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conventional (100) based on accepted practice; traditional; customary;


normal; ordinary; orthodox (convention,
unconventional)

2. undermine (99) to hurt, weaken, or destroy, often in an


underhanded or sneaky way

3. dismissive (90) rejecting another’s thoughts or ideas, usually as not


worthy of consideration; condescending (dismiss)

4. aesthetic (86) relating to what is beautiful; beautiful; pleasing


(aesthetics, aesthete, unaesthetic)

5. objective (77) based on facts rather than personal feelings;


unbiased; not personal; not subjective; true
(objectivity)

6. reconcile (75) to adjust the differences between things; to reach


an agreement, especially after an argument; to
make up; to overcome discord; to try to be inclusive
(reconciliation, conciliatory, irreconcilable)

7. speculative (74) taking a chance; risky; uncertain; cannot be


confirmed (speculate, speculation)

8. accessible (71) being able to enter or approach a place;


approachable; friendly; genial; gregarious (access,
inaccessible)

9. decorum (68) proper; correct behavior or etiquette; good


manners; refinement (decorous, indecorous)

10. impulsive (67) tending to act on impulse and without thought;


rash; impetuous; unrestrained; capricious
(impulses)

11. deride (67) to ridicule something; to laugh at something as


ridiculous; to mock; to satirize (derision, derisory,
risible)

12. suppress (67) to stop something from rising or coming out by


holding it down; to repress (suppression)

13. complacent (66) overly pleased with an accomplishment;


overconfident; self-satisfied; so unwary as to be
foolish (complacency)

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14. reverent (66) deeply honoring or respectful—and so not joking
around; venerating (revere, reverence, reverential,
irreverent)

15. disparage (65) to insult or put down; to offend

16. relevant (65) relating to the subject at hand; important or


significant; pertinent (relevance, irrelevant)

17. prudent (62) careful; cautious, especially about money; having


good judgment; circumspect; wary (prudence,
imprudent)

18. refute (62) to prove wrong or false (refutation, irrefutable)

19. inevitable (61) certain to happen; unavoidable (inevitability)

20. innocuous (60) harmless; not dangerous at all; not likely to provoke
a strong reaction; inconsequential

21. convey (60) to make something known; to reveal; to


communicate; to depict

22. profound (59) wise; deep; beneath the surface (profundity)

23. ironic (59) a statement or situation that conveys a second


meaning at odds with the apparent meaning;
humorous (irony)

24. ambivalent (58) undecided; feeling positively and negatively towards


something (ambivalence)

25. pragmatic (58) getting things done in an effective way; practical;


emphasizing the practical; expedient (pragmatism,
pragmatist)

26. innovative (58) new; revolutionary (innovation)

27. rational (57) based on reason rather than emotions; logical;


sensible (irrational, rationale, rationalize)

28. abstract (57) based on general ideas; not solid or concrete; vague;
hypothetical (abstraction)

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29. distinct (57) clearly separate from others; not identical;
different; clear; conspicuous; lucid (distinction,
distinctive, indistinct)

30. felicitous (56) well-chosen; especially appropriate; pleasing


(felicity, infelicity)

31. resolute (56) determined to succeed; not easily discouraged;


persistent; tenacious (resolution, irresolute,
resolve, unresolved)

32. diverse (55) varying; something composed of distinct or unlike


elements or qualities (diversity, diversify)

33. trivial (53) unimportant; insignificant; negligible;


inconsequential (trivialize, triviality)

34. discern (53) to notice; to see clearly; to distinguish; to


discriminate (discerning, discernment,
indiscernible)

35. enhance (53) to strengthen; to improve (enhancement)

36. redundant (52) extra, so not needed; extraneous (redundancy)

37. tempered (52) mild; not severe or extreme; controlled; moderate;


restrained (temperate, temperance, intemperate)

38. dubious (52) doubtful, and probably untrue; implausible

39. depict (51) to represent in words or pictures; to describe a


scene or situation; to show; to convey (depiction)

40. compelling (51) to arouse a feeling irresistibly; forceful; incisive;


provocative; engaging (compel, compulsion,
compulsory)

