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ardor

warmth or heat of emotion; energy

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diffidence

shyness, reserve, unassertive

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implausible

not believable

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obdurate

stubborn, will not accept advice

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torpid

sluggish, inactive dull

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bequeth

to hand down, to leave in a will

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embroil

to entangle, to throw into confusion

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indelible

cannot be removed or erased

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placate

to appease, pacify by conceding

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voluble

can use words easily, fluent, glib

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acuity

sharpness of perception

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cacophonous

harsh sounding, dissonance

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effrontery

extreme boldness, audacity

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incontrobertible

indisputable

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plethora

superabundance

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aggrandizement

enhancement, enlargement

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circumspect

careful, cautious, prudent

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eschew

to avoid or to shun

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licentious

lacking moral or sexual restraint

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sublime

exalted, noble, uplifting

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belligerent

waging war; overly assertive

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despotic

ruling oppressively; tyrannical

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fallow

inactive, plowed but not sowed

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magnate

a person of power and influence

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surreptitious

secret, clandestine, stealthy

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buttress

a support or prop

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distend

to expand, to swell

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harbor

to give shelter or refuge

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obfuscating

confusing, making unclear

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zeal

enthusiasm, fervor

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acerbic

sour or bitter in mood or tone

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dissuade

to advise against, to talk out of

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humility

the quality of not being proud

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mettle

courage and strength in spirit

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recluse

one who lives in solitude, a hermit

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docile

easily managed, obedient, passive

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anomalous

out of place, abnormal

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indignation

anger as a result of injustice

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modicum

limited quality

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sated

satisfied filly, indulged to excess

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crass

coarse, crude, unrefined

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gravitate

to move towards something

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infidel

one who has no religious faith

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panache

grand or flamboyant manner; style

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vicarious

experienced through imagined participation in another's activity

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abnegate

to surrender or relinquish a right

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chimera

fantasy; hideous imagined creature

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fatuous

foolish, silly in an obnoxious way

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inveterate

firmly established

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spurious

not genuine, not true, not valid

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adversity

misfortune, unfavorable happening

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culpable

deserving blame; guilty

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humane

kind, compassionate, sympathetic

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neophyte

a recent convert; beginner; novice

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stolid

showing little emotion

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arcane

secret, mysterious

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debunk

to expose falseness or hypocrisy

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ineptness

lack of competence or judgement

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prattle

meaningless sounds, babble

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tome

a large book, a volume forming part of a larger work

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breadth

comprehensive quality; width

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entreaty

a plea, an earnest request

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ingrate

an ungrateful person

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predilection

preference

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turbulence

wild or disturbing activity

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burnish

to make shiny, to polish by rubbing

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chortle

to chuckle or to laugh from extreme happiness

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dogma

a system of beliefs or principles

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inexorable

incapable of being persuaded; relentless

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svelte

slim, slender

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calcify

to make inflexible or unchangeable

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clandestine

conducted with secrecy

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effusion

unrestrained expression of feelings

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invective

critical or abusive language; abuse

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ruse

clever trick, subterfuge

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erudite

scholarly

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sedulously

very diligent, accomplishing with painstaking care

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certitudes

things inevitable and certain

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maladroit

inept, awkward

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cognizant

aware, having knowledge

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bigot

one who is intolerant of any creed or belief differing from his own

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elegiac

mournful, epxressing sorrow

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iniquity

a gross injustice, wickedness

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obviates

to make unnecessary, to prevent

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raucous

loud and boisterous, harsh

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curmudgeon

a surly, grumpy, ill-mannered person

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fetter

to restrict by shackling

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moribund

at the point of death

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philology

study of literature

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traducer

one who speaks falsely; slanders

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coddle

to treat with extreme or excessive care

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infernal

relating to hell

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gilded

covered in gold

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allay

put fear, doubt, anger to rest

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dub

to honor with a new title

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befuddled

confused

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cupidity

greed

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emotive

characterized by emotion

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imperious

extremely overbearing

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jettison

to discard or to cast off

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