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abate

(v.) become less, to deduct

adulation

(n.) praise that is excessive

anathema

(n.) a curse

astute

(adj.) shrewd, crafty

avarice

a greedy desire

culpable

(adj.) deserving blame, guilty

dilatory

(adj.) late or tardy, procrastinate

egregious

(adj.) conspicuous, standing out, glaring

equivocate

(v.) deliberately ambiguous speaking

evanescent

(adj.) vanishing, fleeting, transient

irresolute

(adj.) hesitating, indecisive

nebulous

(adj.) cloudlike, vague, confused, hazy, fuzzy

novice

(n.) trainee, a beginner

penury

(n.) extreme poverty, insufficiency

pretentious

(adj.) done for show

recapitulate

(v.) to sum up, review, summarize

resuscitate

(v.) to revive, reactivate

slovenly

(adj.) untidy, dirty

supposition

(n.) assumption, hypothesis

torpid

(adj.) sluggish, dull

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