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/ə'bændən/ n. Syn. relinquish
lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm


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/ə'bæʃ/ v. Syn. embarrass
embarrass; make ashamed or uneasy; disconcert


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/'æbdɪkeɪt/ v. Syn. renounce
give up, renounce, abandon, lay down, or withdraw from, as a right or claim


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/ə'bɛt/ v. Syn. encourage
aid, usually in doing something wrong; encourage


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/ə'brɪdʒ/ v. Syn. condense; shorten
condense; shorten; reduce length of written text


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/'æbroʊgeɪt/ a. Syn. abolish
abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority


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/æb'sti:mɪəs/ a. Syn. temperate
sparing or moderation in eating and drinking; temperate


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/ækə'dɛmɪk/ a. Syn. scholarly; collegiate; theoretical
related to school; not practical or directly useful; relating to scholarly organization; based on formal education


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/æk'si:d/ v. Syn. agree; assent; concede
agree; give consent, often at insistence of another; concede


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/ək'sɛləreɪt/ v. Syn. speed; hasten
move faster; cause to develop or progress more quickly; occur sooner than expected


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/'ækəleɪd/ n. Syn. praise
award of merit; expression of approval; praise


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/ə'kɔ:d/ n. Syn. agreement; treaty
settlement or compromise of conflicting opinions; written agreement between two states


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/ækrɪ'moʊnɪəs/ a. Syn. rancorous
bitter and sharp in language, tone, or manner


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/'ækjʊmɛn, ə'kju:mɛn/ n. Syn. acuteness; insight
mental keenness; quickness of perception


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/əd'mɒnɪʃ/ v. Syn. warn; reprove
warn; counsel someone against something to be avoided


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/ædmɒ'nɪʃ(ə)n/ n. Syn. warning
gentle or friendly reproof; cautionary advice or warning


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/'ædvəsərɪ/ n. Syn. opponent; contestant
opponent in contest; someone who offers opposition


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/'ædvɜrs/ a. Syn. unfavorable; hostile
in opposing direction; harmful or unfavorable; acting or serving to oppose


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/əd'vɜrsɪtɪ/ n. Syn. poverty; misfortune
state of misfortune, hardship, or affliction; misfortune


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/i:s'θɛtɪk/ a. Syn. artistic; elegant
elegant or tasteful; of or concerning appreciation of beauty or good taste


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/'æfəb(ə)l/ a.
easily approachable; warmly friendly


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/'æflʊənt/ a.
having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value


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/'əgrɛsɪv/ a.
making assaults; unjustly attacking; combative; hostile; tending to spread quickly


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/ə'lækrɪtɪ/ n.
cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness


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/'eɪlɪəneɪt/ v. Syn. estrange; transfer; separate
cause to become unfriendly or hostile; transfer property or ownership; isolate or dissociate emotionally


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/ə'leɪ/ v. Syn. calm; pacify; relieve
calm; pacify; reduce the intensity of; relieve


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/ə'lu:d/ v. Syn. imply; refer
refer casually or indirectly, or by suggestion


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/ə'ljʊə(r)/ v. Syn. entice; attract
attract with something desirable; be highly, often subtly attractive


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/ə'lu:ʒ(ə)n/ n. Syn. metaphor
indirect reference; symbolical reference or comparison; metaphor


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/æm'bɪgjʊəs/ a.
unclear or doubtful in meaning


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/'eɪmɪəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. agreeable; lovable
good-natured and likable; lovable; warmly friendly


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/ə'næləgəs/ a. Syn. comparable
comparable; similar or alike


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/ə'nælədʒɪ/ n. Syn. similarity; parallelism
similarity in some respects; comparison based on similarity


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/'ænəkɪ/ n. Syn. lawlessness; disorder
absence of governing body; state of disorder; political disorder and confusion


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/'ænɪməs/ n. Syn. enmity; disposition
feeling of enmity or ill will; attitude that informs one's actions; disposition


