demise

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death or decease. termination of existence or operation

perpetuate

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make (something) continue indefinitely

augment

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make (something) greater by adding to it; increase

credulous

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having or showing too great a readiness to believe things

ingratiate

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bring oneself into favour with someone by flattering or trying to please them

obsequious

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too eager to serve or obey someone

provocative

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causing anger or another strong reaction, especially deliberately

acerbic

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sharply or bitingly critical

champion

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a person who vigorously supports or defends a person or cause

foe

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hostile army. a person belonging to a hostile army or nation. an opponent in a game or contest;

discern

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recognize or find out

tenacious

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tending to keep a firm hold of something; clinging or adhering closely

rudimentary

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involving or limited to basic principles

incisive

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(of a person or mental process) intelligently analytical and clear-thinking

annex

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seizes and takes control

unfettered

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not confined or restricted

clandestine

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kept secret or done secretively, especially because illicit

nominal

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(of a role or status) existing in name only

dissemble

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conceal or disguise one’s true feelings or beliefs

disavow

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deny any responsibility or support for

unwavering

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steady or resolute

tepid

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showing little enthusiasm

vociferous

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expressing or characterized by vehement opinions; loud and forceful

contemporary

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belonging to or occurring in the present

emulate

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match or surpass (a person or achievement), typically by imitation

Shrewd

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having or showing sharp powers of judgment;

lowbrow

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not highly intellectual or cultured

facetious

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treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humour;

rebound

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recover in value, amount, or strength after a decrease or decline

amorphous

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without a clearly defined shape or form

inert

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lacking the ability or strength to move

pretentious

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attempting to impress by affecting greater importance or merit than is actually possessed

staid

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sedate, respectable, and unadventurous

intricate

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very complicated or detailed

pedantic

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excessively concerned with minor details or rules;

fleeting

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lasting for a very short time

cursory

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hasty and therefore not thorough or detailed

malleable

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easily influenced; pliable

shard

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A piece of broken glass or pottery

irreverent

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showing a lack of respect for people or things that are generally taken seriously

emblematic

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serving as a symbol of a particular quality or concept; symbolic

protean

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able to do many different things; versatile

sanguine

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optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation

tenable

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able to be maintained or defended against attack or objection

platitude

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a remark or statement, especially one with a moral content, that has been used too often to be interesting or thoughtful

largesse

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generosity in bestowing money or gifts upon others

discretion

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the freedom to decide what should be done in a particular situation

austere

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severe or strict in manner or attitude

animadversion

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criticism or censure

culmination

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the highest or climactic point of something