cynical - skeptical or distrustful of human motives; N. cynicism; CF. cynic: person who believes all people are motivated by selfishness

adept - expert at; very skilled

truncate - cut the top off; shorten

vitiate - spoil the effect of; make inoperative; corrupt morally

reciprocate - do or give something in return; repay in kind; give or take mutually; interchange; move backwards and forwards; Ex. reciprocate his invitation by inviting him; N. reciprocity: reciprocal relationship; mutual interchange of advantages between two groups; Ex. reciprocity in trading rights

incident - event; event that causes a crisis

blunt - having a dull edge; abrupt and frank in speech or manner; brusque; V: make or become blunt

figurative - not literal but metaphorical; using a figure(impression) of speech

hardy - (of people or animals) sturdy; robust; (of plants) able to stand inclement(stormy) weather

gust - strong abrupt rush of wind; V. CF. bluster



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