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annul

to reduce to nothing; to make ineffective or inoperative; to declare legally invalid or void S: abolish A: authorize

blasé

(adj.) indifferent, bored as a result of having enjoyed many pleasures; apathetic A: passionate

bolster

(v.) to support, give a boost to; (n.) a long pillow or cushion; a supporting post S: reinforce A: weaken

deplore

(v.) to feel or express regret or disapproval S: bemoan

frivolous

(adj.) of little importance, not worthy of serious attention; not meant seriously S: foolish A: serious

muster

(v.) To bring together for service or battle; to gather or summon; to amount to, comprise, include; (n.) a list of men for military service; a gathering, accumulation S: mobilize A: disband

nonentity

(n.) a person or thing of no importance S nobody A: celebrity

obsess

(v.) to trouble, haunt, or fill the mind S: preoccupy

ornate

(adj.) elaborately decorated; showily splendid S: elaborate A: plain

oust

(v.) to remove, drive out of a position or place S: eject A: welcome

peruse

(v.) to read thoroughly and carefully S: pore over

porous

(adj.) full of tiny holes; able to be penetrated by air or water S: permeable A: impermeable

promontory

(n.) a high point of land extending into water S: headland

prone

(adj.) lying face down; inclined, likely S: liable A: unlikely

qualm

(n.) a pang of conscience, uneasiness, misgiving, or doubt; a feeling of faintness or nausea S: second thought

recourse

(n.) a person or thing turned to for help or advice; the act of seeking help or protection S: remedy

residue

(n.) a remainder, that which remains when a part has been used up or removed S: remains

solicitous

(adj.) showing concern or care; fearful or anxious about someone or something S: concerned A: indifferent

staid

(adj.) serious and dignified; quiet or subdued in character or conduct S: sober A: unconventional

sustain

(v.) to support, nourish, keep up; to suffer, undergo; to bear up under, withstand; to affirm the validity of S: maintain

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