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/'æn(ə)lz/ n. Syn. records; history
chronological record of the events of successive years


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/ə'nɒnɪməs/ a. Syn. unknown; nameless
having no name; having unknown or unacknowledged name


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/æn'θɒlədʒɪ/ n. Syn. collection
book of literary selections by various authors


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/æn'tɪθəsɪs/ n. Syn. contrast
contrast; direct contrast; opposition


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/æpə'θɛtɪk/ a.
feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent


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/'æpəθɪ/ n. Syn. indifference
lack of caring; indifference


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/æprɪ'hɛnd/ v. Syn. arrest; perceive
take into custody; arrest a criminal; grasp mentally; perceive


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/æprɪ'hɛnsɪv/ a.
capable of apprehending; knowing; conscious; relating to the faculty of apprehension; sensible; feeling; perceptive


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/ə'praɪz/ v. Syn. inform
inform; give notice to; make aware


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/æprə'beɪʃ(ə)n/ n. Syn. approval
expression of warm approval; praise


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/æpt/ a. Syn. appropriate; suitable
likely; exactly suitable; appropriate; quick to learn or understand


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/'æptɪtju:d/;/'æptɪtud/ n. Syn. intelligence; talent
inherent ability; quickness in learning and understanding


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/'ɑrbɪtə(r)/ n. Syn. judge
person with power to decide a dispute; judge


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/'ɑrkɪtaɪp/ n. Syn. prototype
prototype; original model or type after which other similar things are patterned


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/'ærɪd/ a. Syn. dry; barren
dry; lacking moisture, especially having insufficient rainfall to support trees or plants


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/ærɪs'tɒkrəsɪ/ n.
hereditary nobility; privileged class


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/ɑr'tɪkjʊlət/ a. Syn. effective; distinct
expressing oneself easily in clear and effective language


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/ə'sɛtɪk/ a. Syn. austere; severe
leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere


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/ə'sɪdjʊəs/;/ə'sɪdʒʊəs/ a. Syn. diligent; persistent
constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent


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/ə'saɪləm/ n. Syn. protection
place of refuge or shelter; protection


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/'eɪθiɪst/ n. Syn. nonbeliever
nonbeliever; one who denies the existence of god


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/ə'trɪbju:t/ n. Syn. trait
essential quality; reputation; honor


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/ɔ:g'mɛnt/ v. Syn. increase
make greater, as in size, extent, or quantity


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/ɔ:'spɪʃəs/ a. Syn. propitious
attended by favorable circumstances; marked by success; prosperous


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/ɜr'θɛntɪk/ a. Syn. genuine; real; valid; trustworthy
not counterfeit or copied; valid; trustworthy


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/ɔtə'krætɪk/ a. Syn. dictatorial
having absolute, unchecked power; dictatorial


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/'ævərɪs/ n.
greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain


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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


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/bə'nɑrl/;/'beɪnl/ a. Syn. dull; commonplace; trite
obvious and dull; commonplace; lacking originality


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/beɪn/ n. Syn. curse
something causes misery or death; curse; fatal injury or ruin


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/'bæntə(r)/ n.
good-humored, playful conversation


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/'bæt(ə)n/;/bə'tɒn/ n.
staff or truncheon for various purposes, as one of a conductor in musical performances, one transferred by runners in a relay race


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/bɪ'laɪ/ v. Syn. contradict
contradict; give a false impression


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/'bɛlɪkoʊs/ a. Syn. warlike; belligerent
warlike or hostile in manner or temperament; showing or having impulse to be combative


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/bɪ'nɛvələnt/ a. Syn. generous; charitable
generous in providing aid to others; charitable


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/bɪ'smɜrtʃ/ v.
soil, smear so as to make dirty or stained


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/'baɪəs(ɪ)d/ a. Syn. slanted; prejudiced
favoring one person or side over another; prejudiced


