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alleviative

Definition: (adjective) Moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear. Synonyms: lenitive, mitigative, palliative. Usage: After the blacksmith burned his hand, he applied

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endeavor

Definition: (verb) Attempt by employing effort. Synonyms: strive. Usage: The candidate promised to endeavor to improve the quality of life in the inner city, but

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egoist

Definition: (noun) A conceited and self-centered person. Synonyms: swellhead. Usage: There is nothing in this world that the egoist loves more than himself.Discuss

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malodor

Definition: (noun) A distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant. Synonyms: fetor, reek, stench, stink, mephitis. Usage: The malodor from the skunk filled the night air

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impale

Definition: (verb) Pierce with a sharp stake or point. Synonyms: spike, transfix. Usage: My mother always warned me not to run with scissors, lest I

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flyaway

Definition: (adjective) Guided by whim and fancy. Synonyms: flighty, head-in-the-clouds, scatterbrained. Usage: The flyaway young girl came to the formal dinner covered in dirt, as

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crabbed

Definition: (adjective) Irritable and perverse in disposition; ill-tempered. Synonyms: fussy, grouchy, grumpy, cross. Usage: I first put out my tacky lawn ornaments as a practical

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addendum

Definition: (noun) Textual matter that is added onto a publication, usually at the end. Synonyms: supplement, postscript. Usage: In his pocket was a bottle, carefully

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somatic

Definition: (adjective) Affecting or characteristic of the body as opposed to the mind or spirit. Synonyms: corporeal, bodily. Usage: Though anxiety attacks are psychological in

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rascality

Definition: (noun) The trait of indulging in disreputable pranks. Synonyms: prankishness, roguishness. Usage: I had underestimated the rascality of my roommate, who had replaced my

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inanity

Definition: (noun) Total lack of meaning or ideas. Synonyms: mindlessness, pointlessness, senselessness, vacuity. Usage: My classmates’ inanity forced me to seek intelligent conversation elsewhere.Discuss

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straggly

Definition: (adjective) Spreading out in different directions. Synonyms: rambling, sprawling. Usage: The gardener’s job was to tame the yard’s few straggly bushes and make them

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dubitable

Definition: (adjective) Open to doubt or suspicion. Synonyms: doubtful, in question, dubious. Usage: Tom insists that his business is doing well, but from the looks

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vaporous

Definition: (adjective) So thin as to transmit light. Synonyms: cobwebby, diaphanous, filmy, gauzy, see-through, transparent, gossamer, sheer. Usage: She was draped in vaporous silks that

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conflate

Definition: (verb) Mix together different elements. Synonyms: coalesce, fuse, mix, merge, commingle, flux, blend, meld, combine. Usage: My kids think that I spend all day

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inequity

Definition: (noun) Injustice by virtue of not conforming with rules or standards. Synonyms: unfairness. Usage: Even though I am older, my brother gets more allowance

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sententious

Definition: (adjective) Concise and full of meaning. Synonyms: pithy. Usage: He was a man of few words, but when he did speak, his sententious statements

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peccadillo

Definition: (noun) A petty misdeed. Synonyms: indiscretion. Usage: I have stayed with my husband for the sake of our children, but I can tolerate his

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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.Discuss

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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

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