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attenuate

v. to weaken

commandeer

v. to take possession of

drivel

n. nonsense

futile

adj. useless; hopeless

interminable

adj. never-ending

misrepresentation

n. deliberately deceiving

peremptory

adj. in a commanding manner

quaint

adj. picturesque

stevedore

n. dockworker

virtuoso

n. an accomplished musician

augment

v. to increase, make bigger

complacent

adj. self-satisfied; smug

droll

adj. dryly amusing

galleon

n. ancient type of sailing ship

intermittent

adj. sporadic; irregular

mitigate

v. to lessen; make less severe

perfidy

n. treachery

quandary

n. dilemma; puzzle

stifle

v. to suppress

virulent

adj. dangerous; harmful

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