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assertion

a declaration or statement

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adept

skillful

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coherent

logically connected

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cohesive

condition of sticking together

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didactic

intended to instruct

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discourse

verbal expression or exchange; conversation

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eloquence

the ability to speak vividly or persuasively

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dire

urgent, dreadful

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rhetoric

the art of using language effectively and persuasively

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lucid

easily understood; clear

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atrophy

waste away

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biased

prejudiced

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exemplar

representative example

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impartial

not in favor of one side or the other, unbiased

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incontrovertible

not able to be denied or disputed

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integrity

trustworthiness; completeness

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objectivity

treating facts without influence from personal feelings or prejudices

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plausible

seemingly valid or acceptable; credible

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substantiated

supported with proof or evidence; verified

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vindicated

free from blame

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condescending

treating people as weak or inferior

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contemptuous

feeling hatred; scornful

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desolate

bare, barren, empty

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disdain

(n) contempt; scorn; (v) to regard or treat with contempt; to look down on

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haughty

arrogant; vainly proud

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imperious

arrogantly domineering or overbearing

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patronizing

treating in a condescending manner

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conflagration

a widespread fire

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arid

describing a dry, rainless climate

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squalid

rundown, sorid, sleazy

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convoluted

intricate; complex

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cryptic

difficult to comprehend

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impede

to slow the progress of

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quandary

a state of uncertainty or perplexity

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indolent

lazy

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innovative

novel or new (idea or invention)

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lament

express grief for; mourn

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listless

lacking energy

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melancholy

sadness; depression

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infer

to guess, conclude or derive by guessing

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disparity

inequality in age, rank, or degree; difference

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impinge

hinder; interfere with

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geriatric

relating to old age

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servile

submissive; like a servant

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suppressed

subdued; kept from being circulated

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dubious

doubtful; of unlikely authenticity

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fabricated

made; concocted to deceive

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hypocrisy

the practice of pretending to be something one is not; insincerity

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slander

false charges and malicious oral statements about someone

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lucrative

capable of making a lot of money; profitable

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embellish

to make beautiful by ornamenting; to decorate

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florid

describing flowery or elaborate speech

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opulent

exhibiting a display of great wealth

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ornate

elaborately decorated

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ostentatious

describing a showy or pretentious display

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poignant

profoundly moving; touching

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inconsequential

unimportant

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superficial

concerned only with what is on the surface or obvious; shallow

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tenuous

having little substance or strength; shaky; unsure; weak

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trivial

of little importance or significance

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enumerate

to specify or count

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effusive

emotionally unrestrained; gushy

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egregious

conspicuously bad or offensive

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frenetic

wildly exciting or active

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gratuitous

given freely; unearned; unwarranted

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superfluous

extra; unnecessary

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elusive

difficult to capture

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expend

to use up (as in energy or money)

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transient

passing away with time; passing from one place to another

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flourish

to prosper, grow, or make fast progress

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alleviate

to ease a pain or burden

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asylum

a place of retreat or security

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fluctuate

to rise and fall, unstable

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benevolent

well-meaning; generous

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benign

kind and gentle

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scrutinize

to examine carefully or critically

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sinister

ominous, evil

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sanction

to give official authorization or approval

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candor

sincerity; openness

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frank

open and sincere in expression; straightforward

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exemplary

commendable; worthy of imitation

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idealize

to consider perfect

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stark

very plain, devoid of details or features

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paramount

of chief concern or importance

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venerated

highly respected

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catalog

to make an itemized list of

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facile

done or achieved with little effort; easy

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fastidious

possessing careful attention to detail; difficult to please

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meticulous

extremely careful and precise

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solvent

able to pay one’s debt

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alienated

removed or disassociated from (friends, family, homeland)

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abstract

not applied to actual objects

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anachronism

something out of place in time or sequence

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athropomorphism

the attribution of humanlike characteristics to inanimate objects, animals, or forces of nature

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apparatus

equipment; a group of machines

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tentative

not yet finalized

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archetype

a perfect example; an original pattern or model

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brittle

easily broken when subjected to pressure

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treacherous

dangerous and unstable

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tactful

skilled at dealing with people

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