Trouble Core 3

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Trouble Core 3
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  1. idiosyncrasy
    peculiarity

    Her habit of using “like” in every sentence was just one of her idiosyncrasies.
  2. impecunious
    indigent

    they were so impecunious that they couldn't afford to give one another even token Christmas gifts
  3. impolitic
    unwise

    It would be impolitic to buy a house now.
  4. impunity
    exemption from harm

    she mistakenly believed that she could insult people with impunity
  5. incipient
    beginning

    I have an incipient dislike and distrust of that guy, and I only met him this morning.
  6. incorrigible
    unreformable

    He is always the class clown and his teachers say he isincorrigible.
  7. indolent
    lazy

    an indolent boy who had to be forced to help out with the chores
  8. insipid
    flat, dull, tasteless

    an apple pie with a mushy, insipid filling that strongly resembled soggy cardboard
  9. insular
    narrow-minded

    an insular community that is not receptive of new ideas, especially from outsiders
  10. internecine
    mutually self-destructive

    a political party that has suffered because of bitter internecine rivalries
  11. intractable
    unmanageable

    a patient experiencing intractable pain

    an intractable child who deliberately does the opposite of whatever he is told
  12. inure
    accustom, habituate, harden

    Does violence on television inure children to violence in real life?

    the hardship of army training inured her to the rigors of desert warfare
  13. laconic
    brief, terse

    the sportscaster's color commentary tends to be laconicbut very much to the point
  14. lassitude
    lethargy

    our lassitude was such that we couldn't even be bothered to get more soda from the fridge
  15. levity
    frivolity

    the teachers disapprove of any displays of levity during school assemblies
  16. lurid
    ghastly

    a lurid tale of violence and betrayal
  17. magnanimous
    generous, kindhearted

    a magnanimous donation to the town's animal shelter
  18. misanthrope
    hater of mankind

    a former misanthrope who now professes a newly discovered love of mankind
  19. neologism
    newly coined expression

    the madman would make up his own neologisms from pieces of other words, making him unintelligible
  20. obfuscate
    bewilder, muddle

    Politicians keep obfuscating the issues.
  21. obviate
    make unnecessary

    The new medical treatment obviates the need for surgery.
  22. odious
    despicable

    an odious and unforgivable insult
  23. officious
    forward, obtrusive

    an officious little man who was always telling everyone else how to do their jobs
  24. onerous
    burdensome

    had the onerous and stressful job of notifying the families of soldiers killed in action
  25. opprobrium
    disgrace

    They're going ahead with the plan despite public opprobrium.
  26. padantic
    bookish

    His pedantic reasoning may have been correct, but it ruined his argument by boring his listeners to death.
  27. penchant
    inclination

    a penchant for sitting by the window and staring moodily off into space
  28. pernicious
    destructive

    the pernicious effects of jealousy
  29. perspicacious
    keen

    his overly perspicacious recollection of the events led the police to think he lied
  30. phlegmatic
    sluggish

    a strangely phlegmatic response to what should have been happy news

    Some people are phlegmatic, some highly strung.
  31. platitude
    banal, trite or stale remark

    His speech was filled with familiar platitudes about the value of hard work and dedication.
  32. platonic
    non-sexual

    They had a platonic friendship, not a romantic one.
  33. preponderance
    predominance

    not since Rome in its glory days had a nation enjoyed such overwhelming military preponderance

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