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  • affable

    courteous and pleasant, sociable, easy to speak to

    belittle

    lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of

    cacophony

    a loud harsh or strident noise

    debilitate

    to weaken, to cripple

    ebullient

    joyously unrestrained

    facetious

    humorous, not serious

    hapless

    unlucky

    insular

    isolated like an island

    pilgrimage

    a journey to a sacred place or shrine

    microcosm

    the world in miniature

    onerous

    burdensome, oppressive

    prolific

    abundantly productive, fruitful

    patronize

    to treat with condensation

    edify

    to instruct and improve morally or religiously

    quixotic

    romantic or idealistic

    rancor

    bitter long lasting ill will or resentment

    stratum

    layer, level of society (upper, middle, lower)

    transgress

    to violate a law, to sin

    elucidate

    to fully explain to make clean

    dubious

    doubtful truth

    penury

    extremely poverish

    drivel

    foolish, aimless talk

    vapid

    without liveliness or spirit

    unctuous

    oily, both literally and non literally

    wanton

    malicious unjustifiable unprovoked

    anguish

    agonizing physical or mental pain

    broach

    to open up a subject for discussion

    condone

    to overlook to permit to happen

    decorous

    proper, in good taste, orderly

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