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zealous

zealous

/ˈzɛɫəs/
adjective
showing impressive commitment and enthusiasm for something

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withdrawn

withdrawn

/wɪðˈdɹɔn/, /wɪθˈdɹɔn/
adjective
(of a person) unwilling to talk to other people or participate in social events

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wastrel

wastrel

/wˈæstɹəl/
noun
someone who dissipates resources self-indulgently

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vivacity

vivacity

/vɪvˈæsɪɾi/
noun
characterized by high spirits and animation

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virtuous

virtuous

/ˈvɝtʃuəs/
adjective
having or showing high moral standards

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vigorous

vigorous

/ˈvɪɡɝəs/
adjective
strong and active physically or mentally

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vanity

vanity

/ˈvænəti/, /ˈvænɪti/
noun
taking excessive pride in one's own achievements or abilities

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valor

valor

/ˈvæɫɝ/
noun
the qualities of a hero or heroine; exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger (especially in battle)

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unflinching

unflinching

/ənˈfɫɪntʃɪŋ/
adjective
not shrinking from danger

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timidity

timidity

/təˈmɪdəti/
noun
fear of the unknown or unfamiliar or fear of making decisions

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temerity

temerity

/təˈmɛɹəti/
noun
fearless daring

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to taunt

to taunt

/ˈtɔnt/
verb
harass with persistent criticism or carping

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tactful

tactful

/ˈtæktfəɫ/
adjective
careful not to make anyone upset or annoyed

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suave

suave

/ˈswɑv/
adjective
having a sophisticated charm

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sordid

sordid

/ˈsɔɹdəd/
adjective
unethical or dishonest

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snide

snide

/ˈsnaɪd/
adjective
expressive of contempt

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assiduous

assiduous

/əˈsɪdwəs/
adjective
working very hard and with careful attention to detail so that everything is done as well as possible

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asinine

asinine

/ˈæsəˌnaɪn/
adjective
extremely silly or stupid

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autocrat

autocrat

/ˈɔtəˌkɹæt/
noun
a cruel and oppressive dictator

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belligerent

belligerent

/bəˈɫɪdʒɝənt/
adjective
characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight

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benevolent

benevolent

/bəˈnɛvəɫənt/
adjective
generous and kind; displaying kindness

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benign

benign

/bɪˈnaɪn/
adjective
kindness of disposition or manner

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bigoted

bigoted

/ˈbɪɡətɪd/
adjective
blindly and obstinately attached to some creed or opinion and intolerant toward others

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boisterous

boisterous

/ˈbɔɪstɝəs/, /ˈbɔɪstɹəs/
adjective
noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline

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braggart

braggart

/bɹˈæɡɑːɹt/
noun
a very boastful and talkative person

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brisk

brisk

/ˈbɹɪsk/
adjective
quick and energetic

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chivalrous

chivalrous

/ʃˈɪvəlɹəs/
adjective
being attentive to women like an ideal knight
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He was a chivalrous man and a brave knight.

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conniving

conniving

/kəˈnaɪvɪŋ/
adjective
acting together in secret toward a fraudulent or illegal end

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conscientious

conscientious

/ˌkɑnʃiˈɛnʃəs/
adjective
sensing an ethical obligation to do one's duty carefully and to behave justly toward others

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courteous

courteous

/ˈkɝtiəs/
adjective
behaving with politeness and respect

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debauched

debauched

/dɪbˈɔːtʃt/
adjective
unrestrained by convention or morality

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devious

devious

/ˈdiviəs/
adjective
characterized by insincerity or deceit; evasive

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dim-witted

dim-witted

/dˈɪmwˈɪɾᵻd/
adjective
lacking mental capacity and subtlety

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domineering

domineering

/ˌdɑməˈnɪɹɪŋ/
adjective
showing a tendency to have control over others without taking their emotions into account

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egoism

egoism

/ˈiɡoʊˌɪzəm/
noun
concern for your own interests and welfare

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fatuous

fatuous

/ˈfætʃəwəs/
adjective
extremely silly or stupid

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exuberant

exuberant

/ɪɡˈzubɝənt/
adjective
joyously unrestrained

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fortitude

fortitude

/ˈfɔɹtɪˌtud/
noun
strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage

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genial

genial

/ˈdʒinjəɫ/
adjective
diffusing warmth and friendliness

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nuisance

nuisance

/ˈnusəns/
noun
a bothersome annoying person
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