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The move triggered protests from conservation groups and a frenzy on social media from opponents who posted pictures of Trump sons, who are avid hunters, posing with the cutoff tail of a slain elephant on Twitter.
n. frenzy
a state or period of uncontrolled excitement or wild behavior
a. avid
having or showing a keen interest in or enthusiasm for something
President Trump as well as his top aides have expressed skepticism about climate change, while others say human activity is to blame for global warming.
n. aide
assistant, adjutant, auxiliary
Muons are produced when cosmic rays - high-speed atom fragments that hurtle through space - smash into the atmosphere; they carpet bomb Earth at a rate of 10,000 per square meter per minute.
n. muon
an unstable subatomic particle of the same class as an electron, but with a mass around 200 times greater
v. hurtle
move or cause to move at a great speed, typically in a wildly uncontrolled manner
I worked at McDonald's and they taught me how to pinch the fry carton just right while putting the fries into them so that it looked full, but actually wasn't.
v. pinch
grip something tightly and sharply between finger and thumb
Overall mortality rates are up from the same time last year, and deaths from drug overdoses in America rose a whopping 21% last year.
n. mortality
death, especially on a large scale
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extol: Read
/ɪk'stɔl/ v. Syn. praise; glorify
praise highly; glorify; celebrate
In his speech, the president will extol the astronauts, calling them the pioneers of the Space Age.

fastidious: Read
/fæ'stɪdɪəs/ a.
difficult to please; having complicated requirements; excessively particular demanding about details
Bobby was such a fastidious eater that he would eat a sandwich only if his mother first cut off every scrap of crust.

feral: Read
/'fɪər(ə)l/ a. Syn. wild
not domestic; wild; existing in wild or untamed state
Abandoned by their owners, dogs may revert to their feral state, roaming the woods in packs.

florid: Read
/'flɒrɪd/;/'flɔ:rɪd/ a. Syn. ruddy; reddish
reddish; elaborately or excessively ornamented
If you go to beach and get a sunburn, your complexion will look florid.

garrulous: Read
/'gærʊləs/ a. Syn. wordy; talkative
talking much and repetition of unimportant or trivial details
My Uncle Henry can outtalk any three people I know. He is the most garrulous person in Cayuga County.

hackneyed: Read
/'hæknɪd/ a. Syn. commonplace
repeated too often; over familiar through overuse
When the reviewer criticized the movie for its hackneyed plot, we agreed; we had seen similar stories hundreds of times before.

