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hindrance

an obstacle; impediment

cognizant

aware; conscious

expedient

self-serving; convenient

lavish

extravagant; overly luxurious

negligent

careless

scrutinize

to examine; to inspect

kindle

to stir up; arouse

appall

to horrify; dismay

ludicrous

laughable; ridiculous

commiserate

to sympathize; express compassion

duplicity

deliberate deceptiveness; deceit

equivocal

open to more than one interpretation and often intended to mislead

uniform

all or always the same; without variety

contract

to reduce in size; become compressed

clamor

a loud outcry; hubbub

untenable

unable to be held or defended; unsupportable

stagnant

not moving; not flowing; motionless

vilify

to make abusive statements about

rescind

to repeal; take back

irresolute

uncertain how to think or act; undecided

apocryphal

of doubtful authenticity; not genuine

desultory

moving from one thing to another in an unplanned way

loquacious

very talkative

affable

friendly; easy to get along with

irascible

easily angered; irritable

opaque

difficult to understand or explain; obscure; incomprehensible

recapitulate

to summarize or repeat briefly

obtuse

slow to understand; dull

paucity

a scarcity; an insufficiency

garbled

mixed up to such an extent as to be misleading or incomprehensible

accolade

praise

edifice

a building, especially of large, imposing size

infraction

a breaking of a law or rule

diatribe

a bitter, abusively critical speech or piece of writing

assuage

to relieve; lessen

somber

solemn; sad and depressing; melancholy

censure

blame; a rebuke

gravity

severity; weighty importance

profane

showing disrespect or contempt for sacred things

cacophony

harsh, discordant sounds

enmity

hatred; hostility

peruse

to examine; read with great care

erroneous

mistaken; in error

recluse

a person who leads a solitary life; someone who withdraws from others

blasphemy

disrespect toward something sacred or important; irreverence

renounce

to reject; give up; cast off

languish

to lose strength; fail in health; be weak

incite

to stir up

heretic

a person who holds unpopular or unaccepted beliefs; dissenter; nonconformist

garner

to collect; to gather

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