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Section 1

(50 cards)

Ameliorate

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(v.) - make, become better Increase in penalties and effective awareness programs would ameliorate the growing pollution levels and there by global warming it may have generated.

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Scrupulous

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(adj.) - diligent, thorough, and extremely careful The health inspector during his usual visit found pests in the restaurant's kitchen and hence ordered the owner to observe scrupulous hygiene to stop spreading illness or would issue a immediate closure notice.

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Enigma

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(adj.) - difficult to interpret or understand; mysterious Bruce Wayne was an enigmatic businessman; no one could ever guess what goes through the master tactician's mind.

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Obscure

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(adj.) - not discovered or known about; uncertain Apple maps give such obscure directions that even after roaming around for hours, Derek couldn't reach the new church that opened in the town.

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Redundant

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(adj.) - not or no longer needed or useful, superfluous At first, taking a standardized test may seem redundant to existing skill metrics such as GPA, certifications, but the GRE is necessary for the college admissions to sort applicants.

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Euphoric

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(adj.) - intense excitement and happiness The Australian cricket players were all euphoric when the Government declared a bonus pay to each of them as bring the world cup home.

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Hackneyed

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(adj.) - unoriginal and trite Girls dreaming their way to a wonderland to marry a prince and live happily ever after was already a hackneyed notion by the time Alice in the Wonderland was written.

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Capricious

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(adj.) - given to sudden behavior change The recent recession is yet another example of how making rules without forethought and acting without taking the arbitrary and capricious effects these changes in policies have on our economy.

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Belie

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(v.) - disguise or contradict Joe's cheerful tone belies the grim nature of life in the Indian Countryside and her desperate desire to escape those suffocating circumstances.

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Obsequious

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(adj.) obedient or attentive to an excessive degree It was evident that the manager was flattering - from his obsequious manner in receiving his boss.

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Cacophony

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(noun) - a harsh, discordant mixture of sounds The cacophony surrounding the multi-billion dollar buyout of leading messaging service by a social networking company shook the whole tech industry.

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Prolific

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(adj.) - fruitful, present in large number Ryan is furiously prolific, releasing albums on Maple, Mr. Siebel's label, as well as his own metallic label, Metalloid.

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Ostentation

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(adj.) - pretentious and vulgar display intended to impress, show off The movie celebrity is not having a good day because he got another ticket for speeding only two over and driving ostentatiously in his new, cherry-red sports car.

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Lionize

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(verb) - treat someone as a celebrity The retired lieutenant is being lionized as a paragon of integrity for standing up against corruption.

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Pragmatic

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(adj.) - concerned with practical matters After five years of war, both sides have found pragmatic ways to make peace with one another, as the bloodshed has grown viscous and brutal.

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Magnanimous

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(adj.) - very generous or forgiving Jaqueline's magnanimous generosity and limitless loyalty towards her nation and its people is heart touching and is appreciated beyond words.

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Vociferous

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(adj.) - loud and clamorous The protesters were vociferous in their demands as they screamed outside of the mayor's house

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Deride

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(adj.) - make fun of; insult When United States briefly considered withdrawing their forces completely out of Iraq in 2009, several patriots in public conversations derided the idea as a big mistake.

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Inchoate

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adj.) - undeveloped, beginning Just after the big bang explosion, before the universe expanded to the gigantic distances, it was an inchoate assemblage of elemental matter.

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Corroborate

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(v.) - confirm or give support to The police officials said, allegations of misconduct by the officer have been corroborated by video from closed circuit cameras.

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Profound

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(adj.) - very great or intense; thoughtful The realities are forcing a profound reassessment of how the Nile, Africa's only major river, can continue to slake the thirst of one of the continent's fastest-growing regions.

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Misanthrope

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(noun) - person who hates others People thought the old woman was a misanthrope since she wouldn't talk to any of her neighbors let alone help them but they realized how much she loved them when she put a huge bag of candy out at Halloween.

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Idiosyncrasy

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(noun) a way of thought peculiar to an individual Modern technologies are a lot more expensive than their existing alternatives and each has its own idiosyncrasies that be conquered.

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Pellucid

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(adj.) - translucently clear The river water was so pellucid that Mary could see clearly that it swarmed with countless small fishes and loaves

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Fortuitous

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(adj.) - happening by accident or chance The alignment timing proved to be scientifically fortuitous for planetary astronomers, who already have a orbital satellite stationed around the moon.

