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chagrin

Definition: (noun) A keen feeling of mental unease, as of annoyance or embarrassment, caused by failure, disappointment, or a disconcerting event. Synonyms: mortification, humiliation. Usage:

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mendacious

Definition: (adjective) Lying; untruthful. Synonyms: dishonest, deceptive, deceitful, duplicitous. Usage: She was more upset with the mendacious child for his dishonesty than his initial misbehavior.

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remonstrance

Definition: (noun) An expression of protest, complaint, or reproof, especially a formal statement of grievances. Synonyms: expostulation, objection. Usage: M’Lellan turned a deaf ear to

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abscond

Definition: (verb) To leave quickly and secretly and hide oneself, often to avoid arrest or prosecution. Synonyms: go off, run off, decamp, bolt. Usage: Just

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bumptious

Definition: (adjective) Crudely or loudly assertive. Synonyms: cocky, forward, arrogant, brash, swaggering, vaunting, pushy. Usage: I could hardly believe that the bumptious young suitor I

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glorify

Definition: (verb) To honor with praise, admiration, or worship. Synonyms: exalt, extol, laud, proclaim. Usage: People glorify all sorts of bravery except the bravery they

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copious

Definition: (adjective) Yielding or containing plenty; affording ample supply. Synonyms: plenteous, ample, rich. Usage: I brought copious provisions for our camping trip, so even if

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aegis

Definition: (noun) Protection. Synonyms: auspices. Usage: Bandits dare not approach me on the roads, as I am under the imperial aegis. Discuss

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panacea

Definition: (noun) A remedy for all diseases, evils, or difficulties. Synonyms: cure-all. Usage: Here the glib politician crying his legislative panaceas, and here the peripatetic

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anathema

Definition: (noun) A person or thing detested or loathed. Synonyms: bete noire. Usage: Because of what he did to Sam, he is anathema to me

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piquant

Definition: (adjective) Having an agreeably pungent taste. Synonyms: spicy, zesty. Usage: When I feel like spicing things up at dinner, I pour a little of

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candor

Definition: (noun) The quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech. Synonyms: forthrightness, frankness, directness. Usage: While I appreciate candor, sometimes a little

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percutaneous

Definition: (adjective) Passed, done, or effected through the skin. Synonyms: transdermal. Usage: I simply apply the ointment to my arm, and the medication makes its

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aimless

Definition: (adjective) Devoid of direction or purpose. Synonyms: random, wayward, goalless, haphazard, vagrant, directionless, unguided. Usage: After several hours of aimless driving, we were getting

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materfamilias

Definition: (noun) A female head of a family or tribe. Synonyms: matriarch. Usage: As materfamilias, my grandmother calls the shots on holidays like Thanksgiving, and

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byword

Definition: (noun) A condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people. Synonyms: adage, proverb, saw.

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kingpin

Definition: (noun) The most important person in a group or undertaking. Synonyms: bigwig, top banana. Usage: A years-long undercover operation finally yielded the evidence needed

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exemplify

Definition: (verb) To furnish or serve as an example of; typify. Synonyms: represent. Usage: Her character exemplifies the emotional turmoil of many women.Discuss

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unimpeachable

Definition: (adjective) Free of guilt; not subject to blame. Synonyms: blameless, inculpable, irreproachable. Usage: As is indeed not unfrequent with women of unimpeachable virtue …

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oppress

Definition: (verb) Come down on or keep down by unjust use of one’s authority. Synonyms: crush, suppress. Usage: If you are a tyrant by nature,

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