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acrimonious

BITTER : caustic, biting, or rancorous especially in feeling, language, or manner

aegis

SPONSORSHIP : a shield or breastplate emblematic of majesty that was associated with Zeus and Athena : protection : controlling or conditioning influence

ambivalence

CONFUSION : simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings (as attraction and repulsion) toward an object, person, or action
: continual fluctuation

brash

IMPUDENT : brittle : heedless of the consequences : audacious : done in haste without regard for consequences : rash

cajole

COAX : to persuade with flattery or gentle urging especially in the face of reluctance : coax
: to obtain from someone by gentle persuasion

chagrin

DISMAY : disquietude or distress of mind caused by humiliation, disappointment, or failure

eschew

AVOID : to avoid habitually especially on moral or practical grounds : shun

exacerbate

WORSEN : to make more violent, bitter, or severe

illicite

UNLAWFUL : not permitted : unlawful

infatuate

ENCHANT : to cause to be foolish : deprive of sound judgment
: to inspire with a foolish or extravagant love or admiration

laden

BURDEN : to put a load or burden on or in : load
: to put or place as a load especially for shipment : ship
: to load heavily or oppressively

mundane

EVERYDAY : of, relating to, or characteristic of the world : characterized by the practical, transitory, and ordinary : commonplace

paucity

SHORTAGE : smallness of number : fewness
: smallness of quantity : dearth

perfunctory

CARELESS : characterized by routine or superficiality : mechanical
: lacking in interest or enthusiasm

proscribe

PROHIBIT : to publish the name of as condemned to death with the property of the condemned forfeited to the state
: to condemn or forbid as harmful or unlawful : prohibit

rarefy

REFINE : to make rare, thin, porous, or less dense : to expand without the addition of matter
: to make more spiritual, refined, or abstruse

renascent

REAWAKENING : rising again into being or vigor

stoic

PATIENT : capitalized : a member of a school of philosophy founded by Zeno of Citium about 300 b.c. holding that the wise man should be free from passion, unmoved by joy or grief, and submissive to natural law : one apparently or professedly indifferent to pleasure or pain

stultify

CRIPPLE : to allege or prove to be of unsound mind and hence not responsible : to cause to appear or be stupid, foolish, or absurdly illogical
: to impair, invalidate, or make ineffective
: negate : to have a dulling or inhibiting effect

sully

TARNISH : to make soiled or tarnished : defile
: to damage or ruin the good quality of (something)

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