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authentic

Definition: real, genuine
Synonyms: accurate, actual, original

nocturnal

Definition: happening at night
Synonyms: after dark, late, nightly

enigma

Definition: mystery; something seemingly inexplicable
Synonyms: bewilderment, conundrum, crux, mind-boggler, mystification, perplexity, problem, puzzle, question, riddle, secret

amplify

Definition: increase in size or effect
Synonyms: augment, enlarge, intensify

chivalry

Definition: valor, gallantry
Synonyms: courage, courtesy, valiance

domineering

Definition: oppress, assume authority
Synonyms: dominate, intimidate, threaten

fatigue

Definition: tiredness
Synonyms: burnout, exhaustion, weakness

inflexible

Definition: rigidly firm in will or purpose; incapable of change: stubborn
Synonyms: adamant, determined, fixed, immovable, rigid, steadfast, strict, unbending, uncompromising, unyielding

girth

Definition: measurement around waist
Synonyms: circumference, compass, distance around

parry

Definition: ward off, circumvent
Synonyms: avoid, block, repel

abyss

Definition: something very deep(usually a feature of land), empty space
Synonyms: chasm, gorge, hollow

meager

Definition: small, inadequate, poor, scant
Synonyms: little, sparse, weak

alleged

Definition: asserted, often doubtful
Synonyms: declared, questionable, suspect

nemesis

Definition: bane
Synonyms: adversary, curse, opponent

reside

Definition: live or exist in
Synonyms: abide, consist, inhabit

tyrant

Definition: person who dictates, oppresses
Synonyms: absolute ruler, authoritarian, oppressor

comparison

Definition: contrasting, corresponding
Synonyms: analogy, correlation, connection

lackadaisical

Definition: careless, indifferent
Synonyms: apathetic, disinterested, inattentive

wager

Definition: money or something gambled
Synonyms: bet, challenge, stake

improbable

Definition: not likely, doubtful
Synonyms: implausible, inconceivable, questionable

malicious

Definition: hateful, nasty
Synonyms: awful, mean, vengeful

imperial

Definition: regal, official
Synonyms: domineering, kingly, majestic

ostracize

Definition: exile, banish, expel
Synonyms: avoid, exclude, shun

zealot

Definition: enthusiast
Synonyms: activist, fanatic, diehard

enlighten

Definition: explain thoroughly, make aware
Synonyms: acquaint, inform, reveal

ecstasy

Definition: extreme happiness
Synonyms: rapture, bliss, delight, euphoria, paradise

attentive

Definition: concentrating, considerate
Synonyms: alert, interested, mindful

impede

Definition: obstruct, hinder
Synonyms: block, disrupt, restrain

assess

Definition: evaluate, determine
Synonyms: appraise, estimate, judge

incite

Definition: encourage, provoke
Synonyms: agitate, induce, prompt

squander

Definition: fritter away, use up
Synonyms: blow, go through, waste

yarn

Definition: fiber for knitting; story (often long and made up)
Synonyms: adventure, line, tale, narrative

dislodge

Definition: knock loose
Synonyms: displace, disturb, extricate

submerge

Definition: dunk in liquid
Synonyms: engulf, inundate, sink

pursue

Definition: chase, follow
Synonyms: harrass, persist, track

squeamish

Definition: nauseated, finicky
Synonyms: annoyed, dizzy, unsettled

concede

Definition: acknowledge, give in
Synonyms: admit, hand over, surrender, grant

preface

Definition: introduction
Synonyms: beginning, preliminary, prologue

saga

Definition: story, often long
Synonyms: adventure, epic, legend

wan

Definition: colorless, weak
Synonyms: anemic, faint, pale

eddy

Definition: current
Synonyms: swirl, tide, whirlpool

discord

Definition: noise, unrest
Synonyms: clamor, harshness, racket

vigil

Definition: watch
Synonyms: guard, observation, vigilance

drone

Definition: person who is lazy, continuous noise
Synonyms: loafer, parasite, buzz, hum

