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/'mɪsənθroʊp/ n.
one who hates or mistrusts mankind
In Gulliver's Travels, Swift portrays an image of humanity as vile, degraded beasts; for this reason, various critics consider him a [___].


Spelling Word: misanthrope
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/mɪs'noʊmə(r)/ n.
error in naming person or place; name wrongly or unsuitably applied to a person or an object
The essay did make the point that the name “greenhouse effect” is a [___], which is correct.


Spelling Word: misnomer
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/mə'roʊs/ a. Syn. sullen; gloomy
ill humored; sullen; depressingly dark; gloomy; persistent
Though we feel sad at someone's pain and sorrow, feeling [___] is difficult while actively wishing the person to be happy.


Spelling Word: morose
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/'mɒtlɪ/ a. Syn. mixed; heterogeneous
multi-colored; mixed; having elements of great variety
He wore a loose tunic and looser trousers, homespun and dyed in [___] green and brown.


Spelling Word: motley
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/'mɪrɪəd/ a. Syn. innumerable; many; countless; numberless
of very large or indefinite number; of ten thousand
In China, for example, where a number of different dialects are spoken, the same character can be pronounced in [___] ways.


Spelling Word: myriad
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/'nɔ:tɪk(ə)l/ a. Syn. marine; maritime; naval
relating to ships, sailors, or navigation
I dressed myself in [___] rig, and went on deck to see all that I could.


Spelling Word: nautical
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/pɪ'dəntɪk/ a. Syn. bookish
marked by narrow focus on or display of learning, especially formal rules and trivial points
Leavening his decisions with humorous, down-to-earth anecdotes, Judge Walker was not at all the [___] legal scholar.


Spelling Word: pedantic
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/'pɛnsɪv/ a. Syn. contemplative
deeply, often dreamily thoughtful; engaged in serious thought or reflection; contemplative
The [___] lover gazed at the portrait of his beloved and deeply sighed.


Spelling Word: pensive
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/pə'rɛmptərɪ/;/'pɛrəmptɔ:rɪ/ a. Syn. imperative
offensively self-assured; dictatorial; not allowing contradiction or refusal
From Jack's [___] knock on the door, Jill could tell he would not give up until she let him in.


Spelling Word: peremptory
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/'pleɪdʒərɪzəm/ n. Syn. copying; imitation
theft of another's ideas or writings passed off as original
The editor recognized the [___] and rebuked the culprit who had presented the manuscript as original.


Spelling Word: plagiarism