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SAT Essay Vocabulary 1

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abate
aberration
abhor
abstruse
accost
acrimony
acumen
adamant
adept
adroit
affected
alacrity
aloocate
altruistic
amenable
amiable
amicable
antediluvian
anthropology
antipathy
apathetic
apt
arcane
ascendancy
ascetic
aspire
assail
assiduous
assuage
atrophy
attenuate
august
aura
auspicious
autocrat
automaton
avarice
banal
barrage
belie
belligerent
benevolent
bequeath
berate
bitartisanship
blighted
bog
bolster
bombastic
boorish
buoyant
burgeon
buttress
byzantine
cacophonous
cajole
callous
cantankerous
capricious
castigate
caustic
censorious
censure
cerebral
chagrin
charlatan
chastise
chide
churlish
circuitous
circumscribe
circumvent
clandestine
coalesce
compendious
complacency
compliant
conciliate
concur
conflagration
confluence
congenial
conscientious
consternation
contempt
contemptible
contentious
convivial
copious
corroborate
cosmopolitan
credulity
culpable
cursory
dauntless
dearth
debacle
debilitate
debunk
decimate
decorum
deference
degredation
deleterious
delineate
demonstrative
demure
demystify
denigrate
depose
depravity
deprecate
depreciation
deride
derivative
derogatory
desecration
despondent
despot
destitute
deterrent
devoid
didactic
diffident
diffuse
digress(ion)
dilatory
diminutive
dire
discern
discomfited
discount
disheartening
disillusionment
disingenuous
disparage
dispassionate
dispel
disputatious
disquiet
disseminate
distaste
divergent
divisive
divulge
doctrine
dormant
dupe
duplicitous
ebullient
eclectic
efface
effervesce
egalitarian
elated
elicit
elucidate
elude
elusive
embitter
embroiled
empathetic
empirical
encompass
encroaching
encumbrance
enigma
enumerate
ephemeral
epiphany
epitome
equanimity
equitable
equivocal
erudite
esoteric
estrange
eulogy
evoke
exacting
excavate
exemplar
exhibitionist
exhort
exorbitant
expedient
expose
extol
extricate
facile
faction
fallacious
fallacy
fanaticism
fastidious
fathom
felicitious
finesse
flagrant
flippant
florid
flummox
folly
foolhardy
forlorn
fortitude
fortuitous
fraudulent
frugal
furor
furtive
futile
gait
gallant
gargantuan
garish
genial
germinate
glutton
grandiose
hackneyed
hamper
hardy
hasten
heresy
histrionic
hubris

abate: Read
subside; decrease; become less in amount or intensity
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aberration: Read
deviation, not normal
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abhor: Read
fill with horror and loathing; horrify; hate
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abstruse: Read
obscure; profound; difficult to understand.
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accost: Read
approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with demand or request
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acrimony: Read
bitter animosity
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acumen: Read
mental keenness; quickness of perception
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adamant: Read
extremely hard; inflexible; stubbornly unyielding
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adept: Read
expert at; very skilled; having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
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adroit: Read
skillful and adept under pressing conditions
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affected: Read
speaking or behaving in artificial way; emotionally stirred or moved; infected or attacked
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alacrity: Read
cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
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aloocate: Read
assign, portion
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altruistic: Read
unselfishly generous; concerned for others
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amenable: Read
responsive to advice or suggestion; responsible to higher authority; willing to comply with; agreeable
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amiable: Read
good-natured and likable; lovable; warmly friendly
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amicable: Read
exhibiting friendliness or goodwill; not quarrelsome
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antediluvian: Read
antiquated; extremely old and ancient; belonging to very ancient times
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anthropology: Read
social science that studies origins and social relationships of human beings
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antipathy: Read
strong feeling of aversion; dislike
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apathetic: Read
feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent
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apt: Read
likely; exactly suitable; appropriate; quick to learn or understand
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arcane: Read
secret; mysterious; known only to the initiated
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ascendancy: Read
superiority or decisive advantage; domination
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ascetic: Read
leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere
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aspire: Read
seek to attain; long for; strive toward an end
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assail: Read
assault; attack with or as if with violent blows
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assiduous: Read
constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent
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assuage: Read
ease or lessen pain; satisfy or appease
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atrophy: Read
wasting away; decrease in size; reduction in the functionality of an organ caused by disease
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attenuate: Read
make slender, fine, or small; weaken; lessen density of
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august: Read
impressive; majestic; inspiring awe or admiration
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aura: Read
air, feeling
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auspicious: Read
attended by favorable circumstances; marked by success; prosperous
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autocrat: Read
dictator; ruler having unlimited power
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automaton: Read
mechanism that imitates actions of humans
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avarice: Read
greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain
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banal: Read
obvious and dull; commonplace; lacking originality
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barrage: Read
artificial obstruction; heavy curtain of artillery fire; rapid, concentrated discharge of missiles
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belie: Read
contradict; give a false impression
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belligerent: Read
inclined or eager to fight; aggressive
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benevolent: Read
generous in providing aid to others; charitable
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bequeath: Read
leave to someone by a will; hand down
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berate: Read
rebuke or scold angrily and at length
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bitartisanship: Read
