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lather

Definition: (noun) Agitation resulting from active worry.
Synonyms: fret, stew, swither, sweat.
Usage: “I’m not going to get into a lather over this defeat,” said the manager.
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downcast

Definition: (adjective) Filled with melancholy and despondency.
Synonyms: low-spirited, gloomy, dispirited, blue, depressed, grim.
Usage: He walked through the door with a glum, downcast expression, and I knew without asking that the interview had not gone well.
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indiscretion

Definition: (noun) A petty misdeed.
Synonyms: peccadillo.
Usage: He had awakened with a terrible headache and a sense of some hideous indiscretion.
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blowhard

Definition: (noun) A very boastful and talkative person.
Synonyms: braggart, line-shooter, vaunter.
Usage: If I have to listen to that blowhard brag about his latest project for one more minute, I am going to lose my mind!
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palliate

Definition: (verb) Lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of.
Synonyms: extenuate, mitigate.
Usage: There has been in the past no excuse, no circumstance, that could palliate the offense.
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android

Definition: (noun) An automaton that resembles a human being.
Synonyms: humanoid, mechanical man.
Usage: I programmed the android to mimic my expressions, but something about its subtly inhuman smile leaves me, a scientist, unsettled.
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hornswoggle

Definition: (verb) Deprive of by deceit.
Synonyms: bunco, con, defraud, diddle, goldbrick, mulct, nobble, rook, scam, swindle, short-change, victimize.
Usage: I might be a thief, but even I think it is shameful to hornswoggle an old lady out of her life savings!
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hardtack

Definition: (noun) Very hard unsalted biscuit or bread; a former ship’s staple.
Synonyms: pilot bread, sea biscuit.
Usage: When we dock, the first thing I am going to do is toss the rest of my hardtack into the water and get myself a loaf of fresh, crusty bread at the nearest bakery.
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baffle

Definition: (verb) Be a mystery or bewildering to.
Synonyms: dumbfound, flummox, mystify, nonplus, perplex, puzzle, amaze, stupefy, gravel, vex, pose, stick, beat, get.
Usage: An apple tree producing square fruit would undoubtedly baffle experts.
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elephantine

Definition: (adjective) Of great mass; huge and bulky.
Synonyms: gargantuan, giant, jumbo.
Usage: As we approached the city, the silhouettes of its elephantine buildings came into view.
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