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- intense dislike
Laura took an instant aversion to Micheal because of his obnoxious personality.
The catcher couldn't hide his exasperation when the pitcher through his fourth ball to walk in the winning run.
- playful conversation
Their cheerful banter helped put them at ease in the formal environment.
- to pretend, give a false impression of; to invent falsely
Altough Sean feigned indifference, he was very much interested in the chemistry lesson that day.
- to praise
The salesman extolled the virtues of the used car he was trying to convince a customer to buy.
- to sharpen
You might want to hone your writing skills before the final exam comes around.
- invulnerable, unbeatable
At the height of his career Mike Tyson was practically invincible.
- lacking energy and enthusiasm
Nick was listless and depressed after breaking up with Monica.
- foolish, silly, lacking significance
The talk show host desperately tried to make the star's inane comments seem more interesting.
- to make less severe, ease relieve
Like many people, Joe used alcohol to assuage the pain in his life.
- scarcity, lack
The paucity of bananas in the country caused their price to skyrocket.
- to aggravate, intensify the bad qualities of
Instead of helping heartburn, aspirin will often times exacerbate it.
- dupe (verb)
- to deceive or trick
Bugs Bunny always duped Elmer Fudd when he dressed like a girl.
- guilty, responsible for wrong
The CEO is culpable for the bankrupt of the company.
- vicious, evil
Nefarious deeds are never far from an evil-doer's mind.
- famous for having committed bad deeds
He was infamous for all the crimes he had committed.
- use of an inoffensive word in place of a more distasteful one
The preacher used the euphemism "passed away" instead of "dead."
- to pardon or forgive; overlook, justify, or exuse a fault
"We cannot condone your behaivior," said Joe's parents after he missed curfew.
- corroded, discolored; discredited, disgraced
The antique silver plate was so tarnished that Nestor had to polish it for hours before using it.
- to charge with misdeeds in public office; accuse
The Senators debated whether or not the president should be impeached for his crimes.
- showy, displaying wealth
The billionaire's 200-room house was considered ostentatious for its display of expensive decorations.
- quick to act without thinking
The impetuous day trader rushed to sell his stocks at the first hint of trouble and lost $30,000.
- to cut off, shorten by cutting
The mayor truncated his lengthy speech when he realized the audience was restless.
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