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Abase (v)

to degrade, to humiliate

Aberrant (adj)

straying from the correct or normal way

Angst (n)

strong anxiety and unhappiness; a feeling of dread

Brazen (adj)

bold, shameless; impudent

Chasm (n)

a deep opening; a gorge

Circumscribe (v)

to set the limits; to restrict

Digress (v)

to stray from the topic

Draconian (adj)

hard, severe, cruel

Fickle (adj)

not loyal or consistent

Grapple (v)

to seize firmly or hold onto something, wrestle

Guise (n)

outward appearance, semblance; false appearance

Haphazard (adj)

lacking order or purpose; not planned; random

Imminent (adj)

just about to happen

Ingenue (n)

a guileless unsophisticated person

Intrepid (adj)

fearless; bold

Juxtapose (v)

to place side by side

Lackadaisical (adj)

lacking energy and vitality; languid

Loquacious (adj)

overly talkative

Magnanimous (adj)

generous; noble in spirit

Mediocre (adj)

unimpressive, ordinary, average, passable

Mollycoddle (v)

to pamper, to spoil someone with kind treatment, overindulge

Nostalgia (n)

remembrance, longing for the past, homesickness

Obstreperous (adj)

not submitting to discipline or control; boisterous; vociferous

Ostracize (v)

to exclude from a group; to shun

Palpable (adj)

capable of being touched or felt

Propensity (n)

a natural inclination or tendency; a predilection, preference

Querulous (adj)

complaining, grumbling, whining, disagreeable

Quixotic (adj)

idealistic and totally impractical

Rebuke (v)

take to task, scold, reprimand

Relegate (v)

assign to an inferior position, place, exile

Rescind (v)

to take back or make invalid; revoke

Ruminate (v)

to ponder, to reflect upon

Simper (v)

smirk; giggle; snicker; smile foolishly

Soporific (adj)

tending to cause sleep; inducing sleep

Stratagem (n)

a plan or trick to achieve something; a ruse

Sundry (adj)

various; several; miscellaneous

Sybarite (n)

a person devoted to luxury and pleasure

Tangential (adj)

not especially relevant: only slightly related to the matter at hand

Tedium (n)

the condition of being dull or wearisome; monotony; boredom

Tempestuous (adj)

marked by unrest, disturbance or stormy turbulence

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