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/bɪ'zɑr(r)/ a. Syn. fantastic
fantastic; violently contrasting; strangely unconventional in style or appearance


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/blænd/ a. Syn. soothing; mild; agreeable
lacking stimulating or mild; agreeable


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/'blændɪʃmənt/ n. Syn. flattery
flattery; speech or action expressive of affection or kindness, and tending to win the heart


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/'blɛmɪʃ/ v.
mark with deformity; injure or impair, as anything which is excellent; make defective, either the body or mind


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/blaɪt/ v.
blast; prevent the growth and fertility of; destroy the happiness of; ruin; frustrate


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/blaɪð/ a. Syn. gay; joyous; heedless
gay; joyous; carefree and lighthearted


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/bɒm'bæstɪk/ a. Syn. pompous
pompous; using inflated language; high-sounding but with little meaning


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/'bʊərɪʃ/ a. Syn. rude; clumsy; illiterate
rude and clumsy in behavior; ungentlemanly; awkward in manners


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/bju:'kɒlɪk/ a. Syn. rustic; pastoral
rustic; pastoral; agricultural; relating to country affairs, or to shepherd's life and occupation


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/bʌ'fu:n/ n.
one who makes a practice of amusing others by low tricks, antic gestures; droll; mimic; clown


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/'bʊlwək/ n.
earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends


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/'bʌmpʃəs/ a.
offensively self-assertive; liable to give or take offense; forward; pushing


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/kə'bæl/ n.
small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests


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/kə'kɒfənəs/ a. Syn. discordant; inharmonious
discordant; inharmonious; sounding harshly; ill-sounding


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/kə'dævərəs/ a. Syn. pale
like corpse; pale; Having appearance or color of dead human body


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/'kæləs/ a.
emotionally hardened; unfeeling; toughened


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/'kændɪd/ a. Syn. straightforward; frank
straightforward; frank; free from prejudice; impartial


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/kændə(r)/ n. Syn. frankness
frankness; quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech


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/kæn'tæŋkərəs/ a. Syn. irritable
ill humored; irritable; marked by ill-tempered contradiction or opposition; ugly; malicious


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/kə'prɪʃəs/ a. Syn. unpredictable; fickle; arbitrary
fickle; impulsive and unpredictable; apt to change opinions suddenly


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/'kæpʃəs/ a.
intended to confuse in an argument


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/kærɪkə'tjʊə(r)/ n. Syn. distortion; burlesque
representation that is deliberately exaggerated to produce a comic effect


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/'kæstɪgeɪt/ v. Syn. punish
criticize severely; punish; revise or make corrections to publication


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/sɪ'lɛstɪəl/;/sə'lZstʃl/ a. Syn. heavenly
relating to the sky or the heavens; supremely good; god or angel


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/'ʃoʊvɪnɪst/ n.
person with prejudiced belief in superiority of own kind


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/ʃɪ'keɪnərɪ/ n. Syn. trickery; deception
mean or unfair artifice to obscure truth; deception by trickery or sophistry


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/'krɒnɪk/ a.
lasting for long period; marked by frequent recurrence, as certain diseases


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/'sɜrkəmspɛkt/ a. Syn. prudent; cautious
carefully aware of all circumstances; cautious


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/sɜrkəm'vɛnt/ v. Syn. outwit
surround an enemy; enclose or entrap; beat by cleverness and wit


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/'sɪv(ə)l/ a. Syn. civic
having to do with citizens or the state; courteous and polite


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/'klæmərəs/ a.
speaking and repeating loud words; full of clamor; calling or demanding loudly or urgently; vociferous; noisy; bawling; loud


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/klæn'dɛstɪn/ a. Syn. secret
secret; conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods


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/koʊə'lɛs/ v. Syn. combine; fuse; mix
combine; fuse; grow together; come together so as to form one whole; unite


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/koʊə'lɪʃ(ə)n/ n. Syn. partnership; league; union
partnership; league; state of being combined into one body