41. indifferent (51) not caring about something—such as an outcome—


one way or the other; apathetic (indifference)

42. embellish (50) to decorate; to make beautiful or aesthetic; to make


additions to, especially as in adding fictitious
details to a story (embellishment)

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43. supplant (50) to replace as better

44. fabricate (49) to make or devise something; to make up an


elaborate story, as in to lie (fabrication, fabricator)

45. plausible (49) believable; probably; likely (implausible)

46. parallel (49) something equivalent; a comparison; an analogy


(unparalleled)

47. eradicate (49) to wipe out; to eliminate; to destroy (ineradicable)

48. dominant (49) having great or complete power or influence over


someone or something; primary (dominate,
domination, predominant)

49. deleterious (49) harmful

50. discord (48) disagreement; disharmony, especially among


people; tension or unease between people, and
often the resulting confusion (discordant, concord,
accord)

51. futile (48) completely useless or ineffective; so hopeless that


effort to change a situation is wasted (futility)

52. indulgent (47) giving in to another’s wishes; permissive; lenient;


tolerant; condoning (indulge, overindulge, self-
indulgent)

53. indignant (47) annoyed or insulted, especially about one’s dignity;


angered (indignity)

54. eclectic (47) selecting the best from different sources; selective;
varied

55. vindicate (47) to prove someone right in the end; to free him or
her from blame; to exonerate (vindication)

56. exemplary (46) showing by being great example; outstanding


(exemplar, exemplify)

57. inhibit (46) to block; to hold back; to impede or suppress


(inhibition)

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58. discredit (46) to harm someone’s reputation; to show something
should not be trusted or believed (credit)

59. contemporary (46) occurring at the present time; occurring at the


same time in history; modern (contemporaries,
contemporaneous)

60. provoke (45) to arouse strong feelings in someone; to anger


(provocative, provocation)

61. solicitous (45) eager to help; asking if one can help; sympathetic
(solicit, solicitude)

62. daunting (45) discouraging; intimidating; scary (undaunted)

63. skepticism (44) doubt (skeptical, skeptic)

64. coherent (44) sticking together in a unified whole; orderly;


logically understandable; lucid (incoherent)

65. autonomy (44) independence; self-government (autonomous)

66. comprehensive (44) all-inclusive; thorough; complete; encompassing a


great deal

67. ambiguous (44) unclear; capable of being interpreted in more than


one way; uncertain; doubtful; dubious; not
definitive (ambiguity, unambiguous)

68. pretentious (43) believing oneself to better than others; boastful;


affected; not modest or reserved (pretense,
pretension)

69. rhetoric (43) impressive sounding, though sometimes empty,


words; a formal speech (rhetorical)

70. ephemeral (43) short-lived; present so fleetingly as barely to exist;


transient; evanescent

71. spurious (43) not genuine; fake; false; inauthentic

72. valid (43) well-grounded; sound; logical; effective; legal;


legitimate (validity, invalid)

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73. contempt (43) looking down on others or feeling superior to them;
to feel that someone or something deserves great
disrespect; condescension (contemptuous)

74. restrained (43) calm and collected; controlled; not impulsive;


reserved (self-restraint)

75. mundane (43) relating to everyday life; uninspired; banal; prosaic

76. impetuous (43) rash; impulsive; capricious; not retrained


(impetuosity)

77. repudiate (42) to reject a person or an idea completely; to have


nothing to do with any longer (repudiation)

78. definitive (42) settling a disputed matter finally; no longer


tentative; conclusive; authoritative; decisive
(defining, indefinite)

79. debunk (42) to prove wrong or false; to invalidate

80. divergent (41) to separate; to split away from; to move apart; to


travel in different directions (diverge, converge)

81. digress (41) to wander away from a topic; to change the subject
of a discussion momentarily (digression,
digressive)

82. sustain (41) to hold up; to support; to keep something going


(sustenance)

83. incongruous (41) not fitting or matching; seeming out of place


(incongruity, congruent)

84. diffident (40) lacking confidence; shy; reserved; apprehensive;


wary (diffidence)

85. subtle (40) so slight as to be hard to notice; hard to


distinguish or discern (subtlety)

