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intolerance

(n.) unwillingness to accept beliefs that are different from one's own; sensitivity to a food or medicine

activate

to make active; to set in motion

petty

trivial or unimportant; spiteful

charitable

generous in giving gifts or helping with the needy

pious

suggesting real or affected devotion to religious beliefs

colossal

huge; gigantic; vast

tarnish

to dull or detract from the brightness of; (n) a film of chemically altered metal that dulls the surface

invariable

not changing; without excpetion

eccentric

(adj) very odd in dress or behavior; (n) a person with these qualities

confide

to tell in confidence; to entrust with

clarify

to make clear by removing impurities; to make understandable by explaining

irk

to irritate; to tire out

essay

(n) a short composition on a single topic; (v) to try; to test the quality of

proposal

a plan that is put forward for consideration

sarcasm

a sharp remark uttered to mock or make fun of something or someone

successor

one who succeeds or follows another in an office or position

apt

fitting; likely; clever

summit

the highest point; a peak; a meeting of heads of state

temperament

disposition; the manner in wich a person thinks and responds

deduction

a conclusion based on reasoning; a subtraction

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