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Insipid

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(adj.) - lacking taste or flavor Too much sugar tends to make this otherwise delightful fruit pie insipid.

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Prudent

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(adj.) - acting with or showing care and thought When the food manufacturer discovered toxins in a product sample case of one of its containers, it made a prudent decision to destroy all the boxes from the shipment.

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Impetuous

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(adj.) - acting or done quickly and without thought or care Michael is methodical, barely the impetuous kind, and he has had ample time to come to a consolidated opinion of the university he wishes to apply for.

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Taciturn

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(adj.) - reserved or uncommunicative in speech Over the past 50 years, as a recruiter, Yuri has come across different types of candidates, some of them speak a lot while some stay taciturn.

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Garrulous

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(adj.) - excessively talkative Though not garrulous by nature, Ryan seems to be comfortable with the diverse audiences at the education conference and managed to have conversations with several of them.

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Profligate

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(adj.) - recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources The senate is particularly perturbed over our profligate use of natural resources such as forest, oil, water, energy, land and minerals.

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Mercurial

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(adj.) - subject to sudden or unpredictable changes of mood, temperamental The mercurial senator, who retained office for more than 25 years, has frequently gone back and forth on his resignation.

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Adulterate

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(verb) alter or debase, often for profit Of all teas, I love green tea the most and would never adulterate it with sweeteners; even a pitch of sugar would be a desecration.

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Iconoclast

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(noun) - someone who attacks cherished beliefs or institutions Irrespective of his actuating motives, his deeds as an iconoclast will be treated harshly and is answerable in court.

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Orthodox

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(adj.) - Conforming to all the traditional beliefs, and religious practices Alice describes her childhood in a conservative Orthodox community in Iraq, keeping to traditional religious beliefs.

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Esoteric

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(adj.) - mysterious, obscure A couple of months ago, Mr. Niobe submitted a thesis with his analysis and computations — a fairly esoteric mathematical dissent about how best to gather rational generalizations on the origin of the universe theory.

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Exacerbate

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(v.) - infuriate, make worse Hummingbird declines have been connected to a lack of appropriate habitat so increasing the number of Washington's hives could exacerbate the issue.

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Lethargic

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(adj.) - lazy, sluggish In Asia, data on Tuesday showed that Japan's economy contracted in the three months to September, as exports and domestic consumer spending remain lethargic

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Pithy

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(adj.) brief, to the point The professor was not known for talking much, but what he did say was always pithy.

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Prosaic

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(adj.) - not challenging; dull and lacking excitement The project was full of prosaic ideas, such as using sand and stone to raise natural walls around monuments built in honor of the late president.

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Copious

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(adj.) abundant in supply or quantity Mathew insisted that Sophie track all her household expenditures, including every penny spent for hair clips, in copious account books.

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Arduous

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(adj.) - difficult to accomplish, hard to endure James and Mathew are planning to leave for the states next week for their masters, following months of arduous GRE preparation.

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Laconic

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(adj.) - brief and to the point; effectively cut short Jessica is so talkative that her sister thought the situation warranted conciseness, and her being laconic.

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Placate

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(v.) - make (someone) less angry or hostile Sam has to double stock divided last quarter and started working at an unsustainable pace in order to placate the company investors and shareholders.

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Didactic

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(adj.) intended to teach, educational Though more didactic, Rama's story of the triumph over evil and of a king's dharma and nobility is quite powerful and enchanting.

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Dogmatic

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(adj.) - dictatorial, opinionated Most Americans have less dogmatic, more open-ended views and would ignore such a request but Mr. John didn't hesitate and removed his coat immediately.

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Extant

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(adj.) in existence; surviving Several works produced by Shakespeare during his later years are yet extant at Rome; and far surpassing the rest is his tale of two young lovers, Romeo and Juliet.

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Pedant

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(noun) - a person who overemphasizes rules or minor details The senior professor was obviously a pedant since she persistently focuses on mediocre details and keeps interrupting me to point out my imperfect pronunciation and grammar usage without letting me make my argument.

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Alacrity

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(noun) - lively and cheerful readiness After marriage, Jenny rushed off with excitement to visit her parents, but her father did not accept their marriage with equal alacrity.

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Obdurate

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(adj.) - refuse to change one's opinion; stubborn The teacher couldn't stand the obdurate student as he yelled at anyone who dared to disagree with his opinions during the debate.

