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sleight

Definition: (noun) Adroitness in using the hands.
Synonyms: dexterity.
Usage: Only through his unequaled sleight can the juggler manage to keep eight chainsaws safely aloft.
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misanthropic

Definition: (adjective) Characterized by a hatred or mistrustful scorn for humankind.
Synonyms: cynical.
Usage: Perhaps rendered more misanthropic by the infirmities that come with years upon a ship, she had made up her mind to kill all hands at once.
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transmogrify

Definition: (verb) Change completely the nature or appearance of.
Synonyms: metamorphose, transfigure.
Usage: In Franz Kafka’s story “The Metamorphosis,” a human being transmogrifies into a bug.
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artificer

Definition: (noun) A skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft.
Synonyms: artisan, journeyman, craftsman.
Usage: There are native tanners, shoemakers, weavers, blacksmiths, stonecutters, and other artificers attached to each establishment.
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levelheaded

Definition: (adjective) Exercising or showing good judgment.
Synonyms: sound, intelligent, healthy.
Usage: While I stood around bawling uselessly, my levelheaded sister calmly called a towing company and then our parents to let them know that the car had broken down.
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exhilarate

Definition: (verb) Fill with sublime emotion.
Synonyms: beatify, inebriate, tickle pink, exalt, thrill.
Usage: The beauty of the art exhibit exhilarated me so much that I could not wait to get home and paint.
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scurry

Definition: (verb) To move about or proceed hurriedly.
Synonyms: scamper, scuttle, skitter.
Usage: Once we heard thunder and saw lightning, we scurried from the beach and sprinted back to the house.
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seclude

Definition: (verb) Keep away from others.
Synonyms: sequester, withdraw.
Usage: During my moody teenage years, I would often seclude myself in my room to brood.
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halfhearted

Definition: (adjective) Feeling or showing little interest or enthusiasm.
Synonyms: lukewarm, tepid.
Usage: I made a halfhearted attempt to start a conversation with him and gave up as soon as it became clear he was not really interested in talking to me either.
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fragrancy

Definition: (noun) A pleasingly sweet olfactory property.
Synonyms: redolence, bouquet, sweetness.
Usage: The fragrancy of her perfume seemed to attract every man in the room, drawing them to her like flies to honey.
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