86. transient (40) passing through a place quickly; not lasting; short-
lived; transitory; ephemeral; evanescent
(transience)

87. serene (40) not disturbed; peaceful; quiet; tranquil (serenity)

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88. inconsequential (40) not worth noticing; unimportant; so insignificant
as to have no consequences; negligible; trivial; trite
(consequence)

89. scrutinize (40) to examine something closely and completely,


especially with an aim to finding faults (scrutiny,
inscrutable)

90. assert (40) to state a belief positively; to claim, often without


proof (assertion, assertive)

91. foster (40) to promote; to encourage; to contribute to


something’s growth

92. perplex (40) to confuse; to mystify (perplexing, perplexity)

93. narrative (40) an account, story, or history about something


(narrate, narrator, narration)

94. prosaic (39) ordinary; matter-of-fact; lacking imagination;


uninspired; hackneyed; mundane; banal (prose)

95. substantiate (39) to offer supporting evidence; to help prove; to


corroborate (unsubstantiated, substantive,
substantial; insubstantial)

96. optimistic (39) hopeful; looking on the bright side; expecting the
best; sanguine (optimism, optimist)

97. tranquil (39) calm; peaceful; quiet; relaxing; serene (tranquility)

98. denounce (39) to put someone down, often publicly; to blame


someone; to accuse (denunciation)

99. condescend (38) to talk down to; to act superior to; to dismiss; to
treat with contempt (condescending,
condescension)

100. partisan (38) supporting one side in a dispute, especially over


political matters; biased; not detached or objective
(bipartisan, nonpartisan)

101. prosperity (38) success, especially financial (prosper, prosperous)

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102. lucid (38) clear; easily understood; transparent; coherent
(elucidate, pellucid)

103. advocate (38) someone who supports a cause; a supporter; a


champion; a proponent (advocacy)

104. distinguish (38) to notice; to pick something out, as a person in a


crowd; to see something as different; to
discriminate; to discern (distinguished,
indistinguishable)

105. superficial (37) only on the surface; shallow; unimportant

106. illusory (37) seemingly real but not; deceptive; false; inauthentic
(disillusion, illusive)

107. apprehensive (36) having great doubts; nervous; fearful; diffident


(apprehension, apprehend)

108. nostalgia (36) fondness for and missing the past, especially one’s
own; missing the good old days (nostalgic)

109. benevolent (36) kind; generous; tending to help others; solicitous


(benevolence)

110. sympathy (36) sharing feelings; showing concern for another;


harmonious; solicitude (sympathetic, sympathies,
unsympathetic)

111. corrupt (36) to ruin something, especially a person’s morals; to


make impure; to decay (corruption, incorruptible)

112. polemical (35) arguing a position, especially a radical one


(polemics, polemicist)

113. belie (35) to contradict; to fail to confirm (belied, belying)

114. mock (35) to ridicule; to make fun of, often as something fake;
to satirize (mockery)

115. compromised (35) to make insecure or to place in danger; to come to


an agreement by settling differences; agreeing to
something partially (uncompromising)

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116. disdain (34) considering someone or something beneath oneself;
to have contempt for; to despise; condescension

117. presumption (34) a bold assumption; being overly bold with someone
to the point of disrespect (presume, presuming,
presumptuous)

118. caustic (34) burning; sarcastic

119. deferential (34) respectful; reverent; venerating (defer, deferred,


deferral)

120. subjective (34) open to interpretation; reflecting someone’s


perspective; biased; not objective

121. capricious (34) unpredictable; whimsical; to act with complete


spontaneity; impulsive; impetuous; acting without
restraint (caprice)

122. animated (34) lively; vigorous (animation)

123. endorse (34) to support; to approve; to champion; to authorize;


to advocate; to commend (endorsement)

124. auspicious (34) promising; favorable (inauspicious)

125. exacerbate (33) to make a bad situation worse; to worsen

126. obscure (33) not easily noticed; dark or shadowy; unclear; vague
(obscurity)

127. dogmatic (33) stubbornly opinionated; arrogantly inflexible; close-


minded; intractable (dogma, dogmatism)

128. extravagant (33) fancy; luxurious; immoderate (extravagance)

