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Askance

(adv) With suspicion, distrust, or disapproval
synonyms: distrustfully, suspiciously, skeptically

Attenuate

(v) To make thin, to weaken
synonyms: thin out, dilute, water down
antonyms: thicken, strengthen, bolster

Benign

(adj) Gentle, kind, forgiving
synonyms: benevolent, salutary, salubrious, harmless
antonyms: malevolent, deleterious

Cavil

(v) To find fault in a petty way
synonyms: nitpick, quibble

Charlatan

(n) A pretender, an impostor
synonyms: fraud, mountebank

Decimate

(v) To destroy
synonyms: ravage, devastate

Foible

(n) A weak point, minor flaw
synonyms: shortcoming, defect, quirk
antonyms: forte, virtue

Forgo

(v) To do without, to give up
synonyms: refrain from, renounce
antonyms: indulge in, partake of

Fraught

(adj) Full or loaded with
synonyms: charged with
antonyms: devoid of, lacking, deficient in

Inure

(v) To toughen
synonyms: accustom, acclimate

Luminous

(adj) Emitting light, reflecting light, glowing
synonyms: radiant, bright, refulgent, lustrous
antonyms: dark, opaque, dim, murky

Obsequious

(adj) marked by slavish attentiveness; excessively submissive, often for purely self-interested reasons
synonyms: fawning, servile, sycophanatic, mealymouthed
antonyms: assertive, bumptious, overbearing, candid, frank, independent

Obtuse

(adj) Blunt, dull, stupid, measuring between 90 degrees and 180 degrees
synonyms: stupid, dumb, thick, mild, dull-witted
antonyms: acute, perceptive, quick-witted

Oscillate

(v) To swing back and forth, vacillate
synonyms: vibrate, vacillate

Penitent

(adj) Regretful of one's sins
synonyms: remorseful, regretful, rueful, sorry
antonyms: unrepentant, remorseless

Peremptory

(adj) A command that gives no room for debate, denial, or refusal
synonyms: high-handed, unconditional
antonyms: irresolute, tentative, mild, unassuming

Rebuff

(v) To repel away, to reject
synonyms: spurn, repulse, reject (n) setback
antonyms: accept, welcome

Reconnoiter

(v) Reconnaissance, scout, to make a preliminary inspection
synonym: scout

Shambles

(n) A place of mass bloodshed, a mess

Sporadic

(adj) Occurring at irregular intervals, having no set plan or order
synonyms: intermittent, spasmodic
antonyms: constant, steady, continuous, uninterrupted

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