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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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/əb'tju:s/;/əb'tu:s/ a. Syn. stupid
lacking in insight or discernment; stupid
What can you do with somebody who's so [___] that he can't even tell that you're insulting him?.


Spelling Word: obtuse
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/pænə'sɪə/ n.
remedy for all diseases, evils, or difficulties; a cure-all
The rich youth cynically declared that the [___] for all speeding tickets was a big enough bribe.


Spelling Word: panacea
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/'pɑrsɪmənɪ/;/-moʊnɪ/ n.
extreme care in spending money; reluctance to spend money unnecessarily
Because her father wouldn't let her buy a new iPhone, Annie accused him of [___].


Spelling Word: parsimony
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/pɪ'dʒɒrətɪv/ a.
tending to make or become worse; disparaging or belittling
Instead of criticizing Clinton's policies, the Republicans made [___] remarks about his character.


Spelling Word: pejorative
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/'plɛθərə/ n. Syn. excess; overabundance
excess; over-fullness in any respect; superabundance
She offered a [___] of excuses for her shortcomings.


Spelling Word: plethora
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/prə'pɪʃəs/ a. Syn. favorable; fortunate; advantageous
presenting favorable circumstances; fortunate; advantageous
Chloe consulted her horoscope to see whether Tuesday would be a [___] day to dump her boyfriend.


Spelling Word: propitious
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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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/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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/'rɪbəld/ a. Syn. wanton; tasteless
coarse or indecent; humorously vulgar or offensive
He sang a [___] song that offended many of the more prudish listeners.


Spelling Word: ribald