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/'ɒbfʌskeɪt/ v. Syn. confuse; muddle
confuse; muddle; cause confusion; make needlessly complex
Was the president's spokesman trying to clarify the Whitewater mystery, or was he trying to [___] the issue so the voters would never figure out what went on?.


Spelling Word: obfuscate
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/ɒ'stɛnsɪb(ə)l/ a. Syn. apparent
put forth or held out as real, actual, or intended; proper or intended to be shown
Although the [___] purpose of this expedition is to discover new lands, we are really interested in finding new markets for our products.


Spelling Word: ostensible
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/'peɪθɒs/ n. Syn. pity
tender sorrow; pity; quality in art or literature that produces these feelings
The quiet tone of [___] that ran through the novel never degenerated into the maudlin or the overly sentimental.


Spelling Word: pathos
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/pə'fɪdɪəs/ a. Syn. treacherous; disloyal
tending to betray; disloyal; faithless
When Caesar realized that Brutus had betrayed him, he reproached his [___] friend.


Spelling Word: perfidious
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/pə'nɪʃəs/ a. Syn. deadly
very destructive; tending to cause death or serious injury; deadly
Crack cocaine has had a [___] effect on urban society: it has destroyed families, turned children into drug dealers, and increased the spread of violent crimes.


Spelling Word: pernicious
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/'prʊərɪənt/ a.
having or causing lustful thoughts and desires; having eager desire for something
Aroused by his [___] impulses, the dirty old man leered at the sweet young thing and offered to give her a sample of his "prowess.".


Spelling Word: prurient
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/'kwɒgmaɪə(r)/ n.
soft wet boggy land; complex or dangerous situation from which it is difficult to free oneself
Up to her knees in mud, Myra wondered how on earth she was going to extricate herself from this [___].


Spelling Word: quagmire
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/'kwɛrʊləs/ a. Syn. fretful; whining
habitually complaining; expressing complaint or grievance
Even the most agreeable toddlers can begin to act [___] if they miss their nap.


Spelling Word: querulous
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/kwɪk'sɒtɪk/ a.
idealistic without regard to practicality
Constantly coming up with [___], unworkable schemes to save the world, Simon has his heart in the right place, but his head somewhere in the clouds.


Spelling Word: quixotic
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/rɪ'kælsɪtrənt/ a.
obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority
Which animal do you think is more [___], a pig or a mule?.


Spelling Word: recalcitrant