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Ominous

Suggesting that something bad is going to happen in the future.
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Apathetic

Showing or feeling no interest, enthusiasm, or concern.

Her friend seemed so apathetic
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Incumbent

Necessary for someone as a duty or responsibility; morally binding.

It is incumbent upon all of us to make an extra effort.
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Pianissimo

A passage played, sung, or spoken very softly.
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Unprecedented

Never having happened or existed in the past.

We are living in unprecedented times
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Serendipity

The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

"a fortunate stroke of serendipity"
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Aberration

A temporary change from the typical or usual way of behaving

“They described the outbreak of violence in the area as an aberration"
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Austerity

A situation in which people's living standards are reduced because of economic difficulties.

"The country will be subject economic austerity"
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Vilify

To criticize someone very strongly, especially in a way that is not fair and that damages their reputation.

If we vilify those who disagree with us, it makes compromise nearly impossible.
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Reticent

Not revealing one's thoughts or feelings readily.

If you're reticent about your feelings, you like to keep them to yourself, and you're probably quiet in rowdy groups where everyone is talking over each other.
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Exuberance

The quality of feeling energetic, or the behaviour of someone who feels this way.

One thing that stands out is her exuberance.
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Mnemonic

A word, short poem, or sentence that is intended to help you remember things such as scientific rules or spelling rules.

For example, 'i before e, except after c' is a mnemonic to help people remember how to spell words like ' believe' and ' receive'
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Trite

Dull and boring because it has been said or told too many times.

His lyrics about love and peace are too trite for me to take them seriously.
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Apoplectic

Overcome with anger; extremely indignant.

Someone who is apoplectic is not just mad — they're so filled with rage, they can barely communicate. If your mother is apoplectic, you'd better hope it isn't over something you did.
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Abhorrent

Сausing or deserving strong dislike or hatred

Abusive child labor is abhorrent and should be banned and eradicated.
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Hubris

An extreme and unreasonable feeling of pride and confidence in yourself.

It is easy to offend others when blinded by hubris
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Perspicacious

Having a ready insight into and understanding of things

“He was perspicacious enough to realise that things were soon going to change”
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Phrontistery

A place or establishment for thinking, studying, or learning

There is no better phrontistery for contemplating, overthinking your life, and catching great ideas, like the toilet.
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Impetuous

Acting or done quickly and without thought or care.

Beware of making rash judgments and impetuous commitments.

"she might live to rue this impetuous decision"
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Abashed

Feeling or caused to feel uneasy and self-conscious.

People feel abashed when they're caught in a lie, or make a mistake, or suddenly feel self-conscious for some reason.
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Ahimsa

Respect for all living things and avoidance of violence towards others.

I wonder if our world ever lived in the state of ahimsa, without any wars, violence, and killing greed, but with respect for animals and human nature.
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Facetious

Treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant.

If someone is being facetious they’re being playful with an edge. A knock-knock joke isn’t facetious, but if you call it the most advanced form of comedy, you’re probably being
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Belligerent

Hostile and aggressive.

It's a good idea to avoid hardcore football fans after their team loses — they tend to be belligerent.
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Prattle

Talking for a long period of time about insignificant things.

"she began to prattle on about her visit to the dentist"
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Iconoclast

A person who attacks cherished beliefs or institutions.

Are you always challenging the establishment? Or provoking popular thought by attacking traditions and institutions? Then you're definitely an iconoclast.
Eg people that challenge religion.
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Herald

To be a sign that something important, and often good, is starting to happen, or to make something publicly known, especially by celebrating or praising it

This drug has been heralded as a major breakthrough in the fight against breast cancer.
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Atone

To do something that shows you are sorry for something bad that you did or for something that you failed to do.

The only way in which we can atone for the shortcomings of the past is to make certain that we do something effective for the future.
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Disputatious

Fond of or causing heated arguments.

We've all seen people who are bright, talented, and capable - but also blatantly insecure: disputatious, difficult, and ultimately ineffective.
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Onus

Something that is one's duty or responsibility.

