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Abrogate

to abolish by formal action

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acquiesce

to give in; to agree

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acuity

sharpness of perception or mind

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affable

friendly; agreeable

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alacrity

eagerness or enthusiasm

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ambiguous

unclear; uncertain

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ameliorate

to improve

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anarchy

lack of government; chaos

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apathy

lack of emotion or interest

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apprehensive

fearful or worried

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Assuage

to reduce or relieve

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Astute

clever or perceptive

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Atrophy

to waste away from lack of use

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Augment

to add to or increase

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Austere

severe; strict

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Autonomy

self-rule; independence

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Avarice

greed

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Banal

commonplace; dull; ordinary

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Bastion

a stronghold; a fort

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Benign

kindly; good-natured; harmless

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Blasphemy

irreverent or negative talk about religion

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Candor

frankness, honesty

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Capricious

whimsical; unpredictable

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Collaborate

to cooperate or work together

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Complacent

smug; self-satisfied; unconcerned

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Compliance

conforming to a request or demand

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Conciliate

to soothe anger

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Congregation

a crowd of people; an assembly

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Credulous

gullible; ready to believe without proof

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Deference

a show of respect

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Denounce

to speak against publicly

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Depravity

corruption; wickedness

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Derision

contempt; ridicule

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Desecrate

to disrespect or deface something sacred

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Didactic

intended to teach; instructive; moralizing

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Diffident

shy; lacking confidence

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Discern

to distinguish one thing from another

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Disparage

to speak poorly of or mock

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Disparity

inequality

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Dissent

disagreement; to oppose or disagree

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Denounce

to speak against publicly

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Depravity

corruption; wickedness

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Derision

contempt; ridicule

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Desecrate

to disrespect or deface something sacred

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Didactic

intended to teach; instructive; moralizing

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Diffident

shy; lacking confidence

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Discern

to distinguish one thing from another

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Disparage

to speak poorly of or mock

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Disparity

inequality

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Dissent

disagreement; to oppose or disagree

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dissonance

lack of agreement or harmony

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dogmatic

stubbornly opinionated; inflexible

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drone

a continuous humming sound; to talk on and on

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dubious

doubtful; questionable

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eccentric

odd or out of the ordinary; quirky

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elucidate

to explain; to make clear

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enigma

a mystery; hard to understand or explain

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euphonious

melodious; pleasant sounding

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expedient

advantageous; convenient

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expedite

to quicken or accelerate

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extol

to praise

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fastidious

meticulous; difficult to please

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flagrant

glaringly wrong; obviously faulty

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futile

unsuccessful; pointless

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guile

cunning; deceitfulness

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gullible

overly trusting

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heretic

someone who rejects accepted ideas; nonbeliever

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immutable

unchanging; permanent

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incessant

non-stop

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indifferent

having no preference; unconcerned

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indolence

laziness; apathy

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innocuous

harmless; insignificant

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innovate

to transform or modernize

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insipid

bland; boring

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jubilation

joy, exultation

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laud

to praise

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lobbyist

person who seeks to inform politics

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magnanimous

generous; noble

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mercurial

rapidly changing; temperamental

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novel

new; interesting

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nascent

just beginning; emerging

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obscure

unclear; to conceal or complicate

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obfuscate

to render unintelligible or confusing

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parsimony

stinginess

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paucity

scarcity

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pedestrian

commonplace; ordinary

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perfunctory

careless; showing little effort

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peripheral

off to the side; unimportant

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petulant

rude; irritable

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philanthropist

someone who benefits mankind

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dissonance

lack of agreement or harmony

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dogmatic

stubbornly opinionated; inflexible

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drone

a continuous humming sound; to talk on and on

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dubious

doubtful; questionable

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eccentric

odd or out of the ordinary; quirky

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elucidate

to explain; to make clear

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enigma

a mystery; hard to understand or explain

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euphonious

melodious; pleasant sounding

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expedient

advantageous; convenient

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expedite

to quicken or accelerate

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