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authentic: Read
/ɜr'θɛntɪk/ a. Syn. genuine; real; valid; trustworthy
not counterfeit or copied; valid; trustworthy
It is authentic, genuine, and a true and correct copy of the original.

avarice: Read
/'ævərɪs/ n.
greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain
King Midas is a perfect example of avarice, for he was so greedy that he wished everything he touched would turn to gold.

banal: Read
/bə'nɑrl/;/'beɪnl/ a. Syn. dull; commonplace; trite
obvious and dull; commonplace; lacking originality
The writer made his comic sketch seem banal, only a few people liked it.

banter: Read
/'bæntə(r)/ n.
good-humored, playful conversation
You bring good diversity to the BombCast because your opinions are varied and present a good contrast to what can sometimes be predictable banter from the guys.

belie: Read
/bɪ'laɪ/ v. Syn. contradict
contradict; give a false impression
His coarse, hard-bitten exterior does belie his inner sensitivity.

belligerent: Read
/bɪ'lɪdʒərənt/ a. Syn. quarrelsome; aggressive
inclined or eager to fight; aggressive
Whenever he had too much to drink, he became belligerent and tried to pick fights with strangers.

besmirch: Read
/bɪ'smɜrtʃ/ v.
soil, smear so as to make dirty or stained
The scandalous remarks in the newspaper besmirch the reputations of every member of the society.

bizarre: Read
/bɪ'zɑr(r)/ a. Syn. fantastic
fantastic; violently contrasting; strangely unconventional in style or appearance
The plot of the novel was too bizarre to be believed.

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affable  Speak
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blast; prevent the growth and fertility of; destroy the happiness of; ruin; frustrate
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easily approachable; warmly friendly
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warlike or hostile in manner or temperament; showing or having impulse to be combative
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contradict; give a false impression
amenable  Speak
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responsive to advice or suggestion; responsible to higher authority; willing to comply with; agreeable
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book of literary selections by various authors
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refer casually or indirectly, or by suggestion
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flattery; speech or action expressive of affection or kindness, and tending to win the heart
annals  Speak
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making assaults; unjustly attacking; combative; hostile; tending to spread quickly
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blast; prevent the growth and fertility of; destroy the happiness of; ruin; frustrate
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chronological record of the events of successive years
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soil, smear so as to make dirty or stained
anonymous  Speak
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feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent
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having no name; having unknown or unacknowledged name
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pompous; using inflated language; high-sounding but with little meaning
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blast; prevent the growth and fertility of; destroy the happiness of; ruin; frustrate
anthology  Speak
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give up, renounce, abandon, lay down, or withdraw from, as a right or claim
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having no name; having unknown or unacknowledged name
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book of literary selections by various authors
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indirect reference; symbolical reference or comparison; metaphor
archetype  Speak
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likely; exactly suitable; appropriate; quick to learn or understand
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lacking stimulating or mild; agreeable
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inherent ability; quickness in learning and understanding
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prototype; original model or type after which other similar things are patterned
attribute  Speak
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feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent
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inclined or eager to fight; aggressive
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essential quality; reputation; honor
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in a position that is turned toward one side; away from correct course
augment  Speak
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make greater, as in size, extent, or quantity
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feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent
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flattery; speech or action expressive of affection or kindness, and tending to win the heart
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chronological record of the events of successive years
auspicious  Speak
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rude and clumsy in behavior; ungentlemanly; awkward in manners
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attended by favorable circumstances; marked by success; prosperous
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capable of apprehending; knowing; conscious; relating to the faculty of apprehension; sensible; feeling; perceptive
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mark with deformity; injure or impair, as anything which is excellent; make defective, either the body or mind
authentic  Speak
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constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent
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hereditary nobility; privileged class
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not counterfeit or copied; valid; trustworthy
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warn; counsel someone against something to be avoided
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/ə'brɪdʒ/ v. Syn. condense; shorten
condense; shorten; reduce length of written text
Because the publishers felt the public wanted a shorter version of War and Peace, they proceeded to [___] the novel.


Spelling Word: abridge
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/'æbroʊgeɪt/ a. Syn. abolish
abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority
He intended to [___] the decree issued by his predecessor.


Spelling Word: abrogate
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/ə'kɔ:d/ n. Syn. agreement; treaty
settlement or compromise of conflicting opinions; written agreement between two states
Although the [___] is a small step forward, politicians around the world have their work cut out for them.


Spelling Word: accord
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/ə'lu:d/ v. Syn. imply; refer
refer casually or indirectly, or by suggestion
Try not to mention divorce in Jack's presence because he will think you [___] to his marital problems with Jill.


Spelling Word: allude
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/æm'bɪgjʊəs/ a.
unclear or doubtful in meaning
His [___] instructions misled us; we did not know which road to take.


Spelling Word: ambiguous
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/'æptɪtju:d/;/'æptɪtud/ n. Syn. intelligence; talent
inherent ability; quickness in learning and understanding
The counselor gave him an [___] test before advising him about the career he should follow.


Spelling Word: aptitude
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/'ærɪd/ a. Syn. dry; barren
dry; lacking moisture, especially having insufficient rainfall to support trees or plants
The cactus has adapted to survive in an [___] environment.


Spelling Word: arid
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/ə'trɪbju:t/ n. Syn. trait
essential quality; reputation; honor
His outstanding [___] was his kindness.


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/ə'raɪ/ ad. Syn. distorted; crooked ; askew; amiss
in a position that is turned toward one side; away from correct course
He held his head [___], giving the impression that he had caught cold in his neck during the night.


Spelling Word: awry
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/beɪn/ n. Syn. curse
something causes misery or death; curse; fatal injury or ruin
Lucy's little brother was the [___] of her existence: his attempts to make her life miserable worked so well that she could have poisoned him.


Spelling Word: bane