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Adapt

To adjust or change to suit conditions
Synonyms: Regulate, alter, acclimate
Antonyms: Remain uncharged

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Attest

To bear witness, affirm to be true or genuine
Synonyms: Witness, verify, confirm, corroborate
Antonyms: Deny, disprove, refute, rebut

3

Dovetail

To fit together exactly; to connect so as to form a whole; a carpentry figure resembling a dove's tail.
Synonyms: Mesh, jive, harmonize
Antonyms: Clash, be at odds

4

Enormity

The quality of exceeding all moral bounds; an exceedingly evil act; huge size, immensity
Synonyms: Atrocious, heinousness, atrocity, vastness
Antonyms: Mildness, harmlessness, innocuousness

5

Falter

To hesitate, stumble, lose courage; to speak hesitatingly; to lose drive, weaken, decline
Synonyms: Waver
Antonyms: Persevere, plug away at

6

Foreboding

A warning or feeling that something bad will happen; marked by fear, ominous
Synonyms: Misgiving, presentiment, premonition

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Forlorn

Totally abandoned and helpless; sad and lonely; wretched or pitiful; almost hopeless
Synonyms: Woebegone, forsaken, bereft, pathetic
Antonyms: Jaunty, buoyant, blithe, chipper

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Haughty

Chillingly proud and scornful
Synonyms: Disdainful, supercilious
Antonyms: Meek, humble, unassuming, modest

9

Impediment

A physical defect; a hindrance, obstacle
Synonyms: Obstruction, stumbling block
Antonyms: Help, advantage, asset, plus

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Imperative

Necessary, urgent; a form of a verb expressing a command; that which is necessary or required
Synonyms: Essential, indispensable, mandatory
Antonyms: Nonessential, unnecessary, optional

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Loiter

To linger in an aimless way, hang around, dawdle, tarry
Antonyms: Hurry along

12

Malinger

To pretend illness to avoid duty or work, lie down on the job
Synonyms: Goof off, shirk

13

Pithy

Short but full of meaning and point
Synonyms: Terse, short and sweet, meaty, telling
Antonyms: Wordy, verbose, long-winded, foolish, inane

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Plunder

To rob by force, especially during wartime; to seize wrongfully; property stolen by force
Synonyms: Pillage, loot, sack; spoils pelf

15

Simper

To smile or speak in a silly, forced way; a silly, forced smile
Synonyms: Snicker, smirk, titter, giggle

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Steadfast

Firmly fixed; constant, not moving or changing
Synonyms: Loyal, faithful, unwavering
Antonyms: Inconstant, fickle, unreliable, vacillating

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Vaunted

Much boasted about in a vain or swaggering way
Synonyms: Trumpeted, heralded
Antonyms: Downplayed, soft-pleaded, de-emphasized

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Vilify

To abuse or belittle unjustly or maliciously
Synonyms: Malign, defame, denigrate, traduce
Antonyms: Glorify, extol, lionize

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Waif

A person (usually a child) without a home or friend; a stray person or animal; something that comes along by chance, a stray bit
Synonyms: Stray, ragamuffin, street urchin

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Wry

Twisted, turned to one side; cleverly and often grimly humorous
Synonyms: Dryly amusing, ironic, droll
Antonyms: Humorless, solemn, straight


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