129. venerate (33) to honor above others; to revere (venerable)

130. gregarious (33) friendly; outgoing; genial

131. attain (33) to achieve, especially a goal; to get

132. elude (33) to avoid being found or caught, usually by being


clever (elusive)

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133. tenacious (33) persistent, especially in the face of continuing
challenges; stubborn; resolute; rarely if ever
resigned (tenacity, pertinacious)

134. mediate (33) to try to help two arguing sides reach an


agreement; to reconcile to parties (mediator,
mediation)

135. meticulous (32) careful; thorough; painstaking; scrupulous;


exacting

136. negligible (32) extremely small; so unimportant that it can be


ignored; inconsequential; trivial

137. equanimity (32) calm; composure, especially under difficult


circumstances

138. mitigate (32) to lessen the severity or force of something,


especially of something bad or harmful; to
moderate; to alleviate (mitigating, unmitigated)

139. transitory (32) of short duration; brief; ephemeral; transient;


mutable

140. immutable (32) unchanging; not able to change; everlasting


(mutable)

141. evoke (32) to inspire; to arouse; to bring forth (evocative)

142. cursory (32) hurried and superficial; quick; perfunctory; not


meticulous

143. rancor (32) extremely bad feelings about something; bitterness


(rancorous)

144. authentic (32) genuine; true; real; valid (authenticity, inauthentic)

145. reserved (32) generally quiet and reserved in behavior; modest


(reservation, unreserved)

146. intuitive (31) knowing by instinct as opposed to rational thought;


what you would expect without having to give much
thought to the matter (intuit, intuition,
counterintuitive)

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147. satirize (31) to imitate so as to make fun of; to mock, especially
in writing (satire, satiric)

148. devoid (31) lacking; free from; empty (void)

149. concise (31) expressing a lot using few words; short and clear;
to the point; terse (concision, conciseness)

150. erroneous (31) wrong; mistaken; incorrect (err)

151. collaborate (31) to work together with someone as equals on a


project, as with a colleague (collaboration,
collaborator)

152. thwart (31) to block or impede, often for a long time or


permanently

153. spontaneous (30) happening without being planned; making


decisions suddenly and without thought;
happening naturally, or without human effort;
impulsive (spontaneity)

154. implement (30) to put into practice; to begin to use something


(implements, implementation)

155. underscore (30) to emphasize, as if by drawing a line under; to


highlight

156. explicate (30) to explain or analyze logically; to clear up any


misunderstanding; to make explicit; to elucidate
(explication, inexplicable)

157. exasperate (30) to annoy someone to the point of frustration


(exasperation)

158. momentous (30) extremely important; major; unprecedented

159. pertinent (30) important; relevant (impertinent)

160. conspicuous (29) obvious; easily seen; in plain sight; extremely


noticeable; easily distinguished or discerned;
prominent (inconspicuous)

161. amiable (29) friendly; nice; genial; gregarious; amicable


(amiable)
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162. widespread (29) widely spread out or shared; commonly held;
pervasive; abundant

163. pervasive (29) appearing or being everywhere; widespread;


abundant; prevalent (pervade)

164. prophetic (29) foretelling events; predicting or anticipating the


future (prophet, prophesy)

165. cynical (29) looking at the bad side of people’s actions; lacking
faith in humanity; lacking any optimism (cynic,
cynicism)

166. tenuous (29) thin; insubstantial; unable to support anything else


(attenuate)

167. innate (29) inborn; inherited; naturally belonging; inherent

168. explicit (29) clearly stated; in plain view; clear; lucid;


unambiguous; conspicuous (implicit)

169. distort (29) to twist something out of shape; to misrepresent; to


give a false or misleading impression

170. challenge (29) to question or dispute the truth or validity of


something

171. acclaim (28) high praise; fame; renown (acclamation)

172. moderate (28) not extreme; reasonable; tempered

173. legitimate (28) justified by some rule or law; legal; real; true
(illegitimate, legitimacy)

174. patronize (28) to be a customer; to treat rudely, condescendingly,


or contemptuously (patron, patronage)

175. exacting (28) demanding; insisting on; meticulous

176. contentious (28) to fight; to deal with difficulty; to argue a point


(contention, contend, contender)

