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Faux pas (n)

an act or comment with embarrassing social consequences

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Platonic (adj)

describes a close relationship that has no romantic or sexual basis

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Nonchalant (adj)

giving off a sense of calmness and coolness

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Zeitgeist (n)

the mood or a particular time period as captured by ideas and culture

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Precedent (n)

something that sets an example for how things are done in the future

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Pretentious (adj)

acting more important than others by pretending to know more

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Tantalize (v)

to torment someone with something they want without ever giving it to them

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Draconian (adj)

extremely strict, as laws or rules

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Nemesis (n)

one who constantly works to ensure another's downfall

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Rapport (n)

understanding and similar feelings that exist between people or groups

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Gauche (adj)

clumsy and socially awkward

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Passe (adj)

no longer in fashion

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Sans (prep)

typically a facetious way of saying "without"

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In lieu of (adv)

in place of, substitute

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Schadenfreude (n)

delight taken in another's misfortune

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Bildungsroman (n)

a coming-of-age story

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Bravado (n)

a bold act meant to show off

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Parochial (adj)

having a narrow or limited perspective

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Equivocate (v)

to be intentionally vague and misleading

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Prepossessing (adj)

attractive and charming

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Remiss (adj)

negligent, derelict, lackadaisical, or neglectful

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Gratuitous (adj)

unwarranted or uncalled for, given the situation

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Placid (adj)

tranquil, calm

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Impetuous (adj)

acting without forethought; reckless

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Wary (adj)

cautious and alert

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Verbose (adj)

using more words than necessary

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Taciturn (adj)

quiet and reserved; brooding

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Myriad (n)

an immense number

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Superfluous (adj)

excessive, nonessential

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Dilettante (n)

someone who develops a superficial interest in an area of art or music without being a true expert

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Dogmatic (adj)

Claiming one's opinion as though it were the unarguable truth

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Didactic (adj)

Trying to instruct or impart knowledge, but typically in a way that is slightly condescending

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Retract (v)

To take back a statement or an offer

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Assertive (adj)

Willing to advocate for oneself, confident

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Repudiate (v)

To reject, to renounce

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Adamant (adj)

Unyielding, not giving in

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Doctrinaire (adj)

Sticking to a fixed way of doing something despite changes in circumstances

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Voracious (adj)

Having an extremely large appetite

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Ascetic (adj)

Denying oneself simple pleasures, typically for religious reasons

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Abstemious (adj)

Refraining from drinking or eating too much

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Insatiable (adj)

Describing a hunger that cannot be satisfied

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Sate (v)

To satisfy in terms of consuming enough

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Gourmand (n)

Person who enjoys fine food, typically to excess

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Ravenous (adj)

Extremely hungry, insatiable

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Hoodwink (v)

To deceive

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Charlatan (n)

Someone who pretends to have knowledge they don't to hoodwink you

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Steadfast (adj)

Firmly devoted

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Bilk (v)

To cheat or swindle, usually involving money

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Ruse (n)

A clever trick

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Bamboozle (v)

To cheat or deceive

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Stalwart (adj)

Loyal and reliable

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Fidelity (n)

Faithfulness, loyalty

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Laud (v)

To praise for great work, typically in public

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Lionize (v)

To treat as a celebrity

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Deprecate (v)

To express disapproval

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Derisory (adj)

Derisive, putting down someone or something

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Hail (v)

To praise or acclaim, usually loudly

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Approbative (adj)

Expressing approval

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Reproach (v)

To express disappointment

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Slight (v)

To insult by ignoring

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Pejorative (adj)

Describing a word or phrase that has a negative association

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Kudos (n)

Praise given for a job well done

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Venerate (v)

To respect deeply

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Belittle (v)

To insult, put down

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Commend (v)

To praise

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Revere (v)

To respect deeply

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Phlegmatic (adj)

Apathetic, unemotional

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Indolence (n)

laziness

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Vivacious (adj)

Lively and animated

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Alacrity (n)

Cheerful promptness in response

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Torpid (adj)

Sluggish, lethargic

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Ebullient (adj)

Highly and vigorously enthusiastic

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Exuberant (adj)

Highly enthusiastic

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Industrious (adj)

Hard-working and diligent

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Lackadaisical (adj)

Lazy and unenthusiastic

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Feckless (adj)

Unmotivated, incompetent, irresponsible

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Bustle (v)

To move about actively

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Dispatch (n)

Speed at completing a task

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Celerity (n)

swiftness

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Assiduous (adj)

Working painstakingly to get a job done

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Palindrome (n)

A word or phrase that reads the same forward as it does backward, such as radar and kayak

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Portmanteau (n)

A word formed by parts of two other distinct words, such as smog, which consists of the sm from smoke and the og from fog.

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Brunch (n)

A late-morning meal that has elements of both breakfast and lunch

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Neologism (n)

A new word or expression

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Archaic (adj)

Describing a very old word, typically no longer in use.

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Barbarism (n)

A word that does not obey the rules of written language

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Tautology (n)

A redundancy, essentially saying that A equals A

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Eponymous (adj)

Named after a person

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Bombastic (adj)

Describing someone whose speech is inflated and self-important

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Cryptic (adj)

Intentionally vague or mysterious

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Turgid (adj)

Describing writing that is bombastic and puffed up

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Lucid (adj)

Clear and easy to understand

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Oblique (adj)

Indirect (describing communication)

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Limpid (adj)

Very clear and easy to understand (referring to writing)

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Sesquipedalian (n)

A person inclined to using very long words

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Pedantic (adj)

Overly fussy in one's concern for trivial academic knowledge.

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Erudite (adj)

Displaying scholarly knowledge

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Pedagogue (n)

A teacher, typically a strict one

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Unlettered (adj)

Illiterate

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Benighted (adj)

unenlightened

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