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definition: to make less severe, serious,
sentence: She wanted to mitigate
misery in the world.
definition: something that kills pain
sentence: The best anodyne for a
broken heart is a new love.
definition: to alternate indecisively
between two choices
sentence: Early in his career, he
vacillated between journalism and
definition: designed to start fires or
sentence: The girl's incendiary lies
required a response.
definition: moral corruption
sentence: Edgar Allan Poe's gothic
tales are filled with depravity.
definition: a defensive wall
sentence: Well-trained police forces
are a bulwark against the breakdown
definition: persuade by flattering or
sentence: He tried to cajole his
girlfriend into breaking her curfew.
definition: something that marks the
approach of something else
sentence: The storm clouds on the
horizon were a harbinger of doom.
definition: acting quickly without
sentence: The impetuous teen had a
long history of shoplifting arrests
and traffic violations.
definition: spoken or done without
sentence: The student's
extemporaneous speech wowed his
classmates and teacher alike.
definition: smelling very unpleasant
sentence: The smell of Tom's fetid P.E.
uniform, which hadn't been washed in
a month, was overwhelming.
definition: carried out with minimum
effort to satisfy the situation
sentence: He gave a perfunctory nod
to all of the dinner party guests at the
definition: a noisy disturbance
sentence: It took two referees and all
of the coaches to end the fracas on
definition: a small flaw
sentence: In marriage, spouses learn
to tolerate each other's little foibles.
definition: showing a lack of thought
sentence: From his vacuous
expression, I could tell that he didn't
know anything about the homework
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