177. conscientious (28) careful; diligent; prudent; scrupulous; meticulous

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178. diligent (28) always careful and hardworking; thorough;
persistent; assiduous (diligence)

179. deter (28) to prevent; to discourage; to impede; to daunt


(deterrent, undeterred)

180. initiate (28) to begin; to start; to introduce (initiative,


initiation)

181. champion (28) to support; to fight for; to endorse; to advocate; to


commend

182. mediocre (28) second-rate; average-to-poor quality (mediocrity)

183. domestic (27) relating to the home; relating to one’s country;


fitting in at home; indigenous (domesticate,
domesticity)

184. pedantic (27) overly academic about minor matters; being a


stickler for academic correctness (pedant,
pedantry)

185. wary (27) cautious; careful; prudent; circumspect;


apprehensive; diffident

186. vulnerable (27) able to be hurt; weak (vulnerability, invulnerable)

187. opportunist (27) someone who takes advantage of opportunities,


often exploiting them selfishly (opportunistic,
opportune)

188. discriminating (27) selective; making a clear distinction between


things; to treat differently; discerning;
distinguishing (indiscriminate, indiscriminant,
discrimination)

189. adept (27) skillful (inept)

190. anachronistic (26) out of date; extremely old-fashioned way of doing


something; dated and no longer needed; obsolete;
no longer contemporary (anachronism)

191. provincial (26) relating to a region or province; narrow-minded;


parochial

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192. obstinate (26) stubborn; intractable (obstinacy)

193. heresy (26) a statement, action, or belief that goes a dominant


religion or system of beliefs; more generally, any
belief that goes sharply against the accepted
viewpoint on a subject; a radically unconventional
idea or action (heretical, heretic)

194. articulate (26) able to express ideas clearly; coherent; lucid


(inarticulate)

195. formal (26) standard; following rules; proper; ceremonial;


conventional; relating to superficial conventions
(formality, informal)

196. detached (26) unemotional; unbiased; objective almost to the


point of being indifferent; neutral (detachment)

197. conformist (26) someone who follows rules or conventions


(conform; conformity; nonconformist)

198. complement (26) to fit well with; to complete something


(complementary)

199. intrepid (26) brave; fearless; undaunted (trepidation)

200. feasible (26) possible; workable; likely to happen (feasibility)

201. proponent (26) a supporter; a champion; one who endorses; an


advocate

202. reprehensible (26) deserving great blame; wicked; evil

203. extol (26) to praise highly; to commend

204. compatible (26) able to exist with something else; well-matched;


harmonious (incompatible)

205. radical (26) not moderate; extremely unconventional, and


almost heretical

206. erratic (26) moving in an unpredictable way; unpredictable;


inconsistent

207. inherent (26) inborn; essential; innate

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208. resilient (26) quickly bouncing back; flexible under pressure;
resolute (resilience)

209. tractable (26) obedient; easily controlled; amenable (intractable)

210. clandestine (25) secret; surreptitious

211. commend (25) to praise; to extol (commendable)

212. adversity (25) a difficult, harmful, or dangerous situation


(adverse)

213. convoluted (25) complicated; twisted; incoherent

214. empathy (25) ability to see and feel things from another person’s
point of view; sympathetic (empathetic)

215. inundate (25) to flood; to overwhelm with overabundance

216. genial (25) friendly; good-natured; kind; sympathetic;


gregarious; amiable; amicable (congenial)

217. insolvent (25) unable to pay; out of money (solvent, solvency,


soluble, insoluble)

218. impede (25) to block; to hinder; to delay; to inhibit


(impediment)

219. equivocal (25) intentionally unclear or ambiguous; duplicitous;


obscuring one’s meaning, often in response to a
question (unequivocal, equivocate)

220. decisive (25) quick to decide; definite or definitive; determined;


resolute

221. transcend (25) to move beyond and often to overcome; to surpass


(transcendental)

222. prohibitive (25) tending to prevent or impede; precluding

223. dilatory (25) delaying; not prompt

224. divisive (25) tending to divide parties; creating or stirring up


disagreement

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225. tolerant (25) accepting of differences with others; able to deal
with; amicable (tolerance, tolerable, tolerate)

