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alacrity

(n.) a cheerful readiness; brisk and eager action

alleviate

(v.) to relieve, make more bearable

antithesis

(n.) the direct opposite, a sharp contrast

appall

(v.) to fill with dismay or horror

bellicose

(adj.) warlike in manner or temperament; quarrelsome

disparage

(v.) to belittle, speak slightingly of; to undervalue

dissonant

(adj.) not in harmony; disagreeing at odds

droll

(adj.) amusingly odd

edict

(n.) an order issued by someone in authority

elucidate

(v.) to clarify, explain

laud

(v.) to praise

loll

(v.) to act in a lazy manner; to lounge; to recline, droop

loquacious

(adj.) talkative, wordy; fond of talking

magnanimous

(adj.) generous in forgiving, above small meanness

mandatory

(adj.) required, obligatory

nondescript

(adj.) ordinary, not outstanding; not easily classified

phlegmatic

(adj.) slow-moving, sluggish; unemotional

rescind

(v.) to repeal, cancel

vivacious

(adj.) lively, sprightly, full of energy

whet

(v.) to sharpen, put an edge on; to make keen or eager

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