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abrasive

abrasive

/əˈbɹeɪsɪv/
adjective
sharply disagreeable; rigorous

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ambiguous

ambiguous

/æmˈbɪɡjuəs/
adjective
not having one obvious meaning and open to interpretation

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audacious

audacious

/ɑˈdeɪʃəs/
adjective
invulnerable to fear or intimidation

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Catholic

Catholic

/ˈkæθɫɪk/
adjective
free from provincial prejudices or attachments
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This is over a Catholic vow of silence for Lent.

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complementary

complementary

/ˌkɑmpɫəˈmɛntɹi/, /ˌkɑmpɫəˈmɛntʃi/
adjective
acting as or providing a complement (something that completes the whole)

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credulous

credulous

/ˈkɹɛdʒəɫəs/
adjective
too ready to believe things thus effortlessly deceivable

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decorous

decorous

/ˈdɛkɝəs/
adjective
characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste in manners and conduct

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doleful

doleful

/ˈdoʊɫfəɫ/
adjective
filled with or evoking sadness

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eccentric

eccentric

/ˌɛkˈsɛntɹɪk/, /ɪkˈsɛntɹɪk/
adjective
(of people or their behaviors) not normal or usual

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eminent

eminent

/ˈɛmənənt/
adjective
standing above others in quality or position

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estimable

estimable

/ˈɛstəməbəɫ/
adjective
deserving of respect or high regard

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extant

extant

/ˈɛkstənt/
adjective
still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost

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garrulous

garrulous

/ˈɡɛɹəɫəs/
adjective
full of trivial conversation

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improvident

improvident

/ɪmpɹˈɑːvɪdənt/
adjective
not given careful consideration

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ingrained

ingrained

/ˌɪnˈɡɹeɪnd/
adjective
(used especially of ideas or principles) deeply rooted; firmly fixed or held

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jocular

jocular

/ˈdʒɑkjəɫɝ/
adjective
characterized by jokes and good humor

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languid

languid

/ˈɫæŋɡwəd/
adjective
moving slowly in a graceful and attractive way

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mercurial

mercurial

/mɝkˈjʊɹiəɫ/
adjective
liable to sudden unpredictable change

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naive

naive

/ˌnaɪˈiv/
adjective
lacking experience and wisdom

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offhand

offhand

/ˈɔfˈhænd/
adverb
without previous thought or preparation

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patronizing

patronizing

/ˈpeɪtɹəˌnaɪzɪŋ/
adjective
(used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension

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pretentious

pretentious

/pɹiˈtɛnʃəs/
adjective
making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction

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prospective

prospective

/pɹəˈspɛktɪv/
adjective
likely to occur soon

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restive

restive

/ˈɹɛstɪv/
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impatient especially under restriction or delay

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rudimentary

rudimentary

/ˌɹudəˈmɛntɝi/
adjective
being or involving basic facts or principles

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simultaneous

simultaneous

/ˌsaɪməɫˈteɪniəs/
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happening or done at exactly the same time

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synchronous

synchronous

/ˈsɪŋkɹənəs/
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occurring or existing at the same time or having the same period or phase

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taciturn

taciturn

/ˈtæsɪˌtɝn/
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habitually reserved and uncommunicative

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unflappable

unflappable

/ənˈfɫæpəbəɫ/
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not easily perturbed or excited or upset; marked by extreme calm and composure

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unstinting

unstinting

/ənˈstɪntɪŋ/
adjective
very generous

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to bristle

to bristle

/ˈbɹɪsəɫ/
verb
react in an offended or angry manner

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to bemoan

to bemoan

/bɪˈmoʊn/
verb
regret strongly

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to deride

to deride

/dɪˈɹaɪd/
verb
treat or speak of with contempt

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to dupe

to dupe

/ˈdup/
verb
fool or hoax

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to hector

to hector

/ˈhɛktɝ/
verb
be bossy towards
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Hector fights and kills young Patroclus.

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anomaly

anomaly

/əˈnɑməɫi/
noun
a thing, situation, etc. that differs from what is usual or standard

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fidelity

fidelity

/ˌfaɪˈdɛɫəti/, /fəˈdɛɫəti/
noun
the quality of being faithful

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propriety

propriety

/pɹəˈpɹaɪəti/
noun
correct or appropriate behavior

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