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abase (v)

degrade, humiliate; make (oneself) lose self-respect

banal (adj)

common; ordinary, lacking freshness

cacophony (n)

discordant, unpleasant noise

daunting (adj)

tending to overwhelm or intimidate

earnest (adj)

showing deep sincerity; serious

fabricate (v)

make up something artificial or untrue

gaffe (n)

a socially awkward or tactless act

habitable (adj)

capable of being lived in

iconoclastic (adj)

characterized by attack on established beliefs or institutions

jocular (adj)

characterized by jokes and good humor

lackluster (adj)

dull, monotonous, bland

malevolent (adj)

evil, wishing harm to others

naive (adj)

innocent, lacking sophistication or experience

obfuscate (v)

to confuse, make difficult to understand

palliative (n)

remedy that alleviates pain without curing

querulous (adj)

complaining, grumbling

rebut (v)

prove to be false or incorrect

sagacious (adj)

wise, shrewd, very discerning

tacit (adj)

unspoken, silent; implied, inferred

unassailable (adj)

not open to attack; impregnable; not subject to question

venerable (adj)

respectable due to age

wistful (adj)

sad, wishful, longing

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