226. cerebral (25) intellectual; relating to the brain

227. cantankerous (24) bad-tempered; irritable

228. consensus (24) general agreement; concord (consensual)

229. notion (24) an idea or concept, usually unproven; a hypothesis

230. compound (24) to combine; to increase (compounded)

231. circumscribe (24) to draw a line around; to restrict; to define


(circumscription)

232. tentative (24) not final; dependent; unsure; not definitive or


decisive

233. enigmatic (24) puzzling; mysterious; obscure (enigma)

234. colleague (24) a coworker, especially in a particular business or


profession; a collaborator (collegial)

235. regenerate (24) to grow back; to regain health (degenerate)

236. hackneyed (24) unoriginal; overused; banal; prosaic; mundane;


vapid

237. preclude (24) to prevent; to make impossible; to prohibit

238. attribute (24) to claim something as a cause, a characteristic, or


an aspect of something (attribution)

239. naïve (24) unsophisticated; innocent; childlike; ingenuous


(naiveté)

240. abundant (24) plentiful; not scarce (overabundant)

241. chronological (24) in order of time (chronology)

242. exorbitant (24) excessive; unreasonable

243. didactic (24) intended to instruct; instructive

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244. idiosyncratic (24) a quirky or highly individualistic way of doing
something or behaving; relating to an odd personal
habit or characteristic; oddly or extremely
unconventional (idiosyncrasy)

245. banal (24) ordinary; commonplace; unoriginal; uninspired;


trite; mundane; prosaic; hackneyed (banality)

246. static (24) not moving; remaining in the same state of being
(stasis)

247. extraneous (24) unnecessary; irrelevant; not pertinent; not


inherent

248. notorious (24) widely known or famous, usually in a bad way


(notoriety)

249. salutary (24) beneficial

250. ardent (23) extremely eager and enthusiastic (ardor)

251. impenetrable (23) unable to be penetrated or understood; obscure;


enigmatic (penetrating)

252. amicable (23) friendly, especially after a dispute; amiable; genial;


tractable; gregarious; conciliatory; amenable

253. trite (23) not original; done many times already; boring;
banal; hackneyed; trivial; inconsequential

254. toxic (23) extremely harmful; poisonous; deleterious (toxin,


toxicity)

255. disparity (23) inequality (disparate)

256. incisive (23) sharp; clear; clever; keen; perceptive;


discriminating; astute

257. allude (23) to hint at; to refer to indirectly (allusion)

258. verbose (23) wordy (verbosity)

259. account (23) a report, description, or explanation; a narrative


(accountable, unaccountable)

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260. anecdote (23) a brief personal story, account, or illustration, often
humorous (anecdotal)

261. affectation (23) a pretentious or inauthentic way of behaving;


pretending to be something; not typical behavior
(affected, unaffected)

262. resignation (23) reluctantly accepting a less than ideal situation;


reconciling oneself to a bad but apparently
inevitable situation; giving in (resigned)

263. composure (23) extreme calm and confidence; equanimity


(composed, composition)

264. florid (22) overly decorated; flowery

265. amenable (22) cooperative; willing; tractable; amicable

266. condone (22) to allow to happen; to forgive or overlook something


wrong; to indulge

267. tedious (22) boring; monotonous; so dull and repetitive as to be


tiring (tedium)

268. officious (22) bossy; overly asserting one’s authority; using one’s
position or authority to force others; authoritarian

269. exploit (22) to use to advantage; to take advantage of (exploits,


exploitative, exploitation, unexploited)

270. assiduous (22) hard-working; dedicated; persistent; diligent

271. neutral (22) not taking sides, especially in a dispute; detached;


objective (neutralize, neutrality)

272. scrupulous (22) principled; highly moral; conscientious; assiduous,


especially when dealing fairly with others (scruple,
scruples, unscrupulous)

273. laconic (22) habitually using few words; tight-lipped

274. authoritarian (22) demanding absolute obedience; domineering;


peremptory; officious (authoritative)

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275. refinement (22) elegance; improving something, often by making it
more pure; urbanity; decorum (refine, unrefined)