fiasco

Definition: catastrophe
Synonyms: disaster, blunder, breakdown

affluent

Definition: wealthy
Synonyms: loaded, opulent, prosperous, rich, stinking rich, upper class, upscale, well-off, well-to-do

affront

Definition: an insult
Synonyms: abuse, backhanded compliment, dirty deed, indignity, left-handed compliment, offense, outrage, provocation, put-down

allure

Definition: entice
Synonyms: attraction, bedroom eyes, charisma, charm, come-on, enchantment, enticement, glamor, lure, seductiveness, temptation

antipathy

Definition: strong dislike, disgust
Synonyms: abhorrence, animosity, antagonism, hatred, hostility, ill will, loathing

brazen

Definition: brash, unashamed
Synonyms: barefaced, blatant, bold, brassy, cocky, defiant, gutsy, impertinent, impudent, insolent, loud, pert, saucy, shameless, tawdry

cacophony

Definition: dissonance
Synonyms: discord, harshness, noise

detest

Definition: hate; feel disgust toward
Synonyms: abhor, abominate, despise, dislike intensely, feel aversion toward, feel hostility toward, loathe

dilemma

Definition: crisis, problem
Synonyms: difficulty, double bind, embarrassment, impasse, jam, mess, mire, perplexity, plight, predicament, puzzle, quandary

dregs

Definition: sediment
Synonyms: deposits, dirt, draff, lees, residue, settlings, slag, waste

heresy

Definition: unorthodox opinion,
Synonyms: blasphemy, defection, disbelief, dissent, dissidence, error, fallacy, nonconformity, paganism

illegible

Definition: unreadable
Synonyms: difficult to read, faint, hard to make out, hieroglyphic, indecipherable, indistinct, obscure, scrawled, unclear, undecipherable, unintelligible

impartial

Definition: fair, unprejudiced
Synonyms: candid, detached, equal, equitable, fair-minded, impersonal, neutral, non-discriminating, nonpartisan, objective,open-minded, unbiased

impugn

Definition: criticize, challenge
Synonyms: attack, cast doubt upon, contradict, negate, oppose

inquisitive

Definition: curious, desiring knowledge or understanding
Synonyms: forward, impertinent, inquiring, interested, intrusive, investigative, meddlesome, nosy, probing, prying, questioning, scrutinizing

leery

Definition: suspicious
Synonyms: careful, cautious, chary, distrustful, doubting, dubious, on one's guard, shy, skeptical, uncertain, unsure, wary

myriad

Definition: innumerable
Synonyms: countless, endless, heaping, immeasurable, infinite, multiple, numberless, uncounted, untold, variable

nuance

Definition: slight difference; shading
Synonyms: dash, degree, distinction, gradation, hint, implication, refinement, shade, shadow, subtlety, suggestion, suspicion, tinge, touch, trace

scrutinize

Definition: examine closely
Synonyms: analyze, canvass, check out, consider, contemplate, explore, inquire into, inspect, investigate, look over, peruse, pore over, probe, scan, search, study

theoretical

Definition: hypothetical
Synonyms: abstract, academic, assumed, conjectural, ideal, philosophical, presumed, speculative, tentative, transcendent, unproved

abashed

Definition: embarrassed, ill at ease, disconcerted
Synonyms: embarrassed, shaken up, humiliated, rattled, upset

betrothed

Definition: (noun) the intended, the one to be married; (adj) promised to be married
Synonyms: engaged, promised, committed, spoken for

canvass

Definition: to poll, discuss issues, examine, debate
Synonyms: analyze, solicit, scrutinize, investigate

compel

Definition: to urge forcefully, to pressure, to force to act
Synonyms: coerce, drive, wnforce, influence

defer

Definition: hold off, put off
Synonyms: adjourn, block, delay, detain, extend hinder, hold up, impede, obstruct, postpone, procrastinate, prolong, set aside, shelve, slow, stall, suspend, waive