If your teacher assigns onus as a vocabulary word, it puts the onus on you to find out what it means.
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Sapiosexual

A person who finds intelligence sexually attractive or arousing.

"I met a Lady who told me that she was sapiosexual"
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Snicket

A narrow passage between houses, an alley; something very small or insignificant of its kind.

Snickets are often associated with danger and crime because they don't have much light shining in them, and it is easy for shady characters to hide.
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Desiccated

Lacking interest, passion, or energy.

Discussing gender wars always leaves me feeling desiccated.
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Erudite

Possession of or showing great knowledge. Scholarly.

"J could turn any conversation into an erudite discussion"
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Stultify

Cause to lose enthusiasm and initiative, especially as a result of a tedious or restrictive routine.

Eating pizza right before a workout will definitely work to stultify your efforts.
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Virtuosity

The quality of being extremely skilled at something.

Their performances combine an extraordinary vocal virtuosity with a great sense of presentation.
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Alexithymia

Inability to express one's feelings.

Alexithymia is prevalent in approximately 10% of the general population and is known to be comorbid with a number of psychiatric conditions
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Munificence

The quality or action of being lavishly generous; great generosity.

Munificence is the quality of being extremely generous, like showering your girlfriend with lots of expensive gifts on Valentine's Day.
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Sanctimonious

Pretending to be very holy or pious; affecting sanctity or righteousness

The sanctimonious person sounds like a hypocrite when he preaches to a friend about the evils of drugs, while he drinks one beer after another.
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Recalcitrant

Having an obstinately uncooperative attitude toward authority or discipline.

"A class of recalcitrant fifteen-year-olds"
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Scrupulous

Diligent, thorough, and extremely attentive to details.

“He seems as active in the process now as he ever was, appropriately scrupulous in the crediting and remembering of what was given, by whom and when.”
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Rhapsodise

Speak or write about someone or something with great enthusiasm and delight.

Use the verb rhapsodise to refer to speaking with extreme enthusiasm — and often at great length, like that friend who tends to rhapsodize about her favorite movie.
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Enervate

Cause (someone) to feel drained of energy or vitality; weaken.

A three-hour lecture on the history of socks might thrill someone, it would enervate most people.
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Faineant

Lazy, idle, do-nothing, ineffectual, inactive. A person who has these features.

He is so fainéant! I doubt that he would find a job
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Grandiloquence

A style or manner of speaking that uses complicated language in order to attract admiration and attention, especially in order to make someone or something seem important.
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Collimate

Make or place parallel to something.

In the past, journals were only economically viable if their value was deemed worth their subscription fees, thereby collimating the publisher’s and the readers’ interest.
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Fathomless

Too obscure or complicated to be understood. Too deep to be measured.

For thousands of years people have contemplated the fathomless depths of space. I stared into a pair of cold, fathomless grey eyes.
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Nyctophobia

An extreme fear of night or darkness that can cause intense symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Even if you have nyctophobia you should be able to comfortably sit in a darkened movie theater. Just think of the movie screen as a huge night light.
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Scrupulous

Diligent, thorough, and extremely attentive to details.

He seems as active in the process now as he ever was, appropriately scrupulous in the crediting and remembering of what was given, by whom and when.
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Consternation

Feelings of anxiety or dismay, typically at something unexpected.

"To his consternation his car wouldn't start"
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Unfeigned

Genuine; sincere.

All eyes immediately lighted with unfeigned interest.
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Candor

The quality of being open and honest in expression; frankness.

If someone tells you they think you are dumb, you might reply with, "While I appreciate your candor, I don't think we need to be friends anymore."
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Solicitude

Care or concern for someone or something.

When you're sick in bed, it's nice to have someone around to treat you with solicitude, hovering nearby, bringing you cups of tea, and handing you tissues all day.
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Savant

A person with a high level of knowledge or skill, especially someone who is less able in other ways.

There are musical savants who are very awkward physically - until they sit at the piano.
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Duende

A quality of passion and inspiration; the power to attract through personal magnetism and charm.
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Flout

To intentionally not obey a rule, law, or custom.