supported by two opposing parties
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blighted: Read
suffering from a disease; destroyed, ruined, or spoiled
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bog: Read
marsh, swamp
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bolster: Read
support or prop up with or as if with a long narrow pillow or cushion
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bombastic: Read
pompous; using inflated language; high-sounding but with little meaning
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boorish: Read
rude and clumsy in behavior; ungentlemanly; awkward in manners
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buoyant: Read
able to float; cheerful and optimistic
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burgeon: Read
grow forth; send out buds; grow or develop rapidly
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buttress: Read
support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
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byzantine: Read
convoluted, complex
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cacophonous: Read
discordant; inharmonious; sounding harshly; ill-sounding
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cajole: Read
influence or urge by gentle urging or flattering
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callous: Read
emotionally hardened; unfeeling; toughened
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cantankerous: Read
ill humored; irritable; marked by ill-tempered contradiction or opposition; ugly; malicious
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capricious: Read
fickle; impulsive and unpredictable; apt to change opinions suddenly
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castigate: Read
criticize severely; punish; revise or make corrections to publication
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caustic: Read
capable of burning, corroding, dissolving, or eating away by chemical action
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censorious: Read
critical; addicted to censure; severe in making remarks on others, or on their writings or manners; implying or expressing censure
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censure: Read
expression of strong disapproval or harsh criticism; blame
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cerebral: Read
relating to the brain or cerebrum; intellectual rather than emotional
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chagrin: Read
anxiety caused by humiliation or injured pride; disappointment
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charlatan: Read
quack; one who pretends to knowledge, skill, or importance
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chastise: Read
punish, as by beating; criticize severely; rebuke
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chide: Read
scold mildly so as to correct or improve; express disapproval
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churlish: Read
difficult to work with; rude; unyielding; unmanageable
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circuitous: Read
being or taking a roundabout, lengthy course; going round in a circuit; not direct
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circumscribe: Read
limit narrowly; confine; draw a line around; encircle
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circumvent: Read
surround an enemy; enclose or entrap; beat by cleverness and wit
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clandestine: Read
secret; conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
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coalesce: Read
combine; fuse; grow together; come together so as to form one whole; unite
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compendious: Read
succinct
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complacency: Read
feeling of contented self-satisfaction, especially when unaware of upcoming trouble
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compliant: Read
yielding to request or desire; ready to accommodate; disposed or willing to comply
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conciliate: Read
compromising, apologizing
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concur: Read
agree
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conflagration: Read
large destructive fire; burning; large-scale military conflict
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confluence: Read
act of two things flowing together; junction or meeting place where two things meet
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congenial: Read
compatible
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conscientious: Read
diligent; responsible; reliable
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consternation: Read
intense state of fear or dismay; astonishment combined with terror
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contempt: Read
state of being despised or dishonored; disgrace; disobedience to, or open disrespect of
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contemptible: Read
worthy of contempt; deserving of scorn or disdain; mean
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contentious: Read
quarrelsome; disagreeable; marked by heated arguments or controversy
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convivial: Read
festive; occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company
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copious: Read
plentiful; containing plenty; affording ample supply
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corroborate: Read
establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; support with evidence
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cosmopolitan: Read
sophisticated; of worldwide scope
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credulity: Read
readiness of belief; disposition to believe on slight evidence
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culpable: Read
blameworthy
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cursory: Read
casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed
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dauntless: Read
bold; incapable of being discouraged; fearless
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dearth: Read
scarcity; shortage of food; famine from failure or loss of crops
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debacle: Read
sudden downfall; complete disaster
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debilitate: Read
make weak; enfeeble; impair the strength of
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debunk: Read
expose as false, exaggerated, worthless; ridicule
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decimate: Read
destroy or kill a large part of; select by lot and kill one in every ten of
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decorum: Read
propriety in manners and conduct; good taste in manners; conventions or requirements of polite behavior
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deference: Read
willingness to carry out the wishes of others; great respect
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degredation: Read
humiliation
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deleterious: Read
having harmful effect; injurious; having quality of destroying life; noxious; poisonous