ingratiate

Definition: get on the good side of someone
Synonyms: attract, brownnose, captivate, charm, crawl, flatter, grovel, insinuate oneself, seek favor

portly

Definition: bulky, fat
Synonyms: ample, avoirdupois, beefy, broad, burly, corpulent, fleshy, heavy, hefty, husky, large, obese, overweight, plump, rotund, stout

primary

Definition: basic, fundamental
Synonyms: basal, beginning, central, elementary, essential, first, foundational, introductory, original, primitive, principal, rudimentary, ultimate, underlying

promulgate

Definition: make known
Synonyms: advertise, announce, broadcast, call, circulate, communicate, declare, disseminate, make public, notify, proclaim, promote, publish

purview

Definition: range of interest or activity that can be anticipated
Synonyms: area, bounds, concept, dimension, domain, expanse, extent, field, limits, magnitude, parameters, reach, span, spectrum, territory

seminary

Definition: a theological school for training ministers or priests or rabbis
Synonyms: institute, society, system, university

solace

Definition: is a form of comfort given to one who is in sorrow or distress
Synonyms: allay, alleviate, buck up, cheer, comfort, console, pity, relief, soften, soothe

sprawled

Definition: sit or lie spread out
Synonyms: drape, extend, flop, lie spread-eagle, loll, lounge, ramble, recline, sit, slouch, slump, spread, straddle, stretch

spry

Definition: moving quickly and lightly, active, vivacious
Synonyms: agile, alert, brisk, energetic, fleet, full of pep, lithe, nimble, prompt, quick, ready, robust, sound, spirited, sprightly, vigorous

stint

Definition: period of responsibility
Synonyms: assignment, bit, chore, consignment, duty, job, participation, quota, share, shift, spell, stretch, task, term, time, tour, turn, work

vacuum

Definition: emptiness
Synonyms: exhaustion, free space, gap, nothingness, rarefaction, space, vacuity, void

philanthropist

Definition: someone who makes charitable donations intended to increase human well-being, humanitarianism
Synonyms: Good Samaritan, benefactor, contributor, do-gooder, donor, good scout, helper, patron

eccentricity

Definition: strange and unconventional behavior
Synonyms: abnormality, anomaly, freakishness, idiosyncrasy, irregularity, nonconformity, oddity, oddness, outlandishness, strangeness, weirdness,

clerical

Definition: of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the clergy or a member of the clergy
Synonyms: churchly, cleric, holy, ministerial, pastoral, priestly, rabbinical, sacred

contrive

Definition: invent, design, bring about, succeed with difficulty
Synonyms: construct, cook up, create, devise, dream up, fabricate, formulate, scheme, throw together, carry out, concoct, develop, devise,

fraught

Definition: full of
Synonyms: abounding, attended, bristling, charged, filled, heavy, laden, replete, stuffed

hapless

Definition: unfortunate
Synonyms: cursed, hexed, ill-fated, ill-starred, jinxed, luckless, miserable, unhappy, unlucky, woeful, wretched

iota

Definition: small bit
Synonyms: atom, hint, jot, mite, molecule, ounce, particle, scrap, speck, trace, whit

paraphrase

Definition: interpret, translate
Synonyms: express in other words, rephrase, restate, reword, summarize, transcribe

picturesque

Definition: attractive, referring to scenery; beautiful, satisfying to senses
Synonyms: artistic, beautiful, charming, colorful, photographic, pictorial, pleasant, pretty, quaint, scenic

porous

Definition: having holes; absorbent
Synonyms: absorptive, penetrable, permeable, spongelike, spongy

sedentary

Definition: motionless, lazy
Synonyms: desk-bound, idle, inactive, seated, settled, sitting, sluggish, stationary

tincture

Definition: coloring
Synonyms: color, dye, pigment, shade, stain, taint, tinge, tint, trace