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Section 2

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Audacious

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(adj.) - reckless, daring Jim is known for his adventurous style and audacious nature for when he is inside the ring, his audiences would jump off their seats to watch him play with the lion.

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Pusillanimous

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(adj.) - lacking courage, fearful Despite the opportunity for heroism, the captain led his soldiers into a pusillanimous retreat and since then the man has been rated as a coward.

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Dissonance

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(noun) - lack of harmony, disagreement There is a great deal of dissonance between the conflicting evidences produced by both the parties and hence the judge had to close the case on account of lack of sufficient evidence.

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Tumultuous

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(adj.) - confused, or disorderly During the recent riots, the crowd was tumultuous and went berserk as the police arrest their leader, washing away all that impeded it.

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Prevaricate

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(verb) - deceive; stretch the truth Aria does not take bad news well and hence her brother always prevaricates when telling her something she does not want to hear.

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Ephemeral

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(adj.) - momentary, passing Sophie always knew the relationship with Haden would be ephemeral; she just didn't expect they would breakup so soon.

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Conspicuous

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(adj.) - obvious, easily seen Taxes on the corporates encourage investment and growth, instead of conspicuous consumption. The rich will always be wealthy. It's the middle class that needs help.

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Succinct

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(adj.) brief, to the point Perhaps the most succinct equations of wave theory come closest in mathematics to defining probability, but chemistry can fairly lay claim to these equations.

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Soporific

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(adj.) - tending to induce drowsiness or sleep The reality shows aired on TV tend towards the soporific; by contrast, the coverage of soccer game in newspapers is more fun because the pictures counted for everything.

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Inimical

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(adj.) - tending to obstruct or harm Though Sarah's husband is an inimical person who often beats her for trivial reasons, she has always tried to be nice to him.

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Auspicious

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(adj.) - conducive to success; favorable The Australian skipper considered the sunny forecast to be an auspicious sign that his team would win tomorrow's cricket match.

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Bolster

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(v.) - support or strengthen Students having trouble paying college tuition fee may be relieved to hear that the Academic Council has launched new policies that will bolster borrower protections for student education loans.

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Sanguine

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(adj.) - optimistic or positive especially in apparent bad or difficult situation Among those who remain sanguine about the nation's economic revival, there is always the lively topic of tax reduction policies, the remedy to deflationary recession in the United States.

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Gainsay

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(verb) - deny or contradict Some of the officers were about to reject the project, but it had come from them, they could not well gainsay it.

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Trite

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(adj.) silly, commonplace Of these athletes, only Mr. Johnson delivered movements with any firmness; and even he was moving with such a professional awe that rendered everything trite.

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Advocate

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(noun) - person supporting an idea or cause publicly Mr. Sam who is a leading GRE test prep expert advocates strong basics and ample practice to be the key to succeed on the exam.

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Imminent

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(adj.) - about to happen Some people thought it was outrageous when the media predicted the imminent death of the drug-addicted actress.

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Eulogy

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(noun) - praise, exclamation Public officials and her friends joined in a chorus of eulogy and remembrances for many days afterward as Michelle signs on the human rights doctrine.

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Fervid

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(adj.) - intensely enthusiastic or passionate During political debates, the candidates hurl fervid accusations at each other while justifying their positions on national issues.

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Vacillate

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(verb) - go back and forth, be indecisive Since his term exams were round the corner, Adam vacillated between going on the family vacation and staying back at home to study.

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Dispassionate

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(adj.) - unfeeling, impartial The heart of the ruthless monarch seems dispassionate to the plight of those people suffering in his kingdom.

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Recalcitrant

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(adj) - disobedient, uncontrollable Recalcitrant politicians, in interviews on TV and newspaper, raised their concerns over the party's national policies publicly and were consequently punished for their disobedience.

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Venerate

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(v.) - regard with great respect In a nod to the religious customs of the Vatican, which popes here venerate, there are plans for a cathedral between the St. Peter's Square and Mount Street.

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Ambivalent

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(adj.) - having mixed feelings, conflicting My feelings about Shelly are ambivalent because on one hand she is a loyal friend, but on the other, she is a cruel and vicious thief.

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Fastidious

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(adj.) - very careful and attentive After the party, Jenny and her brother were fastidious in their efforts to clean up the mess because they knew their parents were on their way home.