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jubilant
juxtaposition
laconic
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largess
latent
legerdemain
licentious
limpid
maelstrom
magnanimous
malediction
malevolent
manifold
maudlin
mawkish
mendacious
mercurial
modicum
multifarious
myriad
nadir
nascent
nefarious
neophyte
obdurate
obfuscate
oblique
obsequious
obstreperous
obtuse
odious
officious
ostensible
palliate
pallid
panacea
paragon
pariah
parsimony
pathos
paucity
pejorative
pellucid
perfidious
perfunctory
pernicious
pertinacious
pithy
platitude
plethora
portent
precocious
primeval
proclivity
promulgate
propensity
propitious
prosaic
proscribe
protean
prurient
puerile
pulchritude
punctilious
quagmire
querulous
quixotic
rancor
rebuke
recalcitrant
rectitude
replete
reprobate
reprove
repudiate
rescind
restive
ribald
rife
ruse
sacrosanct
sagacity
salient
sanctimonious
sanguine
scurrilous
serendipity
servile
solicitous
somnolent
spurious
staid
stolid
stupefy
surfeit
surmise
surreptitious
sycophant
tacit
taciturn
tantamount
temerity
tenuous
timorous
torpid
tractable
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acumen  Read
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support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
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express disapproval of; protest against; belittle
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mental keenness; quickness of perception
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domination, influence, or authority over another, especially by political group or nation over others
anathema  Read
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noisy speech; speech or piece of writing with strong feeling or expression
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solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse
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cancel; remove; erase or strike out
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expression of warm approval; praise
buffet  Read
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table with food set out for people to serve themselves; meal at which people help themselves to food that's been set out
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riddle; difficult problem; dilemma
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tireless; showing sustained enthusiastic action
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weaken or destroy strength or vitality of; remove a nerve or part of a nerve
calumny  Read
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false statement maliciously made to injure another's reputation; slander
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naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated
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urgent or pressing; able to deal authoritatively; dictatorial
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unpleasant-smelling; having offensive smell; stinking
cogent  Read
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reasonable and convincing; based on evidence; forcefully persuasive
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unpleasant-smelling; having offensive smell; stinking
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claim without justification; claim for oneself without right
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unfriendly; hostile; harmful; detrimental
cursory  Read
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short-lived; enduring a very short time
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improperly forward or bold; rude
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support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
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casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed
desecrate  Read
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reasonable and convincing; based on evidence; forcefully persuasive
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violate with violence, especially to sacred place
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false statement maliciously made to injure another's reputation; slander
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express disapproval of; protest against; belittle
enervate  Read
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recently begun; imperfectly formed or developed; elementary
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weaken or destroy strength or vitality of; remove a nerve or part of a nerve
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talking much and repetition of unimportant or trivial details
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express disapproval of; protest against; belittle
execrable  Read
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very bad; extremely inferiorl; intolerable; very hateful
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shameless or brazen boldness; insolent and shameless audacity
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casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed
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greed; excessive desire, especially for wealth
extant  Read
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table with food set out for people to serve themselves; meal at which people help themselves to food that's been set out
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show or demonstrate clearly; overcome; conquer
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cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
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still in existence; not destroyed, lost, or extinct
Interactive Spelling - Check your spelling skill online
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/'æroʊgeɪt/ v.
claim without justification; claim for oneself without right
Lynn watch in astonishments as her coworkers [___] the credit for her brilliant work in the project.


Spelling Word: arrogate
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/kə'prɪʃəs/ a. Syn. unpredictable; fickle; arbitrary
fickle; impulsive and unpredictable; apt to change opinions suddenly
The storm was capricious: it changed course constantly.


Spelling Word: capricious
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/krɪ'dju:lɪtɪ/;/krɪ'du:lɪtɪ/ n.
readiness of belief; disposition to believe on slight evidence
The rascal lives on the [___] of the people.


Spelling Word: credulity
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/kju:'pɪdɪtɪ/ n. Syn. greed
greed; excessive desire, especially for wealth
The defeated people could not satisfy the [___] of the conquerors, who demanded excessive tribute.


Spelling Word: cupidity
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/di:'faɪl/ v. Syn. pollute
pollute; make dirty or spotty
The hoodlums [___] the church with their scurrilous writing.


Spelling Word: defile
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/ɪ'bʌlɪənt/ a.
showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm
Amy's [___] nature could not be repressed; she' was always bubbling over with excitement.


Spelling Word: ebullient
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/ɪk'stɔl/ v. Syn. praise; glorify
praise highly; glorify; celebrate
In his speech, the president will [___] the astronauts, calling them the pioneers of the Space Age.


Spelling Word: extol
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/'fɛtɪd/ a. Syn. stinking
unpleasant-smelling; having offensive smell; stinking
These dogs are housed in [___], dark sheds and barns or left outside in cages exposed to the cold, the heat, the rain and the snow.


Spelling Word: fetid
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/grɪ'gɛərɪəs/ a. Syn. sociable
sociable; seeking and enjoying the company of others
Natural selection in [___] animals operates upon groups rather than upon individuals.


Spelling Word: gregarious
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/'hæknɪd/ a. Syn. commonplace
repeated too often; over familiar through overuse
When the reviewer criticized the movie for its [___] plot, we agreed; we had seen similar stories hundreds of times before.


Spelling Word: hackneyed