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acolyte

a person assisting a priest in a religious service or procession.

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anoint

  1. smear or rub with oil, typically as part of a religious ceremony.

  2. nominate or choose (someone) as successor to or leading candidate for a position.

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base

  1. use (something specified) as the foundation or starting point for something.

  2. (adjective)without moral principles; ignoble.

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coercion

the action or practice of persuading someone to do something by using force or threats.

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coin

  1. invent

  2. a flat disc or piece of metal with an official stamp, used as money.

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cunning

having or showing skill in achieving one's ends by deceit or evasion.

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discomfit

make (someone) feel uneasy or embarrassed.

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dissent

hold or express opinions that are at variance with those commonly or officially held.

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distill

purify (a liquid) by heating it so that it vaporizes, then cooling and condensing the vapour and collecting the resulting liquid.

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dubious

  1. hesitating or doubting.

  2. not to be relied upon; suspect.

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ebullient

cheerful and full of energy.

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facetious

treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humour; flippant.

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fallible

capable of making mistakes or being wrong.

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florid

  1. excessively intricate or elaborate.

  2. having a red or flushed complexion.

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gawky

nervously awkward and ungainly.

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inveigle

persuade (someone) to do something by means of deception or flattery.

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jettison

abandon or discard (someone or something that is no longer wanted).

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mendacity

untruthfulness.

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munificent

characterized by or displaying great generosity.

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naive

(of a person or action) showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgement.

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noble

  1. belonging by rank, title, or birth to the aristocracy.

  2. having or showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles.

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parochial

having a limited or narrow outlook or scope.

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pedestrian

  1. lacking inspiration or excitement; dull.

  2. a person walking rather than travelling in a vehicle.

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prevaricate

speak or act in an evasive way.

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prime

  1. of first importance; main.

  2. the state or time of greatest vigor or success in a person's life.

  3. make (something) ready for use or action.

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radical

  1. (especially of change or action) relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough.

  2. advocating or based on thorough or complete political or social change

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recrudescent

break out again; recur.

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temporal

  1. relating to worldly as opposed to spiritual affairs; secular.

  2. relating to time.

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transitory

not permanent.

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viable

capable of working successfully;feasible

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abreast

  1. side by side and facing the same way.

  2. alongside or level with something.

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confound

  1. cause surprise or confusion in (someone), especially by not according with their expectations.

  2. mix up (something) with something else.

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digression

a temporary departure from the main subject in speech or writing.

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discrepancy

an illogical or surprising lack of compatibility or similarity between two or more facts.

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duplicitous

deceitful.

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expedient

(of an action) convenient and practical although possibly improper or immoral.

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fabricate

  1. invent (something) in order to deceive.

  2. construct or manufacture (an industrial product), especially from prepared components.

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glum

looking or feeling dejected; morose.

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harbinger

a person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another./indicator

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intrinsic

belonging naturally; essential.

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largesse

generosity in bestowing money or gifts upon others.

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libertine

  1. a person, especially a man, who freely indulges in sensual pleasures without regard to moral principles.

  2. a freethinker in matters of religion.

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manifest

  1. show (a quality or feeling) by one's acts or appearance; demonstrate.

  2. a document listing a ship's contents, cargo, passengers, and crew, for the use of customs officers.

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minute

  1. so small as to be insignificant.

  2. (of an investigation or account) taking the smallest points into consideration; precise and meticulous.

  3. a summarized record of the proceedings at a meeting.

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modish

conforming to or following what is currently popular and fashionable.

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nascent

(especially of a process or organization) just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential.

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perennial

lasting or existing for a long or apparently infinite time; enduring or continually recurring.

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pious

  1. devoutly religious.

  2. (of a hope) sincere but unlikely to be fulfilled.

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providential

  1. occurring at a favorable time; opportune.

  2. involving divine foresight or providence.

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prowess

  1. skill or expertise in a particular activity or field.

  2. bravery in battle.