276. incorporate (22) to include as a part within a larger whole; to


encompass; to comprehend

277. predator (22) a hunter, especially an animal hunting other


animals (predatory)

278. incredulous (22) disbelieving; highly if not completely skeptical


(credulous, incredulity)

279. hypothesis (22) something supposed to be true, but not yet proven;
a tentative theory; an educated guess; a likely
explanation (hypothetical, hypotheses)

280. duplicity (22) deceitfulness; double-dealing; equivocation


(duplicitous)

281. languid (22) lazy; lacking energy; apathetic (languish, languor)

282. orthodox (21) traditional; conservative; commonly accepted;


conventional (orthodoxy, unorthodox)

283. ominous (21) threatening, as an omen; dangerous; inauspicious


(omen)

284. tacit (21) understood without needing to be said; implied;


implicit

285. astute (21) insightful; clever; wise; discerning; discriminating

286. aspect (21) the look or appearance of something, especially


from a particular viewpoint; an attribute

287. peremptory (21) bossy; tending to cut others off; dismissive;


officious (peremptorily, preempt)

288. vignette (21) a brief description of a scene

289. intrusive (21) butting in; joining in without being wanted;


tactless (intrusion; intruder)

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290. prevalent (21) common; existing everywhere; widespread;
abundant; pervasive (prevail, prevailing)

291. indisputable (21) certain; absolute; beyond doubt dispute


(disputatious, disputant)

292. merit (21) praiseworthy excellence (merited, meritorious,


demerit)

293. lament (21) to regret deeply, sometimes to the point of grief


(lamentable, lamentation)

294. exonerate (21) to free from blame; to vindicate

295. terse (21) brief and often abruptly to the point; concise

296. sensibility (21) preferences; awareness; tastes; delicacy or


refinement of tastes; discernment

297. evanescent (21) fleeting; lasting only a very short while; transient;
ephemeral; transitory

298. renowned (21) famous in a good way; distinguished; prominent;


acclaimed

299. indigenous (21) native; belonging to a particular region and not


usually found elsewhere; domestic

300. repressed (21) held down or held back; inhibited; suppressed


(repressive, repression, irrepressible)

301. ingenuous (21) naïve; childlike; naive (disingenuous)

302. adulation (21) deep and perhaps excessive admiration (adulatory)

303. expedient (21) practical; useful; helpful; simple and efficient;


pragmatic (expedite, inexpedient)

304. vapid (20) bland and uninteresting; unexciting; dull;


uninspired; prosaic; banal; trite; hackneyed

305. encompass (20) to include; to encircle; to incorporate

306. exclusive (20) shutting out; limited, sometimes to a select few;


elitist (inclusive)
307. scarce (20) rare, and often less than required; not abundant
(scarcity)
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308. engaging (20) interesting almost to the point of exciting; tending
to attract and occupy someone’s attention;
compelling (engaging, disengaged)

309. urbane (20) sophisticated; having highly refined manners;


decorus (urbanity)

310. sanguine (20) hopeful; buoyant; optimistic

311. sarcasm (20) biting and often ironic and caustic remarks or
attitude; contemptuous or condescending humor
(sarcastic)

312. adversary (20) an opponent (adversarial)

313. surreptitious (20) not out in the open; sneaky; clandestine

314. vicarious (20) living through the experience of another; second-


hand

315. parochial (20) narrow-minded; having a limited outlook;


provincial

316. revival (20) returning to life or to use; reawakening (revive)

317. improvise (20) to deal with things as they come, without planning
(improvisational)

318. apathetic (20) not caring about something or an outcome, one way
or the other; indifferent (apathy)

319. corroborate (20) to support or back up; to confirm; to provide


evidence for; to substantiate (corroboration,
corroborative)

320. unprecedented (20) without precedent; highly unusual; remarkable;


never seen before; momentous (precedent)

321. alleviate (20) to lessen the pain or severity of something; to make


something more bearable; to alleviate; to mitigate

322. prominent (20) standing out; well-known; renowned; acclaimed;


conspicuous

323. circumspect (20) careful; cautious; prudent, wary (circumspection)

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