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impudence
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n. offensively bold behavior; the trait of being rude
Kissed on the cheek by a perfect stranger, the lady exclaimed, 'Young man, I should have you horse-whipped for your impudence.'
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impunity
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n. freedom from punishment or harm; exemption from injury, suffering, or discomfort
A 98-pound weakling can't attack a beachfront bully with impunity.
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impute
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v. lay responsibility or blame for, often unjustly
It seemed unfair to impute the accident on me, especially since they were the ones who ran the red light.
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inalienable
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a. not to be taken away; nontransferable
The Declaration of Independence mentions the inalienable rights that all of us possess.
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inarticulate
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a. speechless; without or deprived of the use of speech or words
He became inarticulate with rage and uttered sounds without meaning.
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incapacitate
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v. disable or disqualify; deprive of capacity or natural power
During the winter, respiratory ailments incapacitate many people.
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incarcerate
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v. imprison; put into jail; shut up or enclose
He was not willing to incarcerate the civil rights workers because their imprisonment could serve the cause.
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incarnation
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n. person or thing regarded as embodying or exhibiting some quality, idea
The incarnation of Jesus Christ is a basic tenet of Christian theology.
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incendiary
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n. arsonist; bomb that is designed to start fires
The fire spread in such an unusual manner that the fire department chiefs were certain that an incendiary had set it.
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inception
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n. beginning of something; taking in, as by swallowing; the process of receiving within
She was involved with the project from its inception.
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incidence
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n. rate of occurrence; particular occurrence
The highest incidence is found in Britain, Australia and Belgium: 30 per 1,000,000 per year.
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incidental
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a. happening, as an occasional event, without regularity; coming without design
The scholarship covered his major expenses at college and some of his incidental expenses as well.
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incipient
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a. beginning to exist or appear; in an early stage
I will go to sleep early for I want to break an incipient cold.
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incite
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v. arouse to action; motivate; induce to exist
Mario and his fellow students incite the audience to go out on strike to protest the government in a fiery speech.
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inclement
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a. stormy; showing no mercy; physically severe
I like to curl up on the sofa with a good book in inclement weather and listen to the storm blowing outside.
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incline
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n. cause to lean, slant, or slope; deviate from the horizontal or vertical
The architect recommended that the nursing home's ramp be rebuilt because its incline was too steep for wheelchairs.
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inclusive
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a. tending to include all; taking a great deal or everything within its scope
The comedian turned down the invitation to join the Players' Club, saying any club that would let him in was too inclusive for him.
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incoherent
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a. lacking cohesion, connection, or harmony; unable to think in a clear manner
The excited fan blushed and stammered, her words becoming almost incoherent in the thrill of meeting her favorite rock star face to face.
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incompatible
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a. inharmonious; impossible to coexist; not easy to combine harmoniously
The married couple argued incessantly and finally decided to separate because they were incompatible.
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incongruous
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a. not fitting; lacking in harmony or compatibility
Dave saw nothing incongruous about wearing sneakers with his tuxedo; he couldn't understand why his date took one look at him and started to laugh.
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