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/koʊ'ɛrfɛn/ n.
use of force to get someone to obey


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/'koʊdʒənt/ a. Syn. convincing
reasonable and convincing; based on evidence; forcefully persuasive


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/kə'lu:ʒ(ə)n/ n.
secret agreement for an illegal purpose; conspiracy


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/kə'moʊdɪəs/ a.
spacious and comfortable; fit; proper; convenient


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/kəm'pætɪb(ə)l/ a. Syn. harmonious
harmonious; having similar disposition and tastes


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/kɒmpɛn'seɪʃ(ə)n/ n.
something given or received as payment as for a service or loss or injury


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/kəm'pʌŋkʃ(ə)n/ n.
feeling of deep regret; strong uneasiness caused by a sense of guilt


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/kən'si:d/ v. Syn. admit; yield
admit; yield; give up physical control of another


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/kən'doʊl/ v. Syn. grieve
grieve; express sympathy; speak sympathetically to one in pain, grief, or misfortune


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/kən'doʊləns/ n.
expression of sympathy with another in sorrow or grief.


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/kən'fɛdərət/ n. Syn. ally; collaborator
ally; form a group or unite


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/kən'dʒi:nɪəl/ a. Syn. compatible
compatible


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/kən'dʒɛktʃə(r)/ v.
believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds


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/kən'sɛnsəs/ n. Syn. Agreement; accord
general agreement or accord; opinion reached by a group as a whole


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/kɒnstə'neɪʃ(ə)n/ n. Syn. dismay; shock; fear
intense state of fear or dismay; astonishment combined with terror


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/kən'strʌkʃ(ə)n/ n.
act of constructing or building something


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/'kɒnsəmeɪt/ a.
carried to the utmost extent or degree; of the highest quality; complete; perfect


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/kən'tɛmptjʊəs/ a. Syn. scornful
scornful; expressing contempt; showing a lack of respect


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/kən'vɪvɪəl/ a. Syn. festive
festive; occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company


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/'koʊpɪəs/ a. Syn. plentiful
plentiful; containing plenty; affording ample supply


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/'kɔ:pjʊlənt/ a. Syn. fat
very fat; large in body; overweight


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/kɒzmə'pɒlɪt(ə)n/ a. Syn. sophisticated
sophisticated; of worldwide scope


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/'koʊtərɪ/ n.
group that meets socially; an exclusive circle of people with common purpose


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/'kaʊntɪnəns/ v. Syn. approve; tolerate
give sanction or support to; tolerate or approve


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/'kri:dəns/ n. Syn. credit; faith
credit; faith


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/'krɛdɪb(ə)l/ a.
capable of being credited or believed; worthy of belief; entitled to confidence; trustworthy


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/'krɛdjʊləs/;/'krɛdʒələs/ a.
apt to believe on slight evidence; easily imposed upon; unsuspecting; believed too readily


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/krɪndʒ/ v.
shrink or recoil, as in fear, disgust or embarrassment; bend or crouch with base humility


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/'kru:ʃ(ə)l/ a.
of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis; of the greatest importance


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/'krɪptɪk/ a.
having hidden meaning; mystifying; using code or cipher


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/kɜrb/ v.
bend or curve; guide and manage, or restrain


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/'kɜrsərɪ/ a. Syn. casual
casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed


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/kɜrt/ a.
having been shortened; effectively cut short; rudely brief or abrupt, as in speech or manner


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/'sɪnɪk(ə)l/ a.
skeptical of motives of others; selfishly calculating; negative or pessimistic


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/dɜrθ/ n. Syn. scarcity
scarcity; shortage of food; famine from failure or loss of crops


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/'dɛfərəns/ n. Syn. respect
willingness to carry out the wishes of others; great respect


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/'di:ɪtɪ/ n. Syn. god; divinity
god; divinity; supernatural things


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/dɪ'lɛktəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. delightful; delicious
delightful; delicious; extremely pleasing to the sense of taste


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/dɪ'li:t/ v. Syn. erase
erase; strike out; remove or make invisible


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/dɪ'lɪnɪeɪt/ v. Syn. portray; depict; sketch
portray; depict; draw or trace outline of; sketch out


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/dɪ'lɪŋkwənt/ a.
failing in duty; offending by neglect of duty.


