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aversion
intense dislike

Laura took an instant aversion to Micheal because of his obnoxious personality.
exasperation
irritation

The catcher couldn't hide his exasperation when the pitcher through his fourth ball to walk in the winning run.
banter
playful conversation

Their cheerful banter helped put them at ease in the formal environment.
feign
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.
extol
to praise

The salesman extolled the virtues of the used car he was trying to convince a customer to buy.
hone
to sharpen

You might want to hone your writing skills before the final exam comes around.
invincible
invulnerable, unbeatable

At the height of his career Mike Tyson was practically invincible.
listless
lacking energy and enthusiasm

Nick was listless and depressed after breaking up with Monica.
inane
foolish, silly, lacking significance

The talk show host desperately tried to make the star's inane comments seem more interesting.
assuage
to make less severe, ease relieve

Like many people, Joe used alcohol to assuage the pain in his life.
paucity
scarcity, lack

The paucity of bananas in the country caused their price to skyrocket.
exacerbate
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.
culpable
guilty, responsible for wrong

The CEO is culpable for the bankrupt of the company.
nefarious
vicious, evil

Nefarious deeds are never far from an evil-doer's mind.
infamous
famous for having committed bad deeds

He was infamous for all the crimes he had committed.
euphemism
use of an inoffensive word in place of a more distasteful one

The preacher used the euphemism "passed away" instead of "dead."
condone
to pardon or forgive; overlook, justify, or exuse a fault

"We cannot condone your behaivior," said Joe's parents after he missed curfew.
tarnished
corroded, discolored; discredited, disgraced

The antique silver plate was so tarnished that Nestor had to polish it for hours before using it.
impeach
to charge with misdeeds in public office; accuse

The Senators debated whether or not the president should be impeached for his crimes.
ostentatious
showy, displaying wealth

The billionaire's 200-room house was considered ostentatious for its display of expensive decorations.
impetuous
quick to act without thinking

The impetuous day trader rushed to sell his stocks at the first hint of trouble and lost $30,000.
truncate
to cut off, shorten by cutting

The mayor truncated his lengthy speech when he realized the audience was restless.

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