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Stygian

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A: Stingy

B: Timeless

C: Dark and gloomy

Answer: C – Dark and gloomy

Answer: C – Dark and gloomy
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As in, “Ms. Mariner shuddered as she entered the stygian cave.”

Learn which words are their own opposites.

Insidious

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A: Indoors

B: Gradual but harmful

C: Strongly felt yet unexpressed

Answer: B – Gradual but harmful

Answer: B – Gradual but harmful
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As in, “The insidious effects of eating too much sugar began to show themselves in Arjun’s weight gain and lack of energy.”

Here are 26 old-time compliments we wish would come back. 

Whimsical

Whimsical
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A: Unpredictable

B: Elegant and inexpensive

C: Fragile

Answer: A – Unpredictable

Answer: A – Unpredictable
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As in, “Greer’s whimsical personality meant she couldn’t necessarily be counted upon to remain at a job for long.”

These common words used to have completely different meanings.

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Vulpine

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A: Murderous

B: Cunning

C: Hungry

Answer: B – Cunning

Answer: B – Cunning
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As in, “Well aware of the suspected drug lord’s vulpine intelligence, the police kept a close eye on all of his activities.”

These 12 synonyms will make you a better writer. 

Brumous

Brumous
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A: Foggy and wintry

B: Rough in texture

C: Obnoxiously loud

Answer: A – Foggy and wintry

Answer: A – Foggy and wintry
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As in, “Knowing night would bring even colder and darker conditions, Ezekiel set out immediately to cross the brumous valley.”

These are the 11 funniest words added to the dictionary in the last decade. 

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