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Engender

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(verb) - cause or give rise to The new technology has engendered great hope for the potential development of preventive methods for lethal genetic and severe chronic diseases such as glaucoma and cancer.

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Chicanery

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(noun) - deception, trickery The judge has plenty of reason to suspect chicanery because the lawyer has a reputation of aggressively defending his clients and of getting verdicts of innocence on guilty Policemen.

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Malign

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(adj.) - hurtful, injurious Often, people suffering psychological disorders are considered by their families to be under the influence of malign spirits, or showing sign of a physical confliction.

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Erudite

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(adj.) - well-educated, cultured Consuming the books her father supplied, Miss. Jane, who grew up in near poverty, became an erudite, self-educated woman and loves sharing her knowledge with others.

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Belligerent

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(adj.) - hostile and aggressive Russia's public statement has been belligerent, menacing military action against the United States.

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Inculpate

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(verb) - accuse or blame Although the killer successfully disposed of the murder weapon, his friends provided evidence that could actually inculpate both the killer and the people who tried to cover up the killing.

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Docile

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(adj.) - compliant, submissive Although a trained lion appears docile during the circus acts, it is really a fierce animal when not controlled by a trainer.

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Enervate

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(verb) - weaken, wear out The blazing heat in mid-June caused dehydration and enervated the shipwrecked crew, leaving them almost too weak to hail the passing vessel.

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Benign

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(adj.) - gentle, kindly Even though the advertisements claim the energy drink is benign, customers may experience some unwanted side effects after consuming.

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Innocuous

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(adj.) - harmless and inoffensive Companies that track their visitor's online behavior have long claimed that the data they collect is anonymous, and therefore innocuous. But the interpretation of the word "anonymous" has changed over time in the online world.

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Meticulous

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(adj.) - very careful and precise Queen Cleopatra did beautiful architectural drawings on monuments built around the pyramids, the result of years of obsessive and meticulous hard work by numerous artists and builders.

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Loquacious

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(adj.) - tending to talk a great deal; talkative Julie and Katie were not being loquacious with the other guests because they were too busy making long conversations with their other friends.

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Fractious

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(adj.) - irritable and quarrelsome Third world powers are hesitant about sending arms to aid the war, partially due to the fractious politics of the hostile political group abroad.

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Diffidence

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(noun) - hesitancy; lack of confidence A lot of sportsmen attain prominence before they know what to do with it; others put across a diffidence to fame while secretly craving it; and some just don't treasure their moments in the spotlight.

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Disparate

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(adj.) - essentially different in kind, not allowing comparison Chief Puritan and songwriter James Rhodes has led his band through six very disparate albums united by their subtle indifference for listener accessibility.

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Reticent

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(adj.) - secretive, quiet The usually reticent Swiss bank acknowledged the policy quandary at an International Monetary Fund meeting in New York this month.

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Providential

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(adj.) - lucky, occurring at a favorable time; opportune Sam's dangerous and providential escape, made her tremble; and so pale did he still look, that she could scarcely believe he was uninjured.

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Trivial

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Trivial (adj.) - of little value or importance Evidently, $10 was a trivial amount for the wealthy business man, but no one wants to be embarrassed in front of his or her fellow associates.

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Plausible

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(adj.) - seeming reasonable or probable Astronomers received data from the unexplored planet which indicates that the possibility of life, at least in the ancient past, is at least plausible.

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Anachronism

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(noun) - error in time placement With the rate of economic growth in the western countries at its lowest rate in nearly a century, the power wielded by the United Nations can seem like an anachronism.

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Prodigal

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(adj.) - wastefully extravagant Scott had been prodigal of all his energy, money and resources and innovative stratagems and loving kindness.

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Sporadic

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(adj.) - occurring at irregular intervals; scattered or isolated The doctors are finding it difficult to identify the cause of Tom's heartaches because of his sporadic heartbeat.

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Equivocate

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(verb) - to avoid giving a clear or direct answer to a question When I asked Rachel if the suit looks good on me, she equivocated a response, avoiding the question by saying she needed it to be somewhere else.

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Ingenious

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(adj.) - clever, original, and inventive No matter how ingenious a thesis or an analysis may be, it will be quickly invalidated if appropriate field experts haven't been engaged in the process for feedback.

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Superfluous

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(adj.) - extra, unnecessary Massive marketing budgets may seem superfluous when revenues are hard to come by, but it's indispensable to have them in place in order to get substantial funding and to stay capital efficient.

