to become sick; fill with disgust

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nebulous

vague; hazy; cloudy

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nefarious

very wicked

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negation

denial

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nemesis

arch enemy

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obliterate

destroy completely

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obstinate

stubborn

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oblivion

forgetfulness

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meager

scanty; inadequate

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odious

hateful

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ominous

threatening

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parody

humorous imitation

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paroxysm

fit or attack of pain, laughter, rage

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parsimonious

stingy, excessively frugal

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partisan

one sided; prejudiced; committed to a party

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perfunctory

superficial; not thorough

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qualified

limited; restricted

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quandary

dilemma

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queasy

easily nauseated; squeamish

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quell

put down; quiet

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quibble

equivocate; play on words

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