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schism

a split or division between strongly opposed sections or parties, caused by differences in opinion or belief.

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slander

make false and damaging statements about (someone).

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stalwart

loyal, reliable, and hard-working.

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supplicate

ask or beg for something earnestly or humbly.

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terse

sparing in the use of words; abrupt.

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tirade

a long, angry speech of criticism or accusation.

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universal

relating to or done by all people or things in the world or in a particular group; applicable to all cases./ubiquitous

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vanquish

defeat thoroughly./conquer

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woeful

  1. characterized by, expressive of, or causing sorrow or misery.

  2. very bad; deplorable.

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malfeasance

wrongdoing, especially (US) by a public official.

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abject

  1. (of something bad) experienced or present to the maximum degree.

  2. (of a person or their behavior) completely without pride or dignity; self-abasing.

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amicable

characterized by friendliness and absence of discord.

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animosity

strong hostility.

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aver

state or assert to be the case.

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barrage

  1. bombard (someone) with questions, criticisms, complaints, etc.

  2. an artificial barrier across a river or estuary to prevent flooding, aid irrigation or navigation, or to generate electricity by tidal power.

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cathartic

providing psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions; causing catharsis.

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decipher

succeed in understanding, interpreting, or identifying (something).

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delusion

  1. an idiosyncratic belief or impression maintained despite being contradicted by reality or rational argument.

  2. the action of deluding or the state of being deluded./deception

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dispense

  1. distribute or provide (a service or information) to a number of people.

  2. manage without or get rid of.

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eloquent

fluent or persuasive in speaking or writing.

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enthrall

capture the fascinated attention of.

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eradicate

destroy completely; put an end to.

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fledgling

a person or organization that is immature, inexperienced, or underdeveloped.

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fortitude

courage in pain or adversity.

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fortuitous

happening by chance rather than intention./happening by a lucky chance; fortunate.

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goad

  1. provoke or annoy (someone) so as to stimulate an action or reaction.

  2. drive (an animal) with a spiked stick.

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imminent

about to happen

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incontrovertible

not able to be denied or disputed.

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itinerant

travelling from place to place.

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magnanimous

generous or forgiving, especially towards a rival or less powerful person.

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meritorious

deserving reward or praise.

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mutiny

an open rebellion against the proper authorities, especially by soldiers or sailors against their officers.

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paradoxical

seemingly absurd or self-contradictory.

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perseverance

persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

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render

  1. provide or give (a service, help, etc.).

  2. cause to be or become; make.

  3. represent or depict artistically.

  4. covertly send (a foreign criminal or terrorist suspect) for interrogation abroad; subject to extraordinary rendition.

  5. melt down (fat) in order to clarify it.

  6. cover (stone or brick) with a coat of plaster.

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repertoire

  1. a stock of plays, dances, or items that a company or a performer knows or is prepared to perform.

  2. a stock of skills or types of behavior that a person habitually uses.

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resilient

  1. (of a person or animal) able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions.

  2. (of a substance or object) able to recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching, or being compressed.

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resolute

admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering.

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supple

bending and moving easily and gracefully; flexible.

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valor

great courage in the face of danger, especially in battle.

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cumbersome

large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry or use; unwieldy./slow or complicated and therefore inefficient.

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unprecedented

never done or known before.

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stinting

supply a very ungenerous or inadequate amount of (something).

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extrapolate

extend the application of (a method or conclusion) to an unknown situation by assuming that existing trends will continue or similar methods will be applicable.

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liability

  1. the state of being legally responsible for something.

  2. a person or thing whose presence or behavior is likely to put one at a disadvantage.

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euphoric

characterized by or feeling intense excitement and happiness.

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elementary

  1. relating to the rudiments of a subject.

  2. not decomposable into elements or other primary constituents.

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heterodox

not conforming with accepted or orthodox standards or beliefs.

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fervent

having or displaying a passionate intensity.

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gaffe

an unintentional act or remark causing embarrassment to its originator; a blunder.

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