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bauble

Definition: (noun) A small, showy ornament of little value. Synonyms: fallal, gaud, gewgaw, trinket, bangle, novelty. Usage: The tacky bauble she wore around her neck

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martinet

Definition: (noun) Someone who demands exact conformity to rules and forms. Synonyms: disciplinarian, moralist. Usage: Any deviation from the classroom rules was met with a

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automaton

Definition: (noun) A mechanical figure or contrivance constructed to act as if by its own motive power. Synonyms: robot. Usage: The automaton was considered a

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abominable

Definition: (adjective) Unequivocally detestable; loathsome. Synonyms: odious, execrable. Usage: The abominable treatment of prisoners horrified the team of international observers. Discuss

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admonitory

Definition: (adjective) Serving to warn. Synonyms: cautionary, exemplary. Usage: Bella, entering with a raised admonitory finger, kissed Lizzie softly, but said not a word. Discuss

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ignominious

Definition: (adjective) Marked by shame or disgrace. Synonyms: inglorious, shameful, opprobrious, disgraceful, black. Usage: It was an old fisherman who, with immense difficulty, at last

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disembarrass

Definition: (verb) Relieve from. Synonyms: rid, free. Usage: Lord Lundie strove to disembarrass himself of his accoutrements much as an ill-trained … dog tries to

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laconic

Definition: (adjective) Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise. Synonyms: curt, crisp. Usage: Their father, though very laconic in his

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opprobrium

Definition: (noun) Disgrace arising from exceedingly shameful conduct; ignominy. Synonyms: obloquy. Usage: The candidate’s racist comments attracted public opprobrium. Discuss

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footling

Definition: (adjective) (Informal) Small and of little importance. Synonyms: fiddling, niggling, picayune, piddling, piffling, trivial, petty, lilliputian, little. Usage: His footling gestures were insufficient to

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amalgamate

Definition: (verb) To combine into a unified or integrated whole; unite. Synonyms: commix, mingle, unify, mix. Usage: The three zones mingle and amalgamate along the

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munificent

Definition: (adjective) Very liberal in giving; generous. Synonyms: lavish, unsparing, unstinting. Usage: In recognition of this munificent patronage of the State’s languishing industries, the Governor

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felicitate

Definition: (verb) To offer congratulations to. Synonyms: congratulate. Usage: I felicitate you on your memory, sir. Discuss

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abdication

Definition: (noun) A formal resignation and renunciation of powers. Synonyms: stepping down. Usage: Despite his reluctance to relinquish the throne, the besieged king managed his

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effulgence

Definition: (noun) A brilliant radiance. Synonyms: refulgence, shine, radiance. Usage: It is another sun—an entirely different sun—that casts its eternal noonday effulgence upon the face

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demagogue

Definition: (noun) A leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace. Synonyms: rabble-rouser. Usage: The seditious

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despotism

Definition: (noun) Rule by or as if by a despot; absolute power or authority. Synonyms: authoritarianism, Caesarism, dictatorship, monocracy, one-man rule, totalitarianism, tyranny, absolutism. Usage:

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freebooter

Definition: (noun) Someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war). Synonyms: looter, pillager, plunderer, raider. Usage: He was a genial freebooter, living off the

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mawkish

Definition: (adjective) Excessively and objectionably sentimental. Synonyms: bathetic, hokey, maudlin, schmaltzy, sentimental, mushy, drippy. Usage: His pathos is often exaggerated until it passes into mawkish

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macrocosm

Definition: (noun) The entire world; the universe. Synonyms: cosmos, universe, world, existence, creation. Usage: Astrophysicists are concerned with the macrocosm, while nuclear physicists focus their

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