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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
Synonyms: bewilderment, 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 purpose; incapable of change: stubborn
Synonyms: adamant, determined, immovable, rigid, steadfast, 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-to-do
affront
Definition: an insult
Synonyms: abuse, backhanded compliment, indignity, offense, outrage, provocation, put-down
allure
Definition: entice
Synonyms: attraction, charisma, charm, 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: bold, brassy, cocky, defiant, gutsy, impertinent, impudent, insolent, loud, shameless
cacophony
Definition: dissonance
Synonyms: discord, harshness, noise
detest
Definition: hate; feel disgust toward
Synonyms: abhor, abominate, despise, dislike intensely, feel hostility toward, loathe
dilemma
Definition: crisis, problem
Synonyms: difficulty, 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
impartial
Definition: fair, unprejudiced
Synonyms: candid, detached, equal, equitable, fair-minded, impersonal, neutral, non-discriminating, nonpartisan, objective, open-minded, unbiased
impugn
Definition: attack verbally, criticize, challenge
Synonyms: cast doubt upon, contradict, oppose
inquisitive
Definition: curious, desiring knowledge
Synonyms: inquiring, interested, intrusive, investigative, meddlesome, nosy, probing, prying, questioning, scrutinizing
leery
Definition: suspicious
Synonyms: careful, cautious, distrustful, doubting, on one's guard, shy, skeptical, uncertain, unsure, wary
myriad
Definition: innumerable
Synonyms: countless, endless, immeasurable, infinite, multiple, numberless, uncounted, 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, study
theoretical
Definition: hypothetical
Synonyms: abstract, academic, assumed, conjectural, ideal, philosophical, speculative, tentative, unproved
abashed
Definition: embarrassed, ill at ease, disconcerted
Synonyms: shaken up, humiliated, rattled, upset
betrothed
Definition:the intended, the one to be married; promised to be married
Synonyms: engaged, 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, hinder, hold up, impede, obstruct, postpone, procrastinate, prolong, set aside, 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, beefy, broad, burly, fleshy, heavy, hefty, husky, large, obese, overweight, plump, rotund, stout
primary
Definition: basic, fundamental
Synonyms: beginning, central, elementary, essential, first, foundational, introductory, original, primitive, principal, rudimentary, ultimate
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; area of responsibility
Synonyms: area, bounds, concept, dimension, domain, expanse, extent, field, limits, 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, recline, sit, slouch, slump, straddle, stretch
spry
Definition: moving quickly and lightly, active, vivacious
Synonyms: agile, alert, brisk, energetic, lithe, nimble, peppy, quick, robust, 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
Synonyms: Good Samaritan, benefactor, contributor, humanitarian, donor, good scout, helper, patron
eccentricity
Definition: strange and unconventional behavior
Synonyms: abnormality, anomaly, idiosyncrasy, irregularity, nonconformity, oddity, strangeness, weirdness
clerical
Definition: pertaining to 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, miserable, unhappy, unlucky, 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, 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, gazette, journal, magazine, paper, periodical, press, weekly paper, rag, scandal 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: 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, 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 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, send for; fabricate. create out of thin air, make up, think up
belligerent
Definition: argumentative
Synonyms: aggressive, combative, 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 or responsibility
Synonyms: absolution, acquittal, clemency, mitigation, pardon, postponement, release, 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, habit, idiosyncrasy, irregularity, mannerism, oddity, peculiarity, whimsy
harbor
Definition 1: hide, protect
Synonyms: conceal, provide refuge, shelter
Definition 2: place for storing boats in the water
Synonyms: anchorage, cove, 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, patron
Synonyms: altruist, contributor, humanitarian, 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, 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, numbering, outcome, reckoning, result,sum, total
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, mental or physical
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 Definition 2: do business at an establishment
Synonyms: be gracious to, look down on, snub, treat as inferior; be a customer, buy from, trade with
succor
Definition: assistance, help
Synonyms: aid, relief, improve, support, sustenance