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anomaly

deviation from the norm

assuage

to make something unpleasant less severe

enigma

puzzle and mystery

equivocal

double meaning

erudite

learned, scholarly

fervid

intensely emotional

lucid

clear

opaque

impossible to see through

placate

sooth, pacify

precipitate

to bring abrupt abruptly

prodigal

wasteful

zeal

passion, excitement

abstain

choosing not to do something

adulterate

to make impure

apathy

lack of interest

audacious

fearless and daring

capricious

changing someone's mind quickly and easily

corroborate

provide supporting evidence

desiccate

to dry out completely

engender

to cause, bring about

ephemeral

lasting a short time

gullible

easily deceived

homogeneous

same

laconic

of few words

laudable

praiseworthy

loquacious

talkative

mitigate

to soften, lessen

pendant

to show off learning

pragmatic

practical

propriety

correct behavior

vacillate

to physically sway, indecisive

volatile

physically excitable

advocate

speak in favor of

antipathy

extreme dislike

bolster

support

cacophony

harsh, jarring noise

deride

to mock

dissonance

harsh combination, usually of noises

enervate

reduce in strength

eulogy

speech in praise

garrulous

to talk a lot

ingenuous

innocence

lethargic

slow, sluggish

malleable

capable of being shaped

misanthrope

person who dislikes others

obdurate

hardened in feeling

ostentation

excessive showiness

paradox

contradiction/dilemma

philanthropic

charity

prevaricate

lie or deviate from the truth

venerate

respect deeply

waver

fluctuate between choices

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