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Approbation

commendation, sanction

assuage

mitigate, alleviate, slake, allay

coalition

alliance, league, federation, combine

decadence

degeneration, corruption

elicit

call forth, evoke, extract, educe

expostulate

protest, remonstrate, complain

hackneyed

banal, trite, commonplace, corny

hiatus

pause, lacuna

innuendo

insinuation, intimation

intercede

intervene, mediate

jaded

sated, surfeited, cloyed

lurid

gruesome, gory, grisly, baleful, ghastly

meritorious

praiseworthy, laudable, commendable

petulant

irritable, testy, waspish

prerogative

perquisite, perk

provincial

narrow-minded, parochial, insular, naive,

simulate

feign, pretend, affect

transcend

surpass, outstrip

umbrage

irritation, pique, annoyance

unctuous

mealymouthed, servile, fawning, greasy

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