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Section 3

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discordant

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(adjective) conflicting, dissonant or harsh in sound

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prattle

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(verb)- to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner

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aberrant

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(adjective)-departing from the right, normal, or usual course.

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exigant

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(adjective)- urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention

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laud

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(verb)- to praise highly

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censure

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(verb) to criticize severely, to officially rebuke

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perfidy

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(noun) intentional breach of faith; treachery

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abscond

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(verb)- leave hurriedly and secretly, typically to avoid detection of or arrest for an unlawful action such as theft.

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qualms

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(noun)- misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy

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disparate

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(adjective) fundamentally distinct or dissimilar

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onerous

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(adjective) troubling; burdensome

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parody

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(noun) a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect esp. in literature and art

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noxious

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(adjective) harmful, injurious

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nebulous

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(adjective)- vague; cloudy, lacking clearly defined form

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recant

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(verb)- to retract, esp. a previously held belief

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eloquent

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(adjective) well-spoken, expressive, articulate

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austere

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(adjective)- without adornment. bare, severely simple, ascetic

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effrontery

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(noun)- extreme boldness; presumptuousness

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irascible

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(adjective)- easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts

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prevaricate

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(verb)- to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead

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ennui

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(noun)- dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy

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assuage

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(verb)- to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify

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martial

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(adjective) associated with war and the armed forces

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perfunctory

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(adjective) cursory; done without care or interest

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approbation

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(noun)- an expression of approval or praise

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lucid

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(adjective) clear; easily understood

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paean

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( noun) a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving

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prescience

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(noun)- foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occurring

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perspicacious

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(adjective)- acutely perceptive; having keen discernment

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mundane

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(adjective)- of the world, typical of or concerned with the ordinary

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connoisseur

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(noun) an informed and astute judge in matters of taste

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inured

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(adjective)- accustomed to accepting something undesirable

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canonical

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(adjective)- following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards

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neologism

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(noun) a new word, expression, or usage, the creation or use or a new words or senses

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obviate

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(verb) to anticipate and make unneccessary

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perennial

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(adjective) recurrent throughout the year or many years; happening repetitively

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refute

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(verb)- to disprove; to successfully argue against

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nascent

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(adjective)- coming into being, in early developmental stages

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Frivolous

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(adj) - trivial, silly Ram was passionate and serious about collecting coins but his friends thought it was a frivolous activity.

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filibuster

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(noun)- intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speech making to delay legislative action

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extemporaneous

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(adjective)- improvised; done without preparation

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disabuse

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(verb) to undeceive; to set right

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obtuse

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(adjective)- lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression

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predilection

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(noun)- a disposition in favor of something; preference

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precipitate

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(adjective)- acting with excessive haste or impulse (verb)- to cause or happen before anticipated or required

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axiomatic

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(adjective)- taken as given; possessing self-evident truth

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anomaly

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(noun) a deviation from the common rule, type, arrangement, or form.

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convoluted

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(adjective) complex or complicated

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fulminate

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(verb)- to loudly attack or denounce

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exculpate

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(verb)- exonerate; to clear of blame

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Section 4

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veracity

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(noun)- truthfulness, honesty

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tortuous

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(adjective)- winding, twisting, excessively complicated

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solicitous

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(adjective)- concerned and attentive; eager

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torque

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(noun)- a force that causes rotation

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regency

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the office, jurisdiction, or control of a regent or body of regents exercising the ruling power during the minority, absence, or disability of a sovereign.

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stupefy

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(verb)- to stun, baffle, or amaze

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relegate

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(verb)- to forcibly assign esp. to lower place or position

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truculent

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(adjective)- fierce and cruel; eager to fight

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stymie

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(verb)- to block; thwart

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waver

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(verb)- to move to and fro; to sway to be unsettled in opinion

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static

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(adjective)- not moving, active, or in motion; at rest

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synthesis

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(noun)- the combination of parts to make a whole

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squander

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(verb)- to waste by spending or using irresponsibly

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demarcations

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(noun)- the action of fixing the boundary or limits of something.

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sordid

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(adjective)- characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul

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virulent

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(adjective)- extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic

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sovereignty

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(noun)- the quality or state of being sovereign, or of having supreme power or authority. the status, dominion, power, or authority of a sovereign;royal rank or position; royalty.

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