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/'dɛlju:dʒ/ n. Syn. flood; rush
great flood; heavy downpour; any overflowing of water


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/'dɛməgɒg/ n.
person who appeals to people's prejudice; false leader of people


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/dɪ'mi:nə(r)/ n. Syn. behavior
conduct; management; way in which a person behaves


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/dɪ'mjʊə(r)/ a. Syn. grave; serious
modest and reserved in manner or behavior


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/dɪ'naʊns/ v. Syn. condemn; criticize; announce
condemn openly; criticize; make known in formal manner


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/dɪ'pli:t/ v. Syn. reduce; exhaust
decrease fullness of; use up or empty out


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/'dɛprɪkeɪt/ v. Syn. belittle
express disapproval of; protest against; belittle


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/dɪ'pri:ʃɪeɪt/ v.
lessen price or value of; think or speak of as being of little worth; belittle


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/dɛvəs'teɪʃən/ n.
an event that results in total destruction; the state of being decayed or destroyed


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/'di:vɪəs/ a.
departing from correct or accepted way; misleading; not straightforward


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/dɪ'vɔɪd/ a. Syn. barren; empty
completely lacking; barren or empty


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/dɪ'vaʊt/ a. Syn. pious
expressing devotion or piety; earnest in religious field


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/daɪ'lɛmə/ n. Syn. predicament
predicament; state of uncertainty or between equally unfavorable options


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/dɪskən'sɜrt/ v. Syn. confuse; upset; embarrass
confuse; frustrate by throwing into disorder; embarrass


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/dɪs'kɒnsələt/ a. Syn. sad
sad; cheerless; gloomy; hopeless or not expecting


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/'dɪskɔ:s/ n. Syn. conversation
formal, lengthy discussion of a subject; verbal exchange; conversation


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/dɪ'skri:t/ a. Syn. separate; distinct
separate; consisting of unconnected distinct parts


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/dɪ'skɜrsɪv/ a.
tending to depart from main point or cover a wide range of subjects


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/'dɪspərət/ a. Syn. unrelated
fundamentally distinct or different in kind; entirely dissimilar


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/dɪ'spærɪtɪ/ n. Syn. difference
difference; condition or fact of being unequal, as in age, rank, or degree


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/dɪ'spæʃ(ə)nət/ a. Syn. calm; impartial
calm; impartial; unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice


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/dɪ'spætʃ/ n. Syn. expedition; sending off
act of sending off something; property of being prompt and efficient; message usually sent in haste


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/dɪ'spɛl/ v. Syn. scatter
scatter; drive away; cause to vanish


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/dɪ'sɛnt/ v. Syn. disagree
differ in opinion or feeling; withhold assent or approval


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/'dɪsəlu:t/ a.
lacking moral restraint; indulging in sensual pleasures or vices


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/dɪ'strɔ:t/ a. Syn. upset
deeply agitated, as from emotional conflict; mad; insane


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/daɪ'vɜrs/ a. Syn. various
differing in some characteristics; various


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/daɪ'vɜrsɪfaɪ/ v. Syn. vary
give variety to; spread out activities or investments


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/daɪ'vʌldʒ/ v. Syn. reveal
reveal; make known to public


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/dɒg'mætɪk/;/dɔ:gmætɪk/ a. Syn. opinionated; doctrinal
stubbornly adhering to insufficiently proven beliefs; inflexible, rigid


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/daɪ'næmɪk/ a. Syn. energetic
energetic; vigorously active


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