30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary – Final

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loquacious
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full of trivial conversation
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Gullible
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easily tricked because of being too trusting
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pompous
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puffed up with vanity
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esthetic
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concerning or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste
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taciturn
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habitually reserved and uncommunicative
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opinionated
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stubborn and often unreasonable in holding to one’s own ideas, having a closed mind
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phlegmatic
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slow-moving, sluggish; unemotional
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erudite
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scholarly
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complacent
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self-satisfied; smug
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punctilious
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very exact or scrupulous , very careful and exact, attentive to fine points of etiquette or propriety
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iconoclastic
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attacking or seeking to overthrow popular or traditional beliefs, ideas, or institutions
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misanthropic
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believing the worst of human nature and motives; hating mankind in general
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puerile
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of or characteristic of a child
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ascetic
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practices self denial as spiritual discipline, practicing great self-denial
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suave
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smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication
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indefatigable
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tireless; untiring; showing no sign of getting tired
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vapid
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lacking significance or liveliness or spirit or zest, lacking taste or flavor or tang
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peccadillo
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a petty misdeed
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penury
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a state of extreme poverty or destitution
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megalomania
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a psychological state characterized by delusions of grandeur
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imbroglio
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a very embarrassing misunderstanding, a difficult and embarrassing situation
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braggadocio
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vain and empty boasting
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anomaly
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deviation from the normal or common order or form or rule, irregularity, abnormality
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panacea
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hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases
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fiasco
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a complete, ridiculous failure
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rationalize
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defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
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idiosyncrasy
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a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
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elite
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a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status
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parvenu
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characteristic of someone who has risen economically or socially but lacks the social skills appropriate for this new position
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jingoism
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fanatical patriotism, favoring warlike foreign policy
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malinger
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avoid responsibilities and duties, e.g., by pretending to be ill
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intelligentsia
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an educated and intellectual elite
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banal
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obvious and dull
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chicanery
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the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)
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vegetate
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live in a passive way
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mulct
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deprive of by deceit
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expiate
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make amends for
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importune
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beg persistently and urgently
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ostracize
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expel from a community or group
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procrastinate
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postpone doing what one should be doing
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scintillate
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be lively or brilliant or exhibit virtuosity, sparkle with wit or humor
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rusticate
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live in the country and lead a rustic life
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impute
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attribute (responsibility or fault) to a cause or source
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deprecate
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express strong disapproval of
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maudlin
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effusively or insincerely emotional
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pander
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cater to base desires
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gregarious
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seeking and enjoying the company of others
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effete
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having lost one’s original power; barren; worn out; exhausted
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wanton
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unchaste, lewd, marked by arrogant and recklessness of justice; willfully malicious
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vicarious
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experienced at secondhand
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sublimate
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direct energy or urges into useful activities
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obsequious
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attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner
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coquette
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a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men
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circe
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(Greek mythology) a sorceress who detained Odysseus on her island and turned his men into swine
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amazon
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a large strong or athletic woman, a female warrior
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virago
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has a sharp tongue and a vicious temper
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adonis
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extremely hansome
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judas
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someone who betrays under the guise of friendship
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futilitarian
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pessimist and cync who sees no particular point to anything in life
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vulgarian
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A vulgar person, especially one who makes a conspicuous display of wealth; an unrefined, rude person; a vulgar person
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pedant
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Someone who shows off learning
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egoist
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a self-centered person with little regard for others
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esthete
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one who professes great sensitivity to the beauty of art and nature
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demagogue
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an orator who appeals to the passions and prejudices of his audience, a false leader
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martinet
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someone who demands exact conformity to rules and forms
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sycophant
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a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage
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atheist
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someone who denies the existence of god
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agnostic
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a person who doubts truth of religion
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tyro
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someone new to a field or activity
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virtuoso
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someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
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philologist
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An expert in linguistics.
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clairvoyant
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perceiving things beyond the natural range of the senses, foreseeing the future
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philatelist
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a collector and student of postage stamps
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numismatist
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a collector and student of money (and coins in particular)
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gourmet
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a connoisseur of food and drink
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connoisseur
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an expert able to appreciate a field
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lethargy
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a state of comatose torpor (as found in sleeping sickness), indifference
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nostalgia
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longing for something past
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benevolence
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an act intending or showing kindness and good will
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satiated
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filled beyond natural desire
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frustration
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the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals
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weltschmerz
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sadness on thinking about the evils of the world
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antipathy
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the object of a feeling of intense aversion
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compunctions
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a feeling of uneasiness or anxiety of the conscience caused by regret for doing wrong or causing pain; contrition; remorse
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enervated
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lacking strength or vigor, weakened
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ennui
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weariness and dissatisfaction from lack of occupation or interest, boredom
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misanthrope
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someone who dislikes people in general
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misogynist
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hater of women
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vindictive
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disposed to seek revenge or intended for revenge
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supercilious
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having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
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melancholia
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extreme depression characterized by tearful sadness and irrational fears
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manic-depression
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moods of violent excitement alternating with black depression
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amnesia
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partial or total loss of memory
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somnambulism
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the condition of walking or performing some other activity without awakening; also known as sleepwalking
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dipsomania
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an intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess
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hypochondria
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morbid anxiety about one’s health
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megalomania
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a psychological state characterized by delusions of grandeur
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paranoia
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a psychological disorder characterized by delusions of persecution or grandeur
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electra complex
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conflict during phallic stage in which girls supposedly love their fathers romantically and want to eliminate their mothers as rivals
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kleptomania
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an irresistible impulse to steal in the absence of any economic motive
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insomnia
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an inability to sleep
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monomania
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a mania restricted to one thing or idea
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pyromania
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an uncontrollable desire to set fire to things
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schizophrenia
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any of several psychotic disorders characterized by distortions of reality and disturbances of thought and language and withdrawal from social contact
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claustrophobia
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a morbid fear of being closed in a confined space
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agoraphobia
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a morbid fear of open spaces (as fear of being caught alone in some public place)
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oedipus complex
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according to Freud, a boy’s sexual desires toward his mother and feelings of jealousy and hatred for the rival father
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acrophobia
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a morbid fear of great heights

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