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disingenuous

not straightforward or candid; crafty; insincere or calculating

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cadaver

a dead body, esp. a human body to be dissected

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acute

sharp; clever; severe

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evanescent

fading from sight; transient

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clemency

mercy, or leniency towards an offender

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facet

any number of sides or aspects

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dialect

a variety of language; esp. regional

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contrite

feeling sorry for what one has done

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municipal

relating to a city, town, village, or the like with local self-government

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dispel

to rid one’s mind of; to drive away by scattering

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assuage

to lessen pain or distress

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superficial

on the surface only; shallow; not thorough

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assiduous

diligent; hard-working; constant

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extemporaneous

done with little or no preparation

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impute

to assign credit, often of guilt or blame

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benign

kindly; creating a favorable influence; (in medicine) not dangerous to one’s health

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blasé

indifferent or bored with life; unimpressed as if because of too much worldly experience

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testy

irritable; touchy

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senile

showing the marked deterioration of old age

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currency

general acceptance or use; the state of being up to date

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verisimilitude

resemblance to the truth

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pernicious

very harmful or destructive

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induct

to place formally in office; to admit as a memeber

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appreciate

grow in value

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ponder

to think over with great care

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bleak

gloomy and somber; dreary

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comprise

to include; to contain; to be composed of

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denounce

to speak out against; to accuse publicly

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recrimination

a reply to one charge with a countercharge

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meticulous

extremely or excessively careful about details; finicky

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coalition

an alliance, esp. a temporary one

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succulent

full of juice; highly enjoyable

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transcend

to exceed; to go beyond or above the limits

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fervid

extremely emotional; passionate

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veer

to change direction

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repress

to hold back; to put down by force

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charge

a responsibility; someone or something entrusted to the care of another

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confiscate

to seize (private property) by or as if by someone with authority

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stamina

resistance to fatigue or hardship; endurance

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virtuoso

one with great skill, esp. in music or the arts

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ostentatious

showy; pretentious

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wan

sickly pale; colorless

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amorphous

without definite shape; shapeless

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sordid

extremely dirty; morally corrupt

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protract

to extend the duration of; to prolong

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incessant

never pausing; continuous; without a stop

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indigenous

native, occurring naturally

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idiom

style or manner of expression peculiar to an individual or group; an expression that cannot be understood from the individual meanings of its words (e.g. “keep tabs on”)

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ersatz

artificial; not genuine; fake

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woe

deep distress or misery; misfortune

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mentor

a counselor or teacher

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stygian

gloomy and dark; infernal or hellish

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chasten

to correct by punishment or criticism; to restrain

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lacerate

to rip, cut, or tear; to cause deep emotional pain

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domestic

relating to the home or family; relating to one’s own country

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stealthy

moving with quiet caution; intending to avoid notice

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prolific

producing a lot

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rudder

the hinged plate at the back and bottom of a boat, used for steering

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venerable

worthy of honor and respect by reason of dignity, age, etc.

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circumvent

to go around, bypass; to surround

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symbiotic

involving a close relationship of mutual dependence

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muse

to meditate; to consider thoughtfully

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covenant

a binding agreement

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farce

a comedy based on crudely humorous, unlikely situations; something absurd or ridiculous, as an obvious pretense

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impetuous

characterized by sudden emotion, energy, etc.; impulsive and passionate

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revel

to delight, to enjoy (used with “in”)

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innocuous

harmless

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illegible

unable to be read

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legacy

something passed down to a descendant

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cascade

a waterfall or series of small waterfalls; a succession of stages, processes, or units

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impinge

to have an effect on something, esp. a negative one; to encroach

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decipher

to read or interpret something confusing or illegible; to convert from a code

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pugilist

a boxser

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inalienable

not able to be taken away or transferred to others

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premeditate

to think out, plan, or scheme beforehand

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bestow

to present or give (used with “on”)

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supercilious

feeling or showing proud contempt; smug; arrogant

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conflate

to bring together; to merge into a composite whole

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belittle

to put down; to speak of contemptuously

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avid

having a passionate desire

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sloth

laziness

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temperate

consistent; moderate; without extremes

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succumb

to give in or yield

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incognito

in disguise

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synthesis

the combination of separate parts into a unified whole

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ulterior

lying beyond what is evident, revealed, or claimed

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infuriate

to cause to become very angry; to enrage

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chasm

a large gap

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entity

something that exists and can be recognized as a distinct unit

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laudable

worthy of praise

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proclivity

a natural or habitual tendency or inclination

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office

a duty or function assigned to someone

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amicable

showing friendliness or good with

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cantankerous

bad-tempered; quarrelsome

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perspicacious

having a keen perception or understanding

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gross

total, entire; glaringly obvious, flagrant

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sanctimonious

pretend holiness; hypocritically devout

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shoddy

inferior or cheap

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nonchalant

seemingly unconcerned or indifferent

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expedient

suitable for a purpose; convenient

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