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delineate: Read
portray; depict; draw or trace outline of; sketch out
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demonstrative: Read
openly emotional
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demure: Read
modest and reserved in manner or behavior
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demystify: Read
clarify; free from mystery or obscurity
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denigrate: Read
blacken; defame; attack reputation of; degrade
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depose: Read
force to leave; remove from office
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depravity: Read
extreme corruption or degradation; wickedness
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deprecate: Read
express disapproval of; protest against; belittle
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depreciation: Read
devaluation; decrease in price or value
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deride: Read
ridicule; make fun of; laugh at with contempt
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derivative: Read
unoriginal; derived from another source
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derogatory: Read
expressing low opinion; disparaging; belittling
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desecration: Read
violate the sacredness of
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despondent: Read
in low spirits from loss of hope or courage
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despot: Read
tyrant; harsh, authoritarian ruler; eastern Orthodox bishop
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destitute: Read
extremely poor; utterly lacking; devoid
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deterrent: Read
something that discourages; tending to deter
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devoid: Read
completely lacking; barren or empty
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didactic: Read
excessively morally instructive
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diffident: Read
shy
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diffuse: Read
spread out widely; scatter freely; pour out and cause to spread freely
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digress(ion): Read
stray from the subject at hand
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dilatory: Read
tending to waste time
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diminutive: Read
below the average size; very small; little
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dire: Read
urgent, dreadful
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discern: Read
detect; perceive
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discomfited: Read
disappointed, defeated
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discount: Read
give reduction in price on
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disheartening: Read
discouraging
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disillusionment: Read
disenchantment, disappointment
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disingenuous: Read
giving a false appearance of frankness; not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating
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disparage: Read
belittle; speak of in a slighting or disrespectful way; reduce in esteem or rank
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dispassionate: Read
calm; impartial; unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice
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dispel: Read
scatter; drive away; cause to vanish
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disputatious: Read
argumentative; fond of arguing; inclined to dispute
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disquiet: Read
make uneasy or anxious; trouble
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disseminate: Read
distribute; spread; scatter like seeds
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distaste: Read
dislike, aversion
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divergent: Read
differing; tending to move apart in different directions
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divisive: Read
creating conflict
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divulge: Read
reveal; make known to public
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doctrine: Read
principles presented for belief, as by religious; principle of law; act of teaching; instruction
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dormant: Read
sleeping; not active but capable of becoming active
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dupe: Read
easily deceived person; duplicate of photographic image
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duplicitous: Read
deliberately deceptive
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ebullient: Read
showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm
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eclectic: Read
composed of elements from a variety of sources
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efface: Read
rub or wipe out; make indistinct as if by rubbing
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effervesce: Read
bubble, fizz
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egalitarian: Read
belief in equality
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elated: Read
overjoyed; extremely happy and excited
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elicit: Read
draw out; bring forth or to light; generate or provoke as response or answer
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elucidate: Read
make clear or plain, especially by explanation; clarify
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elude: Read
avoid cleverly; escape perception of
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elusive: Read
difficult to describe; difficult to detect or grasp by mind
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embitter: Read
make worse
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embroiled: Read
throw into confusion; deeply involved especially in something complicated
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empathetic: Read
compassionate
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empirical: Read
derived from experiment and observation rather than theory
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encompass: Read
surround; form a circle or ring around; enclose; envelop
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encroaching: Read
intrusive
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encumbrance: Read
burden
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enigma: Read
puzzle; difficult problem
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enumerate: Read
list each one; mention one by one
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ephemeral: Read
short-lived; enduring a very short time
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epiphany: Read
sudden realization
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epitome: Read
representative or perfect example of a class or type; brief summary, as of a book or article
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equanimity: Read
calmness of temperament; steadiness of mind under stress.
