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cynical

adj: doubtful or distrustful of the goodness or sincerity of human motives/ Syn: skeptical

ambivalent

adj: having opposing attitudes or feelings towards a person, thing, or idea; unable to decide/ Syn: uncertain; wavering

demagogue

n: a leader who appeals to citizens' emotions to obtain power/ Syn: rabble-rouser

demure

adj: quiet and modest; reserved/ Syn: prim

intrepid

adj: without fear; brave/ Syn: bold; fearless

destitute

adj: extremely poor; lacking necessities like food and shelter/ Syn: impoverised; penniless

erudite

adj: scholarly; learned/ Syn:educated

dilemma

n: a choice between two unpleasant or difficult options

Culmination

n: the highest point of attainment; the end or climax/ Syn: apex

concur

v: to be of the same opinion; to agree with/ Syn: support; agree

abate

v: to lessen in violence or intensity/ Syn: subside; decrease

decorum

n: conformity to accepted standards of conduct; proper behavior/ Syn:propriety

abhor

v: to detest; to hate strongly/ Syn: despise; loath

dole

v: to distribute; to give out sparingly

gamut

n: the whole range or extent

extrovert

n: someone who is outgoing; one who is energized rather than drained by interactions with others

droll

adj: amusing in an odd or whimsical way/ Syn: quaint

duplicity

n: intentional deceit in speech or conduct/ Syn: deception

effigy

n: a crude dummy or image representing a hated person or group

austere

adj: stern; severe; plain/ Syn: strict; unadorned

emulate

v: to strive to be equal to; to imitate/ Syn: copy

sere

adj: dry and withered/ syn: desiccated; arid

enhance

v: to increase thevalue or beauty of something/ syn: improve; heighten

contrite

adj: feeling regret for having committed some wrongdoing/ syn: repentant; remorseful

magnanimous

adj: noble; generous in forgiving; free from petty feelings or acts/ syn:generous

enunciate

v: to state clearly and distinctly; to pronounce/ syn: articulate

collaborate

v: to work with another towards a goal/ syn: cooperate

impound

v: to confide; to retain legal custody/ syn: confiscate

impeccable

adj: faultless; without sin or blemish/ syn: immaculate; faultless; irreproachable

evoke

v: to summon forth/ syn: conjure up; elicit

inane

adj: without sense or meanining; silly/ syn: foolish; insipid

unctuous

adj: exaggerated or insincerely polite/ syn: oily

expatriate

n: someone who chooses to live outside of or renounce his or her native country

frowzy

adj: unkept/ syn: slovely

heinous

adj: hatefully or shockingly evil/ syn: abhorrent; horrid

expound

v: to explain in detail; to claify/ syn: elaborate

cajole

v: to persuade false promises and flattery/ syn: coax; wheedle

inscrutable

adj: not easily understood; hard to fathom/ syn: enigmatic

balk

v: to refuse stubbronly or abrubtly; to stop short and refuse to go on/ syn: hesitate; object

acrimoney

n: ill-natured, bitter hostility/ syn: animosity

dour

adj: stern and ill-humored/ syn:forbidding

exult

v: to rejoice; to feel triumphant/ syn: celebrate

omniscient

adj: having unlimited knowledge; all knowing

feasible

adj: reasonable; capable of being carried out/ syn: possible; doable

fiasco

n: a complete. ridiculous failure/ syn: disaster

metier

n: the work one is especially suited for; one's specialty; an occupation/ syn: forte

fluctuate

v: to rise and fall; to vary irregularly/ syn: waver; vacillate

harry

v: to annoy or harass/ syn: bother; pester

incognito

adj: disguised' pretending not to be oneself

lethargy

n: lack of energy; sluggish/ syn: torpor; lassitude

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