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allay

to calm or pacify, set to rest; to lessen or relieve

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bestial

beastlike; beastly, brutal; subhuman in intelligence and sensibility

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convivial

festive, sociable, having fun together, genial

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coterie

a circle of acquaintances; a close-knit, often exclusive, group of people with a common interest

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counterpart

a person or thing closely resembling or corresponding to another; a complement

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demur

to object or take exception to; an objection

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effrontery

shameless boldness, impudence

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embellish

to decorate, adorn, touch up; to improve by adding details

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ephemeral

lasting only a short time, short-lived

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felicitous

appropriate, apt, well chosen; marked by well-being or good fortune, happy

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furtive

done slyly or stealthily, sneaky, secret, shifty; stolen

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garish

glaring; tastelessly showy or overdecorated in a vulgar or offensive way

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illusory

misleading, deceptive; lacking in or not based on reality

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indigent

needy, impoverished

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inordinate

far too great, exceeding reasonable limits, excessive

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jettison

to cast overboard, get rid of as unnecessary or burdensome

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misanthrope

a person who hates or despises people

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pertinacious

very persistent; holding firmly to a course of action or a set of beliefs; hard to get rid of, refusing to be put off or denied

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picayune

of little value or importance, paltry, measly; concerned with trifling matters, small-minded

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raiment

clothing, garments

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allege

to assert without proof or confirmation

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arrant

throughgoing, out-and-out; shameless, blatant

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badinage

light and playful conversation

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conciliate

to overcome the distrust of, win over; to appease, pacify; to reconcile, make consistent

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countermand

to cancel or reverse one order or command with another that is contrary to the first

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echelon

one of a series of grades in an organization or field of activity; an organized military unit; a steplike formation or arrangement

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exacerbate

to make more violent, severe, bitter, or painful

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fatuous

stupid or foolish in a self-satisfied way

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irrefutable

impossible to disprove; beyond argument

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juggernaut

a massive and inescapable force or object that crushes whatever is in its path

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lackadaisical

lacking spirit or interest, halfhearted

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litany

a prayer consisting of short appeals to God recited by the leader alternating with responses from the congregation; any repetitive chant; a long list

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macabre

grisly, gruesome; horrible, distressing; having death as a subject

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paucity

an inadequate quantity, scarcity, death

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portend

to indicate beforehand that something is about to happen; to give advance warning of

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raze

to tear down, destroy completely; to cut or scrape off or out

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recant

to withdraw a statement or belief to which one has previously been committed, renounce, retract

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saturate

to soak thoroughly, fill to capacity; to satisfy fully

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saturnine

of a gloomy or surly disposition; cold or sluggish in mood

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slough

to cast off, discard; to get rid of something objectionable or unnecessary; to plod through as if through mud; a mire; a state of depression

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acclamation

a shout of welcome; an overwhelming verbal vote of approval

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