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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'strɛpərəs/ a.
noisily aggressive; making great noise or outcry
What do you do when an [___] horde of drunken policemen goes carousing through your hotel, crashing into potted plants and singing vulgar songs?.

Spelling Word: obstreperous
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/'oʊdɪəs/ a. Syn. hateful; vile
hateful; arousing strong dislike, aversion, or intense displeasure
Cinderella's ugly stepsisters had the [___] habit of popping their zits in public.

Spelling Word: odious
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/prə'pɛnsɪtɪ/ n. Syn. tendency; predilection
natural inclination; tendency or preference; predilection
Convinced of his own talent, Sol has an unfortunate [___] to belittle the talents of others.

Spelling Word: propensity
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/proʊ'zeiɪk/ a. Syn. factual
dull and unimaginative; matter-of-fact; factual
Though the ad writers came up with an original way to publicize the product, the head office rejected it for a more [___], ordinary slogan.

Spelling Word: prosaic
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/proʊ'skraɪb/;/proʊ-/ v. Syn. banish; outlaw
command against; banish; outlaw
Antony, Octavius, and Lepidus united to [___] all those who had conspired against Julius Caesar.

Spelling Word: proscribe
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/'pjʊəraɪl/;/-rəl/ a. Syn. childish
childish; belonging to childhood; immature
His [___] pranks sometimes offended his more mature friends.

Spelling Word: puerile
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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
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/sæŋktɪ'moʊnɪəs/ a. Syn. hypocritical
excessively or hypocritically pious; possessing sanctity; sacred; holy; saintly; religious
What we need to do is not fool ourselves and remain [___] about the issue of doping in baseball.

Spelling Word: sanctimonious
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/sə'maɪz/ v. Syn. guess
guess; infer something without sufficiently conclusive evidence
I [___] that he will be late for this meeting because of the traffic issue.

Spelling Word: surmise