tabloid

Definition: regular, continuous publication containing information
Synonyms: daily, extra, gazette, journal, magazine, paper, periodical, press, weekly paper, rag, scandal sheet, sheet

tenacious

Definition: strong, unyielding
Synonyms: adamant, determined, firm, forceful, inflexible, persevering, persistent, resolute, strong-willed, stubborn, unshakable,

putter

Definition: to busy or occupy oneself in a leisurely, casual, or ineffective manner
Synonyms: dabble, dawdle, loiter, laze, mess

predestined

Definition: to destine in advance; foreordain; predetermine
Synonyms: destined, foreordained, foretold, inevitable, predetermined, preordained

charge

Definition: supervisory responsibility
Synonyms: care, conduct, custody, management, oversight, supervision, ward

extol

Definition: sing the praises of
Synonyms: acclaim, applaud, brag about, commend, exalt, glorify, praise

imperil

Definition: cause to be in danger
Synonyms: endanger, expose, jeopardize, menace, peril, risk

incendiary

Definition: causing trouble or damage
Synonyms: dangerous, inflammatory, provocative, rabble-rousing, treacherous

indignant

Definition: angry
Synonyms: annoyed, bent out of shape, displeased, exasperated, fuming, furious, irate, mad, peeved, resentful, upset

minion

Definition: a servile dependent or underling
Synonyms: brownnoser, dependent, flatterer, flunky, lackey, subordinate,

repugnant

Definition: bad, obnoxious
Synonyms: disagreeable, disgusting, distasteful, foul, hateful, horrid, loathsome, nasty, offensive, revolting, repulsive, sickening, vile

alcove

Definition: a small recess opening off a larger room
Synonyms: niche, nook, cubbyhole

assertion

Definition: the act of affirming or asserting or stating something
Synonyms: statement, affirmation; declaration

advisable

Definition: worthy of being recommended or suggested
Synonyms: appropriate, sensible, desirable, prudent, commendable, judicious, sound, suggested

sequel

Definition:something that follows something else; a part added to a book or play that continues and extends it
Synonyms: installment, next, follow-up, sequence, progression, continuation

melancholy

Definition: depressed, sad
Synonyms: dejected, despondent, destroyed, dismal, downhearted, gloomy, low, miserable, moody, sorrowful, unhappy

palatable

Definition: delicious, agreeable
Synonyms: appetizing, attractive, delectable, edible, good-tasting, savory, scrumptious, tasty

conjure

Definition: call to a place; concoct or invent
Synonyms: arouse, assemble, call forth, convene, gather, hail, mobilize, send for; fabricate. create out of thin air, make up, think up,

belligerent

Definition: argumentative
Synonyms: aggressive, combative, contentious, fierce, fighting, hostile, hot-tempered, mean, pugnacious, quarrelsome, warlike

impertinent

Definition: bold, disrespectful
Synonyms: arrogant, brazen, discourteous, fresh, impolite, impudent, insolent, offensive, rude, unsuitable

intransigent

Definition: uncompromising
Synonyms: adamant, inflexible, obstinate, resolute, stubborn, tenacious

reprieve

Definition: relief of blame, responsibility
Synonyms: absolution, acquittal, clemency, mitigation, pardon, postponement, release, suspension, truce

guile

Definition: slyness, cleverness
Synonyms: craftiness, cunning, deception, dishonesty, treachery, trickery, wiliness

incubate

Definition: hatch
Synonyms: breed, brood, nurture, produce

negligible

Definition: of no significance
Synonyms: casual, insignificant, little, minor, petty, scanty, small, trivial, unimportant

engender

Definition: cause to happen
Synonyms: bring about, create, develop, generate, incite, instigate, make, produce, work up

applicable

Definition: appropriate
Synonyms: fitting, germane, pertinent, relevant, suitable, useful

quirk

Definition: an abrupt twist or curve; a peculiar trait; an accident of fate, vagary
Synonyms: eccentricity, foible, habit, idiosyncrasy, irregularity, mannerism, oddity, peculiarity, quibble, whim, whimsy