Despite repeated warnings, they have continued to flout the law.
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Reverie

A state of having pleasant dream-like thoughts.

I was lost in reverie and didn't realise my flight was boarding until it was almost too late.
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Epicurean

A person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment, especially good food and drink.

From feline fun to cereal thrillers, quirky cafes are popping up around the country to serve the needs of the 21st Century epicurean.
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Fortitude

Courage in pain or adversity.

He endured his illness with great fortitude.
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Abhorrence

A feeling of repulsion; disgusted loathing.

His abhorrence of war amounted to a passion
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Antithetical

Directly opposed or contrasted; mutually incompatible.

If you’re a vegetarian, eating giant T-bone steaks is antithetical to your beliefs
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Chimera

A hope or dream that is very unlikely ever to come true.

Is the ideal of banishing hunger throughout the world just a chimera?
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Auturgy

The action or fact of working or acting independently, without external influence.

The film director's legendary auturgy frustrated editors and producers alike.
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Serendipity

The fact of finding interesting or valuable things by chance.

You can thank serendipity if you find a pencil at an empty desk just as you walk into an exam and realize that you forgot yours.
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Refutation

The act of saying or proving that a person, statement, opinion, etc. is wrong or false.

If someone calls you a liar, you probably should give them a refutation make the case that you're a person who tells the truth.
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Catharsis

The process of releasing strong emotions through a particular activity or experience, such as writing or theatre, in a way that helps you to understand those emotions.

I start a thing, I work at it and I get the catharsis of finishing it.
Today, catharsis can be used to describe any emotional release, including a good long laugh or cry that is followed by a sense of balance and freshness afterwards.
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Dysphoria

A state of unease, anxiety, and misery. Dysphoria is very similar to depression, which is also a form of extreme sadness.
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Hypothalamus

A small part in the brain that controls the metabolic functions of body, hunger, thirst, motivation/emotions, the process of memorizing and the endocrine system.
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Ascetic

Someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline (noun); avoiding physical pleasures and living a simple life, often for religious reasons.
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Irreconcilable

Impossible to find agreement between or with, or impossible to deal with.

Your Girl wants Summer Walker in the car and you want Skepta ? That's an irreconcilable difference right there —diplomacy can't help, only headphones.
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Reinvigorate

To make someone feel healthier, and more energetic again.

"we are fully committed to reinvigorating the economy of the area"
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Mélange

A mixture, or a group of different things or people.

Her book presents an interesting mélange of ideas.
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Discernment

The ability to notice the fine-point details, the ability to judge something well or the ability to understand and comprehend something.
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Omniscient

Having or seeming to have unlimited knowledge.
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Sanctimony

The action or practice of acting as if one were morally superior to other people.

" They have no shame and turn on the phony sanctimony”
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Sonder

The profound feeling of realizing that everyone, including strangers passed in the street, has a life as complex as one's own, which they are constantly living despite one's personal lack of awareness of it.
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Accismus

A form of irony in which someone feigns indifference to something he or she desires.

“Oh, I couldn’t possibly accept…” Exclaimed Veronica upon being presented with a pair of diamond earrings, her natural affinity for accismus shining through.
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Monachopsis

The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place.

I have felt this feeling of monachopsis since I can remember. I never felt at home in my house.
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Askance

With disapproval, suspicion, or distrust. With a sideways glance; obliquely.

“She looked at me rather askance when I suggested a swim in the nude.”
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Sotto voce

Said in a quiet voice so that only people near can hear; in an undertone; in a private manner.

As his wife headed into the kitchen, our host began telling us sotto voce about the upcoming surprise party for her .
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Quagmire

A difficult, complicated, or unpleasant situation which is not easy to avoid or escape from.

His people had fallen further and further into a quagmire of confusion.
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Xenium

A present given to a guest or stranger, or to a foreign ambassador; any compulsory
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Indomitable

(Of a person) strong, brave, and impossible to defeat or make frightened.

Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, was a woman of indomitable spirit for which she became an international celebrity.
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Ambiguity

Doubtfulness or uncertainty of meaning or intention.

