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adjourn

(v.) to stop proceedings temporarily; move to another place

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adroit

skillful, expert in the use of the hands or mind

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adverse

unfavorable

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Ail

to suffer from sickness; to cause to suffer

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ailment

illness

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alleviate

to relieve

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altruism

unselfish regard for the welfare of others

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ambivalent

Having mixed feelings

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ameliorate

to make better or more tolerable

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animosity

strong dislike; bitter hostility

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ardency

passion

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assimilate

(v.) to absorb fully or make one's own; to adopt as one's own; to adapt fully

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assuage

(v.) to make easier or milder, relieve; to quiet, calm; to put an end to, appease, satisfy, quench

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augment

to make larger, increase

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auspicious

favorable

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averse

having a deep-seated distaste; opposed, unwilling

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Bashful

shy

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begrudge

to resent another's success; to envy

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brevity

shortness

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cadence

rhythm

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candor

honesty

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censure

to criticize harshly

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chaste

morally pure

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Confide

to trust (another) with information or a secret

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contempt

the feeling that a person or a thing is beneath consideration, worthless, or deserving scorn.

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culmination

the highest point of attainment; the end or climax

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cursory

hasty, not thorough

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curtail

cut short

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daunt

to overcome with fear, intimidate; to dishearten, discourage

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defamation

Act of harming or ruining another's reputation

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deride

to ridicule, laugh at with contempt

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dingy

dirty, dull, or shabby

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disparate

fundamentally different; entirely unlike

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dualistic

The theory that the universe has been ruled from its origins by two conflicting powers, one good and one evil, both existing as equally ultimate first causes

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dubious

doubtful

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eccentric

unconventional and slightly strange

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effusive

emotionally excessive; overly demonstrative

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eloquent

persuasive and moving, especially in speech

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embellish

to decorate

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encumber

to weigh down or burden

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enthrall

to captivate

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exacerbate

to make worse

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extricate

(v.) to free from entanglements or difficulties; to remove with effort

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farcical

absurd; ludicrous

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feckless

(adj.) lacking in spirit and strength; ineffective, weak; irresponsible, unreliable

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flaunt

to show off

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fringe

the outside boundary or surface of something

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fruitful

bringing forth much; productive

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furbish

polish, burnish, shine

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grandiose

(adj.) grand in an impressive or stately way; marked by pompous affectation or grandeur, absurdly exaggerated

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Gripe

to complain

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Hazy

unclear

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heinous

(adj.) very wicked, offensive, hateful

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Hue

a particular shade of a given color

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immutable

unchangeable

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infallible

free from error; absolutely dependable

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injurious

harmful

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laudable

worthy of praise

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malleable

capable of being shaped

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mar

to spoil, damage, injure

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mellifluous

sweetly flowing

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null

nothing

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obstinate

stubborn

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orate

to make a speech, especially pompously

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orient

to locate

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ostentation

excessive showiness

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ostracize

(v.) to exclude from a group, banish, send away

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parsimonious

stingy, miserly; meager, poor, small

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percuss

to examine by striking

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pertinent

relevant

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peruse

(v.) to read thoroughly and carefully

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pious

devoutly religious

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poise

graceful and elegant bearing in a person

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prolific

(adj.) abundantly productive; abundant, profuse

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propensity

(n.) a natural inclination or predilection toward

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rendition

An interpretation or translation; a performance

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repose

to rest

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resplendent

shining; glowing

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revere

to honor, to regard with respect

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rout

an overwhelming defeat

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secular

Non-religious

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spoof

a humorous copy of a film/movie, television programme, etc.

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sporadic

(adj.) occurring at irregular intervals, having no set plan or order

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subside

wear off or die down

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supercilious

proud and contemptuous; showing scorn because of a feeling of superiority

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superficial

near the surface

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surly

(adj.) angry and bad-tempered; rude

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tempestuous

turbulent, stormy

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terse

brief and to the point; concise

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transmute

to transform

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uncouth

Lacking good manners

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Vagabond

A person who wanders from place to place

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vehemence

the display of strong feeling; passion

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verbose

wordy

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Vile

extremely unpleasant

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vivacious

lively

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vivid

bright, distinct, and clear

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vociferous

loud and noisy; compelling attention

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Writhe

(v.) to make twisting or turning movements in a way that suggests pain or struggle

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zealous

enthusiastic

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