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alacrity
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She completed each assignment with alacrity.
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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desultory
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He jumped from job to job in a desultory manner until he met Mary.
desultory = lacking plan or purpose; or half-hearted
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efface
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She always effaces herself when she is with him.
effaces = make herself inconspicuous or unimportant
DefinitionGenerally efface means:
remove completely from recognition or memory — sometimes by erasing

or:

to make oneself inconspicuous or unimportant
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effrontery
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She had the effrontery to laugh at the mayor's request.
effrontery = impolite boldness
DefinitionGenerally effrontery means:
rude and disrespectful behavior — often made by someone who does not realize they are being rude — as when someone is presumptuous or impolitely bold
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expedient
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It was a necessary expedient to get the job done.
expedient = a speedy or practical action

(The word necessary, implies that there were undesired aspects of the action.)
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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extraneous
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She has a tendency to get distracted by extraneous details.
extraneous = not relevant or important to the matter under consideration
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immutable
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It is one of the immutable laws of physics.
immutable = not subject or susceptible to change
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impervious
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She has made up her mind and is impervious to criticism.
impervious = unaffected
DefinitionGenerally impervious means:
not admitting passage through; or not capable of being affected
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ingenuous
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She plays a wide-eyed, ingenuous schoolgirl forced to grow up too quickly.
ingenuous = innocent as in lacking in sophistication or worldliness — especially in being direct and not masking feelings
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insidious
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The debt grew insidiously—just a little at a time and always for a good purpose.
Alan Greenspan  --  The Age of Turbulence
insidiously = in a manner not appearing dangerous, but actually very harmful over time
DefinitionGenerally insidious means:
not appearing dangerous, but actually very harmful over time

or:

treacherous  (dangerous due to trickery or from hidden or unpredictable risks)
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languish
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The prisoner languished in the dungeon for years.
languished = suffering in a bad situation for a long time
DefinitionGenerally languish means:
to suffer in a bad situation for a long time
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poignant
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It is a poignant story about a girl who is paralyzed in a car accident.
poignant = profoundly touching the emotions —  especially sadness or pity
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pretentious
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Some people think she's pretentious, but I admire her ambition.
pretentious = acting more impressive than is deserved
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profuse
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It grows profusely in this area.
profusely = abundantly
DefinitionGenerally profuse means:
abundant (a lot of something)
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remonstrate
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When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = argue in protest or opposition
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scrupulous
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You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful to behave ethically and/or diligently
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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supercilious
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I have come to hate her supercilious smile.
supercilious = arrogant
DefinitionGenerally supercilious means:
arrogant (acting as if better, more important, and superior in ideas than others)
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torpid
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The news has stirred the country's usually torpid parliament to action.
torpid = slow or inactive
DefinitionGenerally torpid means:
of people:  slow or inactive — usually resulting from a lack of energy and interest

or:

of animals:  a condition of biological rest or suspended animation — (could be in the evening, during the cold, or as in a hibernated or dormant state all winter)
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vivacious
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She's a charming and vivacious hostess.
vivacious = has an engaging liveliness
DefinitionGenerally vivacious means:
having an engaging liveliness — when said of a person, typically said of a female
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whimsical
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It was an especially whimsical episode of Family Guy.
whimsical = playful or amusing
DefinitionGenerally whimsical means:
playful or amusing

or:

determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity or reason
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