Let me say this, to avoid any ambiguity, - I am not leaving my husband.
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Imperturbable

Marked by extreme calm; serene.

Tom managed to remain imperturbable even though the conversation was about politics!
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Scrupulous

Diligent, thorough, and extremely attentive to details.

He seems as active in the process now as he ever was, appropriately scrupulous in the crediting and remembering of what was given, by whom and when.
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Albeit

Although; even though. Used to introduce a fact or comment which reduces the force or significance of what you have just said.

The evening was very pleasant, albeit a little quiet
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Plethora

A very large amount of something, especially a larger amount than you need, want, or can deal with

If you have 15 different people who want to take you on a date, you have a plethora of romantic possibilities.
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Peruse

To read through something, especially in order to find the part you are interested in.

“ he has spent countless hours in libraries perusing art history books and catalogues"
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Indolence

Avoidance of activity or exertion; laziness.

If your boss catches you sleeping with your head on your desk, she's likely to comment on your indolence.
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Edification

The improvement of the mind and understanding, especially by learning.

I tend to watch television for pleasure rather than edification
uplifting enlightenment.
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Antithesis

Something or someone that is the diametric opposite of something else

“He was the antithesis of the frivolous millionaire playboy,” would imply that the person was the opposite of what one expects from a happy-go-lucky millionaire.
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Introspection

Examination of and attention to your own ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

“The philosophy of the wisest man that ever existed is mainly derived from the act of introspection.”
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Novaturient

Desiring changes or alterations; desiring or seeking change in one’s life, behavior or situation. The feeling that pushes one to travel.
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Hypnopedia

Learning by hearing while asleep (as by using recordings to teach a foreign language to someone who is asleep).
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Lamestream

The traditional media such as newspapers, television, and radio, considered to be old-fashioned and gullible when compared to online news sources such as blogs.
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Hypochondriac

Patient with imaginary symptoms and ailments; one who is morbidly anxious about his health, and generally depressed.
Smartphones are a modern hypochondriac’s favorite scapegoat: They’ve been blamed for our trouble sleeping, socializing, and focus
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Impromptu

Done or said without earlier planning or preparation.

Some of the best kinds of parties are impromptu ones, when you decide at the last minute to get together.
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Certitude

The state of being certain; complete assurance; confidence.

Some people need all the facts and figures before they act
they require certitude about everything from trends to markets before they launch a product.
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Thwart

To stop something from happening or someone from doing something.

Our holiday plans were thwarted by the airline strike.
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Incessant

Never stopping, especially in an annoying or unpleasant way

"the incessant beat of the music"
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Procrastinate

To keep delaying something that must be done, often because it is unpleasant or Boring.

“He procrastinated and missed the submission deadline.”
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Abhor

To hate a way of behaving or thinking, often because you think it is not moral.

"He abhorred sexism in every form"
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Cerebral

Demanding or involving careful thinking and mental effort rather than feelings.

What I appreciate about dance music is that it brings people together in something that surpasses our more cerebral moments.
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Sequacious

(Of a person) lacking independence or originality of thought.

If you read anything without questioning it, then you are just part of the sequacious herd.
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Finesse

Great skill or style; subtly skillful handling of a situation.

She has handled these difficult negotiations with real finesse.
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Poseur

Someone who pretends to be something they are not, or to have qualities that they do not have.

You look like a real poseur in your fancy sports car.
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Buoyant

Successful or making a profit, able to float.

Something that is buoyant floats in water. Since floating is happier than sinking, buoyant also refers to things that are fun and upbeat.
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Dexterity

The ability to think quickly and effectively or do something difficult extremely well; the ability to use the hands skillfully in doing something.

Young children lack the dexterity to brush their teeth effectively.
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Restive

Unwilling to be controlled or be patient

The passengers became restive after having to wait in line for hours and began to shout complaints at the airline staff.
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Zenith

The best, highest, or most successful point or time.

The diva considered her appearance at the Metropolitan Opera to be the zenith of her career.
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