harbor

Definition 1: hide, protect
Synonyms: conceal, provide refuge, shelter
Definition 2: place for storing boats in the water
Synonyms: anchorage, cove, dock, haven, pier, port, wharf

context

Definition: framework, circumstances
Synonyms: background, conditions, frame of reference, situation, substance

exhort

Definition: urge, warn
Synonyms: advise, call upon, counsel, encourage, goad, insist, persuade, plead

revive

Definition: start again; bring back to life
Synonyms: animate, awaken, invigorate, recover, restore

tenet

Definition: belief, principle
Synonyms: creed, doctrine, dogma, faith, position, rule, teaching, thesis, view

atoll

Definition: coral island
Synonyms: isle, reef

pronouncement

Definition: declaration, statement
Synonyms: announcement, articulation, broadcast, judgment, notification, proclamation, report

antiquity

Definition: old object
Synonyms: antique, relic, ruin

benefactor

Definition: donor
Synonyms: altruist, contributor, humanitarian, patron, philanthropist, sponsor, supporter, well-wisher

lunge

Definition: pounce
Synonyms: charge, cut, jab, jump, pass, spring, stab, swing, swipe, thrust

discretion

Definition: caution, judgment
Synonyms: care, consideration, discernment, heedfulness, prudence, sense, tact, thoughtfulness, vigilance, wariness, watchfulness

eventual

Definition: future, concluding
Synonyms: ensuing, final, inevitable, possible, prospective, resulting, succeeding, ultimate

fallacy

Definition: illusion, misconception
Synonyms: deception, error, evasion, falsehood, heresy, inconsistency, misconception, mistake, untruth

foment

Definition: instigate, provoke
Synonyms: agitate, arouse, encourage, excite, goad, incite, promote, start, stimulate, stir up

invariable

Definition: not changing
Synonyms: consistent, fixed, immovable,inflexible, monotonous,rigid, static, unalterable

miscreant

Definition: person responsible for wrongdoing
Synonyms: convict, criminal, delinquent, evildoer, fugitive, offender, sinner

oblivious

Definition: unaware, ignorant
Synonyms: absentminded, blundering, careless, distracted, dreamy, forgetful, inattentive, negligent, preoccupied, unnoticing, unobservant

poll

Definition: voting; tally, number; head count
Synonyms: election, calculation, computation, enumeration, numbering, outcome, reckoning, referendum, result, slate, statistics, sum, toll, total, whole

supple

Definition: bendable
Synonyms: adaptable, agile, elastic, flexible, graceful, limber, pliable, resilient, springy, stretchy, yielding

trounce

Definition: defeat overwhelmingly
Synonyms: bash, beat, conquer, crush, overcome, overwhelm, rout, wallop

arrogant

Definition: having exaggerated self-opinion
Synonyms: bossy, bragging, conceited,egotistic, pompous

forge

Definition: construct, form or make
Synonyms: bring about, compose, engineer, manufacture, produce

illustrative

Definition: explanatory
Synonyms: clarifying, comparative, descriptive, diagrammatic, symbolic, typical

onerous

Definition: difficult; requiring hard labor
Synonyms: burdensome, demanding, difficult, exhausting, hard, strenuous

principled

Definition: ethical
Synonyms: conscientious, decent, fair, honest, honorable, noble, righteous

thorny

Definition: complicated; hard to comprehend
Synonyms: baffling, complex, involved, perplexing, problematical, troublesome

assuage

Definition: soothe, relieve
Synonyms: appease, calm, ease, lighten, pacify, placate, satisfy

diverse

Definition: different; various
Synonyms: assorted, contrasting, distinct, diversified, miscellaneous, unalike

patronize

Definition 1: condescend
Synonyms: be gracious to, look down on, snub, treat as inferior Definition 2: do business at an establishment
Synonyms: be a customer, buy from, frequent, trade with

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