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equitable: Read
marked by or having equity; just and impartial
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equivocal: Read
open to two or more interpretations and often intended to mislead
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erudite: Read
learned; scholarly, with emphasis on knowledge gained from books
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esoteric: Read
hard to understand; known only in a particular group
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estrange: Read
alienate
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eulogy: Read
expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone's death
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evoke: Read
bring out; arouse; call forth
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exacting: Read
making severe demands; rigorous; requiring great care, effort, or attention
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excavate: Read
unearth; dig out; make a hole in; hollow out
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exemplar: Read
representative example
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exhibitionist: Read
deliberately behaving a certain way to attract attention
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exhort: Read
urge on or encourage, especially by shouts; make urgent appeal
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exorbitant: Read
greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation; exceeding proper limits
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expedient: Read
suitable; appropriate to a purpose; serving to promote your interest
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expose: Read
set forth; set out to public view
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extol: Read
praise highly; glorify; celebrate
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extricate: Read
free, as from difficulties or perplexities; cause to be emitted or evolved
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facile: Read
done or achieved with little effort or difficulty; ready or fluent
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faction: Read
a party of persons having a common end in view
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fallacious: Read
false; tending to mislead; deceptive
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fallacy: Read
deceptive or false appearance; false notion; deception
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fanaticism: Read
excessive zeal; extreme devotion to a belief or cause
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fastidious: Read
difficult to please; having complicated requirements; excessively particular demanding about details
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fathom: Read
measure the depth; come to understand
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felicitious: Read
well-suited, happy
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finesse: Read
refinement and delicacy of performance; skillful, subtle handling
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flagrant: Read
obvious and offensive, blatant, scandalous; flaming into notice
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flippant: Read
lacking proper seriousness; speaking freely; talkative; communicative
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florid: Read
reddish; elaborately or excessively ornamented
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flummox: Read
confuse
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folly: Read
foolishness; lack of good sense, understanding, or foresight
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foolhardy: Read
rash; marked by unthinking boldness
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forlorn: Read
sad and lonely; wretched; abandoned or left behind
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fortitude: Read
bravery; force; power to attack or to resist attack
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fortuitous: Read
accidental; by chance; coming or occurring without any cause
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fraudulent: Read
cheating; deceitful; planning or using fraud; given to practice of fraud
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frugal: Read
sparing; economical; costing little; inexpensive
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furor: Read
great excitement; public disorder or uproar
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furtive: Read
marked by quiet and caution and secrecy
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futile: Read
useless; having no useful result; vain
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gait: Read
manner of walking or stepping; bearing or carriage while moving; walk; rate of moving
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gallant: Read
courtly; lively and spirited; having or displaying great dignity or nobility
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gargantuan: Read
huge; of a tremendous size, volume, degree
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garish: Read
over-bright in color; tastelessly showy
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genial: Read
friendly; cordial; having a pleasant or friendly disposition or manner
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germinate: Read
cause to sprout or grow; come into existence
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glutton: Read
person who eats too much food and drink
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grandiose: Read
impressive from inherent grandeur; large and impressive, in size, scope or extent
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hackneyed: Read
repeated too often; over familiar through overuse
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hamper: Read
put at disadvantage; prevent progress or free movement of
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hardy: Read
in robust and good health; able to survive under unfavorable conditions
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hasten: Read
accelerate; quicken
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heresy: Read
opinion contrary to popular belief; opinion contrary to accepted religion
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histrionic: Read
characteristic of acting or stage performance
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hubris: Read
excessive pride or self-confidence
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